Sunday, September 10

Space seed?

China launced a satellite carrying fruit and vegitable. Those seeds are expected to have mutation when they are in space, then after the satellite is returned, the seeds will be planted, and scientists try to cultivate high-yield and high-quality plants from them.

China claims that the space seeds have high possibility in mutation. Actually China has been sending seeds into space for many years. But there is no other countries doing that. Apparently other countries don't belive this bullshit. There are some vegetables in Chinese market claiming they are comming from Space Seed, but according to Chinese market, I don't believe that either.

I hope Chinese scientists can make statistics in this research: How many seeds have been sent to the space; How many of them mutate; How many of them have better quality(may they taste better, or more nutrition, or easier to grow). Of course, we want to know the mutation rate of normal seeds too, so that we can compare the quality of "Space muation" and "earth mutation".



The Chinese scientists claim that in the Space the seeds have more chance to mutate because there is no gravity, and there is "Space Radiation". No one can tell if the gravity can promote mutation or demote mutation. There is no proof saying that Space Radiation bring better mutation than normal radiation in earth either. I am afraid that the radiation from the aircraft bring the most impact in mutation :)

Mutation is random. We have no control in how to mutate. Maybe after the mutation, the fruit has bigger leaf, or small flower, but it won't affect the quality we care about: maybe taste better, or more nutrition, or easier to grow. So 99.9% of mutation is useless. Why would China invest so much of money in such an unproved investment? Why wouldn't anyone ask feedback from those claimed scientists? XJ said: "Ironically, there are some agriculture products in Chinese market claiming they are from space seeds. However, there is no evidence suggesting those claims are true. It's more like a self-serving lie." We really want to know how our tax-payer's money spent.

There is one way to prove or unprove the Space seed theory: Why isn't there any other country doing the same thing? Apparently they don't belive this theory. Did they do any experiment? If they did, what were the results? If they don't why? There must be some arguments about this already.

4 Comments:

At September 10, 2006 11:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"china claim that"--> China claims or claimed?
--"the space seeds have high possibility in mutation"-->It is very possible that the space seeds have a mutation. Not very sure?
--"There are some vegetables in Chinese market claiming they are coMMing from Space seed, But according to Chinese market"--> There are some vegetables in Chinese market being claimed that they are from Space Seed.
--"Chinese scientists can make statistics"--> Chinese scientists can DO statistics
--"or more nutrition"-->may they taste better, be more nutritious, or be easier to grow

 
At September 11, 2006 2:49 PM, Anonymous xlsyu said...

there are a lot of typos. The sentence structure is quite chinglish. No offense. Maybe need more work.

Checkout this news from Xinhua newsagency:

China launches satellite for breeding seeds of plants, fungus

China launched a satellite from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center Saturday, carrying 215 kilograms of seeds of plants and fungus, the largest-ever such payload since 1987.

The seed-breeding satellite, "Shijian-8", has been successfully brought into the pre-set track in space by a Long March-2C rocket carrier.

Once the space-bred seeds are recovered, the Ministry of Agriculture will organize research institutions to develop new seeds featuring high yield, good quality and high efficiency, according to a spokesman with the Space-breeding Center of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Science.

It is the 90th space flight of the Long March rockets and the 23rd return satellite China has launched so far. It has been the country's 48th successful space launch in succession since October 1996.

The Xi'an Satellite Control Center is responsible for monitoring, controlling, and recovering the Shijian-8.

Source: Xinhua

 
At September 12, 2006 8:49 AM, Blogger Ping said...

The Chinese scientists claim that in the Space the seeds have more chance to mutate because there is no gravity, and there is "Space Radiation". No one can tell if the gravity can promote mutation or demote mutation. There is no proof saying that Space Radiation LEADs to better mutation than normal radiation DOES ON earth either. I am afraid that the radiation from the aircraft HAVE the most impact ON mutation :)

Mutation is random. We have no control in how to mutate. Maybe after the mutation, the fruit has bigger leaf, or small flower ((the plant has bigger leaVES, or smallER flowers)), but it won't affect the quality we care about: maybe taste better, HAVE more nutrition, or ARE easier to grow (three sentences use different verbs, you can not omit them; or...or, the same mistake as yesterday). So 99.9% of mutation is useless. Why would (did) China invest so much of money in such an unproved investment? Why wouldn't anyone ask feedback from those claimed scientists? XJ said: "Ironically, there are some agriculture products in Chinese market claiming they are from space seeds. However, there is no evidence suggesting those claims are true. It's more like a self-serving lie." We really want to know how our tax-payer's money (ARE) spent.

There is one way to prove or unprove (DISPROVE) [“un” is a prefix for adj. and “dis” is a prefix for verb. E.g. disconnect, disagree, unknown, unfrozen. Rememer Allen clarified us this point when he was in our home and I used “unfreeze”? BUT unfreeze is a special case. It works! ]the Space seed theory: Why isn't there any other country doing the same thing? (I do not think this point can support your conclusion. It does not say it is wrong if nobody else is doing whatever you are doing. Right?) Apparently they don't beliEve this theory. Did they do any experiment? If they did, what were the results? If they don't, why? There must be some arguments about this already.

 
At September 19, 2006 7:05 PM, Blogger Ben said...

xj啊,你让我很惭愧,都不敢写下去了. :(

 

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