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A Tweet Representing the Core Challenge We Face

first_imgEvolution Tagscell biologyChristian LandryLaval UniversitymRNAprotein foldingproteinspurposeQuebecribosomesteleologytextbooksTwitter,Trending Our Debt to the Scientific Atheists Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share But why remove “purpose?” Does that word hinder explaining cell function? Likely the answer is no, because Landry clearly loves the textbook. Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share A Physician Describes How Behe Changed His MindLife’s Origin — A “Mystery” Made AccessibleCodes Are Not Products of PhysicsIxnay on the Ambriancay PlosionexhayDesign Triangulation: My Thanksgiving Gift to All He doesn’t like what “purpose” may entail philosophically. And there you have it — the challenge we face.By the way, the purpose of ribosomes is to translate mRNA into protein. That’s an entirely natural use of “purpose,” and makes perfect sense. Try this instead: this large structure (don’t call it a machine, please!) just happens to bind to mRNA, and mirabile dictu, proteins emerge. Through a tunnel in the large subunit which regulates folding — oops, pardon the teleology, just happens to do something related to folding… Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis Photo: “Ribosome Sculptures,” New York Hall of Science, Ryan Somma via Flickr (cropped).Christian Landry is the Principal Investigator of a lab at Laval University in Quebec, doing really interesting work on cellular networks, the origin of novelties, and evolutionary genomics. Like most academic biologists, he also teaches (cell biology, in his case). Here is a tweet from his Twitter feed, dated April 7: Recommended Evolution NewsEvolution News & Science Today (EN) provides original reporting and analysis about evolution, neuroscience, bioethics, intelligent design and other science-related issues, including breaking news about scientific research. It also covers the impact of science on culture and conflicts over free speech and academic freedom in science. Finally, it fact-checks and critiques media coverage of scientific issues. Share Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man Madness. Intelligent Design A Tweet Representing the Core Challenge We FaceEvolution News @DiscoveryCSCApril 12, 2021, 10:14 AM last_img read more

Mike Sorensen: Rushing the court may be fun, but it needs to be curbed

first_imgSALT LAKE CITY — Call me a killjoy, an old fuddy-duddy or whatever, but I don’t like the idea of rushing the field. Or storming the court.I’m also not a fan of Gatorade showers after every football victory, hand slaps after every basketball free throw, or hugs after every gymnastics routine.Too many things in sports seem to be overdone these days.It used to be that fans rushed the field or court on rare occasions — like when their team won its first championship, or upset the No. 1 team in the nation.These days, fans rush the court, it seems, just to rush the court. It’s the thing to do — like camping outside in tents for the latest blockbuster movie or the latest cellphone. Let’s do it because everybody else is doing it!OK, I admit, I’ve rushed the court before. If you’ve ever seen the video of the Utah Stars’ ABA championship victory over Kentucky, I’m the long-haired teenager front and center in the white T-shirt and Levi’s looking straight at the camera before I joined the celebration at the old Salt Palace.But now I’m older and supposedly wiser. Maybe it goes back to early in my career as a sportswriter when I saw a crowd on a college football field pull down the goalposts after rushing the field. One of the steel uprights swung around and hit a guy in the side of the face, leaving him a bloody mess.Since then, I’ve always steered clear of postgame celebrations. You never know what is going to happen — whether it’s getting hit in the head by a goalpost or having an inebriated fan jump all over you.Last Thursday night, I had an up-close-and-personal view of the ugly scene in Orem that made national news.I was covering the Utah Valley-New Mexico State basketball game, sitting about 15 feet away from the court when all hell broke loose as a routine court-rushing by jubilant fans turned into a brawl at center court — complete with fans and opposing players mixing it up with fists and shoves before order could be restored.This was actually one case where rushing the court was somewhat justified. Utah Valley has been a Division I school for less than a decade and by beating NMSU, the Wolverines virtually assured themselves of a piece of the Western Athletic Conference regular-season title.The Wolverines had looked dead in the water, trailing by six with a little more than a minute left, only to come back and tie the game in the final seconds and then win in overtime. Naturally, the fans were excited and the Aggie players were upset to have lost a game they thought they had in the bag.The two scenarios weren’t a good mixture, however.First, K.C. Ross-Miller fired a ball at UVU’s Holton Hunsaker as the final buzzer went off. At the same time, a group of students flooded onto the floor and the fisticuffs began.Clearly, the New Mexico State player precipitated the whole mess and his teammates were out of line for mixing it up with the exuberant fans.On the other hand, if I was a New Mexico State player and all of a sudden, I had a bunch of college students bouncing within inches of my face after I had just suffered an agonizing loss, I might have reacted poorly.Would this ugly scene have happened if fans hadn’t been in the mix?Probably not.If you watch the tape, which I’m sure most basketball fans in Amercia have seen at least once by now, UVU’s Hunsaker didn’t rush at Ross-Miller after being hit. He just stood there with his hands up, like, ‘What the heck was that?’ Ross-Miller started to head back toward Hunsaker, but was quickly intercepted by an assistant coach.As far as I could tell, none of the UVU players tried to fight the NMSU players and most high-tailed it off the floor as they should have. The problem was a handful of fans who got into some fisticuffs with a couple of Aggie players.Some pundits have said what happened in Orem might turn out to be a tipping point in curtailing postgame celebrations. It comes on the heels of the incident this year when Oklahoma State’s Marcus Smart shoved a fan in the stands. That was a different situation, but the idea of too much contact between fans and players needs to be addressed.The Southeastern Conference has one solution: It fines the home school $5,000 for the first offense of rushing the field or court, $25,000 for the second offense and as much as $50,000 for subsequent violations.That policy, which has been in effect for nearly 10 years, ”is designed to create a safe environment for our student-athletes, coaches, staff and fans,” according to a league statement.It’s a worthy idea, but not a perfect solution, however. Just two nights ago, South Carolina students ignored repeated warnings about storming the court in a win over No. 17 Kentucky and did it anyway. The school will have to pay the price.Michael Wilbon, who stars on ESPN’s “Pardon the Interruption,” has a more drastic solution. He says the home team should forfeit the game if its fans rush the floor. While that threat might be enough to stop most folks, there will always be a few knuckleheads who would be selfish enough to not worry about costing their team a victory.My feeling is that every league should institute a rushing-the-field/court policy with fines larger than the ones the SEC uses. That puts the onus on the school to make sure it has enough security and warnings to handle the masses that might jump out of the stands.Another idea is to ban anyone who goes on the floor during or after a game from the venue for future games. With video technology that shouldn’t be hard to do.Rushing the court may be fun, but it’s simply gotten out of hand lately. We don’t want our sports to become like some in foreign countries, where fields are surrounded by moats or fences with razor wire at the top.For the safety of the athletes as well as the fans, something needs to be done to curb the court-storming. The sooner the better.last_img read more

