Listen: Molecular Biologist Douglas Axe Explains the Protein Evolution Problem

first_imgEvolution Listen: Molecular Biologist Douglas Axe Explains the Protein Evolution ProblemEvolution News @DiscoveryCSCFebruary 4, 2020, 12:37 PM Evolution NewsEvolution News & Science Today (EN) provides original reporting and analysis about evolution, neuroscience, bioethics, intelligent design and other science-related issues, including breaking news about scientific research. It also covers the impact of science on culture and conflicts over free speech and academic freedom in science. Finally, it fact-checks and critiques media coverage of scientific issues. Share On a new episode of ID the Future, host Jonathan Witt sits down with molecular biologist Douglas Axe at the recent Dallas Conference on Science & Faith. Dr. Axe, author of Undeniable: How Biology Confirms Our Intuition That Life Is Designed, had his research on protein folds published in the Journal of Molecular Biology, work showing that random mutations are not up to the task of building fundamentally new protein folds, a finding that poses a major challenge to modern evolutionary theory. Download the podcast or listen to it here.If evolution can’t build something as basic as a new protein fold, how could it build whole new organs and body plans in the history of life? But Witt presents Axe with an objection: Axe couldn’t possibly have tested more than the tiniest fraction of a fraction of all the possible amino acid combinations for the protein he studied, so how can we trust his findings? Tune in to hear Axe’s answer, and to learn about other lines of evidence confirming his research. This is one of the most lucid explanations of the protein evolution problem that you will hear.Photo: Douglas Axe speaking at the recent Dallas Conference on Science & Faith, by Chris Morgan. Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man Requesting a (Partial) Retraction from Darrel Falk and BioLogos A Physician Describes How Behe Changed His MindLife’s Origin — A “Mystery” Made AccessibleCodes Are Not Products of PhysicsIxnay on the Ambriancay PlosionexhayDesign Triangulation: My Thanksgiving Gift to All Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide Recommended Tagsamino acid combinationsamino acidsBiola UniversityCambridge UniversityDallas Conference on Science & Faithdesign intuitionDouglas Axeevolutionary theoryID the FutureJonathan WittJournal of Molecular Biologymolecular biologypodcastprotein evolutionprotein foldsproteinsrandom mutationsUnbelievable,Trending Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tourlast_img read more

Board to hear decline in jury trials report, take up ad rules

first_imgBoard to hear decline in jury trials report, take up ad rules January 15, 2012 Regular News Board to hear decline in jury trials report, take up ad rulescenter_img A report on the decline of jury trials, a possible recommendation on a nonvoting seat for government lawyers, and legislative issues will top the Bar Board of Governors January 27 meeting in Tallahassee. The board also will consider a report on using “authority figures” such a police and judges in lawyer advertisements.The Committee to Study the Decline of Jury Trials submitted its report to the board last month (see story on page 1 of this News ). The report cited several pressures, financial and otherwise, for the falling number of jury trials in both state and federal courts.The committee warned that fewer trials means fewer citizens called for jury duty, which in turn leads to less public understanding about what the courts do. Among several recommendations are better funding for courts and a removal of any “penalty” for civil parties or criminal defendants who elect to go to trial instead of settling a case or accepting a plea bargain.Since last summer, The Program Evaluation Committee has been scrutinizing the possibility of having a nonvoting seat for a government lawyer on the board. The PEC recently discussed the issue with the Council of Sections, and PEC Chair Jay Cohen said last month that produced fresh input still being reviewed.The committee could have its recommendation ready by the January meeting.The January 27 meeting will come at the end of the third week of the 2012 legislative session beginning two months early to allow for reapportionment. The major issue for the Bar will be court funding. The Legislature in 2009 adopted a scheme to pay for the bulk of court funding through filing fees, particularly on foreclosure cases. But the drop in foreclosure filings — because of robo-signing and other paperwork problems — has eviscerated court funding in the past two fiscal years.Gov. Rick Scott has proposed returning the bulk of court funding to the state general fund, but legislative committees, as this News went to press, were still in the early stages of drawing up their budgets.Bar legislative consultants do not expect a repeat of last year, when the House of Representatives saw the introduction and passage on several court-related bills and constitutional amendments, including one to enlarge the Supreme Court to 10 members and split it into civil and criminal divisions. Another bill would have given the Legislature control over procedural rulemaking, while another would have removed the Bar from the process of selecting members for judicial nominating commissions and given the governor total control over naming all JNC members.The only measure that actually passed, though, was a constitutional amendment allowing Senate confirmation of the governor’s Supreme Court appointments and giving the House leadership greater access to Judicial Qualification records needed for impeachment inquiries. It also makes it easier for the Legislature to revoke court procedural rules. That amendment goes to voters in November.The board tackled two advertising issues during its executive session at its December meeting, and one of those will come back at the January gathering.One issue was an advertising appeal relating to a law firm’s plan to use an actor portraying a judge in an ad, with the actor judge recommending the law firm’s services. Bar staff and the Standing Committee on Advertising had rejected the ad, saying it was misleading because real-life judges can’t recommend or endorse law firms. The board decided to defer that matter until the Supreme Court acts on pending advertising rule amendments.While that case is pending, the Bar will not prosecute the law firm if it uses the ads, as long as:• The firm makes a more prominent display in the ad of the disclaimer that the “judge” is an actor.• The law firm stops running the ad after the Supreme Court acts on the advertising rule amendments and if the board determines that the ad violates the revised rules.The second issue involves the use of actors portraying police and other “authority figures,” such as nurses and paramedics, in legal ads. That had generally been allowed in ads as long as there was a disclaimer that the authority figure was an actor, not a real policeman, nurse, or paramedic.However, the Standing Committee on Advertising recently voted to recommend that actors portraying police no longer be allowed in ads. The committee noted that most police departments would prohibit such an endorsement.The board considered the recommendation during its executive session. It voted to direct staff to review pending advertising amendments to determine how the use of authority figures in lawyer advertisements is addressed. Staff was also directed to determine whether any changes to the proposed rules would be appropriate, with any proposed changes being presented to the board at the January meeting.On another matter, the board will appoint two lawyers for three-year terms to The Florida Bar Foundation Board of Directors.last_img read more

