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Scientists, Reporters Still Nuts Over Darwin

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first_imgNo other historical scientist gets as much praise and worship as Charlie D. Why is that?Darwin’s name appears frequently in science news and journal papers, much more than Newton, Maxwell, or Einstein. And yet other than doing some legit observation of barnacles and pigeons, Charlie’s main contribution was to anoint the Stuff Happens Law with an aura of science. He wrote hundreds of pages elaborating how stuff happens without reason or guidance, by means of some mysterious Selector out there who cares nothing about the results. Why would that make him famous? The only explanation is that Darwin made it possible to become an intellectually fool-filled atheist.In these recent news articles, ask if the actual observations and evidence justify drawing Charlie’s name into it.HMS Beagle: Dock where Darwin’s ship ‘was dismantled’ revealed (BBC News). The Beagle’s famous passenger is treated like a saint. “Charles Darwin was aboard HMS Beagle when he made discoveries that led to his theory of natural selection,” the article says. “Darwin was aboard the ship on its second great voyage between 1831 and 1836 to survey the South American coast and the Galapagos Islands.” Such a holy relic cannot be forgotten. Pieces of wood from the True Beguile [pun intended] must make their way into university biology departments.What Is Convergent Evolution? (Live Science). To demonstrate Darwin’s Stuff Happens Law, reporter Charlie Wood gives examples of how things evolve [happen] to look the same except when they evolve [happen] to look different. “Convergent evolution is when different organisms independently evolve similar traits,” Wood states worshipfully, applying Darwin Flubber to the congregants’ foreheads.Each of Earth’s habitats presents its own challenges. Sometimes, different species develop the same solution to the same problem. Biologists call this process — when two organisms share characteristics that they didn’t jointly inherit from a common ancestor — convergent evolution.What is Darwin’s Theory of Evolution?Convergent vs. divergent evolutionThe classical examples of evolution, such as Darwin’s finches, demonstrate the opposite process:  divergent evolution.‘But Mr. Wood, is it really a ‘process’? Do species really ‘develop’ solutions, or do opposite things just happen to them?’ No questions allowed. This is a worship service. Everyone chant, “Stuff Happenzzzzzz….”Darwin Fish on a scientist’s office door at JPL.Earthworms Coordinate Soil Biota to Improve Multiple Ecosystem Functions (Current Biology). “Earthworms have been perceived as benevolent soil engineers since the time of Charles Darwin,” this paper begins, but surely Darwin was not the first. What’s Darwin got to do with it? Engineering is a mental activity. One could (or should) argue that earthworms were designed by a benevolent, purposeful Creator to be “benevolent soil engineers.” But no; in today’s biology and media, all observations must be force-fit into the Darwin Hymnal. Everyone sing:Now the fit will be survivors and survivors will be fit,And survivors will survive to prove the fitness of the fit.Oh, this natural selection, it’s so simple, isn’t it?‘Tis ruthless marching on.Male mating displays can evolve from exploitative origins to cooperative endings (PNAS). “What could explain such elaborate mating behavior?” Richard Gomulkiewicz of Washington State U begins in this treatise on sexual selection, the Stuff Happens Law applied to sex. “Evolutionary biologists have been puzzling over this question since Darwin,” he says with a genuflect to Saint Charles.Following in Darwin’s footsteps: understanding the plant evolution of florist’s gloxinia (Science Daily). Many people make pilgrimages to the Holy Land to walk in the footsteps of Jesus or Moses. Why would anyone wish to follow in Darwin’s footsteps? The reason may be that lazy biologists don’t like doing science the old way. It was too rigorous and constraining. Thanks to Charlie, it is so much easier now to just say “Stuff Happens.”More than 150 years ago, Charles Darwin’s fascination with genetics and domestication catapulted the scientific world into new territory as scientists started to ask: How did a species evolve to be this way?….Florist’s gloxinia, a species originally documented by Darwin himself [pause to genuflect], was introduced to England in the 18th century. Since then, plant breeders have cultivated hundreds of strains by intentionally selecting for desired traits. Within 200 years — a mere blink of an evolutionary eye — florist’s gloxinia reached the same levels of phenotypic variation as snapdragons, Antirrhinum spp. Snapdragons, however, have been cultivated for 2,000 years.The disciples have learned from their master well. Stuff happens rapidly, except when it happens slowly. And through artificial selection [breeding, a form of intelligent design], converts can perceive fleeting glimpses of the mystical Selector—that blind watchmaker—that makes stuff happen.Intellectually fool-filled atheists in their worship center. More later. We don’t want readers’ stomachs to get upset with too much junk science at one time. (Visited 314 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Chicago man blinded in one eye by baseball sues the sport

