Evolution Back on Federal Funding List

first_imgBoy, that was a close call.  Evolution research almost got dropped from federal funding.  Turns out it was an accidental oversight.  Science Daily reported that the oversight “sparked heated protests from academics and evolution supporters” who “expressed fears that the omission might have been part of an attack on Darwinian evolution by religious groups.”    The U.S. Department of Education quickly acted to reinstate evolutionary biology to the list eligible for federal grants for undergraduate research.  Evolutionists welcomed the quick response: “If (the omission) was deliberate, it is certainly the case that when it came to light, wiser heads prevailed,” said Becky Timmons of the American Council on Education.  Laurence Krauss of Case Western Reserve University used the occasion to point out the danger: “There are well-funded efforts in this country that have been inappropriately attempting to attack the teaching of evolutionary biology on what appear to be religious grounds.”Need we point out to Dr. Krauss that the funding for these “attacks” (note the fear-mongering in the militaristic terminology) is from private sources?  And that these “attacks” are only concerned with allowing fair and honest investigation of the truth claims of Darwinism, which, under the DODO monopoly (i.e., Darwin-Only-Darwin-Only), are immune from scrutiny?  This is quite unlike the plunder of taxpayers’ pockets to support something they do not agree with.  And the private funding for “teaching the controversy” is not well.  It is a shoestring compared to the river of dollars flowing down the drain into Darwinian pork barrels (see quote on top right of this page).    This paranoia by the Darwinists begs the question of whether evolutionary theory actually produces anything useful to the taxpayers who have to pay for it (see the important quote in the 08/30/2006 entry, and the 08/04/2006 revelation), or whether its fruits are beneficial to society (see yesterday’s entry).  This is a good occasion to remember David Berlinski’s comment a year ago (see Evolution News):For scientists forever banging their crutches against the trough of public funding, any form of criticism represents an alarming turn of events, the more so when it affects their traditional claims to speak with authority on matters of culture, faith and morals.  They are right to be alarmed.  A great many people have come to regard Darwinism as tedious, illiterate, uninformed and tendentious.  Darwin’s theories seem destined to disappear by negative selection, an interesting but rare example of a Darwinian process reaching a sound conclusion.If Darwinian pseudoscientific research is so essential, according to all those “wiser heads,” let it be self-supporting, the way all science had to operate before World War II.  Surely there are enough reliable supporters in the country to keep the Darwin Party in bright lights.  Look at all the glazed-eyed zombies at the slot machines in Las Vegas, for instance.(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Proteins Can Tie Knots

first_imgYour job today is to invent a chain that can tie itself in a knot.  The chain can contain little magnets and electrical parts, but when you let go of the ends, a knot will spontaneously form.  This means that one end must form a loop and the other end must thread the loop.  Give up?  Maybe you should learn how cells do it.    There are certain chains of amino acids coming out of the ribosome translation machine that will tie a perfect trefoil knot (picture) every time.  This knot becomes embedded deep within the overall structure of the protein.  A trio of women scientists at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine tried to figure this out.  Writing in PNAS,1 they only made small progress.  All they could say was that the knot tying seems to occur early on, when the chain is loose.  The tightening of the knot and the rest of the folding occurs slowly thereafter.  They mutated certain amino acids to watch what happened but that’s about all they could figure out at this point.    The protein they studied, YibK, is one of the simplest knot-tying proteins.  They mentioned others with even bigger tricks:The alpha/beta-knot methyltransferases (MTases) are a family of homodimeric proteins that exhibit an unusual trefoil knot deep within in their native structure.  Such knots are particularly impressive because they are defined by the path of the polypeptide backbone alone and therefore require that a considerable segment of protein chain (at least 40 residues) has threaded through a loop.  The question of how such complex topologies arise during protein folding is an intriguing one, and is of growing importance with the increasing number and complexity of knotted structures observed.  In addition to trefoil knots, a highly intricate figure-of-eight knot and a knotted structure with 5 projected crossings have been observed.  Consequently, when contemplating how a given polypeptide chain might fold, the possibility that it might knot must also be considered; if a global solution to the protein-folding problem is to be found, the puzzle of how such knotted structures form must be solved.Evolutionary theory played no role in their investigation.1.  Anna L. Mallam, Elizabeth R. Morris, and Sophie E. Jackson, “Exploring knotting mechanisms in protein folding,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA, published online before print November 17, 2008, doi: 10.1073/pnas.0806697105.A protein that can tie a figure-of-eight knot (picture) blindfolded with no hands: amazing.  The Darwinians can’t even do that eyes-open with their baloney.(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Weightlifters No Match for Insects

