Thursday, 30 May 2019
"Helicobacter pylori, a globally distributed gastric bacterium, is genetically highly adaptable. Microbiologists at LMU have now characterized its population structure in individual patients, demonstrating an important role of antibiotics for its within-patient evolution.
Researchers led by microbiologist Sebastian Suerbaum (Chair of Medical Microbiology and Hospital Epidemiology at LMU's Max von Pettenkofer Institute have now examined the genetic diversity of the species in the stomachs of 16 patients, and identified specific adaptations that enable the bacterium to colonize particular regions of the stomach.
At the initial sample from this individual, the H. pylori population was highly diverse and showed no signs of resistance to any of the antibiotics tested during growth in the laboratory.
However, in a sample collected 2 years later, the level of diversity within the population was extremely low, and the bacteria had become completely resistant to a frontline antibiotic.
Over the course of the intervening 2 years, the population had apparently undergone a massive reduction in size, which set the scene for the subsequent large-scale change in the structure of the surviving population.”
The article tells about the evolutionary dynamics of the species. However, the species stays the same throughout history, although another site says it is said to have “evolved over the millennia since its migration out of Africa along with its human host approximately 60,000 years ago.”
This is counter to all Darwinian expectations of how a H. pylori population should grow. It stays the same after millions of years, but antibiotics kill it off.
Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. 2019, Signs of selection in the stomach. Phys.org. (24 May).
Wednesday, 29 May 2019
A new Darwinian hypothesis goes like this: “As human ancestors went from swinging through trees to walking on two legs, they may have received a boost from an unlikely source: ancient supernovas.
These powerful stellar explosions may have showered Earth with enough energy to shift the planet's climate, bathing Earth in electrons and sparking powerful, lightning-filled storms, according to a new hypothesis.
Lightning then could have kindled raging wildfires that scorched African landscapes. As savanna replaced the forest habitat, early humans that lived there may have been pushed to walk on two legs, the new study suggest."
But then live science tells us that we should not jump to conclusions just then. As it tells us, the evolution of bipedalism is could have occurred earlier.
What we did only we learnt to walk on too feet? It seem that Darwinian folktales are related to African folktales .
The source says that “Clues to the ancient supernovas were found in traces of iron-60 in Earth's crust.”
However, many other things could have resulted in iron-60 in Earth.
The findings were published yesterday (May 28) in The Journal of Geology.
Weisberger, Mindy. 2019. Exploding Stars May Have Put Humanity on Two Feet. Live Science (28 May).
Monday, 27 May 2019
"Screaming Is well-studied in animals, where it's thought the behaviour has evolved as a way to startle an attacking predator and provide a chance to escape, or, in social animals, to recruit help when in trouble.
Surprisingly, much less is known about how human screams function in communication, or how similar or different human screams are from those of other species."
Now, the article in Medical Xpress does not say that screaming evolved, but it look at people just as if they are animals and says it evolved from something, as laughter did.
Only humans are known to cry for emotional reasons.
Acoustical Society of America. 2019. Scientists suss out the secrets of human screams. Medical Xpress (15 May).
Saturday, 25 May 2019
It seems that some researchers cannot get away from science fiction and its quest for the mastery of all of space. An article from Space.com entails a story of how we could use humanity’s quest with nuclear power and use it to say where our neighbours would we doing just the same thing.
“Humanity appears to be going down a dangerous path. We've developed weapons powerful enough to off ourselves many times over, for example, and we've been altering Earth's climate for decades without much regard for the serious consequences.”
“Similar behaviour may have led to the demise of advanced alien races around the galaxy, said Avi Loeb, the chair of Harvard's astronomy department.”
“So, the hunt for ET should be wide-ranging enough to spy artifacts left behind by vanished civilizations, he added — evidence such as burned-up planetary surfaces and products of nuclear war swirling in an alien world's air.”
“Avi Loeb co-authored a paper recently suggesting that 'Oumuamua, the first confirmed interstellar object ever spotted in our solar system, might be an alien spacecraft.
The consensus view is that 'Oumuamua is a cometary body. But it's important not to dismiss the spacecraft idea out of hand, Loeb stressed.”
There is a big question with this. Do we really believe that space aliens exist or all they just imaginations that space aliens speculators use?
All attempts to listen to listen alien sounds have turned out to be false. For instance, an interstellar cloud destroys belief in aliens and all subsequent attempts have been futile.
New Scientist has said that aliens are more likely than God.
But only if we a priori rule out the God who in the beginning created everything.
Life cannot create itself.
Wall, Mike. 2019. How Dead Aliens Could Help Save Humanity. Space.com (24 May).
Thursday, 23 May 2019
Hippos eat grass and they then they defecating it in the water. They are acting like living silicon pumps. Each hippos eat around 40 kilograms of grass and other plants rich in silicon dioxide – also known as silica – only to spend the following day lazing around in the water where they digest and excrete it.
Jonas Schoelynck and his colleagues in studied the silicon levels in a hippo-dominated ecosystem in south-western Kenya. In one 250-metre stretch of river Mara, they found 80 hippos.
