An article by a free-lance science writer about dinosaurs evolving into birds takes the cake for speculative just-so storytelling, but it got published and republished anyway.It’s not often that a whole article deserves “Stupid Evolution Quote of the Week,” but this one comes close: “How Birds Evolved From Small Meat Eating Dinosaurs,” by Joel N. Shurkin, published by Inside Science News Service and republished by Live Science. Aside from beginning with the Kipling-style title, Shurkin wrote a completely fact-free story, relying on nothing but imagination: in short, “The arms got longer, the legs got shorter, and they were flying.”Shurkin assumes that for one reason or another, limb proportions changed in dinosaurs. “Some time, perhaps 150 million years ago, small-feathered dinosaurs called maniraptorans began to develop longer arms and shorter hind legs, kick- starting the evolutionary process to becoming the birds we see today.” They didn’t just start flying, “of course,” he quips as he launches into storybook land:Some of the creatures had longer wings and maybe shorter legs than others and found they could run faster and be more maneuverable than others. From there, natural selection took over…. Their bodies got smaller, their forearms larger, the rear limbs shorter.What happened then? One possible — if simplistic — scenario is that one day, one of the creatures with longer arms, while leaping over a hole, or snapping at something to eat, or trying to avoid being eaten, spread its forearms, and left the ground for a second or two. He or she tried it again, maybe flapping the arms, and suddenly he or she was flying.Just like that. The rest was just refinements. “This, of course, happened over millions of years.” Of course.Shurkin also had stories for how flying reptiles emerged, and flying mammals, too (bats). They “probably evolved the same way,” he said, relying on his storytelling assistants, Hans Larsson of McGill University and Gregory Erickson of Florida State. At least the storytellers left themselves an out:“It’s hard to reconstruct the capacity for flight,” he said. To fully understand the process scientists would need to apply “forensic science to the fossil record” because scientists don’t have samples of the muscles. Larsson’s study, he said, was the best done so far, but it is still an educated guess.“We’ll never really know,” Erickson said.The article on Inside Science set off a lively set of comments by a creationist reader. To settle the issue, they all might best watch the documentary Flight: The Genius of Birds. In the film, several scientists explore the “multiple independent points” that work together in a bird to allow powered flight in the heavier-than-air creatures: hollow bones, a redesigned respiratory system, movement of the center of mass, the most efficient digestive system in the animal kingdom, special flight musculature, navigation systems, orientation systems, flight feathers with a million parts each, and much more.Unfettered storytelling is the besetting sin of evolutionists. Coupled with an imagined omnipotent power of the Stuff Happens Law (natural selection), no story is too silly to get told, retold and admired by the Darwin Party. Rescue a storyteller today; take them to Storytellers Anonymous or to a deprogramming session, where they must write “I will not tell just-so stories” on the board 100 times before lunch. Especially hard cases might require devices that deliver a mild electric shock on the wrist every time they say “maybe” or “might have” or “scenario.” There can be outdoor experiments, too. Take the subject outside to run on a track with a hole in it, and instruct him to stretch out his forearms and flap as he jumps over the hole. If he still thinks this could lead to human flight by natural selection (but over millions of years, “of course,”) ask which accidental mutations will get passed on to his offspring that have anything to do with his experience of jumping over a hole and flapping his forearms. Deprogramming requires a lot of patience and time. That’s why so few invest effort in it. It explains evolutionary storytellers, like lost souls, roam the halls of academia, addicted to their habit, lacking a merciful hand to intervene. There’s a quicker alternative: buy copies of Flight: The Genius of Birds to share with them. Blessed are the merciful. (Visited 17 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market marshall kirkpatrick Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#conferences#CTIA 2011#web Did you know there are 3X as many smartphones being activated every minute around the world than there are babies being born? That’s according to Hans Vestberg, CEO of Ericsson. “Those of us in this room can remember when mobile coverage was rare and we chose when to go online,” Vestberg said on stage today at the CTIA