Have you heard that some cases of corneal blindness can be cured by stem cells #– from the person’s own eyes? New Scientist recounted some recent successes for victims blinded in one eye by burns or acid. Stem cells taken from the limbus, a disk surrounding the iris, and transplanted onto the damaged cornea, were able to regrow corneal cells and give the patients nearly perfect vision again. 82 cases have been successfully treated this way. The report said this is a boost for valid stem cell therapies after recent reports of a death caused by an untested technique and scandals caused by private clinics offering bogus treatments.This story reminds us that the toolkit for regeneration may exist in the human body, but in a damaged state (03/31/2010). In a perfectly-functioning, uncursed world, are these methods the Creator might have built in to keep systems in good repair?(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
(Visited 92 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Fossil footprints identical to modern human prints cast serious doubt on the evolutionary timeline.Look at the pictures in Live Science‘s article, “1.5-Million-Year-Old Footprints Reveal Human Ancestor Walked Like Us.” They look like they could have been made yesterday, if it weren’t for the fact that they were made in a place paleoanthropologists claim is long before modern humans walked the earth. Does this make any sense? Megan Gannon writes,In 2009, paleontologists discovered human-like footprints near the eastern shores of Lake Turkana in Ileret, Kenya. The fossilized tracks suggested similarities to modern human feet, including an arch, a rounded heel and a big toe aligned parallel with the other toes. But at 1.5 million years old, these prints were much too old to belong to Homo sapiens, or modern humans. They were attributed to Homo erectus, an early human ancestor.Now, researchers think they know why there were so many similarities: Homo erectus may have walked like we do today.Ideology is driving interpretation here. There should be noticeable differences in 1.5 million years of evolutionary time, if humans were evolving from ape-like ancestors. But it gets worse. We’ve reported several times (e.g., 3/22/10) that the Laetoli footprints, said to be 3.6 million years old, are also identical to modern prints. In the evolutionary timeline, Homo erectus did not appear until 2 million years ago. To maintain the ideology, the Laetoli prints were “attributed” to Australopithecus, the genus of Lucy who was barely down from the trees.Walking like a man takes a big brain, because upright walking involves the whole body, not just the feet (see 11/18/04). If the evolutionary story is to be believed, one has to postulate that creatures with modern human feet walked the earth for nearly 4 million years without inventing football or break dancing. That’s almost 400 times as long as all recorded human history.Bound as they are to their evolutionary tale, the researchers had to keep the story going. But they could not deny the facts in front of their eyes.The researchers looked at the eight best-preserved trackways from Homo erectus, as well as the footprints of modern habitually barefoot people from the nearby Daasanach group. In most cases, the scientists found that these two sets of prints were “statistically indistinguishable,” which might reflect similar foot anatomies and mechanics.From the trackways, the evolutionary team inferred that the tracks were made by males cooperating on the hunt. By the time of Homo erectus if not before, they were using tools, migrating long distances, controlling fire, cooking food and perhaps even sailing across the water (2/18/10). Is it credible to think that none of them ever considered building a permanent shelter, planting crops or domesticating animals?Update 7/16/16: A BBC News post about the “first farmers” claims that farming originated from two different genetic sources. “It had been widely assumed that these first farmers were from a single, genetically homogeneous population,” Dr Garrett Hellenthal (Univ. College London), co-author of a new paper in Science Magazine says. “However, we’ve found that there were deep genetic differences in these early farming populations, indicating very distinct ancestries.” Evidence of independent farming as distant as modern Jordan, Turkey and Iraq appears around the same time, 10,000 BC, at “distant ends of the Fertile Crescent.” There’s evidence for farming and ranching: growing of grains and domesticating sheep and goats “in different areas at roughly the same time.”In addition, the population groups appear to have shared technologies and developed complex societies. Ann Gibbons in Science adds, “This shows that farming wasn’t spread initially by just one group of people, but that it was invented more than once—or was an idea that spread rapidly between groups.” This exacerbates the question of why it took so long—supposedly two million years—for anatomically similar humans to figure this out. Joachim Burger (Gutenberg University) remarks, “We have an extremely complex agricultural revolution that was created by people who were extremely diverse.” See also Science Daily that numbers the first farmers in four genetically-distinct groups who invented or adopted farming and ranching independently at about the same time. Their ability to share facets of the “farming revolution” so quickly indicates high cognitive capacity, making one wonder why it took so long in the evolutionary timeline.We need to shame the evolutionary paleoanthropologists out of their academic robes. This is insane. Push the point! Who can possibly believe, knowing human nature, that the makers of these tracks lived for millions of years without doing anything new? We all know the human propensity for curiosity, invention, and social institutions. Humans find better ways to get things done.Everyone would immediately recognize the folly of the timeline if it weren’t for the evolutionists’ dogged dogmatism to keep The Origin of Species as inspired scripture. As Emperor Charlie parades by in his invisible robes, they command all to bow and adore his new clothes. Be the little boy with too much common sense to know better. You know his script. Shout it! Shamelessly shame the shamans.
