SETI Outreach Director: “Teach Evolution”

first_imgEvolution is the foundation of biology, geology, and astronomy, claims Edna Devore, Director of Education and Public Education for the SETI Institute.  Writing in Space.Com, she finds it hard to believe evolution is controversial (see 12/14/2004 and 11/30/2004 entries).  Why, just look out the airplane window; it’s obvious.  “Evolution is fundamental to modern biology, geology and astronomy.  Ignoring or discarding fundamental scientific understandings of the natural world does not prepare our children well for the future,” she concludes.  “As America strives to ‘leave no child behind,’ it’s time that evolution is not left behind in our science classrooms.”She’s barking up the wrong tree.  No informed critic is advocating ignoring or discarding evolution.  Whether it can be classed with “fundamental understandings of the natural world” must not be merely assumed, but those on the design side of the controversy (see 01/24/2005 and 11/30/2004 entries and Evolution News blog) want evolution to be taught.  You can’t understand 20th century history or science without it.  Charlie’s little world cruise makes a nice story, and Haeckel’s little drawings make nice cartoons to get the teens to laugh.  Yes, teach evolution – all of it, the good, the bad, and the ugly (see 01/17/2005, 12/30/2004, 11/29/2004, 11/19/2004 and 12/14/2004 entries, and more going back 5 years in these pages).  Teach especially the parts the Darwin Party doesn’t want you to know.  Here; we’ll help.  Try our draft outline of a suggested eight-part comprehensive curriculum on evolution: Click here to continue—(Visited 20 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Science Reporter Says Scientists Are Like Cattle

first_imgA science reporter lists several reasons why scientists are about as trustworthy as bankers.The Science and Technology Editor at The Conversation, Akshat Rathi, should know about scientists.  Not only does he hold that prestigious editorial position, he has a PhD in organic chemistry from Oxford University as well as a Bachelor of Technology in chemical engineering from the Institute of Chemical Technology in Mumbai.   Rathi doesn’t trust the opinions of scientists to be right any more than he trusts other fallible professionals, judging from his latest column on The Conversation, entitled, “Scientists falter as much as bankers in pursuit of answers.”  He also has help from a Nature article that found serious flaws in that paean of scientific reliability, peer review:Here we show that even when scientists are motivated to promote the truth, their behaviour may be influenced, and even dominated, by information gleaned from their peers’ behaviour, rather than by their personal dispositions. This phenomenon, known as herding, subjects the scientific community to an inherent risk of converging on an incorrect answer and raises the possibility that, under certain conditions, science may not be self-correcting.Here are some of Rathi’s reasons for keeping scientists off their pedestals:One of the reasons is that, once a hypothesis becomes widely accepted, it becomes very difficult to refute it, which makes it, as Jeremy Freese of Northwestern University recently put it, “vampirical more than empirical – unable to be killed by mere evidence.”… as humans, scientists try to be rational but remain stuck on certain views in the face of contrary evidence.… some scientists make up data to further their careers.… the “publish or perish” culture forces scientists to consciously or unconsciously gravitate towards results that support their conclusions.… the peer review system does not always live up to its high aims.Subjectivity wins.Scientists are subject to a “herd mentality.”Rathi ends by quipping that the Nature article itself might be an example of herding.His list is interesting but incomplete.  He might have added the observation by C. S. Lewis that there is not one thing represented by “science” but “only particular sciences, all in a stage of rapid change, and sometimes inconsistent with one another.”  We should not be looking for “scientific” truth, he said, but rather logical truth.  Write in and tell us other reasons for being wary of scientific claims.  Let’s use the sacred cows of science for hamburger rather than for worship. (Visited 17 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Soccer City: jewel in 2010 crown

