Can Humans Use Evolution?

first_imgEvolution is being used.  A press release from University of Wisconsin-Madison was titled, “Using evolution, UW team creates a template for many new therapeutic agents.”  How does one use evolution?  It continued, “By guiding an enzyme down a new evolutionary pathway, a team of University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers has created a new form of an enzyme capable of producing a range of potential new therapeutic agents with anticancer and antibiotic properties.”We must keep up the heat on evolutionists till they become too embarrassed to say such things.  You cannot “use” evolution.  The moment you use it, you are doing intelligent design.  Evolution has no purpose, no aim, no guidance, no goal, and no reward – not even survival.  In Darwin’s universe, extinction happens and is just as dispassionate an outcome as survival.  If you think survival is somehow good, that’s your soul speaking.    The moment a human does the selecting, guiding or rewarding, evolution stops and intelligent design begins.  Evolution, as used by Darwin, is not just change.  It is a particular kind of change: undirected, dispassionate, purposeless, blind.  Darwin and his disciples believe that an evolutionary process could have produced all the beauty and variety of today’s highly-adapted lifeforms.  Whether it could or not, Darwin certainly would deny that anyone “used” evolution.  Darwin fought against any suggestion by compromising theologians of his day (even his close friend Asa Gray) that God used the evolutionary process to create life.    Such stories do nothing but obfuscate.  Evolution has nothing to do with it.  These scientists had a goal, and purposely selected enzymes with the properties they desired.  Darwin team, the referee just blew the whistle.  The penalty for your foul is to yield those two points to the ID team.  The title now reads, “Using selection criteria by intelligent design, UW team discovers a template for many new therapeutic agents.”  Much better; play ball.  Whoops; we just remembered the Darwin team has no goal.  Game over by forfeit.(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

McGregor races to Molokai Challenge win

first_img21 May 2014 Hank McGregor underlined his status as one of the best paddlers in the world by winning a second title in the Maui Jim Molokai Challenge in Hawaii on the weekend after holding off Australian star Clint Robinson in a thrilling finish to the tough 56km race. Faced with tough flat and windless conditions for the Kaiwi channel crossing between Molokai and Oahu, the title race quickly turned into a two-horse affair between defending champion Robinson and 2009 champ and current K1 world marathon champion McGregor.Made a charge The South African star made a charge with six kilometres to go and led by almost a minute as he approached the turn at the fabled China Wall, where he was able to surf the swell close to the shore, thanks to the mild ocean conditions. Robinson, however, put in a serious last ditch effort to reel in McGregor as they turned into the estuary that houses the finish, and in the final two kilometres he ground McGregor’s lead down to 30 seconds. Australians Cory Hill and Jeremy Cotter filled third and fourth places respectively before current Surfski World Series leader and Molokai debutant Jasper Mocke crossed the line to take fifth place, just ahead of another Australian stalwart, Martin Kenny.First doubles crew Twelve-time champion Oscar Chalupsky finished tenth, with the Durban North brothers, Ross and Bruce Poacher, becoming the first double skin crew home in eleventh place. Victory in the women’s race went to Rachel Clarke, with Lisa Wadling in second, followed by the double ski crew of Sally Marks and Alena Greensill.Made to work hard The field was made to work hard in the flat conditions with no assistance from the trade winds and swell, which deserted the Kaiwi channel after a fortnight of excellent downwind racing conditions. Temperatures topped 30 degrees throughout the race, with stifling humidity making racing tough for the paddlers. The prevailing conditions replicated last year’s disappearance of the trade winds, and came close to replicating the 2009 conditions in which McGregor took his maiden Molokai title.RESULTS Hank McGregor 3:35.17Clint Robinson 3:35.40Cory Hill 3:41.49Jeremy Cotter 3:44.24Jasper Mocke 3:48.34Martin Kenny 3:48.50Lewis Laughlin 3:52.58Dorian Wolter 3:57.46Hiromana Flores 3:59.13Oscar Chalupsky 4:02.15 SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Carpet in Basements: The Issues, Solutions, and Alternatives

