Paul Lee’s new season off to rough start with thumb injury

first_imgGretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Gilas Pilipinas practices with Andray Blatche for 2nd straight day MOST READ Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruptioncenter_img “It’ll take around a week and the only bad part here is it was hit again after it got snagged in my teammate’s jersey in practice,” said Lee who played for 13 minutes in the Hotshots’ season opener.“I’ll be back, no problem, it just so happened that my thumb got hit earlier. The team assistants earlier asked me what I felt on my thumb and I told them that it was painful whenever I caught the ball so we decided that I’d sit the game out.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Lee was already nursing a sore right thumb prior to the match against the KaTropa when he aggravated it early in the third quarter of the PBA Philippine Cup game Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena.“It’s just sad that I wasn’t able to help the team, but it does happen in games,” said Lee in Filipino. “That’s part of the job, so I’ll just wait for this to heal.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsLee left the game at the 10:24 mark of the fourth quarter after his hand got slapped on a rebound play and he said that it will take at least a week for him to fully recover.The shooting guard, however, said he’ll be ready to practice with Gilas Pilipinas on Monday but he would refrain from joining the scrimmages to allow his thumb to heal. Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Paul Lee re-injures thumb in first game of season. PBA IMAGESMANILA, Philippines—Paul Lee’s start to the 2019-2020 PBA season hit a bit of a snag in Magnolia’s first game of the year.Magnolia not only lost 80-75 in overtime against TNT, but it also saw Lee get sidelined with an injury.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Linden Town Council in talks with Indian Gov’t to establish solar energy project

first_imgThe office of the Linden Mayor and Town Council (LM&TC) is in discussion with First Secretary of the High Commission of India, Vijayakumar K. for installation of a solar energy project in the mining town.Mayor Waneka Arindell and First Secretary of the High Commission of India, Vijayakumar KThe First Secretary of the High Commission visited Linden Mayor Waneka Arindell at the LM&TC on Monday to have talks on the proposed initiative.Mayor Arindell has said that while it was that official’s first visit to Linden, it came on the heels of correspondence to identify possible projects which can be initiated in the community.“They would have sent us a letter to identify projects. So, we’re in the introduction stage of it…and they’re going to return once we provide some information…” the mayor noted.Additionally, at the launch of the Linden Town Week of activities back in May, Minister of State Joseph Harmon had told residents that the presence of several ‘mined-out’ areas across the Linden community makes Linden perfect to benefit from projects under the International Solar Alliance agreement (ISA). He posited that those areas allow for a greater level of access to solar power.Minister Harmon had said there was an indication that the bauxite mining community would benefit from projects under the international agreement signed by His Excellency President David Granger in India.He also noted that the solar footprints of Linden are among its greatest assets, and ought to be explored. He further related that, based on conversations taking place, he had some indication as well, that these ‘mined-out’ areas can be converted to green tourism and conservation facilities.last_img read more

