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Musea E-mail Club #483 Two bio papers on “Zinc World”

August 26, 2009

Readers,

This week’s e-mail club message is a special one for me. I
heard from Dr. Mulkidjanian, concerning two new science papers he has
recently published. They talk about his ideas for a ZINC WORLD, and
how zinc may have played an important role in the start of life.
And not only does it support some of the ideas I had,
but he even mentioned me in the acknowledgments​.​
So it is a real honor to pass on the e-mail he sent
to me (see below), and a link to his two fine papers at biology-​direct.​

Dear Tom,
several years ago you have sent me a letter with suggestion to pursue
further the topic of the light-driven origin of life. Although it took
some time to find physically plausible solutions for several problems
related to the light-driven abiogenesis, it has found to be possible to
produce a realistic scenario and even to prove it. The results are
described in the two papers that are freely accessible from the home page
of Biology Direct (www.​biology-​direct.​com).

Thank you once more for your encouragement (and check the Acknowledgement​s
section of the first paper!)

With best regards
Armen

Armen Y. Mulkidjanian, Ph.D.

University of Osnabrueck,
School of Physics and
School of Biology/​Chemistry
Barbarastrasse 7 D-49076,
Osnabrueck, Germany

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In HOUSE NEWS. The new issue of Musea is up on the website.
It is my third issue on the idea of a possible art center.
This installment talks about the museum / library idea.
See musea.us

Art Quiz 8/25/09

August 25, 2009
The answer to, and winner (if any) for,
our last contest question of:
Pizzicato is when the string player plucks
the strings instead of using a bow. This
classical composer’s 3rd movement of one of his
symphonies had the string section play
pizzicato throughout. Name the composer
and the symphony.
IS
The third movement of the 4th symphony by
Pyotr IllyichTchaikovsky (1877-78). It is
a delightful piece of music – check it out.
We had no winners. Seems y’all didn’t show
enough PLUCK on this one!
I don’t
dumb down,
so please
wise up.
Now on to a new Q.:
Win a copy of
my NEW cd CALLED ‘30′! – (first anti-band CD) or
my NEWER cd CALLED ‘NEXT”
or my NEWEST cd CALLED ‘THIRDS” (May ‘07)
or my NOW RELEASED cd CALLED ‘FOUR-TH’
Hunkasaurus.​com (has them all plus videos and more)
if you are the first to e-mail me at THIS NEW ADDRESS:
tom-​hendricks@​att.​net
with the correct answer to this art question*
I have in my hand a professional film screenplay from Hollywood.
I am on page 62 – how far am I into the movie?
Good luck!
Readers, IF you like these puzzles and would
like to resend them to friends, post them on any
newsgroup, or any website, please do so.
The more the merrier!
For tons of past quizzes go to,
the musea website at musea.us
or the Musea blog at musea.​wordpress.​com
And don’t forget the music/videos at hunkasaurus.​com
http:​/​/​www.​Myspace.​com/​Musead (New Friends welcome)
http:​/​/​www.​youtube.​com/​TomHendricksMus​ea (all my videos)

The answer to, and winner (if any) for,

our last contest question of:

Pizzicato is when the string player plucks the strings instead of using a bow. This classical composer’s 3rd movement of one of his symphonies had the string section play pizzicato throughout. Name the composer and the symphony.

IS
The third movement of the 4th symphony by Pyotr IllyichTchaikovsky (1877-78). It is a delightful piece of music – check it out.

We had no winners. Seems y’all didn’t show enough PLUCK on this one!

I don’t
dumb down,
so please
wise up.

Now on to a new Q.:

Win a copy of
my NEW cd CALLED ‘30′! – (first anti-band CD) or
my NEWER cd CALLED ‘NEXT”
or my NEWEST cd CALLED ‘THIRDS” (May ‘07)
or my NOW RELEASED cd CALLED ‘FOUR-TH’
Hunkasaurus.​com (has them all plus videos and more)

if you are the first to e-mail me at THIS NEW ADDRESS:
tom-​hendricks@​att.​net
with the correct answer to this art question*

I have in my hand a professional film screenplay from Hollywood.
I am on page 62 – how far am I into the movie?