first_img RELATED ARTICLES Fixing a Wet BasementWhat’s the Best Basement Flooring System?Polyethylene Under Concrete SlabsAll About Dehumidifiers GBA Detail Library: Building Plans for Energy Efficient Basement Remodeling Designing dry, warm basement floorsDry, warm, basement floors are designed to manage:Water at ground level — gutters and downspouts connected to splash blocks on soil sloped away from the building;Water at the footing — perimeter pipe drainage at the footing;Water in porous materials — a capillary break (for example, free-draining gravel or a nonporous sheet good like polyethylene) underneath the slab, between the concrete walls and the soil, and between the footing and the foundation walls.Floor surface temperature — subslab rigid insulation warms the basement slab and elevates its temperature.So, you have designed your dry basement like this, or you have renovated it like this.The basement floor is dry, you thinkBefore you put any finished flooring down on what appears to be a dry floor, it’s a smart thing to determine just how dry it really is. Many basement concrete floors don’t have a capillary break or vapor barrier installed underneath them and evaporate what can be quite a bit of water off of their surface, water that is wicking from the soil up through the concrete. There are two simple tests to determine slab moisture transmission (see “Concrete in Practice 28 – Concrete Slab Moisture”). One involves just taping down a sheet of plastic for at least 16 hours and seeing if the underside of the plastic is wet (ASTM D4263). If it’s dry, congratulations – you can put down any finished flooring product you want to. If it’s wet, you might want to consider the next test, the anhydrous calcium chloride test (ASTM F1869), which can tell you the RATE of moisture transmission. Knowing this rate means that you can check flooring manufacturer recommendations on moisture transmission rates and see what types of flooring can handle what your slab is doing.Keep in mind that many types of flooring go down with water-soluble adhesives; that can be a real problem if your slab is drying a lot of water through its surface.Carpet in basementsMany, but certainly not all, carpets and carpet cushion are vapor-permeable, so if your basement slab is transmitting moisture, it can continue to evaporate up through the pad and carpet. On the other hand, if the carpet or pad is on a cool slab and it is loaded with dirt, pet and human dander, it’s just about a perfect place to cultivate dust mites and even mildew.The bottom line?If your basement slab is un-insulated and/or damp or transmitting moisture (and most are):Avoid installed wall-to-wall carpeting. Choose a hard surface material that meets manufacturer recommendations for what you know to be how much moisture is transmitting up through your basement slab.Maintain gaps for air circulation. Keep absorbent materials up off the basement floor and keep gaps between your slab and all objects, such as furniture.Keep your basement floor clean. Damp mop or vacuum your basement floor on a regular basis, based on use and traffic. If you’re using area rugs, launder or clean these on a regular basis and ideally, give them regular exposure to direct sunlight by taking them outside.Manage relative humidity in the basement. Use an Energy Star-labeled dehumidifier to keep the interior relative humidity at or below 60%.last_img read more

Everything You Never Knew You Wanted to Know About Film

first_imgTake a look at a really interesting breakdown of film stock and how moving images are captured and processed.The new web series What Is… tackles the history of film. Not the history of movies, but of the actual film stock used to capture movies. From the perforations along the side of the strip, to the individual frames themselves, take a closer look at the individual parts of film stock via TheWhatIsGuy.The video does a great job at showing the intricate details in a simplistic way. You’ll see how film with an audio strip will have either a magnetic or optical waveform.You’ll also get a really neat breakdown of frames and the different sizes of frames in the various film formats. Super-interesting stuff.What Is… also tackled film negatives in a separate bonus video. You’ll get a breakdown of color theory, and how it’s applied to creating color film.Did you find this in-depth look at the history of film interesting? Share your thoughts in the comments below.last_img read more

Police station set ablaze after man dies in custody

A 45-year-old man has died under mysterious circumstances in police custody sparking off a protest by locals who partially torched the Barhara police station premises which falls in Bhojpur district. Ram Sajjan Satva, a resident of Barhara village, died on Saturday after he was allegedly beaten up by policemen following which a crowd gathered outside the police station and pelted stones, injuring several police personnel, District Magistrate Birendra Prasad Yadav said. “The protesters also entered the police station and torched a portion of it,” Mr. Yadav said. Several vehicles parked outside the police station, furniture and some documents were set afire by the angry mob, the DM said, adding fire tenders were pressed into service to bring the situation under control. SDO Navdeep Shukla and SDPO Sanjay Kumar along with a team have gone to the village to control the situation, he said. Meanwhile, a medical report has said that Satva died of severe head injuries. The police had on Saturday picked up Satva after his daughter lodged a complaint that he used to come home drunk and tried to abuse her. Satva’s kins have alleged that he was killed in police custody. However, the police have claimed that the victim died after he jumped off the vehicle when he was taken to a government hospital for medical examination. An investigation into the matter has been launched, the DM said. read more