IPL 2019- SRH vs CSK Review: Sunrisers return back to winning ways

first_imgImage Courtesy: NDTV SportsAdvertisement 84wdNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsgbo74hiWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eh6s( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) b0xWould you ever consider trying this?😱hp6jCan your students do this? 🌚bo271Roller skating! Powered by Firework Sunrisers Hyderabad cruised to win against a Super Kings side which played without MS Dhoni. The SRH bowling unit rose to the occasion to restrict the men in yellow before chasing the total with more than 3 overs to spare.Advertisement Image Courtesy: NDTV SportsSuresh Raina led the yellow army with MS Dhoni being rested for the fixture. The stand-in captain opted to bat first at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium. The table leaders named 2 changes with Sam Billings replacing MS Dhoni while Karn Sharma took place of Mitchell Santner in the playing XI.Rashid Khan was the architect in chief after breaking CSK’s middle order. The leg spinner was well supported by economical spells from Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Khaleel Ahmed. Barring Faf du Plessis, no batsman looked comfortable on the Hyderabad wicket.Advertisement Chasing a total of just 133, the in-form SRH openers laid the foundation well with orange cap holder David Warner taking initiative. The left-handed explosive opener scored a swift fifty.Despite losing some wickets in quick succession, the hosts were able to recover to end the chase well in time. This marks SRH’s first victory over the defending champions in 5 attempts.Advertisement Brief ScorecardCSK 132-5 (20 overs) (F.du.Plessis 45; R.Khan 2-17)SRH 137-4 (16.5 overs) (J.Bairstow 61; I.Tahir 2-20)Read Also:India’s World Cup 2019 Squad: Is it good enough to get the job done?R Ashwin says the race is heating up after 5th win of KXIP Advertisementlast_img read more

Officer’s first dawn salute

first_imgBy ALANA MITCHELSON OFFICER’s inaugural Anzac Day Dawn Service attracted a large crowd who gathered to stand in remembrance of…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Mallard’s Team of the Week — Soccer Quest Co-Ed Finalists

first_imgThe Diamonds breezed through the Soccer Quest Christmas Co-Ed Indoor Tournament this week, defeating The Midget Pinkies 5-2 to claim the title. The annual Co-Ed tourney attracted eight teams to the Soccer Quest Indoor Facility.Staff and management at Mallard’s Source For Sports would like to salute The Diamonds and The Midget Pinkies with Co-Team of the Week honours.Member of both teams are pictured, starting at the back row, L-R, Marlesa Manson, Samadhi Bouchard, Alexi St-Jean, Meghan Morrison, Jan Williams, Heather Stewart, Taylor Stewart, Tayler Anderson, Nick Diamond, Emmanuel Huva and Reed Bambrick.Front, Laura Waterer, Josiah Mori, Sachi Del-Sniveli, Dallas Sauer, Jordan Micheaux, Andy Galewitz, Taylor Russel and Nick Davis.last_img read more

