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Henry J



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(Permalink) Posted: May 11 2011,17:15   

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Missing link discovered between "fungi and the rest of the kingdom of life."

Kingdom of life? i thought "kingdom" described groups that are a subset of a domain, as plants, animals, and fungi are each a subset of the Eucaryote domain.

  
OgreMkV



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(Permalink) Posted: May 16 2011,13:03   

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/05/110511162538.htm

Research shows that highly complex evolutionary adaptations are more difficult (i.e. more rare) to reverse.

From the blindingly obvious department, but it's good to see someone putting some numbers on this.

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midwifetoad



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(Permalink) Posted: May 16 2011,13:12   

Quote (OgreMkV @ May 16 2011,13:03)
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/05/110511162538.htm

Research shows that highly complex evolutionary adaptations are more difficult (i.e. more rare) to reverse.

From the blindingly obvious department, but it's good to see someone putting some numbers on this.

Do I get banned for suggesting that this is a possible approach to calculating CSI?  :p

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J-Dog



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(Permalink) Posted: May 16 2011,13:15   

BLAST FROM THE PAST!!

Orac does DCA Update - DaveScot Still Wrong! :)

DCA Update

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Gullibility is not a virtue - Quidam on Dembski's belief in the Bible Code Faith Healers & ID 7/08

UD is an Unnatural Douchemagnet. - richardthughes 7/11

  
OgreMkV



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(Permalink) Posted: May 16 2011,14:04   

Quote (midwifetoad @ May 16 2011,13:12)
Quote (OgreMkV @ May 16 2011,13:03)
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/05/110511162538.htm

Research shows that highly complex evolutionary adaptations are more difficult (i.e. more rare) to reverse.

From the blindingly obvious department, but it's good to see someone putting some numbers on this.

Do I get banned for suggesting that this is a possible approach to calculating CSI? †:p

Only at UD.  I've got the paper and will read it when I have time... which unfortunately means sometime in late August probably.

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Erasmus, FCD



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(Permalink) Posted: May 16 2011,14:19   

Quote (J-Dog @ May 16 2011,14:15)
BLAST FROM THE PAST!!

Orac does DCA Update - DaveScot Still Wrong! :)

DCA Update

i sure do wish he would chugalug the houseboat over to within reach of a wireless router and chime in.  what the fuck does it take?

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You're obviously illiterate as hell.†Peach, bro.-FtK

Finding something hard to believe based on the evidence, is science.-JoeG

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paragwinn



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(Permalink) Posted: May 16 2011,14:43   

Quote (Erasmus @ FCD,May 16 2011,12:19)
Quote (J-Dog @ May 16 2011,14:15)
BLAST FROM THE PAST!!

Orac does DCA Update - DaveScot Still Wrong! :)

DCA Update

i sure do wish he would chugalug the houseboat over to within reach of a wireless router and chime in. †what the fuck does it take?

Maybe he's off fighting Somali pirates or searching for Capt Jack Sparrow to join his crew.

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All women build up a resistance [to male condescension]. Apparently, ID did not predict that. -Kristine 4-19-11
F/Ns to F/Ns to F/Ns etc. The whole thing is F/N ridiculous -Seversky on KF footnote fetish 8-20-11
The geological maps that realist use to make money are all surface maps. -forastero

  
dvunkannon



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(Permalink) Posted: May 16 2011,16:48   

Quote (paragwinn @ May 16 2011,15:43)
Quote (Erasmus @ FCD,May 16 2011,12:19)
 
Quote (J-Dog @ May 16 2011,14:15)
BLAST FROM THE PAST!!

Orac does DCA Update - DaveScot Still Wrong! :)

DCA Update

i sure do wish he would chugalug the houseboat over to within reach of a wireless router and chime in. †what the fuck does it take?

Maybe he's off fighting Somali pirates or searching for Capt Jack Sparrow to join his crew.

While we're reminiscing about DT and waiting for the Rapture/Zombie Apocalypse...

Does anyone know how the owner of the Floating Command Center first hooked up with permanent student and occasional professor, Dr Dr WmAD? Its got to be a story worth telling, especially if it involves the bathroom of the Riesel YMCA during the break in the middle of an AA (Arrogance Anonymous) meeting, a bodily appendage coyly referred to a 'Single Malt', and a Canadian friend introduced as 'Dennis' O'Leary.

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Iím referring to evolution, not changes in allele frequencies. - Cornelius Hunter
Iím not an evolutionist, Iím a change in allele frequentist! - Nakashima

  
J-Dog



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(Permalink) Posted: May 16 2011,19:50   

Quote (dvunkannon @ May 16 2011,16:48)
Quote (paragwinn @ May 16 2011,15:43)
Quote (Erasmus @ FCD,May 16 2011,12:19)
Quote (J-Dog @ May 16 2011,14:15)
BLAST FROM THE PAST!!