Good luck!

Readers, IF you like these puzzles and would
like to resend them to friends, post them on any
newsgroup, or any website, please do so.
The more the merrier!
For tons of past quizzes go to,
the musea website at musea.us
or the Musea blog at musea.​wordpress.​com
And don’t forget the music/videos at hunkasaurus.​com
http:​/​/​www.​Myspace.​com/​Musead (New Friends welcome)
http:​/​/​www.​youtube.​com/​TomHendricksMus​ea (all my videos)

Musea Art Quiz #388

August 18, 2009

The answer to, and winner (if any) for,
our last contest question of:

When I write my piano pieces – I call them bagatelles –
I most often write them in the ABA form. That means that I start
with a melody passage or theme. Then I switch to
a second melody passage or variation of that theme. And finally I repeat the first passage to end it. That’s the ABA form.
(Personal note: In my case I like to do a major key part, then minor key, then back to the major key to end it).
Question:
What other creatures compose music in the ABA form?

IS
Whales! The songs are by males during mating season! Talk about being a big romantic!

We had no winner. Your thinking was fishy (it should have been mammalian!)

I don’t
dumb down,
so please
wise up.

Now on to a new Q.:

Win a copy of
my NEW cd CALLED ‘30′! – (first anti-band CD) or
my NEWER cd CALLED ‘NEXT”
or my NEWEST cd CALLED ‘THIRDS” (May ‘07)
or my NOW RELEASED cd CALLED ‘FOUR-TH’
Hunkasaurus.​com (has them all plus videos and more)

if you are the first to e-mail me at THIS NEW ADDRESS:
tom-​hendricks@​att.​net
with the correct answer to this art question*

Pizzicato is when the string player plucks the strings instead of using a bow. This classical composer’s 3rd movement of one of his symphonies had the string section play pizzicato throughout. Name the composer and the symphony.

Good luck!

Readers, IF you like these puzzles and would
like to resend them to friends, post them on any
newsgroup, or any website, please do so.
The more the merrier!
For tons of past quizzes go to,
the musea website at musea.us
or the Musea blog at musea.​wordpress.​com
And don’t forget the music/videos at hunkasaurus.​com
http:​/​/​www.​Myspace.​com/​Musead (New Friends welcome)
http:​/​/​www.​youtube.​com/​TomHendricksMus​ea (all my videos)

Tom Hendricks
(editor of the 16 year old zine Musea)

Musea E-mail Club #482: Bio #2 What That Means

August 17, 2009

Start with the basic concept of catabolic and anabolic biochemistry. I suggest that that biochemistry evolved to many novel forms and developments.

I suggest a list in the first part of this two parter of what that could mean if proven true.

Then at the end I suggest reasons why the catabolic and anabolic divisions have stayed separate for all these billions of years.
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WHAT THAT MEANS

IF all life evolved in one of two ways – either better catabolism or better anabolism, then that may begin to explain these things:

How life has evolved in only two specific separate pathways, anabolic and catabolic.
Why we have two sexes
Why males are the more aggressive sex. Why male behavior.
Why violent behavior is mostly a male behavior.
Why females are the more nurturing sex. Why female behavior.
Why males react to stress with fight or flight
Why females react to stress with tend and defend

That there is a daily metabolism cycle.
That the daily metabolism cycle has two parts – wake and sleep.
That wake is more concerned with catabolic processes
That sleep is more concerned with anabolic processes
That there may be two relatively separate minds in humans, not one. A catabolic mind, and an anabolic mind.
That the wake mind may be the catabolic mind (conscious mind?)
That the sleep mind may be the anabolic mind. (unconscious mind?)
That in sleep the NREM or deep sleep is for replenishing the body.
That in sleep the REM or dream sleep is for preparing waste out.