first_imgFor Olympic season, here are more comparisons between human and animal capabilities.Weightlifting:  The BBC News showed that, as remarkable as it is for a human to lift 2 or 3 times his body weight, leaf-cutter ants do better: 50x their body weight – and they’re not even contenders for the gold.  A male rhinoceros beetle can lift 850 times its own weight – equivalent to a human world champion “lifting six double-decker buses weighing over 8000 kg.”  There’s more: “But, the species to beat is a tiny mite that has been shown holding forces of up to 1180 times its weight and even pull 530 times its weight on a vertical surface.”Sharpshooting:  The same BBC News article included a video of an archer fish hitting its target in the air from underwater, accurate up to 2 meters.  “This expert in ballistics even allows for the curving of the jet through gravity, and adjusts for the way light bends at the boundary between light and air, which appears to shift the position of its target.”   Blood-spitting cobras are pretty accurate with their shots, too.Boxing:  Animal contenders in the boxing ring include male brown hares and kangaroos, who fight as courtship displays.  As reported here June 13, mantis shrimp have the fastest punch known in the animal kingdom, 23 meters per second.Wrestling:  Champion animal wrestlers include red deer and stag beetles, with their “grand antlers and branching jaws” that lock during combat.  A video clip shows a beetle wrestling match.Swimming: Dolphins have the best skin suits to reduce drag, the BBC News said, with thick blubber for a sleek look.  But it would be hard to beat penguin suits, that glide along through a skin of bubbles.  As for long distance records, remember the polar bear that was observed swimming nine days nonstop? (1/25/2011).In other animal news:Elephants emit long-distance infrasound signals using the same vibrating larynx mechanism as humans, Science Daily reported.  Scientists determined this by testing the actual larynx of an elephant that had recently died of natural causes.Bird airlines:  Migrating birds keep remarkable time, PhysOrg reported.  Songbirds as common as the wood thrush” follow a strict annual schedule when migrating to their breeding grounds – with some birds departing on precisely the same date each year.”  A scientist at York University remarked, Much like airplanes, there are many factors that can influence birds’ flight schedules, such as weather at departure and expected conditions at the other end of the journey. Amazingly, these small songbirds are highly consistent in their timing between years.”These are wonderful stories that call for a film or Powerpoint presentation by someone.  A good entry was the Incredible Creatures that Defy Evolution series.  Nature is filled with even more captivating events for us human spectators.  Cheer on our animal champions! (Visited 20 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Best Young Farmers/Ranchers-4

