Chimp-Human Genes Evolved Much Faster Than Expected

first_imgIt’s been all over the news lately – human DNA shows surprisingly divergent regions from chimpanzee counterparts.  The Houston Chronicle, for instance, summarizes the find:Searching across the four genomes, the team looked for regions of DNA about 100 letters long that had made the biggest leaps. One, they found, had changed nearly twice as much as any other region, with 18 letters of DNA different between humans and chimps. A similar stretch of chicken DNA, they found, has all but two letters in common with the chimp DNA.The evolutionary explanation is two-fold: (1) this region of human DNA must have evolved 70 times as fast as other parts, and (2) the lack of evolution between chicken and chimp for this region must mean that “this region of the DNA had been stable for a long time, hundreds of millions of years.”    See also Medical News Today and Associated Press report on NC Star News.We just claimed yesterday that “Darwinian evolution is so malleable that it bends itself to every anomaly, and therefore fails” the scientific criteria of testability and verifiability (08/21/2006).  Here’s another example.  Rather than wear sackcloth and ashes and moan and wail over their sins, they spin this story into support for Darwin.  Now they expect to believe that these genes sat there undisturbed for hundreds of millions of years, only to explode into activity after Bonzo’s kid had a mutation, and presto! philosophy.  Gong; next.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Is Enterprise 2.0 A Crock?

first_imgIT + Project Management: A Love Affair 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Is Enterprise 2.0 a crock? Where are the use cases? Seven enterprise managers spoke about five principles that are emerging around this topic at the Enterprise 2.0 conference today in San Francisco.Moderated by David Berlind, the group, all members of the 2.0 Adoption Council, looked at five issues to answer the question.Topics addressed:Workforce TransformationBusiness Process OptimizationIntellectual Property/Privacy/ComplianceReligious Wars (technology/generational bias)Bottom Line Business BenefitsPanelists:Greg Lowe, social media architect and program manager at Alcatel-LucentBruce Galinsky, director of IT, MetLifeBryce Williams, social media consultant, Eli LillyJamie Pappas, manager, social media, EMCMary Maida, information solutions manager, Medtronics, Inc.Claire Flanagan, senior manager KM and Enterprise Social Collaboration, CSCThis conversation is not a new one but perhaps the difference now is that there are more examples of how Enterprise 2.0 is changing corporate practicesWorkforce TransformationThe group’s general consensus: The goal is to break down the data silos and the walled gardens that permeate the enterprise. Some of the highlights:Murray, BoozAllen: Technologies are changing the business – period. “These technologies are helping us move smarter, faster. The inroads are coming.Jami Pappas, EMC: “We have started a bottom up strategy. ” The company has a few hundred champions who are champions for Enterprise 2.0 technologiesGalinsky, MetLife: “You need drivers.” For example, the ability to collaborate quickly on products to market.Business Process OptimizationMore people do not come into the office for work. The virtual office is such a reality that collaboration tools become increasingly important. This is evident with the announcements such as the one from Second Life today about their enterprise offering and similar products from companies like Proton Media.But still, for Murray of Booze Hamilton, said It comes down to baby steps. The reality, though, is it would never have seemed likely in 2006 that there would be applications plugging into Sharepoint.Intellectual Property/PrivacyData security always elicits fear. It’s no different than how security is viewed in any context. Trust is always the big issue but it is also about keeping some form of control. At Eli Lilly, employees, a lot of them who are scientists, are chomping to use more collaborative tools. Williams, Eli Lilly: The challenge is mitigating risk. “We have to find a way to herd the cats without putting data at risk.”Religious Wars (technology/generational bias)With any movement, revolutionaries have the tendency to make those in power feel a bit uncomfortable. It is no different with enterprise technologies.Galinsky of MetLife said that the issue is often about provincial differences. One group may prefer Microsoft while another group is into IBM, while a third may do whatever pleases them. The reality is it just takes time.Bottom Line Business BenefitsThe reality: Enterprise 2.0 technologies are early in the adoption phase but the soft cost savings are mounting. Microblogging is helping people find information faster and people are questioning the viability of email.For example, Murray said they did a study of the costs to “reply all,” to email. The end savings added up. “It is a toe in the door, an indicator. If I can save that much, what about the big stuff?”What’s striking about asking questions about all of this is the absence of discussions about the monumental waste in IT spending over the years. Hundreds of billions of dollars have been lost to IT projects that have gone hay wire. The new world of enterprise 2.0 technologies are lightweight in comparison and a fraction of the cost. But the answer is readily apparent. The culture takes time to shift. That shift will occur but it’s not going to happen overnight. Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… alex williamscenter_img Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Related Posts Tags:#enterprise#news last_img read more