first_img7 October 2009 Johannesburg’s calabash-shaped Soccer City Stadium will be the jewel among the 10 stadiums that will host the first football World Cup to be played on African soil. Situated south-west of Johannesburg, a stone’s throw from the famous township of Soweto, Soccer City Stadium will host the opening ceremony and the opening and final matches of the 2010 Fifa World Cup™. Here it is on the Map Bigger than the Olympic Stadium in Berlin, the Stade De France in Paris and the Yokohama International Stadium in Japan, Soccer City will be one of the largest stadiums to host a football World Cup. Nearing 90% complete, with the pitch laid and work on the stadium precinct already well under way, the sheer scale of the stadium awed experts from Fifa and the 2010 Organising Committee South Africa (OC) during a recent stadium inspection tour. The stadium’s unique calabash shape will be seen by millions of television viewers around the world, and remain as an enduring symbol of one of the proudest moments in South Africa’s post-democratic history.Comprehensive design shift To take its place among the top sports venues in the world – such as the Olympia Stadium in Berlin, the Stadio San Siro in Milan, New Wembley in London and Bernabeu in Madrid – Soccer City underwent a comprehensive design shift. The original stadium, known by locals as the FNB Stadium, was almost completely demolished, with significant parts of the new structure being built from scratch, starting in early 2007. The budget for the reconstruction of the stadium – the biggest roofed stadium ever built for a World Cup final – is estimated at R1.2-billion. Stadium manager Brian Carter told BuaNews that the stadium’s seating capacity has been increased from 88 000 to 94 700 through extensions to the upper tiers around the stadium. In addition, 99 more suites have been added to bring the total to 184, with private boxes and VIP suites being built. “Eight television presentation studios, a soccer museum and a 300-seater restaurant are being built, as well as a parking area that will accommodate 15 000 vehicles,” Carter said. The International Broadcasting Centre that will house the world’s media for the duration of the tournament is under construction next to the stadium. Safa House, headquarters for Fifa and the 2010 Organising Committee, is also situated nearby. ‘Melting pot of African cultures’ However, the feature that will grab the most attention when the world of football descends on South Africa in June 2010 will be the stadium’s calabash-shaped design Selected from a number of competing designs, the calabash was picked as a uniquely African object and a recognisable symbol of the African continent. In Africa, the calabash is used for cooking food, traditionally over a fire. It is socially synonymous with family time, entertaining friends and sharing stories. “The calabash, or ‘melting pot of African cultures’, sits on a raised podium on top of which is located a ‘pit of fire’,” Carter said, adding that spectators and television viewers would get the impression that they were sitting inside a giant cauldron. For South Africans, the future Soccer City always evoke the original venue and its rich history. First built in 1987, the stadium has become synonymous with South African football and has hosted some of the best-known games played in the country, including numerous cup finals and South Africa’s victory in the 1996 African Cup of Nations. Rally to welcome Mandela from prison Soccer City is also remembered for the mass rally held to welcome former President Nelson Mandela from prison in 1990, when more than 100 000 people crowded the stadium to hear Mandela call for a non-racial, unified South Africa. Together with the newly revamped Orlando and Dobsonville Stadiums as official 2010 training grounds, Soccer City will entrench Johannesburg and Soweto as Africa’s premier footballing city. Construction at the stadium is expected to be completed in time for hand-over to Fifa and the 2010 Organising Committee by October 2009. The stadium will host the opening match of the 2010 Fifa World Cup on 11 June 2010, followed by group stage matches, a second-round match and a quarter-final. On 11 July 2010, the two best teams in the world will step onto the turf of Soccer City to determine which country will lift the Jules Rimet Trophy. Source: BuaNews and the 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Organising Committeelast_img read more

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Momentum is with the Proteas: Amla

