Tournament CentralKATY, Texas – The 2020 Hercules Tires Southland Conference Basketball Tournament tips off Wednesday at 5 p.m. CT at the Leonard E. Merrell Center in Katy, Texas. The tournament opens up with No. 5 seed Northwestern State taking on No. 8 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, followed by a third edition of the Battle of the Border this season between No. 6 Lamar and No. 7 McNeese at 7:30 p.m. to conclude the first round of competition. No. 4 Sam Houston State awaits the winner between the Demons and Islanders while No. 3 Nicholls will face the victor of the Cardinals and Cowboys. Thursday’s matchups are set for 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., respectively. No. 1 Stephen F. Austin – 28-3 (19-1 SLC) – First Game: Friday vs. Winner Game 3, 5 p.m. Since a one-point loss to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Jan. 8, the ‘Jacks have been on an absolute tear with 15-straight wins, elevating them to No. 26 in the latest AP Poll. The stretch is the fourth-longest in Divison I, behind Dayton, Kansas and New Mexico State. Led by Southland Coach of the Year Kyle Keller, SFA paces all Division I institutions in steals (10.5) and turnovers forced (21.6) per game. The ‘Jacks placed three on the all-conference squads in Player of the Year and first-team pick Kevon Harris, Newcomer of the Year and second-teamer Gavin Kensmil and all-defensive honoree John Comeaux. No. 7 McNeese – 15-16 (10-10 SLC) – First Game: Wednesday vs. No. 6 Lamar, 7:30 p.m.Though they are no strangers to the Southland Conference tournament with a league-record 30 appearances, the Cowboys are making their first trip to Katy since 2016 as the No. 7 seed. USBWA All-District selection and Southland Defensive Player of the Year Sha’Markus Kennedy posted two of his 16 double-doubles against Lamar, averaging 18 points and 16.5 rebounds per contest against the Cardinals. Junior Dru Kuxhausen, a third-team all-conference pick and the Southland’s single-season record holder for three-pointers (125), averaged 16 points in the two meetings with LU and drilled five from long range in the latest showdown, including a game-winning four-point play in the final moments. No. 4 Sam Houston State – 18-13 (11-9 SLC) – First Game: Thursday vs. Winner Game 1, 5 p.m.The Bearkats will be featured in the Southland Conference tournament for the 18th-straight season, the longest streak in the conference by 11 years. The Bearkats were one of five programs with multiple all-conference picks and the lone school with two on the top squad in senior forward Kai Mitchell and sophomore guard Zach Nutall, the only underclassman on the first team. Senior Chad Bowie, who recorded two or more steals in 11 conference games, appeared on the all-defensive list. SHSU’s efficiency is on display with their league-leading 1.09 assist-to-turnover ratio, with that number jumping to 1.11 against conference opponents. No. 2 Abilene Christian – 20-11 (15-5 SLC) – First Game: Friday vs. Winner Game 4, 7:30 p.m.The Wildcats look to repeat history as the No. 2 seed in the conference tournament, the exact position they were in a year ago when they topped New Orleans in the title game to punch their ticket to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history. Returning just one starter from last year’s team, ACU managed to reach the 20-win plateau again and won one more game in conference play. Senior guard Payten Ricks, the lone returning starter, landed on the All-Southland First Team and the All-Defensive squad after posting a conference-best 70 steals. Sophomore forward Joe Pleasant represented the Wildcats on the all-league third team, averaging 11 points a game on 50.9 percent shooting. The first two rounds and semifinal contests will stream on ESPN+, available on ESPN.com/watch and ESPN apps. The championship will air live Saturday at 8:30 p.m. CT on ESPN2. The radio broadcast of the title game will be on SportsRadio 610 KILT in Houston. No. 6 Lamar – 16-15 (10-10 SLC) – First Game: Wednesday vs. No. 7 McNeese, 7:30 p.m.Despite returning just four players from last year’s 20-win squad, the Cardinals manufactured a 4-2 record over the final weeks of the season to earn the No. 6 seed and set up a third edition of the Battle of the Border rivalry. Lamar topped McNeese 96-91 in Lake Charles on Feb. 1 but dropped the regular-season finale 70-66 on a four-point play in the waning second. Senior T.J. Atwood, one of the few returners, was named Second Team All-Southland on Monday after ranking fifth in the league in scoring (16.7) and averaging just over 21 PPG in the team’s final seven games. Making their 19th appearance in the league tournament, the