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Dan MillerProgressive Farmer Senior EditorThe legend of American agriculture has been one of farmers turning west for new ground — always west. Mark Lange looked east.His land, near O’Neill, Nebraska, lay at the edge of the state’s Sandhills region. His crops were irrigated by an aquifer in decline. The state already had imposed water restrictions in other counties. Lange was convinced water regulation was coming his way. When that day came, there was no doubt his land value would take a hit. It was time to pick up his stakes and move. He did. Lange found better soils in Iowa.He was able to sell his 1,500 acres and buy a similar number in west-central Iowa. After the 2012 harvest, the Langes packed up their entire operation and moved to Bagley, Iowa. “For the future of our farm, we thought we should move to a state where we weren’t so reliant on irrigation,” says Joel Lange, Mark’s oldest son. “If we didn’t get the inches of water we needed, we weren’t going to grow crops.” Mark rented the land to Joel and younger brother, Stephen.Lange Farms Precision Ag was born.PATH OF RETURNThat Joel moved to Iowa or even chose to farm as an adult was not preordained. He had no clear career path back to it. He had enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserve after high school. But, he soon longed to be his own boss — something a Marine is not.“I decided I missed the farm,” Joel says. His father was eager to see him come back. Mark began to turn over day-to-day operations in 2008.Joel’s goal was straightforward: to farm better. That didn’t mean buying a lot more land (the brothers have added 300 acres of their own).Perhaps it is for the lack of family ties in central Iowa that the Langes feel a bit landlocked. Rents are high around Bagley, and any land that does come up for sale won’t likely first come to the attention of the Langes.But, improving the productivity of the soil they did own might prove to be a better choice, Joel says. “We love taking an average piece of ground and turning it into a high-producing farm.”Iowa rates farm ground by a Corn Suitability Rating (CSR). Joel’s Greene County has an average CSR of 75. His actual farm averages 87. In wet years, county and farm yields are close. But, in dry years, his farm averages 30 to 75 bushels per acre above the county average.PRODUCTIVITY PUSHSo, then, in Joel’s mind, “expansion” does not mean he has to farm more acres. “We can expand by making our land more productive,” Joel says. “Better water infiltration, high organic levels and better biological activity will get us there.” Lange Farms is planning a more aggressive crop rotation plus cover crops to achieve those goals.Compared to Nebraska, Iowa has significant advantages — rainfall, heat and humidity. In 2013, 2017 and 2018, the Iowa farm had stretches of 45 to 60 days without rain. Yet, the corn still yielded 200 to 250 bushels.In Nebraska, irrigation made the Langes’ sandy ground productive. In Iowa, pattern tiling and irrigation — where it can be deployed productively — turns even marginal ground into significantly higher productive ground. On good ground, 80 CSR and above, Joel finds that pattern tiling increases his yields 15% to 20%.“With irrigation, we can double production in lower-quality fields,” Joel says. Perhaps more than that, really. One farm the Lange brothers purchased had a CSR of 66, well below the county average. They added irrigation to most of it. Dry weather in 2017 hammered the nonirrigated portions of that farm. Yields averaged 30 bushels. Irrigated corn yielded up to 300 bushels.LOCATION ADVANTAGEIn addition to close management of production practices, Lange Farms corn and soybeans goes only to value-added markets. “None of our grain goes to an elevator; it all goes to an end user,” Joel says. Within 40 miles of the farm, there are four ethanol plants and one tortilla plant. The farm grew non-GMO soybeans last season. My non-GMO beans are going to the SoyPlus facility, in Ralston, Iowa, to make high-bypass protein for dairy feed. “It’s giving us a nice $1.50 premium for our crop,” Joel says. “That helps a lot when times are tough.”Joel and his wife, Tanner, have four young children, two sets of twin — three boys and a daughter. If they wish to farm, Joel will preach healthy soils.He will tell them, “pay attention to the land. Learn more about the land than just about what seed to buy or what equipment to own. Pay attention to soil health. Improve the land that you have. Increase its production. Make it better for the next generation.” As he is now.Dan Miller can be reached at [email protected] him on Twitter @DMillerPF**Editor’s Note:The Progressive Farmer’s Contributing Editor Jim Patrico contributed to this article.This is the fourth of five profiles of our ninth class of DTN/The Progressive Farmer’s America’s Best Young Farmers and Ranchers. They represent the future of agriculture through their sense of tradition, use of new technology and business acumen.To see videos of all the 2019 winners, and for an application for next year, see https://spotlights.dtnpf.com/…(ES/SK)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Beautiful Music for Successful Wedding Videos

first_imgWhen it comes to wedding videos, making sure you have the right music at hand can make all the difference.Any time you sign up to film a client’s wedding, it’s a pretty big responsibility to take on. After all, it’s your work that’ll shape the couple’s perception of their special day for years to come. So getting it right is kind of a big deal!To make a truly professional wedding video, seasoned videographers will tell you that it’s a matter of preparation. Gear and shot checklists are tools of the trade that can ensure you’re ready to capture the big day on film. And choosing wedding-appropriate assets in advance, like Light Leaks and transition effects, means that you won’t be scrambling to get your video done by the deadline.And finally, there’s one key wedding video ingredient that you should always keep in mind: the music.Think of wedding video music like the icing on the (wedding) cake: the final touch that can make all the difference. The right track can give your work emotional impact and help drive your video’s narrative forward. Whether going for formal and elegant or playful and lighthearted, it’s your musical choices that will help to set your video’s tone.To make sure that you’re prepared on the musical front too, we’ve compiled a playlist of ideal, royalty free tunes; the perfect soundtrack for a slo-mo walk down the aisle or for an upbeat wedding reception montage.Each track has been handpicked from the PremiumBeat music library. And with a PremiumBeat standard license, you won’t need to worry about copyright issues.To make sure that you’re ready for your next wedding video, check out our ultimate guide for wedding video production, too. It’s packed with expert advice and free downloads (including gear and shot lists) that’ll help you put together a memento that your clients will cherish forever.last_img read more

