Nyiragongo Crater

"The goal of the expedition is to reach the rim of the lava lake. Nobody has previously survived such an encounter."

Previously, previously, previously.

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Avoid spikes: timeless advice.

Well that's more like it. Having declared defeat in the self-repair battle, Colin from Tilt took the monitor away and brought it back having replaced even more components and repaired a bunch of damaged traces. It works great now!

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DNA Lounge update

DNA Lounge update, wherein are presented calendar shake-ups, photos, and minor pizza updates.
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My Bloody Mary appears to include cheese.

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Hipsters and their fixies...

The National Penny Farthing Championships

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DNA Lounge update

DNA Lounge update, wherein Facebook Worships Satan.
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The first performance of "Smack My Bitch Up", 1965.

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Apparently it is a sheep.

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W.S.B. Turd.

What is the process?

  1. Take a glob of William S. Burroughs' preserved shit
  2. Isolate the DNA with a kit
  3. Make, many, many copies of the DNA we extract
  4. Soak the DNA in gold dust
  5. Load the DNA dust into a genegun (a modified air pistol)
  6. Fire the DNA dust into a mix of fresh sperm, blood and shit
  7. Call the genetically modified mix of blood, shit, and sperm a living bioart, a new media paint, a living cut-up literary device and/or a mutant sculpture.

Where is the shit?

The shit is preserved in Lawrence, Kansas by old friends of Bill. The Burroughs Estate has given us their thumbs up to the project.

What kind of genes are in shit?

The Intestinal Flora Genome Project studies the microflora of human guts. It is possible that each person has their own signature microbiota populations.

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Good to know: Mafia's Corpse-Dissolving Claims Exaggerated

Contrary to claims made by informants within the Sicilian Mafia, sulfuric acid will not dissolve a corpse in minutes, a new study finds.

The research, reported Feb. 23 at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, was part of a wider effort to test claims about the mafia’s “lupara bianca,” or “white shotgun” murders, wherein the subject is known to be dead but a body is never found.

Experiments conducted on partial pig carcasses, a widely accepted stand-in for human bodies, showed that it takes days to melt flesh in sulfuric acid. Adding water to the acid speeds up the process, dissolving muscle and cartilage within 12 hours and turning bone to dust within two days, suggesting that the technique could render a corpse completely unrecognizable.

“But it is impossible that they completely destroyed a corpse with acid,” said study coauthor Massimo Grillo of the University of Palermo in Italy.

Police found tanks of acid in a Palermo hideout known as the “chamber of death,” where crime boss Filippo Marchese purportedly dissolved victims after torturing them in the early 1980s, said Filippo Cascino, another study co-author at the University of Palermo.

Informants had described the disposal method, the researchers say, with statements like, “We put the people in acid. In 15, 20 minutes they were no more — they became a liquid.”

The research suggests that the members of the crime clan were not as good at telling time as they were at ritual murder.

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