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  • Did Sea Slugs Evolve to Steal Genes? (article)

    11/06/2013 8:12:30 AM PST · by fishtank · 7 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | 11-6-2013 | Jeffrey Tomkins, Ph.D.
    Did Sea Slugs Evolve to Steal Genes? by Jeffrey Tomkins, Ph.D. * Solar-powered sea slugs (sacoglossan molluscs) feed on filamentous algae, a water plant, to capture photosynthetic organelles called chloroplasts and use them for solar energy. Considered kleptoplastic because they "steal" from another organism, sea slugs have been suspected of using horizontal gene transfer (HGT) to accomplish this, a find that many scientists believe would support evolution. To keep the stolen chloroplasts alive and well inside the cells of their pervasive digestive tracts for several months at a time, sea slugs need the help of algal genes that code for...
  • Headlong Helix: Snaps of Snails

    11/04/2013 6:50:37 AM PST · by skinkinthegrass
    canadafreepress ^ | Saturday, November 2, 2013 | Wes Porter
    Can anything not be faster than the legendary speeding snail? The common garden snail Helix aspera can cover a metre an hour. This is actually faster than the recorded speed that certain nations’ mail services at times operate, Canada and Britain amongst them...The snail’s own love life is if anything even more unusual. In fact they would doubtlessly have thrown Giovanni Casanova into throes of admiration. Determined to enjoy life to the full, each and every gastropod is hermaphrodite. By way of encouragement, they tickle each other’s fancy with love-darts, hard spikes jabbed into each other during mating. Some can...
  • (vANITY) Mossberg 590a1 and 3" slugs

    01/30/2013 4:57:43 PM PST · by West Texas Chuck · 72 replies
    ME!
    I got me this here Mossberg 590a1 shotgun. Pretty cool shotgun, I already had a 500 so I figured having two with the same parts was wise. Then I took it out and put several typs of ammo through it and ran into something weird.
  • CRS report:# of able-bodied adults on food stamps doubled after Obama suspended work requirement

    09/19/2012 3:10:14 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 18 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 9-19-12 | Philip Klein
    Complete Title: CRS report: number of able-bodied adults on food stamps doubled after Obama suspended work requirement Obama administration officials have insisted that their decision to grant states waivers to redefine work requirements for welfare recipients would not “gut” the landmark 1996 welfare reform law. But a new report from the Congressional Research Service obtained by the Washington Examiner suggests that the administration’s suspension of a separate welfare work requirement has already helped explode the number of able-bodied Americans on food stamps. In addition to the broader work requirement that has become a contentious issue in the presidential race, the...
  • Inglorious beginnings: Experts trace humanity's origins to ancient worm

    03/05/2012 1:34:49 PM PST · by saganite · 14 replies
    Calgary Herald ^ | 6 March 2012 | Staff
    It seems an inglorious beginning, but some scientists are now convinced humanity's origins can be traced to an ancient, flat, fishlike worm. A team of researchers subjected the 505-million-year-old Burgess shale fossils of Pikaia gracilens to the latest technology and found evidence that could settle a decades-long debate about the primitive species. Notably, that they had the seeds of a spine. "We can see and discern the positive location of the notochord and the nerve chord. This was not obvious at all, you needed these techniques to see it," said Jean-Bernard Caron, the curator of invertebrate paleontology at the Royal...
  • Progressive Media Meeting With Obama (Journo-listers Today)

    12/19/2011 11:28:15 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 18 replies
    Big Journalism ^ | 12-19-11 | Salvatore
    From Jake Tapper’s Tweet: A group of progressive media stars meeting with POTUS at the WH -- @AriannaHuff, @WeGotEd, @EzraKlein, @KatrinaNation, @ChrisLHayes et al 1 hour ago via TweetDeck Progressive talking heads and journolisters meeting the President? Any guesses in the comments as to their meeting agenda? I’m sure the these transparent media folks will disclose this on their shows tonight or within their column inches soon.
  • 36 UC Santa Cruz students hit with $944 fine for Kerr Hall occupation

