Evolution Goes Forward, Backward and Sideways

first_imgAccording to an article by Becky Ham on MSNBC, evolution can make things more complicated or less complicated.  She referred to iconic cartoons that show the progress of evolution from slime to couch potato.  “It’s just a joke, but the idea that life starts simple and gets more complex over time persists even in scientific circles.”  One counter example, though, is the origin of single celled life.  Archaea and bacteria may be stripped-down versions of eukaryotes.  This idea from David Penny (Massey U, NZ) suggests that eukaryotes appeared first.    Penny said, “We do think there is a tendency to look at evolution as progressive.  We prefer to think of evolution as backwards, sideways, and occasionally forward.”  Penny and his colleagues deny the popular hypothesis that eukaryotic cells emerged from the fusion of earlier, simpler life forms.  “Although the idea seems contrary to our cherished notion that evolution makes organisms more complex,” Becky Ham (no relation to Ken Ham, as far as we know) wrote, “Penny and colleagues say it’s possible.”  Well, then, it follows that in evolution, anything is possible.  Penny’s colleague Chuck Kurland [Lund U, Sweden] provided more examples of simplification that “illustrate the Darwinian view of evolution as a reversible process in the sense that ‘eyes can be acquired and eyes can be lost.’  Genome evolution is a two-way street,” he said.Visualize a hockey puck on a frictionless surface infinite in all directions, moving about in various ways.  The concepts of forward, backward and sideways lose all meaning.  The same is true in relativistic Darwinland, where an incoming asteroid can cause extinction but also a boom in emergent innovation (see Fox News).  In the overall scheme of things, does it matter which direction is forward or backward?    For decades, most Darwinists have taught as fact the myth that eukaryotes are a more complex product that emerged from the fusion of simpler, more primitive microbes.  Progressivism is built into such a notion.  Now, if eukaryotes just appeared suddenly, then became stripped down into the other two kingdoms of microbes, then Darwinian miracles of emergence allow for anything.  Why don’t we extend Penny’s theory and conclude that bacteria are stripped-down humans?  (Sorry; that didn’t come out right.  Some people on the beach, though, do resemble amoebas.)Exercise:  Read the following sentence aloud:The Story of EvolutionEvolution explains more complexity, and more simplicity.  It explains why flight arose in some birds, but was lost in others.  With evolution, organs and genomes can become more complicated, or more streamlined.  Eyes emerge through evolution, but eyes are also lost by evolution.  Evolution makes the cheetah fast but the sloth slow.  By evolution, dinosaurs grow to skyscraper size, and hummingbirds grow tiny.  With evolution, peacocks grow more flashy and crows more black, giraffes tall and flatworms flat.  Evolution explains predator and prey, loner and herder, light and dark, high and low, fast and slow, profligacy and stinginess, terrorism and altruism, religion and atheism, virtue and selfishness, psychosis and reason, extinction and fecundity, war and peace.  Evolution explains everything.Now substitute the meaningless word Gribbleflix for Evolution and read it again.  There you have it: the world’s most successful, all-encompassing theory.  Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of Gribbleflix.  Don’t let the anti-Gribbleflix people sneak their dogma into the schools.  Gribbleflix is science.  Gribbleflix is a FACT!(Visited 26 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Ohio Soybean Council technology named 2018 R&D 100 Awards finalist

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Light Curable Coatings, a bio-preferred floor coating that was developed through funding from the Ohio Soybean Council (OSC) and Ohio soybean farmers’ checkoff, has been designated as a finalist for the 2018 R&D 100 Awards. Winners will be announced in November at the fourth annual R&D 100 conference. The R&D 100 Awards program honors the 100 most innovative technologies of the past year. Finalists were selected by an independent panel of more than 50 judges representing R&D leaders in a variety of fields. More information about the awards can be found here.The coating is a UV-cured, high-performance, bio-preferred floor coating with no volatile organic compounds (VOCs). The clean, green soy-acylate-based product delivers exceptionally low cure times and meets or exceeds industry targets for appearance, hardness, adhesion, solvent resistance, and application temperature.“As Ohio soybean farmers, we can be proud that our checkoff dollars are being used to make products that are worthy of prestigious recognition,” said Nathan Eckel, OSC Research Committee chair and soybean farmer from Wood County. “This kind of honor just goes to show how versatile soybeans can be.”If Light Curable Coatings wins in November, it will be the ninth R&D 100 Award presented to OSC since 2002.For more information about Light Curable Coatings, OSC’s role in its development, or licensing, please contact Barry McGraw, OSC’s Director of Product Development & Commercialization, at bmcgraw@soyohio.org or 614-476-3100.last_img read more

