"In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on." -Robert Frost Well, here we are, at the end of the week, and you know what that means: another Ask Ethan column! This week, I've been asked about the same thing by many different people, so I'll credit it to Patrick E. and Matt T., who want to know: I'm curious to hear your take on this: the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics applied to the origin of life. For those of you who haven't heard, this is what they're talking about. Image credit: Richard A. Cunha, Thereza A. Soares, Victor H. Rusu, Frederico J.S. Pontes, Eduardo F. Franca and Roberto D. Lins. We've long known that the Universe didn't start out with anything resembling life. Forget about complex, multicellular, highly differentiated creatures like mammals, angiosperms and insects; immediately after the Big Bang, the Universe didn't even have atoms in it! But out of that incredibly hot, dense soup of primordial matter and … [Read more...] about Ask Ethan #21: Why does life exist?
By Lynn Henning The Detroit News Published 4:52 p.m. UTC Aug 8, 2018 Erie, Pennsylvania – There were dogs in the stands, but few dogs on the field Tuesday night at UPMC Park, where the Erie SeaWolves play. It was Bark in the Park night. Baseball can take a bow for a being the only sport where people can bring their canines through the turnstiles and into the seats, and didn’t those barks and howls make for an interesting combined chorus during Tuesday’s National Anthem. On the ball field, Erie this season has a new roster filled with better flesh, a lot of which might legitimately migrate to Comerica Park. This contrasts to what the dogs would have seen from their box seats only a year ago. Yes, there was Christin Stewart and Grayson Greiner and Mike Gerber, but that pretty much was it. There otherwise were too many Gabriel Quintanas, Steven Moyas, and Zack Coxes. Tuesday night’s lineup flashed a new infield courtesy of the past year’s trades: … [Read more...] about A long Tigers rebuild begins to show life at Double-A Erie
By Stephanie King, Correspondent Published 4:02 pm CDT, Tuesday, August 7, 2018 Photo: Stephanie King / Photo Correspondent / Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Bexar County Precinct 4 Commissioner Tommy Calvert (left) jokes with Junior Chef Competition organizer Milas Williams after the July 21 event. Bexar County Precinct 4 Commissioner Tommy Calvert (left) jokes with Junior Chef Competition organizer Milas Williams after the July 21 event. Photo: Stephanie King / Photo Correspondent / Teams in Junior Chef Competition learn life lessons 1 / 1 Back to Gallery After serving 15 years for aggravated robbery committed when he was 19, one former prisoner is now a professional chef. Milas Williams graduated from culinary school four years after his release in 2014. Today, chef Williams is praised by law … [Read more...] about Teams in Junior Chef Competition learn life lessons
DONALD Campbell was a record breaking adrenaline junkie who smashed records on land and water. Here's the lowdown on the speed freak who paid the ultimate price for his love of record breaking. Who was Donald Campbell? He was born on March 23 1921 in Surrey and was the son of speed record breaker Sir Malcolm Campbell. He inherited his love of speed from his motor racing dad who himself held 13 world speed records on land an water throughout the 20s and 30s. Donald went to Uppingham School and volunteered for the RAF at the outbreak of the Second World War. But he was barred from serving after suffering a bout of childhood rheumatic fever. Instead he joined the Briggs Motor Bodies Ltd company as a maintenance engineer. After that he was a shareholder in a small engineering company called Kine engineering, producing machine tools. Following his father's death on New Year's Eve 1948 and aided by Malcolm's chief engineer, Leo Villa, he resolved to set speed records first on water … [Read more...] about Who was Donald Campbell, when did he die and what speed records did he set during his life?
By Art Brooks Special to The Detroit News Published 4:01 p.m. UTC Aug 6, 2018 When the Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookies reported for camp, three of coach Chris Creighton's Eastern Michigan players were on the roster – two more than Alabama and Ferris State had, by the way. Pat O'Connor played last year as a defensive end and was a seventh-round pick of the Lions in 2017. Offensive lineman Cole Gardner has two seasons' experience and was a free agent, and wide receiver Sergio Bailey signed this spring as a free agent. "They are all definitely driven," Creighton said in an e-mail. " They know what hard work is and are willing to put that work in. They all have a persistent mindset in that they realize that this, too, can be a process. They all have great ability, and yet they all know that ability alone is not what is going to allow them to make it. I would throw Andrew Wylie and Darius Jackson in this same group. Obviously, I am super proud of all of them." Wylie and Jackson … [Read more...] about Three ex-Eastern Michigan players on Buccaneers talk about life in NFL