‘Spectacular’ Ronaldo revels in Madrid’s dream finale

first_imgBale said the win was just reward for all their hard work this season.“We have made history. We’ll enjoy this moment now. We needed confidence at half-time and we had to take our chances, which we did,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Yan Yan’s big fight BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates at the end of the Champions League final soccer match between Juventus and Real Madrid at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, Saturday June 3, 2017. Real Madrid won 4-1. APCristiano Ronaldo soaked up the acclaim after his brace fired Real Madrid to a 4-1 Champions League final demolition of Juventus and capped his “spectacular” end to the season.Ronaldo led Madrid to their first La Liga and Champions League double since 1958 by scoring 16 goals in his last 10 games of a memorable campaign, even by his sky-high standards.ADVERTISEMENT “It has been an incredible end to the season by us. The players deserve it and so do I.”Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos was happy to let Ronaldo hog the spotlight, adding: “Everybody knows that Cristiano is very important. “As a team we played very well in the quarter-finals, the semi-finals and today, but you need a guy to score the goals and he did it again.”Best in the world Madrid have won the Champions League three times in the last four years and their French forward Karim Benzema said: “It’s amazing, to win one, then two, then three! “We’ve made history and, there you go, we’re the best team in the world — it’s fantastic. “I want to keep going like that and win lots of trophies. We live football for this and tonight we’re all delighted.”It was also a special evening for Madrid’s Gareth Bale, who saluted his team’s historic triumph as the Spanish giants became the first side to retain the trophy for 27 years.Bale has been hampered by ankle and calf injuries for much of the season, but the Wales forward was able to play a part in his hometown after coming on as a 77th minute replacement for Benzema.Madrid’s dominant display gives them a 12th Champions League title and makes them the first to win it in successive years since the great AC Milan side of 1989 and 1990. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV The Portugal forward put Madrid ahead with a cool finish in the first half at the Principality Stadium and then scored their killer third goal from close-range in the second half.Ronaldo has now won 20 major trophies in his glittering career, with four Champions League triumphs, including three with Madrid and one at Manchester United.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAfter producing sub-par displays in Real’s 2014 and 2016 Champions League final wins against Atletico Madrid, this was a far more inspired showing from Ronaldo and he was quick to pay tribute to boss Zinedine Zidane for resting him nine times during the season to keep him fresh for the run-in.“I had a spectacular end to the season. I prepared for that because things are won at the end of the season,” Ronaldo said. MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ “It was a good choice by the coach and I’m very happy.“We are a very good team and in the second-half we showed how good we are.“I’m delighted. I’m top scorer in the Champions League again. It’s been a brilliant season.”Ronaldo said the turning point was an inspirational half-time speech from Zidane, whose words fired Madrid’s three-goal blitz in the second period.“Zidane gave us a very positive half-time team talk and told us he really believed in us,” he said. ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blastlast_img read more

