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What If? Rejects #6.1: A Well-Balanced Meal, Part 3

Two years ago, I began a series of posts based on Randall Munroe’s book, What If? The What If? book and website are described as “serious scientific answers to absurd hypothetical questions.” However, there were some questions that were too … Continue reading

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What If? Rejects #6.1: A Well-Balanced Meal, Part 2

In Randall Munroe’s What If?, one of the most complex questions that he declines to answer is the following: What is the total nutritional value (calories, fat, vitamins, minerals, etc.) of the average human body? Since he didn’t answer, I … Continue reading

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What If? Rejects #6.1: A Well-Balanced Meal, Part 1

Previous post in this series: Cutting the Cheese Q: What is the total nutritional value (calories, fat, vitamins, minerals, etc.) of the average human body? Randall’s response: Black Hat Guy [a character who plays evil pranks] says, “…I need to … Continue reading

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Of mice and men and monkeys

Caloric restriction is a diet in which humans or animals eat fewer calories than they normally would–anywhere from 20% to 50% less. It has become a fad diet for some, not just for losing weight (which is the obvious result), … Continue reading

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Supreme Court rules human genes are not patentable

In what is widely seen as a victory for science and medical research, as well as common sense, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled unanimously today that human genes cannot be patented. (Read the opinion here.) At issue … Continue reading

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De-extinction: not to be or to be?

The latest word in environmentalism is “de-extinction”: resurrecting species that have gone extinct by cloning them (or occasionally by selective breeding, such as recreating the wild aurochs from domestic cattle). While there are a handful of species we might actually … Continue reading

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