Beijing Debate: Hejnová repeats, injuries hamper Spencer

first_imgKC Graham: Are we going to see a repeat in the women’s 400-metre hurdles like we had in the men’s event where the howling favourite failed to advance from the preliminary round? Andre Lowe: Bershawn Jackson’s disaster is the first big shocker of the championships but some US officials said he wasn’t healthy so who knows? Unlikely that we will see a repeat among the women though. KC: By the way, who do you think is the favourite here as any of the big three, in Zuzana Hejnová, Kaliese Spencer and Shamier Little look like a possible winner here. Andre: That’s a tough question. Eight weeks ago I would have said Spencer without doubt but several things have happened since then. Hejnová is again looking like the champion she is, Little has shown she can run against the big girls and run fast and Spencer has had a few injury setbacks and that is key for me. I’d say that Hejnová is now the favourite because she looks fit and has the experience. KC: I have a very sneaky feeling that Sara Slott Petersen from Denmark could be a big spoiler here as she looked extremely good in Paris when finishing second behind Hejnová. Andre: It’s the World Champs, there is almost always a spoiler and she looks like as good a bet as any to mess up the party for the favourites. I certainly think Spencer breaks her duck and wins her first ever medal at the World Championships here. KC: Despite being unbeaten so far and being the world leader with 53.74 seconds I do not see Little winning here. I know she wouldn’t mind taking the Oregon track with her around the world as she has been unbeaten there for the past two seasons, including her World Junior win last year. I definitely think this occasion though will be too big for her but she has youth in her favour and she looks a future World and Olympic champion. Andre: Hejnová for the win. This Beijing track is bouncing, look for a fast time here, 53.1 or high 52 seconds with Spencer taking the silver and her first individual medal at a major global outdoor championships with a time of 53.5. She would have won here had she not suffered those two setbacks over the past month and a half. Third to Little but she’ll be back for more in the years to come. KC: The hurdles are about rhythm so the more you compete in this event it helps you and I am a bit concerned that Spencer has not competed in a while and she has a few flaws in the latter part of the race. Hejnová is the only sub-53 seconds athlete among the top athletes here and with her great finish she will win in around 52.96. It is going to be a bang up finish for the silver and bronze among Spencer, Little and Petersen.last_img read more

St. Martin’s celebrates its 80th anniversary

first_imgAs the church began to deteriorate, it was moved to the old Fort to be part of a park. Unfortunately, it was destroyed by fire by vandals in 1970 before it could be repaired. An open house will be held on North Peace Museum grounds on Saturday, September 17th from 1-4 p.m. Refreshments will be served and local artists will perform. Attendees can also check out old photos of the museum. The event is intended to be a celebration of the community that sprung up around the church. It became a community center, where meetings. potluck suppers, and bazaars were held.- Advertisement –last_img

