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1. The act of shifting. Specifically: The act of putting one thing in the place of another, or of changing the place of a thing; change; substitution. My going to Oxford was not merely for shift of air. (Sir H. Wotton) A turning from one thing to another; hence, an expedient tried in difficalty; often, an evasion; a trick; a fraud. Reduced to pitiable shifts. I 'll find a thousand shifts to get away. (Shak) Little souls on little shifts rely. (Dryden)

2. Something frequently shifted; especially, a woman's under-garment; a chemise.

3. The change of one set of workmen for another; hence, a spell, or turn, of work; also, a set of workmen who work in turn with other sets; as, a night shift.

4. In building, the extent, or arrangement, of the overlapping of plank, brick, stones, etc, that are placed in courses so as to break joints.

5. (Science: chemical) A breaking off and dislocation of a seam; a fault.

6. A change of the position of the hand on the finger board, in playing the violin. To make shift, to contrive or manage in an exigency. I shall make shift to go without him. [They] made a shift to keep their own in Ireland. (milton)

Origin: Cf. Icel skipti. See Shift.


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biogenesis/panspermia only shifts the problem further either in time or in place, but doesn't solve the problem where and how did life emerge The book's title: "The origin of life and space. General theory and universal model." ...

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by leniel
Thu Jan 24, 2013 11:50 pm
 
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The general theory of origin of life

biogenesis/panspermia only shifts the problem further either in time or in place, but doesn't solve the problem where and how did life emerge

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by JackBean
Mon Dec 17, 2012 10:01 am
 
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Evolution and environment question--breathing, etc

... and environmental factors will be mainly in the same direction - so the longer time there is, the more change could occur - environmental change shifts your location on the spectrum of possible physiology for a given genetic background, and genetic change shifts the position of that spectrum. ...

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by AstraSequi
Tue May 29, 2012 4:32 am
 
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Re: Theories - Origin of Life

... “Whatever's real.” Well are these frequency changes random or non random? What is the reality? You also state that you have “published research on shifts in frequencies as a result of selection,” Huey has a comment on this matter. In the same paper he informs the Palaearctic region, Prevosti (1974) ...

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by scottie
Sat Feb 18, 2012 11:33 pm
 
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Re: Theories - Origin of Life

... the Science paper (not a good practice) - just the abstract and the New Scientist article. As you point out, though, the paper's abstract says,   shifts over time (24 years between samples on average) in chromosome inversion frequencies That says it all. Note the words "shifts" and "frequencies". ...

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by wbla3335
Thu Feb 16, 2012 4:44 pm
 
Forum: Evolution
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