Orac does DCA Update - DaveScot Still Wrong! :)

DCA Update

i sure do wish he would chugalug the houseboat over to within reach of a wireless router and chime in. †what the fuck does it take?

Maybe he's off fighting Somali pirates or searching for Capt Jack Sparrow to join his crew.

While we're reminiscing about DT and waiting for the Rapture/Zombie Apocalypse...

Does anyone know how the owner of the Floating Command Center first hooked up with permanent student and occasional professor, Dr Dr WmAD? Its got to be a story worth telling, especially if it involves the bathroom of the Riesel YMCA during the break in the middle of an AA (Arrogance Anonymous) meeting, a bodily appendage coyly referred to a 'Single Malt', and a Canadian friend introduced as 'Dennis' O'Leary.

Hey!  I can finally say yes to that Buy My Book question!

Do I get a deal for pre-ordering?  

And something tells me I am right in assuming that the Real True ID Story™ will not be for sale in your basic Church Basement...

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Gullibility is not a virtue - Quidam on Dembski's belief in the Bible Code Faith Healers & ID 7/08

UD is an Unnatural Douchemagnet. - richardthughes 7/11

  
dvunkannon



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(Permalink) Posted: May 16 2011,20:44   

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/05/110516080124.htm

Gliese 581d habitable!

Now we know where the Rapture is going to take all those folks in a few days...

Tidally locked, the side facing the sun would be a great place for the Heavenly Throne. The Deity would have this natural backlight for a halo effect.

On the other hand, its a red dwarf. Dank, murky atmosphere on one side, eternal darkness and ice on the other, guys named Dante wandering the surface... maybe that's not the Rapture, maybe its.... SATAN!

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Iím referring to evolution, not changes in allele frequencies. - Cornelius Hunter
Iím not an evolutionist, Iím a change in allele frequentist! - Nakashima

  
dvunkannon



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(Permalink) Posted: May 16 2011,21:29   

Quote (J-Dog @ May 16 2011,20:50)
Quote (dvunkannon @ May 16 2011,16:48)
Quote (paragwinn @ May 16 2011,15:43)
 
Quote (Erasmus @ FCD,May 16 2011,12:19)
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Quote (J-Dog @ May 16 2011,14:15)
BLAST FROM THE PAST!!

Orac does DCA Update - DaveScot Still Wrong! :)

DCA Update

i sure do wish he would chugalug the houseboat over to within reach of a wireless router and chime in. †what the fuck does it take?

Maybe he's off fighting Somali pirates or searching for Capt Jack Sparrow to join his crew.

While we're reminiscing about DT and waiting for the Rapture/Zombie Apocalypse...

Does anyone know how the owner of the Floating Command Center first hooked up with permanent student and occasional professor, Dr Dr WmAD? Its got to be a story worth telling, especially if it involves the bathroom of the Riesel YMCA during the break in the middle of an AA (Arrogance Anonymous) meeting, a bodily appendage coyly referred to a 'Single Malt', and a Canadian friend introduced as 'Dennis' O'Leary.

Hey! †I can finally say yes to that Buy My Book question!

Do I get a deal for pre-ordering? †

And something tells me I am right in assuming that the Real True ID Storyô will not be for sale in your basic Church Basement...

It is all right here in the Gospel According To Chunkdz, which angels revealed to Sal Cordova during a lucid dream. Written on thin premium latex with ridges for extra sensation, a sample of the Gospel According To Chunkdz:

Chapter 3
17 "Davey, you must be the only Marine I've ever met that doesn't know how to hold your liquor. I guess I'm gonna have to give  you a lesson in how to take a shot of Single Malt." 18 The Good Doctor smiled wickedly at his friend Dennis, who was blushing under his beard. "Or if you like blended, we've got some Canadian Club too." 19 Dennis patted his skin tight denims, where he must have been hiding a flask.
20 Davey felt butterflies in his stomach. "Its just because I'm an autodidact. I never had a real professor give me a lesson. Two doctorates, wow, I really look up to you."
21 "Get on your knees, son, and you can look up to me all night long."

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Iím referring to evolution, not changes in allele frequencies. - Cornelius Hunter
Iím not an evolutionist, Iím a change in allele frequentist! - Nakashima

  
Henry J



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(Permalink) Posted: May 16 2011,21:56   

Space Shuttle Endeavour took off this morning!

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The crew members for space shuttle Endeavour's STS-134 mission are Commander Mark Kelly, Pilot Gregory H. Johnson and Mission Specialists Michael Fincke, Greg Chamitoff, Andrew Feustel and European Space Agency astronaut Roberto Vittori.

