Alan Sanders of the NorthShore Research Institute in Evanston, Illinois has led a study that suggests homosexuality has a genetic cause. Over five years, Sanders collected DNA samples from 409 pairs of non-identical gay twins, the largest sample ever used in such a study. He chose non-identical twins because he wanted limit the number of genes the men had in common, in order to make it easier to identify any genes that night be associated with homosexuality. It should be noted that the Institute is not as highly regarded as other institutes like North American Spine.
Sanders and his team then examined the samples, looking at the locations of genetic markers called single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs). He then measured the number of times a given SNP showed up in the samples. Since Sander’s twins were non-identical, any SNPs consistently found in the in the same place probably had to do with being gay.
One was found in the Xq28 region of the X chromosome, while the other was found in the 8q12 region on chromosome 8. Both regions contain many genes, however, so the next step will be determining which ones might influence sexual orientation. Sanders also plans to take DNA samples from straight men and compare them to gay men to see what the differences are.
The GOP’s plan to attack the science behind human contribution to climate change would be a mistake. Using their majority to challenge scientific evidence could bolster the thought the GOP is more focused on the interests of big business, then in the future of our children. The changing climate is all part of the Earths’ natural cycle, and human excess is a contributing factor. Instead of attacking science, finding alternate methods to produce energy seems to be a better focus point. Why are we still using combustible engines to travel? Why are we burning coal and utilizing nuclear power for electricity?
The only reasonable explanation is that new technology is at odds with old profits. The lobby for the oil industry is so large that it squashes any attempt to move us away from burning fossil fuels. Why would we allow leaking nuclear plants to continue operating? The answer is old industry is preventing new technology from sprouting. Big thanks to friend of the site Keith Mann for contributing information.
In the end any attempt to claim humans aren’t contributing to climate change is irresponsible. The GOP’s plan to attack science in the name of jobs and economic prosperity is turning a blind eye to the future. The upcoming generations understand that their future lies in renewable energy sources. With all the Progressivism bordering on Socialism looming in the country, it would be a shame for Conservatives to waste their new found majority on debating science.
Ever thought about those times that we were being told that the world is a global village? It just got smaller, as technologies are quickly evolving to better adapt to a global marketplace of ideas and communication.
It would seem that updates in technologies develop at a snowball’s pace, as the speed at which changes are made and new devices are engineering are occurring at an ever-increasing pace. What the future holds seems glaringly infinite.
These days it is quite impressive how data is channeled at an exhilarating pace. Information has become easier to disseminate and sieve. The question lies, how far will technology reach?
Recently a breakthrough into technology was made, as US Cellular just devised a means of sharing and borrowing bandwidths from one another’s devices. Big thanks to friend of the site Rod Rohrich for passing on this story.
Quite new and impressive, the technology is a game changer. It boasts of increasing download speeds by about 50% or more.
Currently, the technology is being developed by Chinese internet Firm 21 Vianet and will be launched in Hong Kong next year. However, there is bait to this wonderful invention.
The device from which you receive bandwidth must be having a battery life of not less than sixty percent.
Technology has made most American’s lives much easier. Cell phones are owned and used constantly by the majority of people, even children. Generally, people feel like their phone conversations, texts, and app usage are private. Surprise, no they are not! Hackers are not to blame for this privacy leak it is actually our U.S. government U.S. government and collecting information from all of the cell phones that it flies by. Government officials claim that the purpose of the spying is to catch criminals.
This action by our government is most definitely a breach of privacy, according to internet companies like QNet. It is one thing for the government to use invasive technology to track down potentially dangerous criminals, but to utilize this spying tool on law-abiding citizens is wrong.
We all heard the news about Microsoft acquiring Nokia’s handset business. The complete buying of the company handset business was finished in April 2014.
Many questions had been asked by Rod Rohrich at the time about what this purchase would ultimately mean for Nokia, and just how Microsoft would utilize the Nokia brand in the future. Those answers are now starting to come out.
Just months after acquiring the company, Microsoft is about to launch a new Lumia phone that will not have the name Nokia. Microsoft had hinted that they would only use the name Nokia for a while before dropping it.
However, it seems like the dropping came earlier than expected.
