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first_imgOne important fossil and two stories about fossils were announced this week.  They demonstrate that the fossils themselves mean nothing apart from an interpretive context.Birds: A new fossil of Archaeopteryx, the 11th known, has been discovered in Germany.  This one shows many of the same fine details of other specimens, including detailed feathers, but lacks a head.  New Scientist posted a good photo of it.  Historians of science know that the interpretation of this fossil has undergone numerous swings since the time of Darwin, from transitional form, to full bird, to fake, and back to transitional form, according to the current leading consensus.  No saying what the consensus in 2020 will be.Cycads are an exotic kind of plant that look like palm trees but are gymnosperms, not angiosperms.  Slow-growing and endangered, they have been known from Jurassic fossils and have been called classic “living fossils” due to their resemblance to living cycads.  Time to revise the textbooks: PhysOrg reported, “Long-held belief debunked: Cycad is not a ‘Dinosaur Plant‘.”  Based on molecular studies (not fossils), researchers at the Royal Botanic Garden in Sydney have decided that modern cycads are “totally different,” having diversified within the last 10 million years.  Some questions arise from this opinion, however.  They are cycads, so they can’t be totally different from the Jurassic fossils in every sense.  Further, the authors posit “a gap of 55 million years between when dinosaurs were extinct and modern cycads started to diversify,” an odd and seemingly ad hoc evolutionary move.  (Note: the “molecular clock hypothesis” on which their analysis was based assumes a uniform rate of evolution.)Even more questions arise from their explanation of why, after 55 million years of stasis, the cycads “began to diversify at the same time.”  What could have triggered them to awaken from their long Darwinian slumber?  “It seems that the trigger was a change in the climate, that is when global cooling began and when the world started having distinct seasons.”  But if that is the case, it will now be necessary to explain why all the other species in the world followed other evolutionary trajectories, in spite of living on the same planet with the same climate history.  Even more surprising is how the researchers could blame humans for endangering them, if they indeed had already survived 200 million years of every imaginable kind of global upheaval.Dinosaur:  Science magazine this week claimed that the exceptionally-preserved juvenile dinosaur that came to light last week (see 10/13/2011) has “protofeathers,” whatever those are.  Unlike the Archaeopteryx fossil, that had very clear, large feather impressions, this fossil has, at best, tiny hairlike projections.  (Readers can try to find them on the New Scientist photo.)  Clearly whatever these projections were (if not imaginary) were neither for flying or warmth, yet Science in its Random Samples feature (21 October 2011: Vol. 334 no. 6054 pp. 295-297, DOI: 10.1126/science.334.6054.295-a) called them by the suggestive term “protofeathers” twice:  “An exceptionally well-preserved baby dinosaur, with traces of skin and protofeathers, will be the main attraction at a fossil and gem show next week in Munich…. The fossil’s hairlike protofeathers may help researchers understand how and when feathers evolved.”  It seems odd that New Scientist did not mention the alleged protofeathers if they are one of the significant features of this fossil.Help us out.  Locate the imaginary feathers on this dinosaur.  If you find them, please explain what they have to do with feathers.  While you’re at it, help us understand why cycads evolved little for 190 million years, only to diversify around the world at the same time 10 million years ago, but are now endangered because of us (extra credit; determine if the new analysis debunks them as living fossils).  Finally, predict what the status of Archaeopteryx will be 10 or 20 years from now.  We know this is a very difficult test, but advanced Baloney Detecting is a rigorous kind of training.(Visited 26 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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first_imgTwo plants that baffled Darwin are best admired for their design than for their evolution.Most people have seen the hinged snap-shut cages of the Venus flytrap. Some know that the insides of the leaves have three trigger hairs each, which must be touched twice in succession at a minimum interval of time for the trap to work. There’s another carnivorous plant called the waterwheel plant that also fascinated Darwin. He asked how they could have evolved, but isn’t it more scientific to just observe and describe these wonders of nature, and understand the requirements for their success?Venus Flytrap “Teeth” form a ‘Horrid Prison’ for Medium-Sized Prey (The American Naturalist). The traps would not be nearly as effective without their “marginal spikes” that mesh when the trap is closed. Scientists experimented on the traps and found that medium sized prey could struggle out when the spikes were removed. Darwin called the trap a “horrid prison” and commented on its advantage to the plant, but did he really explain its origin? Notice what evolutionists have to assume took place by chance:Botanical carnivory is a novel feeding strategy that has arisen at least nine different times in evolutionary history of plants. Pitfall traps evolved independently at least six times and sticky traps five. The snap traps characteristic of the Venus flytrap, however, have most likely evolved only once in the ancestral