OOL Cells Are DOA

first_imgNASA throws money at origin-of-life (OOL) studies that are doomed to failure, and at education programs to tell students that futility is good science.NASA Funds Rutgers Scientists’ Pursuit of the Origins of Life (Astrobiology Magazine). Protein nanomachines are anything but simple. They were essential for the first living cells, but so was DNA. A cell could not survive without both, but NASA is giving money to Rutgers in a vain quest to find out if chance could construct proteins from the ground up. It’s an ENIGMA—the name of the project and an apt description of the quest.What are the origins of life on Earth and possibly elsewhere? Did “protein nanomachines” evolve here before life began to catalyze and support the development of living things? Could the same thing have happened on Mars, the moons of Jupiter and Neptune, and elsewhere in the universe?A Rutgers University-led team of scientists called ENIGMA, for “Evolution of Nanomachines in Geospheres and Microbial Ancestors,” will try to answer those questions over the next five years, thanks to an approximately $6 million NASA grant and membership in the NASA Astrobiology Institute.New cartoon by Brett Miller for CEH, published here for the first time with appreciation.It’s bad enough that these evolutionists are going to spend taxpayer money for five years to accomplish nothing, but they also want to indoctrinate the next generation of students into the cult of astrobiology (or, as we call it, bio-astrology).We want to develop an education and outreach program at Rutgers that leads to an astrobiology minor for undergraduate students and helps inform K-12 schoolchildren about the origins of life on Earth and what we know and don’t know about the potential for life on other planets. We also want to help make Rutgers a center of excellence in this field so future undergraduate and graduate students and faculty will gravitate towards this university to try to understand the evolution and origin of the molecules that derive energy for life.It may sound nice for them to teach “what we don’t know” about the origin of life. What this means in practice, though, is that instructors will tantalize them with visions of the “potential” for life, with the goal of attracting them to join the cult of bio-astrology. Initiates into the cult will then be tempted to go to the secular universities for further indoctrination. Learning facts about organic chemistry will be included, but that is only window dressing. It cannot address the core issue: can life arise by chance? Initiates will be carefully shielded from honest critiques of the bio-astrology cult, and will be led to believe that the Stuff Happens Law is scientific.Study reveals simple chemical process that may have led to the origin of life on Earth (Astrobiology Magazine). This article celebrates work in Tokyo that is also doomed to failure. Even if they get alpha-hydroxy acids to link up, chance would have neither the desire nor the power to make a wholesale change over to the amino acids which make up life, which degrade in water.While environments of early Earth might have had monomers that could give rise to life, it would have been difficult for polymers to arise from these without the help of enzymes. In this case, the team showed these polymers could have formed with alpha-hydroxy acids before the existence of enzymes on early Earth.This multi-national team showed that hydroxy acids polymerize more easily than amino acids, and that they could have provided the necessary toolkit to kick-start the formation of more complex molecules for the origin of life on Earth.Toolkits are used by toolmakers and builders who use intelligent design. Enzymes and proteins simply will not arise by chance; the sequence space is far too fast compared to the functional space, and further, nature has no way to select one-handed amino acids required for proteins. Biblical miracles require far less faith than thinking that proteins will arise by chance (see “The Amoeba’s Journey” from the Illustra film, Origin). The perhapsimaybecouldness index of this article is nearly as astronomical.We’ve got to stop the storytellers before they indoctrinate another generation into their cult. And how do you stop a cult? YOU TELL STUDENTS THE TRUTH. Cultist storytellers don’t want students to hear the truth. They want to corner the market and forbid alternatives. We are not the ones trying to silence academic freedom. We want academic freedom! The totalitarian dogmatists are the bio-astrologists and Darwinians. Their cult can only succeed if they are the only ones at the microphone. Their faith CANNOT STAND UP to the truth. Will you let another generation be sold this hopelessly anti-scientific, anti-rational bill of goods? The cult leaders will win by default, and you will have another generation rise up believing that Stuff Happens, and that is how we got here. Get angry enough to do something, or else the flag of science will continue to look like this new cartoon by Brett Miller (below). (Visited 480 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Bali crisis worsens