Wall Street remains a very rocky road

first_imgThe dollar was higher against other major currencies except for the yen. Gold, though traditionally a safe-haven investment, continued its slide. Oil prices dropped sharply on the possibility that stocks’ decline could dampen demand, but they lifted from earlier lows below $60 a barrel to finish down $1.57 at $60.07 on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The market saw the bulk of its drop right before the close, in a similar pattern to Friday, when the Dow flirted with gains only to drop 120 points late in the day. Going forward, market participants won’t be ruling out the possibility of a large, late-day swing. “Probably it’s better to save any judgment on this market today until the last half hour,” said Philip S. Dow, managing director of equity strategy at RBC Dain Rauscher in Minneapolis, before the markets closed Monday. He noted that little has changed in terms of economic fundamentals, but that the market is very volatile. Stock investors appeared to have been somewhat consoled by comments attributed to U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson by Japan’s finance minister, Koji Omi. Neither Omi nor Paulson, who began a three-nation Asian tour in Tokyo on Monday, were concerned by the swings in regional stock markets, Omi told reporters in Tokyo. Both men contend the market mechanism was functioning well, Omi said. Still, Asian and European stocks closed lower, keeping U.S. investors on edge. The Nikkei fell for the fifth straight session to close down 3.3 percent, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index fell 4 percent and the Shanghai Composite Index, which has been volatile in recent weeks, fell 1.6 percent. In Europe, Britain’s FTSE 100 dropped 0.94 percent, Germany’s DAX index fell 1.04 percent, and France’s CAC-40 declined 0.73 percent. The Institute for Supply Management’s report on the services sector failed to inject much confidence in the market. The index registered at 54.3 for February, lower than analysts’ forecast of 57.5 and January’s reading of 59.0. Still, the reading above 50 indicates that U.S. service industries continue to grow, albeit at a modest pace. Market participants are bracing for a rocky week, especially as investors await the Labor Department’s jobs report Friday. So far, economic data have been coming in mixed, suggesting a moderating growth but not recession.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEW YORK – Wall Street seesawed through an erratic session Monday, trying to stabilize but ultimately finishing near its lows of the day amid worries about mortgage defaults, a strengthening yen and tumbling stock markets abroad. The major indexes fluctuated throughout the session, with the Dow Jones industrials bobbing between positive and negative territory as investors tried to size up where the market was headed after last week’s big decline. The Dow finished 63 points lower, having fallen in eight of the past nine sessions. The market remained jittery about losses over soured subprime loans, or loans to customers with poor credit ratings. HSBC Holdings PLC, Europe’s largest bank, said its 2006 earnings rose 5 percent but that it suffered $10.6 billion in losses on bad loans from its U.S. subprime mortgage operations. Also pushing stocks down, a rising yen added to concerns about an erosion of the yen carry trade, which is the process of borrowing the low-yielding yen to acquire assets in other currencies with greater yields. A slowdown could hurt liquidity worldwide. By late in the day, the U.S. dollar was at 116 yen, trading near three-month lows after falling from above 120 yen less than a week ago. Though the markets were uneasy Monday, they were hardly out of control as the Dow traded within a 150-point range and stayed above the 12,000 mark, which it had surpassed for the first time in October last year. “Stability is a good sign,” said Todd Salamone, senior vice president of research at Schaeffer’s Investment Research in Cincinnati. He noted that stocks could see volatility for months, but that over the long term, the market looks poised to climb. “Expectations for economic data, earnings data – both have been ratcheted lower. Markets tend to do better when expectations are low, because they have better odds for positive surprises.” The Dow fell 63.69, or 0.53 percent, to 12,050.41, having swung 75 points lower and 75 higher than Friday’s close in earlier trading. The blue chips have now fallen 581 points, or 4.6 percent, from their closing price last Monday, the day before the market’s plunge. Broader stock indicators also fell. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index slipped 13.05, or 0.94 percent, at 1,374.12, and the Nasdaq composite index – which is dominated by riskier technology and small-cap stocks – dropped 27.32, or 1.15 percent, to 2,340.68. Bond prices fell, nudging the yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note to 4.51 percent from 4.50 percent late Friday, as the stock market’s tolerable performance earlier in the day kept investors from rushing to Treasurys. last_img read more

Juan Mata admits Man United players reeling from Champions League failure

first_img1 Juan Mata admits Manchester United go into their rearranged final Premier League game with a bad taste in their mouths after missing out on a top four spot.United needed neighbours City to lose their last game at Swansea on Sunday to have any hope of claiming a spot in the Champions League.But City drew 1-1 at the Liberty Stadium meaning that, barring a improbable 19-0 win over Bournemouth at Old Trafford on Tuesday, United will have to make do with a place in the Europa LeagueConsequently the Bournemouth clash, which was called off on Sunday because of a bomb scare, now has little riding on it for United.They could still climb above Southampton from sixth to fifth but the players’ attention may already been turning to Saturday’s FA Cup final against Crystal Palace.Midfielder Mata wrote in his blog for manutd.com: “We will have to close the Premier League season on Tuesday. It’s going to be a bittersweet farewell to Old Trafford, now that we know we won’t be playing the Champions League next season.“It leaves us with a bad taste because, even if we enjoyed good moments together throughout the season, we weren’t consistent enough to qualify for the top European competition.“It’s true that we found many difficulties along the way, especially if we talk about injuries (up to 15 players in several weeks, as far as I remember), but Manchester United must be ambitious and always fight for everything.”Events at Old Trafford on Sunday, which saw the stadium evacuated in a full-scale security alert, took attention away from speculation over United manager Louis van Gaal’s future.Van Gaal has been under heavy scrutiny for most of the season and there have been reports his position was dependent on whether United reached the top four or not. It remains to be seen whether Tuesday now proves to be his final game at Old Trafford or whether he continues, or if the FA Cup final may yet have a bearing.Victory for Bournemouth, whose first season in the top flight has been a success, would lift them two places to 14th.Van Gaal may now field a different side from that intended as he prepares for Wembley, but midfielder Marouane Fellaini is suspended.Fans who were at OId Trafford for the original game on Sunday have been offered a refund and free entry to the rescheduled fixture, a gesture that it is estimated will cost the club £3million. Juan Mata in action for Manchester United last_img read more