lineage. Darwin was the first to document evidence for carnivory in flytraps, and proposed that the cage-like structure enhances prey capture success.Of course the trap “enhances prey capture success,” but does that prove anything about Darwin’s theory? The idea “it’s effective, therefore it evolved” commits circular reasoning. The “Stuff Happens Law” (natural selection of random mutations) would have a hard time waiting for all the ingredients for this plant’s trap mechanism to ‘arise’ together: the cup-like leaves, the trigger hairs, the digestive juices, the turgor pressure providing rapid closure, and the marginal spikes. Think of the faith required to imagine this one plant “evolved only once” in some mythical “ancestral lineage.” That’s evidence against evolution, not for it. Without all of these traits working together, no prey would be caught. The plant doesn’t actually need carnivory, anyway; it could just avoid nitrogen-poor soils and act like a regular plant somewhere else.Illustration from Curtis’s Venus flytrap, drawing from Botanical Magazine by William Curtis (1746–1799)A Varied Menu:  biologists have analyzed which animals are captured by the carnivorous waterwheel plant (University of Freiburg). Another marvelous plant that catches insects uses a different trap mechanism. It’s not picky about what it catches, biologists found at the University of Freiburg. They investigated the “menu” of the waterwheel plant by inventorying what prey landed in the traps over a period of time. Results showed that the plant “catches anything and everything that fits into its trap and triggers the snap mechanism.” The press release compares the two plants:Credit: Plant Biomechanics Group.Using its snap traps, which are only a few millimeters in size, the waterwheel plant catches prey animals that live underwater. The traps snap shut within about 20 milliseconds of mechanical stimulation. The basic trapping principle of the waterwheel plant is the same as the terrestrial Venus flytrap (Dionaea muscipula). However, the two types differ not only with regard to the mediums in which they live, that is water and air respectively, but also in the size, rapidity and movement mechanics of their traps. The researchers believe it is important to establish whether the plants have adapted to catching special types of prey, in order to better understand their ecology and evolution. And yet nothing about their evolution came out of the study. Notice the admitted speculation:Since the waterwheel plant occurs in highly fragmented habitats, which may be very different in terms of the composition of their animal inhabitants, the diverse diet of Aldrovanda could be an advantage over a stricter prey specialization, the researchers speculate.That’s circular reasoning again. The trap is advantageous, for sure: that is an observation. Speculating about where it came from, though, is “speculation” based on the prior commitment to the Darwinian view, “it’s effective, therefore it evolved.” It’s not at all obvious that the Stuff Happens Law can create a trap that can close in 20 milliseconds and catch all kinds of insect prey, including tiny snails, and digest them.People would enjoy these plants much more if they didn’t get the constant speculation that everything evolved. Can we just enjoy these plants without Darwinizing them?(Visited 291 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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first_img{loadposition tc}Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.» Download Business & Industry contact sheet (1.8MB) » Download full image library contact sheet (10.5MB) Bloemfontein, Free State province: The Lochlogan Shopping Centre and waterfront in the city centre.Photo: Graeme WilliamsMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Bloemfontein, Free State province: The Lochlogan Shopping Centre and waterfront in the city centre.Photo: Graeme WilliamsMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Bloemfontein, Free State province: The Lochlogan Shopping Centre and waterfront in the city centre.Photo: Graeme WilliamsMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Welkom, Free State province: Headgear at Harmony Gold Mine.Photo: Graeme WilliamsMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Welkom, Free State province: The conveyor belt system to transport ore to the storage silo at Harmony Gold Mine.Photo: Graeme WilliamsMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Welkom, Free State province: The cable in the winding house moves the cage lift between the various underground stations and to the surface at Harmony Gold Mine.Photo: Graeme WilliamsMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Welkom, Free State province: The cable in the winding house moves the cage lift between the various underground stations and to the surface at Harmony Gold Mine.Photo: Graeme WilliamsMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Welkom, Free State province: Men working below the headgear at Harmony Gold Mine.Photo: Graeme WilliamsMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Welkom, Free State province: The conveyor belt system to transport ore to the storage silo, in the background, while trucks wait to be lowered to an underground station at Harmony Gold Mine..Photo: Graeme WilliamsMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res imageBUSINESS AND INDUSTRY 16: {loadposition business}Having trouble downloading high-resolution images? Queries about the image library? Email Janine Erasmus at [email protected]last_img read more

