Update:  Cambrian Explosion Damage Control

first_imgHere’s an update to the “State of the Cambrian Explosion.”  Two years ago, our 04/23/2006 entry analyzed a lengthy paper in Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Sciences by Dr. Charles R. Marshall, a Harvard professor of biology and geology.  Dr. Marshall had taken on the arduous task of explaining, in evolutionary terms, the sudden emergence of all the animal phyla in a geologically short period of time.  It seemed that all Marshall had done by the end of the paper was to say that animals evolved because they evolved.  Needs, he argued, produce the pressure to evolve.  The survival need, for instance, will force an animal to explore the fitness landscape and come up with an optimal solution, especially if the fitness landscape has been “roughened” by some environmental or ecological change.  But can necessity really be the mother of invention without a guiding intelligence?  Why would a population of non-sentient, blind colonies of cells even care about surviving?  And what is the source of information to build an eye, a leg or a gut?Marshall’s latest views were shared in a piece on Science Daily.  Has he fleshed out his explanation with more rigor?  The headline teased readers, “‘Missing’ Ancestors Of Today’s Animals May Not Be Missing After All.”Marshall’s latest idea is that “it was an increase in interactions between species, such as predation, that drove an escalating evolutionary process that led to the development of teeth and claws and the wide variety of characteristics that we see among Earth’s animals today.”  For the first creature able to invent teeth, it must have been free shopping at the meat market.“I believe … the explosion was driven by the onset of adult-adult interactions,” Marshall said.  “Maybe the evolution of jaws or a large enough gut, or the evolution of something like chitin so they could bite rather than just giving a nasty suck.”Marshall admitted, however, that the Cambrian Explosion was unique in the history of life on earth, and that none of the transitional forms leading up to explosion have been found.  He supported his model with a computer program that started with primitive plant-like forms and offered them 4 genetic rules and 6 selection pressures.  He let the initial forms evolve in the computer and ended up with 20 different body types, all of which had counterparts in the Cambrian fossil record.  The article did not elaborate on how much the model might have been rigged to get the desired result, however, nor what criteria were used to compare the computer forms with real animals.  Also, Marshall had considered the interaction class of explanation interesting but inadequate in 2006.  He left it as an unanswered question how a need could generate innovation.  It looks like it still is an unanswered question.As is common in science reporting, Science Daily merely reprinted the press release from the home institution (Harvard) and tacked on its own title and opening summary.  An institution has a vested interest in making its researchers look good.  This arrangement rarely allows a reporter to ask the scientist any hard questions, and most science reporters end up reproducing the claims verbatim – if not embellishing them.Since no one else exposes the charlatans pretending to be scientists, do your part to get the word out about Creation-Evolution Headlines.  Marshall and the Darwinists have given the same song and dance we refuted two years ago.  Nothing has changed.  They are appealing to miracles, saying that the mere presence of opportunities prompts Evolution (capitalized, because it’s is essentially their deity, a tinkering goddess) to invent eyes, jointed appendages, digestive tracts, lungs, blood and all kinds of sensory organs.  Look at this nonsense: “it may have been something as simple as the evolution of jaws with toothlike projections that allowed the world’s first painful bite.”  Good grief; instant jaws and teeth.  Simple, isn’t it.  Two miracles, special order, coming right up.  Don’t bite; it’s painful all right.    Another trick they try is to stretch out the timeline to make it sound less explosive.  But in fact, as we pointed out, no matter how long they try to make the Cambrian explosion period, every new animal appears abruptly in the record.  There are no pre-trilobites.  Trilobites appear fully formed with all their complex equipment already functioning.  They were actually more diverse at their first appearance than higher up in the rock layers (see 07/28/2007).  Same for echinoderms, worms, brachiopods, jellyfish, crustaceans, and all the rest.  Paleontologists do not see a progression at all no matter how many millions of years they want to add.  Everything just shows up fully formed from the get go.  Shouldn’t this be told to students?    The upshot is that evolutionists are deceiving the public.  This one problem falsifies Darwin’s theory, but they tiptoe around and it make up fables to distract readers.  Meanwhile, when not ignoring the creationists entirely (whose view is supported by the fossil record), they harangue them as fundamentalist idiots who are “anti-science.”  No one in the news media takes them to task for this huge deceptive campaign.  Science Daily’s headline that the “Missing ancestors… may not be ‘missing’ after all” is one of the worst big lies ever seen on this subject in recent memory.  Who is being anti-science here?    Creationists have been hounding the Darwinists about the Cambrian Explosion since the days of Darwin himself, who was well aware of it and called it the biggest objection that could be lodged against his theory.  Well, his disciples have had all this time and the problem has only gotten worse.  Any apologies?  Any show of sorrow?  Any humility?  Any consideration of alternatives?  Never.  When they aren’t dodging the issue, they make up preposterous fables about it.  And they pretend the critics don’t even exist.  Look at the article; there is not one mention of the criticisms of Darwinism.  Talk about a nasty suck.    Where are you going to get straight talk on the breaking science news except here?  We are glad our readership has been climbing steadily, but there are still millions who need to know what’s going on in the Science Academy since the Darwin Party dictatorship took over.  If you respect real science and the search for truth based on the evidence, please help spread the word.  Our shortcut URL is simply crev.info: CR for creation, EV for evolution, INFO for information from an intelligent source.  That’s redundant on purpose: information always requires an intelligent source.  Deception does not.(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

