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molecular breeding : plants :: embryo selection : humans?
A wide variety of plant scientists embrace the cutting-edge technology of marker-assisted DNA selection.
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Today, the tech industry is apparently on track to destroy one of the world's most valuable cultural treasures, San Francisco, by pushing out the diverse..
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Very nice visualizations. Now I understand the appeal of topological approaches to machine learning.
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Satoshi Nakamoto left a cool easter egg in his P2p Foundation profile: his birthdate (5 April 1975) is a double reference to the banning & relegalization of gold in the USA.

Tricksy bloke! #satoshinakamoto #bitcoin  
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Irish organized crime focusing on rhino horn theft for the Chinese market.
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More investment to characterize animal models can boost the ability of preclinical work to predict drug effects in humans, says Steve Perrin.
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"...These days, the casino is losing money on jai alai. The game only exists in America at all because that loss is well worth it for casino owners. Without jai alai, there would be none of those lucrative slot machines or poker tables on the other side of the building. See, aside from the Indian casinos, the only places you can gamble in Florida are pari-mutuels, which in order to offer casino-type gambling, by law must also feature a sport like jai alai or horse racing. Florida law dictates that a fronton must present a minimum of 40 performances—with eight games per performance—to maintain its license. Until the law changes—and there are lobbyists on both sides pushing legislation every year—jai alai will have some breath left. But last year the president of the fronton in Ocala, Fla., seeking to abide by only the letter of the law, quietly fired all of the professional players and support staff and hired two locals—one of which was a former University of Florida placekicker. (The law doesn’t require a minimum number of players.) While professional jai alai players came from all over the state to protest outside the fronton, the two men inside played each other over and over behind a black curtain. It’s a future everyone at Miami Jai Alai hopes to avoid."
Once the next big thing in American sports, Jai Alai has all but completely disappeared over the past 20 years. But in Miami, the game is still played for much smaller crowds and stakes.
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I. Dear Dr. McCord: Seven years ago, our research staff read with interest your work on Berkeleyan idealism. We were particularly fascinated by your seemingly outrageous claim that it might be poss...
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