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Desc:“We took a rat apart and rebuilt it as a jellyfish.”
Category:Science & Technology, Pets & Animals
Tags:Rat, SCIENCE!, jellyfish, bioenginering, medusoid
Submitted:Simian Pride
Date:07/23/12
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Comment count is 14
Simian Pride - 2012-07-23

more info: http://tinyurl.com/bud7r36


takewithfood - 2012-07-23

The whole thing is fascinating, but my favourite part is:

In 2007, Parker was searching for new ways of studying muscular pumps when he visited the New England Aquarium in Boston, Massachusetts. “I saw the jellyfish display and it hit me like a thunderbolt,” he says. “I thought: I know I can build that.”

To do so, he recruited John Dabiri, a bioengineer who studies biological propulsion at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in Pasadena. “I grabbed him and said, ‘John, I think I can build a jellyfish.’ He didn’t know who I was, but I was pretty excited and waving my arms, and I think he was afraid to say no.”


Oscar Wildcat - 2012-07-23

This is a jellyfish in the same way as a Real Doll with a pithed frog and a 9v battery in it's cooter is a girl.

That said, I have been told that if I wanted to create artificial life the simplest thing to attempt would be a jellyfish. So the guy has the right idea here. But needs a lot more work.


chairsforcheap - 2012-07-23

Yeah it's in no way a cool thing. Yaaaaawn bionic jellyfish.


Ursa_minor - 2012-07-23

Metroid Origins.


Aelric - 2012-07-23

Just don't give it a reproductive system.


Spoonybard - 2012-07-23

Useless but awesome


Simian Pride - 2012-07-23

“You’ve got a heart drug?” says Parker. “You let me put it on my jellyfish, and I’ll tell you if it can improve the pumping.”


Spoonybard - 2012-07-23

like I said


SteamPoweredKleenex - 2012-07-23

So you're saying "useless" means "doesn't give Spoonybard a blowjob?"


garcet71283 - 2012-07-23

I dunno about you guys, but I sure as hell measure usefulness in capacity to give total strangers blowjobs.


BHWW - 2012-07-23

This Saturday, SyFy Presents...


hughmanatee - 2012-07-23

ATTACK OF THE BOX JELLYDRONES


SolRo - 2012-07-24

DARPA is gonna cum money all over this shit to turn it into a sea drone thing.


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