GAA NEWS – BUNCRANA TO HOLD ITS ANNUAL DINNER DANCE THIS WEEKEND

first_imgBuncrana GAA Notes for Week Ending Sunday 16th February 2014Donegal Ladies Football Congratulations to Club players Doreen McGee who started for the County against Tyrone today and Claire Doherty who was on the bench. Doreen is the first player from our club to play for the County so well done!Scor na nOg Only a couple of weeks to go! It will soon be the big day for our talented team from the the club! Anyone who would like to order tickets for the Scor na nOg National Final in Castlebar on March 1st should contact Grainne the Club Secretary at secretary.buncrana.donegal@gaa.ie or 0864650200. Tickets cost €20 each. A bus will be travelling on Saturday 1st March and some places are available but you should book ASAP otherwise they will be gone. Good luck to the kids and their director Patricia Tinney Doherty. Seniors, Minors, Under 21’s and Reserves Hurling & Football training this week, Wednesday 7.30pm and Friday 7.30pm. All players are urged to make every effort to attend.Senior Ladies training every Wednesday at 7.30 in Buncrana Youth Club. New members always welcome. Under Age TrainingU6 Football 6.30-7.30pm Friday Crana CollegeU8 Football 4-5pm Saturday Buncrana Youth ClubU8 Hurling 5-6pm Saturday Buncrana Youth ClubU10 Football 6-7pm Friday Buncrana Youth ClubU10/U12 Hurling 7-8pm Wednesday Crana CollegeU12 Football 7-8pm Monday & Friday Scarvey U14 Football 7-8.30pm Tuesday & Friday ScarveyU14 Hurling 7-8.30pm Tuesday & Thursday ScarveyU12/U14/U16 Girls Football 7-8pm Mondays ScarveyMembership registration Important information for parents and children intending to play for the Club. If you or your child is a player/coach it is of upmost importance that you are registered for insurance purposes. If you are not a playing member but wish to be considered for Donegal tickets throughout the season you must be registered by March.NB:- Membership does not guarantee match tickets and only adult members can be considered for ticket allocation. Please see our Facebook page, Website and notices in The Clubhouse for membership fees, or contact secretary.buncrana.donegal@gaa.ie if you have any further queries or contact Claire (0863340965) or Grainne (0864650200).A hurling foundation course will take place on Friday, 21st and Saturday, 22nd February in McCumhaill Park. If you are over 18 and interested in taking part in this Course, please email Club Secretary on secretary.buncrana.donegal@gaa.ieGAA Dinner Dance Takes place on Saturday night. Don’t mind the New Year diets and resolutions, get out and enjoy yourselves! Remember, the real training and games will be starting soon so enjoy yourselves while you can! Time to start saving for one last big night out before Lent…it’s the Club Annual Dinner Dance. Tickets on sale now, contact any committee member. Dancing to Off the Rails, eating to you’re fit to bust and drinking in moderation, if at all! Set the date in your diary, Saturday 22nd February in the Inishowen Gateway.Eamon McMenamin Fundraisers The Club is hosting a Coffee Morning in memory of Eamon McMenamin on Friday 28th February from 10am-2pm in O’Flahertys bar. All money raised will go towards the Oncology Unit in Letterkenny General Hospital. Please note that the Coffee Morning is on the same day as the quiz organised by the McLaughlin family in the Malin Hotel later that night, 9pm startt. It would be a nice way to mark Eamon’s passing if you could call into O’Flaherty’s that morning and have a wee coffee in his memory.Buncrana GAA Lotto Members of the club would like to thank Angela and Brendan Ryan for collecting the lotto last Saturday night. All patrons are asked to support the Lotto next Saturday night. We will ensure to have a full report on the Lotto from next week onwards.Club Notes: Anyone who would like to receive a copy of the weekly club notes should email Jim at buncrana.pro@gmail.com to be included on the mailing list. If you have any items which you think should be included in the club’s weekly notes, please email Jim at buncrana.pro@gmail.com by 6pm on each Sunday for consideration. To keep up to date with all the latest goings-on, please join us on www.facebook.com/buncranagaa or www.twitter.com/buncranagaa @buncranagaa, or visit our website www.buncranagaa.com.GAA NEWS – BUNCRANA TO HOLD ITS ANNUAL DINNER DANCE THIS WEEKEND was last modified: February 16th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Buncrana GAA noteslast_img read more

