Tadpoles Made To Grow Eyes?

For the first time, scientists have altered natural bioelectrical communication among cells to directly specify the type of new organ to be created at a particular location within a vertebrate organism. Using genetic manipulation of membrane voltage in Xenopus (frog) embryos, biologists at Tufts University’s School of Arts and Sciences were able to cause tadpoles to grow eyes outside of the head area… To do this, they changed the voltage gradient of cells in the tadpoles’ back and tail to match that of normal eye cells. The eye-specific gradient drove the cells in the back and tail — which would normally develop into other organs — to develop into eyes.” w/ photos

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Michelle Obama Breaks Jumping Jacks Record

Michelle Obama now holds part of a world record. The first lady announced in an email Monday that her October bid to break the record for the most people doing jumping jacks in a 24-hour period succeeded. Mrs. Obama says 300,265 people participated, shattering the old record. In order to achieve her goal, Mrs. Obama led about 400 elementary and middle-school students from Washington in jumping jacks on the South Lawn of the White House.” w/ photo

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Huge Slip N’ Slide FAIL

“Just wanted to share this will everyone! I posted it it earlier, but this time I’m posting it so you can really experience the slo-mo and the pain he went through!” — dspence44

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Crazy Army Display

“The South Korean military put on an awesome display, as they celebrate the 63rd Armed Forces Day in Gaeryongdae, South Korea… They will sure´╗┐ have the upperhand while fighting a army of bricks.” — DreamOfRetribution

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Mini Powered Forklift

This is the pedal-powered, ride-on version of a Linde 394 forklift that raises and lowers at its driver’s command. Made in Germany, its lifting fork is raised by turning a hand crank and held into place with a locking lever, tilting slightly backward to keep an included plastic 6 1/2 lb.-capacity pallet stable, just like a real forklift. Pedals power the forklift forward and backwards with a precisely engineered chain drive, its integrated eccentric keeps the chain taut for efficient power transfer to the rear axle. The four plastic tires have rubber traction strips. Its squat, robust chassis is made from sturdy ABS plastic while its axles, steering rod, and pedals are made from durable steel.” w/ photo

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Top 10 Marketing Gimmicks Gone Wrong

“Companies are like insecure teenage girls: they want your money and will do almost anything for attention. Most corporations have better marketing strategists than teenagers, and come up with creative publicity stunts that reach a wide audience and promote their brand. Every once in while, though, you find a gimmick that must’ve sounded good in the pitch meetings but ended up totally backfiring. Here are 10 marketing stunts that didn’t go according to plan.” w/ photos

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