Friday fare

By Grant Jacobs 08/10/2010

Time for the weekly round-up of lighter fare.

Ancient Greece is a (Grecian) myth The Onion puts out the odd gem, such as this report of an announcement that historians have entirely fabricated ancient Greece. Here’s an excerpt to get you started:

The group acknowledged that the idea of a sophisticated, flourishing society existing in Greece more than two millennia ago was a complete fiction created by a team of some two dozen historians, anthropologists, and classicists who worked nonstop between 1971 and 1974 to forge “Greek” documents and artifacts.

“Honestly, we never meant for things to go this far,” said Professor Gene Haddlebury, who has offered to resign his position as chair of Hellenic Studies at Georgetown University. “We were young and trying to advance our careers, so we just started making things up: Homer, Aristotle, Socrates, Hippocrates, the lever and fulcrum, rhetoric, ethics, all the different kinds of columns–everything.”

The Onion is a great place for light relief. Other headlines include: ’10 Million Killed Annually By Stepping Out Of Comfort Zones’ (here) and ’Teen With Cancer Vows It Won’t Keep Her From Being Mean, Moody Little Shit’ (great title, but the article doesn’t quite live up to it in my opinion).

(H/T @BoraZ)

Map of the on-line community xkcd has an enormous map of the on-line community, click on the image for the full cartoon/sketch.

Updated map of online communities (Source: xkcd.)
Updated map of online communities (Source: xkcd.)

Travel prize for ScienceOnline2011 Those hoping to get to the ScienceOnline2011 (un)conference (that includes yours truly) might be interested in this competition. The two best evolution blog posts chosen by two judges and the online science community will receive $US750 towards attending the meeting. The competition is not limited to those in the USA. Applications close December 1st.

Peter Griffin spills the beans on us in an interview at (Incidentally, like Peter, I don’t use feeds much either. Not that that matters a tiddly-wink to anyone.)

The Scientist’s Operating Manual As I introduced in an earlier post, an on-line attempt to write the Scientist’s Operating Manual is underway, with the Introduction and Evidence; gathering, measuring, analysing now present for your reading and comment.

If infographics appeals, you should enjoy checking out

Epigenetics has broken out over at Gene Expression. I’m enjoying this series of articles, because it’s an area the interests me greatly. Larry Morgan at Sandwalk has his (more forcibly-expressed) opinions on the matter.

Footnote: I’ve a whole lot (…) more but am out of time! I might add a few more in comments later this evening.

Recent articles at Code for life:

Finding platypus venom

It won’t be by taking sugar pills…

Thoughts towards a human brain neural connection map

Backups, part I

Choosing an algorithm – benchmarking bioinformatics

0 Responses to “Friday fare”

  • Updated Universe/Life Evolution Comprehension…

    Unravel Some Of Nature’s Complexities, A + B + C
    (adnauseam, ad shown where these data-based statements are wrong)


    Extend Evolution/Natural Selection Backward To Genes/Genomes, BOTH ARE ORGANISMS.

    Again, Correct Some Figments Of Science Imagination

    1. Dark energy and matter YOK. Per E=Total[m(1 + D)] all the energy and matter of the universe are accounted for.
    Adopt space-massdistance concept, mass-to-energy reconversion.

    2. Higgs Particle YOK. Mass forms below some value of the above D.

    3. Galactic clusters formed by conglomeration?
    Galactic clusters formed by Big-Bang’s dispersion, evidenced by their Newtonian behaviour including expansion acceleration.

    4. The universe expansion is fueled by the mass-to-enrgy reconversion. Eventually, as expansion will slow down, will run out of massfuel, gravity will overcome expansion and initiate empansion back to singularity. The universe is a cyclic array of energy-mass dualism, between all-energy and all-mass poles, under omnipresent gravity.

    5. Natural Selection is a trait of organisms, life?
    No. Natural selection is ubiquitous for ALL mass formats, all spin arrays. It derives from the expansion of the universe. All mass formats, regardless of size and type, from black holes to smallest particles, strive to increase their constrained energy in attempt to postpone their own reconversion to energy, to the energy that fuels cosmic expansion.