South Africa’s CSIR displayed advancements at Scifest

first_img10 March 2016The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) showcased its work at the 20th annual national science festival, Scifest, which took place from 2 to 8 March at the 1820 Settler National Monument in Grahamstown.The festival aims to promote public awareness, understanding and appreciation of science, technology and innovation (STI).Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor attended the opening. “The main purpose of Scifest is to introduce young people to the exciting world of science and technology and to encourage them to choose to be part of this community of science and innovation,” she said.Minister Pandor commends Scifest for making science acessible to young people https://t.co/sVUPywTT7L via @dstgovza— SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY (@dstgovza) March 5, 2016CSIR at Scifest“The CSIR always participates at Scifest because we believe in making a difference and improving the lives of ordinary South Africans and contributing towards a competitive economy using science and technology,” said Tendani Tsedu, CSIR media relations manager.“To be able to do this, highly skilled people are required, which is why we are always looking for bright, passionate people to join our organisation.”He said Scifest provided the perfect platform to be able to interact with youngsters to entice them into a career in science.The organisation participated in six workshops:Biopharming: Biopharming is the use of genetic engineering to insert genes that code the useful pharmaceuticals into host animals or plants. This is done in order to produce large quantities of the useful pharmaceutical such as antibodies or vaccines over a short period of time and at very little cost. Inundu pods: Inundu (moth) is an airborne electronics test, evaluation and training pod for missile and radar programmes as well as electronic warfare training. See how the pods work: Radar: Radar is an object-detection system that uses radio waves to determine the range, angle or velocity of objects. The CSIR provides contract research, technology development, operational testing and evaluation support, acquisition support, performance requirement studies and expert consultation in the field.  Sensors: Nanomaterials that can ultimately be used in an array of sensors, such as gas sensors, which could greatly improve the safety of miners through a gas leak early warning signal. Pupils from Love Dale Kids College listening to #CSIR researcher talking about #sensors and #nanotechnology #Scifest pic.twitter.com/p4KNSlP3sD— CSIR (@CSIR) March 3, 2016 MultiCAM: MultiCAM is a state-of-the-art multi-spectral imaging system that can detect and visualise UV discharges and infrared thermal gradients to expose electrical faults, and then overlay the images to give the user a comprehensive picture of the state of high-voltage equipment and installations.  Polymer nano-composites: New and advanced materials can be developed through the incorporation of nanotechnology. Nanotechnology in polymer science is used to improve the mechanical properties of plastics with a particular focus on the beneficiation of South African nanoclays. The think-tank also provided attendees with information about bursary applications and internship programmes.Building a great countryPandor implored schools to initiate science activities that would help learners do well in maths and science.“You, the learners present here, have time to work hard and to succeed in science technology and engineering,” she said. “You live in a time in which there are immense possibilities for all young people. I hope you will use the festival to learn about science careers and to think about contributing to building a great South Africa.”SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