Resource Discovery: When a Child’s Parent Has PTSD

first_imgBy Kacy A. Mixon, M.S., LMFT[Flickr, 111229-F-AY498-199, by North Carolina National Guard, CC BY-ND 2.0] Retrieved on September 23, 2015This week’s RESOURCE DISCOVERY features a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website housing a fact sheet about how children typically respond to parents struggling with PTSD. The fact sheet outlines the relevance of looking at how PTSD in parents affects military children and also provides insight into how children respond. The social and behavioral problems that these children may show are addressed, along with potential risks children may experience related to emotional problems and secondary traumatization. The fact sheet also offers steps that parents can take to prevent and alleviate the effects of PTSD on children. Professionals working with military families can utilize this resource to not only become more aware of how parental PTSD impacts children but also to better inform military parents struggling with this issue.Sherman, M. & Sherman, D. (2005). Finding my way: A teen’s guide to living with a parent who has experienced trauma. Seeds of Hope, Waco, TX.Also featured is a book called Finding My Way: A Teen’s Guide to Living with a Parent who has Experienced Trauma. Authors Michelle D. Sherman, PhD and DeAnne M. Sherman offer a three-part book that can help adolescents address issues related to having a parent struggling with PTSD.“This honest and respectfully written manual serves as a road map for teens who are trying to find their way.”This is an interactive book that not only explains PTSD but also co-occurring problems (such as substance abuse) commonly associated with PTSD. In addition, this resource for teens encourages readers to address the uncomfortable emotions and provides opportunities to learn about and develop healthy coping strategies including finding expressive outlets. This post was written by Kacy Mixon, M.S., LMFT, Social Media Specialist.  She is a member of the MFLN Family Development (FD) team which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn.last_img read more

Thailand pulls out of 2020 Olympic weightlifting over doping

first_imgPH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy View comments UAAP softball: Adamson goes 7-0 after rout of UST Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Thailand’s doping cases were a fresh embarrassment for weightlifting, which is under pressure from the International Olympic Committee. Weightlifting has only a provisional place on the program for the 2024 Paris Olympics on condition it cracks down on doping.Dozens of weightlifters who competed at the last three Olympics have later tested positive. Russia and China were among nine countries banned from international competition for a year in 2017 after racking up numerous doping cases.Russia and Bulgaria also missed the 2016 Olympics over doping, and countries with major drug problems will have fewer qualifying place for next year’s games in Tokyo.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte The decisions follow eight failed drug tests for the Thai team that competed at the last worlds in November, including doping cases against three women who won world titles.Among the eight lifters facing bans are Sopita Tanasan and Sukanya Srisurat, who won Thailand’s two weightlifting gold medals at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThailand is a traditional power in weightlifting, especially in the lighter classes, and the IWF says the cases have “potential consequences that seriously damage the integrity of the sport.”All of the doping cases involve at least one substance of the banned adiol type, with some lifters testing positive for multiple drugs.center_img Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sopita Tanasan of Thailand competes in the women’s 53kg weightlifting event during the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta on August 21, 2018. (Photo by MONEY SHARMA / AFP)BUDAPEST, Hungary — Thailand has volunteered to ban itself from Tokyo Olympic Games weightlifting next year because of doping, another blow to a sport whose place on the Olympic program is precarious.The self-imposed ban also means Thailand will still stage the world championships in Pattaya in September but with no home competitors, the International Weightlifting Federation said on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbedlast_img read more

