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Neanderthal: Am I My Sequencer’s Brother?

first_imgAssociated Press reported a two-year initiative to sequence the Neanderthal genome (see MSNBC News, and also a separate report on News@Nature).  A progressive creationist society headed by Dr. Hugh Ross, Reasons to Believe, is predicting the results “will show Neanderthals did not evolve into modern humans.” RTB has long contended that Neanderthal Man had nothing to do with the original Adam and Eve.  According to the RTB article, only about 0.03% of Neanderthal DNA has been sequenced so far.  Comparisons to date show Neanderthal distinctives yet some overlap with modern human DNA – yet too little data to establish the amount of relatedness.  “There are no firm answers yet about how humans picked up key traits such as walking upright and developing complex language,” according to the AP article; ”Neanderthals are believed to have been relatively sophisticated, but lacking in humans’ higher reasoning functions.”Of course the Neanderthals don’t believe they are lacking in higher reasoning functions, because they were not invited to the panel.    For a contrasting view of Neanderthal place in a Biblical history, see Answers in Genesis.  For earlier entries here on Neanderthal comparisons with modern man, see 06/06/2006, 02/27/2006, 01/24/2006, 09/23/2005, 05/19/2005, 02/25/2005 and 10/01/2004, or search for Neanderthal or Neandertal in the search box above.(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Research and job creation focus at agro-processing gathering

first_imgA variety of speakers shared their experiences in the sector at a two-day Technology and Human Research for Industry (THRIP) agro-processing symposium. Some highlighted how government funding helped their businesses grow.Speakers at the Technology and Human Research for Industry agro-processing symposium on 24 and 25 October 2017 include Sammy Phalane, Dr Yonela Njisane, Bongani Ndimba, Elisabeth Goyvaerts and Luvuyo Simakuhle. (Image: Melissa Javan)Melissa JavanMore than 450 villages are producing and selling nuts to the company Everpix, an African Oil partner. This company is a beneficiary of the Department of Trade and Industry’s Technology and Human Research for Industry (THRIP) funding programmes.At a THRIP agro-processing symposium, Elisabeth Goyvaerts, founder of Everpix, spoke about how the company had grown with the help of the department.The two-day symposium was held on 24 and 25 October 2017. Its aim was to create a conducive environment in which government-funded research was showcased to the relevant industries for possible exploitation and industrialisation, as well as to discuss critical issues in the agriculture and agro-processing value chain.A highlight was 12-year-old Zaria Rule explaining how she conducted research on her dog by using Rooibos tea to treat his diabetes condition.Another highlight was Luvuyo Simekuhle of Woodlands Dairy, which was supplied by 75 commercial farmers. The company is in Humansdorp and supplies not only milk but milk powder.Creating sustainable jobsSipho Zikode, the deputy director-general responsible for special economic zones and economic transformation in the Department of Trade and Industry, said programmes such as THRIP could be used to strengthen public-private partnership (PPP) initiatives.“As you know, THRIP brings together the government, industries, universities and science councils focusing on innovation, technology and scientific development.“This is what we call a PPP initiative, and with this THRIP symposium we are targeting the agro-processing sector, which is one of our Industrial Policy priority sectors that we have to develop and promote for reasons of beneficiating our produce and ensuring that we create sustainable jobs in South Africa,” said Zikode.“We also need to ensure we bring in and support other science and innovation institutions, universities, technical colleges and students in the rural and poor areas.”EverpixIn 2008, Goyvaerts began researching the resources impoverished communities had, and how to use these to benefit those communities, such as the marula tree.In 2010, she started oil pressing and by November 2011 the company was making two tons of oil in Pietermaritzburg.Applying for funding through the department in 2012 was “the best thing that happened to me”. After getting the money in 2013, she was able to buy an automatic stirring pot.“I did more than a ton of oil after getting the [department’s] pre-payments [funding money].”In 2013, a customer paid 50% upfront so that she could create refined oil. Although it was her first foray into refined oil, she sold 330kg of it.Shortly after receiving the funding, she got an order from the US worth R1-million. “I didn’t have premises, so everybody was helping out. I would store here and there, not paying for storage.”She said that sustaining a business was a path that could not be done alone. “We got help from everyone.” The company also invested heavily in the villages from which it bought the raw resources.Other beneficiariesStudents at the University of Fort Hare also received funding from the department for their research into animal welfare and meat science.Dr Yonela Njisane, one of the students, spoke about the effects stress had on animals. “Stress affects the pH in the animal. That is the darkness in the meat colour.”One of the things that caused stress in animals was travelling long distances.The productivity of an animal could also affect your production, she said. A way to measure whether an animal was stressed or had low production levels was to monitor its behaviour.Source: Department of Trade and IndustryWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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Perlas Pilipinas falls to South Korea, faces China in QF

first_imgFEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Cignal HD gets other outright semis berth LATEST STORIES South Korea outscored PH, 51-28, in the middle quarters to cruise to its first victory in the group stages.The Philippines, which played in its first Division A tournament, dropped to 0-3 in Group B after lopsided losses to defending champion Japan and powerhouse Australia in its first two outings.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsAfter a winless opening round, Perlas got heavyweight China as its quarterfinals foe on Thursday.Allana Lim finished with 14 points and six rebounds for Perlas, which shot just 30% from the field and was out-rebounded, 65-41. National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments South Korea had five players in double-figures led by Kim Danbi’s 19 points. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo from Fiba.comPerlas Pilipinas gave itself a chance early, but faded as the game went on en route to a 91-63 loss to South Korea in the 2017 Fiba Women’s Asia Cup Tuesday night at Sree Kanteerava Indoor Stadium in Bangalore, India.The Filipinos stayed in step with the South Koreans as they entered the second quarter knotted at 19, but it was a different story the rest of the way.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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