Pexels Image.ALBANY – New York State has updated its quarantine guidelines to reflect new CDC’s recommendations.Instead of 14 days, Governor Andrew Cuomo says people can now end their time in quarantine after 10 days as long as no symptoms of COVID-19 are reported. A test after 10 days is not required for someone to end their quarantine.After the quarantine, he says people still must monitor themselves for symptoms through Day 14. If any develop, they are being told to contact their healthcare provider or local health department.“While the holidays have always been synonymous with socialization, the data shows vast majority of new cases are stemming from private gatherings,” Cuomo says. “I understand not being able to join together with loved ones makes an already trying year, more difficult, but it also means we control our own destiny. The latest COVID-19 positivity rate across the state is 7.14 percent. 7,814 people were hospitalized because of the virus, as of Monday. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
One might think that 154 years after Darwin’s book about it, natural selection would be empirically obvious. The journal Nature went on a search for it in DNA.Nature‘s piece, “Evolutionary Genomics: Detecting Selection” begins with hopes and worries:Advances in population genetics and genome sequencing have made it possible to identify anonymous fragments of DNA that have undergone selection. This yields some evolutionary answers, and a panoply of puzzles.Two things must be clarified before detecting natural selection. One is that artificial selection has nothing to do with it. Artificial selection is intelligently designed for a purpose; natural selection, by contrast, is unguided and purposeless. Even survival fails as a purpose; it’s only a consequence of selection, not a goal of selection. The other is that natural selection is more than variation. To differentiate itself from creationism, natural selection has to overcome small changes within a population that creationists willingly acknowledge help an organism adapt. Evolutionists need to demonstrate innovation, an undirected change providing new functional information. A mutation that produces “more of the same” effects, like a change in enzyme production, does not qualify.With that in mind, what did the Nature article find in its selection hunt? The authors acknowledged the “awesome power of artificial selection” directed by the mind of man, such as in dog breeding, but claimed that dogs and humans have been partners in natural selection for 10,000 years in a case of “parallel evolution.” They praised a recent paper in population genetics that “promises to revolutionize evolutionary biology, by challenging us to detect traits affected by evolution on the basis of genotype rather than an organism’s characteristics, or phenotype.” Then they praised two other papers that “rise to this challenge and show how hypotheses about an adaptive human genotype can be tested in controlled experiments.” Sounds impressive. But is this something new? What’s gone on in the past 154 years of research on natural selection? It must not have been very revolutionary.Together, the three papers are a wonderful intersection between genomics, population science and experimental genetics — a synergy that has tremendous potential for teaching us more about how and why organisms evolve.Unfortunately, the evidence cited in the first paper concerns genetic changes found between wolves and domestic dogs. Even the staunchest creationists put those two animals within the same created kind. The genetic changes, moreover, were in the “more of the same” category – enhanced ability to digest starch, presumably from crumbs dropped from the dog owners’ tables. Nevertheless, the authors were ecstatic that dogs and humans both produce more starch-digesting enzymes: “the same molecular mechanism has acted on similar genes in different species exposed to the same dietary pressure — a striking example of parallel evolution.”The other two papers merely found evidence of “selective sweeps” without tying the changes to phenotypic change. “Even when causal relationships seem obvious, caution is warranted,” the authors warned, noting a case with ambiguous results. Is detection of natural selection in human populations even possible? “Classical genetic studies are the optimal way to establish causal relationships, but in many cases these are impossible because the appropriate populations do not exist.” The third paper invented a “model organism” to tease out evidence of natural selection. Its researchers concluded that a mutation in East Asians produces thicker hair and more sweat glands; they verified that effect in mice (see 2/19/13, last section). But that’s another example of “more of the same” variation; people already had sweat glands and hair, and so did mice.Remarkably, this article, poised to showcase the power of natural selection, ended with ignorance:Kamberov and colleagues’ study is an exceptional example of experimental genetics, but does it provide, as the authors suggest, a general framework for assessing candidate adaptive mutations? Genetically altered mice are a powerful experimental tool, but the extent to which recent positive selection in humans acts on pathways and amino-acid residues that have been conserved across mammalian evolution is uncertain. More importantly, it is often not clear how to investigate positively selected genomic regions for which the target gene, let alone its action, is unknown. And so a major challenge for population genomics remains the construction of meaningful null hypotheses. As Charles Darwin, the best known evolutionary biologist, once said, “It is always advisable to perceive clearly our ignorance”.So even though the paper they praised was “an exceptional example” of looking for natural selection, the authors of this article worried its conclusions are uncertain. Worse, (“more importantly”), it’s not even clear how to look for selection in genomic regions where the action is unknown. How does a researcher compare the findings with a null hypothesis—a baseline hypothesis that posits no effect from the cause-when “meaningful null hypotheses” are lacking?That’s why the summary of this triumphantly-titled article spoke of “some evolutionary answers, and a panoply of puzzles.” Even the answers, though, wouldn’t impress a creationist: no clear evidence of positive