Search on for Nature Island Challenge TV show

first_imgThe Nature Island Challenge (NIC) was an invitational endurance race held from May 21 – 24, 2013.The Discover Dominica Authority (DDA) has embarked on a search for the Voice of the Nature Island Challenge 2013.The Nature Island Challenge (NIC) was an invitational endurance race held from May 21 – 24, 2013. The event witnessed the participation of teams from the USA, Antigua & Barbuda and Trinidad and Tobago in numerous adventure and cultural challenges throughout the island. Team USA won the challenge with 220 points.Interested persons are simply required to follow simple instructions, available on, for a chance to be the Voice of the Nature Island Challenge television show. Record the script; using the appropriate tone and enthusiasm, save the voice record and upload to DDA’s Hightail Dropbox. Entries must be submitted by Monday July 29, 2013. The wining voice entry will be selected by the NIC production partner Aura 360 and will be featured in an upcoming television show centered on the Nature Island Challenge.Dominica Vibes News 14 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Share Sharecenter_img LocalNews Search on for Nature Island Challenge TV show by: – July 24, 2013 Tweet Sharelast_img read more

Carnival casualties

first_imgEntertainmentLocalNews Carnival casualties by: Dominica Vibes News – February 16, 2015 Sharing is caring! Share 747 Views   one comment Tweetcenter_img Share Share One man is reportedly dead following an incident on Hanover Street in Roseau in the Carnival Jouvert band.A preliminary report from one of the Carnival Road Marshals indicates that the Schools Parade was delayed as a section of the road was cordoned off due to the fatality.It is reported that the alleged victim is from the west coast however; his identity has been withheld.An official report from the police was not available at the time of publishing.Meanwhile, a male adult is hospitalized and in critical condition due to an accident in Louisville.According to eye witnesses, the motorbike collided with a bus and the rider was injured.last_img read more