During the 16-day mission, Endeavour and its crew will deliver the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) and spare parts including two S-band communications antennas, a high-pressure gas tank and additional spare parts for Dextre.


Henry

  
Hermagoras



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(Permalink) Posted: May 19 2011,15:17   

I, Hermagoras, have published a paper in Science! †Inquiry-Based Writing in the Laboratory Course (with Cary Moskovitz). †

Complete with random meme duplication and mutation on the second page. †Compositor error, post-galley-proofs.  We've sent a request for correction.

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Reciprocating Bill



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(Permalink) Posted: May 19 2011,15:49   

Quote (Hermagoras @ May 19 2011,16:17)
I, Hermagoras, have published a paper in Science! †Inquiry-Based Writing in the Laboratory Course (with Cary Moskovitz). †

Complete with random meme duplication and mutation on the second page. †Compositor error, post-galley-proofs. †We've sent a request for correction.

Hey, congratulations!!

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dvunkannon



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(Permalink) Posted: May 24 2011,06:53   

Just discovered this blog:
Small Things Considered
http://schaechter.asmblog.org/schaechter/

Many cool articles on microbes.

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Iím referring to evolution, not changes in allele frequencies. - Cornelius Hunter
Iím not an evolutionist, Iím a change in allele frequentist! - Nakashima

  
fusilier



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(Permalink) Posted: May 24 2011,07:33   

Quote (Hermagoras @ May 19 2011,16:17)
I, Hermagoras, have published a paper in Science! †Inquiry-Based Writing in the Laboratory Course (with Cary Moskovitz). †

Complete with random meme duplication and mutation on the second page. †Compositor error, post-galley-proofs. †We've sent a request for correction.

Missed this in the run-up to summer semester.

Congratulations!

(May I hate you now?)

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paragwinn



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(Permalink) Posted: May 24 2011,22:17   

Quote (Hermagoras @ May 19 2011,13:17)
I, Hermagoras, have published a paper in Science! †Inquiry-Based Writing in the Laboratory Course (with Cary Moskovitz). †

Complete with random meme duplication and mutation on the second page. †Compositor error, post-galley-proofs. †We've sent a request for correction.

Congratulations!

is it ready for quote-mining?

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All women build up a resistance [to male condescension]. Apparently, ID did not predict that. -Kristine 4-19-11
F/Ns to F/Ns to F/Ns etc. The whole thing is F/N ridiculous -Seversky on KF footnote fetish 8-20-11
The geological maps that realist use to make money are all surface maps. -forastero

  
Richardthughes



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(Permalink) Posted: May 25 2011,14:39   

Hat Tip Bob O':

http://www.guardian.co.uk/science....omments

Evolution in action. With mechanisms. Joe G - have fun with this one.

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OgreMkV



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(Permalink) Posted: May 25 2011,15:03   

Quote (Richardthughes @ May 25 2011,14:39)
Hat Tip Bob O':

http://www.guardian.co.uk/science....omments

Evolution in action. With mechanisms. Joe G - have fun with this one.

Epic.  Joe will only see the word 'may' and suddenly everything is a neofascist attempt to find out where he lives... or something.

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dvunkannon



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(Permalink) Posted: May 26 2011,07:04   

Electron Surprisingly Spherical
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/05/110525131707.htm

Back in the day, when I walked to school uphill both ways, wrote my PDP-8 Basic programs on paper tape and Fortran IV on punched cards, electrons were point particles. You could calculate an interaction probability within a certain cross sectional area, but you didn't imagine that the electron was an object with extension in space.

Now the world has gone anti-pear shaped.

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Iím not an evolutionist, Iím a change in allele frequentist! - Nakashima

  
dvunkannon



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(Permalink) Posted: May 26 2011,20:04   

Evolution Overturned!!

Again!!

A giant Ordovician anomalocaridid
http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v473/n7348/full/nature09920.html

ID... um... predicted this!

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OgreMkV



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(Permalink) Posted: May 26 2011,21:46   

Quote (dvunkannon @ May 26 2011,20:04)
Evolution Overturned!!

Again!!

A giant Ordovician anomalocaridid
http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v473/n7348/full/nature09920.html

ID... um... predicted this!

Oh... My... God.

You've got to be fucking kidding me.  A giant Ordivician anomalocaridid!!!  Holy Crap!!!











ummm... what's an anomalocaridid?

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Henry J



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(Permalink) Posted: May 26 2011,22:26   

If electrons are spherical, what about neutrinos and quarks? Does that also apply to them? I know they're sometimes described as point particles, but then I also recall reading about collisions, which strike me as unlikely for things with zero size and with no net attractive force between them.

Henry

  
Occam's Aftershave



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(Permalink) Posted: May 26 2011,22:26   

Quote (OgreMkV @ May 26 2011,21:46)
 
Quote (dvunkannon @ May 26 2011,20:04)
Evolution Overturned!!

