Qi Etymology The etymological explanation for the form of the qi logogram (or chi) in the traditional form 氣 is "steam (气) rising from rice (米) as it cooks". The earliest way of writing qi consisted of three wavy lines, used to represent one's breath seen on a cold day. A later version, 气, identical to the present-day simplified character, is a stylized version of those same three lines. For some reason, early writers of Chinese found it desirable to substitute for 气 a cognate character that originally meant to feed other people in a social context such as providing food for guests. Appropriately, that character combined the three-line qi character with the character for rice. Definition References to concepts analogous to the qi taken to be the life-process or flow of energy that sustains living beings are found in many belief systems, especially in Asia. The ancient Chinese described it as "life force". Pronunciation Philosophical roots
Eukaryote Eukaryotes can reproduce both asexually through mitosis and sexually through meiosis and gamete fusion. In mitosis, one cell divides to produce two genetically identical cells. In meiosis, DNA replication is followed by two rounds of cell division to produce four daughter cells each with half the number of chromosomes as the original parent cell (haploid cells). These act as sex cells (gametes – each gamete has just one complement of chromosomes, each a unique mix of the corresponding pair of parental chromosomes) resulting from genetic recombination during meiosis. Cell features Eukaryotic cells are typically much larger than those of prokaryotes. Internal membrane Detail of the endomembrane system and its components A 3D rendering of an animal cell cut in half. The nucleus is surrounded by a double membrane (commonly referred to as a nuclear membrane or nuclear envelope), with pores that allow material to move in and out. Vesicles may be specialized for various purposes.
Force (Star Wars) Lucas has attributed the origins of "The Force" to a 1963 abstract film by Arthur Lipsett, which sampled from many sources. One of the audio sources Lipsett sampled for 21-87 was a conversation between artificial intelligence pioneer Warren S. McCulloch and Roman Kroitor, a cinematographer who went on to develop IMAX. In the face of McCulloch's arguments that living beings are nothing but highly complex machines, Kroitor insists that there is something more: "Many people feel that in the contemplation of nature and in communication with other living things, they become aware of some kind of force, or something, behind this apparent mask which we see in front of us, and they call it God." The Force is referenced several times throughout the Star Wars saga. In The Empire Strikes Back, Emperor Palpatine states "There is a great disturbance in the Force," in reference to Luke Skywalker. The term "Force power" originated in the Star Wars Roleplaying Game, by West End Games.
Mitochondrial DNA Electron microscopy reveals mitochondrial DNA in discrete foci. Bars: 200 nm. (A) Cytoplasmic section after immunogold labelling with anti-DNA; gold particles marking mtDNA are found near the mitochondrial membrane. (B) Whole mount view of cytoplasm after extraction with CSK buffer and immunogold labelling with anti-DNA; mtDNA (marked by gold particles) resists extraction. Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA or mDNA) is the DNA located in organelles called mitochondria, structures within eukaryotic cells that convert chemical energy from food into a form that cells can use, adenosine triphosphate (ATP). In humans, mitochondrial DNA can be assessed as the smallest chromosome coding for 37 genes and containing approximately 16,600 base pairs. Origin Nuclear and mitochondrial DNA are thought to be of separate evolutionary origin, with the mtDNA being derived from the circular genomes of the bacteria that were engulfed by the early ancestors of today's eukaryotic cells. Male inheritance
Force (vertu) Un article de Wikipédia, l'encyclopédie libre. Pour les articles homonymes, voir force. Sur les autres projets Wikimedia : Force (vertu), sur Wikimedia Commons Portail de la philosophie Courage Eumetazoa Eumetazoa (Greek: εὖ [eu], well + μετά [metá], after + ζῷον [zóon], animal) is a clade comprising all major animal groups except sponges, placozoa, and several other obscure or extinct life forms, such as Dickinsonia. Characteristics of eumetazoans include true tissues organized into germ layers, and an embryo that goes through a gastrula stage. The clade is usually held to contain at least Ctenophora, Cnidaria, and Bilateria. Whether mesozoans and placozoans belong is in dispute. Some phylogenists have speculated the sponges and eumetazoans evolved separately from single-celled organisms, which would mean that the animal kingdom does not form a clade (a complete grouping of organisms descended from a common ancestor). Eumetazoans are a major group of animals in the Five Kingdoms classification of Lynn Margulis and K. Taxonomy However, many skeptics emphasize the pitfalls and inconsistencies associated with the new data. Evolutionary origins References Bilateria.
Diligence Plate 1 of classical virtues: Diligence. She is holding a whip and spurs, signifying a drive to steadfastly move forward with one's means. Diligence is steadfast application, assiduousness and industry; the virtue of hard work. Diligent behaviour is indicative of a work ethic; a belief that work is good in itself. Diligence in students Bernard et al. suggest diligence in a student is defined as an effort he or she puts towards balanced and holistic development in mental, physical, social and spiritual dimensions. Diligence in Buddhism The last words of the Buddha was "Strive on with diligence". Diligence in Christianity Diligence, in Christianity, is the effort to do one's part, while keeping faith and reliance in God. In other words, diligence and faith are two sides of a mystery. We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, in order to make your hope sure. Diligence in Hinduism Due diligence See also References
GMO Human Embryos Have Already Been Created A meeting at the FDA on experiments to create GMO humans has brought disturbing information to light. Action Alert! Today, the US Food and Drug Administration held day one of a public meeting outlining the creation of genetically modified humans. These experiments won’t take place in the distant future. Specifically, the FDA is discussing the genetic manipulation of human eggs and embryos in order to prevent inherited mitochondrial disease and treat infertility. While the FDA has stated that the agency “recognizes” that there are “ethical and social policy issues” to be considered—and despite the fact that forty-four countries have already banned this kind of genetic manipulation—the FDA won’t bother to discuss if human clinical trials should take place (that’s considered to be “outside the scope” of the meeting). Some mutations in mtDNA can trigger mitochondrial disease, which can then be passed from mother to child (but not father to child). Sex selection. Action Alert!
