(Visited 639 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Evolutionary stories work best in a vacuum. Fossils have a way of forcing Darwinians to face unexpected realities.Once upon a time, five million Darwin Years ago, Australia evolved from a forested land to a grassland. The ancestors of kangaroos, unable to see over the grass, evolved to stand upright. Finding it difficult to get around through the grass, they evolved to hop over it. And that, children, is how the kangaroo learned to hop.That old story just got jumped on. A fossil “kangaroo cousin” four times older in Darwin Years than the hero of How the Kangaroo Learned to Hop, was already hopping long before the grass arrived, back when Australia was a forest. That’s just part of the problem Darwinians have to deal with now that fossils have been re-analyzed by Swedish scientists. Bob Yirka sets the stage on Phys.org: by repeating the tale in slightly more sophisticated terms. (Note: evolutionists often call themselves “scientists” and call their stories “research.”)Scientists have been puzzling over the history of kangaroo hopping for many years—because of the lack of kangaroo fossils older than 2 million years, though, it has been difficult to pinpoint when they evolved from walking or climbing creatures to animals that stand upright and get around by hopping. Prior research has suggested that the development of hopping was the result of a changing climate—Australia was once a lot wetter than it is today, with forests covering land that is now overrun with grasses. Standing upright in grasslands is advantageous, as can be seen in prairie dog behavior in parts of the U.S.; hopping is a way to move very quickly in such an environment, as observed with rabbits, most of which are also native to grasslands.Kangaroo (public domain)Already problems are apparent in this tale. Rabbits don’t stand upright, and prairie dogs don’t hop. If natural selection were a law of nature, wouldn’t every mammal in grassland have become like a kangaroo? Similarly, not all hoofed herbivores in Africa grow long necks; look at zebras and wildebeest. It would seem easier for giraffes to learn to eat the grass than grow long necks to reach the leaves of the trees. But now, Yirka tells about the kicker in the latest fossil discovery:In this new effort, the researchers have found evidence that suggests hopping might have started long before grasslands took over large parts of Australia, casting doubt on current theories about the evolutionary timeline of kangaroo hopping.Balbarids were a diverse group of extinct mammals that evolutionists call “distant cousins” and “ancestors” of kangaroos. If that were the case, though, why were they superior to modern kangaroos in many ways? Sam Wong at New Scientist describes a world more blessed with variety than ours. His opening artwork makes Australia look impoverished by comparison:An ancient group of kangaroo relatives called balbarids had multiple ways of getting around, including hopping, bounding and climbing. The finding may mean we have to rethink how modern day kangaroos came to hop.Wong should have said “will mean evolutionists have to rethink,” not “may mean we have to rethink,” because only Darwinians came up with the story in the first place. Now, they have been falsified.Kangaroo evolution has been difficult to piece together because there are very few fossils older than one or two million years. The prevailing view of kangaroo evolution is that they began hopping when the climate in Australia became drier and wiped out many forests, but new fossil evidence suggests that their relatives were hopping much earlier.It’s a bit audacious to call one’s tale the “prevailing view.” And if climate change caused kangaroo evolution, wasn’t that a good thing? Maybe it will help humans learn to hop and get around faster.Benjamin Kear at Uppsala University and his team has upset the “prevailing view” by taking a closer look at fossils that had been used for divination to weave images of walking balbarids. Kear’s reanalysis “suggest that some balbarids galloped, some hopped, and some climbed in trees.”That’s true of modern kangaroos too, if you look beyond the most famous among them. There are rat kangaroos that scurry in the undergrowth and burrow, and tree kangaroos that live in the forests of New Guinea. Short-faced giant kangaroos, which went extinct 30,000 years ago, walked on two legs like us.So what evolved? Ancestral “kangaroo cousins” were already hopping 20,000 Darwin Years ago. Animals on this lineage apparently competed in the pentathlon, not just the 440m hop. If grasslands forced kangaroos to stand upright and hop, why did the rat kangaroos miss out? They scurry in the undergrowth and burrow. That seems a lesser challenge for evolution than rearranging the whole body for hopping.That means we have to rethink how and when kangaroos came to hop. “Hopping didn’t evolve with the climate; hopping was already there and took advantage of environmental change when it occurred,” says Kear.In most sciences, falsification entails retraction. The old story was wrong. Darwinians should be throwing it into the trash can. But expert storytellers