Again!!

A giant Ordovician anomalocaridid
http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v473/n7348/full/nature09920.html

ID... um... predicted this!

Oh... My... God.

You've got to be fucking kidding me. †A giant Ordivician anomalocaridid!!! †Holy Crap!!!

ummm... what's an anomalocaridid?

Big assed shrimp-like thingie



Now where's the cocktail sauce?

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paragwinn



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(Permalink) Posted: May 26 2011,23:00   

Quote (Occam's Aftershave @ May 26 2011,20:26)
 
Quote (OgreMkV @ May 26 2011,21:46)
† †
Quote (dvunkannon @ May 26 2011,20:04)
Evolution Overturned!!

Again!!

A giant Ordovician anomalocaridid
http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v473/n7348/full/nature09920.html

ID... um... predicted this!

Oh... My... God.

You've got to be fucking kidding me. †A giant Ordivician anomalocaridid!!! †Holy Crap!!!

ummm... what's an anomalocaridid?

Big assed shrimp-like thingie



Now where's the cocktail sauce?

According to the Editor's Summary:  
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One of the Ordovician anomalocaridids was a metre or so in length, ...


That's 3.281 feet (for the diametrically opposed)

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All women build up a resistance [to male condescension]. Apparently, ID did not predict that. -Kristine 4-19-11
F/Ns to F/Ns to F/Ns etc. The whole thing is F/N ridiculous -Seversky on KF footnote fetish 8-20-11
The geological maps that realist use to make money are all surface maps. -forastero

  
dvunkannon



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(Permalink) Posted: May 27 2011,12:45   

Deciphering the splicing code

http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v465/n7294/full/nature09000.html

It's not a "code", but we're now stuck with the word, just as we're stuck with -ome.

Since the simplicity and near optimality of the genetic code is proof of its Intelligent Design, the complexity and messiness of the 'splicing code' must be proof of... Intelligent Design!

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dvunkannon



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(Permalink) Posted: May 27 2011,14:47   

Currently reading Carl Zimmer's E.coli book. Wonderful as would be expected.

He mentions that bacteria maintain a high internal pressure, which he credits with helping chemical reactions proceed more quickly. However, it also forces bacteria to wear a corset, and if this is pierced, they explode.

On the web, I saw the actual internal pressure quoted as 3-5 atmospheres.

Here's a hypothesis - the internal pressure of bacteria is approximately the atmospheric pressure under which they evolved. If so, the corset evolved later as a way to maintain high pressure and chemical activity, even as atmospheric pressure dropped (due to CO2 being used by life and then sequestered, etc.). Sort of like how people argue that blood is the salinity of the ocean.

What think you?

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fnxtr



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(Permalink) Posted: May 27 2011,16:05   

Quote (dvunkannon @ May 27 2011,12:47)
Currently reading Carl Zimmer's E.coli book. Wonderful as would be expected.

He mentions that bacteria maintain a high internal pressure, which he credits with helping chemical reactions proceed more quickly. However, it also forces bacteria to wear a corset, and if this is pierced, they explode.

On the web, I saw the actual internal pressure quoted as 3-5 atmospheres.

Here's a hypothesis - the internal pressure of bacteria is approximately the atmospheric pressure under which they evolved. If so, the corset evolved later as a way to maintain high pressure and chemical activity, even as atmospheric pressure dropped (due to CO2 being used by life and then sequestered, etc.). Sort of like how people argue that blood is the salinity of the ocean.

What think you?

Or they developed in water 20-30 meters deep.

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(Permalink) Posted: May 27 2011,16:08   

Quote (dvunkannon @ May 27 2011,14:47)
Currently reading Carl Zimmer's E.coli book. Wonderful as would be expected.

He mentions that bacteria maintain a high internal pressure, which he credits with helping chemical reactions proceed more quickly. However, it also forces bacteria to wear a corset, and if this is pierced, they explode.

On the web, I saw the actual internal pressure quoted as 3-5 atmospheres.

Here's a hypothesis - the internal pressure of bacteria is approximately the atmospheric pressure under which they evolved. If so, the corset evolved later as a way to maintain high pressure and chemical activity, even as atmospheric pressure dropped (due to CO2 being used by life and then sequestered, etc.). Sort of like how people argue that blood is the salinity of the ocean.

What think you?

I plan to keep an eye on this.

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(Permalink) Posted: May 27 2011,16:12   

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Currently reading Carl Zimmer's E.coli book. Wonderful as would be expected.


Because nothing spells "wonderful" like potentially deadly bacterias living in one's colon. Aaaah, the poetry of science!

:)

ETA: I'm not talking about Joe G here. Or Luskin...

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