Ladies, Man Down Your Hormones

Ladies, I truly apologize. It turns out the offer to be a surrogate baby-momma for a neanderthal’s little bouncing ball of joy was premature:

Harvard geneticist George M. Church
Harvard geneticist George M. Church

It turns out that a reported plan to clone a Neanderthal baby was lost in translation.

Harvard geneticist George M. Church was quoted in the Daily Mail as looking for an “adventurous woman” to serve as a surrogate for a “cloned cave baby.” The shocking headline spread quickly across the media with no small amount of help from major news aggregators like the Drudge Report.

But the Boston Herald dug a little deeper into the story, joining a long list of news outlets that contacted Church for an explanation.

Church told the Herald Monday night that the Daily Mail article was based on an interview he gave to the German-language magazine Der Spiegel and poorly translated comments he made about the possibility of one day cloning a Neanderthal.

Lost in translation? That poor excuse still works?

Then and Now: East Germany

The German periodical Der Spiegel went out and did some digging. Specifically, they compared East Germany under communism to it today. And they presented pictorial evidence on the current vibrance. Here are two samples:

In 1991 the castle in Ballenstedt, Kreis Quedlinberg was falling apart at the seams.

And now for more recently:

2003. Transformed- after a huge renovation project in 1996:1997, the old castle has been made into a luxury hotel. The owners have added a pavilion at the entrance.

During a trip to East Germany in 1990, photographer Stefan Koppelkamm discovered buildings that had survived both the war and the construction mania of the East German authorities. Ten years later, he returned to photograph the buildings again. The comparison threw up some unexpected contrasts.

Go see all the pictures and read the article. It is quite striking.