that they are, this news actually made them excited. Now they have a wonderful new plot line for the revised edition of How the Kangaroo Learned to Hop. Sam Wong writes:This versatility has been key to kangaroos’ success, enabling them to exploit a huge range of terrestrial environments, says Kear. The origin of hopping goes all the way back to virtually the beginning of kangaroo evolution, he says.Did they exploit by intelligent design? No; according to Darwin’s view, nature did it to them through selection of small chance variations. In all the celebration going on now among the Darwinians about this new plot line, perceptive onlookers may notice something odd. They never did answer the question. How did a four-footed walking mammal evolve into a well-balanced hopping machine? This is no small feat for the feet.Eastern gray kangaroos hop along on their powerful hind legs and do so at great speed. An eastern gray kangaroos can reach speeds of over 35 miles an hour and travel for long distances at 15 miles an hour. Their bounding gate allows them to cover 25 feet in a single leap and to jump 6 feet high. (National Geographic)The physiological requirements for such abilities are not trivial. Everything – from the feet, the legs, the muscles, the nerves, the balance organs, the digestive system, the brain and even the reproductive system – must be adequate for that kind of motion. For now, we (actually they) have to rethink kangaroo evolution. Scientists (that is, evolutionists) will need to continue their research (that is, storytelling) to come up with a new prevailing view (that is, dogma).Darwin has rigged his storytelling empire so that it cannot lose. If an animal is unique, it evolved. If an animal is versatile, it evolved. If an order of animals is both unique and versatile, it evolved. If it evolved because of the environment, it evolved. If it evolved in spite of the environment, it evolved. Fossils are versatile divination tools to Darwinians, allowing them to come to opposite analyses that still prove evolution. Evolutionists actually enjoy challenges, because they allow them to watch their hero Charlie perform in another Olympic high hurdle event. The higher the hurdles, the better. He’s Duperman, leaping over tall falsifications in a single bound. And no matter how many hurdles he knocks over on the way, he always gets the medal. Why? Because he is the only competitor allowed in the event. The lapdog media will report his triumph as “the prevailing view” that Charlie is the greatest scientist in the history of the world.
Frequently related to the term bitcoin — blockchain can be an unquiet technology. Blockchain is currently creating a grand entry in all of the major market domains. Blockchain technology collects and stores the knowledge of inbound blocks — and time stamps it on a distributed and encrypted ledger. As the cornerstone of virtual currency blockchain technology — and it’s formula is currently being employed in virtually every sector of the economy. Wherever storing, verifying, data and transactions are occurring we can find some type of blockchain being used. One such vertical towards that blockchain is lifting its branches is global staffing trade. Global staffing trade, generated revenue of nearly $461 billion within the year 2017. Blockchain in the staffing industry.The blockchain technology is rising above even the reasonable time unit solutions within the industry. The long recruitment methods that have existed in the past involves sourcing, vetting, selecting, and onboarding. Each process is labour-intensive. In the current landscape of staffing the gig economy is rising. For each short-term and permanent contracts, employers square measure willing to rent both part-time and regular employees.The global recruiting market.The global recruiting market is changing into a lot of agile and dynamic incorporating blockchain in its thought strategic processes. Biometric ID verification of the candidate’s identity to blockchain-based standardized CV. Blockchain is cutting short the labour of recruiters concerned within the cumbersome accomplishment method.Less job-seekers and recruiters victimization with blockchain.The communication between them is increased and the data shared by both parties is safe and secure. Recruiters will determine the potential candidates and reach them. Encrypted info place informed blockchain cannot be altered and deleted making certain high security and privacy. Again, privacy and security for both the employer and the new potential employee. The blockchain solutions for staffing challenges.Recruiters hunt for the appropriate talent on social networking or job-seeking sites. With blockchain, the potential new employee cannot limit either his profile visibility or the info needed as an obligation.Some websites can make it a mandate to share such details with an application.Perhaps, the new employee doesn’t want the recruiter to check his race or gender. This could conjointly lead to information breaches and scams. If an owner of a location or business produces a centralized information hub — they may access or sell complete information. Blockchain can prevent access