Video: Tim Tebow Hung Out With Manny Pacquiao This Week Ahead Of Tonight’s Big Fight

first_imgTim Tebow and Manny Pacquiao pose for picture.IG/espnmicheleEven with the Kentucky Derby, NFL Draft, NBA and NHL playoffs, and plenty of early season baseball action, the marquee sporting event of the weekend is the long-awaited Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao fight, which will take place tonight around 11:30 p.m. One of college football’s recent superstars, Florida great Tim Tebow, is in Las Vegas for the bout, and spent time at Pacquiao camp during training this week.Pacquiao and Tebow first met in March, and BehindTheGloves.com caught up with the two stars, who have a lot in common, including their strong faith, and connections to the Phillipines. Pacquiao is a national hero in his home country, and Tebow was born in the city of Makati and spent five years living in the country.Much of the sports world appears to be split over tonight’s fight, but it seems like Tebow is all in on Pacquiao.last_img read more

Dirk Gently Season 2 Starts Filming in Vancouver in May

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Facebook BBC America series Dirk Gently season 2 with Lord of the Rings star Elijah Wood and Samuel Barnett starts filming in Vancouver on May 8th.Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency is based on the popular books written by Douglas Adams, who also wrote The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. The series was adapted for BBC America by Max Landis. Max is well known for writing Chronicle, Victor Frankenstein and American Ultra. He also serves as executive producer alongside Robert Cooper (Stargate Atlantis/Universe). Both are back on board for Dirk Gently season 2. Twitterlast_img

Will bring NRC in West Bengal throw out infiltrators Shah

first_imgAlipurduar: BJP president Amit Shah said Friday his party will replicate the National Register of Citizens (NRC) exercise in West Bengal on coming to power at the Centre to “throw out” infiltrators. He, however, made it clear that Hindu refugees will not be touched. “We will also bring in NRC in Bengal and throw out all inflitrators. We will also ensure that the Hindu refugees are not touched. They are very much a part of our country,” Shah said. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja The NRC is a document containing names of all genuine Indian citizens in Assam. It, however, became a hugely contentious issue after the complete draft, released last year, omitted the names of lakhs of people who have been residing in the state for several decades. The BJP president also said the upcoming Lok Sabha polls are all about restoring democracy in the TMC-ruled West Bengal. “The TMC stands for three Ts -Trinamool, toll and tax. Under the TMC government, syndicates (groups of extortionists) are flourishing in Bengal,” he claimed. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway Criticising opposition leaders for questioning the government over air strikes in Pakistan’s Balakot to avenge the Pulwama killing of 40 CRPF personnel, Shah said only a strong leadership under Narendra Modi could give a befitting reply to China on Dokalam issue and Pakistan for its terror tactics. “But the opposition leaders are questioning the government (over the air strike). They want to hold talks with Pakistan. In this election, you have two ways – one leads you to Narendra Modi, the other to Thugbandhan (a gang of thugs) of leaders like Rahul Gandhi, Mamata Banerjee and Akhilesh Yadav,” Shah said.last_img read more

Nirav Modi Mehul Choksis 13 luxury cars on auction

first_imgMumbai: Thirteen luxury cars owned by fugitive diamantaires Nirav Modi and his uncle Mehul Choksi went on online auction by the Metals & Scrap Trading Corporation, here on Thursday. The auction is being carried out on behalf of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) which had seized these vehicles from Modi and Choksi last year. The vehicles include a silver Rolls Royce with a reserve price of Rs 1,33,00,000, a Porsche worth Rs 54,60,000, a red Mercedes Benz Rs 14,00,000, a white Mercedes Benz Rs 37,80,000 and a BMW Rs 9,80,000. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Besides, there are two Honda Brio, Toyota Innova, Honda CRV, Toyota Fortuner, Skoda Superb Elegance, Toyota Corolla Altis and Toyota Innova Crysta. Of these 13 vehicles, the BMW and Toyota Innova Crysta belong to Choksi and the rest belong to Modi, his family and his group companies. Prior to the auction, the prospective bidders were permitted physical inspection of the vehicles at various locations earlier this week. A MSTC official said that by 4 p.m. the highest bidders shall be known and communicated to the ED which will take the final decision on awarding the successful bids. The ED auction follows an order of the Special PMLA court permitting the sale of these cars.last_img read more