wireless conference. “This next generation being born will expect coverage everywhere, will take being online for granted and will choose when they go offline.”Day two of CTIA began with a heavy emphasis on statistics from the morning’s keynote speakers and some of the numbers may surprise, delight and inspire you. Or they might make you worry that humanity is about to be overrun by smart devices. You might also feel inclined to contest one or two of them – but here they are.Vestberg said this morning that his company expects there to be 8 billion mobile subscriptions live around the world in just 4 years. “Astute observers will note that there aren’t 8 billion people on earth,” he said. “We’re definitely expecting multiple devices and subscriptions to be used by many people.” Vestberg emphasized that those 8 billion subscriptions would all be from human subscribers, too. Beyond those subscriptions, he predicted that there would be 50 billion network connected non-human devices in 10 years, representing 2/3 of all electronics. “All devices that can benefit from connectivity will be connected,” Vestberg said in one of many references here to what’s called the Internet of Things.During peak times, Netflix streaming movies alone takes up 20% of all US badwidth consumptionCan the world’s natural resources sustain that level of growth? “When you say 50 billion, a lot of people think of tablets and smart phones,” leading wireless industry analyst Chetan Sharma told us today in response to that question. “It’s true that’s going to be a constraint and new thinking may be required. If you look at companies like Kovio, using NFC, creating printed electronics – over the next 5 or 10 years new forms of electronics will come into play. If there is a need and a big enough market, humans are good at figuring things out.”Other numbers that help paint a picture of the future being discussed here at CTIA:During peak times, Netflix streaming movies alone takes up 20% of all US badwidth consumption. That from Sanjiv Ahuja, CEO of Light Squared, a wholesale network provider that said today it is going to spend $14 billion to build out wholesale 4G LTE US infrastructure over the next 8 years.Where is China in all of this, you might wonder? Yang Jie, Executive VP of China Telecom, which has 60% marketshare in China, spoke at CTIA this morning as well. He said China Telecom reported $35B in revenue last year, 47% of which coame from wireless. The company expects that percentage to surpass 50% next year. Jie said that China Telecom plans to put a major emphasis on the Internet of Things as well. For context, AT&T reported $124B in revenue last year and Verizon $106B. 60% of Verizon’s revenues were from wireless. China is the largest mobile market in the world in terms of subscribers, fast approaching 1 billion mobile phones in use, but these numbers indicate that monetization of that market remains significantly smaller than in the US, where there are 300 million mobile phones.Any way you slice it, though, the wireless industry folks here at CTIA expect major and game changing growth of connected devices to accelerate in the next few years.
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ He was also a little slow to react on defense, including when Brice Johnson made a quick spin past him for a dunk. The Clippers posted the highlight on their Twitter account, calling it a “pretty baller move.”That’s the kind of target that LaVar’s antics have painted on his son’s back. And it’s much bigger than the purple No. 2 under his name.“Tough game. We didn’t get the job done,” Lonzo Ball said. “I need to be better.”Scouts do wonder how that unorthodox shooting stroke will translate to the NBA game. What is not up for debate is the Lakers’ return to must-see status with the pass-first point guard on the trigger and his carnival barker father on the mic.While LaVar Ball has dropped hints that he could tone down the bombastic comments and unending marketing of his Big Baller Brand apparel that turned him into an internet villain of sorts during Lonzo’s lone season at UCLA, he was totally in character for his son’s debut.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES LAS VEGAS, NV – JULY 07: LaVar Ball, father of Lonzo Ball #2 of the Los Angeles Lakers, jokes with fans at halftime of a 2017 Summer League game between the Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers at the Thomas & Mack Center on July 7, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Clippers won 96-93 in overtime. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFPLAS VEGAS — It took basketball prospect Lonzo Ball 20 seconds to get a near-capacity crowd off its feet in his first summer league game.Just like LaVar taught him.ADVERTISEMENT NCAA’s best honored as 93rd season opens LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong “The Lakers fans are coming and my boy is gonna bring ’em out,” LaVar Ball crowed at halftime. “Because there’s excitement for the game. It’s entertainment. That boy is going to entertain. He’s been doing it all his life.