Scientist Sees Evolutionary Sense in Coordinated Complexity

first_imgAn article on PhysOrg tells “A vertebrate story,” and a story it is: the more complex a phenomenon becomes, the more it makes evolutionary sense.    Portuguese scientists were studying the interaction of Hox genes with the development of the ribs in vertebrates.  You can imagine the control that these genes must have when thinking about the differences between a mouse, with 12 pair of ribs, and a snake, with 200 to 400 pair.  The variety of ribs between a snake and a Tyrannosaurus are staggering, yet are under the control of developmental genes that direct their formation at the right time and place in the embryo.  The genes must be switched on and off in a coordinated fashion for the skeleton to come out right.  It usually does – except when scientists interfere.    The scientists found that genes for Hox10 are not the only ones involved.  Another class, called Hox6, interacts with Hox10 to regulate the formation of vertebrae.  By deactivating these genes they could get embryos to grow extra ribs in different portions of the spine.  They found that one set of genes promotes rib formation in the thoracic region, while another blocks the activity in the lumbar region.  Then they found that the genes for rib formation do not switch on unless genes that control the formation of both muscles and ribs are also switched on.  Suddenly the picture started looking a lot more complicated.     One would think this complexity would create additional problems for evolutionary theory.  Moises Mallo, however, waltzed right past the problem and rejoiced in the new insights it provided him.  Here is his prize for Stupid Evolution Quote of the Week: “Our findings reveal a more complicated process than we would have imagined, but one that makes perfect sense, from a functional and evolutionary point of view: it is no good to make ribs without muscle, so, in the embryo, the production of both ribs and their associated muscles is under the control of a single and coordinated mechanism.”You may now all emit a collective groan.  Make sure it is heard at the Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciencia, where certain people need to be turned right-side up.  Evolutionary sense: how’s that for a prize-winning oxymoron?  David Berlinski put it well: “The unfathomable complexity of living systems, Darwin’s theory affirms, is the result of random variation and natural selection.  Is it indeed?  Of these concepts, the second is hopelessly confused and the first is of no intellectual interest” (Daily Californian, 04/01/2005).  No wonder he began that essay with the line, “Wearing pink tasseled slippers and conical hats covered in polka dots, Darwinian biologists are persuaded that a plot is afoot to make them look silly.”  That’s about all they’re wearing, too.(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Using IoT to help farmers to protect livestock from fires

first_imgTags:#farms#Internet of Things#IoT#Nare IoT Labs#South Korea Related Posts An increasing number of farm fires are being caused by electrical arc faults, a high-power discharge of electricity between two or more conductors. Nare IoT Labs, a South Korean startup, has developed a cost effective solution to prevent and warn farmers of any faults, before the fire starts.The system, called “Prevention System for Electrical Arc Fires,” is bundled into a small Internet of Things (IoT) module that can recognize the difference between a harmless arc and a dangerous one that could spiral into a fire.See Also: How Honeywell and the post office are making Christmas brightWith that knowledge, Nare IoT is able to send warnings to a farmer’s smartphone and let the farmer turn off a power grid near the electrical arc to avoid further damage. Inside the module is an alarm, which goes off when a dangerous electrical arc happens.“The rise Internet of Things was an opportunity for us. Affordable modules and network fees allow vendors like us to create more sophisticated systems cheaply,” said CEO Choi Seoung Wook, the founder of Nare IoT Labs.Started with farm security camerasChoi has previously built security cameras for farmers to spot robbers and report them to the police, a crime that was become more commonplace in South Korea. The startup sells a bundle for farmers to receive the complete security package, but Nare’s technology can also be bought al-a-carte if farmers only want a certain module.Nare IoT is only available in South Korea at the moment, though there are plans to bring it to Japan as an OEM. Choi said to ZDNet that he plans to export the system to European and Asian markets, albeit with different marketing and sales practices.This is another example of IoT providing meaningful solutions to customers that do not have large budgets. The system has already been installed in 500 farms in South Korea, and is already reducing insurance costs for farmers. Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Follow the Puckcenter_img Matan Bordo Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You…last_img read more

