DNA or deoxyribonucleic acid is possibly the most important thing in any living organism. DNA is inside every cell of the body and contains information that your cells use to grow and repair. It is your DNA that makes you individual because it controls your hair colour, eye colour and all other characteristics. The information that is contained in DNA is passed between generations in the breeding process.
DNA is made up of atoms of oxygen, hydrogen, carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus - nothing too special when you put it like that - which join together to form a large molecule of DNA. A molecule of DNA is made up of two chains that line up side by side and wind around each other to create a double helix. Within a chain of DNA there are four building blocks known as A, C, G and T or Adenine, Cytosine, Guanine and Thymine. A strand of DNA consists of a random sequence of these four building blocks and it is the order that they're attached which dictates the information that your DNA molecules contain. In each cell of DNA there are around three billion of these four building blocks joined together - a different sequence in everyone. Considering its complexity the structure of DNA is surprisingly simple as it looks like a twisted ladder, the sides are made up of sugar and phosphate molecules and the rungs are the four bases A, T, G and C and the DNA of all living things is made up in the same way.
In almost every cell there is a nucleus and this contains 46 chromosomes or 23 pairs which are also unique to you. It is inside each of these chromosomes that you'll find your DNA. Your cells contain 23 pairs of chromosomes because when you're conceived the 23 chromosomes that are in the egg link up to the 23 in the sperm - effectively it means that you get half of them from your mum and half from your dad.
In order for DNA to be able to transfer information to every cell of the body the cells have to replicate from the moment the egg and sperm first meet. As soon as these two meet a complete set of DNA is formed and that one cell splits into two and then those two into four and this process continues throughout your life as you grow and dead cells need to be replaced. The majority of the time cells divide and replicate perfectly and the DNA is an exact match, however sometimes mutations in the DNA can occur in which case the new cell usually dies. However, there are occasions when these mutated cells can survive in which case serious problems can occur. Sometimes though, these mutations in the DNA can be beneficial to an organism and if this is the case then when the cell comes to replicate again this mutation will remain. It is these positive mutations that represent the beginning of evolution.
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One thing that most of us don’t realize about buying online is that there is often a lot of technology behind each and every purchase.
As an owner of an online wine club I can attest that the process that goes on behind the scenes of an industry, like the wine industry, that is highly regulated would surprise a lot of people.
Credit Card & Billing ChecksLike most ecommerce sites, you have the regular checks of credit card details and billing zip codes. The goal here is simple and straight forward, to make sure the money is available either in the bank account in question or on the credit line and to ensure that the person ordering the wine is in fact, the owner of the card. You might be surprised to learn that only a zip code is checked and a name is not associated with the credit card in any way.
Shipping Address & State Regulations ChecksSecondly, wine offers a second set of unusual checks on the ecommerce side of things. After Prohibition ended over eighty years ago, the federal government decided that each state should be allowed to make their own alcohol laws. As you might expect, that has led each and every state to allow a different set of laws which govern anyone’s ability to ship wine into their state. A few examples to show how careful and meticulous any check of a shipping address has to be for wine:
California: As you might expect given that it is America’s largest wine producing state (by far) the law for shipping wine into California is considered reciprocal. If you want access to America’s largest wine market of consumers, you have to allow California wineries and retailers to ship wine into your state.
Utah: Given the religious nature of the state (in the Mormon religion drinking alcohol, like caffeine is forbidden) it isn’t surprising that there are no direct shipments of wine to consumers. Now, like anything there are certain ways around those type of laws. I know at least a handful of wineries that ship wine to a place of worship, where it can be marked as sacramental and then passed on to the ordering consumer. This isn’t common though and for my wine business, Utah is a no go state.
Texas: Without a doubt, the most frustrating state for my online wine club. We have a ton of family and friends in Texas. It’s the biggest market for wine that we aren’t allowed in. The laws are simple. If you’re a winery, you are generally able to get a permit to ship wine into the state. Out of state retailers are not allowed to have permits, unless you are big enough to open a warehouse and move jobs into the state. It’s a weird law and one where a state with the idelogical bend of Texas (free market love and all) should be allowing all the competition into the state, right?