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Crafted to perfection

first_imgThe Commonwealth Games 2010 is the biggest example of successful event managementLights, camera, action… these words have been synonymous with the entertainment industry for generations but finally a change has come. The new mantra is all about pleasing the audience. This ranges from client servicing activities to providing well planned,The Commonwealth Games 2010 is the biggest example of successful event managementLights, camera, action… these words have been synonymous with the entertainment industry for generations but finally a change has come. The new mantra is all about pleasing the audience. This ranges from client servicing activities to providing well planned events. A new direction with a horizon of opportunities is event management. The profession is best defined as the science of managing events is on a rise and has a promising future. FICCI has estimated event management to be a Rs 3000 crore industry by next year. “Event management is emerging as a top industry, growing at the rate of 35 per cent and proving to be a very lucrative and rewarding career”, says Hoshi Bhiwandiwalla, founder dean and director of the National Institute of Event Management.”India spends annually more than Rs 5000 crore to entertain the public and this figure is fast growing. Despite strict government regulations like high entertainment tax, 10 pm deadlines and harassment in licenses and permits; the event management industry is unstoppable and has a great future. Now more than 2000 companies have forayed into events. The present picture is extremely positive,” adds Bhiwandiwalla.An event is the successful implementation of a vision, bringing to reality a skillful blend of ideas, creativity, logistics, budgets, permits, people, performers and the publicity channels. The successful implementation has different departments working towards creating a success thus different placement opportunities.These mainly consist of the creative team, client servicing, and the production department. The creative division will look after designing the event and its various components like stage and set designing. Client servicing and business development, as the name suggests, works towards get new clients and looking after them. The production department caters to logistics demands and along with the event planners, executes the event. Along with this, various departments like human resource, legal, licenses, artist management and accounts are also a part of the organisation.Events in India have grown in a big way and can be classified into different categories. These were highlighted by Roshan Abbas, managing director, Encompass, who explains, “now events can be classified into different categories ranging from sports management to film awards and city specific events. With the Commonwealth Games and F1 coming to India, sports management has seen a great boost. Film awards have now become a part of the industry and have been great success. New events like organised religion and city specific events are now growing. The Kumbh Mela and other festivals see a lot of event management behind them. The Jaipur literary festival and the Goa film festivals are popular events that have been showcased in a different way.”The opening up of the Indian economy saw foreign products flooding the Indian market and that brought mega product launches, thus boosting the business. The international exposure increased when event companies brought in foreign artists and some companies took the best of India abroad. This growth demanded an increase in job opportunities. “Young Indians are very adaptable, easy to adjust with and have the skill to multitask. This works in their favour and provides them the opportunity for quick growth,” says Abbas.The jack of all trades and the master of blending skills, best define an event manager. The job entails planning, organising, promoting, motivating people to unfold an extravaganza with no retakes. Discussing the popularity of the industry, Abbas adds, “Lack of barriers is something that attracts people towards event management. Smart sharp people can easily learn the ways of working and excel in the industry.”Though the above qualities help excel in this field but require a bit more, Bhiwandiwalla explains, “A student who wishes to become an event manager should have good leadership and communication skills, organising abilities, should be creative, with great PR skills, and he should be passionate about events.” Developing your foothold in the entertainment industry requires a lot of perseverance, hard work and a little patience. It is important to have the right attitude and always remember your love and passion for the work. “Event management is all about facing the clients and dealing with people. It is not a desk job. It’s imperative to have people skills, to make sure you get your ideas across clearly. You should also be good at crises management as a lot needs to be changed at the last moment” says Abbas.With variety of courses available to create your mark in event management it is important to remember the balance between theory and practical. Internships will provide a deeper understanding on the industry. “Event management is one of the top careers and a very lucrative field for those who are dynamic and want to make a great career. The starting salaries may be just a bit moderate, but one can earn a fat salary packet with a decent experience, and a lot of hard work put in. The sky is the limit for the dynamic event managers” explains Bhiwandiwalla. The starting salary in this industry can range from Rs 12,000 to Rs 20,000 but the growth pattern is fast and depending on the person one can excel in no time. The entertainment industry gives opportunities to shine at an accelerating speed and one can earn Rs 50,000 in no time. InstitutesAmity Institute of Event Management Delhi, www.amity.edu/aiemNational Institute of Event Management Pune, www.niemindia.com               Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication Pune, www.simc.eduMudra Institute of Communications Ahmedabad, www.mica-india.netStarting salaryRanges from Rs 12,000 to Rs 20,000 per monthSalary for the creative department start from Rs 10,000 to Rs 16,000 p.m.Production department salaries are between Rs 8,000 and Rs 14,000 p.m.Client servicing team wages range from Rs 12,000 to Rs 18,000 p.m.advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

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