August 26, 2016

A Seattle dad’s dying gift: that little daughter know her African-American heritage

SEATTLE — When Wilson McLaurin learned earlier this year that he had terminal pancreatic cancer, he started settling his affairs. As an adventurer who’d accumulated few possessions in his lifetime, he had only one true concern: What would become of his 3-year-old daughter? Mariah, born when McLaurin was 64 and still struggling with alcoholism, had primarily… [Read more…]

Faroe Island’s Investment In A Mega School Has Just Broken Ground

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The capitol city of Torshvan on the main island in the Faroe Islands has just broken ground on a new higher education center that will accommodate 1200 students and 300 teachers. I mentioned the Faroe Island in my post about them testing all the islander’s DNA recently,

The Potential Health Results Of The Faroe Island DNA Project Might Be Astounding

as you may remember. It looks like the Danish self-governing archipelego is well on it’s way to adopting and promoting  their homeland as a destination for forward thinking inhabitants. The design of the school looks fascinating to me as it will have five P-shaped stories, the tail of each P projecting at different angles. What a wonderful environment in which to learn while looking out on a beautiful landscape.

Havin’ My Baby….Neanderthal

Just Say No To Neanderthal Cloning

I suppose it was bound to happen. A geneticist wants to implant an embryo with Neanderthal genes. Kind of goes without saying, but no one learned anything from Jurassic Park and the velociraptors? I know I refer to this all the time, but I love the lines where Jeff Goldblum‘s character Dr. Malcolm and John Hammond are discussing cloning:

John Hammond: I don’t think you’re giving us our due credit. Our scientists have done things which nobody’s ever done before…
Dr. Ian Malcolm: Yeah, yeah, but your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could that they didn’t stop to think if they should.

 

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Wilkerson and Yates – December Family Birthdays

22 Dec 1893: Roy DeSpain [share tree]
Image of George Poindexter taken from the US C...

Image of George Poindexter taken from the US Congress Biographical Directory http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=P000402 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

25 Dec 1858: Jason Barlow [share tree]
25 Dec 1785: Adam Jordan [share tree]
25 Dec 1781: Mary Kelsay [share tree]
26 Dec 1920: George L Rehr [share tree]
27 Dec 1800: Terry Bailey [share tree]
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