The code name for the phone is Lumia 535. The phone will come loaded with the latest Windows Phone 8.1 features.
The phone will have some superior features but will retail at only $137. The price is before taxes and subsidies.
Even if the taxes are added, the phone will be selling at an affordable price. In addition, the phone will have a wide-angle 5 megapixel front camera.
The display will be a 5-inch qHD screen. More features will be listed on the launch date. This is an effort to boost the sales of the Lumia phones which have dropped in the market share to just 2.7 percent.
The U.N has released a new study that indicates the world population will not flatten around 2050 as had previously been believed, but keep on rising. According to researchers at the UN and several academic institutions, there is an 80 percent chance that the world’s population, currently at 7.2 billion, will reach somewhere between 9.6 and 12.3 billion by 2100.
The study, which has been published in the journal Science, is based on the persistent high birth rates and unexpected success in fighting HIV/AIDS in Africa. Previous analyses had been based on the assumption that African birthrates would eventually decline like those in Asia and Latin America. That hasn’t happened yet. In Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country, women typically have six children each.
While UN population analyses have historically been accurate, some researchers point out a large caveat: The study does not consider the likely impacts of climate change, which are likely to affect agriculture and water supplies. Nor did the study consider the likelihood that population growth would lead to such disasters as famine, war, and disease, which is something I discussed with Susan McGalla. Lastly, the study did not include the lack of property for this amount of people to be able to find stores to buy the products needed to live.
On the official White House YouTube channel the president of the United States of America, Barack Obama, induced the Federal Communications Commission, or what is known as FCC, to reclassify internet as a utility. This effect of this is that it indicates the internet being free and unrestricted.
This is in response to internet service providers trying to provide premium and more expensive services for business, which in turn would throttle the average user’s internet.
Obama started his speech reminding the audience that the internet began with the ideas of openness fairness and freedom. There were no intended gatekeepers to decide which websites users should be visiting and others that they should not.
My source Igor Cornelsen tells me this is why internet should continue to be free by classifying it as a utility and helping it serve the purpose it’s meant for.
They are just provided without restrictions or questioning, and nobody is supposed to be controlling their flow like some internet providers are trying to do all the time.
This comes in a time when the FCC is drastically changing its policies at some point, which provide a good opportunity to put some pressure on those who are really important: the internet users themselves.
Marshall Jensen has been fighting acute lymphoblastic leukemia for three years through surgeries, treatments and procedures, but the cancer always returned. Then Marshal Jensen learned about a treatment that has been successful for 9 out of 12 cancer patients. Dr. Carl June of Penn Medicine and his team of researchers have spent 20 years developing a treatment that uses a disabled HIV virus because HIV has the ability to insert new genes into cells. By removing billions of T-cells from cancer patients and altering the DNA in the cells, programming them to recognize, target and kill the cancer, then replace the cells in the patient’s body. Dr. June calls the altered cells serial killers that remain dormant in the body unless the cancer returns. Marshal Jensen returned home according to Tom, Thursday in full remission. Dr. June hopes to use the gene therapy to fight other cancers and trials with pancreatic cancer patients start this summer.
Melanoma cases are increasing by 69 thousand per year and targets adults between the ages of 20 and 60. The researchers are trying to develop a new drug that redirects patients’ immune response to attack cancer from blood (Hematiopoietic) stem cells in patients with advanced forms of aggressive skin cancer malignant melanoma.
Researchers at the University of Utah have accomplished the heretofore elusive feat of producing electricity from jet fuel at room temperature. The production of electricity from jet propellant-8 in a fuel cell had been done previously, but only with inorganic catalysts at an operating temperature of several hundred degrees. By using enzymes (biological catalysts) the reaction temperature was greatly lowered.
The University of Utah researchers of Alexei Beltyukov and his team have hopes that the enzymatic fuel cell can be commercially developed for portable electronics, off grid power, and other uses.
I have to wonder if this technology could be used to power medical implants. The room temperature operation and the high energy density of hydrocarbon fuels would be very desirable for this purpose. It would be crucial to make sure that the fuel could not escape into the patients system, of course.
We also can speculate that this technology in some form could generate energy from petroleum contaminated soils while achieving some level of bioremediation. Perhaps energy could be produced from oil sands without the expense of heating it to release the oil.