Cardinals boast a 14-4 (.778) mark in opening-round games at the event. No. 5 Northwestern State – 14-15 (11-9 SLC) – First Game: Wednesday vs. No. 8 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, 5 p.m.After a five-year absence at the Southland Conference tournament, the Demons make their triumphant return to Katy after Mike McConathy led the team to a five-win improvement in conference action to earn the No. 5 seed. The longtime coach, in his 21st year at the helm, successfully blended eight newcomers into the squad, including Second-Team All-Southland forward Chudier Bile. The Bradley transfer paced NSU in both scoring (14.1) and rebounding (7.7), and six of the team’s top seven scorers are newcomers. The Demons look to snap a seven-game skid against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in their opening-round matchup. No. 8 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi – 14-17 (10-10 SLC) – First Game: Wednesday vs. No. 5 Northwestern State, 5 p.m.The Islanders closed the regular season on a hot stretch, winning four-straight to vault the team back into the tournament field for the seventh-straight season, the second-longest streak in the conference behind Sam Houston State (18). A&M-Corpus Christi ranks 18th in Division I in three-point percentage (37.5), led by junior Myles Smith and freshman Jordan Hairston, who both shot over 40 percent on the year. The Islanders look to repeat their lone regular-season meeting with Northwestern State, a 67-62 win in Corpus Christi that extended A&M-Corpus Christi’s win streak in the series to seven games. No. 3 Nicholls – 21-10 (15-5 SLC) – First Game: Thursday vs. Winner Game 2, 7:30 p.m.Despite having 10 transfers on the roster for the 2019-20 season, second-year head man Austin Claunch had no problems fusing his roster together with a seven-win improvement over last year to tie for second in the standings. Savannah State transfer Dexter McClanahan earned Second Team All-Southland honors after leading the Colonels’ balanced efforts with 13.8 points per contest. Sophomore Warith Alatishe, one of four Nicholls student-athletes to average in double figures, was voted to the all-conference third team with 10.9 points and 8.3 rebounds per game, good for second in the league behind Defensive Player of the Year Sha’Markus Kennedy of McNeese. No. 1 Stephen F. Austin and No. 2 Abilene Christian, the defending tournament champion, earned the league’s double-byes and will start their campaigns Friday in the semifinals.
LONGSHOT SPARKY VILLE RALLIES TO TAKE GRADE II, $200,000 SAN VICENTE STAKES BY A NOSE UNDER ROSARIO; TRAINED BY BONDE, HE GETS SEVEN FURLONGS IN 1:21.93 AS ODDS-ON FAVORITE COLISEUM FALTERS LATE ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 10, 2019)–Sparky Ville seemed to relish a sloppy main track and a driving rain, as rallied to win Sunday’s Grade II, $200,000 San Vicente Stakes at Santa Anita by a nose under Joel Rosario. Trained by Jeff Bonde, the 3-year-old Candy Ride gelding got seven furlongs in 1:21.93 as 3-5 favorite Coliseum faltered late to finish third, beaten 6 ½ lengths while his stablemate, Dessman, just missed in a head bob photo for the win.Breaking like a shot from his number four post position, Sparky Ville was content to sit a close fourth at the rail as Savagery, Coliseum and Dessman slugged it out into the far turn. With a ton of horse underneath him, Rosario bided his time behind these three past the quarter pole and angled out straightening for home, overcoming a one length deficit a sixteenth out to just tag Dessman and Flavien Prat right on the money.“Going into the far turn, I was in tight, but I had to wait because I thought those horses were moving a little early,” said Rosario, who was aboard “Sparky” for the first time today. “When we left the quarter pole, I asked him and he really picked it up. I thought those horses would come back to me and we would win easy, but (Dessman) kept fighting and it was close.“I knew he had run well with Gary (Stevens, recently retired Hall of Famer) and I’m happy with the way he ran today. He was comfortable sitting in behind those horses and I like the way he picked it up when I asked him to go.”Owned by Del Secco DCS Racing, Sparky Ville, who is out of the Storm Cat mare Lorelei K, had won the restricted Sunny Slope Stakes three starts back on Oct. 21 and was a well beaten second behind highly regarded Instagrand in the Grade II Best Pal Stakes five starts back on Aug. 11.In his first graded stakes win, Sparky Ville, who was off at 7-1 in a field of five sophomores, paid $16.80, $5.60 and $2.40. In notching his third win from eight starts, he picked up $120,000, increasing his earnings to $257,770.