Farmers urged to go for barter system during bandh

first_imgFarmers’ organisations across the country that have called a 10-day ‘gaon bandh’ (village shutdown) from June 1 have urged farmers to adopt the barter system again.“During last year’s agitation, angry farmers had emptied milk tankers and thrown vegetables on the roads. This time, leaders of the Kisan Ekta Manch and the Kisan Maha Sangh, an umbrella body of 172 farmers’ bodies, are urging them to barter their produce,” Aam Kisan Union chief Kedar Sirohi said.Farmers in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Haryana, Punjab and Chhattisgarh have been told to use the produce for their own use during the agitation and identify nearby villages where they can directly exchange perishable agricultural products for other goods or services. The farmers’ bodies are also using social media to spread the messages to nearly 10 lakh farmers.Taking lessons from last year, the M.P. government has gone on high alert. The State government has cancelled the leave of police personnel from May 25 to June 10. On Friday, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan chaired a meeting attended by the Police Commissioners and IGs of 10 divisions. He reportedly told the police personnel to remain calm and ensure that law and order was not disturbed during the agitation. Congress president Rahul Gandhi is planning to address a rally in Mandsaur on June 6, the first anniversary of the police firing incident in which five farmers were killed.last_img read more

Compton says absent Abueva dealing with ‘personal matters’

first_imgTrump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We’ll find out how things are, I really don’t have anything else to comment but that’s all I can share to you,” said Compton.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Team Manila softbelles gain semis MOST READ Aces head coach Alex Compton, though, offered little explanation about his star forward’s absence.“He’s got personal matters to take care of, and that’s all I can comment,” said Compton.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsAbueva is part of the lineup that is set to compete in the Fiba Asia Cup in Lebanon.The Filipinos are set to leave for the continental meet in Beirut on August 6 and Compton is unsure whether Abueva will still play for Alaska until then. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCalvin Abueva was noticeably absent in Alaska’s 101-92 loss to Star Friday night in the PBA Governors’ Cup at Ynares Sports Center,The gutsy forward also reportedly hasn’t showed up in Alaska practices late and has skipped the national team training since the resumption last Thursday. ADVERTISEMENT View comments Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant 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 LATEST STORIES National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelolast_img read more

Ministry adds six managers to contingent list

first_imgHockey coach-cum-manager Jude Felix is one the six additions.The sports ministry on Saturday added six managers to the Asian Games contingent after having initially refused to make any more changes to the pruned list. The ministry added 13 names and four replacements to take the final contingent tally to 692. Prominent among those added is hockey coach-cum-manager Jude Felix, whose axing drew a lot of flak.Meanwhile, Leander Paes’s father Vece Paes has pulled out due to prior commitments. His place will now be taken by doctor Anand Kumar.Earlier, the government had cleared only five managers in 28 disciplines and the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) was not happy with the move to cut down on officials.”Having approved a contingent of 679 including 516 athletes, the sports ministry had received representations from the Indian Olympic Association requesting clearance for some more managers since, it pointed out, they had an important role to play during the Games,” stated S.P.S. Tomar, under secretary to the Government of India, in his letter to IOA secretary general Rajeev Mehta on Saturday.Besides Felix, the other managers cleared for the Games are Praveen Jolly (athletics), S.M. Bali (handball), M.V. Sriram (rowing), Balbir Singh Kushwaha (canoeing and kayaking) and V.S. Dahiya (sepak takraw). This is in addition to the five managers cleared earlier by the sports ministry.Hockey was the prime beneficiary of the last-minute addition as physiotherapist Gaurav Mehra and video analyst Amutha Prakash were also given the go-ahead. The coaches who have been added to the list are Ravi Shankar, (recurve archery), Chandra Shekhar Laguri, (compound archery), Ramanand (boxing), and Ravi Prakash Tripathi (wushu).advertisementThe ministry also cleared some replacements among the athletes. In men’s football, Siam Hanghal has replaced injured Alwyn George while Ongnaam Milaan Singh will take the place of the injured Rowllin Borges. In table tennis, Neha Aggarwal has replaced Pooja Sahastrabudhe.last_img read more

