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  • The Odds of Evolution Are Zero

    06/15/2017 12:50:19 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 439 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | JUne 15. 2017 | Jerry Newcombe
    Zero times anything is zero. The odds of life just happening by chance are zero. This universe just springing into being by chance is impossible. It takes a leap of blind faith to believe in evolution, unguided or guided. Of course, there are tiny changes within kinds. It seems to me usually when the evolutionists make their case, they point to these tiny changes. The analogies to the improbability of evolution by a random process are endless. A hurricane blows through a junkyard and assembles a fully functioning 747 jet. Scrabble pieces are randomly spilled out on the board, and...
  • In ‘Enormous Success,’ Scientists Tie 52 Genes to Human Intelligence

    05/22/2017 9:35:15 PM PDT · by Innovative · 11 replies
    NY Times ^ | May 22, 2017 | Carl Zimmer
    In a significant advance in the study of mental ability, a team of European and American scientists announced on Monday that they had identified 52 genes linked to intelligence in nearly 80,000 people. These genes do not determine intelligence, however. Their combined influence is minuscule, the researchers said, suggesting that thousands more are likely to be involved and still await discovery. Just as important, intelligence is profoundly shaped by the environment. Still, the findings could make it possible to begin new experiments into the biological basis of reasoning and problem-solving, experts said. They could even help researchers determine which interventions...
  • Here’s the 1996 clip from “Bill Nye the Science Guy” which is currently being censored on Netflix

    05/03/2017 5:43:56 PM PDT · by grundle · 12 replies
    wordpress ^ | May 3, 2017 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Here’s the 1996 clip from “Bill Nye the Science Guy” which is currently being censored on Netflix During the original 1996 broadcast of the “Probability” episode of the TV program “Bill Nye the Science Guy,” there was a segment that explained how a person’s gender is determined by genetics.In 2017, Netflix aired a version of this episode in which this segment had been removed.I don’t know if it was Netflix, Nye himself, or some other party that instigated this censorship.Since YouTube has a nasty habit of removing politically incorrect videos, I’m including links to four videos, all of which have the...
  • Netflix Edits ‘Bill Nye’ Episode to Remove Segment Saying Chromosomes Determine Gender

    05/03/2017 2:16:41 PM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 32 replies
    Washington Free Bacon ^ | 05/03/2017 | Alex Griswold
    When uploaded to Netflix, an episode of the educational children's show "Bill Nye the Science Guy" cut out a segment saying that chromosomes determine one's gender. In the original episode, titled "Probability," a young woman told viewers, "I'm a girl. Could have just as easily been a boy, though, because the probability of becoming a girl is always 1 in 2." "See, inside each of our cells are these things called chromosomes, and they control whether we become a boy or a girl, " the young woman continued. "See, there are only two possibilities: XX, a girl, or XY, a...
  • Lucy Languishes as a Human-Ape Link

    05/02/2017 10:36:52 AM PDT · by fishtank · 12 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | May 2017 | Frank Sherwin
    Lucy Languishes as a Human-Ape Link by Frank Sherwin, M.A. * Evidence for Creation Human evolution has consistently been shown to be without scientific or biblical merit. Although a parade of supposed transitions are displayed in every conceivable outlet, non-Darwinists maintain that the links between people and our alleged ape-like ancestors are—missing.
  • DNA Test for Finding Ancestors Raises Privacy Concerns

    04/30/2017 1:48:45 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 64 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 4/30 | Christine Roher, Joe Rojas, and Chris Chmura
    The question can’t get more personal. Can you give up the rights to your DNA data? The answer is yes. And Larry Guernsey of San Jose knows firsthand. Family intrigue led Guernsey to buy his wife a DNA test kit from Ancestry DNA. “She’s always been interested in genealogy,” he said, noting that his wife had always wondered if she was part Indian. The $99 Ancestry DNA test Guernsey bought as a Christmas present uses a saliva sample to trace family history. “A simple test can reveal an estimate of your ethnic mix,” says the announcer in an Ancestry DNA...
  • NASA to investigate unknown fungus found growing on the space station (This is how it Starts)

    04/26/2017 11:36:50 AM PDT · by brucedickinson · 87 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 4-26-2017 | Mark Prigg
    NASA is set to use a radical new 'tricorder' DNA sequencer to work out what a mysterious fungus found growing on the International Space Station is. Astronauts have reported funding the strange microbial growths on walls and surfaces, and it has even clogged waterlines. Now, two instruments onboard will be used to analyse it in orbit, allowing mission controllers to work out how to deal with it
  • Scientists create ‘designer yeast’ in major step toward synthetic life