selection toward new functional information was presented. One can only hope the authors of all these papers are following Darwin’s advice to perceive clearly their ignorance.And they call creationists ignoramuses. OK, show us, Darwinites. Darwin believed people have bacteria ancestors. All the advances beyond bacteria for every species on earth—be they wings, eyes, or brains—are supposed to be the result of natural selection. Yet here it is, 154 years after the Origin, and evolutionists still cannot show any example in the genes bigger than starch digestion in dogs, or thicker hair and more sweat glands in certain humans (all interfertile members of the same species, Homo sapiens). The authors admit the studies are unclear. It’s appalling that the sole theory allowed to be presented in public school science classes is ignorant, not only of examples, but of ways to test them. What hath evolutionary theory wrought? A panoply of puzzles! Schools are teaching ignorance!If evolutionists do not perceive clearly their ignorance, those of us who do perceive it need to hold it up to their faces. We can quote Darwin for support: “It is always advisable to perceive clearly [y]our ignorance.”(Visited 17 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
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As we noted recently, September is going to be a big month for the Syracuse Center of Excellence, the federation of firms and institutions that develops technologies and strategies to improve health, productivity, security, and sustainability in built and urban environments.For starters, September is the month Syracuse CoE, in Syracuse, New York, will open its new headquarters, a LEED Platinum office and research building designed for use by businesses and other organizations specializing in environmental and energy technologies, and building innovation. The five-story facility includes more than 12,600 sq. ft. of laboratory space for biofuels testing on its first floor, and various combinations lab and office space on the four floors above.Not surprisingly, the building also puts into practice features at the heart and forefront of green commercial and residential construction, including a ground-source heat pump, advanced heat recovery and reuse systems, natural ventilation, a system for monitoring outside air and controls for improving indoor air, rain water capture and reuse, and a green roof.The big welcomeThe true inauguration of the building, though, will be when it receives visitors from the 2009 Healthy Buildings International Conference & Exhibition, scheduled for September 13 through 17 at Syracuse’s Convention Center at Oncenter.Healthy Buildings’ organizers say the conference is expected to attract thousands of researchers and other specialists in indoor air quality, built environments, HVAC, health sciences, public health policy, urban planning, mechanical engineering, architecture, and building design and management.A signature event of the International Society of Indoor Air Quality & Climate, the conference will feature as its plenary speaker Eduardo de Oliveira Fernandes, an engineering professor at the University of Porto, Portugal, who specializes in building thermal physics and passive solar technologies, and serves on the European Commission’s working group on indoor air quality.Naturally, conference attendees are going to want to see how Syracuse CoE’s new headquarters – which has space for rent – performs and looks. And it is hard to imagine a crowd whose interests are more in line with those off Syracuse CoE, where the three areas of focus are clean and renewable energy, water resources, and indoor environmental quality.Click here for conference registration details.
France ‘Pogba cannot do everything on his own’ – France boss Deschamps curbs expectations Josh Challies 15:21 6/9/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) France Paul Pogba France v United States United States Manchester United Friendlies World Cup Les Bleus are expecting a lot from the Manchester United midfielder at the 2018 World Cup, but his manager has acknowledged that he needs support Didier Deschamps has warned his France squad that they cannot rely on the talents of Paul Pogba if they are to go far at the World Cup.The Manchester United midfielder had a difficult second season in the Premier League, reportedly seeing his relationship with Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho strained, and was booed by French supporters on international duty recently.Pogba was the starring name for Les Bleus during the European Championships in 2016, where France were defeated by Portugal in the final, but has struggled to maintain those level since leaving Juventus. Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move With France targeting World Cup glory 20 years after another midfield star Zinedine Zidane led the nation to success, Pogba is expected to shine at this summer’s tournament but Deschamps says he has his limits.”Paul Pogba can do everything but he cannot do everything all alone,” the France boss told a news conference on Friday.”It [his performance against Italy] was not the best, that’s for sure, but I have talked to him about it.”There’s no problem.”France play their final warm-up match against the United States on Saturday, and Deschamps hinted the starting XI in Lyon will be similar to the one he selects for their World Cup opener with Australia.”The composition [of the team] against the United States will be close to the one that starts the World Cup but not necessarily the same,” Deschamps said.”Competition is for everyone. The choices were difficult for the squad, it’s the same for the [starting] 11. It’s high competition, players are used to it. The competition concerns the whole group.”Everything is going well. A significant workload was carried out this week with double sessions. “We can always do better but we must above all keep hindering the opponent. We need to progress in efficiency and in the offensive to defensive transition. Regarding the transition from defence to attack, we are good.”Deschamps also gave an update on the fitness of Manchester City full-back Benjamin Mendy, who has not completed a full match since a 6-0 victory against Watford in September.He added: “In the athletic field, Benjamin Mendy has no problem. He is always in front. He has not played 90 minutes yet, we’ll see if he can do it soon.”
TagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say Uefa and Premier League liaise over Man City sponsorship dealsby Ian Ferris10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveUefa and the Premier League have agreed to share information from separate investigations into allegations surrounding the sponsorship deal Manchester City struck with the Etihad airline in 2015, reports SportBusiness.Football’s European governing body and the Premier League have been carrying out their own inquiries after allegations surrounding the agreement were published by German magazine Der Spiegel.It was claimed in the magazine that, according to leaked emails from executives involved in the deal, £59.5m (€66m/$76m) that was supposed to have been transferred to the club from the airline was in fact paid directly by City’s owners, Abu Dhabi United Group.The league and Uefa have now agreed to share their information and have also reached an arrangement to share any further information in the future.Uefa has been probing whether such actions may have breached Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules. Just days ago, AC Milan was sanctioned after falling foul of FFP regulations, with the Italian Serie A club told that it faces being banned from European competition for one season if it does not break even by June 2021.According to The Times, Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin expects the outcome of the case to be known “very soon”.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Everton boss Silva admits he wants January centre-back signingby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton boss Marco Silva is seeking a centre-back signing in January.The Liverpool Echo says the Blues have started the season with only three senior defenders in that position after the failure to land a replacement for Phil Jagielka.Jagielka was released at the end of his contract in the summer and went onto to rejoin old club Sheffield United.When asked if he has held conversations with director of football Marcel Brands about signing a centre-back in January, Silva said: “Even if you don’t speak about that every week, it is normal we have chats about it and, of course, you are always looking. “It is my job and the job of Marcel also and now he is doing his job, analysing everything.”We will see, and what we can do to strengthen our squad will do in January, if you can, or next season again.”
TORONTO – A Canadian who survived the Second World War nuclear bomb attack on Hiroshima will accept the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons.Setsuko Thurlow, 85, was 13-years-old and living in Hiroshima when the U.S. dropped the first of two nuclear weapons on Japan.Thurlow, who married a Canadian and moved to Toronto in the 1950s, will accept the awards with the executive director of ICAN, Beatrice Fihn, in Oslo, Norway in December.ICAN says Thurlow has been a leading figure in its movement since its launch in 2007.ICAN says she played a key role in efforts at the United Nations to adapt a landmark treaty outlawing nuclear weapons.Thurlow has campaigned against nuclear weapons for her entire life and said in a release on Thursday that she is “deeply humbled” to be asked to be invited to the Nobel Prize ceremony.“It has been such a privilege to work with so many passionate and inspirational ICAN campaigners around the world over the past decade. The Nobel Peace Prize is a powerful tool that we can now use to advance our cause,” she said.Nobel said earlier this year that it was recognizing ICAN for its work in drawing attention to the “catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its groundbreaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons.”
TORONTO – No winning ticket was sold for the $7 million jackpot in Saturday night’s Lotto 649 draw.However, the guaranteed $1 million prize was claimed by a ticket holder in Quebec.The jackpot for the next Lotto 649 draw on July 11 will be approximately $9 million.
WOODS CROSS, Utah – Stars of the Discovery Channel show “Diesel Brothers” have been ordered not to modify vehicles in ways that could lead to greater pollution.Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment attorney Reed Zars told the Standard-Examiner he was glad a judge intervened with the June 8 order. The order also bars the men from reselling any vehicles with modifications that could violate the Clean Air Act.Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment sued four men on the show last January claiming they made modifications that exceeded pollution limits.On their show, the men buy diesel trucks, modify them at their shop and resell them online.The environmentalist group claims the crew has modified emissions controls on 17 vehicles.The auto shop and TV show did not respond to requests for comment.___Information from: Standard-Examiner, http://www.standard.net