Floyd quickly lifts USC

first_imgFloyd took over a team at rock bottom. The Trojans were returning four players from a last-place team in the Pacific-10 Conference. After two years under Floyd’s influence, the Trojans enter the Pac-10 Tournament today at Staples Center as the third seed, their highest placement in the tournament’s 10-year history. USC’s first trip to the NCAA Tournament in five years is likely. Stewart, Nick Young and Gabe Pruitt – talented players who seemed lost under the previous coaching staff of Henry Bibby and, for a few months, Jim Saia – quickly rallied around the new leadership. “It was like we made it through a hurricane and when he walked in it was sunlight,” Stewart said of Floyd. “It was a new beginning for us.” Like Carroll, Floyd appears to be a better fit in college than in the pros – and not simply because of his win-loss record (93-235) in 31/2 seasons with Chicago and one in New Orleans. Tim Floyd attended most USC football home games last season, slipping in anonymously and watching the action like any other school employee. In a few more years, maybe he’ll trot into the Coliseum like a movie star, an entourage of the nation’s top recruits at his side, and receive the largest ovation of the day from 90,000 fans when shown on the big screen. That’s the treatment Pete Carroll receives at Galen Center, and Floyd is drawing comparisons to the celebrity coach in the way he has turned around the USC basketball program in two seasons. “The best thing to happen for me and this team was coach Floyd, him coming here,” senior Lodrick Stewart said. “He’s brought new life to us.” center_img “Guys here are aspiring to be something, either in the NBA or in the real world,” Floyd said. “As a result, it’s easier to capture their listening at this level. I realized the impact I could have here is far greater, and the whole notion of putting together a team that fit your style of play attracted me.” In some ways, Floyd isn’t much different than Bibby, currently an assistant coach with the Philadelphia 76ers. Both are hard-line coaches who want everything done their way and run a demanding practice. Floyd punishes players for missing so much as a tutoring session and forces players to run laps across the court for the mistake of one teammate while the offender watches. But while Bibby’s tactics alienated many players, Floyd’s are embraced. With his good-old-boy Southern charm, Floyd knows how to mix a stern hand with a velvet touch. Floyd’s office door is always open to meet with players about any of life’s issues, not just basketball. Though the players immediately took to Floyd, improving from 12-17 to a respectable 17-13 and a sixth-place finish in the conference last year, it was in the offseason that the players became a family, with Floyd assuming the role of father figure. The shooting death of point guard Ryan Francis in May was a shock to all the players, especially his former roommate, Young. “A dad doesn’t normally cry,” Young said. “He tries to be the brave one, the one who keeps his head up and looks out for the kids. So he looked out for us, he was there for us, he told us to keep our heads up. He didn’t show much emotion, but you could tell he was hurt.” Floyd, much more at ease in relating with people and the media than was Bibby, handled the death of Francis well publicly. He got the university to pay for Francis’ funeral, then flew Francis’ mother Paulette from Louisiana to attend a ceremony honoring Francis in the first game at the new Galen Center. Stewart has gone through a lot this season, with the death of his great-grandfather and the news that his mother had been hospitalized back in Mississippi for a nervous breakdown. He has no family members in Los Angeles for support, so he turned to Floyd. “He’s helped me get through it, calling me and checking up on me, making sure everything is all right, making sure I’m going to class,” Stewart said. “He’s just a great person to have around, and not only as a coach. We’ll have a relationship way after basketball.” On the court, Floyd instilled a defensive mindset into a team that used to think defense meant an occasional gamble for a steal. The Trojans allowed 78.3 points per game the season before Floyd’s arrival, 67.1 points last season and are currently holding teams to 64.1 per game. He took a USC team in disarray and turned it into an NCAA Tournament team in two years. The future looks even brighter. With a new arena to attract recruits, Floyd locked up the top prospect in the country for next season in O.J. Mayo and has another top-10 player, point guard Brandon Jennings, scheduled to come in the following year. “I feel like I have the best basketball job in the country,” Floyd said. “I know we haven’t had the level of success as some of these major programs. But why wouldn’t it happen here in Los Angeles, with this city, the talent in the area and now this facility?” Sound familiar? Carroll also is a defensive-minded coach and great recruiter. He took a team coming off a last-place season, made it respectable in his first year and took it to a major bowl in his second. The Trojans won the national championship his next two seasons, and Carroll became a Southern California icon. “We’re on the rise, especially with the guys coming in,” Pruitt said. “It’s only a matter of time before (Floyd) brings this team to that type of level. He’s on the way to getting that sort of attention and appreciation around campus and at games outside of basketball.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

June petroleum and natural gas rights sale worst in four months

first_imgIt resulted in the purchase of eight drilling licenses and nine leases, resulting in only $9.3 million in bonus bids. The average price per hectare for the 17 parcels was $950. That made it the third monthly sale this year to come in under $10 million, and it left the six month calendar year total at $127.6 million. Drilling licenses provide the exclusive right to explore for petroleum and natural gas, and depending on well location, primary terms are three, four, or five years. Leases provide the exclusive right to produce natural gas and petroleum and primary terms – again depending on location – are five or 10 years. – Advertisement -These parcels are also a prime source of government revenue, and after three months of bonus bids totalling more than $103 million, this sale has to come as a major budget shock to Finance Minister Mike de Jong, especially if it’s an indicator of what’s to come in the second half of the year.last_img read more

