Jane Austen’s Relation to Mouse Pee
Biologists at the University of Liverpool have named a protein in mouse urine after Mr. Darcy, the famous character from Jane Austen’s novel “Pride & Prejudice”. This species-specific pheromone, “darcin”, draws the female mice to the odor of male mice. Now I’ll be the first to admit that most scientists are weird (I’m a stellar example), but REALLY?! You’re choosing to honor Jane Austen by naming something in mouse piss after Mr. Darcy? And I’m not against being creative or funny when it comes to scientific naming – quite the contrary. In fact, back in college I always swore that if I ever discovered a protein or something, I would name it “Giggity” (this was back when I still liked Family Guy – but we won’t get into that).
There are SO many other names you could’ve gone with, given the fact that this thing is in MOUSE PISS. Do you have any enemies? Come on – you’re a scientist! You were definitely beat up in high school or at least have people who you feel have wronged you in some way. What about public figures you don’t agree with? Anyone remember when that sewage treatment plant in San Francisco tried to get its name changed to the “George W. Bush Sewage Plant”? Brilliant!
[via Live Science]
Bionic Domesticated Pet of the Week:
Oscar, the bionic kitty.
[via Popular Science]
Pfizer Pfucked Up
I’m exhausted after that superb pun but I’ll try and keep writing. The FDA cited Pfizer after failing to report the side effects of several drugs including Viagra, Lipitor, and Lyrica. It turns out that while it was known that Viagra could cause vision problems (even blindness [insert your favorite masturbation leads to blindness joke here]), Pfizer had failed to report many cases by downplaying how bad these cases really were. Which sounds pretty bad, right? Well the PfFDA Pfucked Pfizer in the Pface (AHH I can’t stop!) by giving them a 12-page warning letter and 15 days to resubmit their results (AKA 20 minutes in the dunce cap). Be warned FDA, if you take away our countries’ Viagra how will our 50-something guys (and over-adventurous 20-something guys) regain their vitality??
And because we’re already on the topic…
Interested in a few more minutes of sex? Of course you are! Scientists at Shionogi Pharma have developed “PSD502” (what a sexy name) a spray that helped extend the average length of sex from 36 seconds to a whopping 3.3 minutes. And in order to ensure accuracy, the men had to hold a stopwatch while they were having sex! HOT. The drug contains lidocaine and prilocaine and is sprayed directly onto the penis. Wow, because nothing says foreplay like aerosoling your junk.
[via Renal & Urology News]
The Mars500 crew messaged me back on Twitter! YOU GUYS – we are talking to people in fake outer space!! Make sure to leave your questions for Diego in the comments or write to him on Twitter! Now excuse me while I do several nerd victory laps around the room. WooOOoOooOOoO!