That growth has an anabolic rate that is high, and a catabolic rate that is low.
That loss (opposite of growth) has an anabolic rate that is low, and a catabolic rate that is high.
That overweight is a catabolic rate that is too low, and an anabolic rate that is too high.
That underweight is a catabolic rate that is too high, and an anabolic rate that is too low.
That the only true way to adjust weight (loosing or gaining) you must adjust the catabolic / anabolic rates.
Why women are more prone to weight problems then men.
Why loosing or gaining weight is so difficult to do.
That looking at catabolic rates versus anabolic rates can now be a diagnostic tool for Doctors.
That too high a catabolic rate, and too low an anabolic rate has certain specific health problems and psychological problems.
That these problems can be resolved by adjusting the catabolic / anabolic rates.
That too low a catabolic rate, and too high an anabolic rate has certain specific health problems and psychological problems.
That these problems can be resolved by adjusting the catabolic / anabolic rates.

That the Sympathetic Nervous system (fight and flight) evolved out of Catabolic processes.
That the Parasympathetic Nervous System (rest and digest) evolved out of the Anabolic processes.
That there are two basic types of hormones: Catabolic hormones, and Anabolic hormones.
That Anger and Fear are the main two emotions.
That Catabolism led to anger at not blocking out enough non nurturing OR fear at not excreting out enough non nurturing. (Fight and flight)
That Anabolism led to anger at not taking in enough nurturing, OR fear at not holding in enough nurturing.

That the three major inner conflicts outlined by Karen Horney in “Inner Conflicts” are reflections of anabolic or catabolic behavior with anabolic being “Move towards others” behavior, and catabolic being “Move against others’ behavior, AND “Move away from others’ behavior.
That food in waste out is a reflection of anabolism (food in) and catabolism (waste out)
That the Four Options are half anabolism (take in what nurtures, hold in what nurtures ) and half catabolism (block out what does not nurture, excrete out what does not nurture.)

That the origin of the two chemistries of catabolism and anabolism must be an adaptation to some dual cycle in the environment.
That the only such cycle in the environment is the light and dark, day and night cycle.
That the origin of catabolism and anabolism must be an adaptation to the light dark sun cycle.
That a possible scenario for the origin is a day night, light dark, cycle such that:
anabolic is Day, sunlight-UV, dry condensation synthesis type processes. And
catabolic is Night, No sunlight – UV, hydrolysis of ATP type chemistry.

That there may be some direction in natural selection.
That natural selection seems to always goes in one of two ways; either better catabolism or better anabolism.
That there may be a purpose to life – better anabolism and or better catabolism.
That anabolism and catabolism are kept relatively separate for the four billion years that life has existed, in order that each division can better regulate that side, and have more ability to evolve, and change, and adapt to the environment.
That anabolism and catabolism are under a type of ‘symbiotic arms race’ where the separate sides help spur each other to further development and improvement through natural selection.

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WHY ARE THEY STILL SEPARATE ALL THESE YEARS LATER

Natural selection evolved in two pathways – catabolic biochemistry or anabolic biochemistry. Life is either better catabolic processes, anabolic processes, or the regulation of them.

The question is why have they been kept so relatively separate after 4 billion years of evolution; what evolutionary advantages are there to these two being kept apart.

The catabolic and anabolic divisions have to be kept relatively separate so that each can be monitored and regulated separately. That gives much greater flexibility, plasticity, and evolutionary advantage, than if both were monitored together as one system. And it allows for quicker reaction to stress in the environment.

They also have been kept separate because that has led to a ‘symbiotic arms race’ where each side’s changes spur the other to match or exceed them. Thus we have two evolutionary lines going at once – and each challenges the other to improve its processes.

Had life been a single chemical process it would not have had these abilities to adjust to the environment.

That’s why the divisions are relatively separate after 4 billion years of evolution.


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