Im Here to Protect Kyrie Irving Slams the Golden

When Durant was with the Golden State Warriors last season, he went down in game 5 of the NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors and left with a ruptured right Achilles tendon. When the Brooklyn Nets take on the Minnesota Timberwolves on Oct. 23 in their season opener, Kevin Durant won’t be among the starting five, nor will he come off the bench. “[I won’t allow] anyone to infiltrate that circle of ‘Hey K, do you. Get right, we’ll be fine,’” said Irving. “We have expectations for our team, we obviously know he’s an integral part, but we’ll wait for that.” But despite many thinking that Kerr and the Warriors forced Durant to play in that finals game, Durant said it wasn’t true during an interview with Yahoo Sports in August. “I’m very patient, I’ll be over-patient with Kevin, because I don’t want anything like that to happen to anyone again,” he added. “Especially on that type of stage where it happened and then him having to answer questions about whether or not he’s coming back or not.” That’s because he’ll be out for the entire 2019-2020 NBA season with an Achilles injury that he had to get surgery for. Durant joined the Brooklyn Nets as a free agent during the current offseason, as did Kyrie Irving. And on Friday, during the Nets’ press day, Irving slammed Golden State for allowing his new teammate to play in Game 5. And he also said nothing like that will ever happen in Brooklyn. “Naturally, you have to go inside the mind of a competitor, and realize that a lot of people have responsibilities as for why that ended up happening the way it happened on a national scale,” Irving explained. “We all know K was not ready to play in that environment. We all know that, whether people want to admit it or not,” he continued. “He was out 31 days and we put him on a national stage on Finals, to end up selling a product that came before the person, Kevin. And now I’m here to protect that.” Irving then said although Durant is a crucial part of the Nets’ success, he won’t allow anyone to jeopardize his health or playing future, not even for more wins. And after that Game 5 injury, many blasted the Golden State Warriors and their coach Steve Kerr for playing Durant, and they said he was far from ready after his injury from the Houston series. “I heard the Warriors pressured me into getting back,” he stated. “Nobody never said a word to me during rehab as I was coming back. It was only me and [director of sports medicine and performance] Rick [Celebrini] working out every day. Right when the series started, I targeted Game 5.” Kyrie Irving says “a lot of people” are responsible for Kevin Durant tearing his Achilles:”We all know K was not ready to play in that environment…we put him on a national stage to end up selling a product to came before the person” pic.twitter.com/usyACYCufW— SNY (@SNYtv) September 27, 2019 It was the first game back for the 6-foot-9 forward since he strained his right calf on May 8 in the Western Conference second-round playoff series against the Houston Rockets. “Hell, nah,” Durant continued. “It just happened. It’s basketball. S— happens. Nobody was responsible for it. It was just the game.” Kyrie Irving (left) blasted the Golden State Warriors for playing Kevin Durant (right) in Game 5 of last season’s NBA Finals. (Photos: Mike Lawrie/Getty Images Sport via Getty Images, Mike Lawrie/Getty Images Sport via Getty Images) read more

CWC18 Team Wellington wants international experience

first_imgThe New Zealander club has won the OFC Champions League for the first time ever and they want to prove they can do well in the FIFA Club World CupFounded recently in 2004, New Zealand’s Team Wellington is looking to get more experience when they take part in the 2018 FIFA Club World Cup in the United Arab Emirates.As part of the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC), they will face United Arab Emirates’ Al Ain F.C. on December 12th for a chance to be in the Quarterfinals.Known as TeeDubs, this team is based in the city of Wellington in New Zealand.The club only boasts six trophies in their short history, having won the New Zealand Football Championship twice.videoOFFICIAL: Qatar will host the next two Club World Cups Manuel R. Medina – June 3, 2019 FIFA has announced today that the next two competitions will be played as planned, after meeting today in Paris.They won the OFC Champions League once, and this is the first time they have qualified to the FIFA Club World Cup.Wellington’s strengths lay with striker Angus Kilkolly, who scored 36 goals in eight Champions League matches in Oceania.#CWC18: Get to know @TeamWelly – The New Zealander club has won the OFC Champions League for the first time ever and they want to prove they can do well in the @ClubWorldCups. pic.twitter.com/iSCVangJNA— Ronaldo.com (@ronaldocomint) December 8, 2018last_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

TRL Returns MTV Giving Away Ed Sheeran 2018 Tour Tickets

first_img“Total Request Live” returns; the network has 15 pairs of tickets for 15 lucky Sheeran fansBrian HaackGRAMMYs Oct 3, 2017 – 12:08 pm MTV’s “Total Request Live” has officially returned, and the show’s very first special guest had a big surprise for one lucky fan on his way into the brand-new “TRL” studios in Times Square yesterday. Twitter NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Feb 17, 2016 – 4:50 pm Ed Sheeran Wins Best Pop Solo Performance Win Tickets To Ed Sheeran’s 2018 Stadium Tour trl-returns-mtv-giving-away-ed-sheeran-2018-tour-tickets News Email Facebook “TRL” Returns: MTV Giving Away Ed Sheeran 2018 Tour Tickets The rebooted show’s first major guest was none other than GRAMMY winner Ed Sheeran, and as he walked through a screaming crowd to enter the new studio, he picked a fan at random and gifted then with tickets to their hometown show on his upcoming 2018 stadium tour.Following the show, MTV announced that it would be following the singer/songwriter’s lead by giving away pairs of tickets to every single upcoming U.S. date of Sheeran’s tour.The contest will be run via MTV’s Instagram account, and the network plans to drop questions related to happenings on this week’s daily episodes of “TRL.” The answers to the questions will spell out a secret word related to Sheeran’s career. Fans must then comment on the posts with the answer and their preferred city.The contest will run until Oct. 20. Full details are available on MTV’s website.Marilyn Manson Hospitalized In Stage Accidentlast_img read more