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midwifetoad



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(Permalink) Posted: Jan. 05 2015,20:13   

The schedules are recommended by the CDC,  based on science.

Regardless of recommendations, you can eat what you want.

The pot laws have imprisoned millions of harmless people and destroyed tens of millions of lives. On the authority of medicine.

Not to mention having made the government and the police into enemies of ordinary people.

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stevestory



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(Permalink) Posted: Jan. 07 2015,11:05   

Astronomers announced today that they have found eight new planets in the "Goldilocks" zone of their stars, orbiting at a distance where liquid water can exist on the planet's surface.

   
KevinB



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(Permalink) Posted: Jan. 07 2015,12:27   

Quote (stevestory @ Jan. 07 2015,11:05)
Astronomers announced today that they have found eight new planets in the "Goldilocks" zone of their stars, orbiting at a distance where liquid water can exist on the planet's surface.

Rumours that they are going to name one of them "Gonzalez" are entirely without substance.

  
midwifetoad



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(Permalink) Posted: Jan. 07 2015,12:41   

Quote (KevinB @ Jan. 07 2015,12:27)
Quote (stevestory @ Jan. 07 2015,11:05)
Astronomers announced today that they have found eight new planets in the "Goldilocks" zone of their stars, orbiting at a distance where liquid water can exist on the planet's surface.

Rumours that they are going to name one of them "Gonzalez" are entirely without substance.

Just Guillermo

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KevinB



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(Permalink) Posted: Jan. 08 2015,08:27   

Quote (midwifetoad @ Jan. 07 2015,12:41)
Quote (KevinB @ Jan. 07 2015,12:27)
 
Quote (stevestory @ Jan. 07 2015,11:05)
Astronomers announced today that they have found eight new planets in the "Goldilocks" zone of their stars, orbiting at a distance where liquid water can exist on the planet's surface.

Rumours that they are going to name one of them "Gonzalez" are entirely without substance.

Just Guillermo

Presumably, the planets that are outside the liquid water zone (and so, don't have mains drainage and street lights) are in the astronomical slum districts, and are therefore underprivileged planets.

  
midwifetoad



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(Permalink) Posted: Jan. 08 2015,10:11   

The infamous Gonzalez and the astronomer associated with this discovery are both Guillermo. By coincidence, the name of my neighbor.

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Henry J



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(Permalink) Posted: Jan. 08 2015,11:21   

And I guess none of them are related to Speedy Gonzalez?

  
midwifetoad



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(Permalink) Posted: Jan. 09 2015,13:23   

The game of poker has allegedly been solved by AI.

http://www.vocativ.com/culture....cepheus

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The whole truth



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(Permalink) Posted: Jan. 31 2015,08:59   

The origin of life: Labyrinths as crucibles of life

http://www.sciencedaily.com/release....157.htm

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(Permalink) Posted: Jan. 31 2015,17:58   

Two-Billion-Year-Old Fossils Reveal Strange and Puzzling Forms

http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/artful-....g-forms

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(Permalink) Posted: Feb. 01 2015,01:51   

Thanks for the links TWT.  Very interesting!

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(Permalink) Posted: Feb. 01 2015,18:56   

Quote (sledgehammer @ Jan. 31 2015,23:51)
Thanks for the links TWT.  Very interesting!

You're welcome. I'm glad that you find them interesting.

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The whole truth



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(Permalink) Posted: Feb. 05 2015,07:03   

Sea slug has taken genes from algae it eats, allowing it to photosynthesize like a plant

http://www.sciencedaily.com/release....925.htm


Female sticklebacks prime their offspring to cope with climate change

http://www.sciencedaily.com/release....129.htm


New mechanism of inheritance could advance study of evolution, disease treatment

http://www.sciencedaily.com/release....449.htm



ETA: a couple more links.

Edited by The whole truth on Feb. 05 2015,05:17

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fnxtr



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(Permalink) Posted: Feb. 05 2015,08:49   

Quote (The whole truth @ Feb. 05 2015,05:03)
Sea slug has taken genes from algae it eats, allowing it to photosynthesize like a plant

http://www.sciencedaily.com/release....925.htm

So that explains why our cat nibbles on the dragon tree then goes to lie in the sunshine.

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midwifetoad



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(Permalink) Posted: Feb. 05 2015,10:57   

Epigenetics is a new mechanism of inheritance?

