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Archive for January, 2012

Alumni Alerts

January 22nd, 2012 | Category: Farscape Alumni

How Meta Is This?

Farscape’s Rockne O’Bannon makes a TV show about a cult TV show. The CW has revived his 2005 pilot Cult, which was originally going to be a show on predecessor network The WB before it was killed six years ago in the WB/UPN merger. Read all about it at io9. This is still in the pilot stage, so it is a ways away from something we can expect to see on our TV screen.

Just Missed It

Ben Browder just had a guest spot on this past week’s episode of Chuck – titled Chuck vs. the Bullet Train.  (Where was I? Oh, yeah, sleeping.)  You can probably catch this appearance on a re-run, or if your cable service offers it, it still might be available for viewing.

Still Game

Claudia Black voiced Chloe Frazer in a video game that was released for PlayStation 3 in early November. Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, is deemed an “adventures worthy of a big screen” by the New York Times, who describe it as “it is a captivating, engaging, grin-inducing adventure”.   Users at IMDB give it a 9.6 rating. What’re you waiting for? Go get it!

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Rygel’s Bio-functions Not So Weird After All

January 22nd, 2012 | Category: Farscape,Farscape Characters,Science

Genetially Engineered Stomach Microbe Converts Seaweed to Ethanol

Traditional sushi eaters have a specialized gut bacteria that helps them digest sushi wrappers, which isn’t present in North Americans.  This discovery helped lead synthetic biologist Yasuo Yoshikuni and his colleagues to figure out how to modify a sPortrait of Dominar Rygel XVItrain of E. coli so that it turns the sugars in an edible kelp called kombu into ethanol. More importantly, this transformation takes place with the temperature between 77 and 86 degrees Farenheit, which means it doesn’t take extra energy to make ethanol this way. This strain of E. coli likes it warm, too, so it’s not likely to escape into the wild and start consuming seaweed on its own. Read more about this at Scientific American.

So….Rygel’s ability to turn tannot root into a fuel for Peacekeeper weapons isn’t so farfetched. However, the Helium farts, or somehow providing nourishment for a growing human/sebacean embryo? That’s another matter entirely. Still, nothing is stranger than real life, and you just cannot predict which places new discoveries will take us to. This is why I never worried too much about the “science” of Farscape. Just because something seems impossible to us now, doesn’t mean it is.

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