first_img26 February 2014 South Africa will carry vital momentum into the third test against Australia in Cape Town starting this weekend, Proteas batsman Hashim Amla said in an interview on Tuesday. After being thrashed by 281 runs in the first test in Centurion, Graeme Smith and company bounced back with a 231-run victory in only four days in Port Elizabeth in the second test that ended last weekend. The Proteas’ victory over Australia at St George’s Park was one of the most memorable fight-backs he had been a part of, said Amla.Fight-backs “Over the last few years we’ve had quite a few fight-backs,” he explained. “I say fight-backs to win the test, as well as fight-backs to hold on to the draw, like the matches at The Wanderers and Adelaide. Over the last few years there have been some really memorable test matches, and this last one is one of them because we came out on top.” The win in Port Elizabeth was all the more remarkable because Wayne Parnell was lost to the bowling attack after only 8.3 overs due to an injury. Now the Proteas head to Newlands, which has traditionally been a happy hunting ground for them.Newlands The last time South Africa lost at the Cape Town ground was way back in March 2006, when they went down to Australia. Since then they have won eight and drawn three at Newlands. Those results include victory by an innings and 20 runs over the Aussies in 2009 and a remarkable eight-wicket win in late 2011 after being skittled for only 96 in their first innings. That was followed by Australia being bowled out for just 47, which included 5 for 15 from Vernon Philander on his debut.‘We have momentum’ “Newlands has been a happy ground for the Proteas over the last few years, but Australia is a good team,” Amla said. “There is a lot riding on the last game, and fortunately we have momentum and that is what we are going to try and take carefully into the match. Going into the last test, it will be important to assess the conditions as soon as we can. Looking back, he added: “Players got hundreds and the bowlers bowled well, it’s a better situation to be in going in one-all, having won the second test.” Test batting rankings Amla is back to second in the test batting rankings, trailing only AB de Villiers, whose mark of 935 points is tied for the tenth best of all time and equal highest with Jacques Kallis for the best by a South African. Amla’s unbeaten 127 in Port Elizabeth was his 21st test century, which equalled the number of centuries scored by Gary Kirsten and left Amla third on the all-time South African list of century makers, behind only Jacques Kallis (45) and Graeme Smith (27).‘I play every game like it’s my last’ “I play every game like it’s my last,” Amla said of his latest century. “I’m grateful to have reached 21 hundreds, it feels like just the other day that I started playing International cricket. It’s also great to contribute towards a winning cause, it’s the best thing when you score runs and your team wins.” The third test at Newlands starts on Saturday, 1 March. SAinfo reporter and Cricket South Africalast_img read more

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Fertilizer applications for spring ‘17

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest This has been a year of making decisions to improve farm practices and being as efficient as possible. Technology sales remained stable through the winter months along with the generation of variable-rate fertilizer prescriptions. Regardless of implementing fixed-rate or variable-rate applications of fertilizers, an important factor to efficient and effective fertilizer use is proper maintenance, setup and calibration of spreaders. Annual calibration is always a necessity but when did you last take the time to properly setup and calibrate?Spreader settings need to change accordingly for each fertilizer product being applied.Additionally, the settings may need to be adjusted based on different application rates and field conditions. While technology on spreaders, especially VRT spreaders, has significantly increased in the last 10 years, the technology being adopted does not directly correlate to accurate field performance. Crop yield could be compromised if incorrect rates are applied or non-uniform application occurs. Calibration should be part of a regular maintenance schedule for all application equipment. Uncalibrated applicators are like driving with a broken speedometer on the interstate, you have a general idea of the speed you’re going but you may be under the minimum speed limit (under applying) or possibly even over it (over applying). Here are six points to consider for fertilizer spreaders to make 2017 a profitable year. Equipment setupType of fertilizer matters! Fertilizer products vary in density and physical properties, therefore spreader setup in accordance to product is vital. Measure fertilizer density and adjust settings accordingly. Visit http://ohioline.osu.edu/factsheet/fabe-5501 for a detailed discussion on the effect of fertilizer material properties on spreading plus density charts of common fertilizers.Proper maintenance of the spreader is important. Repair and replace as needed. Before operation, double-check the following maintenance points: proper conveyor tension, bearings, tire inflation, conveyer wear along with vane and spinner wear. Common problems include un-level spinners, spinners operating at different RPMs, damaged discs, spinners not centered evenly under chute, fertilizer build-up on parts, bent or cracked spinners, and corroded hoppers or components.CalibrationCalibration procedures can vary between manufacturers and models. However, two essential aspects exist for accurate field execution; 1) metering to obtain the right rate (bin to spinners) and 2) uniformity of spread (spinners to ground).Meter – bin to spinners. Meter calibration will include running the conveyor over a known time or distance then measuring the amount of dispensed product and comparing to the in-cab display estimated amount. Adjustments to gate height and conveyor constant will help dial into an accurate metering. One will need to calibrate for different fertilizers since varying in density and properties. Equipment manuals outline the proper procedure and specific adjustments to make.Spread uniformity – spinners to ground. Spreader distribution patterns can be hard to accurately evaluate without conducting a proper spread pattern test. Pan testing following standard protocol is required to evaluate spread uniformity. Consult with a spreader dealer on obtaining a spread pattern test kit.Be sure to take good notes of settings for future reference. Note any calibration constants and setups. Field operationSpread width or swath spacing needs to be maintained in order to prevent too much or too little overlap between swaths. If not already being used, guidance systems greatly reduce error and operator fatigue in spreaders/spreader trucks.Proper Setup — use the calibrated settings for a particular fertilizer including adjusting the product density within the in-cab display setup, using the correct spinner speed, and adjusting the chute to the proper position. Remember to operate at the specified spread width to ensure correct overlap with adjacent passes. There is still time to calibrate. These six points help ensure accurate field execution; 1) type of fertilizer (use the correct product density), 2) proper maintenance, 3) meter calibration, 4) spread uniformity calibration, 5) correct spread width, and 6) proper setup. Trey Colley is graduate student in the OSU Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering and can be reached at colley.65@osu.edu. Dr. Fulton, Associate Professor, can be reached at fulton.20@osu.edu. This column is provided by the OSU Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, OSU Extension, Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, and the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.last_img read more

