Government Wasting Taxpayer Money (Shrimp On A Treadmill)
Fox News - America's Newsroom (May 26th, 2011)
Bill Hemmer covers the release of Senator Tom Coburn's report on the National Science Foundation's wasteful spending of taxpayer dollars on various studies and projects, including shrimp on a treadmill, a laundry robot, March Madness, and trendy baby names.
"You've probably heard of shrimp on the barbie, but what about shrimp on a treadmill? The National Science Foundation has, and it spent $500,000 of taxpayer money researching it. It's not entirely clear what this research hoped to establish...It's not just shrimp on a treadmill. The foundation spent $1.5 million to create a robot that can fold laundry. But before you try to buy one to save some time, consider that it takes the robot 25 minutes to fold a single towel."
"The shrimp treadmill, invented and built by (David) Scholnick, allows researchers to measure the activity of an exercising shrimp for a set period of time at known speed and oxygen levels...To further challenge the healthy shrimp, the researchers designed a small backpack made of duct tape to add extra load to the shrimp. With the extra weight and lowered oxygen, they were active for up to an hour."
"The National Science Foundation is being given too much money if it can afford to fund experiments that involve putting shrimp on treadmills or creating laundry-folding robots, grumbles Sen. Tom Coburn. The Oklahoma Republican has released a report criticizing the agency, which receives some $7 billion in federal funding a year, for wasting billions of dollars through mismanagement and by funding studies of questionable value"
"Sholnick still has the treadmill, which he is willing to sell for a million dollars, all of which will go to support marine biology research."
GMA unveiling of "The National Science Foundation: Under the Microscope" - ABC News Good Morning America (May 26th, 2011):
Performance in Shrimp and Crabs: Treadmill Studies—Louis E. Burnett:
"This video, from the lab of Lou Burnett at the College of Charleston, shows part of an experiment that measured how changes in water quality affect how animals perform in their environment."
"The shrimp video was made by David Scholnick at Hollings Marine Laboratory while working in the Burnett laboratory."
Shrimp on Treadmill Running for Science - LiveScience (July 9th, 2008): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5f1AZ0USNMA
Life at Pacific | The Original Shrimp on a Treadmill - Pacific University (July 16th, 2009): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BUe78awZMT0
Shrimp on a Treadmill w/ The Final Countdown! - XEARporn (October 22nd, 2006): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KskaUMuARR8
Shrimp Running Experiment Music Video Rocky - picardposer (September 30th, 2008): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QIZWF92jSE4
Impact of exposure to bacteria on metabolism in the penaeid shrimp Litopenaeus vannamei (May 22nd, 2006):
The National Science Foundation: Under the Microscope - Tom Coburn (April 2011):
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