    03/12/2017 12:05:19 PM PDT · by C19fan · 15 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 9, 2017 | Sarah Kaplan
    In a significant advance toward creating the first “designer” complex cell, scientists say they are one-third of the way to synthesizing the complete genome of baker's yeast. In seven studies published Thursday in the journal Science, the researchers describe how they built six of the 16 chromosomes required for the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae, altering the genetic material to edit out some genes and write in new characteristics.
  • House GOP would let employers demand workers' genetic test results

    03/10/2017 8:10:21 AM PST · by MarchonDC09122009 · 135 replies
    StatNews ^ | 03/10/2017 | Sharon Begley
    House GOP would let employers demand workers' genetic test results https://www.statnews.com/2017/03/10/workplace-wellness-genetic-testing/ House Republicans would let employers demand workers’ genetic test results By Sharon Begley @sxbegle March 10, 2017 A little-noticed bill moving through Congress would allow companies to require employees to undergo genetic testing or risk paying a penalty of thousands of dollars, and would let employers see that genetic and other health information. Giving employers such power is now prohibited by legislation including the 2008 genetic privacy and nondiscrimination law known as GINA. The new bill gets around that landmark law by stating explicitly that GINA and other protections do...
  • Aboriginal hair shows 50,000 year connection to Australia

    03/08/2017 8:35:31 PM PST · by JimSEA · 15 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 3/8/2014 | Ray Tobler et al
    Modern Aboriginal Australians are the descendants of a single founding population that arrived in Australia 50,000 years ago, while Australia was still connected to New Guinea. Populations then spread rapidly -- within 1500-2000 years -- around the east and west coasts of Australia, meeting somewhere in South Australia. DNA in hair samples collected from Aboriginal people across Australia in the early to mid-1900s has revealed that populations have been continuously present in the same regions for up to 50,000 years -- soon after the peopling of Australia. Published in the journal Nature, the findings reinforce Aboriginal communities' strong connection to...
  • Is Crime Genetic? Scientists Don’t Know Because They’re Afraid to Ask

    02/25/2017 8:35:27 AM PST · by MtnClimber · 32 replies
    Quillette ^ | 18 Feb, 2017 | Brian Boutwell and JC Barnes
    ....Social scientists generally, and criminologists especially, often lack the ability (usually due to both ethical and practical concerns) to perform randomized controlled trials, the gold standard of research. We might expect, for instance, that having low levels of self-control is a cause of criminal behavior. In fact, some of the most powerful explanations of crime have been built on this idea, and there is much evidence to support it. We might also hypothesize that bad parenting causes children to develop low levels of self-control. Yet we can’t randomly assign people to have different levels of self-control, and we most assuredly...
  • A human-pig hybrid embryo has been created in a world first (Tr.)

    01/26/2017 6:42:01 PM PST · by brucedickinson · 143 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 1-26-2017 | Colin Fernandez
    Part human, part pig embryos have been successfully created by scientists for the first time. The embryos, that were grown inside a sow, contained a 'low' amount of human tissue. But it is hoped one day this technique will allow whole organs in the pig to be grown of human cells, to tackle the increasing shortage of organs for transplants. The ‘chimera’, or human-animal hybrid, was created by injecting human stem cells into pig embryos and then implanting them in a sow. The human stem cells grew and formed part of the tissue of the pig embryos, although they did...
  • Frankengrain

    12/07/2016 8:28:25 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 56 replies
    Wheat Belly Blog ^ | September 11, 2016 | Dr. William Davis
    Here’s an excerpt from the Wheat Belly Cookbook about modern high-yield, semi-dwarf wheat, what I call the “Frankengrain” because of the extensive and bizarre changes introduced into this grass by geneticists and agribusiness. (Even though a cookbook, I tried to make the Wheat Belly Cookbook a standalone book that discusses the background on why and how the Wheat Belly lifestyle yields such unexpected and extravagant health and weight loss successes. For this reason, the first 90 pages of the cookbook reiterate many of the Wheat Belly basic concepts.)From the Wheat Belly Cookbook: Wheat encapsulates a fundamental dilemma of our technological...
  • Genes of This Tribe Carry A DNA of A Third Unknown