US spied on billions of calls in the Middle East documents

first_imgRiyadh– Leaked documents have revealed that the U.S. National Security Agency intercepted 125 billion phone calls and SMS messages in January 2013, many of them in the Middle East.Saudi Arabia and Iraq had 7.8 billion wiretapping incidents from the NSA each, while Egypt and Jordan had 1.8 billion and 1.6 billion respectively, according to Cryptome, a digital library that publishes leaked documents.Additionally, over 1.7 billion wiretapping incidents were recorded in Iran. News of the NSA spying on phone calls has angered many Western countries, in addition to many American citizens.Last week, Germany summoned the U.S. ambassador to Berlin over suspicion that the United States spied on Chancellor Angela Merkel’s phone line.Countries in the Middle East have not yet issued a statement concerning U.S. spying on billions of phone calls within its territories.Source: Al Arabiyalast_img read more

Speaker of Kazakh Senate Welcomes Political Ties between Morocco Kazakhstan

first_imgAstana – Speaker of the Senate of Kazakhstan, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, welcomed on Tuesday the excellent political and cultural ties between Morocco and Kazakhstan, noting that his country considers Morocco as an essential and important partner in North Africa.Meeting in Astana with Speaker of the House of Advisors, Mohamed Cheikh Biadillah, Tokayev stressed the need to strengthen and consolidate economic cooperation between Morocco and Kazakhstan.The Kazakh official said that bilateral economic relations do not match the strong political relations between Astana and Rabat, as trade between the two countries has not exceeded 86 million dollars in the previous year. For his part, Speaker of the House of Advisors highlighted the major political and economic reforms undertaken by Morocco under the leadership of King Mohammed VI, and which were supported by all the political parties, stating in this context that the reform process was also supported by NGOs and civil society.Regarding the issue of the territorial integrity of the Kingdom, Biadillah noted that the project of autonomy under the Moroccan sovereignty, which aims to reach a final settlement of the artificial conflict over the Moroccan Sahara, provides the most appropriate framework to achieve a just and true solution to the dispute that meets the expectations of the people of the region.last_img read more

Willian respects Contes decisions

first_imgWhile admitting that it has been difficult to not start as many games as he would have liked at Chelsea, Willian insisted that he respects the decisions that have been taken by Antonio Conte this seasonDespite not being selected in the starting eleven for their FA Cup final win against Manchester United last month, Willian was voted Chelsea’s players’ Player of the Year.In the club’s final five games of the season, Conte chose to leave the Brazilian midfielder out of the starting line-up in four of those five matches.But, as he prepares with the rest of the Brazil squad at Tottenham’s training ground ahead of the World Cup, Willian revealed that he was satisfied with his season at Chelsea.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“I was happy with my performance during the season, I played very well I always try to do my best and work hard,” he told Sky Sports.“Sometimes to stay on the bench is difficult but I respect the decision of the manager. I think it was that I don’t have nothing more to say about my club because now I want to have focus here on the national team and the World Cup.”Willian, who has two years remaining on his contract, has been strongly linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge this summer with his former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho keen on bringing him to Manchester United.last_img read more

Ronaldo now 100 Juventus freekick taker – Pjanic

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo is now the primary free-kick taker at Juventus, reveals teammate Miralem PjanicPrior to Ronaldo’s arrival from Real Madrid last month, it had been Pjanic and Paulo Dybala who would regularly take the free-kicks for the Bianconeri.But now it’s the five-time Ballon d’Or winner who gets the priority going forward.“Cristiano is here now, someone who in the past few years has shown he is best in the world,” said Pjanic, according to Di Marzio.“At first when we trained on free kicks it would either be me or Dybala to take it. Now, it’s 100% him.“He is a tremendous free kick taker.”Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.The last free-kick Ronaldo scored came back in the World Cup when he memorably equalised for Portugal in their opening game against Spain.The 33-year-old hasn’t got off the mark yet for Juventus after attempting 14 shots in his first two competitive matches.Although he did register an assist in Old Lady’s 2-0 win over rivals Lazio last Saturday.Ronaldo will have another chance to break his duck away to Parma this Saturday.last_img read more