5094 annotated genes have been documented in David Ewing Duncan’s
genome, a new world record. His DNA has been read by three different
companies, who’ve collectively checked 1.7 million locations out of the
3 billion positions of his DNA. His report from SNPedia can be read
The record was documented on June 7, 2009 in San Francisco, California.
Mike Carioso, curator of SNPedia, was present to serve as the witness.
On October 1, 2009, during the 19th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize
Ceremony in Cambridge, Massachusetts, eight Nobel Prize Laureates
removed a 22-inch solid steel sword from Ig Nobel Prize Laureate sword
swallower Dan Meyer’s throat.
The Nobel Laureates involved:[
Rich Roberts] - Nobel Prize in Physiology/Medicine, 1993[
Wolfgang Ketterle] - Nobel Prize in Physics, 2001[
Dudley Herschbach] - Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 1986[
Paul Krugman] - Nobel Prize in Economics, 2008[
Roy Glauber] - Nobel Prize in Physics, 2005[
Frank Wilczek] - Nobel Prize in Physics, 2004[
Martin Chalfie] - Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 2008[
William Lipscomb] - Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 1976
The house includes an innovative use of solar, water, and materials.
Super energy efficient appliances cut down on electrical consumption by
On certain days the home will be energy neutral, and can generate enough
electricity to run two average-sized homes. The house used enough
reclaimed and renewable wood to save over 10.5 acres of rain forest.
A system that collects runoff water from the cedar roof fills the water
garden. The system collects enough reusable water to fill the average
size swimming pool every 17 days.
McKinney donated money from the sale of the house to the Crush It
Charity, which builds houses and self-sufficient villages in Haiti.
Each frog plate is a 96-well plate with strains of yeast at the top,
diluted down the lanes. Each frog plate was plated onto at least two
plates to confirm growth (-URA and -URA Galactose). Professor Mark Rose
was present to witness the achievement.
Michael Smith of Princeton University’s Rose Lab successfully
performed 147 yeast plasmid transformations by hand in a single sitting.
Each transformation was conducted in a microcentrifuge tube, and then
plated onto -URA glucose media.