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The Science of Michael Crichton

We Still Can't Clone Dinosaurs

by Sandy Beckeron the books of Michael Crichton

Dolly, the cloned Finn Dorset lamb born in Scotland in 1997, is surely the most famous sheep on the planet since she was the first clone to be followed by the popular press. Frogs and mice had been cloned years before, and those feats were of great interest to the scientific community, but invisible to the general public. Dolly (who died in 2003) was a large, fluffy, familiar animal. She was cloned by ian Wilmut and his colleagues at an agricultural research facility in Scotland, using a process known as “nuclear transplantation”—the entire nucleus of the donor cell, the packaged DNA, and all its paraphernalia were transplanted into a sheep’s egg whose own nucleus had been removed. Thus, dolly is the genetic replica, or clone, of the animal who provided the nucleus, not the animal who provided the egg. The donated nucleus came from a mammary cell, which prompted the … read more»

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All Our Tomorrows

by Allen Steeleon Star Trek: The Original Series

If, by some quirk of fate, you were to find yourself in a strange part of the world where you don’t know the native language and were cornered by hostile locals who meant you grievous bodily harm, the wisest thing to do would be to attempt to communicate that you’re … read more»

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Mind-Rain

Challenging the Gods

by Rosemary Clement-Mooreon the Uglies series

I should have known the Prettiverse wouldn’t be pretty.

Any book that starts out by comparing the sky to cat vomit is probably not going to be full of unicorns and rainbows. Not unless the unicorns are surgically engineered special police and the rainbows are really the artificial light reflecting off … read more»

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Coffee at Luke's

Dining with the Gilmores

by Gregory Stevensonon Gilmore Girls

I am a most unlikely fan of Gilmore Girls: A thirty-something, testosterone-fueled male whose ideal recreation involves bruising football matches and obscure martial arts; a person who any day would choose a horrible Steven Seagal movie over anything starring Meryl Streep. And yet I find myself enamored of this family … read more»

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Jack Bauer for President

Jack (Bauer) and the Beanstalk

by Kyle Dabruzzi, Daveed Gartenstein-Rosson 24

I think one of the reasons 24 is popular is it’s fun to make fun of. I mean, how many times can we be shocked to learn that the Counter Terrorism Unit is pretty much a hotbed of terrorist agents?

—Dave Barry

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