Time for Mammals

first_imgThree recent news stories about mammals involve time.  Does nature time things well, or do evolutionists tell swell things about time?  Time will tell.Placental mammals – Watch those assumptions:  How much can you trust dates that can vary by 50%?  A report in Science Daily says the new “consensus” date for the appearance of placental mammals just jumped from 122 million years ago to 84 million years ago.  The article mentions assumptions three times, though, with serious caveats about those dates: “However, this discrepancy may not be real, but rather appear because of the violation of implicit assumptions in the estimation procedures, such as abrupt acceleration of evolutionary rate entangled with gradual variation and large-scale convergent evolution in molecular level.”  Later, “They emphasize the necessity to scrutinize the implicit assumptions adopted by the models of molecular evolution and to develop procedures which rely little on those assumptions.”  A follow-up question: what are the new assumptions of the new study?Laotian Rock Rat — Yep, It’s a Living Fossil:  The unusual rat-like mammal found in a Laotian food market in 2005 (05/16/2005) is a living fossil, reported National Geographic News.  Some researchers claim that it “belongs to a family of rodents thought to have gone extinct 11 million years ago.”Bears – Keeping fit while sleeping:  On much shorter time scales (months), bears manage to keep most of their muscle strength during the winter hibernation.  Science Daily reported that “Bears in this study exhibited remarkable conservation of muscle function…. In spite of a size difference of almost three orders of magnitude and a 30 degree Celsius difference in torpor body temperature, the black bear may conserve muscle function to the extent of or perhaps better than small-mammal hibernators.” How the authors entered Colorado bear dens to take the measurements sounds like an adventure to be told somewhere.Anyone see evolution here?  Anyone see millions of years here?  Always scrutinize those implicit assumptions.(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Bali flights cancelled due to volcanic erution

first_imgJetstar and Virgin Australia have cancelled flights to and from Australia and Bali due to the ash cloud from the eruption of Mt Rinjani on Lombok, adjacent to Bali.The eruption this year of Mount Raung to the north-west of Bali caused severe disruptions to flights on four separate occasions.  Miracle escape from ash cloud.Virgin Australia said that its “team of meteorologists and the Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre have advised that conditions in the vicinity of Denpasar Airport are not safe for flying.”“Guests (passengers) whose flights have been cancelled will be advised of their new flight details via SMS or email, or they can contact the Guest Contact Centre on 13 67 89,” the airline said. It noted that if the travel was booked through a travel agent or a third-party website, it advises passengers to make contact with that party.Jetstar’s message is the same and it will revisit the situation on Wednesday November 4th.last_img read more

SA mining will pull through: Motsepe

first_img13 September 2013 South Africa’s mining industry will come through its current labour problems and re-affirm the country’s position as a globally competitive destination for investment, African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) executive chairperson Patrice Motsepe said on Monday. Motsepe was speaking to Mining Weekly Online after his company delivered first-half results that bucked the recent downward trend among South African miners, reporting an 8% rise in headline earnings to R3.74-billion for the year to June. “Particularly pleasing is the performance from ARM’s platinum division, which stands out against a string of poor results from the platinum industry in general as well as underperformance by this division within ARM in recent years,” Business Day’s Brendan Ryan wrote on Monday. Motsepe told Mining Weekly Online that his company was busy tackling the issue of worker housing that the industry had inherited from apartheid, adding that the industry had to partner with the government and municipalities to provide its workers with acceptable accommodation. His comments echoed those of Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, who told the Mining Lekgotla in Johannesburg last week that the industry could no longer remain a prisoner of “archaic practices that have not kept up with modern productive methods”. “The democratic conditions in which the industry is now operating require that it re-skills the labour force and rewards them commensurate with their contribution,” Motlanthe said. “To move forward, the industry must break with its undesirable past by making workers feel valued for their contribution as wholesome human beings that must have decent jobs and sustainable livelihoods, including proper housing, recreation and time with families.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