first_imgA sudden wind shift has thrown into disarray the evacuation plans for up to 8000 Australians stranded in Bali.Yesterday Virgin Australia and Jetstar had to turn back most of their flights before reaching Bali as the ash cloud from Mt Rinjani swept back across the holiday island.However one Virgin Australia and two Jetstar flights were able to depart Bali before the wind change.Late yesterday Virgin Australia said that it will continue to assess the ability to safely fly passengers between Australia and Denpasar over the coming days. The airline also offered passengers who have not yet commenced their journeys to Bali the option of flying to a number of alternative holiday destinations including Fiji, Vanuatu, Thailand and Hamilton Island.Jetstar said that its senior pilots and expert operational team had determined that flying conditions have become unsafe.It added that its teams are working “to return our customers from Bali safely as soon as possible, but the unpredictable conditions in the vicinity of Denpasar Airport have once again impacted our intended services.”Jetstar urged its passengers to keep checking its website for the latest updates.last_img read more

Winterizing your greenhouse

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Soon it will be time to heat the greenhouse. The heating system may have been working when it was last used this past spring, but those systems have had several warm and humid summer months to degrade.A heater or boiler out of tune will use more fuel than necessary and could produce harmful exhaust inside the greenhouse. In addition, new cracks or other air gaps in the structure will quickly leak heat. Checking over the greenhouse structure and heating systems as fall approaches will save your heating costs.HeatersService space heaters or boiler serviced once a year. Check with your natural gas or propane provider to see if heater inspection is a service offered. Hire a qualified service technician to perform regular maintenance. Gains in efficiency can more than pay for a professional tune-up.There is some basic maintenance for a gas space heater, but only perform as much self-service as you feel comfortable with. Before the heating season check heaters, air inlets, and chimneys for bird nests and other debris. Clean gas burners with a bristle brush and compressed air. Inspect the heat exchanger and exhaust pipe for cracks. A cracked heat exchanger or vent pipe will allow harmful gasses such as carbon monoxide and ethylene into the greenhouse. Electrical connections should be tight. If fuel oil is used, replace the fuel filter. Check pilot or spark ignition for proper operation.Turn on gas burners and inspect gas flames. The burner flame should be blue. A yellow flame indicates incomplete combustion and could be caused by a dirty or misaligned orifice. An unstable flame may be an indication of drafts from a cracked heat exchanger or other air leaks. Check gas supply lines for leaks with a soap solution while the gas is on. Make sure propane tanks have adequate pressure or that fuel oil tank is full.Regular heating system maintenance results in a 2% increase in efficiency. For a 30-foot by 100-foot greenhouse 2% can save: 285 therms of natural gas, 330 gallons of propane, or 200 gallons of fuel oil. The savings should more than pay for the service. Seal air leaksExpandable foam, weather stripping, and caulking can be used to seal air leaks in the greenhouse structure where heat can escape. Check for air gaps around doors, ventilation fans, and other equipment mounted through the glazing. Plastic film can become cut, punctured, or torn with regular use throughout the year. It is very easy to accidently poke a long handled tool through polyethylene film. Inspect the film and use an appropriate tape to seal any holes.Keep photosynthesis in mind when sealing the greenhouse. Plants require carbon dioxide for photosynthesis. If the greenhouse is too well sealed, carbon dioxide levels will drop and photosynthesis will decrease. Monitoring carbon dioxide levels in the greenhouse will help to determine if there is enough ventilation for plants to grow. An air exchange rate of 0.1 to 0.3 exchanges per hour is necessary to ensure sufficient carbon dioxide. An alternative option to ventilation is the installation of a carbon dioxide burner.In addition to using up carbon dioxide, plants in an air-tight greenhouse will raise relative humidity. It is therefore necessary to actively remove moisture from a well-sealed greenhouse. To maintain acceptable humidity levels, a greenhouse will require between 0.3 and 1 air exchanges per hour. The exact air exchange rate required is dependent on outside humidity level. Measuring relative humidity in the greenhouse will be necessary to ensure proper humidity levels for plant transpiration and disease control.Louvers are designed to seal when ventilation fans are not operating. If ventilation fans will be needed for dehumidification during the winter, lubricate louvers so they can easily shut when fans are turned off. If fans will not be used during the winter, consider sealing them with plastic or Styrofoam insulation inside and out. Any other openings in the greenhouse structure that will not be used during winter such as cooling pads should be well sealed.Light LevelLimited light in the winter due to low solar angle and short daytime can be made worse by dirty glazing. Glazing should be cleaned prior to the winter season. Double layer plastic film should be inflated with outside air for higher light transmission. If high humidity greenhouse air is used to inflate double layer plastic covering, condensation will form between the layers and reduce light transmission. Inflation to the proper static pressure is important for maximizing the insulating properties of the glazing. Double layer plastic film greenhouses naturally have lower light transmission than single layer films, so make sure you are taking full advantage of the heat savings by keeping the film properly inflated. Also in preparation for the low light levels associated with the winter, check the operation of supplemental lighting. Prevent freezingAny water lines that may be subjected to freezing temperatures should be blown out or otherwise winterized. Make sure equipment, such as pressure washers, are winterized so freezing water does not cause damage. Cooling systems for internal combustion motors must have antifreeze in the coolant. Dr. Peter Ling is an Associate Professor and Extension Specialist in the area of controlled environment plant production. He can be reached at 330-263-3857 or ling.23@osu.edu. This column is provided by the OSU Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, OSU Extension, Ohio Agricultural Research and development Center, and the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. Luke Power is a Research Associate with Dr. Ling.last_img read more