    04/13/2010 12:27:43 PM PDT · by SmithL · 44 replies · 684+ views
    Santa Cruz Sentinel ^ | 4/13/10 | J.M. BROWN
    SANTA CRUZ -- UC Santa Cruz is charging 36 students $944 each in restitution for their involvement in November's occupation of the main campus administration building, officials confirmed Monday. Of the 45 students investigated, 36 were found to have played some role in the protest over student fee hikes, an incident that caused nearly $34,000 in damage, spokesman Jim Burns said. The cost of the repairs was split evenly among the students. Additionally, Judicial Affairs Officer Douglas Zuidema recommended in letters issued April 7 that seven of the students be dismissed, suspended or placed on probation, while 29 others received...
  • Slugfest: Trying to catch slugs with beer

    05/29/2009 8:27:19 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 31 replies · 1,220+ views
    baltimoresun ^ | Rob Kasper
    Like many folks who have shady, moist yards, I have slugs. Like many guys who drink beer, I have a supply of brews that "seemed like a good idea at the time." These beers, in other words, are leftovers. So following the advice of many garden gurus, including Michael Pollan, I recently tried to eliminate slugs by serving them my leftover beer. Now each morning I go out in the backyard and check my "beer traps." So far, results are dismal. No slug has sampled the Stoudt's Oktoberfest, a once prize-winning brew that I snagged on sale after it had...
  • Democrats Pushing for Four Day Work Week for Federal Employees

    Can you guess the reason? How about high gas prices? Nancy "Nine Percent" Pelosi shuts down Congress and skips town without passing an energy bill. Now the Democrats are pushing for a four day work week for gas relief for themselves and federal employees, even though they refuse to do anything to provide relief for ordinary Americans. Amazing! Evaluation: Democrats Pushing for Four Day Work Week for Federal Employees
  • White House Press Corps Exposed

    02/16/2006 8:42:25 AM PST · by george76 · 81 replies · 4,255+ views
    Carolina Journal. ^ | February 16, 2006 | Jon Ham
    Sitting in armchairs waiting for handouts not the best way to get scoops Members of the elite White House press corps this week have acted more like animals that have been kept in captivity for so long that they can’t find news unless it is forced down their open gullets at a daily press briefing. The Cheney hunting accident story embarrassingly revealed this fact, which probably explains the greater-than-normal anger and outrage of White House correspondents over the last few days. “Why weren’t we told?” has been the refrain, not “How did we miss that story?” The White House press...
  • (Icky Alert)For a $20 dar, man nearly dies after eating garden slugs.

    10/20/2003 8:55:31 AM PDT · by yankeedame · 31 replies · 275+ views
    New.Com.AU ^ | 20Oct03 | staff writer
    Man nearly dies after eating slugsOctober 20, 2003A SYDNEY student who ate slugs from a suburban backyard for a $20 dare got more than he bargained for when he contracted a potentially deadly form of meningitis. The young man was diagnosed with eosinophilic meningitis, or swelling of the brain membranes, five weeks after eating two slugs in 2001, the Medical Journal of Australia reports today. His friend also ate slugs but vomited them up, losing the $20 but saving himself a potential case of meningitis, parasitologist John Walker said. There have been numerous similar cases recorded since 1971, including a...
  • Garlic Tested in War Against Snails and Slugs

    09/12/2003 5:00:27 PM PDT · by Willie Green · 15 replies · 363+ views
    Yahoo! ^ | Friday, September 12, 2003 | Patricia Reaney
    For education and discussion only. Not for commercial use. MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) - Dracula is not the only creature repelled by garlic -- snails and slugs are also put off by the pungent herb. And now British scientists have produced a special garlic extract that may just be the answer to gardeners' prayers. "It works well in repelling and killing snails," Dr Gordon Port, of Newcastle University in northern England, said on Friday. Using garlic to kill snails and slugs is not new. Monks for example grew it in gardens to keep pests away. But Port and his colleagues have...
  • Science in Action

    11/03/2002 1:15:57 AM PST · by WaterDragon · 13 replies · 216+ views
    Oregon Magazine ^ | November 1, 2002 | Plato Hamburger, PhD, Hon.
    Of all the questions science wants to answer, one of the most important is where Democrats originated. Anthropologists all agree that they are distantly related to the human species, but are from a different animal relative....(snip) For the full article, please click here (no full posting of article)