Serena Williams Loses in Qatar Open Finals Gains No

Serena Williams, the future No. 1 player in the world come Monday, was defeated in the Qatar Open finals on Sunday by defending champion Victoria Azarenka 7-6 (6), 2-6, 6-3.Azarenka ended her 10-match losing streak against Williams to earn her 16th title. She had not defeated Williams since 2009, and had a 1-11 record against her going into Sunday’s final. But Azarenka has been on a roll lately, winning her last 14 matches, which included her second Australian Open title.“It feels incredible,” Azarenka told The Associated Press. “You know, this tournament is really great. … It had such a strong field going into it, and I’m really glad that in the end of the week I’m the one who’s holding the trophy.”Williams stumbled from the beginning of the match. She was unable to impose her fierce serve throughout the first set. Williams had a dismal 26 unforced errors. Despite her horrific start, Williams managed to stay in the first set of the game with a set point at 6-5 in the tiebreaker. Ultimately, Azarenka won the first set after Williams hit a poor forehand into the net.Williams managed to bounce back in the second set, capitalizing on her potent serve and forehand. Azarenka only managed to hit 39 percent of her first serves.In the final set, Williams had control of the first game. Azarenka fell behind quickly 0-30, but administered a comeback to take a 3-0 lead. Williams made one last effort to stay in the match by saving a match point at 5-2, but Azarenka clinched the victory when Williams hit a forehand wide.“I just wanted to fight and give it my best, give myself every opportunity I can,” Azarenka said.Williams saluted Azarenka’s performance, but it was apparent that she was not at her best. She was still recovering from a right ankle injury that bothered her at the Australian Open and appeared to be managing a cold. Williams needed three sets to beat Petra Kvitova in the quarterfinals.“This whole week, I just don’t think I played my best tennis, and I was fighting every match,” Williams told  The Associated Press. “I can’t play that quality game against a top player like Victoria. I have to be able to pick up my game, and I wasn’t able to do that today. I stayed at a two out of a 10, and I can’t play that low.”However, Williams smiled when asked about her return to No. 1 ranking in the world.“It was such a long journey, and after winning Wimbledon and the U.S. Open and the (WTA) Championships, I thought, I just don’t think I can win anymore,” she said. “I don’t know what it takes to be No. 1. So it was awesome to come here and achieve that goal.”Williams could easily lose the ranking next week in Dubai to Azarenka if she does not make it to the finals and Azarenka does.Another rematch would put the top two players in the world against each other once again. read more

Giants Fan Throws Banana Near Orioles Adam Jones Apologizes

Photo by espn.com/goThe Giants fan, 48-year-old Alexander Poulides, insists he did not intend to throw a banana at the Baltimore Orioles’ Adam Jones after doing just that.Jones, who is black, did not take kindly to the act—which had strong racial tones.Poulides told the San Jose Mercury News that he grabbed a banana off a catering cart at AT&T Park and threw it toward the field in frustration near the end of the Orioles’ 10-2 victory over the struggling Giants. That says a lot about a grown man right there.The banana landed  in the vicinity of Jones, who angrily tweeted about the incident following the game, criticizing people who apparently defended the incident and hinting that he may no longer participate in social media.Poulides said he had no idea of the controversy until he got home and watched the local news.“Oh, my god,” Poulides told the newspaper he thought when he watched the broadcast. “I threw a banana on my way out. . . I’m embarrassed and shocked by the outcome. In hindsight, I wish I didn’t do it and I apologize. I’m very sorry.”“It’s unfortunate that things happen like that,” Jones said ,”but it ain’t going stop me, myself and the Orioles, We have games to win. It’s mid-August. I’ve got a bigger concern in my head than someone’s ignorance or act of whatever. You know what I mean?”The Giants released a public statement earlier Monday, saying:“We were extremely disappointed to learn about the incident involving Adam Jones at AT&T Park yesterday. The Giants have a zero tolerance policy against this type of behavior, which results in immediate ejection from the ballpark. While we have been investigating the matter since we learned of the situation, unfortunately we have been unable to identify the person responsible.“We would like to extend our sincerest apologies to Adam and the entire Orioles organization for this unfortunate incident. The inappropriate actions of this individual in no way reflect the values of our organization and our fans.”Jones, who scored a home run and had four RBIs in the game, tweeted to his more than 129,000 followers: “I want to thank whatever slapd— threw that banana towards my direction in CF in the last inning. Way to show ur class u jacka–.” read more

