Company Plans to Invest In Bringing Back the Dodo and Wooly Mammoth Back to Life
In this vast, lovely world of ours, there are many diverse species, yet we know nothing at all about the majority of them. Some of us even pour in a lot of time and effort to know more and explore what else has come before us, and find out more knowledge about everything in our world. With that, a business that is developing technologies that one day might make the dodo bird and woolly mammoth extinct is soliciting money to implement their ambitions.
According to scientists, there are presently roughly 8.7 million different species of plants and animals, but we have only been able to identify about 1.2 million of them, the majority of which are insects. If not for the fact that some species have gone extinct and were considered to be lost forever, the number would be a tiny bit higher. There are many reasons why a species goes extinct, but the claim that “humans kill them all” is one of the more frequent ones.
What Happened Along the Way
The dodo bird was exterminated due to human overhunting, habitat loss, and a lack of ability to compete with the arrival of new creatures to the island of Mauritius. They didn’t even survive 200 years of interaction with people before going extinct because they had no natural predators before we arrived and brought things like rats and pigs with us. Although the specific cause of its extinction is unclear, it is believed that climate change played a significant role because it disrupted their food source and caused a decline in their population before they were eliminated by human hunters. Mammoths grazed on grass, but after the ice age ended, forests and wetlands dramatically reduced the amount of grass the animals could eat, then thus dwindling their chances of survival as well.
The dodo bird and the woolly mammoth are still being sought after, though, and technology company Colossal Biosciences is attracting funding for their initiatives. In order to bring back extinct species, scientists have amassed $225 million in funding over the years. Currently, they are researching how to modify existing creatures’ DNA in an effort to cause them to conceive extinct species. They have a notion of how you might bring back creatures that had gone extinct, but things are still in the very early phases, so don’t expect the dodo or the woolly mammoth to be stomping around the Earth in the near future.
Whoopi Goldberg retracts her insult on The View.
Whoopi Goldberg recently got into some trouble after calling the Romani people an insensitive name during an episode of The View.
“Wokeness” is complicated
The actor-turned-talk show host claimed during a discussion about the late President Donald Trump that his fans believed he was ‘gypped’ in the 2020 election.
Unbeknownst to Goldberg, the phrase “gypped,” which meaning “to rip someone off,” is probably originated from the word “gypsy,” an insult used to designate the nomadic Romani people, according to Merriam-Webster.
Social media users reacted angrily to Goldberg’s usage of the phrase as a result.
Whoopi Goldberg’s apology is well-deserved, according to one user. “Gypsies are a real class of people with their own unique hardships, and they are most often stereotyped by ignorant pretentious entitled elitists individuals like Whoopi Goldberg, and it shows,” the user added.
“I don’t know how many more’slip ups’ by Whoopi need to be done before the ABC Network takes a position,” a second stated. “I’m not even sure why The View is still there given the nonsense they’ve said and done. I guess they condone it to let it to continue.”
Shortly after the show aired, The View’s official Twitter account published an apologetic video in response to people criticizing the presenter.
You know, when you get to a certain age, you start using words you remember saying or knowing from when you were a kid. That’s what I did today, and I shouldn’t have.
“I should have thought about it a little longer before I said it, but I didn’t, and I should have said ‘cheated,’ but I used another word. And I’m really, very sorry,” the 67-year-old actor continued.
She apologized, trying not to smile as she said.
She received harsh criticism for her apology as a result.
“Don’t trust her. She’s lying yet again. She meant precisely what she stated,” one user commented.
A second person said, “Oops, I did it again.”
Some social media users also noted that they were unaware that the term “gypped,” or the incorrect spelling “jipped,” was insulting.
In 2013, University of Texas at Austin professor Ian Hancock, whose Romani parents were born in Britain, described how the phrase affects people of Romani heritage to NPR.
Many frequently claim to him that they were unaware that the word “gypped” had anything to do with gypsies or that it is insulting, especially when the word is spoken rather than read, he added.
“That’s okay. You didn’t know but now you do. So stop using it. That may mean nothing to you, but when we hear it, it still hurts,” is my reply to them.
So there you have it.
Baby boomers who are ranting on social media about how the ‘awake’ world has gone insane, take note: it is no longer appropriate to compare Romani people to liars, cheaters, and thieves.
When you’re more than willing to hurt their feelings, don’t whine about how “wokeness” has wounded your feelings.
20 years of unjust imprisonment resulted in a man receiving $45 million.
A man who spent 20 years in prison for crimes he didn’t commit has now received a settlement of $45 million.
The horrors he felt
Roger “Dean” Gillispie, 46, was released from jail three days before Christmas after serving 20 years in prison for rapes he insisted he did not commit.