Trade Contractor Management — Part 2

first_imgStill doubtful? Look around youIf you have any doubts about the value of systems and procedures, look at any well-run large corporation to see how well they can work. Most airlines get their planes loaded and on their way (relatively) quickly and safely. Manufacturers can only produce consistent, high quality products with tight procedures. You may not like fast food, but you have to admire the consistency with which McDonalds and their competitors crank out burgers, fries, and the like. There is no reason that a small construction company can’t take advantage of similar methods to produce consistent, profitable work. Click here to read the previous article in this series So what does it take to create a trade contractor management program for your company? It takes a plan, commitment from the top, time, and energy. Skip any one of these and you will waste time and not get very far.Most small contractors don’t have the time to set aside to work on creating management systems – they’re too busy with their day-to-day work. Those that can carve out time to put a good system together are quickly rewarded with more time on their hands and better, more consistent work in the field. You will need to dedicate time and energy to your program, creating more short-term stress, but it when you break through to the other side the results will be worth the effort. If you just can’t wait to get started on your own trade contractor management program, GBA Pro members can download the full set of checklists here. If you are not a GBA Pro member, and do not want to become one, you can go to my website and buy the full set of checklists. The set includes 26 individual checklists for most standard residential construction trades in Excel format along with a suggested procedure. You can personalize and edit each page as you see fit. Trade contractor management system componentsMy system included each of the following parts. You probably have some in place already, you may decide rename, change or combine some, but you will need each of them, in one form or another to be successful.General Agreement: Your annual signed contract with your trade contractors that covers all work they do for youProject Agreement or Subcontract: Your written, signed contract for each projectControl Documents: Management checklists used to inspect, sign off on completed work, and issue paymentsProject Documents: Project specific plans and specificationWritten Procedures: Simple, easily understood, publicly available written steps everyone follows to comply with your systemThe rest of this series will cover the details of each of these, how to create them for your company, and smoothly implement them for long-term success with your trade contractors. Stay tuned. Before you commit to the time and energy required to put together a complete management system for your trade contractors, you may want to know what you will ultimately get out of it. A good system will help you get more consistent, high quality work, reduce confusion and problems, help new trade contractors get up to speed quickly, improve your back office operations, and avoid confusion throughout the company. Sound interesting? RELATED ARTICLES Trade Contractor Management — Part 1Trade Contractor Management — Part 3Trade Contractor Management — Part 4Trade Contractor Management — Part 5last_img read more

Ryan school murder: Juvenile sent to judicial custody

first_imgThe juvenile, apprehended in connection with the alleged murder of his seven-year-old school mate was on Saturday sent to judicial custody till November 22. He will be kept at an observation home.The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) produced the 16-year-old before Judicial Magistrate (First Class) of the Juvenile Justice Board Devinder Singh. The CBI said the “custodial interrogation of the child in conflict with law was almost complete and he was no more required in police custody”. The father of the juvenile also moved the JJ Board seeking appropriate action against CBI officials for allegedly violating its orders. The application said the CBI had violated the Board’s orders that interrogation be conducted between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. for three days.last_img