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first_imgLOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Gins’ mission: Stop Durham Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC PLAY LIST 01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Chicago, United States — A man blinded in the left eye by an errant ball in one of a series of recent baseball stadium injuries is suing Major League Baseball and the Chicago Cubs.John Loos, 60, was hit in the eye by a foul ball during an August game at the Cubs’ home stadium Wrigley Field, where he was seated close to the game action, according to his attorneys.ADVERTISEMENT Four teams announced in September that they would extend protective netting, joining 10 others, after a young girl was hit by a foul ball at New York’s Yankee Stadium.A Cubs executive announced in September that safety netting would be expanded at Wrigley as well, according to local media.“We’ve studied… where the balls are heading and obviously, we’ve been pulling the nets further and further,” Chicago TV station WBBM reported Cubs’ business operations chief Crane Kenney as saying.But Loos said MLB should do more to protect fans.“There should be nothing more important than (fan) safety. This is a problem that Major League Baseball has known for decades,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Read Next Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Cubs did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES “My eye took a direct hit. It’s not functioning,” Loos told a news conference Monday, after his lawsuit was filed on Friday in a Chicago court.Loos said the high-speed ball destroyed his eye, which may need to be replaced with a prosthetic, and broke five facial bones.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHis injuries have required three surgeries and will require “at least two more,” he said.There have been a series of incidents of fan injuries, leading to calls for more protection for spectators at Major League Baseball (MLB) games. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF presidentlast_img read more

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Usain ‘Bolts’ with more women in London after raunchy Rio night

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first_imgUsain Bolt is at it again! The Bolt fever has now gripped the city of London and the Jamaican’s 30th birthday celebrations have continued from where he left off at Rio de Janeiro. Days after his photographs with a 20-year-old Brazilian student vent viral, Bolt has been spotted again, this time partying with a group of girls in London. (Usain Bolt pictured celebrating 30th birthday with 20-year-old in bed)The fastest man in the world surely knows how to have a good time and he isn’t too shy about it either. Just hours after landing in the United Kingdom on Monday, Bolt was spotted leaving his hotel with a mystery woman, scantily dressed in black, heading to a nightclub.Usain Bolt with the mystery woman in London. (PALACE LEE/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK Photo)After he was done partying in the club, Bolt then invited a bunch of girls back to his plush hotel room for an after party which reportedly went on until 5.45 am.According to a report in The Sun, Soumia Ghouini, 24, from Peckham in south east London, and Cherelle Patterson, 26, from Crystal Palace in south London, were two of the women partying with the athlete who had just turned 30 and returned from Rio. (Rio 2016: Bolt gets gold no. 9 with another runaway win)”At the club he got up and started rapping. I think he was just joking around because he knew the DJ. At the end of the night a friend of ours said that he was having an after-party so we all just jumped in the taxi. There were lots of women in the cab,” Miss Ghouini told The Sun.advertisement”He was carrying on the party because the club ended and he wasn’t ready to finish. We got in the lift with Bolt and went up with the other girls into the room. He was having a great time. But really it was all just a group of people having a night out and an after-party – that’s all.”Bolt partied with more women till the wee hours on Monday night. (PALACE LEE/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK Photo)One of the waitresses who was serving Bolt’s table in the nightclub said, “He skipped it because he wanted to party. He’s been coming here for years.”We gave him the mic and he was telling everybody it had been his birthday a couple of days ago. People were buying him drinks – champagne, Sex on the Beach, Kamikaze shots. Everybody was just appreciating him and celebrating his gold medals.” (Rio 2016: Bolt wins third successive 200m Gold)Bolt’s wild night of partying in Rio also became front page news a few days ago when he was caught cheating on his girlfriend Kase Bennett with a Brazilian girl named Jady Durate, who posted intimate pictures online. Interestingly, Durate is the widow of a drug lord who died in a shootout with police in Rio.Jady Durate posted intimate pictures with Bolt. (Photo Credit: Jady Durate)Bolt’s current girlfriend was completely heartbroken after the pictures of him kissing Durate went viral online and she even tweeted expressing her disappointment on this matter.Bolt had said he wasn’t sure what he would want to do with his life after retirement. There were offers to join politics besides other more lucrative options. But the fastest man in the globe will now have his hands full as he tries to sprint away from these controversies.Interrupting the #USABMNT celebration to show you Usain Bolt dancing to Rihanna’s “Work.” The man’s serious.#Gold pic.twitter.com/VA40rogLdW Hardys Closet (@HardysCloset) 21 August 2016last_img read more

