Scientists Plan to Grow Neanderthal Brains and Install Them in Robots

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I nominate this for Goofiest News Story of the Year. Maybe even the goofiest story ever.

The Mirror reported this week that scientists at the University of California San Diego plan to grow Neanderthal brains in petri dishes and implant them into little “crablike” robots “to see how they learn” (

Didn’t Peter Lorre already do this, once? Or was it Boris Karloff?

No–that screenplay was rejected. I think it was Vincent Price’s agent who called it “too ridiculous even for us.”

If in the unlikely event this story is true, the gang at UCSD ought to win some kind of award for creativity in wasting money.

P.S.–This is not a satire. It really is that ridiculous.

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I have lived in Metuchen, NJ, all my life. I have been married to my wife Patricia since 1977. I am a former newspaper editor and reporter. I was also the owner-operator of my own small business for several years. I wrote various novels and short stories published during 1980s and 1990s. I am a long-time student of judo and Japanese swordsmanship (kenjutsu). I also play chess, basketball, and military and sports simulations. View all posts by leeduigon

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