Scientists genetically modify thinner and leaner pigs


Scientists genetically modify thinner and leaner pigs

Using the controversial gene-editing technology, CRISPR, scientists in China have created pigs that are thinner and leaner.

Jianguo Zhao of the Institute of Zoology at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing worked with a team to create 12 healthy pigs with about 24% less body fat than normal pigs. They used CRISPR to target a special protein known for regulating body temperature by burning a fat protein called UCP1.

As anyone who loves bacon probably knows, it is high in fat, calories, sodium and nitrates. Low-fat pigs mean automatic low-fat bacon, but that wasn’t the original purpose.

Using the controversial gene-editing technology, CRISPR, scientists in China have created pigs that are thinner and leaner.
The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, said the experiment was meant to cut down on the UCP1 fat in order to make the pigs less susceptible to cold in winter, cutting costs for farmers.

“They could maintain their body temperature much better, which means that they could survive better in the cold weather,” Zhao said in an interview with NPR.

Zhao said he doubts the gene editing affects the taste of the meat, but R. Michael Roberts, a University of Missouri professor who edited the paper told NPR he didn’t think the Food and Drug Administration would approve the genetically modified pigs for sale. Genetically modified foods are still highly regulated and highly taboo.

The New 840-Horsepower “Trans Am” Is Insane Fun


The Drive’s Sean Evans drives the 840-hp “Trans Am Bandit Edition,” a Chevy Camaro SS-turned-Trans Am, complete with T-tops and a 7.4-liter supercharged V8. It’s the product of Trans Am Worldwide, of Florida, the state that gave us Burt Reynolds and crazy, badass things of all description.

Video shot and edited by Andrew Siceloff, and produced by Cait Knoll

Source:www.thedrive.com

TRAXXAS XMAXX WITH A MOUNTED AR-15 – BEST RC TRUCK EVER


Just when you thought the Traxxas Xmaxx couldn’t get any better, a Youtuber mounted an AR-15 on to one.

So RomanAtwoodVlogs from YouTube had the crazy idea one day to mount an AR-15 on to his Traxxas Xmaxx. So he did. And he made this video. This has to be the best RC Truck I have personally ever seen. After this check out this home made AR-15 sentry gun.

Today I had a crazy idea to mount my AR15 to the top of my Traxxas Xmaxx. Obviously this is the most mild version of what this could be. DO NOT TRY THIS!! We had fun just watching the gun shoot from the body of the truck. And being able to shoot the AR15 from the rope was pretty crazy too.

Source: www.thefunnybeaver.com

How To Make A Swedish Log Stove


If you didn’t have the opportunity to see a Swedish flame log before, you will be amazed by its originality. This kind of outdoor fire will revolutionize the way you cook your meals when you go camping. You don’t need to bring with you too many tools or utensils because all you need to to is to find the perfect log. Make sure that it’s dry because the fire will last longer this way.

You also have to make sure that you carve it right. But don’t worry if you don’t know how to do it; these photos will teach you the right steps to follow in order to make one beautiful Sweedish flame log all by yourself. Give it a try!

As the name suggests, a Swedish log stove is an improvised instrument or a cooking method. It is also known by the name of “Swedish Fire Torch”. Try making it once and I promise you that you’ll do it again.

What you can also add to this original invention is a stovetop, but this is only up to your choice. If you don’t have one, just use the top of the log as it is.

What you’re going to need in order to be prepared and have a successful first experience, are the following items: a medium sized log, a chainsaw, a lighter or matches and kindling. You can also crack the log open with an axe.

Before we get into it, safety must come first. A chainsaw safety equipment is required: eye protection, hearing protection and a dust mask. If you’re used to chopping wood and you think that you can do it in a matter of minutes, you can only use some protection for your eyes.

The first step is setting your log in a vertical position and making sure you are placing it on a fire-safe place. Don’t set it too close to the tents.

After you get equipped with your safety gear you’re ready to begin step number two. Start your chainsaw and cut from top to bottom approximately ¾ of the log. Leave about 6 inches at the base.

Step three: create a bundle of kindling in the middle of the log and start a small fire. It already looks awesome!

Step four: as the small fire is slowly burning, continue to stoke it until the bundle of kindling start to descend into the log.

Step five: make sure you add some more kindling in the center of the long in order to keep the fire burning. It has to be strong enough so it won’t go out.

Step six: stop adding kindling once the log starts burning by itself without any outside help. Now you know for sure that it will burn for a few hours.

Step seven: you will observe that as minutes pass by, your fire will grow and create the finalized form of the Swedish Torch.

Step eight: once you reach this level, you’re ready to place the pot or pan with the food you want to cook. Pay attention because you might burn it! The fire won’t be the same as when you’re cooking at home. Like comment and share, Enjoy!

