But There's a Price To Pay
Has civility taken a back seat to outrage and anger? I've never been involved in politics, no do I have an interest in starting now, but it's certainly hard not to notice the heightened emotions reported by the media. Are "news organizations" partly (or largely) responsible, in this age of data-driven commerce. Outrageous headlines get more clicks, which get more ad revenue, a simple, measurable, and compelling formula for explaining what's going on... at least to me. And unfortunately, Shifty experienced it firsthand!
Who Might Benefit From A New Brain?
Organoids are tiny clusters of cells derived from stem cells. The Harvard Stem Cell Institute has an informative news article about organoids here. Science is clearly nowhere near being able to transplant a fully functional brain to replace what we have, but organoids will likely prove instrumental in being able to broaden the study of brain disease.
But Food Will Be Cheaper...
Max and Finn's mom won't let them eat GMO foods. She's just not convinced the FDA has required enough studies to prove they're safe. She's a big believer in locally grown produce and buys organic as much as possible!
Why have many countries, particularly in Europe, banned GMO's? Do their scientists know something we don't? Spending a bit of time with Dr. Google might reveal some interesting information.
A Higher Biomass
This strip was inspired by news that scientists have engineered a biochemical shortcut for the energy-expensive process known as photorespiration, published in the journal Science, and reported here. It has the potential for increasing crop yields by 40%.
Can Robots Be Bad For Society?
In this strip, I introduce 2 new characters to the Think Shop Family, Lefty and Shifty, lab mice who will complement kid scientists Max, Finn, Landon, and Penelope in their journey of scientific inquiry and self-discovery. I look forward to developing their little personalities.