I'm certainly not an expert, but it reminds me of sporing. An adaptive behavior that bridges a temporary change in environment.

The article asserts it can span up to 25 generations. Not evolution.

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The whole truth



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(Permalink) Posted: Mar. 16 2015,04:23   

A couple of interesting articles:

Some genes 'foreign' in origin and not from our ancestors

http://www.sciencedaily.com/release....319.htm

Discovery demystifies origin of life phenomenon

http://www.sciencedaily.com/release....836.htm

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But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me. -Jesus in Luke 19:27

   
sparc



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(Permalink) Posted: Mar. 16 2015,09:46   

FYI:
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A Promiscuous Intermediate Underlies the Evolution of LEAFY DNA Binding Specificity

Transcription factors (TFs) are key players in evolution. Changes affecting their function can yield novel life forms but may also have deleterious effects. Consequently, gene duplication events that release one gene copy from selective pressure are thought to be the common mechanism by which TFs acquire new activities. Here, we show that LEAFY, a major regulator of flower development and cell division in land plants, underwent changes to its DNA binding specificity, even though plant genomes generally contain a single copy of the LEAFY gene. We examined how these changes occurred at the structural level and identify an intermediate LEAFY form in hornworts that appears to adopt all different specificities. This promiscuous intermediate could have smoothed the evolutionary transitions, thereby allowing LEAFY to evolve new binding specificities while remaining a single-copy gene.


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OgreMkV



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(Permalink) Posted: Mar. 16 2015,10:31   

Quote (sparc @ Mar. 16 2015,09:46)
FYI:
 
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A Promiscuous Intermediate Underlies the Evolution of LEAFY DNA Binding Specificity

Transcription factors (TFs) are key players in evolution. Changes affecting their function can yield novel life forms but may also have deleterious effects. Consequently, gene duplication events that release one gene copy from selective pressure are thought to be the common mechanism by which TFs acquire new activities. Here, we show that LEAFY, a major regulator of flower development and cell division in land plants, underwent changes to its DNA binding specificity, even though plant genomes generally contain a single copy of the LEAFY gene. We examined how these changes occurred at the structural level and identify an intermediate LEAFY form in hornworts that appears to adopt all different specificities. This promiscuous intermediate could have smoothed the evolutionary transitions, thereby allowing LEAFY to evolve new binding specificities while remaining a single-copy gene.

I wrote up an explanation of that paper a while back.

http://www.skepticink.com/smilodo....-part-2

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OgreMkV



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(Permalink) Posted: April 02 2015,13:04   

Prepare for the onslaught of misrepresentation of this article

http://researcher.ibm.com/researc....TMX.pdf

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Logical Depth and Physical Complexity
Charles H. Bennett
IBM Research, Yorktown Heights NY 10598, USA
pp. 227-257 in The Universal Turing Machine– a Half-Century
Survey, edited by Rolf Herken, Oxford University Press (1988)
Abstract
Some mathematical and natural objects (a random sequence, a sequence
of zeros, a perfect crystal, a gas) are intuitively trivial, while
others (e.g. the human body, the digits of π) contain internal evidence
of a nontrivial causal history.
We formalize this distinction by defining an object’s “logical depth”
as the time required by a standard universal Turing machine to generate
it from an input that is algorithmically random (i.e. Martin-L¨of
random). This definition of depth is shown to be reasonably machineindependent,
as well as obeying a slow-growth law: deep objects cannot
be quickly produced from shallow ones by any deterministic process,
nor with much probability by a probabilistic process, but can be produced
slowly.
Next we apply depth to the physical problem of “self-organization,”
inquiring in particular under what conditions (e.g. noise, irreversibility,
spatial and other symmetries of the initial conditions and equations of
motion) statistical-mechanical model systems can imitate computers
well enough to undergo unbounded increase of depth in the limit of
infinite space and time.


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The whole truth



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(Permalink) Posted: April 02 2015,21:06   

A couple of articles that some of you may find interesting:

Recycling histones through transcription

http://www.sciencedaily.com/release....302.htm

DNA can't explain all inherited biological traits, research shows

http://www.sciencedaily.com/release....751.htm

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But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me. -Jesus in Luke 19:27

   
midwifetoad



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(Permalink) Posted: April 02 2015,21:48   

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DNA can't explain all inherited biological traits, research shows


Mom contributes more than dad.