to information that shouldn’t be asked. A platform engineered on blockchain technology can provide the power to the hands of candidates.The information in the hands of the candidates allows the information to be totally localized and thus secure. A candidate can transfer his information to the platform through a cryptographic key. Therefore — the owner of the platform encompasses a very little or no role to play. This person can then decide what the details ought to be given or visible. The candidate can also determine WHO will access their information. This allows a direct interaction or transfer of encrypted information from candidate to the leader. This is similar to how Mappen does it with their social networking app.Verification of credentials.Six out of 10 recruiters found that half the candidates give false details on their resumes throughout the applications. This causes a huge loss each time someone has to go research the resumes. Resources are spent by the recruiters as they will now need to restart the entire verification process. Vetting of a candidate is an important stage within the verification method. It is also costly process in time. Having the corroboratory qualification documents early will be helpful. Having information about a candidates previous work record and other information is important.Gathering the valid information isn’t easy for the recruiters.Blockchain — in such a case — will facilitate credentialing and verification of the candidates and help scale back the fraud.Digital certificates.Many universities are beginning to issue a digital certificate or degree through a blockchain-enabled program. This information can’t be changed once uploaded — only verified. any time in the future. The employers may also produce such blockchain programs and keep information of staff, which can be cross-checked by the future recruiters. The recruiters can simply verify these pre-validated digital qualifications. The employment history is also stored in blockchains and will save a good amount of time. Smart contracts.Smart-contracts or blockchain contracts square measure the self-executing tasks supervised by the network of the computers. These are the computers that run the blockchain. In the case of Gig economy — these smart-contracts will cut short the intermediaries such as lawyers or project managers and resolve the conflicts between leader and staff. The contracts or the work can be coded and replicated on blockchain. Alongside the clear directions and conditions of a certain jog can be provided. The worker and the recruiter agree on a definite virtual contract on the blockchain. Freelancers.The employee can also receive pay in cryptocurrency — and the salary can even be set to only be delivered if the work is done. The payments won’t be released and given to the employee unless the recruiter confirms the delivery of labor. In this way the work delivery is confirmed — and the payment can mechanically be released or vice-versa. This method removes the conflicts between the leader and therefore the employee for delayed payment or delayed work.If the work is not delivered to the business — the blockchain mechanically refunds the payment. If a payment isn’t made by the employer — the work is mechanically canceled or delivered back to the employee. More than a “smart contract” this could be called a “sensible contract.” This would make labor done in a cheaper and a more fair and equitable manner. The best part is that the contract cannot be altered any time by either party. Much higher trust would be developed. Staffing trade will be regulated seamlessly and victimization lessoned by the blockchain technology. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#Blockchain#blockchain technology#Staffing Related Posts Follow the Puck Harsh Kumar Blockchain – Impending Revolution in Glob… Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces read more
QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort View comments LATEST STORIES “I think I just tried to make the best basketball play I could at that time. That’s what I just did,” Go, who was found open by Anton Asistio, said after the Blue Eagles’ 76-79 loss to the Green Archers.That play was reminiscent of Ateneo’s playbook in 2006 designed by then Ateneo mentor Norman Black with Macky Escalona and Doug Kramer conspiring in Game 1 of the UAAP Season 69 Finals. The difference, then, was that Kramer made the shot.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 shutoutGo hopes to quickly put his costly miss behind him“Coach Tab (Baldwin) has always been preaching to try to play without the emotion, next play mentality. But I think I still have to learn how to take out the emotion in my game,” he admitted. “Veteran players will just shake it off then next game. But I think my emotion overcame and I still held to the past. I wasn’t focusing on the next play or the next game.” For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Read Next “If you hold on to the past, that holds you. You try to think what could I have done, maybe after the game. Yes, it’s nice to review that, but during the course of the game where the next game happens immediately, you can’t allow something to let that hinder you from the way you play and think.”Go added that moments like this should serve as a lesson for him to become a better player.