In any case, I hope you have enjoyed that fun and slightly frustrating look into the world of wine being sold online.
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Supposedly, manufacturers want people to use them strictly for fun and partying-nothing else. Not even the Playstation or the Xbox is entirely just for fun, but these new DropShades are presumably only for that.
All I can think now is aw shucks. I thought I was onto something. Now I can't write about the Dumbing Down of America in reference to wearing DropShades as if I'm some huge conspiracy whistle blower. I won't be able to reveal some truth no one wants to hear. I cannot tell everyone these dark shades are a “less intelligent” version of Google Glass.
After I Read This Article
About twenty minutes into my Google search, I now confirm that the purpose of DropShades is really not that deep. “There seems to be no other motive behind these awesome DropShades party glasses other than to add a little bit of flair to that usually boring clubbing experience of yours,” says Bitrebels.
Seriously, unless I plan to go to a (hopefully drug-free) rave, these sound-activated lighted glasses have no real purpose. They won't even bring me into a new reality—just make my current one a little more livable for maybe a few more minutes.
I'm glad for this brand new epiphany. Now I realize all my computing toys and gadgets are only partially fun, but they also serve some value to me in my line of work. I almost never buy a device merely just for “F...F...F...” I can't even say it. I can't even say "fun" out loud.
I might not be able to say the “F” word very often in relation to the devices I buy, and when I do it's usually not the word “Fun.” However, I actually am having fun as I write this. That has to count for something, right. I sorta get it, don't I?
Possible New High School Stereotypes
I can see what's possibly in store for The Class of 2014. Before they graduate, they might either get their hands on the Dropshades. They'll wear them to the club not even fully understanding how the music activates the pretty little colors others see while they dance. They will think they are so cool even though others might just look at them and laugh--and some not with them but at them.
Alternatively, the geeks might pick their nose in the corner with the rest of the computer nerds while laughing and snorting. The entire time they are reeling in rolls of video blackmail that they can later play in study hall in front of everyone. That's how unnoticeable the Google Glass may be by next year.
So Who Gets The Last Laugh?
The people wearing the DropShades might stand a greater chance of getting laughed at. After viewing young people wearing these glasses, I actually picture a bunch of young college freshman wearing them. (Chances are they may get them as a high school graduation present instead of Google Glass.)
However, some of the versions of Google Glass I've seen are quite dorky, too. Who gets the last laugh? Perhaps it's the one who takes them off first.
Guest Author: Erin Walsh is a technology junky and the Director of Public Relations of Boost Software. She enjoys blogging about topics in technology and occasionally guest posts on popular blogs about some of the most recent tech gadgets, windows installer errors, and other slow computer issues.
A rare Apple 1 laptop — among the primary ever fashioned by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak's one-time school startup — has oversubscribed at auction for nearly $400,000.
The piece of computing history, hand-built within the garage of Jobs' oldsters method back in 1976, went for $387,750 in associate degree online-only Christie's auction. The device was reportedly oversubscribed by a retired college man of science from Golden State, and purchased by associate degree Italian collectors' club.
And here's the kicker: The Italians might have truly gotten a reasonably negotiate. however so? Another Apple one oversubscribed at auction for a humongous $671,400 simply this could. That poor the previous Apple one sale record of $640,000. The device that oversubscribed on was projected to travel for up to $500,000.
There is, however, one vital caveat. This week's sale enclosed simply a motherboard and different elements (all of that Christie's says stay absolutely functional). May's record-setting unit, on the opposite hand, conjointly enclosed an imaginative monitor.
So what does one assume: Was $387,750 a relative whip for associate degree ultra-rare Apple one, or will the dearth of monitor build it a rip-off? provide USA your soak up the comments.