    6. Life is an enigma?
    Life is just another type of mass array, a self-replicating mass array. Earth life is a replicating RNAs mass. It has always been and still is an RNA world. ALL Earth’s organisms are evolved RNAs, evolved for maintaining-enhancing Earth’s biosphere, for prolonging RNAs survival.

    7. Cells are Earth-life’s primal organisms?
    NO. Earth’s life day one was the day on which RNA began replicating. RNAs, genes, are ORGANISMS. And so are their evolved templates, (RNA and DNA) genomes, ORGANISMS, as evidenced by life’s chirality and by life’s sleep.

    8. Circadian Schmircadian sleep origin?
    Sleep is inherent for life via the RNAs, the primal Earth ORGANISMS originated and originally active only under direct sunlight, in their pre-metabolism genesis era.

    9. Epigenetics are heritable gene functions changes not involving changes in DNA sequence?
    The “heritable or enduring changes” are epiDNAtics, not epigenetics. Alternative splicing is not epigenetics, even if/when not involving alteration of the DNA sequence. Earth life is an RNA world.

    10.Genetics drive biology and culture modifications?
    NO. It is culture that modifies genetics, not genetics that modifies culture. Culture modifies genetics simply via the evolutionary natural selection process of the RNA ORGANISMS. Likewise many natural genetic changes are due to aging and/or circumstantial effects on the genes and/or genomes ORGANISMS, similar to aging and/or evolutionary processes in monocell communities or in multicelled organisms.


    Dov Henis
    (Comments From 22nd Century)
    Seed of Human-Chimp Genomes Diversity
    03.2010 Updated Life Manifest
    Evolution, Natural Selection, Derive From Cosmic Expansion
    Rethink Evolution/Natural Selection



    Quantum Mechanics Of Life
    Life’s Evolution Is The Quantum Mechanics Of Biology

    From “Essence Of Quantum Mechanics”

    The universe, and life within it, are not just conglomerations of mechanisms. The universe, and life within it, have come into being by the nature of energy-mass dualism, and their fate, their final outcome, is governed by this dualism. The genesis and, most probable cyclic, existence of the universe are governed by the energy-mass relationship.

    Energy-mass relationship governs also the routes, the mechanisms, of cosmic and life evolutions.

    Mechanisms do not set/determine the classical physics fate states. Mechanisms are routes of evolution between classical physics fate states. Quantum mechanics are mechanisms, probable, possible and actual mechanisms of getting from one to other classical physics states WITHIN the expanse from cosmic singularity to the maximum expanded universe and back to singularity states.

    The universe is the archetype of quantum within classical physics. This is the fractal oneness of the universe. Astronomically there are two physics. A classical Newtonian physics behaviour of and between galactic clusters, and a quantum physics behaviour WITHIN the galactic clusters.

    Life’s Evolution Is The Quantum Mechanics Of Biology.
    UNRAVEL COMPLEXITIES OF GENETICS. Extend Evolution/Natural Selection Backward To Genes/Genomes.

    The origin-reason and the purpose-fate of life are mechanistic, ethically and practically valueless. Life is the cheapest commodity on Earth.

    It is up to humans themselves to elect the purpose and format of their life as individuals and as group-members.

    Dov Henis
    (Comments From 22nd Century)



    Adaptation And Genetics
    Identify USA Science Problems
    Enough Is Enough!

    Concluding phrase of “A New Evolutionary History of Primates”

    “genetic underpinnings of human adaptation”

    This phrase displays basic ignorance of the relationship between genetics and physiology/system adaptation.
    It should be replaced with “adaptation underpinnings of human genetics”.

    Extend Evolution/Natural Selection Backward To Genes/Genomes, BOTH ARE ORGANISMS.

    IT IS ADAPTATION (CULTURE) THAT INDUCES GENES’ EXPRESSION MODIFICATION, NOT GENETICS THAT INDUCES ADAPTATION. Modified genetic expression proceeds to energetically favor/enable adaptation.

    Dov Henis
    (comments from 22nd century)
    Hope For Science?