“I’m a young player, but that can’t be the excuse,” he said. “You let emotion overcome you, you don’t think, you just act. That is something that I still have to learn. Those are the things that make great players, because they are able to take the mistakes out of the game, the emotion, the next mistake, the next game. That is how I think I still have to grow as a player.”Go has now his eyes set on the Final Four, where the top-seeded Blue Eagles will take on Far Eastern University on Sunday.“They’re a tough team. Coach Olsen (Racela) knows how we play because a lot of us played for the Philippine team. We have to prepare and that’s what we’re gonna do,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion MOST READ CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIsaac Go took the blame for Ateneo’s first loss in UAAP Season 80 when it fell to defending champion La Salle on Sunday night.With the Blue Eagles trailing by one, Go blew a gimme—a short hook—off a sideline inbound play in the final 10 seconds of the game.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH This time, Montalbo plays hero for La Salle vs Ateneo Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:36Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 8000:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters 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 read more
New Delhi: Canada’s Dejan Papik has been appointed as the chief coach of India’s table tennis team. Papik accepted the one-year contract which was offered to him by the Sports Authority of India (SAI). The Indian team has been playing without a coach since the Asian Games in Jakarta last year. Without a coach, the Indian team suffered a lot of defeats in several important tournaments. However, in the recently concluded Commonwealth Table Tennis Championship, India won the gold medal in all the categories. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhIt is reported that the Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI) had short-listed Papic back in March but the contract was sent to him by SAI only a couple of weeks back. A TTFI official said: “Our former coach Massimo Costantini brought a lot of success to the team. We hope the new coach will also take the team to the new heights of success.” “I would like to clarify we (TTFI) do not choose the coach. The appointment is made by SAI,” he added. read more
In Ohio State’s loss to Purdue last Wednesday, junior Jon Diebler missed what would have been a game-tying 3-pointer as time expired. Sunday, with just a three-point lead at Michigan State and less than two minutes remaining, the Buckeyes again called on Diebler.This time, he didn’t disappoint. Diebler hit what proved to be a game-clinching 3-point shot in the Buckeyes 74-67 win over the Spartans on Sunday.“I think when you get to this stage and you got two great basketball teams playing, a lot of it comes down to someone making a big play,” OSU coach Thad Matta said. “Jon did a great job of spotting up and that was a big shot for us.”Unlike Wednesday night, it was OSU that came out of the gates fast. A 15-0 first-half run gave the Buckeyes an early 23-12 lead, but even with a 13-point lead at halftime, the second half brought exactly what Matta expected. “As I told our guys at halftime, you’re playing one of the best teams in the country, and they are going to make a run at you,” Matta said. “Sure enough they did.”Michigan State came roaring back and took the lead with four minutes to go — the Spartans’ first lead since 12-10 early in the first half. It was short-lived, however, as sophomore William Buford made both ends of a one-and-one with 3:45 remaining, and with the help of Diebler’s 3-pointer, the Buckeyes took back the lead for good. Buford finished the game with 17 points and 10 rebounds, but it was junior Evan Turner that again led the way for the Buckeyes. Turner, who came into the game battling flu-like symptoms, shook off any sickness and scored a game-high 20 points to go with his 10 rebounds and six assists. His performance Sunday was yet another example of why he is considered a serious contender for National Player of the Year. Though Matta said he doesn’t spend much time worrying about his potential award-winner, he knows how much Turner means to his basketball team. “I know this: Evan Turner is a great basketball player, he’s a great kid, he’s a great competitor and he’s a great ambassador for the Ohio State University,” Matta said. “Where he stacks up against everyone else I don’t know, but he’s really damn important to me.”The Buckeyes and Spartans, both 21-7 overall, now sit in a tie for second place in the BigTen standings with an 11-4 conference record, one half-game behind Purdue (23-3, 11-3).OSU travels to State College, Pa., to face Penn State Wednesday. read more
Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning throws the ball during Super Bowl XLVIII against the Seattle Seahawks Feb. 2 at MetLife Stadium. Seattle won, 43-8.Courtesy of MCTPeople are undoubtedly disappointed by the Denver Broncos’ 43-8 loss to the Seattle Seahawks in Sunday’s Super Bowl. The Broncos didn’t just lose — they lost pathetically, tying the Buffalo Bills for the third largest blowout in Super Bowl history with a 35-point margin.The Broncos also hold the record for the largest Super Bowl loss — a 55-10 beatdown against the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XXIV — and the most losses in the big game by a single franchise with five.Some might even feel bad for the recently anointed NFL Most Valuable Player, Denver quarterback Peyton Manning. Manning had a Super Bowl he wishes he could forget — throwing for 280 yards and touchdown, along with two picks and a lost fumble.Manning had a historic season, leading his team to a 13-3 record, an AFC West Division Championship and also setting individual NFL records for single-season passing yards (5,477) and touchdowns (55). He did not just have a legendary regular season, he continued this greatness into the postseason with clutch wins over the San Diego Chargers and his perennial rival, the New England Patriots.After Manning defeated Tom Brady in his biggest challenge this season, it appeared he was on a pathway to his second Super Bowl victory. Then Manning went to the Big Apple and met his destroyers in the “Legion of Boom,” otherwise known as the Seahawks’ defense. Viewers might have been greatly surprised by Manning’s abrupt downfall Sunday night, but for those of us who believe that perfection is as legitimate as the tooth fairy, his loss was a long time coming.As mentioned earlier, Manning set the record for passing touchdowns this season with 55. The record that he beat was that of his rival, Tom Brady, who launched a then-record of 50 touchdowns in 2007. For those who don’t remember that season, Brady led the Patriots to a perfect 16-0 regular season and continued that excellence in the playoffs. However, the Patriots’ run reached an unsatisfactory ending when the underdog New York Giants disrupted their pursuit of perfection in Super Bowl XLII.In recent years, many media outlets have declared that the game has changed so that it’s not the defense that wins championships, but the quarterbacks. The flaw with this logic is that it pushes the majority of the responsibility on one player instead of the 11 of an entire unit on the field. That was one of Manning’s biggest issues for this Super Bowl — after carrying a team for 18 great games, Manning’s back had finally given out.While he was blindsided by the tremendous play from Seattle’s defense, the fans at home were just as stunned at the realization that Manning is not Captain America, or Iron Man. He is merely a future Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback. read more
Ohio State redshirt junior wrestler Bo Jordan moved on in the championships bracket at the NCAA championships. Credit: OSU AthleticsST. LOUIS – In a Big Ten finals rematch, Ohio State’s No. 3 174-pounder Bo Jordan lost in the NCAA finals to Penn State’s No. 5 Mark Hall, 5-2.Jordan fought from behind for most of the match, and fans called relentlessly for a stalling call on Hall that would’ve drawn the score even late in the match, but only a warning was given.Ultimately, it wouldn’t matter as Hall got a takedown at the buzzer to widen the gap with Jordan.Jordan, a redshirt junior, was making his first appearance in the NCAA Championship match only weeks after beating Hall 6-4 in overtime for his first Big Ten championship March 5.The loss marks the second for Jordan all season, with the other coming to Cornell’s Brian Realbuto. Jordan avenged that loss by defeating Realbuto in the NCAA semifinals.Hall, a true freshman, upset top-seeded Zahid Valencia from Arizona State – also a freshman – on his way to the finals, and upset Jordan to secure his NCAA title in his first year of competition. read more
Sevilla manager Pablo Machin is disappointed to have lost out on Mariano Diaz to Real Madrid, but would be happy to have Lionel Messi insteadDiaz returned to Real on Wednesday after an impressive year at Lyon, which saw him score 21 goals.Los Blancos exercised a clause that enabled them to bring back Diaz on a five-year contract for a reported €30m transfer fee.But the Dominican Republic international seemed destined to join Sevilla at one point this summer before Real poached him.Speaking ahead to Sevilla’s Europa League qualifier against Sigma Olomouc, Machin was asked which striker he would like to have in his team now.“Messi! Is it impossible?” said Machin, according to Sport.Zidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“Yes. It’s important to retain our sanity about those who could join.“We’re happy with those who might arrive because they’ll make Sevilla greater.”As for their failed attempt to sign another striker in Diaz, Machin said: “I was so excited for him to come here. I don’t usually speak with footballers as others are in charge of that.“The player who does arrive will be a very good player.”Sevilla head into tonight’s return leg at their Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium with a 1-0 aggregate led over Sigma Olomouc. read more