Aston Villa wants Chelsea starlet but fears he will miss out

first_img silverware 1 whoops Aston Villa want to sign Tammy Abraham on loan from Chelsea and one other Premier League starlet, according to BirminghamLive.The Blues striker excelled in the Championship two seasons ago with Bristol City and could be set for another loan move. Most Popular Premier League News possible standings “We’ve been close to one or two and they’ve gone to Europe – somewhere in Italy, France or Spain. Others want to go and play in Europe, too. There are some that just don’t want to entertain it.“You have got to make sure you have the right ones who want to come and play. I never had any problems with John Terry when he dropped down, for example. Once he decided to come here, you know that with his professional standards, he would want to do well.” Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion changes smart causal England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Chelsea starlet Tammy Abraham in action in pre-season. center_img predicted Guardiola-inspired tactics: Is this how Arsenal will line up under Arteta? gameday cracker SORRY Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT latest Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update No Premier League team can pick him up, as Swansea City did last season, due to the transfer window closing, but the Villans might, although they face competition from abroad.And manager Steve Bruce is worried about how tricky it can be to land stars from the English top tier currently.“It’s very difficult to get players in [from the Premier League],” Bruce said.“We have to be realistic and hope we can sign one or two from the bigger clubs. We couldn’t sign Axel Tuanzebe [permanently], for example, but down the line, hopefully we can. The big clubs want them to get experience and that’s only normal. How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings revealed last_img read more

Manchester City vs Lyon: TV channel, live stream, kick-off time and team news

first_img silverware MONEY Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack The Premier League champions have their sights set on the Champions League.Last season’s painful exit to Liverpool is still raw to Pep Guardiola, who wants to conquer Europe as he did with Barcelona. Notre équipe évoluera ce soir en 4-4-1-1 pour affronter Manchester City. 🔴🔵#MCOL pic.twitter.com/Rz2qbMzRng— Olympique Lyonnais (@OL) September 19, 2018 Draw in Group F, City’s first game is against Ligue 1 side Lyon, who have made a steady start to their domestic season.They needed a late equaliser to scramble a point against ten-man Caen at the weekend though and will need a big improvement at the Etihad.What time is kick-off?This Group F opener is set for Wednesday, September 19.Kick-off is at 8pm.This is the first ever competitive meeting between the two sides, although City have an excellent home record against French opposition.Which TV channel can I watch it on?You can catch this match on BT Sport 3 and 4K UHD from 7.30pm.If you want to stream the action, grab the BT Sport App which is availabel on mobile, tablet and laptops. RANKED smart causal possible standings Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won What is the team news? impact Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade 1 How we line-up in the #UCL tonight! 🙌City XI | Ederson, Walker, Stones, Laporte, Delph, Fernandinho, Gundogan, Silva (C), Bernardo, Sterling, JesusSubs | Muric, Kompany, Agüero, Sané, Mahrez, Otamendi, Foden#cityvol #mancity pic.twitter.com/QSqz0axmtA— Manchester City (@ManCity) September 19, 2018 Guardiola is targeting the Champions League this season FOOTBALL LATEST How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Getty last_img read more

DONEGAL NEWS IN BRIEF

first_imgUNUSUAL WARNINGGARDAI have taken the unusual step of warning criminal gangs that armed response unit teams will operate along the Border this weekend as a deterrent to Limerick and Dublin gangs based in Derry and Strabane.DR JIM TAKES REIGNS DR Jim McDaid is the new chair of the Donegal Hospice in Letterkenny with plans to take the movement forward.NEW DRINK DRIVE LIMITA new drink drive limit comes in at midnight, with a range of lower limits for motorists. Gardai plan a blitz this bank holiday weekend on drink drivers.ONE IN FOUR One in four admissions to Letterkenny General emergency department are alcohol related, it has emerged.TYRES SLASHEDScum thugs have slashed the tyres of a family as they attended a funeral in Lifford.FRIEL IS NEW MINOR BOSSStephen Friel is the new boss of the Donegal minor football team. The Naomh Cholmcille boss’s candidacy will be rubber stamped at a county meeting on November 7. Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comDONEGAL NEWS IN BRIEF was last modified: October 28th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Donegal news in brieflast_img read more

