Indecent Body Exposure at the Olympics

This is how Iranian television covers the 2016 Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro.

And the following is one of the most powerful images of the Olympics: a beach volley match between Egypt and Germany.

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Indecent Exposure

The concept of acceptable level of nudity in public and on TV varies remarkably around the world.

In Europe full frontal nudity is regularly seen on TV and in public. To Europeans, nudity isn’t always a sexual thing.

Meanwhile, in America, nudity is a taboo. TV broadcasters in the U.S. can’t show nudity on the air between the hours of 6 a.m. and 10 p.m.

In America, public nudity is often considered “indecent exposure” and is actually a punishable crime.

In Europe, however, Munich has legalized nudity in six “Urban Naked Zones,” Denmark legalized nakedness on all public beaches in 1976, and the Netherlands legalized “recreational nudity” back in 1985.

Out of all 50 wonderfully clothed states in America, only New York, Hawaii, Maine, New Hampshire, Ohio, and Texas have explicitly legalized toplessness of both men and women in public places.

On the flip side, good old Utah is one of the handful of states that went out of its way to include breast-feeding mothers in the category of “public lewdness.” In Louisiana, an exposed nipple could land you in jail for three years

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

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The difference between a good (American) school and a bad (Spanish) school for 14 year olds in two pictures…

1) An email asking my son to choose two between the elective subjects: advanced networking, genetics, 3D design, movie making, photography, advanced math, culinary arts, creative writing. And to choose two between 4 languages: French, Spanish, German, Chinese.

2) My son was forced to write 30 times «I will not speak even if I have raised my hand to ask to speak» by his  professor in a Spanish school.

You can make your own judgment…

That Was Then, This Is Now

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These are the results achieved in the past ten years in Iraq, Libya, Yemen and Syria

The joint operations were largely led by an alliance of the U.S. with the royals of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE, Kuwait, and other friendly countries, which finance jihadists everywhere but in their own country.

What’s especially interesting there, is that the vast majority of these missions were led by the U.S. and the Saud family, the royals who own Saudi Arabia, and who are the world’s largest buyers of American weaponry.

Via Zerohedge

1 Minute on the Internet in 2016

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701.389 logins on Facebook.

64.444 hours are watched on Netflix.

150 million emails are sent.

1.389 Uber transport services.

527.760 ictures shared on Snapchat.

51.000 apps downloaded from the Apple App Store.

$203.596 in sales at Amazon.

120 new accounts on Linkedin.

347.222 tuits on Twitter.

38.052 hoirs fo music are listened on Spotify.

2,4 millon searches on Google.

20,8 millon essages sent with WhatsApp

2,78 millon videos watched on Youtube.

You can Program the DNA of a Living Cell with your Laptop

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This is impressive beyond belief! It is now possible to use a language to program new functions into the DNA of living creatures with a web-based application from a laptop computer.

Biological engineers of the Massachusetts Institute of Technogy (MIT) have created a programming language that allows them to rapidly design complex, DNA-encoded circuits that give new functions to living cells.

Using this language, anyone can write a program for the function they want, such as detecting and responding to certain environmental conditions. They can then generate a DNA sequence that will achieve it.

“It is literally a programming language for bacteria.  You use a text-based language, just like you’re programming a computer. Then you take that text and you compile it and it turns it into a DNA sequence that you put into the cell, and the circuit runs inside the cell.”

Christopher Voigt,  MIT Professor of Biological Engineering.

Voigt and colleagues at Boston University and the National Institute of Standards and Technology have used this language, which they describe in the April 1 issue of Science, to build circuits that can detect up to three inputs and respond in different ways. Future applications for this kind of programming include designing bacterial cells that can produce a cancer drug when they detect a tumor, or creating yeast cells that can halt their own fermentation process if too many toxic byproducts build up.

The researchers plan to make the user design interface available on the Web.

No experience needed

Over the past 15 years, biologists and engineers have designed many genetic parts, such as sensors, memory switches, and biological clocks, that can be combined to modify existing cell functions and add new ones.

However, designing each circuit is a laborious process that requires great expertise and often a lot of trial and error. “You have to have this really intimate knowledge of how those pieces are going to work and how they’re going to come together,” Voigt says.

Users of the new programming language, however, need no special knowledge of genetic engineering.

“You could be completely naive as to how any of it works. That’s what’s really different about this,” Voigt says. “You could be a student in high school and go onto the Web-based server and type out the program you want, and it spits back the DNA sequence.”

The language is based on Verilog, which is commonly used to program computer chips. To create a version of the language that would work for cells, the researchers designed computing elements such as logic gates and sensors that can be encoded in a bacterial cell’s DNA. The sensors can detect different compounds, such as oxygen or glucose, as well as light, temperature, acidity, and other environmental conditions. Users can also add their own sensors. “It’s very customizable,” Voigt says.

The biggest challenge, he says, was designing the 14 logic gates used in the circuits so that they wouldn’t interfere with each other once placed in the complex environment of a living cell.

In the current version of the programming language, these genetic parts are optimized for E. coli, but the researchers are working on expanding the language for other strains of bacteria, includingBacteroides, commonly found in the human gut, and Pseudomonas, which often lives in plant roots, as well as the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae.This would allow users to write a single program and then compile it for different organisms to get the right DNA sequence for each one.

Biological circuits

Using this language, the researchers programmed 60 circuits with different functions, and 45 of them worked correctly the first time they were tested. Many of the circuits were designed to measure one or more environmental conditions, such as oxygen level or glucose concentration, and respond accordingly. Another circuit was designed to rank three different inputs and then respond based on the priority of each one.

Read more at MIT Press Center

Venezuela

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The picture describes better than a thousand words how bad the situation has got in Venezuela.

A man was caught smuggling… not drugs, not guns…

But food – powdered milk!!!

Venezuela is the country in the world with the highest level of oil reserves. It is an uncommonly blessed country as far as natural resources and geographic position.  It is not being bombed from forrign powers or ravaged by 5 years of civil war like Syria. 

The mess can only be be attributed to a massively incompetent government.