“I was absolutely dancing into the Winner’s Circle,” said Bonde. “It was so exciting and Joel has been like one of my kids ever since he came from Bay Meadows…So it’s wonderful to win with him. The owners are great people that really deserve something like this.“This horse seems like he’s more adept at seven furlongs to a mile, so I’m not sure he wants a mile and a quarter…I could tell my horse had won, but I was so excited in the stretch, I thought I was gonna pass out…But it’s always scary when you get a look at those Baffert ‘Maseratis.’”Trained by Bob Baffert, Dessman and Coliseum, who were off at 2-1 and 3-5 respectively, appear headed in different directions. Dessman, an impressive 7 ½ length first out maiden winner going six furlongs here on Jan. 19, battled back valiantly at the rail and was back in front of the winner immediately after the wire.In his second start, Dessman paid $3.40 and $2.20 and left his rider second guessing himself.“I moved too soon,” said a classy Prat, who had also ridden Dessman to his maiden win. “He fought back when he saw that horse…He ran great.”Coliseum, a son of Tapit who had the look of a top Derby prospect when breaking his maiden by 6 ¾ lengths on Nov. 17 at Del Mar, flopped as the 3-5 favorite in his second start, the Grade III, one mile Sham Stakes here on Jan. 5, as he finished sixth.With a bullet six furlong gate drill, a cut back in distance and a new rider, Mike Smith, engaged today, Coliseum was again the heavy favorite, but failed to deliver. Finishing 4 ¼ lengths in front of Synthesis, he paid $2.10 to show.Fractions on the race were 22.07, 44.32 and1:09.16. read more
The Serie A teams have met today by teleconference and made the intention to conclude the season suspended by the COVID-19 emergency again very clear. The Italian League, with a statement, explained that all the sets “They unanimously reiterated the will to finish the championship as soon as government regulations and sanitary conditions allow. This will be our position at tomorrow’s UEFA meeting.” A possible scenario with a postponement of the Euro Cup that has been spoken of in Italy for a week and that seems more likely every day. Series A, in addition, thanked the commitment of all its clubs that helped the country’s hospitals with different charitable initiatives, which in the coming days will be shown on the championship’s social networks with the hashtag #WEAREONETEAM. Starting tomorrow, the working groups organized by the ‘Lega’ will begin for medical, technical-sports, institutional and economic issues between clubs, representatives of various institutions and the media. read more
Osasuna has labored in current days to implement a scrupulous well being protocol in Tajonar, which has been launched by the Greater Sports activities Council (CSD) and approved by the Ministry of Well being. In this first training part, footballers will perform their work individually assisted by the fewest variety of coaches potential. They are going to entry the Tajonar services of their personal autos in levels, leaving margins of ten minutes between the arrivals of the footballers. The beginning of the primary participant’s work is scheduled at 8:30 a.m., whereas the conclusion of the training will happen at 14:00 hours, roughly.They are going to arrive wearing training garments from their properties, in order that they don’t have to change right into a altering room and they may put on gloves and a masks till they enter the sector of play. Following the norm of respecting the so-called “social distance” of two meters, the technicians will phase the soccer fields into totally different work areas. Every of those work areas will likely be attended by a unique technician.At any time when the climate circumstances permit it, the work will likely be completed outdoor. When it’s obligatory to do it indoors, every participant will train in watertight compartments, which will likely be disinfected after every use. As soon as the work session is over, footballers will retire instantly to their autos with out going by way of the altering rooms. They are going to be given a biodegradable bag that can comprise their training garments for the following day. That very same bag, with the garments used from the day before today, have to be deposited the following day in a container that will likely be situated subsequent to the parking zone upon arrival on the services. So as to resume training, the services have been disinfected by fogging and spraying. The measures really useful by Well being for the remedy of clothes and different work supplies will likely be attended, which will likely be decreased to the minimal potential. The staff who