Softball Sweeps First Day of Razorback Invitational

first_imgStory Links Taryn Pena (Columbia, Ill.) powered the Bulldogs’ offense, hitting her second home run of the season, a two-run shot, in the fifth inning. Macy Johnson (Winterset, Iowa) and Libby Ryan (Mount Vernon, Iowa) each went 1-for-3 and drove in one run. SEMO PDF Box Score IUPUI PDF Box Score vs. SEMO 2/23/2019 – 10 a.m. Drake (7-4) ripped off four runs in the first inning against SEMO. Kennedy Frank (Chesterfield, Mo.) batted in two runs with a single and Alexia Lara (Bettendorf, Iowa) drove in the other two runs with a double. The Bulldogs added their final two runs the next frame with Nicole Newman’s (Madison, Wis.) two-run double. Live Stats Next Game:center_img Full Schedule Roster Preview FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Drake University softball team defeated IUPUI, 5-0, and SEMO, 6-2, Friday, Feb. 22 on the first day of the Razorback Invitational. In the circle, Nicole Newman (Madison, Wis.) snapped a two-game losing streak, and improved to 3-2. Newman threw five innings and allowed one run on three hits with eight strikeouts, and worked around five walks. Nicole Timmons (Davenport, Iowa) pitched two innings in relief. In the victory over IUPUI, Timmons pitched her second-ever shutout. Timmons, who improved to 4-2, allowed one hit with a career-high 13 strikeouts and worked around five walks. Drake and SEMO will play each other again Saturday morning at 10 a.m. The Bulldogs then play host Arkansas at 2 p.m. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