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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Times may be tougher than they were a few years ago but farm balance sheets are still healthy in a historical context with potential for more positive days ahead.“Two years from now we will see some big relief,” said Barry Ward at the 2016 Ohio Grain Farmers Symposium yesterday. “We have a couple maybe three years wait before we see meaningful change in the price points.”An agricultural economist at The Ohio State University, Ward shared his outlook on cost predictions for 2017 regarding energy, fertilizer, seed, chemical, machinery and equipment, land values, renting, and crop input costs.“The challenges have been with us for the last couple years. We’ve got a cost structure in place for grain production in Ohio and the Midwest for that matter that’s really difficult, making our margin improvement difficult,” he said. “We’ve got commodity prices that are going to continue to be at lower prices than they were in 2010 through 2012 so we are essentially stuck with that cost structure.”Ward recognized that it is a difficult time for corn, soybean and wheat production.“I wish we had better news for 2017,” Ward said. “It may not be as dark as we predicted last year but there will still be challenges.”Land rents and expected values are looking to continue economic depreciation. Margins are declining as cash rents are renegotiated.“Cash rental rates that are a part of many of our producers’ costs are going to be a continued issue,” Ward said.This winter, Ward is offering nine strategies for farmers in Ohio to remain profitable in 2017 — but expenses will need to be cut. Ward’s nine strategies were outlined in a release from OSU:Reevaluate crop production inputs such as prophylactic fungicide applications and specialty fertility products.Forgo phosphorus and potassium fertilizer, if soil tests show there’s enough in the ground for the coming crop.Review and adjust nitrogen rates and application timing.Re-evaluate seed technology. “Seeds with fewer GMO traits are usually less expensive,” Ward said. “But this will require more management time — you may have more weed pressure, more insect pressure. You need to weigh the pros and cons — and if you’ve done some on-farm evaluation, you will know what works and is worth the investment.”Eliminate excess equipment and re-evaluate equipment sizing. “The secondary markets are soft, so it’s not the best time to sell excess equipment. If there is a true need for equipment, this would be the time to buy,” he said.Renegotiate cash leases. “The economics of the past three years have cried for a lowering of cash leases, but they have held up because of equity positions on behalf of farmers and landowners’ property taxes,” Ward said. “Landowners need to understand that margins have declined and lease prices need to come down.”Consider more do-it-yourself repair and services, including spraying, soil sampling and equipment repair.Evaluate farm yield ratios with price ratios when determining crop mix.Re-examine family living expenses. “It’s not easy to do,” Ward said, “but family living expenses need to ratchet back to pre-2006 levels.” According to Illinois Farm Business Farm Management data, family expenses were $85 per acre in 2006, compared with $110 per acre in 2015.last_img read more

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first_imgDUSHANBE, Tajikistan—Ceres-Negros traveled 27 hours to reach this dusty, mountainous Central Asian city.Set to face Tajik champions FC Istiklol in the inter-zone semifinals of the AFC Cup here on Tuesday, the Busmen would like nothing more than making this journey worth the trip.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Playing on enemy ground has been a struggle for the Busmen in the competition and with travel-weary legs, the odds will be stacked against them at Pamir Stadium.But midfielder Manny Ott, who was part of the national team that beat Tajikistan, 4-3, in Asian Cup qualifying last June, said it’s about time the Busmen shook off fatigue and finally play to their potential away from home.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe Busmen hold a strong home record, going unbeaten in five matches at home in the AFC Cup, including wins in the knockout stages against Johor Dairul Ta’zim of Malaysia and Home United of Singapore.And while the Busmen can bank on the crowd at Panaad Stadium in Bacolod to energize them in the second leg on Sept. 12, Ott said they’re determined to take care of business when they travel. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Pugs go 3-0; Archer averts PH shutout MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters “We need results away so we can be more comfortable at home,” said Ott. “We cannot rely on our results at home all the time.”The Tajik champions carry a big reputation in the competition, after reaching the finals in 2015, losing to JDT.The Busmen looked sharp as they underwent light training on Saturday.“The travel is too long, too much,” said midfielder Stephan Schrock. “Nevertheless, we’re here to make a milestone for Philippine football. There’s nothing else on our minds except this game [on Tuesday]. We can take a big step with a result here.”ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’center_img Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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first_imgRelated LinksGirls NYC finalists Two-time defending X-Blades National Youth Championships premiers New South Wales Combined High Schools (NSWCHS) will lock horns with Queensland Secondary Schools Touch (QSST) in the women’s final at 2.05pm.NSWCHS were pushed all the way by their semi-final opponents Central Queensland Bulls, 7-5, while QSST had a comfortable 8-1 win over South West Queensland Swans.The Bulls looked like causing the upset of the tournament when they were leading 5-3 midway through the second half.But NSWCHS came back in the final 10 minutes to post four unanswered touchdowns.QSST’s first half performance set-up their semi-final win over the Swans.QSST took a 5-0 lead into the half-time huddle and scored three more in the second stanza. Ashleigh Kearney bagging a hat-trick.It will be a crackerjack of a final as both teams remain undefeated in the tournament.The Bulls and the Swans will meet each other in the Community Final at 10.45am.In the playoff matches:Brisbane City Cobras won the playoff for fifth, 4-2 against NSW Combined Catholic Colleges.Sunshine Coast Pineapples finished seventh after their win against NSW Touch Association Development, 3-2.NSW Combined Independent Schools were too good for ACT Pirates, 5-4, in the playoff for ninth.South Australia Heat finished 11th after defeating Western Tigers 5-3.Northern Territory finished 13th after beating Victoria in a drop-off, 6-5.ACT Pirates and South Australia Heat will go head-to-head in the Development State Final.Make sure you stay up to date with these websites for all the National Youth Championships action: National Youth Championships – www.nyc.mytouchfooty.comTouch Football Australia – www.austouch.com.auTouch Football Australia’s YouTube channel – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausTwitter: www.twitter.com/touchfootyausFacebook: www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralialast_img read more

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first_imgCongratulations to the winners of the 2013 Touch Football ACT Super League finals. Men’sBelconnen Phoenix 10 defeated Tuggeranong Vikings 3Women’s Tuggeranong Vikings 12 defeated Belconnen Phoenix 7Stay tuned to www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus for all of the highlights from the finals. Related LinksACT Super Leaguelast_img

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first_imgTORONTO – Canada’s largest real-estate trust says it’s planning to sell about $2 billion worth of properties — primarily open-air malls or power centres — in secondary markets across the country.RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust (TSX:REI.UN) expects to net about $1.5 billion after expenses from the sale of about 100 properties by late 2018 or 2019, with exact details yet to be revealed.About half of the net proceeds will be used to repurchase RioCan trust units from the open market.RioCan also plans to invest $300 million to $400 million per year on property development in the six major markets that already account for about 75 per cent of its annual rental revenue.RioCan chief executive Edward Sonshine told analysts that its properties in secondary markets generally have less growth potential than its holdings in Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver.“We have always known that the best assets, from a growth perspective, are located where there’s population growth,” Sonshine said Monday during a conference call with analysts.“In Canada, that population growth is essentially in the six major markets of this country.”Although Sonshine said RioCan won’t be revealing the exact list of properties until individual deals are reached, he said that many of them will be in Ontario and Quebec, with a smaller number in Atlantic Canada, Alberta and British Columbia.Among the communities he identified as potential markets for sales were London, Ont., and smaller Ontario communities such as Collingwood, Renfrew, and Leamington.He also said that Orillia, Ont., is home to a RioCan property with a vacant space formerly occupied by Target.However, Sonshine said RioCan is flexible about what it sells and will keep some of its secondary market properties, including one in Barrie, Ont., that is part of a joint venture with Hudson’s Bay Co. (TSX:HBC).The B.C. capital of Victoria also has a property that RioCan will likely hold onto because of its potential for growth, he said.As for the plan to buy back some of RioCan’s equity, Sonshine said it made sense because of the relatively low market value of its units.RioCan units were at $24.10 at mid-day on the Toronto Stock Exchange, little changed since Friday and well off their 2017 closing high of $27.08 on Jan. 6.last_img read more

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first_imgTOKYO – YouTube said Thursday it has punished well-known blogger Logan Paul over a video that appeared to show a body hanging in a Japanese forest that is said to be a suicide spot.The company said in a statement that it has removed Paul’s channels from Google Preferred and will not feature him in the new season of the web series “Foursome.” It said his new video blogs are also on hold.Paul earlier announced he was stepping away from posting videos “to reflect” following an outcry when he uploaded images of the apparent body and his reaction to finding it in the forest.YouTube prohibits violent or gory content posted in a shocking, sensational or disrespectful manner, the company says. It issued a “strike” against Paul’s channel for violating its community guidelines after the posting.The video was viewed some 6 million times before being removed from Paul’s YouTube channel, a verified account with more than 15 million subscribers.A storm of criticism followed despite two apologies, with commenters saying Paul seemed disrespectful and that his initial apology was inadequate.Google Preferred’s advertising program aggregates top YouTube content for advertisers to buy time on them.last_img read more

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