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fusilier



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(Permalink) Posted: April 03 2015,07:00   

Quote (OgreMkV @ April 02 2015,14:04)
Prepare for the onslaught of misrepresentation of this article

http://researcher.ibm.com/researc....TMX.pdf

 
Quote
Logical Depth and Physical Complexity
Charles H. Bennett
IBM Research, Yorktown Heights NY 10598, USA
pp. 227-257 in The Universal Turing Machine– a Half-Century
Survey, edited by Rolf Herken, Oxford University Press (1988)
Abstract
Some mathematical and natural objects (a random sequence, a sequence
of zeros, a perfect crystal, a gas) are intuitively trivial, while
others (e.g. the human body, the digits of π) contain internal evidence
of a nontrivial causal history.
We formalize this distinction by defining an object’s “logical depth”
as the time required by a standard universal Turing machine to generate
it from an input that is algorithmically random (i.e. Martin-L¨of
random). This definition of depth is shown to be reasonably machineindependent,
as well as obeying a slow-growth law: deep objects cannot
be quickly produced from shallow ones by any deterministic process,
nor with much probability by a probabilistic process, but can be produced
slowly.
Next we apply depth to the physical problem of “self-organization,”
inquiring in particular under what conditions (e.g. noise, irreversibility,
spatial and other symmetries of the initial conditions and equations of
motion) statistical-mechanical model systems can imitate computers
well enough to undergo unbounded increase of depth in the limit of
infinite space and time.

Since Paul Nelson Day is coming up, soon ....

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(Permalink) Posted: April 03 2015,11:19   

Quote (OgreMkV @ April 02 2015,13:04)
Prepare for the onslaught of misrepresentation of this article

http://researcher.ibm.com/researc....TMX.pdf

 
Quote
Logical Depth and Physical Complexity
Charles H. Bennett
IBM Research, Yorktown Heights NY 10598, USA
pp. 227-257 in The Universal Turing Machine– a Half-Century
Survey, edited by Rolf Herken, Oxford University Press (1988)
Abstract
Some mathematical and natural objects (a random sequence, a sequence
of zeros, a perfect crystal, a gas) are intuitively trivial, while
others (e.g. the human body, the digits of π) contain internal evidence
of a nontrivial causal history.
We formalize this distinction by defining an object’s “logical depth”
as the time required by a standard universal Turing machine to generate
it from an input that is algorithmically random (i.e. Martin-L¨of
random). This definition of depth is shown to be reasonably machineindependent,
as well as obeying a slow-growth law: deep objects cannot
be quickly produced from shallow ones by any deterministic process,
nor with much probability by a probabilistic process, but can be produced
slowly.
Next we apply depth to the physical problem of “self-organization,”
inquiring in particular under what conditions (e.g. noise, irreversibility,
spatial and other symmetries of the initial conditions and equations of
motion) statistical-mechanical model systems can imitate computers
well enough to undergo unbounded increase of depth in the limit of
infinite space and time.

There was brief discussion of "logical depth" in the original UD thread, and I brought it up with Dembski once, I think at the 2006 Greer-Heard Forum. There hasn't been any stampede among IDC advocates to take it up.

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fnxtr



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(Permalink) Posted: April 06 2015,22:45   

Paging FL...

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(Permalink) Posted: April 08 2015,00:10   

New study hints at spontaneous appearance of primordial DNA

http://www.sciencedaily.com/release....635.htm

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But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me. -Jesus in Luke 19:27

   
midwifetoad



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(Permalink) Posted: April 13 2015,10:04   

http://phys.org/news....ds.html

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midwifetoad



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(Permalink) Posted: April 20 2015,10:47   

http://arstechnica.com/science....nt-drug

Evolution is smarter than Michael Behe.

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(Permalink) Posted: May 01 2015,10:07   

I wonder what the implications of this is for near death experiences.  :O

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paragwinn



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(Permalink) Posted: May 05 2015,20:11   

FYQI (For Your Quantum Information):

How Quantum Pairs Stitch Space-Time
https://www.quantamagazine.org/2015042....ce-time

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paragwinn



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(Permalink) Posted: May 07 2015,02:46   

Stanford engineers observe the moment when a mind is changed
https://engineering.stanford.edu/news.......changed

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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
Sigh. Really Bill? - Barry Arrington

  
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