“Convergent Evolution” Widespread at All Scales in Ocean

first_imgA study of marine tetrapods that “evolved” for ocean life shows “convergent evolution” rampant at all scales over “hundreds of millions of years.”What do penguins, mosasaurs, sea lions, sea turtles, and whales have in common? For one, they are tetrapods (4-legged creatures) that live in the ocean. For another (according to evolutionary theory), they began as land animals. A new study published in Science Magazine shows, however, that they (and many others) share such similar features that the only way to explain it is by “convergent evolution.” This is the notion that unrelated creatures evolved the same solutions to environmental problems independently. But is this a scientific explanation, or a phrase looking for meaning?Sascha Vignieti explains in a short review in Science Magazine how the environment becomes the “selector” in convergent natural selection:Over biological history, several different groups of vertebrate tetrapods have reinvaded the marine environment. Although these groups are widely distributed among reptiles, mammals, amphibians, and birds, the shapes they have evolved are remarkably similar. Kelley and Pyenson review the literature on marine vertebrate groups over time and describe the innovations that facilitated the evolution of these marine forms, the environmental conditions that selected for such convergence of form, and the threats they face from future environment change.The “environmental threats” angle (by humans, presumably) is just a footnote in the main point by Neil P. Kelley and Nicholas D. Pyenson’s paper, “Evolutionary innovation and ecology in marine tetrapods from the Triassic to the Anthropocene” (for Anthropocene, see 4/11/15). Noting the similarity of shapes, flippers, and other adaptations to aquatic life, they call on the power of “convergent evolution” repeatedly to explain commonalities found from the molecular level to the whole animal. A few examples:Fig. 2 Convergent morphology in marine tetrapods. Similar anatomy evolved among lineages that independently adopted marine lifestyles.[List of 9 animals] showing anatomical convergence reflecting limb streamlining.[Section heading] Convergent evolution from molecules to morphologyMarine tetrapods provide canonical illustrations of evolutionary convergence (Fig. 2), widely regarded as repeated solutions to problems imposed by physical contrasts between land and water.Functional trade-offs can ultimately drive specialization and steer evolutionary convergence, as with repeated loss of flight among seabirds specialized for aquatic locomotion. In vivo studies of feeding performance provide similar insight into functional trade-offs and specialization, which shaped convergence in marine tetrapod feeding systems.Fossil anatomy reveals the evolution of countercurrent heat exchange in penguins, convergent with similar systems in marine mammals [e.g., whales, walruses].The scope of recent studies of convergent evolution extends beyond morphology to include molecular physiology, metabolism and thermoregulation, and life history.Genomic investigations have revealed convergent genetic origins of important innovations, such as sex determination mechanisms, myoglobin adaptations facilitating deep diving, and echolocation.Stable isotopes from fossils elucidate parallel histories of habitat shift in early cetaceans and sirenians and convergent evolution of endothermy in Mesozoic marine reptiles.Recent breakthroughs in fossil pigment reconstruction have resolved structural and pigment adaptations in fossil seabird feathers and have revealed widespread dark coloration in fossil marine reptiles, possibly for temperature regulation or ultraviolet light protection.Exceptionally preserved fossils document convergent reproductive adaptations in marine reptiles. Recently discovered early ichthyosaur fossils extend the history of viviparity [giving birth to live young] in this group back to the Early Triassic and indicate that viviparity evolved in terrestrial forerunners as an enabling factor for, rather than an adaptive response to, aquatic life.Fossils suggest that some marine reptiles converged upon K-selected life histories [i.e., stable populations] observed among marine mammals.Aquatic birth evolved early in cetacean [whale] and sirenian [seal] evolution, but these transitions are so far only partly constrained by fossils.These episodes of replacement between lineages are mirrored by iterative patterns within lineages. For example, evolution of herbivory and durophagy (feeding on hard-shelled prey) drove repeated convergent feeding morphologies in living and fossil sea turtles.It’s everywhere, in other words: shape, coloration, birth patterns, warm-bloodedness, feeding habits, echolocation, thermal regulation, metabolism, genes—you name it, “convergent evolution” did it. But how does convergent evolution work? In the section “Causes and consequences of convergence, innovation, and radiation,” Kelley and Pyenson offer ideas:In addition to external drivers, convergent evolution is shaped by the underlying genetic and developmental pathways that give rise to convergent structures. Thus, repeated evolution of hydrodynamic limbs and axial modifications likely exploited parallel developmental mechanisms. Such shared pathways may extend to the level of gene regulation linking genomic and phenotypic convergence and innovation. Recent work on marine mammal genomic convergence has questioned the prevalence of such linkages; however, more work is needed to evaluate potential scaling of convergence from gene to phenotype.But saying “convergent evolution is shaped by the underlying genetic and developmental pathways that give rise to convergent structures” is no more informative than saying, “A mystery is shaped by the underlying genetic and developmental pathways that give rise to mysteries.” In their view, complex “innovations” (like echolocation) appear like magic:Innovations facilitate and constrain downstream evolution, as illustrated in the discrete pathways from drag-based to lift-based swimming in limb- and tail-propelled aquatic mammals. Likewise, independent innovation of aquatic birth in multiple marine reptile and marine mammal lineages removed the constraints of terrestrial locomotion, enabling limb and skeletal modification to increase swimming performance, as well as gigantism in some clades. Convergent evolutionary pathways [e.g., the emergence of tail-driven locomotion in ichthyosaurs, mosasaurs, and whales (Fig. 2A)] might follow similar tempos across groups, but this hypothesis awaits further testing.The authors do not point to any actual transitions documented in fossils between land animals without the innovations to well-adapted marine creatures with them. Their only reference to “discrete pathways from drag-based to lift-based swimming” is to a 1996 paper by F. E. Fish, who merely assumed that transitions had to occur by evolution. He saw that land animals and semi-aquatic animals experience drag, as opposed to highly-adapted marine mammals like whales and dolphins whose tail flukes with an up-and-down motion are more efficient. That transition alone would have required major anatomical changes to the skeleton, musculature and other systems.  