Wednesday, May 02, 2018
Could Gene-Editing Technology Bring Back the Extinct Tasmanian Tiger?
With the stripes of a tiger, the body shape of a dog and the pouch of a kangaroo, the Australian thylacine was a unique combination of animals. Unfortunately, humans drove it to extinction, and the last one perished in 1936. However, as gene technology advances and the science of “de-extinction” ...
'Not science fiction any more': The Tasmanian tiger could soon be back from extinction
Andrew Pask, a scientist from the University of Melbourne, was part of a team who worked for 10 years to discover all the genetic information of the thylacine. They did this with the help of a four-week-old thylacine joey that had been preserved in a liquid chemical when it died a long time ago. This joey is ...
'It's not science fiction, it's science fact': Australian scientists plan to CLONE the Tasmanian tiger ...
'You would have to make a lot more changes to make the numbat DNA look like a thylacine but the technology for making those changes has gotten exponentially easier in the last five or so years because of the people who are doing the mammoth work,' Professor Pask said. The Tasmanian Tiger ...
Posted by Jon Downes at 1:11 PM
What has Corinna's column of Fortean bird news got to do with cryptozoology?
Well, everything, actually!
In an article for the first edition of Cryptozoology Bernard Heuvelmans wrote that cryptozoology is the study of 'unexpected animals' and following on from that perfectly reasonable assertion, it seems to us that whereas the study of out-of-place birds may not have the glamour of the hunt for bigfoot or lake monsters, it is still a perfectly valid area for the Fortean zoologist to be interested in.
Posted by Jon Downes at 12:50 PM
The Gonzo Daily: Wednesday
Ummm my name is Jonathan and it has been two weeks since my last drink. Ummm that is totally true, but how long I shall keep it up for I don't know, but I am detoxing for a bit.
Graham is currently somewhere over the Atlantic on the way to Boston and then Phoenix, Arizona. he will be away for three weeks, and I am missing him already. Today is Andy the Druid's birthday,and we wish him all that he would wish himself. In other news.......ummm: there isn't any, except for me having finished Jon Dunn's wonderful book about British orchids; in which he sets himself the task of seeing every British orchid species in a single summer. I would recommend it to anyone.
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THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
Gonzo Weekly #284
THE NO LOVE LIKE STRANGE LOVE ISSUE
In the week where things get stranger than strange, Doug interviews the mighty Strangelove, we interview Biff Vernon about a series of maritime art projects in Lincolnshire, John gives us a debriefing about Record Store Day 2018, Alan remembers the Necessaries, and Jon muses on Morrissey and remembers Anarchopunk LPs.
And there are radio shows from Strange Fruit's Neil Nixon doing something rather naughty, AND Mack Maloney, AND Friday Night Progressive, there are columns from all sorts of folk including Neil Nixon, Kev Rowlands AND the irrepressible Corinna, and Roy Weard, and C J Stone, tho' Mr Biffo are sadly absent this week. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and long nosed potoroos who have stood around waiting for other potoroos (OK, nothing to do with small marsupials who have decided to stage a reading of the Samuel Beckett classic, but I got carried away with things that rhymed with OOOOS) than you can shake a stick at. And the best part is IT's ABSOLUTELY FREE!!!
This issue features:
Morrissey, Biff Vernon, Marcus Vergette, Time and Tide Bell, Nile Rodgers, Asia, Kate Bush, Prince, Rod Stewart, Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Paul Gray, Bob Dorough, Tim Bergling (aka Avicii), Ian Stuart Colman, Ramon Conchas, Robbee Mariano, Brian Henry Hooper, Inuka, Nabi Tajima, Rick Wakeman, Natural Gas, Ashton, Gardner and Dyke, Michael Bruce, Man, Doug Harr, Depeche Mode, Strangelove, Alan Dearling, Event Horizon, The Necessaries, John Brodie-Good, Record Store Day 2018, Kev Rowland, The Dark Element, Deluge Grander, Diable Swing Orchestra, Eden Shadow, Elaine Samuels & Kindred Spirit, Electric Wizard, Eye of Nix, Flames of Genesis, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Chris Stone, Hawkwind, Jon Downes, The Wild Colonial Boy, Martin Springett, Gary Miller, Steve Ignorant, Anarchopunk, John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie, Neil Nixon, Peter Frampton,
And the last few issues are:
Issue 283 (Record Store Day)
Issue 282 (Neil Finn and Fleetwood Mac)
Issue 281 (Carl Palmer)
Issue 280 (Steve Andrews)
Issue 279 (Biffo)
Issue 278 (The Beatles)
Issue 277 (Auld Man's Baccie)
Issue 276 (Dukes of the Orient)
Issue 275 (Martin Gordon)
Issue 274 (Steve Took)
Issue 273 (Live Dead 69)
Issue 272 (George Butler)
Issue 271 (Mark E Smith)
Issue 270 (Eric Clapton)
Issue 269 (Narnia)
Issue 267-8 (Happy New Year)
Issue 265-6 (The Who)
Issue 264 (John McLaughlin)
Issue 263 (The magic Band)
Issue 262 (DikMik)
Issue 261 (Leonard Cohen)
Issue 260 (Amsterdam Squat Festie)
All issues from #70 can be downloaded at www.gonzoweekly.com if you prefer. If you have problems downloading, just email me and I will add you to the Gonzo Weekly dropbox. The first 69 issues are archived there as well. Information is power chaps, we have to share it!
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Posted by Jon Downes at 12:47 PM
OTD 1933: Loch Ness monster hunting craze begins
Last year, alleged sightings of the Loch Ness monster rose to eight - the highest number since 2000. In recent years, the most sightings were made in 1996 when 17 accounts were logged with the official register. More sightings were made in the 1930s and the 1960s, when sometimes more than 20 a ...
CBF Morning Run: Seeing how the sausage is made, pruning jobs at Scotts, booking a room in ...
1933, Loch Ness Monster sighted. The newspaper Inverness Courier ran a story about a local couple that said they saw “an enormous animal rolling and plunging on the surface.” The story of the “monster” (the Courier editor chose that name) became worldwide news when London reporters descended ...
The Loch Ness Monster could be a freak of nature
It was on this day 85 years ago, May 2, 1933, that an extraordinary story appeared in The Inverness Courier newspaper and began a global phenomenon. Aldie Mackay, a hotel manager, and her husband were driving past Loch Ness on a sunny, cool and calm afternoon in April 1933 when they saw ...
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The infrastructure of the Centre for Fortean Zoology has changed rapidly over the last few years and truthfully doesn’t look like its going to stop changing anytime soon.
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And now some more recent news from the CFZ Newsdesk
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And now some more recent news from the CFZ Newsdesk
AND TO WHISTLE WHILE YOU WORK... (Music that may have some relevance to items also on this page, or may just reflect my mood on the day)
Posted by Jon Downes at 12:30 AM