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Archive for March 9th, 2009

The New Respect for Science: Obama Reverses Bush Stem Cell Ban

Posted by mattusmaximus on March 9, 2009

All I can say is… WHOO-HOOOOO!!! 😀

Watch the entire video clip, because President Obama makes remarks which show this is about so much more than just stem cell research – it is about the entire endeavor of science.

See my recent post – Federal Funding of Embryonic Stem Cell Research – to learn more about this topic and why it is important to not allow political ideology to trump science.

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“Borneo Monster” Follow-Up

Posted by mattusmaximus on March 9, 2009

I blogged recently about the supposed “Borneo Monster” – what was claimed to be a 100-foot long snakelike creature photographed in the Baleh River on the island of Borneo in Indonesia. In my earlier post I explained why I thought the photos were bogus, and now we have even more solid evidence that they are, in fact, fakes.

It seems an industrious poster, Fromage, on a BoingBoing.net article on this story has found the original photograph from which the fake photo was made. Here’s a link to the relevant comments by Fromage…

FAKE!

Using the great tool “TinEye” you can see that is a fake.

The original picture can be seen here :
http://sl.iciba.com/viewthread-33-379175-1.shtml

(Could be the Congo river)

The TinEye link :
http://tineye.com/search/48aadefac26549bbf2bfcbd629708aacf3fa4f65

For purposes of comparison, I shall place the two photos one after the other. The real, undoctored photo is shown first…

baleh river

And now the faked “Borneo Monster” photo…

faked borneo monster photo

There you go, folks. It’s a fake. It’ll be interesting to see what the true believers say about this. Should be funny 🙂

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