“We once had a chimp who could sort photographs of apes and human beings into two piles. Apes on one pile, humans on the other. The only trouble was, every time she got to her own picture, she put it on the pile with the human beings.”—Dr. Geoffrey H. Bourne, Yerkes Primate Research Center. Bartlett’s Unfamiliar Quotations by Leonard Levinson, 1971. (via ingridrichter)
Sometimes we need the right music to get ouf of bed in the morning, to get on with cleaning the house, to hype ourselves up. Soundtracks make movies more dramatic, funny, or scary. And some bittersweet songs about lost love even manage to make us cry.
When you hear the words genetically modified organism, GMO, or gen-mod food, what is your initial reaction? Does the thought of a scientifically manipulated fruit or vegetable make your mouth water? Or does it turn your stomach?
As a science writer, the topics I choose to cover vary from the mundane to the controversial, but I rarely see feather ruffling like I do when GMOs enter the conversation. Often the list of questions evoked is longer than the list of pros and cons we can draft on our own. Should we be tinkering with the genomes of plants to make them heartier, tastier, more nutritive? Does this process reduce their safety? Do consumers need to know whether their food has been genetically modified? And while we’re at it, what exactly is genetic modification?
We’ll be giving these neat Curiosity replicas away to a few lucky #MarsTrivia winners. You can follow the games and play along on Twitter at @HuffPostScience.
In honor of the recent Mars Curiosity Rover landing, Mat
tel’s Hot Wheels brand has created a 1:64 scale miniature of the Rover. The die-cast replica, which was created to spark imagination as well as bring further awareness to NASA’s project, will hit stores in September, and be available for $1.09 (average price).
Are you getting pumped for the Curiosity landing tonight?
If you plan to celebrate, send us your photos! We’ll be collecting them from viewers all over. You can tweet them to @HuffPostScience (#MarsParty) or upload them to our Facebook page.
We’ll also be playing Mars rover trivia on Twitter (#MarsTrivia), so tune in during the event to play and win prizes.
We’ll be liveblogging the event from Professor Thom’s viewing party in NYC, along with our blogger and Mars mission expert, Andrew Kessler. If you’re local to NYC, join us! You can also tweet @HuffPostScience with your rover questions, and we’ll get Andrew to try to answer them for you.
The cause of death was pancreatic cancer, according to a statement posted on the website of Sally Ride Science, a science education company she founded in 2001. She had been battling the disease for 17 months.