CAPE TOWN, 17 October 2013 – Brand South Africa today hosted representatives from the Western Cape government, City of Cape Town, business, tourism and education groups, and other stakeholders, for a discussion on South Africa’s competitiveness. This discussion aims to get all citizens to unpack the concept of competitiveness and how each of us can contribute to making South Africa an attractive investment and tourism destination.Welcoming delegates to the session at the V&A Waterfront, Brand South Africa’s Director of Strategic Marketing and Communication, Wendy Tlou said, “We are here today to listen. These conversations help us to understand what the critical issues are, so we can have them addressed at the right levels. You are the people who are really playing your part, in making sure that we as a nation are delivering on the promises that we make.”The Western Cape engagement took place ahead of the inaugural South African Competitiveness Forum, which is scheduled for 5 November at Gallagher Estate in Midrand. The Forum is a platform where government, business and civil society will be able to directly contribute to the identification of issues that require intervention in order to improve the country’s competitiveness and reputation.Thursday’s session was hosted by Brand South Africa’s Head of Research, Dr Petrus de Kock, who said, “The upcoming Competitiveness Forum is a new and exciting platform – it’s also strategic – and it’s an opportunity for stakeholders in government, corporate and civil society to generate solutions to the matters that affect our competitiveness. There are a number of strengths and weaknesses in the South African economy and we need to work together to ensure that the strengths far outweigh the flaws. Robust discussions, like the one that took place today, are key to us reaching that goal.”These stakeholder engagements have been taking place around the country and the deliberations recorded at these sessions will inform the discussions at the inaugural Forum, which will bring together key decision-makers in government, business and civil society. The talks use the National Development Plan as a platform, as its implementation will be a critical driver of the country’s competitiveness and positive reputation.Participants at the SA Competitiveness Forum in November will dialogue on issues related to the following areas:• Education, skills & labour;• Products and services;• Governance and leadership;• Infrastructure; and• FDI competitivenessThe countrywide consultations ahead of the forum are intended to mobilise and encourage stakeholders in all spheres of South African society, to be part of the national conversation about the future of the country and the role that they can play. The Cape Town engagement will be followed by one in Durban next week.Citizens who are interested in attending this one day, inaugural event are invited to apply online to attend: http://www.brandsouthafrica.com/projects/sa-competitiveness-forum/sacf-registration. Only 200 seats are available.Media are invited to RSVP should they wish to cover this event with name, surname, ID number, media house and designation.About Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness abroad. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship.Further resources from Brand South AfricaStory on SA Competitiveness Forum: http://www.brandsouthafrica.com/news/953-brand-sa-embraces-spirit-of-competition.Media are invited to visit http://www.southafrica.info/ for further resources which can be reproduced without any copyright infringement. Kindly attribute to Brand South Africa.For more information or to set up interviews, please contact:Nadia Samie-JacobsPublic Relations DomesticTel: +27 11 712 5007 Mobile: +27 (0)72 777 9399Email: [email protected]
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The BJP on Tuesday launched a frontal attack on the government over the CWG mess, saying the prime minister must answer why Suresh Kalmadi was appointed the Organising Committee chief. “Prime Minister Manmohan Singh must answer why Kalmadi was appointed the OC chief. He is silent, because Kalmadi has the backing of Congress president Sonia Gandhi,” BJP president Nitin Gadkari told a rally of the BJP Yuva Morcha in Delhi. Sonia and Manmohan must respond to charges, Gadkari said, adding, the government knows that if action is taking against Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, the prime minister will be in next in the line of fire. “The Congress has become Lakshmi darshan party now. I want to ask Sonia why after the CAG report indicting Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit, no action was taken. This is because after Sheila, Manmohan Singh’s number will come,” Gadkari said, adding, “Sheila Dikshit must quit office immediately.” Gadkari’s comments come in the wake of reports that the prime minister had overruled the PMO’s recommendation for appointing Sunil Dutt as the OC chief, picking the sacked OC chief ahead of the former sports minister. – With inputs from Headlines Today
Jeff Capel Quinn CookDuke senior guard Quinn Cook, one of the few upperclassmen who saw meaningful time for the Blue Devils on the floor during the NCAA Tournament, has a great relationship with the team’s coaching staff. Thursday, we saw yet another example of that fact in action.Duke assistant Jeff Capel posted a photo of a note that Cook left him on his office door from yesterday. In the note, Cook writes that he “came through” to talk to Capel. Capel’s response? “You most definitely came through.” Well done.Cook had a fantastic NCAA Tournament, averaging 13.5 points per game as he led the Blue Devils to their fifth national title. He’s out of eligibility, but we have a feeling that he’ll still be a fan favorite for quite some time.