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Ball’s highly anticipated Los Angeles Lakers debut on Friday night started with a flourish on a perfectly timed lob pass to Brandon Ingram. But that was one of the few bright spots for a player Magic Johnson has dubbed as the new face of the Lakers in a 96-93 overtime loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.The No. 2 overall draft pick scored just five points and missed 13 of his 15 shots, to the disappointment of a near-capacity crowd that came out to see him. Leave it to his father to sum up the night with some of his trademark straight talk.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“He don’t be discouraged because that’s the worst he can do,” LaVar Ball said. “He can’t go but up. And he still kept them in the game playing his worst game ever. That’s what I like about it.”LAS VEGAS, NV – JULY 07: Lonzo Ball #2 of the Los Angeles Lakers brings the ball up the court against the Los Angeles Clippers during the 2017 Summer League at the Thomas & Mack Center on July 7, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Clippers won 96-93 in overtime. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFPLonzo Ball was 1 for 11 from 3-point range, including a bad miss from well beyond the line — the kind of daring pull-up the Ball family is known for — with 1:16 to play in regulation. View comments
Touch Football Australia is pleased to announce the Australian Youth squads who will be vying for positions in the Australian Youth teams to take on New Zealand in January, 2015. Australia and New Zealand will battle it out at Remondis Stadium, Cronulla for the prestigious Youth Trans Tasman Trophy in the Under 18’s and 20’s Boys and Girls’ divisions from Friday, 16 January to Sunday, 18 January 2015. The Australian Youth teams will be hoping to continue their impressive record over New Zealand in recent times; including their 4-0 series clean-sweep the last time both nations met in Auckland in February, 2013. TFA also wishes to congratulate the following coaches on their appointments for the 2015 Youth Trans Tasman Series:18’s Boys – Dave Nolan 18’s Girls – Craig Morrow 20’s Boys – Phil Gyemore 20’s Girls – Justin Creighton TFA wishes to congratulate the following players who have been named in the Australian squads in the lead up to the 2015 Youth Trans Tasman Series. Australian 18’s Girls squad Rae BarkerLucy BottenChloe CheneyShenae CiesiolkaTayla CliffordMadison CroweRachelle DavisNakia Davis-WelshKasey DragisicDominique du ToitLaura GleesonLily GoodchildMia JohnstoneStephanie MaioloTaylor MasonJemma Mi MiZara NicholasAbbey PapenhuyzenGeorgina RackemannStephanie ReidShannon RoseMackenzie SadlerEmma SykesBailey ToleafoaLaura WaldieAustralian 18’s Boys squadTjadyn AshbyTristan BroadbridgeJustin CridlandJarrod CrookMatthew EganCoen FieldingJake GrechCampbell LovellIvan LynchJackson MillsFelix MoliDamon MooreJayden NgamanuRyan PapenhuyzenKalyn PongaCallum PurdonDavid RichardsCorey RussellJordan SarmentoAndrew SearleKai SimbolonRegan WalshChristopher WilliamsMatthew WilsonThomas WongAustralian 20’s Girls SquadDanielle DavisHannah DyballMaddison FisherStephanie JamesAshleigh KearneyJordan LovejoyYasmin MeakesCaitlin MoranPaige ParkerLaura PeattieAshleigh QuinlanSamantha RodgersTayla RosinBrea SingmanTanisha StantonKatherine StevensMaddison StuddonKimberley Sue SeeTamika UptonAustralian 20’s BoysJames BaartzMichael BeattyCameron BogaSam CarmodyMatthew ClunePaddy CoelhoMichael FallonCormac HochLachlan HochJonathon HuskinsJed IbbotsonJeremy KingTom KronkJayden LoveTheo MajidLewis McAlisterRob McCarthyGrant McDonaldRohan MesserJosh RozairoCiaran TonerJames Western Related Filesaustralian_youth_squads_announcement-pdfRelated Links2015 YTT Squads
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd target Pochettino’s Levy loyalty won’t keep him at Spursby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino’s relationship with chairman Daniel Levy won’t prevent him from leaving for Manchester United.The Daily Mail says Pochettino will not let his relationship with Levy stop him walking away from Tottenham.Pochettino is Manchester United’s first choice to become their next permanent boss, while the Argentine is also a long-term target for Real Madrid.The highly-rated manager has established a substantial power base at the north London club in recent seasons, working closely with supremo Levy to reshape the Tottenham squad since his arrival in 2014.But sources close to Pochettino insist the coach will have no qualms about walking away this summer should he decide his future lies elsewhere.
