No statement in the short article suggested any problem for evolutionary theory with this fossil. In fact, they celebrated it as a trophy for evolution. We really need to get these con artists out of science. In the Darwin Party there are the con artists, who know exactly what they are doing, and the conned, who have been taught only this mode of magical thinking since their youth, who don’t realize what they are thinking. Academia is the brainwashers leading the brainwashed, the con artists leading the conned. It’s contrived, contorted, and contemptuous. Confound it, we need clarity in science and in science news. Embarrasment is a good tool for exposing a con; learn how to show reporters like this one at National Geographic how utterly illogical, inconsistent, and illusory their prop for evolution is. If they listen, they are honest; if not, they are acting as mendacious, prevaricating purveyors of deceit.(Visited 39 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Serious problems have been reported for Darwinian evolution in these pages, and by other reporters ever since Charles Darwin lived, that should have long ago swept his theory into the scientific dustbin of unworkable hypothesis. Yet neo-Darwinism survives, stronger than ever – strong enough to exclude any other alternative from the scientific competition. How can this be? A recent article shows how. National Geographic News just reported the discovery of a fossil tiger skull from China, the earliest ever known, claimed to be 2.5 million years old. That’s a substantial leap back in evolutionary time from the previous record-holder at 1.8 million years old. Yet it looks strikingly modern, about halfway in size between a jaguar skull and a tiger skull. One might think this to be a problem for evolutionary theory, which would predict a sequence of transitional forms from pre-tigers to tigers. But here’s the headline: “Oldest Tiger-like Skull Yet—Hints Evolution Got It Right From Start.” The headline should start several scientific sirens. In the first place, one cannot personify Evolution as an entity even capable of trying to get something right. And Evolution has no standard of rightness. But if NG meant that it was a pure gamble – that chance hit a lucky strike by an unguided process – the statement could mean nothing short of a miracle. To see if that is what was implied, the article can interpret itself. Representing a new species, the skull isn’t that different from those of modern tigers, suggesting evolution hit on a winning formula early on and stuck with it. The National Evolutionary Synthesis Center’s Meachen said the skull’s similarity to those of living tigers and jaguars is more striking than the differences. “[Big cats] were great at what they did right away in their evolution, so their [anatomy] hasn’t changed much … ,” said Julie Meachen, a carnivore paleontologist at the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center in Durham, North Carolina. “They were—and still are—really good predators, in part because of their extremely successful body plan.”
Busy Boston Logan International is battling one of aviation’s most persistent safety problems with an innovative new device. The problem is called FOD – Foreign Object Debris, and it can be deadly. Minute pieces of metal can cut down aircraft tires or be sucked up into low-slung engines.July 25, 2000, Paris Charles de Gaulle. An Air France Concorde, Flight 4590, roars down the runway on a takeoff run to disaster. A piece of undetected titanium debris shed from a Continental Airlines DC-10 shreds a tire, catapulting rubber into the supersonic jet’s fuel tank. Fire breaks out. The technological wonder that was Concorde slams into a hotel shortly after takeoff, the victim of an unassuming piece of metal 17.1 inches (435 millimeters) long. 100 passengers, nine crew and four on the ground die.The fact is, FOD damage to aircraft is estimated at billions of dollars per year. The battle is never-ending to find these often-tiny pieces of metal before they wreak havoc.Traditionally, airports deploy vehicles to roam runways, taxiways and tarmac to ferret out FOD. Then they sweep it up, vacuum it up or pick it up with powerful magnets.What Boston’s done is add a high-tech detection component to the anti-FOD arsenal. The $1.7-million system scans the entirety of Logan’s busiest strip, Runway 9/27 (runways are arrayed according to compass heading). The idea here, according to the United States Federal Aviation Administration, is that automation can continuously monitor the runway and provide “both audible alerts and precise information about the location of FOD the system detects.”FAA says the plan in Boston calls for a year-long study to see just how the new automated system stacks up against traditional FOD management practices.Look for Miami International Airport to install a FOD-detection system on one of its runways in FY2014. FAA says it’s told the airport community that limited, discretionary Airport Improvement Program grant money will be available for operational FOD-detection gear at a trio of large hub airports in the U.S.