Rural Rockstars: Kumaravel Premkumar, India’s junior long jump champion

first_imgKumaravel Prem Kumar, 19, Orthanadu, Tamil Nadu Junior Long Jump Record Holder.Kumaravel Premkumar, 19, is on his mark. In a flash he’s running, long limbs flying, till he lands, kicking up a sandy halo around him. The Pachiyappas School ground in Chennai is strewn with paper cups and garbage-not the,Kumaravel Prem Kumar, 19, Orthanadu, Tamil Nadu Junior Long Jump Record Holder.Kumaravel Premkumar, 19, is on his mark. In a flash he’s running, long limbs flying, till he lands, kicking up a sandy halo around him. The Pachiyappas School ground in Chennai is strewn with paper cups and garbage-not the training facility that befits India’s junior long jump champion. But he isn’t bothered. It’s his home. “I live here with seven other athletes,” says Premkumar, who set a national record of 7.86 m in the junior level in Bangalore in 2010, and topped it with 7.92 m at the Asian Indoor Athletics Championship trials in January 2012.Hailing from Orthanadu village in Thanjavur, 300 km from Chennai, Premkumar didn’t take up sport seriously until he was 15. “My school games teacher asked me to focus on sports,” he says. Victories at various state meets caught the eye of P. Nagarajan, head coach of Prime Sports Academy, Chennai. “I convinced him to move to Chennai,” says Nagarajan.The decision was difficult. “My father passed away when I was two years old, and I didn’t know if I could live away from my mother,” says Premkumar. His mother, Uma Rani, who worked as a cook in the local diocese church to make both ends meet, initially said no. “I had to convince her that this is what I wanted to do, that if I had to achieve something as an athlete, I would have to avail of better facilities and training in Chennai,” says the champion.Premkumar’s trophy cabinet includes bronze medals from several Asian meets. He finished 8th at the iaaf World Junior Championships in Barcelona in July. Premkumar admits he has a long way to go, but his long-term goal is to qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympics. For now, passing high school is a priority. “I failed in the commerce paper. I’m going to sit for it again this October,” he says sheepishly.advertisementlast_img read more

6 days agoLiverpool striker Firmino ‘just like Messi’

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool striker Firmino ‘just like Messi’by Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool striker Roberto Firmino has been likened to Barcelona star Lionel Messi.Jason McAteer says Firmino’s role with Liverpool is similar to that of Messi at Barcelona, with the rest of the attack built around him.McAteer told the Racing Post: “They have had some great number nines and Roberto Firmino makes this side tick.”Brendan Rodgers couldn’t work out where to play him when he was first at the club, trying him out on the left.”Then Klopp came along with his 4-3-3 system featuring a hard-working midfield and explosive front three.”They needed a magician in that attack who pulls everything together and it is similar to how Lionel Messi has played in a Barcelona team set up around him.”Firmino is Liverpool’s Messi. When he’s not in the team you can see how detrimental his absence is.” last_img read more

No Fun League Takes Away GoalPost Dunk Celebrations

The NFL continues to bolster its reputation as the “No Fun League.” In this latest case, the competition committee announced it would penalize players–notably the New Orleans Saints’ Jimmy Graham–for dunking the football over the goal posts following a touchdown. Seriously.NFL competition committee co-chairman Jeff Fisher said Graham’s routine–which he copied from now-retired tight end Tony Gonzalez–was at the heart of the decision to add the goal-post celebration to the list of post-touchdown actions that will draw a flag for unsportsmanlike conduct.“The background is when the committee basically defined unsportsmanlike conduct and celebrations, it grandfathered in the Lambeau Leap, provided only one person jumped into the stands,” Fisher said. “And also (the committee) made an emphasis, made it illegal, to celebrate using anything as a prop, whether it was a pen or it was a ball or what have you. But then again allowed the players to, in essence, use the goal post as a prop, to dunk, to shoot, whatever.“And then last year we had an incident in one of the games where there was a dunk and the goal post was tilted and the game was shut down for about 25 minutes until they could get the goal post corrected. That’s unnecessary, and so we just felt that we would include the goal post in that category as props.”Fisher didn’t specifically name Graham as the inspiration for the decision to add the dunk to the list of celebration no-nos, but when asked if it was the tight end he said: “It was a player that’s done it before that’s real tall, catches a lot of touchdown passes and is pretty good.”NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino revealed the change in how the goal-post dunk will be officiated Tuesday during a radio interview with “The Dan Patrick Show.”Graham, a former basketball player at the University of Miami, has tilted the crossbar twice during his career with a post-touchdown celebration. In the Saints’ game in Atlanta this past season, the game was delayed as stadium workers reset the crossbar.“And the same play he dunked and the goal post shifted, and then he used it as a punching bag,” Fisher said. “Now we’re not going to penalize back to back but the first one, the dunk, now is going to be a penalty. We just can’t afford — can you imagine if someone had a hamstring issue after a 20-minute delay in the game because we allowed a player to dunk?” read more