Source and more info: www.mutually.com

The 750-HP Shelby F-150 Super Snake Is a $100,000 Thundertruck


Sad that the Ford no longer sells an F-150 Lightning? Want a full-size truck with Dodge Hellcat-rivaling power? Shelby American has the answers to these questions and more. For a little under $100,000, Shelby will sell you the F-150 Super Snake, a truck with a 750-hp 5.0-liter supercharged V8.

Unlike the Ford F-150 Raptor, the Super Snake is designed for on-road use only, as evidenced by its extremely low front air dam and side sills. Naturally, the Super Snake wears twin white racing stripes and a no lack of Shelby badging–lest you forget who builds this truck. Shelby also throws in a new tonneau cover, rear bumper, and interior badging.

Shelby says it aimed to improve the F-150’s handling for the Super Snake, and collaborated with Ford Performance and Borla for its development. The Super Snake is available with either rear- or four-wheel drive and each truck comes with a three-year/36,000-mile warranty.

Source: www.roadandtrack.com

Wealthy homeowner refuses to move tank, says HOA is welcome to try and tow it


A homeowner in Houston, Texas is in hot water with his Home Owner’s Association after parking a fully restored Sherman tank outside his home.

Tony Buzbee made a small fortune as an attorney and spent over $600,000 restoring an authentic WWII Sherman that landed at D-Day. To Buzbee, the tank is a piece of history worth preserving, but his neighbors say it shouldn’t be preserved on the street. “Took a year to get here but now it’s on River Oaks Boulevard,” Buzbee told local news station KHOU 11. “This particular tank landed at Normandy. It liberated Paris and ultimately went all the way to Berlin. There’s a lot of history here.”

Calling the homes along River Oaks Blvd. “wealthy” would be an understatement. While some neighbors think the tank is an eye-sore, there’s no ordnance prohibiting Buzbee from parking his tank in front of his house. “It’s not violating any ordinance, but for some people it makes the homeowners association uncomfortable,” said Buzbee.

The HOA sent Buzbee a complaint saying the tank “impedes traffic”, causes a “safety issue” and is causing “serious concerns for neighbors”.

“If you’re offended just lighten up, my goodness it isn’t hurting anyone,” said Buzbee. It turns out that most of the neighbors actually like the tank. “It’s great for America,” said homeowner Ken Douglas. “I wish it was permanent. I think it’s an asset and I think if you watch the cars come up and slow down, you say to yourself, ‘wow, that’s America.’”

Buzbee says he’s not worried about the complaints. “The problem is there is no action they can take,” said Buzbee. “They can ticket it or they can try to tow it, but the truth is unless I decide to move it, it’s not going anywhere.”

The attorney turned historian is planning to move the tank to his ranch in East Texas. Chances are he’ll probably delay that trip a few more weeks.

What do you think about the tank in the road?

Source:www.americangg.net

Man dug a tunnel from home to the pub and drank every night while his wife slept


A plumber from Ireland, believe it or not, dug a tunnel from his bedroom to a local pub, located 800 meters away from his home. It took him 15 years to get it, and he came up with an idea after seeing the movie “The Shawshank Redemption”.The reason – his wife snoring extremely loud.

Patsy K. received a summons to the court after thanks to him sewage pipe under his neighbor’s house blew. He told the court everything related to his tunnel, as well as the reasons he had been digging for the past 15 years.

– My wife has a snoring problem. After watching the movie “The Shawshank Redemption” in 1994, I decided to do something about it, so I started digging a hole under the bed in the direction of a pub. I used all kinds of tools, from spoons to tunnel drills that I managed to take to the hole while my wife was in shopping. It was only in 2009 that I managed to go to the other side, in the women’s toilet and storage room – said Patsy.

For the past five years, Patsy went to the pub every night at 11:00 pm and returned in one hour after midnight. His wife did not even think what her husband was doing and where he was going when she fell asleep.  

– To be honest, I’m glad to be caught. My wife always felt that I smelled of alcohol, and I answered that it was my natural scent. It was just a matter of time when someone would catch me. The owner of the pub always wondered how I always came from nowhere, and how I got out of the women’s toilet – said Patsy.

The tunnel was discovered after a sewage problem emerged caused by a crack by Patsy accidentally struck while digging a hole.   update: Turns out this story is actually fake, it fooled us too. At least it was funny and entertaining…

Simple steak trick turns any cut into incredibly tender “poor man’s filet mignon”


Jack Scalfani from the Cooking With Jack Show shows us an incredibly simple trick to turn almost any cut of meat into a tender and juicy steak.

Using nothing more than a simple $1.99/lb steak, Jack makes a tasty meal he calls the “poor man’s filet mignon.”

The secret is coarse grain Kosher salt.

According to Jack, “The salt is going to pull the moisture out of this meat, and it’s also going to do something to the protein molecules. It’s going to break them down. I don’t know the science to it, I just know it works!”

Even if he doesn’t have a degree in Chemistry, Jack’s knows what he’s talking about.

Don’t believe him? Watch him demonstrate the effectiveness of this trick on two identical cuts of meat in the video below.

Source: www.americangg.net