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Shareflow: It’s Google Wave, But Available Now

first_imgNot A Wave-killerIt’s doubtful Shareflow will be the game-changing tool that everyone has predicted Google Wave will be, and that’s only natural, considering Zenbe isn’t Google. Even if it was, the fact that Shareflow is proprietary means it will never get near the crazy level of adoption and interest that Wave will. But open source or not, if you’re desperate to start working in a manner that is similar to Wave, Shareflow might just scratch your itch until the big day arrives. 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Tags:#enterprise#Products#saas It was inevitable really. Ever since Google Wave burst on to the scene as the next hot thing, someone, somewhere was going to beat Google to the punch and release something comparable. That something is Shareflow, a new SaaS play by New York City-based startup Zenbe. Up until now, Zenbe has been focused on simple productivity tools like a webmail client and collaborative to-do lists, and this is really their most ambitious project to date. Though the folks behind Zenbe deny any claims that they created Shareflow to explicitly imitate Google Wave, not even they can deny the obvious similarities. Google Wave Knockoff?Despite plenty of accusations, Zenbe’s team is vehemently denying any notion that Google Wave was the direct inspiration for Shareflow.It’s honestly hard to say how much of the product was copied directly from Google Wave, conceptually speaking. A great deal of the functionality is equivalent, but they were released quite close together. Zenbe’s evidence to the contrary is the video they produced (watch it below) in early March prior to Wave’s public launch, and a blog post from April that suggests Shareflow was in private beta previously. How it WorksWhether or not Shareflow is simply an imitator is really beside the point. What matters is that it’s available here and now, and it works. Shareflow is a granular version of a flow-based collaboration; you can either view all flows or just single projects. In terms of content, it handles threaded comments, files of most types can be uploaded and previewed through Scribd’s iPaper interface, there’s Google Maps integration, images, and video. Like other Zenbe products, email integration is also a big component of Shareflow.Part of the reason this doesn’t look like an imitator is that the two major features that Shareflow doesn’t really do very well are real-time document collaboration and chat, both of which are key parts of Wave. IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… steven walling Related Posts Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

