Saturday, December 14, 2013

DNA more complicated TPT

University of Washington press release

Scientists have discovered a second code hiding within DNA. This second code contains information that changes how scientists read the instructions contained in DNA and interpret mutations to make sense of health and disease.

...UW scientists were stunned to discover that genomes use the genetic code to write two separate languages. 

“For over 40 years we have assumed that DNA changes affecting the genetic code solely impact how proteins are made,” said Stamatoyannopoulos. “Now we know that this basic assumption about reading the human genome missed half of the picture. 

Friday, December 13, 2013

Arctic Cyclones more common TPT

Arctic Cyclones more common TPT

Data analysis reveals hundreds of storms — mostly smaller ones — that had previously escaped detection

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Population Genetics different TPT

Interesting article highlighted in National Geographic.
which probably refers to this press release from the Center for GeoGenetics, at the Natural History Museum of Denmark.

From the release:

Dual ancestry of Native Americans

The most significant finding that the MA-1 genome reveals is its relation to modern Native Americans. This relative of present-day western Eurasians shows close affinity to modern Native Americans, but surprisingly not to East Asians who are regarded as being genetically closely related to Native Americans.

and further:

 The result came as a complete surprise to us. Who would have thought that present-day Native Americans, who we learned in school derive from East Asians, share recent evolutionary history with contemporary western Eurasians?

Just goes to show that things may be very different than TPT.

Here is a link to the Nature article driving these releases.

online link
Nature (2013)  doi:10.1038/nature12736
Received 14 July 2013 Accepted 04 October 2013 Published online 20 November 2013      

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Kon Tiki

Thor Heyerdahl:
I will prove that the oceans were not barriers but roads, not impediments but pathways.

Kon Tiki trailer

I watched this movie from 2012 at the airport yesterday. Very thought provoking.
  Even though this happened back in 1947, I think it is still contrary to what people usually think.

The same principle applies to the Behring land bridge.  Imagining people could cross from Asia to America on foot during an ice age doesn't make much sense. Once you open your mind to alternatives, all sorts of  things will be different TPT.

After you see the movie (available on NetFlix) see this clip on the special effects
Kon Tiki VFX

Amazing... also not what I thought from watching the movie.