Garfield Heights Grinds Out 29-22 Win to Advance to Regional Final

first_imgBy Don DiFrancescoThe opening game of Wednesday’s OHSAA Division I regional doubleheader was a strange one. The crowd at Cleveland State University was expecting some action, and Garfield Heights and Uniontown Lake provided it for most of the first half.Garfield Heights, behind nine points (on three 3-balls) from senior guard Marreon Jackson had a 19-15 lead at the break.But the second half drifted away from a basketball game to something resembling a debate. Lake seemed to be determined to set the pace of play. To that end, they were successful. Unfortunately for the Blue Streaks, they never had the lead in the second half. They did a fine job of moving the ball, but rarely were able to get momentum to the hoop.Veteran hoops observer Mike Nairn noted, “Lake really looks great moving the ball, but they gotta take it to the hole once in a while!”The third quarter generated 10 points total: five for each team. Certainly Garfield Heights wasn’t happy with the pace, but the Bulldogs had a 24-20 lead and control of the boards when Lake did manage to take shots.The fourth quarter was more of the same. Slow pace, no sense of urgency for Lake despite trailing in the game. Garfield Heights finally “stretched” the lead out to the final score of 29-22 thanks to free throws from sophomore Brison Waller in the game’s final minute.Garfield Heights controlled the rebound battle, 27-18. Jackson had 8, Waller 6.Both teams only took 29 shots. Garfield made 10 (34%), including five 3-pointers (four by Jackson). Lake made 8 baskets (28%) including four 3-pointers.Jackson scored a game-high 12 points, while Waller finished with eight.Jakob Maranville led the Blue Streaks with nine points.Garfield Heights advances to face St. Edward on Saturday, March 18. Tip-off is set for 7 pm at the CSU Wohlstein Center and the winner earns a trip to the Final Four in Columbus. Related Topics NEO HS Stafflast_img read more

A Six Pack Of Questions With Lorain County Nightmares Head Coach Jamie Ray Adams

first_img Vince McKee The Lorain County Nightmares return to action this weekend at Oberlin College as they host the visiting NEO Predators. This is a battle for first place and also playoff positioning down the stretch.The Nightmares are in prime striking position as they currently sit at 4-3 but have won 2 straight and have 3 of their final 4 games at home. They are coming off of a 20-6 road win over the Patriots, and a 33-6 win at home over the Pittsburgh Rangers.  They also have the league leader in touchdowns (Brandon DiMarco 15 passing, 1 rushing) lining up behind center.  Anytime you have a specimen like DiMarco lining up behind center, and also Vaughn Sprinkle and Sonny Hazelwood on defense, you have a chance to beat anyone.I had the chance to sit down with head coach Jamie Ray Adams for our weekly coach’s chat, and we touched on a number of subjects.You have a big game coming up this weekend, how much of a motivator is it that these guys beat you once this season? How much have you improved since that game?Definitely a motivator, especially knowing how talented that our team is and what we’re capable of. We have definitely made some improvements since the last game primarily playing together as a team. Having back-to-back wins has been a definite confidence boost and given us ample time to prepare as we swing into the second half of the season hoping to go undefeated.What is our weekly walking wounded look like this week? Who is banged up and won’t be playing?Chase laudato is out until further notice with his knee. CJ Powell is still nursing an ankle and he’ll see limited repetitions on Saturday. Dontez Smith is coming along just fine but will sit out this game as a precaution. Shawn Masterson will return to his safety position on defense this week and Vaughn Sprinkle will not play with a hamstring injury.How important is diet, exercise and routine in getting ready for a game? Not only for the players, but the coaches?Diet and exercise are obviously important for the players. That’s a big part of recruiting college players, because they know the proper preparation that they need to do for a season, mentally and physically. Routine is definitely something that I am a proponent of, especially in pregame.Due to some schedule conflicts on the Patriot side, our pregame ritual was cut short and it definitely showed the first quarter of the game so it is a blessing to be back home where we can get back into our routine and play the game at our pace.You’re down by 7 points with 30 seconds remaining in a game. You score a touchdown on the final play. Do you go for the tie or the win on the extra point?Tie. Overtime. EverytimeHow much will emotion and intensity factor into this weekends game?We had an amazing week of practice in preparation for this game. I will tell you that this game will be filled with emotional and physical intensity from start to finish. The players know what they’re capable of and plan to show The PAFL who LCN is.You recently had a youth camp, your second of the season. How important is it to you to teach young children the game properly and encourage them while doing it?It’s the most important part of what I do, as a part of this organization. I love football with everything I have, it means the world to me and to be able to project that kind of passion, commitment and love of the Game on to today’s youth is everything. It is a unique platform that we are given and needs to be taken advantage of as much as possible. One day these kids will be tomorrow’s leaders and will be telling me what to do when I’m a crippled old man haha Related TopicsfootballJamie Ray AdamsLCNPAFLYouth Camplast_img read more