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WATCH: Christian Standhardinger launches new vlog

first_imgQC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort In the 12-minute video, the Fil-German forward showed the fans a glimpse of how his day went as he came from Hong Kong to Manila and back again after San Miguel made him the number one overall selection in this year’s draft.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 shutoutStandhardinger promised to release more vlogs in the future as he hopes to draw closer to his Filipino roots before playing in the PBA.“I’ll post more vlogs showing my life and tell the fans to subscribe to my channel,” he said. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf PLAY LIST 01:37Protesters 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 LATEST STORIES Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMCcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ San Miguel selects Christian Standhardinger as the top overall pick in the 2017 PBA Draft. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWho would have thought that the top pick of the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft is also a techie?Christian Standhardinger launched a new YouTube channel and posted his first vlog on Saturday which documented his journey in the annual draft selection.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Standhardinger is currently playing with Hong Kong Eastern Sports Club for the upcoming 2018 ASEAN Basketball League season before coming back here in the Philippines to debut for San Miguel Beermen midway in the next season. Namajunas ready for what comes next as UFC’s new superstar John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View commentslast_img read more

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9 months agoWATCH: Careful Sarri! Higuain cleans out Gattuso in AC Milan training

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say WATCH: Careful Sarri! Higuain cleans out Gattuso in AC Milan trainingby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea’s coaching staff better be careful if Gonzalo Higuain arrives from AC Milan.Milan training from yesterday shows Higuain taking out coach Gennaro Gattuso much to the delight of his team-mates preparing for the Italian Super Cup against Juventus.The famously volatile manager fortunately saw the funny side too as Higuain, who is looking to push through a move to Chelsea, slid in during a Rondo drill.Gattuso has admitted he expects Higuain to eventually leave for Chelsea this month.Incase you want a longer version. that var gesture from higuain tho. also noticed someone nutmeg on gattuso at the end lololol so funny. famiglia pic.twitter.com/XYSgXwnX0O— —uncommon (@toological424) January 14, 2019 last_img read more

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Videos: Iowa’s Adam Woodbury Has Become College Basketball’s Eye Poker

first_imgHerky the Hawk performs during game.INDIANAPOLIS, IN – MARCH 10: Herky the hawk, mascot for the Iowa Hawkeyes performs against the Michigan State Spartans during the first round of the 2011 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament at Conseco Fieldhouse on March 10, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Michigan State won 66-61. (Photo by Chris Chambers/Getty Images)Something needs to be done about Adam Woodbury, Big Ten. During the first half of Iowa’s game against Maryland Sunday afternoon, the Hawkeyes’ big man poked Terrapins’ freshman guard Melo Trimble in the eye. Trimble collapsed to the floor and had to leave the game for several minutes as his eye swelled up. No foul was called during the action, but the referees charged Woodbury with a Flagrant 1 after looking at the replay. It’s possible this specific incident was not an intentional play from Woodbury, but that seems unlikely since the 7-footer has done this before. During Iowa’s game against Wisconsin, he did it twice. This is happening far too many times for it to be unintentional. Some type of punishment – a suspension, perhaps – needs to be given to Woodbury from Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany.last_img read more

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Louisville’s Facebook Account Screwed Up A Statistic, And Kentucky Fans Aren’t Letting It Slide

first_imgLouisville messes up stat in tweet.This past Sunday night, Louisville took down Northern Iowa to reach its fourth straight Sweet 16. Senior Wayne Blackshear also became the first Cardinals player in school history to play for four straight squads that reached the second weekend of the NCAA Tournament. Tuesday morning, the school attempted to celebrate the accomplishment by posting the statistic to its Facebook page. Unfortunately, they screwed up and named Blackshear as the only player in NCAA Division One history to accomplish the feat. That isn’t even close to true, as dozens of players in college basketball history to have reached the Sweet 16 four straight times.Kentucky fans, predictably, are having a field day, claiming that the school is perpetuating a “lie.”…. “And the lie detector test determined….THAT was a lie!” @KySportsRadio pic.twitter.com/D1uwIpmGoJ— Jeremy Kemble (@IAM4UKWILDCATS) March 24, 2015UL Athletics sends out a blatant lie today http://t.co/ZTni2u97L9— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) March 24, 2015University of Louisville claims Wayne Blackshear is the first to appear in four Sweet 16 games. Kentucky has had seven players do that.— UK Cat Facts (@UK_CatFacts) March 24, 2015Regardless, Blackshear’s feat is quite impressive. Can we get a Kentucky vs. Louisville national championship game please?last_img read more

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