What possible evidence is there for a statement like, “Independent innovation…removed the constraints of terrestrial locomotion, enabling limb and skeletal modification to increase swimming performance….”? How did innovation happen, let alone independent innovation multiple times? They merely assume innovation happened, with no explanation other than using its handwaving synonym, “emergence.”Within their category of “innovations” that “emerged” somehow, there are highly-complex systems of interdependent parts:Diversification can be triggered by innovations that occur well after initial invasions. For example, echolocation and baleen—two key innovations that evolved tens of millions of years after whales first entered the oceans—mark the emergence of crown cetaceans.The devil, though, is in the details. Echolocation requires a number of specialized adaptations, as observed in dolphins: (1) a sound production mechanism (the phonic lips, very different from vocal cords); (2) a means of reflecting the sounds outward (performed by a modified skull); (3) a means for focusing the sound (the melon); (4) an antenna for receiving the echoes (performed by the jaw and teeth); (5) a means for channeling the echos into the inner ear; and perhaps the most challenging feature, (6) a means for interpreting the signals and responding to them. Dolphin echolocation is more advanced than any man-made sonar. Dolphins can locate a BB in a swimming pool blindfolded, can find fish 6″ under the sand, and can tell the difference between a golf ball and a ping-pong ball by density alone.Counter-current heat exchangers (CCHE), referred to in the paper, are another example of complex systems. These would have required multiple “innovations” from land ancestors: (1) dorsal fins and tail flukes instead of legs; (2) absence of blubber is the fin and fluke; (2) vein networks close to the skin of the dorsal fin and tail fluke to shed excess heat; (3) rete mirabile (“miraculous nets”) of arteries and veins where blood moves in opposite directions, so that the cooled veins can absorb heat from the arteries; (4) locating the retes where they are needed. All these elements must exist together, simultaneously, for the heat exchange to work. This is especially notable in the case of the reproductive organs of whales. Unlike land mammals, the male cetacean has testes inside the body, wedged between two huge swimming muscles that get hot during fast swimming. Yet the testes must be cooler than body temperature to produce sperm. It’s like trying to run a refrigerator between two heat engines. The CCHE is so effective in whales and dolphins, it actually cools the testes even more during hard swimming. In the female, the CCHE keeps the developing fetus from overheating.A little reflection shows the “emergence” of the CCHE presenting a severe challenge for Darwinian theory. Evolution relies on reproduction. Without the CCHE already present and functioning, the male can’t produce sperm. The female, likewise, cannot keep the fetus from dying of overheating. This would spell extinction for the proto-whale in one generation, before it even gets into deep water. Ocean water itself (“the environment”) cannot select something that isn’t there. Yet how could blind mutations bring about all the elements of the CCHE together at the same time? And without echolocation, how could the whale or dolphin eat?These challenges are completely ignored by Kelley and Pyenson. To them, “innovation” just occurs. How? By “emergence.” Yet the Smithsonian Newsdesk thinks their ideas are “seriously amazing.”For more than 250 million years, four-limbed land animals known as tetrapods have repeatedly conquered the Earth’s oceans. These creatures—such as plesiosaurs, penguins and sea turtles—descended from separate groups of terrestrial vertebrates that convergently evolved to thrive in aquatic environments.In a new scientific review, a team of Smithsonian scientists synthesized decades of scientific discoveries to illuminate the common and unique patterns driving the extraordinary transitions that whales, dolphins, seals and other species underwent as they moved from land to sea.This article, too, is infatuated with the phrase “convergent evolution,” using it 8 times. Some may question how illuminating it is to chalk the extraordinary transitions to a vacuous idea that assumes what it needs to prove.How can we put a stop to the Darwin Party flimflam show, with its magical mystery tour featuring “convergence” and “emergence” and “innovation” miracles? How can we stop the blind leading the blind by blind processes? Here’s a way you can get involved. Illustra Media’s latest documentary, Living Waters, will make a powerful case against evolution by specifically rebutting “convergent evolution” and by demonstrating the amazing complexity of the systems described above—and more. It’s due out in June or July. Watch the trailer here, and prepare to be amazed! After Metamorphosis: The Beauty and Design of Butterflies, and Flight: The Genius of Birds, this third documentary in the Design of Life series, employing spectacular photography, cutting-edge science, dramatic animation, interesting interviews with scientists and great music accompanying a winsome presentation, will be one to share with everyone you know.Expensive high-quality productions like this are made possible by an army of people who support the work by buying the films and donating to Illustra. Join Illustra’s Facebook page, and use your social media network to get the word out. Consider being a regular donor. Buy copies at Go2RPI.com and give them to influential people and friends. And if you’re a praying person, they could use a lot of prayer right now as all the elements of the film—sound, graphics, animations, narration, music, packaging, and more—are being assembled right now. (Visited 329 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