Brazil Argentina are coming to Turks and Caicos

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:argentina, brazil, karen whitt, stacy cox Recommended for you In the Pink attracts hundreds Zika virus getting stern reaction from country leaders Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 22 Jan 2016 – There is vacation interest in the Turks and Caicos strongly from the Brazilian and Argentinean markets and during Travel Marketplace at Atlantis Paradise Island in Nassau, there were significant appointments to expand visitor arrivals from the countries. Magnetic Media was at the show, where 28 countries of the region were represented. Among the Turks and Caicos properties on the floor at the Grand Ballroom, were The Sands at Grace Bay, the Palms Resort, Windsong, Villa Del Mar, La Vista Azul, the Amanyara and Beaches Turks and Caicos via Sandals Resorts International. TCHTA executive Stacy Cox, Karen Whitt and President Michel Nuetelings were there; so was Ralph Higgs of the TCI Tourist Board and Tourism Board Chairman, Don Gardiner. It was the 33rd year for Travel Marketplace. CDC says: Men spread Zika through Sexlast_img read more

Unai Emery We wanted to win

first_imgUnai Emery believes Arsenal deserved a win in Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Liverpool but further claimed he had respect for the opposition.The Gunners were on the cusp of defeat when Liverpool took the lead via James Milner, however, Emery’s men had other ideas as Lacazette rescued a point with a curler with 10 minutes left.“We wanted to win but also we had a big team in front of us,” Emery told Goal.com.“For us the performance is good. We pushed and worked in the match, doing our things tactically and with our supporters pushing with energy.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“For our supporters and us I think it is a great match but I am happy only 50 percent because I wanted to win.”“The balance in the 90 minutes was good, our intensity was a very good intensity. Against them that is important,” Emery added.“We worked very well for the 90 minutes. We scored and that was the difference in the match in one moment. I think we deserved it a little more.“Every match is a good test. For us it is very important we continued our process and our way. It is important to win but it is also important not to lose.”last_img read more

Trumps Treatment Of Women Dominant Issue In Second Debate

first_imgListen Share 00:00 /01:27 Andrew SchneiderPatrons of Axelrad Beer Garden watch the second 2016 presidential debate, projected on the side of neighboring Luigi’s Pizzeria.It’s been a rough weekend for Donald Trump. Friday’s revelations of a tape, in which the presidential candidate boasted his fame meant he could force himself on women with impunity, cast a long shadow over Sunday’s second presidential debate.That was evident from the mood of the crowd at a watch party at Midtown’s Axelrad Beer Garden. The audience at Axelrad largely favored Hillary Clinton to begin with. Trump’s response, when asked about the tape, didn’t win him any converts.Houston Public Media’s Coverage of Election 2016“I think it’s insulting to men to say that men in general are openly advocating sexual assault, as he is implying by saying that it’s just locker room banter to say those kinds of things,” says Clinton supporter Kris Kory. “And I think it’s insulting to women that he keeps glossing over it and saying that we’re just interpreting it the wrong way or he’s sorry if we’re offended. It’s an offensive and a disgusting thing that he’s said.”There were some Trump supporters in the audience. Zeljko Stajnovic says the Republican candidate defended himself well.“In my honest opinion,” Stajnovic says, “touching upon a locker room conversation that all men have had between each other – when he said it as a private citizen, nonetheless, who had no political aspirations at the time – trying to play that off politically is a low blow.”Tamara Sell, a volunteer deputy voter registrar, had a table set up at the front of the beer garden. She says the debate helped get people involved. “One young lady, she was Hispanic, came earlier and she said, ‘I’m not really sure if want to register to vote.’ And then after hearing the debate, she came back and she’s like, ‘I have to register.’”Sell says she registered more than 70 new voters over the course of the debate. X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more