Aston Villa boss Smith reveals face-to-face Abraham talks about Wolvesby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAston Villa boss Dean Smith has urged Tammy Abraham to stay and fire them into the Premier League.Smith talked face-to-face with the 21-year-old on-loan Chelsea striker to find out if he was still keen on a temporary switch to Wolves.“Monday was an agreed day off for Tammy,” said Smith. “He came back in on Tuesday. I spoke to him then about his attitude, and it’s been spot-on since then.”He’s been happy here. I asked if he was looking to go elsewhere and he reiterated he was happy to be at Villa , was enjoying playing here and enjoying scoring goals — and nothing more was really said to him. I’ve said right from the outset I couldn’t see him going anywhere, and I’d have been amazed if he had.“The way I look at it, he’s scored 23 goals in this league before with Bristol City. He’s got 16 now. He’s got 20 games to go, if he scores another ten he’s never playing in the Championship again. He’s a Premier League player who’s here, playing in the Championship with us. We’re hoping he can score the goals to take us to the Premier League.”On the prospect of Wolves taking Abraham on-loan, Smith added: “I don’t believe a recall to send him on loan again would have made sense. He’s been on loan three times already. He’s enjoying his football here and long may that continue.“I think everyone knew there was a release clause if Chelsea wanted to pull him back. But my understanding is that if they had activated it it would be for him to play for them, because they had no intention of selling him.“His state of mind is fine. This has been going on for two or three weeks now and he’s scored goals in that time.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
MONTREAL — Jurors hearing the case of a Montreal man accused in the killing of his ailing wife will have to weigh two possible verdicts.Quebec Superior Court Justice Helene Di Salvo told the eight-man, four-woman jury that they must find Michel Cadotte guilty — the only question is whether his crime was second-degree murder or manslaughter.The judge is giving final instructions to jurors today after which they will be sequestered until they reach a unanimous verdict.Cadotte is charged with second-degree murder in the February 2017 death of Jocelyne Lizotte, his wife of 19 years.Lizotte, 60, was suffering from advanced Alzheimer’s disease and was unable to care for herself. Cadotte had been told about a year before the slaying that his wife did not qualify for a medically assisted death because she couldn’t consent and was not considered to be at the end of her life.Di Salvo’s instructions come two years to the day after Lizotte was suffocated with a pillow in her long-term care bed.Cadotte’s lawyers argued that their client was in a depressed state of mind and unable to cope after watching Lizotte suffer for nine years.The Crown has countered that Cadotte understood the impact of his actions and intended to kill Lizotte when he held the pillow over her face.The Canadian Press
John Murray APTN National NewsBarry Spence is an electrician who lives in the small town of Thompson, Man.He also suffers from kidney problems and the nearest health service centre to deal with his ailment is 700 km south in Winnipeg.He took a greyhound bus recently to a medical appointment for his kidneys.What happened on his way home left him shocked and alone at 4 a.m. on the side of the highway.
TORONTO – Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX) says lower gold production and a hit on sales from its Tanzanian operations pushed the mining giant to a net loss in the third quarter.The Toronto-based miner says it had a net loss of US$11 million or a penny per share for the quarter, compared with net earnings of US$175 million or 15 cents per share a year earlier.Barrick says overall gold production came in at 1.24 million ounces, compared with 1.38 million for the third quarter last year.The company, which owns 64 per cent of Tanzania-focused Acacia Mining, is embroiled in a tax and refining dispute with the government there that it says affected its gold sales.Last week, Barrick said it had reached a resolution to the impasse that would include Acacia paying US$300 million to Tanzania and transferring to the government a 16 per cent interest in its three gold mines. The deal still needs to be approved by Acacia.Barrick says net earnings for the third quarter were impacted by a tax provision of US$172 million related to the proposed deal.
Mumbai: The rise in banks’ profitability, thanks to a steady decline in dud assets, can give a 0.60- percent boost to GDP in fiscal 2020, says a report. This will be possible due to the rise in profits on the back of a decline in credit costs, which is the money that banks set aside to deal with bad loans, will help banks lend more money to productive purposes, it said. “The fall in credit costs implies a positive supply impact of 1.40 percent to credit growth, which can boost real investment growth by 2 percent and real GDP growth by 0.60 percent financial year,” a report by American brokerage Goldman Sachs said Monday. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe Reserve Bank earlier this month pegged FY20 GDP print at 7.2 percent, down 20 bps from its February forecast. The brokerage estimates credit costs as a proportion of the total outstanding loans will nearly halve to 1.20 percent in FY20 from the peak of 2.30 percent in FY18. In absolute terms, the fall will be to the tune of Rs 1.9 lakh crore from Rs 3.3 lakh crore. Credit growth has already been coming in at a multi- year high for the last few fortnights, and printed at 13.24 per cent for the fortnight to March 29. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe brokerage report said for the past nine years, the banking system has grappled with non-performing assets, where ballooning credit costs impaired their capital, constrained credit supply, and was associated with a decline in credit and investment growth. Improvements in credit supply will now more likely stem from an improvement in banks’ profitability on a normalisation of bank credit costs, it said. This will be achieved on the back of more benign trends in stress loans and the healthier NPA provisioning ratios that “proactive policies have engendered over the past two years”, it said. The report said boost to credit growth can be higher if credit costs are lower, banks continue to substitute away from bonds into credit to the real economy, or raise more capital than the baseline. However, on the flipside, growth can be impacted by up to 0.15 percent if some of the assumptions do not come true, it warned.