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Duck Penis

Who knew duck's even had penises? Most birds don't.

Link to the article explaining how female ducks have convoluted vaginas to protect them from unwanted sperm and how the male duck's penises have evolved to counteract that.

I feel the picture of Daisy and Donald Duck accompanying the article to be particularly squicky.

Slyn says i'm cruel and very unusual for sharing.


By min | December 24, 2009, 1:14 PM | Science | Comments (0)| Link



Is it really worth it?

Link:

SCIENTISTS have grown meat in the laboratory for the first time. Experts in Holland used cells from a live pig to replicate growth in a petri dish.

The advent of so-called "in-vitro" or cultured meat could reduce the billions of tons of greenhouse gases emitted each year by farm animals - if people are willing to eat it.

So far the scientists have not tasted it, but they believe the breakthrough could lead to sausages and other processed products being made from laboratory meat in as little as five years' time.

There's already an array of vegetarian meat substitutes that "reduce the billions of tons of greenhouse gases emitted each year by farm animals". I recognize that not everyone finds it an acceptable alternative to the real thing. But it doesn't sound like this stuff would be any better. And i would think the "ick" factor is much higher here.


By fnord12 | December 1, 2009, 12:07 PM | Science | Comments (3)| Link



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