Righteousness Righteousness (also called rectitude) is an important theological concept in Hinduism, Christianity, Judaism and Islam. It is an attribute that implies that a person's actions are justified, and can have the connotation that the person has been "judged" or "reckoned" as leading a life that is pleasing to God. William Tyndale (Bible translator into English in 1526) remodelled the word after an earlier word rihtwis, which would have yielded modern English *rightwise or *rightways. Judaism Righteousness is one of the chief attributes of God as portrayed in the Hebrew Bible. Christianity The New Testament continues the Hebrew Bible's tradition of the ethical (1 Thessalonians 2:10) and legal (1 Corinthians 4:4) aspects of righteousness. Jesus asserts the importance of righteousness by saying in Matthew 5:20, "For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven." Islam
Paternal mtDNA transmission In genetics, paternal mtDNA transmission and paternal mtDNA inheritance refer to the incidence of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) being passed from a father to his offspring. Paternal mtDNA inheritance is observed in a small proportion of species; in general, mtDNA is passed unchanged from a mother to her offspring, making it an example of non-Mendelian inheritance. In contrast, mtDNA transmission from both parents occurs regularly in certain bivalves. In animals Paternal mtDNA inheritance in animals varies. In humans In human mitochondrial genetics, there is debate over whether or not paternal mtDNA transmission is possible. In sexual reproduction, paternal mitochondria found in the sperm are actively decomposed, thus preventing "paternal leakage". It is now understood that the tail of the sperm, which contains additional mtDNA, may also enter the egg. According to the 2005 study More evidence for non-maternal inheritance of mitochondrial DNA? In protozoa In plants
Volonté (philosophie) Un article de Wikipédia, l'encyclopédie libre. Pour les articles homonymes, voir Volonté. Ne doit pas être confondu avec volition. La Volonté. La volonté désigne le plus souvent, la faculté d'exercer un libre choix gouverné par la raison, autrement dit la faculté qu'a la raison de déterminer une action d'après des « normes » ou des principes (par exemple, moraux). Pour de nombreux philosophes, comme Kant et Descartes, la volonté est une faculté proprement humaine, puisqu'elle transcende les tendances naturelles de l'homme et lui permet de se gouverner librement, à l'encontre de (ou par-delà) ces tendances. Le concept de volonté est lié à la conception que l'on se fait de la raison. On peut s'efforcer de chercher à décrire le processus de la volonté indépendamment de toute hypothèse métaphysique : une telle description appartiendra alors davantage à la psychologie. L'un des problèmes majeurs auxquels la volonté est, assez souvent, confrontée dans son exercice est l'existence de dilemmes.
Mitochondrial DNA Many genetic conditions are related to changes in particular mitochondrial genes. This list of disorders associated with mitochondrial genes provides links to additional information. The following conditions are related to changes in the structure of mitochondrial DNA. cancers Mitochondrial DNA is prone to somatic mutations, which are a type of noninherited mutation. It is possible that somatic mutations in mitochondrial DNA increase the production of potentially harmful molecules called reactive oxygen species. cyclic vomiting syndrome Some cases of cyclic vomiting syndrome, particularly those that begin in childhood, may be related to changes in mitochondrial DNA. cytochrome c oxidase deficiency Mutations in at least three mitochondrial genes can cause cytochrome c oxidase deficiency (also known as complex IV deficiency), which is a condition that can affect several parts of the body, including the muscles used for movement (skeletal muscles), the heart, the brain, or the liver.
Will (philosophy) One of the recurring questions discussed in the Western philosophical tradition since Christianization is the question of "free will", and the related but more general notion of fate, which asks how will can be truly free if the actions of people have natural or divine causes which determine them, but which are not really under the control of people. The question is directly connected to discussions of what Freedom is, and also the "problem of evil", because it brings into question whether people really cause their own acts. The classical treatment of the ethical importance of will is to be found in the Nicomachean Ethics of Aristotle, in Books III (chapters 1-5), and Book VII (chapters 1-10). In Book III Aristotle divided actions into three categories instead of two: Voluntary (ekousion) acts.Involuntary or unwilling (akousion) acts, which are in the simplest case where people do not praise or blame. Virtue and vice according to Aristotle are "up to us". Does the will desire nothing?
What is mitochondrial DNA Although most DNA is packaged in chromosomes within the nucleus, mitochondria also have a small amount of their own DNA. This genetic material is known as mitochondrial DNA or mtDNA. Mitochondria (illustration) are structures within cells that convert the energy from food into a form that cells can use. Each cell contains hundreds to thousands of mitochondria, which are located in the fluid that surrounds the nucleus (the cytoplasm). Mitochondria produce energy through a process called oxidative phosphorylation. In addition to energy production, mitochondria play a role in several other cellular activities. Mitochondrial DNA contains 37 genes, all of which are essential for normal mitochondrial function. Molecular Expressions, a web site from the Florida State University Research Foundation, offers an illustrated introduction to mitochondria and mitochondrial . An overview of mitochondrial is available from the Neuromuscular Disease Center at Washington University. Next: What is a gene?