I’m importing something I dabbled with on an old blog of mine, which is now defunct. I always like to read the Science and Technology news of the day, if for no other reason than to see what sort of god-angering shenanigans our finest minds are getting up to. Every so often, though, the world’s science community likes to transcend beyond mere tampering, beyond minor infractions against the mysteries of the universe, and takes one step further down that slippery slope towards Robot Armageddon. I listed a few on my old blog, and the introduction went something like this:
Man can’t help himself. Some philosophers believe its ingrained in his nature for Man to engineer his own demise, as if Man were wired with a self destruct sequence, forever counting down to oblivion. Evidence of Man’ s suicidal tendencies abounds and extends down through the histories. Here’s how you know we’re fucked, and the worst part is, we did it to ourselves.
TOKYO (AFP) – Japanese scientists said Tuesday they had created a mouse from a dead cell frozen for 16 years, taking a step in the long impossible dream of bringing backsuch as mammoths.
Scientists at the government-backed research institute Riken used the dead cell of a mouse that had been preserved at minus 20 degrees Celsius (minus 4 degrees Fahrenheit) — a temperature similar to frozen ground.
The scientists hope that the first-of-a-kind research will pave the way to restore extinct animals such as the mammoth.
I’m sorry. Did you say “mammoth?” You’d like to recreate the largest mammal to walk the Earth EVER? You know, the one two meters taller than the largest recorded African elephant, and weighed as much as 12 tons? You realize that’s 26,448 pounds right? And you’d still like to make one?
You’re fired. No more science for you.