Additional $7.28 Billion for Major Road Infrastructure Development Programme

first_imgAn additional $7.28 billion has been allocated to the Major Infrastructure Development Programme (MIDP) in the second Supplementary Estimates for the 2018/19 fiscal year.This was disclosed by Finance and the Public Service Minister, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, as he opened the debate on the Estimates in the House of Representatives on January 15.The Lower House approved the Second Supplementary Estimates, which show that the Administration is to spend an additional $11.45 billion for this fiscal year, increasing the budget from $791.11 billion to $802.56 billion.Dr. Clarke said that at the start of the fiscal year, some $12.03 billion was voted for the MIDP. This allotment was increased in the first Supplementary Estimates to $19.34 billion, due to faster than programmed project execution.He explained that the additional $7.28 billion will enable the substantial completion of the Mandela Highway road improvement works; settlement of some land acquisition; completion of all ancillary works – namely water supply and sewerage works being implemented on behalf of the National Water Commission (NWC); and the major asphalt installation on Constant Spring Road, St. Andrew, and Ferris to Mackfield in Westmoreland.The Finance Minister told the House that major works along Constant Spring Road, Hagley Park Road and Ferris to Mackfield will be substantially completed by the end of March.He said that the Government, acting through the National Works Agency (NWA), is pursuing an aggressive construction schedule designed to reduce public inconvenience and dislocation.MIDP is being funded through a loan from the China Ex-Im Bank valued at$30.58 billion (US$300 million), with the Government of Jamaica providing counterpart funding of $5.39 billion (US$52.94 million).Under the programme, the Government has undertaken to install modern infrastructure for water, sanitation, drainage and telecoms that will serve Jamaica for the next 40 years.As part of the Legacy Projects component, improvement works are ongoing on several of the busiest and most congested roads in the countrylast_img read more

New England Patriots Cut Tim Tebow

Tim Tebow has been released by the New England Patriots according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.The quarterback, who signed with the Patriots in June, had a mediocre preseason. He completed 11 of 30 passes for 145 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions throughout the preseason. Tebow wasn’t able to challenge Ryan Mallett for the second-string job behind Tom Brady.Tebow played his final preseason game Thursday night. Facing the New York Giants, he threw 6 of 11 passes for 91 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. The quarterback was also sacked four times.After Thursday’s game, the popular player was asked about chances of making the team, he said, “I’m not sure. I don’t make those decisions.”

Miami Heat Beats Atlanta Hawks 9287 in Preseason Game

Getty Images/File Dwyane Wade said he didn’t play Monday night because he has “a bigger picture in mind.”Chris Bosh dropped 21 points and LeBron James scored nine, as the two-time defending champion Heat opened the preseason with a victory over the Hawks on Monday night in Miami.Dwyane Wade took the night off, explaining he was erring on the side of caution. He was originally in the lineup to play.“He wants me to do what’s best for my body,” Wade said, referring to head coach Erick Spoelstra. “I’ve been practicing very hard, going very hard. I could play, but I just think it’s smarter that in consecutive days of going so hard, just be smart today, rest a little bit, let my legs recover.”Bosh scored 21 points and as always, his shots were smooth and efficient. Bosh began the game with nine consecutive points. He had 19 points in the first half and finished the game 7 of 8 from the field and 6 of 6 from the free-throw line.With the exception of Bosh’s excellent performance, it was a typical preseason game –  it was sloppy and the Heat led by as many as 22 points in the second half.In the Heat’s first game of the 2013 NBA preseason, they beat the Hawks 92-87.Checkout the highlight of Monday’s game in the video below. read more