Wayne Rooney gives surprise response when asked to settle Messi vs Ronaldo debate

first_img 2 targets Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January 2 FAREWELL Wayne Rooney believes Lionel Messi is the best footballer of all time, not Cristiano Ronaldo.The 32-year-old played alongside CR7 for five years at Manchester United, but stated that he was simply not quite as good as the man they both faced in the 2009 Champions League final. silverware deals RANKED Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade IN DEMAND boost Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland REVEALED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won “Messi a bit of everything – you see him scoring goals from playing probably a deep midfield role at times, and where I’m probably still walking on the pitch he’s scoring.“So he is probably the best,” Rooney concluded. The English veteran, now playing in MLS with DC United, stood firm by his decision when comparing the Argentinian and Portuguese superstars.“Ronaldo has gone from a winger to a striker and a goalscorer,” he continued.“Rather than taking players on all the time, he has gone more one or two touch, getting in the box and scoring goals. Latest Manchester United News Solskjaer gives Pogba fitness update and calls him world’s best all-round midfielder Matic one of two players for sale with ‘two Premier League clubs’ interested gameday cracker REVEALED Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Rooney also suffered a second defeat to Messi’s Barcelona in the 2011 final, explaining: “In both games [finals], if we had been against any other team but Barcelona you would have fancied us to win.“In my eyes they are the best team ever and Messi is the best player ever.“What he gets to do is incredible. Messi has just got a bit of everything.”last_img read more

BOXING: BRAVE McLAUGHLIN FALLS JUST SHORT IN ELITE FINAL CLASH WITH NOLAN

first_imgILLIES Golden Gloves boxer Willie McLaughlin just fell short of an elite Irish title at the National Stadium in Dublin tonight.Champion Adam Nolan retained his title in the 69kg category.Nolan was ahead 7-3 after the first round, to boos from the Donegal contingent in the crowd who believed McLaughlin had pointed better. The Inishowen man was under the cosh in the second round and was behind 16-5 at the second round, again the crowd wasn’t happy with that either.McLaughlin came out fighting in the third round knowing he needed a knock-out to win the title and he put in a storming performance.He landed some cracking shots on Nolan in a superb round and with 40 seconds to go McLaughlin had Nolan bouncing off the ropes.The Leinster man clinged on to win but the 23-12 scoreline seemed much wider than most fans thought. There were boos from the Donegal crowd – there was a feeling that there was no way the Olympian Nolan had won by that margin.Nolan paid tribute to McLaughlin afterwards describing him as a great champion. BOXING: BRAVE McLAUGHLIN FALLS JUST SHORT IN ELITE FINAL CLASH WITH NOLAN was last modified: February 22nd, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:boxingBOXING: McLAUGHLIN FALLS JUST SHORT IN ELITE FINAL CLASH WITH NOLANbuncranadonegal daily sportlast_img read more

Heath center helps out kids

first_imgNEWHALL – Children in need of physicals, immunizations and preventive care can get treatment at a new health center inside Newhall Elementary School. The Samuel Dixon Family Health Center, a nonprofit organization that focuses on health care services for those with little or no insurance, opened for business at the school Thursday. This is the third clinic for the nonprofit that began serving the Santa Clarita area 20 years ago. The center brings health care services to the heart of an area where many live without medical insurance, said Cheryl Laymon, executive director of the center. Laymon said that in addition to low income, location plays a significant role with access to health care. Many without transportation avoid visits to the doctor simply because they can’t get there. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals “If it’s hard to do and if there’s limited income, people will put their health care last,” she said. The facility was able to open through a grant and for now only includes services for children under 18. Laymon said they hope to serve adults in the future. The center now sits inside two rooms in the elementary school that were once used as a Healthy Start clinic. The federally funded program offered physicals and health screenings to children and is more common in low socioeconomic neighborhoods. But when funding ran out, the clinic closed, said Newhall Superintendent Marc Winger. The new clinic now resides at the school rent-free. The entrance is not inside the school where students are, but instead in a room that faces Ninth Street. “What we’re doing is bringing it into the neighborhood for people,” Winger said. “That’s what it’s all about.” The clinic is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday and Thursday. Hours are expected to expand in the future to Saturdays and evenings. Some services at the facility are free based on income and family situation. However, it’s not a free clinic and patients pay what they can afford. Sue Doyle,(661) 257-5254sue.doyle@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Bulls present trophy to sponsors