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Mohali Test: Disciplined India contain England despite Jonny Bairstow 89

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first_imgJonny Bairstow’s composed 89 helped England survive some atrocious top order shot-making and reach 268 for eight at close of play on the first day of the third Test against India on Saturday. (Scorecard)Alastair Cook won an important toss but the tourists conceded much of the advantage with poor shot selection and could have been in a deeper hole but for India’s poor catching and Bairstow’s dogged resistance.The keeper-batsman featured in 50-plus partnerships with Ben Stokes and the recalled Jos Buttler to revive England, who are 1-0 down in the five-match series. (Day 1 Highlights)Adil Rashid was batting on four at stumps with Gareth Batty, replacing the injured Zafar Ansari, yet to open his account.Wary of batting fourth on a spinning track, Cook asked the hosts to bowl but his top order were unable to vindicate the decision at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium.Paceman Umesh Yadav drew first blood when he got Haseeb Hameed caught for nine at gully with a delivery that kicked up off a length.Home captain Virat Kohli introduced spin in the 13th over and Jayant Yadav responded by dismissing Joe Root for 15 in his second over.England’s batting mainstay fluffed a pull shot across the line and was trapped leg-before to a perfectly innocuous delivery from the off-spinner.Cook, meanwhile, led a charmed life at the other end with Ravindra Jadeja failing to pouch an edge and Ravichandran Ashwin spilling a sitter. Mohammed Shami was the luckless bowler on both occasions.Ashwin redeemed himself 10 minutes later with his very first delivery, which Cook edged to wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel. Cook made 27 but his dismissal came from a rash shot chasing a wide delivery.advertisementShami finally tasted success when he bounced out Moeen Ali for 16 but Bairstow and Stokes steadied the innings with a 57-run stand before another touring batsman decided to throw his wicket away.Stokes, on 29, marched down the pitch to Jadeja only to miss the ball and Patel, replacing the injured Wriddhiman Saha behind the stumps, had all the time in the world to whip off the bails.Bairstow teamed up with Buttler to add 69 runs for the sixth wicket in a relatively more productive second session.Buttler fell for 43, when he trotted out to chip Jadeja to Kohli at extra cover in yet another soft dismissal.The right-hander missed his half-century but still scored 25 more runs than Ben Duckett, who he replaced in the side, amassed in his three innings in India.Bairstow got a reprieve when Patel dropped him off Yadav but the off-spinner trapped the batsman lbw with the very next delivery.England reviewed the decision but Bairstow’s 260-minute vigil, during which he faced 177 balls and hit six boundaries, was over.Chris Woakes, replacing the injured Stuart Broad, made 25.last_img read more

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Video: Maryland Beat Wisconsin On Melo Trimble’s 3-Pointer With 1.2 Seconds Remaining

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first_imgMelo Trimble hits game-winning three-pointer as time expires.Melo TrimbleWe just had a Big Ten thriller in Madison. No. 3 Maryland defeated Wisconsin 63-60 on a long three-pointer by point guard Melo Trimble with 1.2 seconds remaining.Trimble’s triple came after Wisconsin’s Bronson Koenig buried a three of a his own to knot the score at 60. Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon elected not to signal for a timeout, instead trusting his All-American point guard to win the game.Good decision.  That shot is the definition of long range. Note ESPN color commentator Dan Dakich saying “Too late” in the background. Dakich thought Trimble took too long before trying to attack.Looks like he knew what he was doing.last_img

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In Denmark Airbnb to report hosts rent to tax authorities