Flights cleared for take off

first_img Former Premier says PNP left plan for Salt Cay airport, but there is no evidence of the claim Related Items:flights, Tciaa InterCaribbean Airways encourages ESTA registration Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Airports Authority commanded to protect South Caicos airport by airline Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 29 Aug 2015 – STATEMENT FROM TCIAAThe Turks and Caicos Islands Airports Authority wishes to announce that due to the weakening of Tropical Storm Erika, and the improvement in weather conditions; Providenciales, Grand Turk, North Caicos, South Caicos and Salt Cay airports are open to flight operations.The 5 a.m. (0900 GMT) forecast shows the storm moving westnorthwest over the island of Cuba near 20 mph before turning northwest. Maximum sustained winds are 40 mph with higher gusts and extend to 140 miles east of the center of the storm.Passengers are asked to contact their respective airline for flight scheduling.last_img read more

Toure Yaya thinks Paul Pogba is very similar to him

first_imgDuring an interview with Sky Sports, Toure Yaya praised Paul Pogba and explained why Jose Mourinho misused him at Manchester United.The Ole Gunnar Solskjaer effect on Paul Pogba was explained earlier on Monday by Toure Yaya, there is an undeniable improvement that the French midfielder had since Jose Mourinho left the club and it’s mostly related to the urge that Paul has to impress his manager.Some people may think that the French player didn’t deliver the results expected from him because he had a grudge against the Portuguese manager, but Toure doesn’t think that’s the case.In fact, Yaya is convinced that Pogba tried to play his best football but the problems lied in Jose Mourinho’s lack of understanding he had of the player. In a way, the Frenchman was going through a very similar problem that Toure Yaya went through with Pep Guardiola and he feels very identified with the way things developed in the last few months.It wasn’t until the Ivorian player moved from Barcelona to Manchester City when he started showing his true self as a versatile midfielder who couldn’t only defend, but also had some very impressive stats as an attacking midfielder.Paul Pogba suffered that same problem, as Jose Mourinho always regarded him as a player who was very similar to the likes of N’Golo Kante, Blaise Matuidi or Fernandinho.Paul Pogba has more belief in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer now and wants to “feel the love” from his manager, Yaya Toure has said.https://t.co/NoVYzw8XP6— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) January 14, 2019It’s almost as if Jose Mourinho completely forgot to watch Pogba during his time at Juventus, which was the place where he proved the world what he was capable of.With the Italian giants, Paul delivered outstanding performances every single week as an all-terrain midfielder who had the ability to be omnipresent all over the pitch and never gave up his attacking nature.During the match against Tottenham, there was actually a moment in the second half when Pogba didn’t like that the Manchester United left-back failed to go back to his position when the Red Devils lost a ball and he made an impressive 50-yard run just to cover the whole that his teammate left open.Right after that play, we could see Pogba arguing with a player who was out of frame but he never gave up on his intention to help out the squad on defense.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.During his time with Jose Mourinho, Paul Pogba never gave up that defensive nature but the manager did limit him to a certain place on the pitch in the most important matches.For Toure Yaya, Pogba’s awakening has a lot more to do with that newly acquired freedom than proving a point to the Portuguese manager.Yaya Toure: “He (Pogba)can deliver like he has done in the past at Juventus. He can shoot from far, he can pass – it’s what the fans want and it’s what the club has paid for this kind of player. What he has to do now is to continue to believe in himself.” #mufc [Sky]— United Xtra (@utdxtra) January 14, 2019Perhaps Yaya Toure is one of the very few players who completely understand what Paul Pogba was going through, as he was one of the most affected professionals who needed to prove themselves repeatedly in order to be fully understood by their manager.Now that life seems to be smiling back at him, Pogba is getting a new chance to give the fans what they have been demanding from him all this time.“A player like me, I just want to give more, produce more, and I like the challenge,” said Toure on Sky Sports.“Sometimes it has been very difficult because to be able to deliver your best qualities, you can’t say to Pogba to be like N’Golo Kante or Blaise Matuidi, it is impossible.”“But what he has delivered in the past at Juventus… he can shoot from far, dribble, give passes like he did this weekend against Tottenham. It’s what the fans want and what the club has paid for in this type of player.”Just make sure it continues. He has to now continue to believe in himself. Criticism is going to come in all day long, but he’s a professional man, and you have to accept it and continue to work hard,” he added.What do you think is the most striking similarity between Paul Pogba and Yaya Toure’s style of play? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more