can entry the services will likely be these strictly obligatory for the event of the exercise and all will likely be recognized by accreditations, divided into “medium safety personnel” and “excessive safety personnel” relying on their proximity to the sports activities workforce. Whole, round fifty workers may have entry to Tajonar throughout this time, amongst which would be the footballers and the teaching workers. All of them have been subjected final Tuesday to the pertinent medical controls in accordance with the laws for the prevention of occupational dangers, which consisted of assessments for the detection of Covid-19. Moreover, since Monday footballers have been acknowledged in a extra exhaustive approach within the College of Navarra Clinic to assess your bodily situation earlier than resuming training.All of the workers of Osasuna you’ll be supplied with the required security tools to perform your work: masks FFP2 and surgical and nitrile gloves. Within the case of the membership’s well being personnel, the measures will likely be strengthened with particular masks and protecting fits. Within the services the presence of hydroalcoholic gel dispensers will likely be elevated and posters will likely be positioned that can bear in mind all the principles to be met.The training classes will likely be, because the CSD, behind closed doorways and entry will solely be allowed to individuals who have the related accreditation. Compliance with all of the sanitary protocol will likely be endorsed by an inspector of The league.Osasuna requests its followers to respect the restrictions inherent within the Alarm State and don’t go to the neighborhood of the services to see the training. Likewise, it informs that it has been warned by the competent authorities that brokers of the authority will supervise compliance with the sanitary laws outdoors the sports activities facility. 56 days have handed, on March 13, because the final training of the Osasuna workers on the Tajonar services, however tomorrow they return to work after having handed the related assessments that assure their security. Along with Leganés and Barcelona they would be the first LaLiga workforce to resume work. Department gamers Iñaki Álvarez, Jorge Herrando and Javi Martínez will be a part of the self-discipline of the skilled workers and they’ll work below the orders of Jagoba Arrasate. read more
Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Madrid earns 88.6M euros in Champions League prize money Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum 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 LATEST STORIES “It was tough,” he said. “But I did my time.”Paul, who wasn’t allowed on the bench with the team during his suspension, watched Wednesday night’s game at home with his family.“It was real strange. Let’s try and hope that doesn’t happen again. It costs too much,” said Paul of the suspension that cost him $491,782.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments General manager Daryl Morey said Thursday that Harden had a Grade 1-Plus hamstring strain and that he’d sit out on Friday and Tuesday against Portland before being re-evaluated.Harden scored 29 points Wednesday night in the 100-89 defeat that dropped the Rockets to 1-3 before heading to the locker room with just more than five minutes remaining.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissHarden missed seven games last season with a Grade 2 hamstring strain and said after the game this was not the same type of injury.“It’s nothing serious. Nothing serious,” he said. “It’s not close to last year. Just being cautious.” Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ D’Antoni said he doesn’t expect this problem to cause Harden to miss extended time. Houston has won just one of its four games.“Long-term not concerned because he’ll get over it … (but) I’m concerned about trying to win in the meantime,” D’Antoni said. “But we’ve got enough guys and we’ve got to hold serve and we’ve got to play better. Whether he’s in or not, we’re just not playing very well.”Also on Thursday, Morey said that James Ennis has a Grade 2 strain of his right hamstring and that he’ll also miss the next two games.The Rockets will also be without Nene for the foreseeable future because of a strained right calf. The center hasn’t played this season because of the injury and Morey said he’ll be out for at least two more weeks before being re-evaluated.The Rockets will get a boost with the return of Chris Paul, who missed the last two games serving a suspension for his role in a fight with Lakers’ player Rajon Rondo.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets reacts after driving to the basket in the fourth quarter against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center on October 24, 2018 in Houston, Texas. Tim Warner/Getty Images/AFPHOUSTON — James Harden will miss at least two games because of a hamstring injury, starting with Houston’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday night.Harden didn’t practice on Thursday after leaving Wednesday night’s loss to Utah after experiencing tightness in the hamstring in the fourth quarter.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title read more