first_imgRed Bluff >> The Red Bluff Bulls baseball team paid tribute to its sponsoring organization, American Legion Post 167, prior to Friday evening’s match up against the Chico Suns Red team.The 16U team won the All World Father’s Day Classic in Elk Grove over the weekend and Friday Nolan Stacy presented the trophy from the tournament to Legionnaire Joe Gomez.Gomez was joined by Legionnaires Doug England and Bill Peterson and the trio presented the colors prior to the national anthem being played.E …last_img

Origin of Life: From Soup to Nuts

first_imgEvolutionists have been stewing over primordial soup for over a century, but origin-of-life research is still in the kitchen with empty kettles.  Some new recipes are downright nutty.Origin of life theories span the spectrum from genetics-first to metabolism-first, from dry land to deep sea vents, and homegrown to seeded from outer space.  After a century since Oparin, and half a century since Miller, no theory has gained traction.  Even the popular “RNA World” scenario has recently come under fire as vanishingly improbable (Evolution News & Views).  With no clear path for research, some researchers are sending weird flags up the pole to see if anyone salutes.Living pinwheels:  An example of the desperation can be seen at Astrobiology Magazine, a NASA website devoted to the community of experts trying to explain the origin of life on Earth and other planets.   Titled “Pinwheel ‘living’ crystals and the origin of life,” the article presents experiments at University of Michigan that found nanoparticles can self-organize into rotating crystals “that could serve as a nanopump,” they believe.  If any idea were less nutty, they surely would have used it instead:….researchers like [Sharon] Glotzer are exploring ways to make order develop naturally from disorder, much like what may have occurred at the very beginnings of life.“If we can understand that, not only can we begin to imagine new ways to make materials and devices, but also we may begin to understand how the first living structures emerged from a soup of chemicals,” said Glotzer, who is also a professor of materials science and engineering, macromolecular science and engineering, physics, and applied physics.“Begin to imagine” is the operative phrase, because there are numerous problems with the idea.  The nanoscopic particles they experimented on are liquid crystals that have nothing to do with the biochemistry used by living cells.  Further, the team supplied them with constant energy; this is known as investigator interference (i.e., cheating).  There is no genetic code; there is no metabolism; there is no membrane.  While it may display pretty moving patterns, they are analogous to soap bubbles arranging themselves when air is blown on them.  As such, they are irrelevant to the origin of life, and fail to “shed light” as promised.Soup to nuts:  In another Astrobiology Magazine post, “From Soup to Cells: Measuring the Emergence of Life,” astrobiologist Sarah Walker from the University of Arizona is up to her eyeballs in questions.  The opening disclaimer shows that no progress has been made since Alexander Oparin first speculated with coacervates (essentially fat bubbles surrounding nonliving organic molecules):The story of life’s origin is one of the great unsolved mysteries of science. The puzzle boils down to bridging the gap between two worlds–chemistry and biology. We know how molecules behave, and we know how cells work. But we still don’t know how a soup of lifeless molecules could have given rise to the first living cells.Here, the operative word is “story,” because no theory or even hypothesis is even capable of showing progress.  All Walker had to share with her colleagues at a recent conference is a “conceptual framework” for approaching the problem.  How can she “jumpstart chemical evolution“?  Nobody knows.  How can she ” get a pool of lifeless molecules to form a basic chemical network”?  Nobody knows.  She’s toying with the idea that day-night cycles have “driven the process.”  Well, they drive the tides and the winds, but genetic codes and networks do not normally “jumpstart” that way.  Her scenario is little more than a sequence of begged questions:The model starts out with monomers–or loose building blocks–and turns them into polymers. Bonds form during the day (during the dry phase) and break at night (during the wet phase). So the system goes over a constant process of building and destroying new chains of molecules.Over time, some of the chains may have a useful function. And because they benefit the system, they stay and are replicated by that cycling, serving as template for the formation of other polymers. Eventually, clusters of polymers begin to grow and interact with each other, until they give rise to a very basic chemical network. Eventually, that network evolves to a state Walker calls “almost life.”Like Glotzer, Walker is filling in huge gaps with leaps of imagination.  