    10/31/2016 2:51:36 AM PDT · by Jacob Kell · 33 replies
    spasique.com ^ | October 29, 2016
    New evidence found by scientists has started to suggest that the people living on the islands of Melanesia could have human DNA the world has never seen. The theory is that the DNA does not come from a Neanderthal or Denisovan (which are the two ancient species we most closely relate humans with). Scientists believe that they come from a new undiscovered species that derived from the South Pacific, northeast of Austrailia.
  • Exclusive: World’s first baby born with new “3 parent” technique

    09/28/2016 7:26:00 AM PDT · by plain talk · 42 replies
    New Science ^ | Sep 27, 2016 | Jessica Hamzelou
    It’s a boy! A five-month-old boy is the first baby to be born using a new technique that incorporates DNA from three people, New Scientist can reveal. “This is great news and a huge deal,” says Dusko Ilic at King’s College London, who wasn’t involved in the work. “It’s revolutionary.” The controversial technique, which allows parents with rare genetic mutations to have healthy babies, has only been legally approved in the UK. But the birth of the child, whose Jordanian parents were treated by a US-based team in Mexico, should fast-forward progress around the world, say embryologists.
  • We’re Not Quite ‘Born This Way’

    09/01/2016 1:20:52 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    Back in 2014, a bigoted African leader put J. Michael Bailey, a psychologist at Northwestern, in a strange position. Yoweri Museveni, the president of Uganda, had been issuing a series of anti-gay tirades, and — partially fueled by anti-gay religious figures from the U.S. — was considering toughening Uganda’s anti-gay laws. The rhetoric was getting out of control: “The commercialisation of homosexuality is unacceptable,” said Simon Lokodo, Uganda’s ethics minister. “If they were doing it in their own rooms we wouldn’t mind, but when they go for children, that’s not fair. They are beasts of the forest.” Eventually, Museveni said...
  • Manitoba Men Weep After Learning They Were Switched at Birth 41 Years Ago (2nd Same Hospital)

    08/29/2016 11:50:30 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 35 replies
    CBC ^ | Aug 26, 2016 | Jillian Taylor
    DNA tests confirm both were given to wrong mothers after being born at Norway House Indian HospitalLeon Swanson and David Tait Jr. are both 41 years old and have just learned they're not exactly who they thought they were. Both wept Friday in Winnipeg as Eric Robinson, a former NDP member of the Manitoba Legislative Assembly for Keewatinook, told media that the two men were switched at birth more than 40 years ago at a hospital in Norway House Cree Nation. "What happened here is lives were stolen," Robinson said. "You can't describe it as anything less than that." Swanson...
  • ‘Intersex’ Athlete Wins Gold Medal In Women’s 800M

    08/21/2016 1:20:41 PM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 140 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 8/20/16 | Peter Hasson
    South African runner Caster Semenya dominated the women’s 800-meter final Saturday in Rio, finishing well ahead of the competition to take home the gold medal. Semenya is widely believed to be “intersex,” defined by the United Nations as people born with sex characteristics “that do not fit typical binary notions of male or female bodies.” The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) last summer suspended International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) rules prohibiting athletes who exceed a testosterone threshold from competing in women’s track and field events, clearing the way for Semenya to compete in Rio. The CAS ruling claimed...
  • Plant and animal DNA suggests first Americans took the coastal route

    08/15/2016 10:22:44 AM PDT · by Theoria · 14 replies
    Nature ^ | 10 Aug 2016 | Ewen Callaway
    Life came to ice-free Canadian corridor too late to sustain migrations of Clovis and pre-Clovis people. Archaeologists need a new theory for the colonization of the Americas. Plant and animal DNA buried under two Canadian lakes squashes the idea that the first Americans travelled through an ice-free corridor that extended from Alaska to Montana.The analysis, published online in Nature on 10 August and led by palaeo­geneticist Eske Willerslev of the University of Copenhagen, suggests that the passageway became habitable 12,600 years ago1. That’s nearly 1,000 years after the formation of the Clovis culture — once thought to be the first Americans — and...
  • North Carolina School District Plans To Stop Labeling Students as 'Boys' And 'Girls'

    08/11/2016 10:12:47 AM PDT · by C19fan · 45 replies
    Independent Journal Review ^ | August 9, 2016 | Sister Toldjah
    The Charlotte-Mecklenburg (North Carolina) School System had to temporarily put its HB2-defying transgender bathroom plan on hold due to a recent Supreme Court ruling. But the ruling hasn't stopped the slow roll-out of other controversial gender-related recommendations that it is set to make to the local school board on Tuesday night. Charlotte news station WSOC-TV reports: