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I am going to put my response to season 7 spoilers #10022 here where I think it belongs.


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I agree there is a difference between childish and childlike.

I would also agree creating luminous fish would be both inspired and impressive. Thinking one would sell these fish as night-lights is juvenile. There could be quite a market selling them as fish. People don't want night-lights that need to be feed and kept in tanks/bowls that need to be cleaned. The only reason Sheldon thought of a night light is that that's what he wanted. Again juvenile.


One can't deny the thing that got Sheldon fired in the first place was childish. There is little point in talking to one's boss as Sheldon did. As someone else pointed out it took Sheldon's mother coming all the way from Texas to straighten Sheldon out and get him back to work.


I find Sheldon entertaining most of the time but I also think he has been childish from early in the first season.


Very well sir, but I think this has more to do with our differing interpretations of Sheldon on the whole (by the standards you mentioned, approximately 90% of Sheldon’s behaviour is juvenile. And I respectfully disagree), whereas the original point was whether he is MORE childish now than he was in the early seasons.


Personally I find his sudden idiocy more irritating.  





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So reading the story at the link I can see that the scientists created the luminous fish (in 7 years) but I see no reason to supose they will sell the fish as nightlights. That is included as a nod to TBBT.


A far more complete story

See http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2009/05/photogalleries/glowing-animal-pictures/



Photograph courtesy GloFish

How does it glow?

Green, yellow, and red fluorescent protein, introduced into its DNA (2003)

What can we learn?

In 1999 scientists at the National University of Singapore began working with zebra fish and green fluorescent protein, hoping to engineer a fish that would glow in the presence of toxic chemicals.

In the process, the scientists created fish that fluoresce all the time (under ultraviolet light) and in a range of colors.

A few years later, the first fluorescent pet hit the market, after Singapore had become the first country to authorize the sale of the genetically modified fish in 2003. Later that year "GloFish" (pictured) debuted in the United States, where in 2009 they retail for five to ten dollars at some pet stores.

Though fluorescent pet fish have spawned no scientific advances, they inspired the creation and clarification of laws governing genetically modified pets. The United States, for example, was initially forced to classify the genetic modification as a drug.

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