by MICHAEL BOWEN & r & & r & In a Pig's Bladder & r & & r & Man in Pittsburgh accidentally cut a half-inch off one of his fingers. Lucky for him, University of Pittsburgh scientists are working on a process that involves scraping cells off the interior of pig bladders, then cleaning and drying them. Just sprinkle several days' worth of this "pixie dust" (piggy dust?) on your severed digit, wait four weeks, and voila! You've got a new little piggy all ready to go to market.
This BBC report is no joke. Somehow the pig bladder cells inhibit scar-formation signals and help along the process of new-tissue formation. The man now even has his old fingerprint back. One problem, though: He has to cut his new fingernail every two days. He's 69, you see. But his fingertip? Practically a newborn.
Robots Rule the Valley
Drop by West Valley High School on Saturday from 10 am-2 pm, and you'll see robots designed by student teams from WV, East Valley, Post Falls and elsewhere. Robots made out of Legos, that is -- and designed to lift exercise balls over 6-foot barriers. Americans like their sports, so why not combine the allure of competition with the rigor of math and science? Call 922-5488 and ask if they can translate Klaatu barada nikto.
Biked? To Work? All Week?
You can still horn in on Bike to Work Week. Just pedal in on Friday, then go to the party at the Steam Plant Grill from 4:30-6:30 that afternoon and impress people with stories of the irate motorists and potholes that you dodged all week. Be sure to wear lots of brightly colored Spandex.
The Power of Community
What if our oil supplies were suddenly cut in half? Watch a film about what Cubans did when exactly that happened to them back in 1990. Visit www.powerofcommunity.org to learn more about films that cover sustainable communities, then drop by WSU Riverpoint's Academic Center Building, Room 147, on Tuesday, May 20, from 6:15-8:30 pm. It's free. Call 625-6967.
Poetry and Song
Danny Sherrard, this year's National Slam Poetry Champion, will chant his rhymes at Empyrean on Monday at 7 pm. Joel Smith and Kaylee Cole will open; tickets are just $5. Visit empyreancoffee.com.