“Hippos act as a kind of conveyor belt, transporting silica from land to water,” says Schoelynck.
The research was reported in Science Advances.
Hippos have been driven from Lake Victoria. If populations shrink further, the amount of silicon pumped into waterways will diminish, and the important plants and fish there could be in jeopardy, says the team.
This kind of stuff does not evolve on its own. It needs a process, a mind to start it. This is a call for God, who ordained everything the right way.
Prosser Scully, Ruby. 2019. Hippos poop a huge amount of silicon every day – and it’s a good thing, New Scientist (1 May).
Tuesday, 21 May 2019
In a seething attack on Neo-Darwinism, Michael Engor takes on the views of primatologist Jane Goodall on the topic of religious belief among apes:
She quotes what chimps are doing in the forest, as they drew rocks into the river.
However, Dr Engor has said his dog can to all the tricks.
The chimps shrine and the assumed evolution of religion assumed evolution of religion.
Now, all animals can show they have feelings – but this isn’t even close to religion. Only man can worship God – or not worship Him.
But we would not expect them to use language or worship their Maker or build theories, as they most probably are not capable of abstract thinking.
Only humans are created in the image of God and as such we are special.
We are fearfully and wonderfully made .
“What is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him? Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor. You have given him dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under his feet.” (Psalm 8: 4–6, ESV).
Engor, Michael, 2019. Why Apes Are Not Spiritual Beings. Mind Matters (23 April).
Sunday, 19 May 2019
Spiders can be fast. just a reminder of how one species - triangle weaver spider (Hyptiotes cavatus) does it.
It uses "external power amplification” to do the trick. “Basically, an animal uses an external device (in this case, the spider's web) to store energy, like a person storing energy in a bow with a pulled-back arrow. Once the energy is released, the spider is flung forward like a slingshot, greatly exceeding the speeds at which the arachnid could otherwise travel.”
Then it says how they did the trick:
"To study the critter, the scientists collected wild triangle weaver spiders, which are native to the United States and Canada, and brought them to the lab, where the spiders were housed in terrariums and filmed with high-speed videos as they hunted prey.
Daniel Maksuta, a doctoral student studying polymer science at the University of Akron in Ohio says. "It really works out too. [If] the prey is massive in comparison to the web and the spider, the web kind of just flings around it. So, that's how [the prey] gets all tangled up."
The maneuver is so fast, the spider can be hurled forward at accelerations of about 772 meters squared (2,535 feet/second squared).>
Animals can do all kinds of tricks. For instance, the tiny crustaceans can live in the depths of the sea. And, frog choruses inspire wireless sensor networks.
Thus, biomimetrics or biomimicry or copying amazing design seen in nature has recently become a success.
Geggel, Laura. 2019.This Crafty Spider Doesn't Have Venom...But It Does Have a 'Slingshot' Live Science (16.5.).
Friday, 17 May 2019
Joint suicides by elderly couples used to be considered a tragedy. However, in the Netherlands, doctors killing elderly couples is a considered a medical treatment – by the doctors.
In the Netherlands, there were nine such killing in the country. The details of most cases has not been made available, “but one one involved a husband dying of cancer. His wife had MS. She asked to die with him because she would be unable to live independently and didn’t want to be cared for by strangers.”
For instance the year 2018 “67 patients were killed by psychiatrists and doctors for mental illness” and “three children between the ages of 12 and 17 were put killed” and there were “205 cases of homicide by doctors as a supposed treatment for two or more ‘elderly disorders,’ i.e., issues such as hearing loss, balance issues, cognitive decline.”
This has also repercussions elsewhere.
Smith, Wesley J. 2019. Nine Elderly Couples Euthanized in the Netherlands. Evolution news org (11 May).
Wednesday, 15 May 2019
Ammonites are one of most oldest animals. They share a trait that has caused a commotion to those who cared for the beauty of animals: they share Fibonnaci numbers, which shows how they we build.
As a record in Science shows; “The latest discovery in a cache of ancient Burmese amber has revealed something completely unexpected: an extinct squidlike organism called an ammonite, which swam Earth’s seas while dinosaurs dominated the land 100 million years ago.”
In addition, “mites, spiders, millipedes, cockroaches, beetles, flies, wasps, and marine gastropods” were found on the amber.
This study was reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Fibonnaci means God’s mathematics. Even we have been blessed with it.
Sokol, Joshua. 2019. Extinct squid relative entombed in amber for 100 million years Science magazine. (13 May).
Monday, 13 May 2019
We have observed the skies for so long, but now at least some astronomers have come up with a system by recording events.
The previous suggestion were all too wind:
”Suggestions ranged from colliding neutron stars to black holes turning themselves inside out to lasers from alien spacecraft. Until a few months ago, we had more ideas than detections.”
Astronomers aren't sure what could be giving off these signals, said another newsletter, from an Australian source.
Now, however, the astronomers are off on an adventure, to discover what these fast radio bursts entail.
All attempts to listen to alien sounds have turned out to be false. For instance, an interstellar cloud destroys belief in aliens and all subsequent attempts have been futile.