Rebels continue to beat up Green and White, dump Leafs 9-0

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsThe Castlegar Rebels continue to feast on all things in Green and White.Kootenay Ice Major Midget affiliate player Jesse Knowler had four points to lead the Murdoch Division leaders to a 9-0 pounding of the Nelson Leafs in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Wednesday night in the Sunflower City.The win was the fifth straight for Castlegar over Nelson this season.This contest was well over before it started. The home side built up a 4-0 first period lead and never looked back.Knowler, Taylor Anderson, Tyler Jones and Erik Wentzel in the final minute of the frame scored to give Castlegar the commanding lead.Darren Tarasoff, Jamie Vlanich and Arthur Andrews added second period goals before Stuart Walton and Anthony Delong completed the scoring in the third.The Rebels fired 44 shots at the beleaguered duo of Darren Hogg and Marcus Beesley in the Nelson nets.The lopsided game allowed Rebel coach Steve Junker to rest starter Alex Ross after two periods, replacing the top Castlegar goalie with Cole Buckley in the third.The loss was the third straight for the Murdoch Division’s third-place team from Nelson.Nelson, falling to 1-9 against the Murdoch’s top teams — Beaver Valley and Castlegar — returns to the ice New Years Eve at 1 p.m. to host the Spokane Braves in the NDCC Arena.GAME NOTES: Jesse Knowler, with a goal and three assists, is second on the Kootenay Ice in scoring behind Nelson’s Dryden Hunt. . . .Jesse Vlanich and Arthur Andrews had three points while Erik Wentzel, Darren Tarasoff, Stuart Walton and Taylor Anderson each had two points. . . .Vlanich, a 17-year-old sniper from Trail, has nine points in nine games since being acquired from Fernie in the blockbuster deal that sent veteran goalie Andrew Walton to the Ghostriders. The Rebels also received Mike Wiest in the deal. . . .Leaf defenceman Walker Sidoni made his return to the line up after a long stint on the injury list. . . .Kootenay Ice Major Midget forward Carsen Willans played his second game for the Leafs. . . .Nelson was missing foward Cody Abbey and defenceman Blake Arcuri for the contest. Both were serving suspensions from a December 11 dust up in Fruitvale against the Nitehawks. . . .Leaf forward Connor McLaughlin also did not play. [email protected]last_img read more

District race promotes exercise for kids

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Event chairman Mike Shapiro said kids today should be exposed to more physical activities, and that the event is about more than running. “It’s not just about going and running laps,” he said. “It’s to get kids away from Xboxes and computers and to take dance classes or play soccer – to get out there and do some other things.” Educators and parents have recently put more emphasis on physical activity with children, as traditional P.E. instructors have long been cut from many school budgets, and obesity rates among the young have risen. When time permits, most students in the Newhall School District receive physical-education instruction from their classroom teachers, Shapiro said. Runs will start at 8:30 a.m. next Saturday and cost $15 per child. It will take place at Valencia Valley Elementary School, 23601 Carrizo Drive. Kindergarten through third-grade students face a 1K trail, while older students will tackle a 2K course. All runs are noncompetitive. Complimentary shirts to wear in the race are available from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday at the Valencia Valley library. Kids will receive medals for participating. For information, contact Shapiro at (661) 510-0752 or at [email protected] Sue Doyle, (661) 257-5254 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEWHALL – The Newhall School District will hold a run next week to promote physical activity for all kindergarten through sixth-graders in the area. The district’s first Run For Fitness is a reminder for youngsters that leading healthy lifestyles includes exercise as well as nutritional eating habits. On the course, students will run and periodically stop at workout stations for push-ups, sit-ups and other exercises. The run is open to all children in sixth grade and younger in the area. Vendors will also be stationed at the run, promoting local activities from cheerleading to soccer clubs that children can join. In addition, there will be special guests. last_img read more