February 5 was Darren Criss’ birthday, and to celebrate, he has asked his fans to help him fulfill his birthday wish – to raise vital funds for Musicians on Call (MOC).MOC’s mission is to share the healing power of music in hospitals across the US by bringing volunteers to perform for patients bedside, and providing comprehensive CD libraries and individual players to patients.For a small donation, fans can enter to win a trip to LA to hang out with Darren. They will plan the day together – he could show them around the city, take them out for a meal, etc. Flights and accommodations will be included for a winner + a guest.Fans can also receive guaranteed rewards for various donation amounts – an exclusive campaign t-shirt, a signed photo, a private Skype session with Darren, and even a signed guitar.To find out more, visit Prizeo.com.
Operators can reconfigure a virtual network programmatically. Image credit: Nicira This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Nicira promises virtual networks will transform networking (2012, February 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-02-nicira-virtual-networks-networking.html Explore further More information: nicira.comvia: Technology Review Fujitsu Develops Technology Employing 10 Gbps Virtual Switch to Substitute for On-Server Virtual Switch Functions Network virtualization could lead to a number of advantages. One of the most important may be its ability to open the doors for cloud computing by eliminating the limitations imposed by the existing network, which cause insecurity and unreliability. Installing the NVP software on servers in a data center essentially provides each application with a private connection to the rest of the Internet, which keeps data more secure. Nicira has also demonstrated that the software can transfer Internet services to another data center without interruption, a move that currently requires all the hardware on the new network to be reprogrammed. This ability could be useful for companies with multiple data centers in different locations, as well as for emergency situations in which a data center loses power.Because the NVP software simplifies network reconfiguration, it enables operators to add new applications in minutes instead of days or weeks. The simplification could also lead to innovative applications that are currently too expensive or technically impossible to produce. Overall, by using virtual networks, Nicira estimates that companies with large data centers could save tens of millions of dollars in infrastructure costs.”Network virtualization is the biggest change to networking in 25 years,” said Stephen Mullaney, Chief Executive Officer of Nicira. “NVP provides the final pivotal piece to cloud computing, the most transformational change to IT in a generation.”The NVP can be deployed on any existing network without the need to change any network hardware, and future changes to the network hardware won’t disrupt the virtual network. NVP only requires an IP address, making the physical network hardware less important. Once installed, the virtual network operates completely independently of the physical network, whose main role is to forward data packets. The company explains that the concept of network virtualization decoupling an application from the network is similar to server virtualization, which decouples an application from the underlying server. Overall, the technology enables the creation of tens of thousands of independent and secure virtual networks.Nicira isn’t the only company pursuing software-defined networking. But it has already raised $50 million in funding from venture capitalists and has several large customers, including AT&T, Deutsche Telekom, Fidelity Investments, eBay, NTT, and Rackspace. The software is commercially available on a monthly subscription-pricing model in which customers pay only for what they use. (PhysOrg.com) — For the past four years, founders of the start-up company Nicira have been developing cutting-edge software that they predict will transform the networking technology underlying the Internet. Today Nicira has debuted the software, called the Network Virtualization Platform (NVP). As its name implies, the NVP software acts as a virtual network by simulating the routers, switches, and other physical hardware used in data center networks. Yet the virtual network is completely independent of the physical network hardware. This software-defined networking means that operators can reconfigure any piece of a network programmatically rather than having to manually reconfigure the physical hardware. © 2011 PhysOrg.com