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first_img Explore further Taxation minister Carsten Lauritzen says Airbnb “has committed to report data so their hosts pay taxes.” He says Airbnb will inform Danish taxation authorities of the number of renting days and its users’ total income.The deal announced Thursday closes a loophole in which hosts had to report to tax authorities on a voluntary basis.Patrick Robinson, director of Airbnb’s Public Policy in Europe, said it “will allow that to be fairly and clearly regulated.”Danish political parties on Tuesday agreed to limit room-rental services to a maximum of 70 days a year per property. Denmark says online room-rental platform Airbnb will start to automatically report its users’ deals to taxation authorities, the first country to do so. Singaporean Airbnb hosts fined over unauthorised rentals Citation: In Denmark, Airbnb to report hosts’ rent to tax authorities (2018, May 17) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-05-denmark-airbnb-hosts-rent-tax.html © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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YouTube adds student plans in latest attempt to challenge Hulu Spotify and

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first_img (c)2018 USA TodayDistributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. Credit: CC0 Public Domain On Tuesday, YouTube announced it would be adding new student options for its YouTube Music service as well as YouTube Premium, its commercial-free version of YouTube.YouTube Music, a rival to Spotify and Apple Music (both of which already offer student plans), will be available to college students for $4.99 a month, down from its regular rate of $9.99 a month. Users of YouTube Music can download songs and albums for offline listening, listen to music even if you leave the YouTube app and can stream music ad-free.YouTube Premium, a Netflix and Hulu rival, includes YouTube Music’s benefits and adds the ability to watch regular, nonmusic YouTube videos without ads plus includes access to YouTube Originals such as “Cobra Kai,” a spinoff of “The Karate Kid” films.YouTube Premium runs $6.99 a month with the discount, down from its normal rate of $11.99 a month. Those who sign up for YouTube Premium by Jan. 31 will be able to get it for $5.99 a month.While the new discounts are sure to please YouTube lovers, for many Spotify’s student deal may still be the better video and music streaming option. That deal is not only cheaper at $4.99 a month but includes Spotify’s commercial-free Premium service, a subscription to Hulu (with limited commercials) and bundles in Showtime.Apple Music, which includes access to Apple’s original series as well as commercial-free music downloading and streaming, is also $4.99 a month for college students.YouTube’s new student offerings are available today to U.S. students at an accredited college or university. Hoping for a student plan for YouTube? You now can have one. YouTube revamps streaming music servicecenter_img Explore further Citation: YouTube adds student plans in latest attempt to challenge Hulu, Spotify and Apple Music (2018, November 28) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-11-youtube-student-latest-hulu-spotify.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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Legendary Persecuted CodeBreaker Alan Turing Finally Recognized for His Achievements

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first_imgIf it weren’t for the legendary World War II code-breaker Alan Turing, the outcome for the Allied forces might have looked very different. The mathematician and computer scientist has been widely credited with hastening the end of the war, thanks to his work decoding German naval messages. But only seven years after the end the war, Turing, who was gay, was convicted of “gross indecency” for his relationship with a 19-year-old man. Turing wasn’t formally pardoned until 2014. Now, 65 years after Turing’s death, the Bank of England is recognizing the trailblazer’s contributions to science and technology by featuring his face on the brand-new design of their 50-pound note. “It was nothing short of a tragedy how a country he had served with such distinction treated him after the war, persecuting him for his homosexuality,” said Demis Hassabis, a British artificial intelligence (AI) researcher, at the unveiling ceremony in Manchester. “That’s why it’s wonderful to see Turing on the note, as a powerful symbol of the long overdue recognition he deserves.” Not only did Turing’s contributions to math and computer science aid the Allied war effort, they also laid the foundations for modern computers. In his 1936 paper titled “On Computable Numbers,” Turing invented the concept of algorithms, sets of instructions that dictate how computers operate, BBC reported. He was also one of the earliest computer scientists to begin thinking about AI. His ‘Turing test’ is still used to determine whether a machine is “intelligent” or not. “As the father of computer science and artificial intelligence, as well as a war hero, Alan Turing’s contributions were far ranging and path breaking,” Mark Carney, governor of the Bank of England, said in a statement. “Turing is a giant on whose shoulders so many now stand.” The new banknote won’t just feature Turing’s face. It will also include a ticker tape of binary code that spells out his birthday (June 23, 1912), a depiction of the machine he used to help break the German Enigma code, and his signature. Turing wasn’t the only scientist considered for this new note. In total, 989 scientists were nominated. The short list included Rosalind Franklin, Stephen Hawking and Adam Lovelace, among others. Originally published on Live Science. Beyond Tesla: History’s Most Overlooked Scientists The Top 10 Revolutionary Computerscenter_img The 10 Noblest Nobel Prize Winners of All Timelast_img read more

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