US TV debut for Trevor Noah

first_imgAward-winning local stand-up comedianTrevor Noah will be the first SouthAfrican and African to appear onThe Tonight Show with Jay Leno.(Image: yomzansi.com) MEDIA CONTACTS • Trevor Noah Bookings+27 11 726 7611RELATED ARTICLES• SA film wins international award • Shaken and stirred in Cape Town • The boy who sees in pictures • Mandela quotations book published Wilma den HartighAward-winning local stand-up comedian Trevor Noah will be the first South African – and African – to appear on the popular late-night American talk show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.A chance to perform a comedy act on The Tonight Show, which is watched by millions of people every day, is a major career break for Noah and puts the spotlight on South Africa’s comedy talent.He got lucky when he was spotted by the show’s scouts who were searching for talented performers to appear on the show. After a tough audition process, he was selected as one of the comedians to perform on the show.In an interview on Talk Radio 702, Noah says it is a great honour to appear on a show that has such a huge following in many countries.“Having this appearance on my credentials will put me head and shoulders above many comedians. Many American comedians haven’t even been on the show,” he says.Noah is in illustrious company, as other famous comedians who have appeared on The Tonight Show include Bill Cosby, Jerry Seinfeld, Drew Carey, Steven Wright, Roseanne Barr and Joan Rivers.Telling the story of South AfricaNoah first made a name for himself performing for South African audiences and he has often been seen on stage with some of South Africa’s funniest people, such as Riaad Moosa, Darren Simpson, Marc Lottering and the ever-popular Barry Hilton.Recently Noah became closely associated with mobile services provider Cell C, as its “customer experience officer”, a personality developed as part of the company’s new brand identity. His job was to represent consumers, keep the company on its toes and assist them in understanding the needs of their subscribers.He has also received awards for his ability to get people laughing. At the South African Comedy Awards in 2008 he was the winner in the Best Breakthough Act category.For the past six months, he has been touring the US, entertaining American audiences with his signature brand of stand-up comedy.He says that most of what he talks about, even to American audiences, is about South Africa. His act for The Tonight Show will be no different.“I love telling the story of South Africa whenever I travel the world. We have such an amazing history and telling my story, which is a tiny part of South Africa’s history, is a great joy for me,” he says.In an interview with South African-born arts and entertainment journalist Nadia Neophytou, on her blog Miss Ntertainment, Noah says that he also hopes to use the opportunity to showcase South African comedy, which he believes is of a high standard.“The truth is, there is good and bad comedy everywhere in world. In South Africa we have international quality comedy,” he says.In preparation for his appearance on the show, he has been performing at comedy clubs and shows across the US to perfect his five-minute set.“I have bouts of nervousness, but it is a great opportunity to be on a show like this. I am as ready as I can be,” he says.Trevor Noah’s appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Show will air in the US tonight, and be broadcast on CNBC Africa (DStv channel 410) on Tuesday 10 January at 21:00.last_img read more

12 days agoMan Utd midfielder McTominay insists he and Scotland can learn from run of defeats

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd midfielder McTominay insists he and Scotland can learn from run of defeatsby Paul Vegas12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United midfielder Scott McTominay insists he and Scotland can learn from their run of defeats.He missed Thursday’s 4-0 loss in Russia through suspension but is back in contention to face Group I’s basement club San Marino on Sunday.Speaking at a pre-match press conference, he said: “Obviously in football you have good and you have bad moments as well.”Football is not always sunshine and rainbows, you have to stick in through the bad moments and obviously keep pushing as a team.”We know what we have to improve on, we’ve had numerous conversations about it as a group and obviously with the staff as well. And it’s up to us now.”I feel like we’ve got everything in front of us that we need to achieve and sometimes you can have a wake-up call, which can be the best thing for you.”In football a wake-up call can be huge for the whole squad and everybody looking forward to the games.” last_img read more

Report: HS Coach Very Upset At Ohio State Over Treatment Of Player Leaving Program

first_imgOhio State Upset RecruitOhio State Upset RecruitJamel Dean, a four-star defensive back who enrolled early at Ohio State this winter, will be leaving the Buckeyes’ program, Eleven Warriors first reported earlier today. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound cornerback has dealt with multiple knee injuries over the past couple of years and was not cleared by Ohio State’s medical staff. He has not been practicing with the Buckeyes spring. Dean, ranked the No. 32 cornerback in the 2015 class by 247 Sports’ Composite Rankings, will be leaving OSU altogether. The situation greatly upsets Dean’s high school coach, according to a report by Doug Lesmerises of Cleveland.com.HS coach of Ohio State’s Jamel Dean tells NEOMG he is angry over treatment of departing freshman http://t.co/mQBfvM3noP— Doug Lesmerises (@DougLesmerises) April 8, 2015From Cleveland.com’s report: The high school football coach of Ohio State freshman Jamel Dean feels the Buckeyes are denying Dean his place on the team over a typical injury.“It’s ridiculous,” John Wilkinson told Northeast Ohio Media Group on Wednesday. “It’s totally wrong to do this to an 18-year-old kid who should be in high school, who you talked into coming up there early.“You can’t treat people this way.”Dean tore his ACL during his junior season at Cocoa High School in Florida, but played a full season as a senior. He re-injured his knee prior to the Semper Fidelis All-American Game in January. Dean was one of four players in the 2015 class to enroll early in Columbus. Ohio State has yet to comment on the situation. The Buckeyes open their season Sept. 7 against Virginia Tech in Blacksburg. [Cleveland.com]last_img read more