49ers’ Robbie Gould, without meaning to, trolls tortured Bears place-kicker

first_imgIf you could have accessed the thought balloons above the 62,462 Bears fans at Soldier Field on Sunday as kicker Cody Parkey double-doinked the potential game-winning field goal, here’s guessing the No. 1 (printable) sentiment would have been: “I wish Robbie Gould was here.”Bite the bullet, Bears fans, this is going to hurt: Gould (pronounced “Gold”) was there.Teaching these boys the history of da @bears #WPMOYCHALLENGEGOULD pic.twitter.com/r7OdoczB7S— Robbie Gould (@RobbieGould09) January …last_img

“Genomic Junk” Is Cell’s Air-Traffic Control

first_img51; Linc-RNAs (large intervening non-coding RNAs) have been promoted from junk molecules to air traffic controllers.  A mystery about these transcripts of DNA that are not translated into proteins is being explained.    Science Daily reported on work at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and the Broad Institute that found these RNA molecules perform a vital task.  “linc-RNAs, once dismissed as ‘genomic junk’ – have a global role in genome regulation, ferrying proteins to assist their regulation at specific regions of the genome.”  Results were published in the July 14 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.“I like to think of them as genetic air traffic controllers,” explains co-senior author John Rinn, PhD, a Harvard Medical School Assistant Professor of Pathology at BIDMC and Associate Member of the Broad Institute.  “It has long been a mystery as to how widely expressed proteins shape the fate of cells.  How does the same protein know to regulate one genomic location in a brain cell and regulate a different genomic region in a liver cell?  Our study suggests that in the same way that air traffic controllers organize planes in the air, lincRNAs may be organizing key chromatin complexes in the cell.”It has been known for some time that small RNA transcripts are involved in gene regulation, but link-RNAs are often thousands of base pairs long.  The article said, “they seemed more like genomic oddities than key players” till now.  “With these latest findings, which also uncovered an additional 1,500 lincRNAs, it’s clear these RNA molecules are no mere messengers – they have demonstrated that they can and do play a leading role.”    Speaking of differences in brain cells and liver cells, another article on Science Daily smashed a paradigm: “DNA Not The Same In Every Cell Of Body: Major Genetic Differences Between Blood And Tissue Cells Revealed.”  A discovery by Montreal scientists “calls into question one of the most basic assumptions of human genetics: that when it comes to DNA, every cell in the body is essentially identical to every other cell.”  It appears that biologists and geneticists are finding new complexities in the way genes are distributed and regulated in body cells.  The discoveries may lead to better understanding of the factors that make cells in various tissues look and behave differently.Neither of these articles needed evolutionary theory.  When the trend in scientific discovery is to uncover more and more complexity, regulation, and function such that air traffic control is the analogy that comes to mind, intelligent design “leaps up as the most likely explanation,” as Jonathan Wells put it.  Pilot Charlie, preferring unguided processes, appears headed for a nose dive.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Is Politics an Evolutionary Force?

first_img(Visited 24 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Penn State evolutionists see politics interacting with natural selection to direct human evolution.A PhysOrg headline states, “Politics can interact with evolution to shape human destiny.”  The gist of the argument by Penn State political scientist Pete Hatemi is explained in this paragraph:The researchers said that there is an interaction between political and cultural forces and evolutionary results. Genes can shape culture and political institutions, which in turn can shape biology and physiology, passing on certain traits to future generations. The environment’s influence on adaptation and how it changes biology is better known and often easier to observe, said Hatemi, but the way culture can affect gene expressions in future generations is often harder to show and may take longer to reveal itself.Although he didn’t equate politics with natural selection, it’s hard to see how an evolutionist could deny it; the human brain, society and politics are all manifestations of natural selection in their view.  Most people see politics involving mental choices by intelligent agents, not unguided processes of the environment.  Politics may affect future generations, to be sure, but that occurs by intelligent design (whether beneficent or malevolent).It may not take as long as Hatemi thinks for politics to affect future generations.  Interestingly, he cites 20th-century totalitarian governments as examples of generational forces:One more obvious way to see how culture affects natural selection is the effect that politically inspired atrocities—for example, Communist purges in China and USSR and the Nazi Holocaust—have on genetic diversity, according to the researchers, who released their findings in a recent issue of Advances in Political Psychology.Hatemi did not think to draw a connection between the atrocities and the Darwinian ideology that inspired the worst of them (e.g., 11/30/05).Evolutionists view every subject in nature as a nail for which their only tool, natural selection, is the hammer.  But if natural selection determined their own will to write this paper, then, well—they can’t nail anything but their own brains.  Trick or treat: they’ve just refuted their own theory.  The sight of brains and blood spilling out of a hole in the head is pretty scary for Halloween, for sure.last_img read more

