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You see, money doesn’t exist in the 24th Century. The aquisition of wealth is no longer the driving force in our lives. We work to better ourselves and the rest of humanity. The challenge is to improve yourself, to enrich yourself.

— Captain Picard (Star Trek)

Donkey from Shrek and NASA’s Curiosity… Just too similar.

Donkey from Shrek and NASA’s Curiosity… Just too similar.

Autotuned Morgan Freeman. Now I know what awesome is.

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brokenspokeadjacent:

Primatology Lesson of the Day #12:
Gigantopithecus is an extinct genus of ape that lived in the jungles of China, India, and Vietnam until about 100 thousand years ago. Its closest relative is the orangutan and for that reason is thought to have had a red coat of hair. Gigantopithecus was the largest ape to ever live. The males measured in at almost 10 feet and 1200 pounds with armspans of over 12 feet. That’s over twice as large as a big silverback gorilla. Walking on all fours it’d be about the size of a Volkswagen Bug. Despite their intimidating size, remains of their teeth suggest they ate mostly fruit and bamboo. A full grown gigantopithecus had no predator to fear, but humans and other predators are thought to have hunted the young or weak. 

brokenspokeadjacent:

Primatology Lesson of the Day #12:

Gigantopithecus is an extinct genus of ape that lived in the jungles of China, India, and Vietnam until about 100 thousand years ago. Its closest relative is the orangutan and for that reason is thought to have had a red coat of hair. Gigantopithecus was the largest ape to ever live. The males measured in at almost 10 feet and 1200 pounds with armspans of over 12 feet. That’s over twice as large as a big silverback gorilla. Walking on all fours it’d be about the size of a Volkswagen Bug. Despite their intimidating size, remains of their teeth suggest they ate mostly fruit and bamboo. A full grown gigantopithecus had no predator to fear, but humans and other predators are thought to have hunted the young or weak. 

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prostheticknowledge:

CentraSight 

An elderly woman is the first to have a small telescopic pupil to aid her sight - via Denver Post:

Doris Ekblad-Olson is not too old to feel childish wonder at the idea of fixing her ailing eyes by letting someone suture in a tiny telescope.

But age does allow her to be blunt about her anxiety as the first Colorado patient to have the pea-size telescope placed in her right eyeball.

“I would rather I was his 100th patient,” chuckles Ekblad-Olson, 82, as she discusses the surgery with ophthalmologist Dr. Starck Johnson.

The former teacher was still game to be the Colorado guinea pig, though, and went under Johnson’s micro-knives at Sky Ridge Medical Center on Tuesday. Doctor and patient hope the successfully implanted telescope will bring vision back to eyes dimmed by a severe form of macular degeneration.

“There hasn’t been a lot we can do for these patients,” Johnson said. “We’ve been waiting a long time for this to come to fruition.”

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Burning a candle in a sealed flask of oxygen on a balance shows that matter can not be destroyed, 1949.

Burning a candle in a sealed flask of oxygen on a balance shows that matter can not be destroyed, 1949.