But here are five other things … What should Giants fans know about outfielder Kevin Pillar, the latest product of Farhan Zaidi’s dizzying array of roster moves?First off, even casual baseball fans have probably seen the kind of impact Pillar has when chasing down flyballs. In short, the three-time Gold Glove Award finalist is a human highlight waiting to happen when he’s got a glove on his hand.North of the border, Pillar was simply known as “Superman” for his defensive exploits.
What is it with cosmology these days? On the one hand, astronomers seem more confident than ever. They speak of this as the era of “precision cosmology,” when the only task remaining seems to be refining the decimal points; e.g., the first refinements of the cosmic microwave background (CMB) won John Mather and George Smoot a Nobel Prize this year. On the other hand, there have been disturbing comments from respectable quarters hinting that if a complete collapse is not imminent, at least major rethinking is going on. Some of the most fundamental evidences for and assumptions behind the “standard model,” presented as fact in popular publications and planetarium shows, are being questioned. The confident claims are so ubiquitous as to need no documentation (see, for instance, 11/02/2002, 02/21/2005, 10/31/2006). As reported here recently, however, there are rumblings of discontent bordering on revolution (see 02/18/2007, 09/05/2006). Alarming statements of cracks in the cosmological edifice have intensified in recent weeks. Let’s take a look at some examples.String at the breaking point: As noted previously, (02/18/2007), string theory seems to be on trial for impersonating a science. What’s notable in a book review in The New Criterion, though, is that for a long time, it has been the only game in town – the only theory of fundamental physics under serious consideration to unify the large and small aspects of the universe. Martin Gardner called it a “messy” theory that is beginning to mimic the clumsy epicycles of Ptolemaic cosmology. The book he reviewed tells all: The Trouble with Physics: The Rise of String Theory, the Fall of a Science, and What Comes Next by Lee Smolin (see also 11/07/2006, bullet 2).1 In this book, Smolin, a former believer in string theory, chides the “groupthink” atmosphere among the adherents as a “cultlike atmosphere in which those who disagree with the ideology are considered ignoramuses or fools.” Yet critics point to the fact that it makes no predictions and is little more than an untestable conjecture propped up with adjustments as needed.Ugly desperation: Nature this week2 reported on a conference in London by cosmologists unsatisfied with current theory. It quotes Douglas Scott, one of the attendees: “There is a sense of desperation. The standard model is horribly ugly, but the data support it.” The ugliness stems largely from current big bang theory’s dependence on two imponderable substances, dark matter and dark energy. Even though WMAP measured the cosmic background radiation to high degrees of precision (09/20/2004, 02/14/2003), invoking dark energy as an explanation is “a profound problem from the viewpoint of fundamental physics.” Can a horribly ugly model really be true, even if the data seem to support it? Attendees were encouraged to share their misgivings about the standard model. No consensus or alternative was forthcoming.My unlucky stars: “When astronomers wish upon a star, they wish they knew more about how stars explode,” began Tom Siegfried in Science this week.3 “In particular, experts on the stellar explosions known as supernovae wonder whether textbook accounts tell the true story–especially for a popular probe of the universe’s history, the supernovae designated as type Ia.” He then shares some dirty secrets that should cause gasps among those who respect cosmological law but don’t know how the sausage is made:In fact, new observational surveys suggest that cosmic evidence based on type Ia supernovae rests on a less-than-secure theoretical foundation. “We put the theory in the textbooks because it sounds right. But we don’t really know it’s right, and I think people are