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40 Inspirational Speeches in 2 Minutes

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dnalounge update

DNA Lounge update, wherein certain strokes are diff'rent.
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"It grows a rudimentary megastamen and anthorax, and swiftly matures into the spore of sex A, the gameteroid.

Exhibit A:

Exhibit B:

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I, for one, welcome our new torture-phallus overlords.


Torture Phalluses Give Beetles Reproductive Edge

Males with the longest and spiniest genitalia propagate their genes better than their less endowed rivals, a new study says.

Several species, especially among insects, are known to physically harm their mates in reproduction, but scientists aren't sure why these traits evolved.

The new research offers the first proof that dangerous genitalia in males can represent a reproductive advantage. The resulting wounds in the females, however, are likely just an "unfortunate side effect" of the strategy, Arnqvist said, and do not provide a reproductive benefit.

For instance, 20 to 30 seed beetle species have arisen whose males look nearly identical, but have wildly divergent sexual parts. "The male copulatory organ is the single [physical] trait that evolves very rapidly across animals," Arnqvist said.


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Facebook guidance, please

So, I have this "Save DNA Lounge" Facebook group. Dear Lazyweb, please tell me how to use it properly.

I wanted to send out an update to the people who joined the group about recent press (basically the same thing I just published in my DNA blog.)

I used "Message All Members" to do this.

Apparently what that does is, makes something show up in everybody's facebook "Inbox". But it doesn't show anything in their news feed, and it doesn't send them email about it. I think.

I guess my other options would have been to just post a "link" to the group (would that have shown up in the news feed? Who can tell?) or to edit some text into the "Recent News" field. (That appears also to not show up in the feed. I think.)

Is "Message All Members" the done thing? Or should I have done something else?

It's also infuriating that I can't type HTML anywhere on Facebook.

And that there is no place on the profile of the main DNA Lounge Facebook page to link to the "Save DNA Lounge" group, or even to include a sentence about what the hell DNA Lounge is.

"Facebook: At Least It's Not Myspace."™

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dnalounge update

DNA Lounge update, wherein we start the presses.
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something fishy

Nadya Vessey lost her legs as a child but now she swims like a mermaid.

Ms Vessey's mermaid tail was created by Wellington-based film industry wizards Weta Workshop after the Auckland woman wrote to them two years ago asking if they could make her a prosthetic tail. She was astounded when they agreed.

She lost both legs below the knee from a medical condition when she was a child and told Close Up last night her long-held dream had come true.

The suit was made mostly of wetsuit fabric and plastic moulds, and was covered in a digitally printed sock. Mermaid-like scales were painted by hand. Mr Taylor said not only did the tail have to be functional, it was important it looked realistic. "What became apparent was that she actually physically wanted to look like a mermaid."

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I, for one, welcome our new Japanese hydrocephalic, erect, and lactose intolerant overlords.

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Current Music: Aun -- Drainbow ♬

dnalounge update

DNA Lounge update, wherein we network socially.
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Fix it with BEES.

My friend cameo is opening an urban beekeeping store, Her Majesty's Secret Beekeeper. She's got hives. Hives all over the place. And a blog, hmsbeekeeprfeed.

What's the cheapest you can get tiny RFID tags? I was trying to talk her into lowjacking a statistically significant percentage of her bugs so that her hives can twitter.

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