There is no such thing as “almost life,” because without the kind of accurate replication of functional genetic information and metabolism that living cells provide, any “system” would collapse in an “error catastrophe.”  The almost-thingee would fall apart with the next tide.  (Note: living cells proofread their text by machine.)Interestingly, Walker recognizes the need for “information transfer” in the definition of life.  She knows that in living cells, information flows both ways, top down as well as bottom up.  But she fails to define information, fails to store it, and fails to preserve it.  She speaks of blueprints, but has no draftsman.  She speaks of function, but has only blind molecules that couldn’t care less what happens.  Perhaps the most telling part of the article is this quote during her presentation:She began her talk with a quote from the Harvard chemist George Whitesides, which captured nicely the gap she is trying to bridge: “How remarkable is life?” he asked. “The answer is: very. Those of us who deal in networks of chemical reactions know nothing like it.”The geological bridge:  “What we are trying to do is to bridge the gap between the geological processes of the early Earth and the emergence of biological life on this planet,” says chemist Terry Kee from the University of Leeds in an article on Science Daily.  His preferred place to look for leads is hydrothermal vents.  To make the gap appear tractable, he merely redefines life to include geology:“Before biological life, one could say the early Earth had ‘geological life’. It may seem unusual to consider geology, involving inanimate rocks and minerals, as being alive. But what is life?” said Dr Kee.“Many people have failed to come up with a satisfactory answer to this question. So what we have done instead is to look at what life does, and all life forms use the same chemical processes that occur in a fuel cell to generate their energy.”But are mere cycles of oxidation-reduction (redox) reactions anything like the dynamic, regulated choreography in a living cell?  One might as well consider the tides as alive, or the winds.  Talking about photosynthesis or man-made fuel cells (as the article does) cannot support a nutty idea, because the origin of plants is the question to be explained, not the explanation, and fuel cells had their “emergence” in intelligent design by human minds. PhysOrg reported that NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is lending their experimental support to the Kee concept of how geology “kickstarted life.”  But wouldn’t geology be more likely to kick it down to a dead stop?“In the new study, the researchers have demonstrated a proof of concept for their fuel cell model of the emergence of cell metabolism on Earth,” the article says, but this is nothing new.  The metabolism-first hypothesis has been kicked around for a decade or more now (see Russell, 2008, 2004); it was roundly criticized, if not falsified, by the late Leslie Orgel (1/26/08, “Pigs Don’t Fly, and Life Doesn’t Just Happen”).  Orgel was a close co-worker with Stanley Miller of spark-discharge fame (5/02/03).  Unfortunately for him, his genetics-first model had already been falsified the year before by metabolism-first proponent Robert Shapiro  (2/15/07).  Readers can judge for themselves the chutzpah of Science Daily‘s endorsement of Kee’s “geological life” concept:For now, the chemistry of how geological reactions driven by inanimate rocks and minerals evolved into biological metabolisms is still a black box. But with a laboratory-based model for simulating these processes, scientists have taken an important step forward to understanding the origin of life on this planet and whether a similar process could occur on other worlds.In other words, Kee has a bridge to sell you.  For the top news by the leading lights of origin-of-life research, browse CEH’s origin of life category.Have you ever encountered any subject as silly as naturalistic origin of life that gets so much respect in the media?  Besides socialism, that is.  These articles are not by quacks in far left field; they come out of leading universities, and are supported with NASA funding, some of them.  With primordial soup this nutty, the intelligent design community can relax.  All they have to do is laugh.  Given this backdrop of insanity from the institutions of human intellect, the case for creation is stronger than it has ever been.  Biblical creationists have all the reason in the world to preach the Truth of their foundation for all truth, “In the beginning, God created.”(Visited 98 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more