beginning to worry,” says Robert Kirshner, a supernova researcher at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) in Cambridge, Massachusetts. “We keep saying the same thing, but the evidence for it doesn’t get better, and that’s a bad sign.”The import of this can hardly be overstated. For the last decade, fundamental concepts about the age, expansion and acceleration of the universe have rested on the assumption the Type Ia supernovae are reliable standard candles. Siegfried even invokes the imagery of “The Emperor’s New Clothes” to describe how cosmologists parade their theory without evidential support. Apparently not all Type Ia supernovae have the same brightness as formerly presumed, and may fall into two classes– as if the Type I vs II and Type I vs Ia distinctions were not upsets enough in the history of astronomy. Even accepted models of how supernovae ignite are being questioned. One of the architects of the “accelerating universe” theory, Alex Filippenko (UC Berkeley), who based his conclusion on supernova measurements, calls the contradictory evidence “a very, very serious issue.” Siegfried ended with talk of “worrisome gaps in current textbooks accounts” that must be plugged, and how “answers to many critical questions remain elusive.”Faulty ladder: Lower down in the cosmic distance-scale ladder, Cepheid variables are causing new worries. Robert Cowen wondered in the Christian Science Monitor if the universe might be 15% larger than earlier thought, based on recalibration of the variable stars first used as distance indicators by Henrietta Swan Leavitt. Cowen writes that astronomers need to heed Ronald Reagan’s advice, “Trust but verify.” Unfortunately, trusted values are not holding up. As one astronomer worried, “astronomers absolutely need to trust this number because we use it for countless calculations.” It underlies the crucial value of the Hubble constant as well as helps calibrate the Type Ia supernovae.Can darkness shed light? The universe is getting darker, said the New York Times. Richard Panek didn’t mean to imply that there is more dark matter or dark energy than previously thought. He meant to question science’s ability to fathom the universe when it has to resort to imponderable substances. He feels science is going backwards by positing that most of the universe is unknown, and possibly even unknowable. His article rips current thinking that cosmology knows what it is talking about. What is dark energy? “The difficulty in answering that question has led some cosmologists to ask an even deeper question: Does dark energy even exist? Or is it perhaps an inference too far? Cosmologists have another saying they like to cite: ‘You get to invoke the tooth fairy only once,’ meaning dark matter, ‘but now we have to invoke the tooth fairy twice,’ meaning dark energy.” This is not sounding very scientific. It makes one wonder what new experiments like ESSENCE (see Science Daily), searching for dark energy, will find: the essence of the universe in outer space, or the essence of human imagination in inner space.Glad to be here: Again in the New York Times (April 12), an article questioned how the universe was able to survive the big bang. Kenneth Chang reported on a Fermilab test: “An experiment that some hoped would reveal a new class of subatomic particles, and perhaps even point to clues about why the universe exists at all, has instead produced a first round of results that are mysteriously inconclusive.” The impact on big bang theory: “The Standard Model has proved remarkably effective and accurate, but it cannot answer some fundamental questions, like why the universe did not completely annihilate itself an instant after the Big Bang.” The problem is that the MiniBooNE, or mini-Booster Neutrino Experiment, did not provide evidence that neutrinos could keep the universe from collapsing: “The birth of the universe 13.7 billion years ago created equal amounts of matter and antimatter,” Chang asserts. “Since matter and antimatter annihilate each other when they come in contact, that would have left nothing to coalesce into stars and galaxies. There must be some imbalance in the laws of physics that led to a slight preponderance of matter over antimatter,” he continues. Presumably, “that extra bit of matter formed everything in the visible universe.” Another new detector will also attempt to address the antimatter problem, reported Science Daily. The conundrum of why the universe contains so little antimatter is a long-known dark secret rarely discussed in the literature.For those needing respite from all this controversy, look at Astronomy Picture of the Day where a colorful new picture of the Pleiades was posted, just