In "DNA testing is dead, long live DNA."

You could definitely use mtDNA to eliminate suspects, but not to confirm, as mtDNA is inherited directly from your maternal line - any one who has the same maternal lineage as you will have the same, or virtually the same, mtDNA. As far as DNA testing goes it is far from dead. A positive match of a human genetic fingerprint is still a positive match with the chance that another person has an identical genetic fingerprint being 1 in 82 billion (except in the case of identical twins). Negative results however, are slightly less conclusive, but only slightly as chimeric individuals are extremely rare.

In "It's cold & rainy: let's all take a personality defect quiz!"

Hippie You are 28% Rational, 57% Extroverted, 14% Brutal, and 14% Arrogant. You are the Hippie! Characterized by a strong sense of extroversion, irrationality, gentleness, and humility, you no doubt frolic through fields preaching peace and love to all! You are probably either very spiritual or needlessly paranoid about "the man", like most hippies, as a result of your focus on intuition and feelings over cold, brutal logic. You are also very, very social. And like any hippie, who would have no qualms about hitchiking across the country just to meet some interesting people, you too love to interact with others, even complete strangers. Because we know most any hippie is peace-loving and humble, it stands to reason that you, as well, are terribly gentle and humble, almost to the point of revulsion. Your carefree attitude of peace and harmony is probably very, very sickening to realists or cynics or anyone who isn't a hippie, to tell the truth. In short, your personality is defective because you are overly emotional, extroverted, gentle, and humble--thus making you an annoying hippie. And you listen to psychadelic rock and smoke a whole lot of pot. Okay, maybe not, but I wouldn't be surprised if you did. I'm a hippie, can you believe it? I spend my time traipsing across the country, chasing down Joshua Trees and before you know it people start calling you a hippie. Well I'll be damned if I'll start listening to the greatful dead and wearing hippie skirts, but like it or not the description is pretty accurate

In "Curious George: Going to Bonnaroo "

Sexyrobot, I live and dream for going to Dollywood, but unfortunately it will not be on this trip to tennessee. Thank you for the advice and ideas (and the warnings - I'll be sure to pass them on).

In "LA Meetup Featuring a22lamia at Casa de Calamari"

Man I would have never gone home if I knew there were going to be blue footed boobies.

umm that was red beans and rice - I'm definitely still recovering ....

Hey Squidranch, Mandyman, Space Kitty and Sexy Robot I just wanted to say thanks for putting together a meetup on less than 24 hours notice for a dirty desert camper such as myself. It was fun meeting all of you and a great way to wrap up my California trip. And I have to say, not only is Squidranch an awesome host, he makes the meanest red rice and beans west of the mississippi - mmmmh.

In "Curious George 24 hours in LA"

An east coaster in the LA ranks? Sounds fun. Check your email - I've sent you my number.

Thanks for the tips keep them coming! Squidranch, the museum of Jurassic Tech sounds perfect. As far as interests go I think we both like things a bit off the beaten path. Outside of chasing Joshua Trees, I'm interested in music, odd museums and quirky historical places, my friend is into bikes, folk music and the sort. And PY, I feel like the luckiest person in the world that I get to come out here 3 or 4 tmes a year - I'm never leaving grad school!

Errr, why doesn't more inside come up on preview........

In "Everyday Tips"

When your stir fry is missing "something" try a hefty splash of lemon juice. Stop buying paper towels and napkins, you'll save money in the long run and there is nothing a paper towel can do that a dish towel can't do better(Koko they can even be used in a pinch for a coffee filter) Become a minimalist. Life is a ton easier when you don't have crap piled all around you. If, in the last year you dusted something more than you used it, didn't wear a piece of clothing, or didn't pick up a book donate or freecycle it.

In ""

What beautiful pictures, thank you for sharing! Congratulations!

In "Curious George: Tactlessness"

Politics: Idon't really fall well into either party, but I vote democrat. I'm generally a liberal who thinks people should take more self responsibility. Religion: I'm an athiest, but also what I call an ethnic catholic. My mother passed away when I was eleven, and one of the only things that makes me feel close to her memory is going to church. Money: I'm a grad student making about $17.000 a year

In "Aggravated George: Biopython"

thank you for the help, but, pmdboi, my knight in shining armor wins. Two plus hours leading me by the hand on AIM - Thank you!!!!!

In "US Judge orders removal of anti-evolution stickers"

hey shinything - the Catholic church actually accepts evolution. Now if we could just get them to open their mind on birth control we'd be making some real progress...

In "MoFi T Shirt Orders"

1 mens large - subject to change if we get the babydoll option...

In "Curious, George: Dealing with depression"

Having been the best friends of a diabetic for 15 + years I would also look at her blood sugar levels. I know pumps are a godsend for diabetics, but her behavior sounds very similar to my friends when her blood sugar levels were out of control in her early 20's. Does she test regularly? Assuming her diabetes is truly under control, her behavior is definitely alarming. I would be as honest with her as you have been with us - telling her all of her concerns and really encouraging her to get professional help.

In "Something fishy about this..."

So I've got the jar in front of me, I'm tempted to try it, but I really can't imagine it is suppose to smell this strong - can anyone confirm the strong odor? I'm 1 1/2 hours away from a hospital so I'm not really interested in food poisoning...

I'd like posters of plants or John Cusack (but I'm a bit too old to be covering my walls with movie stars). Speaking of squid - a friend of mine from Japan left me some squid jerky - anyone ever eat the stuff? It smells awful.

In "The Nectar of the Gods is under threat of extinction"

"Pulque is the sap of the maguey cactus, which grows in dry desert plains." I don't care how they get the sap - will someone tell these people it is not a cactus. Aloes, agaves, yuccas - not cacti. Sorry, its a touchy subject.....

In "He's Just Not That Into You: eviscerated"

I'm hoping someday being single won't be seen as a disease or a situation to be pitied. I hate the men are asses and women should learn to live with it attitude in this book. I know lots of wonderful men, men whose emotions are far more complex than this book portrays. I also know plenty of women who act like asses and treat men like dirt. The only sound advice here is to not waste time on a man (or woman) who doesn't give you the attention and respect you deserve - the rest is just regurgitated cosmo shit.

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