New Scientist has said that aliens are more likely than God.
But only if we a priori rule out the God who in the beginning created everything.
Life cannot create itself.
Cossins, Daniel, 2019, Fast radio bursts: We're finally decoding messages from deep space . New Scientist (8 May).
Saturday, 11 May 2019
Even for evolutionists, austrapithecus sediba is a mystery. The earliest humans, found in Ethiopia, are from 2.8 to 2.75 Ma ago at Ledi-Geraru. However, the “Fossil specimens from A. sediba are currently only known from Malapa, South Africa, which is dated to 1.977 million years (Ma) ago.”
That leaves at least 0.8 million years in between, that they say cannot accounted for by evolutionary ways.
They also say: “Together, these results suggest it is highly unlikely that A. sediba is ancestral to Homo, and the most viable candidate ancestral species remains Australopithecus afarensis.”
Which is a mystery, as Lucy’s not all bones belong to it, but it also includes a baboon’s hip bone and it certainly fell to Earth from a tree.
So what does the study propose? Even evolutionists will speak well of a human ancestor, that is not too far off the track.
Du, Andrew and Zeresenay Alemseged. 2019. Temporal evidence shows Australopithecus sediba is unlikely to be the ancestor of Homo. Science advances (8 May ),Vol. 5, no. 5, eaav9038.
Thursday, 9 May 2019
Hirondellea gigas dwells at the bottom of the sea — the Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench, some 10,911 meters (35,797 feet) down.
This species could not in live so difficult circumstances. However, “Japanese scientists find this crustacean survives the deep sea by using aluminum armor.”
This study was reported in the journal PLOS ONE, in the recent issue (April 4).
Study lead author Hideki Kobayashi also has an Biomimicry or biomimetics attitude. He say that “this newfound biological process might one day lead to an environmentally friendly way to produce aluminum."
The Biomimicry or biomimetics also includes our bones.
Choi, Charles Q. How Tiny Crustaceans Survive the Crushing Pressures of the Mariana Trench. Live Science (8 May).
Tuesday, 7 May 2019
Life Science has an article on grass. Why does freshly cut grass smell so nice? It does not provide a solution. It only says:
“Chemically speaking, that classic lawn smell is an airborne mix of carbon-based compounds called green leaf volatiles, or GLVs. Plants often release these molecules when damaged by insects, infections or mechanical forces — like a lawn mower.”
Wait a second! The grass is green as its maker – the God of heaven wants it to be that way. It pleases the birds, and us because we are full of grass being green. And He has wanted us to enjoy the sights.
It is a concept that Darwin cannot imagine.
Grunbaum, Mara. 2019. Why Does Freshly Cut Grass Smell So Nice? Live Science (5 May).
Sunday, 5 May 2019
Tyler Smith and Heather Brown, students at Christ's Church Academy in Jacksonville, said they were at a local beach last month when they took a dip in the water and got pulled out into the ocean.
They couldn’t get out of the water: they had to wait there for about two hours. Then they began to pray. A ship passing by noticed the 17-year olds, and got them out of the water.
When they heard the name of the ship – the Amen, they got crying. The boy told newspapers that the fact that God heard their cry was the explanation that there’s a God.
Florida teens swept out to sea rescued by boat named Amen. BBC News. (3 May).
Friday, 3 May 2019
Yesterday was the Holocaust Remembrance Day in Israel, All traffic game to a standstill for 5 minutes.
However, the game that the nations have waged against Israel has no signs of letting up. Just recently, the New York Times argued that Jesus was a Palestinian man. And in 2012, The BBC’s sports website seems to be re-writing geography. It lists the names of the countries taking part in the London Olympic Games and their capitals. The BBC informs us that the capital of a country called Palestine is East Jerusalem. However, the capital of Israel was ominously missing.
The Guardian went one step further, claiming that the capital was Tel Aviv.
And a great anti-Semitist has claimed that some Israelis are playing mini-Mengele.
Wednesday, 1 May 2019
The Indian army has The Indian army has Tweeting About Yetis. It was thought to be an old myth. However, some Yeti marks have gathered momentum.
The Indian army has posted a photo in which the Yeti’s footprints (32x15 inches) are clearly visible, but it did not post the creature making them.
in 2017, a study published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B stated that eight specimens of the yeti happened to be a bear, and one of a dog.
It seems that science needs her hoaxes. In 2009
National Geographic featured four scientific hoaxes, including the Piltdown man, Archaeoraptor liaoningensis and bigfoot (an American imaginery apeman) .
Archaeoraptor liaoningensis is National Geographic’s own production, so to speak. In 1999 the magazine published an article about a feathered dinosaur found in China but had to retrace it the following year since the creature was found to be a hoax.
Archaeoraptor turned out to be a veritable Piltdown bird. The Chinese fossil hunters had combined parts of different species to form a new “transitional fossil” that quickly made news headlines.
Pappas,, Stephanie. 2019. Why Is the Indian Army Tweeting About Yetis? Live Science (30 April).