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Scientists struggle to define life

I agree. And I doubt a good definition will ever be developed. Even if one is, it'll never be universally accepted. One issue that I became acquainted with in high school was the classification of viruses. Are they the simplest form of life or the most complex form of non-living carbon-based structures? Me? I define life as that point at which a structure can independently exhibit rudimentary behavioral processes. Flatworms meet my definition because the instinctive behaviors they exhibit are based on something akin to neurotransmitters. As for the beginning? That point at which an organism is genetically distinct from its parent. But these are mine. Your mileage may vary.  (Aug 22, 2007 | post #201)

Science / Technology

Scientists struggle to define life

Science and the Bible don't necessarily have anything to do with each other. The reason? Ultimately, science explains HOW something happens. That sometimes involves "why" and "when" but only in the sense of explaining a process. It doesn't explain the reason the process exists in the first place. That's what the Bible explains. It explains the big question of WHY these things exist in the first place. No legitimate scientist claims to be able to explain that, and many have a faith that is bolstered by their knowledge of just how unique, complex and wonderful God's creation can be. ...and water_nymph, I agree. All caps makes my eyes hurt. Caps are for emphasis, not expression.  (Aug 22, 2007 | post #200)

WXIA Atlanta

Chief And Council Battle Continues

If they were going to fire him for serving in Iraq, they'd have done it when he came back a year ago. The Council has complained about unauthorized (non-military) time off, inadequate accountability, and related issues. Chief King has refused to answer these allegations. What does he have to hide? There is no amount of military service and no number of awards and medals that can excuse official misconduct.  (Aug 22, 2007 | post #11)

Science / Technology

Scientists struggle to define life

The idea that life begins at conception carries a very valid scientific argument. That is because conception is the point at which a cell has a different genetic makeup than the parent. Seeing as we use DNA testing to distinguish people, that means that we can (theoretically) use DNA testing to prove that the organisms are distinct. That's not when *pregnancy* begins, but that's a separate issue.  (Aug 22, 2007 | post #183)

WXIA Atlanta

Dude, What? - Ala. Cops Issue 26,000 Tickets in 5 Days

Why do you let other drivers tell you how fast to drive? These highways are multi-lane, let them go around. Believe me, they will, even if they're momentarily "trapped. " Since I try to maximize fuel economy, I generally won't break 70 (75 if the speed limit is 70). As far as I'm concerned with respect to speeders...well, it's their fines and their funerals.  (Aug 22, 2007 | post #19)

WXIA Atlanta

AC Units Fixed in DeKalb Schools

I didn't. We used industrial fans.  (Aug 22, 2007 | post #14)

Immigration Reform

Illegal immigrants told to find new homes

Touche. But if we want to use immigration law to keep the drug runners out, then we still shouldn't penalize those who simply don't have the money to buy citizenship. (And oh yes, you can.) Many of the undocumented immigrants I've worked with would GLADLY pay taxes if doing so didn't mean deportation.  (Aug 21, 2007 | post #1192)

Immigration Reform

Illegal immigrants told to find new homes

That is entirely my point. Why is the apartment complex targeting Hispanics? If they want to target undocumented immigrants, they should target undocumented immigrants. The only difference between documented and undocumented IMMIGRANTS is the presence or absence of papers. Which tends to correlate with the presence or absence of MONEY.  (Aug 21, 2007 | post #1150)

Immigration Reform

Illegal immigrants told to find new homes

Yep, let's keep on assuming that all Hispanics are undocumented immigrants since two thirds of them are here quite legally. Makes sense to me.  (Aug 21, 2007 | post #1078)

WXIA Atlanta

Cat Survives 18-Story Fall

Who was caring for this cat that they left him free to scratch out the screen? Or was it just an accident (they do happen)? I have two cats, live on the nineteenth floor, and NEVER leave open windows unattended. My cats also are NOT allowed on the balcony no matter how much they beg. Poor Maxim. Poor owner. I just hope it all works out.  (Aug 17, 2007 | post #2)

WXIA Atlanta

Georgia 511 Alerts of Traffic Jams

Beachy, thank you! I've often wondered the same thing myself. It's not like there's anywhere on the Interstate where they need to stop in order to pick up or drop off children. I'd far rather my child have to get on the bus somewhat earlier in the morning if it means keeping the bus off an expressway where it's far more dangerous.  (Aug 15, 2007 | post #5)

Science / Technology

U.S. Drops Out of Global Math Test

which is a clear indication that even Yale has fallen victim to the "dumbing down" disease. Or is it that they fell victim to the Bush family money?  (Aug 14, 2007 | post #500)

Science / Technology

U.S. Drops Out of Global Math Test

Math isn't relevant in our everyday lives? MAYBE THAT ATTITUDE IS THE PROBLEM. Don't want math in your life? Apparently you don't want your computer, the Internet, your television, your cell phone, your bank account, your land line, your car, safe roads, safe food, competitive salaries, insurance, music, or much else for that matter. I have *never* had a job where I didn't use math skills. And I do not work in science, technology or computers.  (Aug 14, 2007 | post #449)

WXIA Atlanta

Photo IDs Needed At Polls in September

Where are they free? I've never gotten one that I didn't have to pay for, and I've had a state ID, a learner's permit and a driver's license. And I had trouble getting the first one because my birth certificate was burned up in a fire. Only in police states are people required to keep papers on them at all times. In free states people have a right to privacy. Oh, wait, I forgot. Since 9/11 this country has been a police state...  (Aug 14, 2007 | post #36)

WXIA Atlanta

AC Units Fixed in DeKalb Schools

Actually, we did. That was one of the reasons school started later in the calendar year and earlier in the day, and one of the reasons shorts used to be allowed. It was to avoid the worst of the heat. My school finally got window a/c when I was in the 4th grade and I was in the 11th the first time I went to a school with central a/c. It made a difference. That being said, if the kids are being hydrated, lack of a/c isn't sufficient reason to pull a kid from a school. People STILL live in houses without a/c today.  (Aug 13, 2007 | post #11)

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