The ironic thing I refer to is the meeting I went to today. We were reading a paper that had recently been published in Nature on the topic of ubiquitin-dependent pathways and calorie restriction---essentially how starving, under strict control, leads to longer life. How was this ironic? We were doing this while gnawing through 6 boxes of pizza and drinking several 6-packs of Coca-cola.
Let me tell you, we all felt sorry for the starved subjects in the study. The mice and C Elegans might live longer, but a full belly of pizza is happiness. Short term, I admit. But who wants to wait 50 plus years to reap a benefit? I can get my pizza-bliss in 15 minutes.
In case anyone is curious, the normal life span of a mouse is 2 years and C Elegans is around a month. Though in some studies they have Elegans going out to 80 days. That's over double the normal life span---but no pizza. Just not worth it!
On to politics! Yesterday I was commenting about Dr Gates, President Obama, and Officer Crowley so I figured I'd revisit the topic. I saw all three interviewed separately on the morning news this morning before work. I was impressed with how well President Obama was able to hold his ground and sound presidential while defending his position on the "police acted stupidly" comment.
When ex-president Bush (the wienie, not the father) would be called to task he always came off as being a little kid trying to lie his way out of trouble. President Obama is a breath of fresh air in that regard. Still, he might have pulled his punch a little with his wording. The word stupid is kinda strong when you're not sure of your facts yet. And speaking of facts, both Dr Gates and Officer Crowley came across well in their interviews. One or both is fibbing about what happened but it was hard to tell from their interviews. Maybe it'll become obvious as time goes by...
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