How Damion Lee has stated his case for the Warriors’ 15th roster spot

first_imgPHILADELPHIA – The nostalgia swept Damion Lee as he revisited alma mater.He watched part of Drexel’s game against Northeastern. He walked around campus with his wife, Sydel. He stopped by where he ate his first chicken cheesesteak. Hours later, Lee produced more memories that might leave him equally reflective years from now.In the Warriors’ 120-117 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday, Lee had 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting on a career-high 4-of-5 mark from 3. He helped the …last_img

What the Warriors liked about Andrew Bogut’s return

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!SAN ANTONIO – Only nine seconds into his return to the NBA, and Andrew Bogut already showed one of his defining features.He showed off his flair for setting good picks. To the officials, though, they considered it too much. So they called Bogut for an offensive foul. “Welcome to the league,” Bogut joked afterwards. “We know you set some hard screens. …last_img

Draymond Green pooh-poohs the fatigue factor: ‘Ain’t no Shaqs today’

first_img“Ain’t no Shaqs … (CLICK HERE, if you are unable to view this photo gallery on your mobile device.)Klay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!HOUSTON – In this age of small ball, Draymond Green has seemingly infinite responsibilities. Green won’t complain about the hefty workload. Instead, he sounded aware what life could be like if he played in the NBA when dominant big men ruled the league.last_img

Joe Lacob: ‘We’ll figure out a way to be very competitive going forward’

first_imgOAKLAND – Unlike what they had experienced in the past two years following their final NBA game, the Warriors entered the locker room without spraying champagne on each other.Instead, the Warriors processed a 114-110 loss to the Toronto Raptors in Game 6 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday by having an impromptu meeting. While Warriors coach Steve Kerr expressed gratitude for the team’s previous success and his players’ resiliency, Warriors majority owner Joe Lacob and general manager Bob Myers …last_img

Raiders’ Darren Waller could be front and center vs. Bears

first_imgDarren Waller was front and center Friday, speaking to a largely British press corps after the Raiders practiced at The Grove in Watford, England, in preparation for their Week 5 game against the Chicago Bears.And while it seems like a big request to ask Waller to do more than he already has, given his status as the NFL’s leading receiver among tight ends, that may be the case Sunday against Chicago at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London.Tyrell Williams was listed as questionable with a …last_img

Kevon Looney ‘hopefully’ ready to play in Warriors’ opener on Thursday

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.SAN FRANCISCO — The Warriors are lacking length at the center position. Injuries to Kevon Looney (hamstring) and Willie Cauley-Stein (ankle) robbed the pair of the Warriors’ entire camp.But the Warriors may get one of those centers back for Opening Night; Looney participated in his first full scrimmage of the year on Sunday. Coach Steve Kerr said he could be on track to play on Thursday against the Los Angeles …last_img

Report: Madison Bumgarner nearing long-term deal to stay in NL West

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.One of the greatest pitchers in San Francisco Giants history is almost set to wear a different uniform.Left-hander Madison Bumgarner is reportedly close to signing a five-year, $85 million contract to stay in the National League West and join the Arizona Diamondbacks, which will officially bring an end to his tenure with the club that drafted him. Jeff Passan of ESPN first reported the news.Ken Rosenthal reports that …last_img

Stem Cell Achievement a Possible Fraud

first_imgSouth Korean stem cell researcher Woo Suk Hwang has reason for stress and fatigue, as news reports show him escorted by bodyguards on the way to the office.  His landmark paper in Science1 last July that announced the creation of stem cells matching the donor’s DNA (05/23/2005) has been called into question on two fronts.  On the scientific front, the claims are being questioned by colleagues.  On the ethical front, critics say he covered up the fact that females in his lab were pressured to donate egg cells.    Science this week2 reported that his as-yet unreplicated results “inspired a global ramp-up in stem cell efforts” last summer.  A co-worker accused Hwang of pressuring a lab worker to forge evidence.  Hwang stands by his work (see BBC), but is requesting a retraction of the paper.  He has resigned from the World Stem Cell Hub.  Other sources for this story: Nature,3 MSNBC News, BBC News, Town Hall 12/15, Town Hall 12/16.    The clash of ethics with science continued on other fronts as well.  The Salk Institute embedded human brain cells into mice, reported Live Science; (see 03/10/2005).  On the issue of abortion, researchers from University of Oslo in Norway found that mental distress from an abortion lasts for years (source: EurekAlert).Update 12/23/2005: LiveScience reported Dec. 23 that Hwang also resigned from his post as professor at Seoul National University after allegations he fabricated his research on stem cells became stronger.  By the end of the month, news reporters were declaring his entire study fraudulent.1Woo Suk Hwang et al., “Patient-Specific Embryonic Stem Cells Derived from Human SCNT Blastocysts,” Science, 17 June 2005: Vol. 308. no. 5729, pp. 1777 – 1783, DOI: 10.1126/science.1112286.2Dennis Normile and Gretchen Vogel, “News of the Week: Korean University Will Investigate Cloning Paper,” Science, 16 December 2005: Vol. 310. no. 5755, pp. 1748 – 1749, DOI: 10.1126/science.310.5755.1748.3David Cyranoski, “TV tests call into question cloner’s stem-cell success,” Nature 438, 718 (8 December 2005) | doi:10.1038/438718b.Many have warned that science devoid of ethical standards could generate fraud and abuse (07/11/2005, 02/11/2005, 02/08/2005, 11/03/2004, 10/21/2004, 10/18/2004).  With the highest values in science tending toward prestige, prizes and money, these could represent just the beginning of sorrows.(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Itemized Deductions