Pocari Sweat averts meltdown, closes in on PVL crown

first_imgPocari Sweat blew a huge lead but that only paved the way for a wild finish in Game 1 of the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference Finals Saturday night.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken 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 Star douses late San Miguel rally, grabs 1-0 semis lead Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIEScenter_img World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire MOST READ The Lady Warriors lost a 19-12 lead and even trailed, 24-22, before Rivers, Jessey de Leon and Gyzelle Sy spearheaded the defending champions’ spirited comeback.“We don’t have problems getting leads but we have problems in sustaining them,” said Abella. “We just have to address that through our mental toughness”Sy completed Pocari’s rally with a service ace after Rivers and de Leon anchored the Lady Warriors’ net defense and came up with two crucial blocks against Jeng Bualee and Jennifer Keddy, respectively.Michelle Strizak added 18 for Pocari while Myla Pablo had 16 and Jeannette Panaga finished with 12 points for the Lady Warriors, who also overcame 31 errors.Soltones paced the Water Defenders with 17 while Bualee wound up with 16. ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Lady Warriors proved to be the steadier team as they eked out a 22-25, 25-22, 25-22, 26-24 win over Bali Pure to inch closer to another title.Pocari shoots for a second straight championship on Tuesday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutKrystal Rivers shone in her first game as replacement import with a game-high 20 points for the Lady Warriors.“We were just too tense because everyone’s pumped up knowing Krystal is going to play for the first time so I just told them to settle down,” said Pocari head coach Rommel Abella. What ‘missteps’? Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chickenlast_img read more

Rep Runestad introduces parental alienation resolution to raise awareness

first_img State Rep. Jim Runestad, R-White Lake, introduced House Resolution 327 Wednesday to encourage awareness and sensitivity to the concept of parental alienation in the state.The resolution states that parental alienation can arise during and after divorces from behaviors including speaking negatively about a parent and inappropriate discussions with a child on details that are not age appropriate.“There needs to be a better way of handling parental alienation cases within the current judicial system,” Rep. Runestad said. “Often times, the parental alienation is minor in the beginning and not that obvious. This is why we need an educational effort focused on developing solutions statewide for families in high-conflict divorce cases where the current model in family court is not serving the needs of the children.”The resolution encourages awareness that parental alienation is destructive to children and can deprive a child of a sense of security and destroy the bond between a parent and child.The House Committee on Families, Children, and Seniors held a hearing Wednesday to learn more about the topic of parental alienation.  Rep. Runestad coordinated efforts to arrange for several guests to testify. Three organizations were represented during the hearing including: Dads and Moms of Michigan, National Organization of Women and Manage your Conflict.Shelly Loomus, an attorney and author on family conflict presented the need for more education and understanding on screening for parental alienation in divorce cases and the need for a separate process in these cases that recognize a child’s best interests are better served through “parallel parenting” strategies that minimalize conflict and disallow a parent from controlling a child’s access to the other parent through alienating strategies.The committee was asked to recognize the reality of parental alienation and its impact on a child’s ability to have access, not only to their other parent, but to grandparents, siblings and other family members.John Magoola, father speaking from his own personal experience, gave a telling and personal story about the barriers he has faced in witnessing his own son’s decline in his ability to show love and affection as a result of parental alienation.The committee continues to consider the resolution.###### 15Sep Rep. Runestad introduces parental alienation resolution to raise awareness Tags: #SB, Families Children Seniors, House Resolution 327, Runestad. parental alienation center_img Categories: Featured news,News,Runestad Newslast_img read more