Before Serena Williams 8 Amazing Facts About the Tennis

Before Serena Williams these Black athletes made a mark on tennis and golf.She Moved North to Escape the Jim Crow SouthAlthea Gibson (Aug. 25, 1927 – Sept. 28, 2003) was part of the Great Migration northward when Black people from the south moved to the urban and industrialized north to escape Jim Crow. She came from the little town of Silver, South Carolina and ended up in Harlem. Her family was hopeful for a new life but they soon learned that the north was not much different from the south. Gibson and her family experienced tough economic hardships. She Was a Table Tennis ChampionThe first sport Gibson played was table tennis. She was so good at it that she became a local champion and captured the attention of musician Buddy Walker who inspired her to play tennis for real. In 1941, Gibson started playing at the local Harlem River Tennis Courts.

Urban Meyer hires former Gator Mickey Marotti to run OSUs strength and

New Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer has added Mickey Marotti to his staff as assistant athletic director for football sports performance. Marotti’s responsibilities will primarily include running the football program’s strength and conditioning program. “I believe the strength staffs that Mickey has led have been the best staffs in college football,” Meyer said. “He is the best there is at developing physically and mentally tough football players.” Marotti will leave the University of Florida where he’s been employed since 2005 and most recently served as the Gators’ director of sports performance. Meyer and Marotti first met when the two were graduate assistants at OSU in 1987. They also worked together at the University of Cincinnati and Notre Dame where Marotti led the schools’ strength and conditioning programs. When Meyer became Florida’s head coach in 2005, Marotti was one of his first hires. During his seven years at Florida, he helped mold 22 All-Americans and eight first-round NFL draft choices. Marotti is one of 100 strength trainers that have a master of strength and conditioning, which is considered the highest honor in the profession. Known for innovative training techniques, Marotti has had players carry rocks, flip heavy tires, and start workouts at midnight. Meyer said he trusts Marotti and his methods. “There are times in the year when the strength staff has more contact with the team than the coaching staff,” Meyer said, “and I have complete trust in Mickey Marotti’s abilities to prepare our student-athletes to be the strongest, fastest and mentally toughest football players they can be.” Marotti will step into his new role on Jan. 2 after OSU returns from their Gator Bowl matchup against Florida. Jerry Emig, associate director for athletic communications, said the details of Marotti’s contract, including his salary, are not yet available. Eric Lichter, director of football performance at OSU, and Troy Sutton, OSU’s coordinator of strength and conditioning, previously worked to design OSU’s football strength and conditioning program. Lichter made $151,860 during 2010 and Sutton made $72,804, according to The Collegiate Times. A June 2010 report from the Orlando Sentinel reported Marotti’s annual salary was $240,000. read more

Balotelli rules out AC Milan

first_imgThe striker does not consider returning to AC Milan as an option ahead of his end of contract at the end of the campaign but insisted there are many teams that want his signature.Mario Balotelli is approaching the end of the next short-term contract he signed with Nice and is already starting to think about his future and where could he possibly go.Balotelli is reportedly valued at 100 million euro by his agent Mino Raiola and there is reportedly interest, despite the hefty price tag.“My future? There are many teams in Italy that follow me,” Balotelli boasted, according to Goal.Opinion: Neymar will earn respect back from the PSG fans Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After completing his incredible return to Parc des Princes, we predict that Neymar will earn the respect back from PSG supporters.The situation between Neymar…“I can say that Milan is not among those clubs.”“I would like to return to an Italian club. Milan? It is not possible.”“It is almost certain that I will not stay [at Nice]. I am still not sure, but it is most likely that it will be my last season here,” Balotelli went on to add.last_img read more