first_imgHere are some free deductions to take the edge off Income Tax Day…. as long as one deduces correctly.Israel is picking a national bird.  So what feathered friend will represent the Holy Land?  “The nine finalists include the hoopoe, the owl, the spur-winged plover, and the griffin vulture, but no doves.”  Source: Science, Random Samples, 4/10/2008.  WWJD?Do I hear $700,000?  Step right and buy your own triceratops at the dinosaur auction.  Video at National Geographic.  Wouldn’t that be a conversation piece. (Science Random Samples, 30:5873 04/11/2008).An evolutionary biologist is coming to revitalize research at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park.  What are David Mindell’s goals?  “He wants to expand research in comparative genomics, strengthen ties with local university researchers, and do more public outreach–especially about evolution.”  (Science Newsmakers, 320:5873, 04/11/2008.)  Do they have a theater?  They could show Expelled nonstop.David Berlinski has answered the Richard Dawkins book The God Delusion with one of his own, The Devil’s Delusion (the identity of the devil is left as an exercise).  His book tour began on C-SPAN’s Book TV, and sounds to his critics like the raking of fingernails across Slate.Don’t tell the creationists: a biophysical complexity researcher has called into question the whole notion of fitness and natural selection, according to a Wired Blog.  “You always get into trouble if you say these things out loud with creationists around,” Maya Paczuski groaned.Bruce Chapman of the Discovery Institute has responded to the NCSE’s Expelled Exposed website with “Expelled Exposed” Exposed.  Could this be the start of an infinite regress?Richard A. Kerr gets the pun award for mixed metaphors: “An Early Big Hit to Mars May Have Scarred the Planet for Life” he said in Science (320:5873, 04/11/2008, pp. 165-166), calling the big show a “striptease.”  But if Mars put on a show and nobody was there to see it, would it be risque?Cassini got two years; NASA granted a two-year extended mission to the Saturn orbiter, reported JPL.The Israeli Antiquities Authority is in its third year of a trial accusing an Egyptian antiquities merchant of forgery for the famed James Ossuary and Jehoash Inscription, said Todd Bolen.  A speedy trial means something else in a land that boasts a 7,000 year history.Inconvenient facts?  Science Daily reported on a panel that praised Al Gore’s movie An Inconvient Truth for its visual excellence and persuasiveness – but not necessarily for its facts.All fired up: “Some scientists are urging Florida’s Legislature to reject a bill that would protect teachers from being fired if they present information challenging evolution,” reported ABC News SunCoast.com.Oh, the irony: critics of the documentary Expelled, which opens in theaters this Friday, have accused the producers of plagiarizing animations of the cell from a Harvard production (a charge Premise Media denies).  Of course to make this claim, the critics had to make an inference of intelligent design.  What message would it send to get Expelled expelled?Exercise:  Is the IRS tax code a product of intelligent design?  (Hint: not all complexity is “complex specified information”.)  Caution: there are no simple answers.(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Humans Are Devolving

first_img“We are all mutants,” proclaimed a headline on Science Daily.  “First Direct Whole-Genome Measure of Human Mutation Predicts 60 New Mutations in Each of Us.”  The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute press release reported 60 new mutations per individual, received from parents – a “striking value” the article characterized the “unexpected findings”.   The genomes of children from two families were inspected in this first-ever test of generational mutation.  “This fascinating result had not been anticipated, and it raises as many questions as it answers,” the article exclaimed without offering an explanation of how evolution could deal with this high a mutational load.  See also the 06/05/2011 entry, “Genetic Entropy Confirmed.” Note: the Sanger Institute is named after geneticist Fred Sanger, not (thank goodness) Margaret Sanger, the racist-eugenicist founder of Planned Parenthood.  She had thought eliminating the unfit would be improve humanity.  Would that Sanger, Hitler and other believers in eugenics had known what John Sanford revealed so clearly in his book Genetic Entropy and the Mystery of the Genome; all attempts to stop the tide of mutations are hopelessly ineffective.  Not even extreme genocide of all the perceived unfit could stop the downward trend. Even one or two mutations per generation is cause for alarm, let alone 60. John Sanford’s book is must reading to realize two things: (1) Natural selection can never find enough beneficial mutations to overcome the flood of deleterious ones, most of which are nearly-neutral mistakes that accumulate, like typographic errors, to cause genetic deterioration. (2) Humans could not possibly have lived for millions of years at this rate of mutational degradation.  This story only reinforces with empirical data a worry about the future of our species that has long been known by population geneticists.  We are not evolving, despite improvements in medicine; we are all less fit than Neanderthals and ancient Romans.  Unless the Lord intervenes, the human genome is doomed.(Visited 120 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more