taken by the Spitzer Space Telescope. And JPL started a new feature called “What’s Up” listing heavenly sights the rest of us can just look at and enjoy. Kind of reminds you of the good old days when astronomy was calm and relaxing.1Gardner’s review ends with an interesting historical anecdote about a cosmological conjecture by Lord Kelvin that sounds surprisingly modern.2Jenny Hogan, “Physicists question model of the Universe,” Nature 446, 709 (12 April 2007) | doi:10.1038/446709a.3Tom Siegfried, “Surveys of Exploding Stars Show One Size Does Not Fit All,” Science, 13 April 2007: Vol. 316. no. 5822, pp. 194-195, DOI: 10.1126/science.316.5822.194.What are layman supposed to believe? Evolutionary cosmologists are looking increasingly like soothsayers, whose pronouncements sound good in generalities but fall apart under scrutiny. Now you see why Bob Berman got so frustrated a few years ago (10/06/2004) he exclaimed that cosmologists were clueless. They are living in Alice in Wonderland where imagination rules. “Unfortunately,” he ranted, “cosmologists are starting to resemble naked emperors parading before the mass media.” Where have we heard that allusion before? (11/30/2005, 01/31/2003). Try to imagine anything in creationist cosmology that is anywhere near as as far-fetched or empirically challenged as the ideas now being discussed by modern secular cosmologists (cf. 08/11/2006, 12/18/2005). At least creationists have an adequate Cause for the origin and fine-tuning of the universe. Every person struggling to relate the big questions to the evidence of the senses will have problems to solve, but when the pros run headlong into absurdities without remorse while conning the public with textbook lies, it’s time to blow the whistle and call for a serious “time out,” like Bob Berman advised. Big words and big toys are inadequate to cover intellectual nakedness. Cosmology has lost its way. It is not making progress, it is going backwards. Why? Because its underlying assumption that secular naturalism is adequate to explain ultimate origins is flawed from the get-go. You can’t explain a system from within the system. The universe has a cause that is beyond itself. By definition, that makes the cause supernatural (05/11/2006). Let that be the starting assumption once again, and science will get back on track (online book). Let it recognize the fundamental nature of information—intelligence—design, and the lights will come back on (John 1:1-4). Let it rediscover purpose in life (John 1:5-18), and it will again make progress – full steam ahead.(Visited 48 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 read more
8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#NYT#TWiOT#web curt hopkins Related Posts Chinese Hackers Bring Down Change.org in Response to Ai Weiwei Campaign. Chinese government-sponsored hackers took down Change.org with a DDoS campaign after the site registered over 100,000 signatories on a petition in favor of the imprisoned Chinese artist. Ai Weiwei had been known for his role in the construction of the Beijing Olympic stadium and as China’s leading digital activist and a pioneer in the use of blogging and Twitter in China.Love the future.Syria blocks YouTube. In between killing its citizens, promising to repeal its emergency laws and enacting restrictive laws that make the emergency laws old hat, Syria has blocked YouTube again. This time, a graphic video of a 12 year-old boy shot in the face (do I need to warn you about this video?) during protests was the inspiration. Dubai blogger now charged with possessing demon rum. Ahmed Mansur, who was arrested last week for post critical of the UAE government, has had an additional charge heaped on him – possessing alcohol, a crime for an Emirati to possess, though it’s served in hotels like it’s going out of style. Perhaps the thought is observers will leave the poor city-state alone out of deference for its culture where they might not if they were honest about the real reasons for his arrest. Iranian blogger arrested for “terror plot.” A blogger, whose name was not given, was allegedly arrested. The reason given was his *sighs, rolls eyes* plot against the country’s president Ahmajinedad. Since the source is a pro-government publication, at least some, if not all, of the report is false. Iran to create “halal Internet.” I think if I were Muslim I would be pissed off at Iran’s use of this term to describe an infantilized Internet they plan to have ready in about 18 months. Religion is, as it always is in these online censorship situations, a mask for the real goal of the censors: obedience. The Iranian government intends to offer other Muslim countries the use of this “Internet.” (What’s Persian for “backdoor”?)Uganda blocks Twitter and Facebook. In an historical move, given sub-Saharan Africa’s largely complete freedom from filtering, Uganda has sent its three largest ISPs a memo requesting they block Twitter and Facebook. The reason? To “eliminate the connection and sharing of information that incites the public.”Bahraini doctors arrested so protesters will die. Bahrain’s security apparatus has arrested 32 doctors, one who was operating on a patient at the time. This is in defiance of the Geneva Convention. HTTPS Now Campaign Aims To Secure The Internet. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and Access, a digital freedom activist group, have partnered together to start “HTTPS Now,” a campaign to spread awareness and advocate for increased Internet security.U.S. screw-ups. There are a number of stateside idiot moves that deserve note. Michigan police stealing motorists’ private data with handhelds.National Science Foundation blocks the proxies its government funds. Court hearing canceled on whether Twitter info can be compelled in Wikileaks case. Facebook lobbyist tells WSJ the company is allowing too much free speech. read more
Microbiologists have a new way to tell whose sh-t is dirtying the waters. A survey of sewage across the United States shows that every city has a distinct microbial character that can reveal signs of health, such as how obese its residents tend to be. Dozens of the microbes identified in the survey are common throughout the United States, and could provide better ways to tell whether bacterial pollution comes from humans.The human gut is filled with microbes that are proving ever more important to health and disease. To understand the diversity of these bacteria—collectively called the gut microbiome—and how their numbers and types vary through time, microbiologists have isolated and sequenced DNA from stool samples of hundreds of individuals. But Mitchell Sogin, a molecular evolutionist at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, and Sandra McLellan, a microbiologist at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, wanted to take a much broader view and study the microbiomes of entire human communities. In addition, they were looking for a better indicator of human fecal pollution.To do that, they needed to figure out how to assess the microbiomes of large numbers of people at once. They recruited wastewater treatment plant operators from 71 U.S. cites to collect more than 200 samples of incoming sewage. They then sequenced DNA in the samples and determined its origin. About 15% of the isolated sewage DNA belonged to microbes found in humans, Sogin and McLellan’s team reported online last week in mBio. Many of the rest are microbes that live in sewer pipes. Using a technique developed by Sogin and his colleagues, which can more precisely determine which bacteria are present in a large sample of feces, the researchers identified about 60 types of bacteria that were common to people in all of the cities. Because they seem to be found wherever humans are, these 60 may be a more reliable way to determine if human feces are contaminating a waterway, McLellan says.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)But the abundance of these and less common bacteria varied from place to place. This variation in the “sewer-wide” microbiomes reflected the variation seen among surveys of microbiomes of individual people. Each city had “a unique signature,” McLellan explains.Those differences offer hints about the health of cities’ residents. Fat people tend to have a different microbiome from that of lean people, for example. By analyzing the microbes in each city’s sewage, the researchers could tell which had an obesity problem, Sogin says. Denver and Key West, Florida, microbes reflected a leaner population than those from Salina, Kansas, and Memphis, Tennessee, for example. The researchers have not tested whether sewage microbiomes can indicate other health conditions.“What appeals to me [about this work] is the scale and the novelty,” says Gary Huffnagle, a microbiologist at the University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor who was not involved with the work. “It’s got the potential to open up a new way to look at large-scale populations for epidemiological analyses.”Although analyzing the microbiomes of a city’s population as a whole can obscure important individual differences, it also reveals patterns evident only on a broad scale, Huffnagle notes. Besides, it’s much easier to collect poop from sewers than by collecting stool samples from individuals. “We can actually study human beings without all the paperwork.” read more