This was made possible by the tenacious work of the Ohio Innocence Project (OIP), run by the UC College of Law. Students and professor Mark Godsey, the director of OIP and a former federal prosecutor, have steadfastly worked on the case since it became OIP’s first case nine years ago.
In Ohio, Roger “Dean” Gillispie was found guilty in 1991 of kidnapping and raping twin sisters who were 22 years old and a 28-year-old lady, as well as committing aggravated robbery.
He was facing a further 56 years in prison but consistently maintained his innocence. After more than 20 years in jail, he was finally able to walk out in 2011.
He wasn’t actually found not guilty of the offenses for which he had been wrongly convicted until 2021, though.
After a judge ruled that “no physical evidence” had ever related him to the case and that there had been evidence suppression, it opened the door for Gillispie to start a civil trial in which he sought compensation for the period he had been imprisoned.
Justice delayed, is Justice denied
The biggest compensation in Ohio history, for $45 million, has now been given to Dean.
The Columbus Dispatch reports that a jury determined that Gillispie’s rights had been violated by investigator Scott Moore, who withheld information that would have aided his defense and exaggerated his size in photographs of a suspect lineup to deceive the victims.
The move was hailed but Mark Godsey, director of the Ohio Innocence Project, who campaigned to liberate Gillispie from his unjust imprisonment, said “nothing will recompense” the atrocities Dean had gone through.
The misery perpetrated on Dean, his family, and the town, he added, was difficult to comprehend.
“It was so upsetting how the authorities pushed for a conviction before fighting back and refusing to acknowledge a mistake. Nothing can make up for Dean’s horror.
“The jury’s decision sends a clear message that individuals in positions of authority ought to alter their behavior,”
Gillispie used the opportunity to demand justice for the thousands of additional individuals who had been unfairly detained and had lived a significant portion of their life in jail for crimes they had not committed.
I’m simply one of 3,199 persons in the United States of America who this happened to, he claimed.
They have accrued more than 28,000 years of incarceration for crimes they did not commit. This needs to end. It’s necessary to fix this system. My life was saved by the Ohio Innocence Project.”
The jury in Gillispie’s civil action, which resulted in a $45 million settlement, found that investigator Moore had falsely asserted that a witness in the case had positively identified him.
Later, after the investigator said the innocent guy had “dyed his hair,” he warned the victims that they would not recognize Dean when they saw him in court.
They were also presented supporting documentation that the investigator had withheld, such as receipts that showed Gillispie was in fact in Kentucky at the time of the crimes.
A Movie Based on Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is Supposedly in Production
The eagerly anticipated big-screen rendition of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child might be released soon if the rumors are true.
Ah, what a time to be alive
Jack Thorne’s play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, was adapted from an original story by J. Thorne, John Tiffany, and K. Rowling. Nineteen years have passed since the events of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows when the narrative takes place.
The story centers on Harry Potter, who is currently in charge of the Ministry of Magic’s Department of Magical Law Enforcement, and his son Albus Severus Potter, who is about to begin his first year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The play is referred to as “the eighth Harry Potter narrative” by Rowling.
For its sorcery, deceptions, and stage wizardry, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has won almost universal praise since it debuted.
The Palace Theatre hosted the opening night of the original West End play on June 7, 2016. At the 2017 Laurence Olivier Awards, it won nine honors, including Best New Play, and got a record-breaking eleven nominations.
During the 2018 Tony Awards, that production was nominated ten times and took home six prizes, including Best Play.
At the Mehr, the first non-English production debuted. theater on December 5, 2021, in Hamburg, Germany. On June 19, 2022, a Canadian performance debuted at the Ed Mirvish Theatre in Toronto. On July 8, 2022, a Japanese production debuted at the TBS Akasaka ACT Theater.
The play was initially intended to be seen in two parts over two evenings or on the same day (i.e., in the afternoon and in the evening). The play was restaged in June 2021 as a single, 3.5-hour production in preparation for further performances on Broadway in November 2021.
On February 23, 2019, an Australian production debuted at the Princess Theatre in Melbourne. On December 1st, 2019, a second American production debuted at the Curran Theatre in San Francisco.
Shut up and take my money!
The Wizarding World franchise’s production firm, Warner Bros, may be thinking about adapting the two-part play that serves as a prelude to the main story, according to sources quoted by the UK tabloid The Sun.
The Cursed Child is presently being considered for a big-screen adaptation by Warner Bros. They’ve had it in their sights since since the show became such a roaring success on the West End. The Fantastic Beasts franchise was delayed for a long due to the volume of work being done on it.
Although everyone wants Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson to return, the source also told The Sun that the studio needs scripts in place before making an offer to the actors.
The trio was among many other actors and directors that appeared in the Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts reunion episode from the previous year.
JK Rowling, the creator of this series, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany worked together to create an original story that became the basis for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. The events of the play occur 19 years before those in the concluding Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.