The Gujarat CID (crime) team probing the bitcoin extortion case has arrested Amreli Superintendent of Police Jagdish Patel, whose role in the alleged kidnapping of Surat-based builder Shailesh Bhat and extorting of 200 bitcoins worth ₹12 crore from him was under the agency’s scanner. Mr. Patel was taken into custody from his official residence in Amreli district on Sunday and was brought to Gandhinagar, where top officials interrogated him. He was placed under arrest on Monday after a medical check-up at Civil Hospital. A senior official told The Hindu that the agency was set to expand the scope of probe in the high-profile case. Top officials said a former legislator of the Gujarat Parivartan Party was also on the radar and was likely to be summoned for interrogation in the next few days. “The then MLA played a role of a fixer in the entire episode and we will soon call him after custodial interrogation of the Amreli SP,” a senior official in the agency said.Key accusedThe detention of Mr. Jagdish Patel came after the arrest of police inspector Anant Patel, who was the key accused in the case.Mr. Anant Patel was the Inspector in local Crime Branch in Amreli under Mr. Jagdish Patel, who is the SP there. He is accused of extorting bitcoins worth crores of rupees and cash from Mr. Bhatt.Besides Mr. Anant Patel, nine other policemen and a middleman from Amreli had been made accused in the case. Earlier, two constables and the middleman were arrested by the probe agency.On April 8, the CID-Crime registered a case against Mr. Anant Patel and others for allegedly kidnapping Mr. Bhatt and extorting bitcoins, a popular crypto-currency, and some cash from him.Abducted near hotelMr. Bhatt, in his complaint, had alleged he was kidnapped from near a hotel in Gandhinagar by the accused policemen on February 9.The realtor had claimed he was taken to a farmhouse near the State capital where Mr. Anant Patel beat him and forced him to digitally transfer 200 bitcoins worth ₹ 12 crore. Police had earlier said they were verifying Mr. Bhatt’s claim of digitally transferring 200 bitcoins to Mr. Anant Patel from his virtual wallet on mobile. The agency has also seized around a dozen mobile phones and other digital assets.
The Supreme Court today passed an interim order on the BCCI vs Lodha Committee case, directing the Indian cricket board not to provide any more funds to the state associations until they give an unconditional undertaking that they will comply with the organisational reforms as recommended by the Justice RM Lodha Committee.NO MORE MONEY TO STATE ASSOCIATIONSA bench headed by Chief Justice TS Thakur also said that the state associations of the BCCI will not disburse the funds already given to them by the country’s apex cricketing body till they file an unconditional undertaking that they will implement the Lodha Committee recommendations. (Anurag Thakur ‘the original fixer’, Rajiv Shukla a crook: Lalit Modi)BLOW TO ANURAG THAKURThe court has asked BCCI president Anurag Thakur to file a personal affidavit stating whether he has written to International Cricket Council (ICC) Chairman David Richardson, asking the game’s world governing body to take a stand that the Supreme Court judgement and the Lodha Committee recommendations would amount to government interference in the affairs of the BCCI. In an interview with India Today, Richardson said the BCCI had requested the ICC for a letter against government interference and even threatening the Indian Board of suspension.Thakur has been asked to file an affidavit and the matter has been listed for October 17.The BCCI has already disbursed funds to 17 state units. Around 13 state units are yet to receive any funds from the BCCI and the apex court has stated that the board must not disburse any money to them until they give an undertaking that they will abide by the directives of the Lodha panel. (Let’s collectively decide whether to stop IPL: Anurag Thakur)advertisementHEARING TO RESUME ON OCT 17Meanwhile, the BCCI will file a counter affidavit explaining their problems in detail on the implementation of the Lodha reforms once the hearing resumes after the festive break.The Supreme Court had lashed out at the BCCI last week, warning that the board will be forced to comply with the Lodha panel verdict if they did not implement the suggested changes by October 6. (BCCI faces Supreme Court intervention after resisting Lodha reforms)’DIFFICULT FOR BCCI TO GIVE UNDERTAKING’On Thursday, senior counsel Kapil Sibal, appearing on behalf of the BCCI, has pleaded before the court that it would be difficult for the BCCI to give an unconditional undertaking by Friday that it will hold back the funding of its state affiliates who would resist organisational reforms.In response the bench of Chief Justice Thakur, Justice AM Khanwilkar and Justice DY Chandrachud had asserted that it would pass an order to that effect on Friday.In an indication of the possible future course, the court in the course of Thursday’s hearing had indicated that it had two options – one to appoint a panel of administrators to oversee the transition in BCCI or ask the Lodha Committee to do it.The bench said the Lodha Committee could give more time to the country’s apex cricketing body to carry out the recommendations or appoint a panel of administrators to effect the transition to new reformed order. (IPL has changed the dynamics of cricket, says BCCI boss Anurag Thakur)BCCI’S KEY POINTS OF CONTENTIONLast week, the BCCI’s special general meeting (SGM) had decided to accept some of the recommendations put forward by the Lodha Committee although they continued to resist the order regarding the removal of the BCCI top brass.The SGM had also decided to form an apex council to look into the working of the BCCI as per the report submitted by the Lodha panel to the apex court. The representative of Comptroller and Auditor General will also be included as a member of the apex council as well as the Indian Premier League (IPL) governing council.Apart from the formation of the apex council, some of the other significant decisions at the meeting were formation of a special committee for the differently abled and a committee for women’s cricket.The formation of the players’ association and their representation in the committee was also agreed upon. The SGM authorised the BCCI CEO to contact the steering committee as proposed by the Lodha Committee and commence the formation of the cricket players association.The members were also unanimous in giving voting rights to associate members as per the guidelines of the International Cricket Committee (ICC). Puducherry will also to be granted associate membership of the BCCI.The SGM also accepted guidelines regarding code of conduct for players and team officials, anti-doping code, anti-racism code, anti-corruption code and operational rules as suggested by the Lodha Committee for implementation for the next IPL season.advertisementThe stipulation that there must be a 15-day gap before and after the Indian Premier League (IPL) has also been contested by the BCCI.DRAMA OVER ONGOING IND-NZ SERIESThe BCCI had warned that the Indian team may have to pull out of the Champions Trophy or next year’s IPL may have to abandoned if the recommendations by the Lodha panel are fully implemented.The BCCI had also reacted dramatically to the Lodha Committee’s direction to banks to freeze its accounts, threatening to call off the remaining matches of New Zealand’s ongoing tour of India.Anurag Thakur has asserted that it may not be possible to hold the rest of the matches in the series, including one Test and five one-day matches as he is unable to withdraw any money since the banks have frozen their accounts completely.Justice Lodha had however, criticised the BCCI’s stand, asserting that the panel has directed that enough funds should be available to conduct the daily administrative activities of the board and there is no question of discontinuing the New Zealand series.
Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X $999 Qualcomm gives us a glimpse of our future in 5G See It Comments See also Boost Mobile See it Irwin Jacobs, Qualcomm co-founder, took the stand in his company’s defense Tuesday. Vicki Behringer The smartphones we have today wouldn’t be possible without Qualcomm. Or at least that’s what the chip giant sought to show Tuesday during a trial instigated by the US Federal Trade Commission.The two have been battling in a San Jose, California, courtroom since Jan. 4. On Tuesday afternoon, the FTC wrapped up its case against the company. The agency has accused Qualcomm of operating a monopoly in wireless chips, forcing customers like Apple to work with it exclusively and charging excessive licensing fees for its technology.Tuesday marked Qualcomm’s first chance to present its own case. The company says the FTC’s lawsuit is based on “flawed legal theory.” It also has said that customers choose its chips because they’re the best and that it has never stopped providing processors to customers, even when they’re battling over licenses. Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Apple Now playing: Watch this: Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Share your voice The company called to the stand a co-founder, Irwin Jacobs, and the senior vice president in charge of its 4G and 5G operations, Durga Malladi, to talk up Qualcomm’s innovations in wireless technology. Jacobs, considered one of the pioneers in mobile communications technology, testified about the early years of Qualcomm. The idea to use code division multiple access (CDMA) technology for phones came to him while driving in San Diego, he said, and the company outfitted a fan with the technology to demonstrate how it could work. Qualcomm decided to start licensing its technology to get enough funding to do more research and development on CDMA, Jacobs said. The first licensee was AT&T, followed by Motorola, Nokia and others. Qualcomm charged an upfront fee and then royalties based on sales of CDMA devices. Sprint CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Apple iPhone XS • “Everything was negotiated,” Jacobs said. “We [wanted] something low enough that it did not impede progress should this become a commercial product. We wanted to see this used as broadly as possible worldwide.”The voice networks of US wireless carriers still use either CDMA or GSM, two fundamentally different technologies. Sprint and Verizon use CDMA, while AT&T and T-Mobile, along with most of the rest of the world, use GSM. Qualcomm holds most of the important patents related to CDMA, and the technology eventually enabled 3G networks that could also deliver data. “The industry began to realize it was important to provide mobile internet access, data communications,” Jacobs testified. “Essentially all third-generation [network technology] is based on CDMA.”Licensing battleThe FTC, aided by chipmaker Intel and iPhone vendor Apple, filed suit against Qualcomm two years ago. The US says Qualcomm has a monopoly on modem chips and harmed competition by trying to maintain its power. Qualcomm’s “excessive” royalty rates prevented rivals from entering the market, drove up the cost of phones and in turn hurt consumers, who faced higher handset prices, the FTC said. The FTC in the trial has called witnesses from companies like Apple, Samsung, Intel and Huawei and called experts to testify about the alleged harm Qualcomm’s licensing practices have caused the mobile industry. The trial has revealed the inner workings of tech’s most important business, smartphones, showing how suppliers wrestle for dominance and profit.Carl Shapiro, a professor at the University of California in Berkeley and an expert witness for the FTC, testified Tuesday that while Qualcomm is an innovator, that doesn’t mean it can’t also be a monopoly.”Qualcomm should be commended for its technological achievements,” Shapiro said. “But … what’s really important is that companies who aren’t quite as good or who don’t have the scale are not impeded from trying to catch and threaten and challenge the leader.”Durga Malladi, Qualcomm senior vice president of 4G and 5G, testified Tuesday about the research his company does in wireless technology. Vicki Behringer He testified that Qualcomm is using its market power and its monopoly power over chips to extract an “unusually high amount” for royalties for patents. That raises the cost for rivals, weakens them as competitors and fortifies Qualcomm’s monopoly power, Shapiro said. Qualcomm has argued that its broad patent portfolio and innovations justify its fees. CEO Steve Mollenkopf, who took the stand Friday, defended the company’s licensing practices, saying the way his company sells chips to smartphone makers is best for everybody involved.Malladi, testifying on Qualcomm’s behalf Tuesday, stressed the patents and innovation Qualcomm has related to 3G, 4G and 5G mobile technology. For instance, as of March 2018 — the cutoff for evidence related to the trial — Qualcomm was the only company capable of making a processor for millimeter wave 5G networks. The technology allows the superfast speeds of 5G but can travel only short distances and has trouble with impediments like trees or walls. 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