Fake Blood, for Use in Real Humans

Fake blood, for use in real humans, is on it's its way. On Monday, three medical organizations in the United Kingdom announced a joint research project to create "synthetic blood."They'll make the blood by growing stem cells from embryos destined to have type O-negative blood into mature red blood cells. Their goal is to start testing the synthetic blood within three years and have practical treatments available in "five to 10 years."If they pull it off, there could be, in principle, a limitless supply of disease-free O-negative blood on hand for emergency transfusions at the scene of an accident or on the battlefield. It's ethically thorny (the stem cell thing, again), but it's certain it'd save lives.And, to look a little further ahead, once we have synthetic blood what's to stop us from enhancing it to deliver oxygen more efficiently, or keep you from getting drunk (or keep you perpetually drunk), or whatever? The singularity is nearer.

A two-minute television ad from New Zealand is a gut punch to dog lovers who smoke cigarettes. "Quit for Your Pets" focuses on how second-hand smoke doesn't just affect other humans, but our pets as well.

According to Quitline New Zealand, "when you smoke around your pets, they're twice as likely to get cancer."

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Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders took aim at former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg onstage at Wednesday's Las Vegas Democratic debate, likening the billionaire businessman to President Donald Trump and questioning his ability to turn out voters.

Sanders began by calling out Bloomberg for his stewardship of New York's stop and frisk policy that targeted young black men.

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Walmart workers issued a "wake up call" to Alice Walton, an heir to the retailer's $500 billion fortune, in New York on Tuesday by marching to Walton's penthouse and demanding her company pay its 1.5 million workers a living wage and give them reliable, stable work schedules.

The protest was partially a response to the company's so-called "Great Workplace" restructuring initiative which Walmart began testing last year and plans to roll out in at least 1,100 of its 5,300 U.S. stores by the end of 2020.

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