In a crowded field, who is ahead in the autonomous car race?

first_imgIT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… The race to create the first fully autonomous car has a variety of competitors, from giant automotive firms like General Motors, software conglomerates like Alphabet, to newly minted startups like Chris Urmson’s secretive company.All of them have the end goal of creating some type of self-driving system, able to make it from point A to point B regardless of the conditions on the road. Some want to embed that software into a car, others simply want to license to manufacturers interested.See Also: Get ready for a thermonuclear autonomous ride-hailing warUnsurprisingly, most of the competitors are keeping their progress secretive. Google and Tesla both provide some data on their self-driving programs, but when it comes to how far we are away from full autonomy and driverless taxis, most remain tight lipped.That said, from the press releases and occasional boast from Tesla CEO Elon Musk, we can piece together where some of the automakers and tech firms are in developing a truly autonomous vehicle.To do this, we need to first calculate the strength of tests. Tesla has the most miles of actual road clocked, at 1.3 billion miles, but the vast majority is on highways and the tech is only semi-autonomous. Google has 1.1 billion miles of simulated tests, but only two million miles of real-world tests, however those were in metro areas like Mountain View and Phoenix.Uber has begun fully autonomous tests in Pittsburgh, which are around the same value as Google’s own tests, but it has only clocked a few thousand miles so far. We assume General Motors is in a similar boat, it has tested a few dozen autonomous Chevrolet Bolt cars in California and Michigan, but the firm is not as open with its data as competing tech firms.A lot of carmakers are in the runningFord, which announced its intention to have a self-driving vehicle on the road by 2021, remains tight lipped. BMW is also not providing data, but has Mobileye and Intel, two major players in the self-driving race, to build software and components for the iNext.Other automakers, like Honda, Toyota and Volvo, have started autonomous tests in Europe, North America, and Asia, but like the other two automotive giants, they keep most of their tests and data secret. Apple, the big dark horse, has not even confirmed if the car project is real.“Most car companies and tech companies don’t want to give away how far along they are,” said Nindhi Kalra, a senior information scientist at the Rand Corporation, to Bloomberg.Taking this information into account, it seems likely that Google and Tesla are the closest to building a fully autonomous car. However, Tesla has a fleet of cars already on the road, which we assume can be updated (or customized) to use the self-driving tech. Google, on the other hand, continues to test a small amount of cars on public roads, with a limited vision of how to commercialize the technology.Uber could be another dark horse in the race, due to its wealth of talent working on the self-driving program and dominance in ride-hailing. Most automakers expect a transition from car ownership to car rental or taxi service, as seen by Ford’s plan to launch a ride-hailing app in 2021 in major cities and General Motors’ interest in acquiring Lyft. Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle… Tags:#Apple#autonomous cars#BMW#featured#Ford#General Motors#Google#Self-Driving#Tesla#top#Uber center_img For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… Related Posts David Currylast_img read more