USDA to host 2018 Farm Bill implementation listening session

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation Bill Northey announced that USDA is hosting a listening session for initial input on the 2018 Farm Bill. USDA is seeking public input on the changes to existing programs implemented by the Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Risk Management Agency. Each agency will take into account stakeholder input when making discretionary decisions on program implementation.“The 2018 Farm Bill is intended to provide support, certainty and stability to our Nation’s farmers, ranchers and land stewards by enhancing farm support programs, improving crop insurance, maintaining disaster programs, and promoting and supporting voluntary conservation,” said Under Secretary Northey. “We are seeking input from stakeholders on how USDA can streamline and improve program delivery while also enhancing customer service.”The listening session will be held Feb. 26, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. in the Jefferson Auditorium in the South Building located at 14th Street and Independence Ave. S.W. in Washington, D.C.The listening session is open to the public. Participants must register at farmers.gov/farmbill by February 22, 2019, to attend the listening session and are encouraged to provide written comments prior to the listening session. For those orally presenting comments at the listening session, written comments are encouraged to be submitted to regulations.gov by February 22, 2019. Additional written comments will be accepted through March 1, 2019. Comments received will be publicly available on www.regulations.gov.“Truly this is a Farm Bill that improves farm safety net programs, protects federal crop insurance, and preserves strong rural development and research initiatives. At USDA we are eager to hear from our stakeholders on policy recommendations, so we can start working on implementing these important Farm Bill provisions,” said Northey.For more information on the listening session visit farmers.gov/farmbill.last_img read more

Apple Earnings Today: Blow-Out Or Blown Out?

first_imgRelated Posts Apple reports its earnings today after the end of the trading day, and it’s kind of a big deal. The stock has been in a swoon for months. Analysts and investors fear that the magic has gone out, that the iPhone isn’t selling as well as it used to. If Apple comes out with a huge quarter and blows away Wall Street expectations, investors will go nuts and the stock will soar. If it doesn’t, this means more than just a bad quarter — it means that Apple is in very deep trouble, that the company has peaked and now is in decline.So that’s why everyone is on the edge of their seats. The hottest company in the world, the company with the biggest market value of any company in any industry, ever, is at a crossroads.Meanwhile, Google, which is probably Apple’s biggest rival, last night turned in better-than-expected results. The NumbersIn case you’re keeping score at home, here are the numbers. Apple has guided analysts to expect $52 billion in revenues, net income of $11 billion, and earnings per share of $11.75.Wall Street, aware that Apple always sandbags its numbers so that it can engineer a blow-out, is expecting higher numbers: $54.7 billion in revenues and $13.41 in earnings.The stock got rocked recently when the Wall Street Journal reported Apple had been cutting orders for components. Those reports were immediately called into question by pro-Apple fanbloggers who suspected it was all just a ruse by stock manipulators who wanted to drive down the price and scoop up shares cheap before the big earnings announcement sends the stock soaring again.Then came news that most of Verizon’s sales last quarter were iPhones – but this news was tempered by news that a lot of the iPhones sold were not the high-margin iPhone 5 but rather the less expensive models.No ConsensusBasically, nobody knows what to think. Zacks Equity Research says Apple is “likely to beat” expectations. Bloomberg says Apple may deliver its first earnings drop in a decade. Bloomberg also says it’s all about iPhone 5. The Motley Fool says “nobody wants the iPad anymore.” Investor Doug Kass is shorting Apple shares and predicting doom. TheStreet.com calls this “the mother of all earnings reports.” SeekingAlpha says the Street is getting more confident and that the “whisper number” (what analysts secretly are expecting) has been trending up. John Paczkowski of AllThingsD says “Apple needs an old-school beat” to reassure investors. Make some popcorn and stay tuned. If you’re an Apple watcher, today is a very big day.Image courtesy of Reuters. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Apple dan lyonscenter_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more