Is Just the Same As

first_imgKnowing what you need to do and not doing it is the same as not knowing.Having a dream and not taking action on that dream is the same as not having a dream.Having a goal and not doing the work that moves you towards that goal is the same as not having a goal.Knowing people without making investments in those relationships is the same as not having relationships.Knowing that you need to develop yourself personally and professionally and not taking classes, doing homework, and studying independently is the same as not knowing that you need to develop yourself personally and professionally.Possessing the ability to create value for others and not creating that value is the same as not possessing the ability to create value.Knowing how to read and not reading is the same as not knowing how to read.Wanting to make a difference but being unwilling to make waves is the same as not wanting to make a difference.It’s not enough to possess knowledge. It’s not enough to have a bigger vision. Without action, it’s the same as . . .last_img read more

WHISTLER FILM FESTIVAL OPENS APPLICATIONS FOR POWER PITCH COMPETITION

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Twitter The winner will be awarded a $41,000 prize package that includes $1,000 cash and a $40,000 production package with a $10,000 post production credit from Encore Vancouver, a $10,000 studio credit, a $10,000 lighting and grip credit and a $10,000 camera credit from SIM. Additionally, they will receive the opportunity to meet privately with each jury member to receive invaluable feedback and advice.The Power Pitch application deadline is September 20 at 11:59pm PST. The program is open to Canadian producers with scripted feature projects. Eligible projects will include a full script, character outline, synopsis, and project summary, along with casting and budget aspirations submitted with the application.The Whistler Film Festival gratefully acknowledges support for Power Pitch from Creative BC, CMPA, Encore Vancouver and SIM.From December 4 to 8, the Whistler Film Festival will welcome film fans and filmmakers to experience its 19th edition featuring fresh films, special guests, epic events, unique industry and talent programs, and time to play in North America’s premier mountain resort destination. WFF’s online box office is open for early bird passes, and early bird accommodation and travel rates are available. Find out more at whistlerfilmfestival.com. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Whistler, B.C. (August 7, 2019) – The Whistler Film Festival (WFF) is now accepting applications for its 2019 Power Pitch program. The two-step workshop and pitch competition that takes place during WFF’s Content Summit from December 5 to 7 offers Canadian producers the opportunity to bring their feature film project to life with a $41,000 production prize on the line.“With the world of feature filmmaking undergoing unprecedented change, producers are looking for new ways to elevate their creative projects,” says Angela Heck, WFF’s Director of Industry Programming. “WFF’s Power Pitch program is a tremendous opportunity to gain invaluable business skills, captivate an audience of industry decision makers and accelerate the process.”Power Pitch finalists will participate in an intensive workshop and training under the direction of LA-based industry veteran and pitch master, Carole Kirschner. As the Director of the WGA Showrunner Training Program and CBS Diversity Writers Mentoring Program, Kirschner had previously acted as a development executive at CBS and VP of Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment Television. She will advise participants on the ins and outs of how to successfully pitch their project. Following the workshop, one-on-one sessions with Kirschner and a day to prep, finalists will have six minutes to pitch their feature film to three senior executives from recognized international sales companies, who will provide feedback on the quality and marketability of the projects presented, and select the winning project. Login/Register With:last_img read more