Half-time: Brentford 0 Cardiff 0

first_imgBrentford struggled to create chances in a goalless first half.Ryan Woods went closest, firing over from a tight angle on the half-hour mark, while Lasse Vibe was inches away from a tap in from Josh Clarke’s cross.Clarke, 20, made only has third start for the Bees as one of two changes to the side that drew with Bristol City, with Konstantin Kerschbaumer also coming in.Anthony Pilkington missed the visitors’ best chance – an unmarked header from eight yards out 11 minutes into the match.Brentford (4-2-3-1): Button; Clarke, Dean, Barbet, Bidwell; McCormack, Yennaris; Woods, Saunders, Kerschbaumer; VibeSubs: Bonham, Djruricin, Hogan, O’Connell, Gogia, Cole, Canos.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Neanderthal News and the Limits of Organic Material Survival

first_imgRed blood cells and DNA samples raise questions about the decay time of soft tissue and genetic material.Iceman: Otzi the iceman was a red-blooded human. Finally, after several attempts, red blood cells have been imaged from the body of the “iceman” thought to have perished 5,300 years ago, PhysOrg reports. This “marks the oldest known preserved instance of a red blood cell,” reporter Bob Yirka claims; didn’t he hear about dinosaur red blood cells? Bob Enyart lists all the scientific papers proving the existence of soft tissue in dinosaur fossils far older than this, according to evolutionary assumptions. If a dinosaur and a human have red blood cells that are still recoverable from their remains, how could Yirka know that Otzi wasn’t running up the mountain to get away from one when he died?Neanderthal DNA: The Altamura fossil of a Neanderthal, embedded in the flowstone of a limestone cave, has recoverable DNA. A team of researchers working in Italy has confirmed that Altamura Man was a Neanderthal and dating of pieces of calcite which were on the remains has revealed that the bones are 128,000 to 187,000 years old,” PhysOrg states. The abstract from the report in the Journal of Human Evolution says, “Thus, the skeleton from Altamura represents the most ancient Neanderthal from which endogenous DNA has ever been extracted.”  Science Magazine adds, “Mitochondrial DNA sequences from the bone matched those of other Neanderthals (Homo neanderthalensis).” Other anthropologists consider Neanderthal a subspecies of modern human, using the term Homo sapiens neanderthalensis. Evidence of interbreeding with modern humans supports that designation; Charles Q. Choi refers to that evidence in his report for Live Science. He also says, “The bone is so old that its DNA is too degraded for the researchers to sequence the fossil’s genome — at least with current technology.” Even allowing for the evolutionary age, this shows that DNA decays over time and should not be expected in “older” fossils.Neanderthal interbreeding: A paper describing a modern human skull found in Manot Cave in Israel supports previous evidence that Neanderthals and modern humans interbred. A paper in Nature states, “Moreover, at present, Manot 1 is the only modern human specimen to provide evidence that during the Middle to Upper Palaeolithic interface, both modern humans and Neanderthals contemporaneously inhabited the southern Levant, close in time to the likely interbreeding event with Neanderthals.” According to the biological species concept, a species is defined by the ability to interbreed and produce fertile offspring. That’s why we all have some Neanderthal DNA in our own genomes.  Update 5/14/15: An article on PhysOrg offers genetic evidence that Neanderthals were interbreeding with modern humans right up to the time they ceased to exist.Neanderthal tools: A paleolithic toolmaking site with “staggering output” found in northern Armenia was probably occupied first by Neanderthals, National Geographic says, and remained in use till 1,000 BC. They found a “gigantic outdoor workshop” for flaking blades and tools out of the abundant obsidian on the slopes of an extinct volcano. Investigators believe that the hand-worked weapons and tools number in the millions.Neanderthal speculations:  Old and new stories about the Neanderthals get told from time to time in the news. Some recent ones:New Scientist says that “Neanderthal chefs may have spiced up menus with wild herbs.” Despite the icon of the Neanderthal mammoth hunter, “What is clear is that Neanderthals were not simple carnivores.” They were probably experts at roasting and making stew, and even using toothpicks.That story doesn’t square with Tia Ghose’s speculation in Live Science that maybe Neanderthals died off because they couldn’t harness fire. It’s still a big mystery to evolutionists why they disappeared from the world stage.But Ghose’s story doesn’t jive with Charles Q. Choi’s speculation, also in Live Science, that modern humans killed off the Neanderthals. He bases his tale on divination with fossil teeth.Nope; it wasn’t fire or fighting that did them in, three geologists say in Geology. It was a volcanism (Campanian ignimbrite) that was the final blow for the European Neanderthals that were already living on the edge of survival. Why the modern humans at the time survived is not made clear.Other speculations about early man: Going further back the evolutionary scheme, other surprising things about early man were announced in the news:Footprints of Homo erectus in Kenya were reported by Nature, which says that the hominids “walked very much like modern humans.” A paleoanthropologist from the University of Arizona admits ignorance: “Who knows what they’re doing there; It could be a group hunt, but it could also be lakeshore foraging.” Group hunting would suggest cooperative activity. Nature speaks of “the people that left the prints,” hinting they are not subhuman. “Hunting is a difficult thing to prove in human evolution,” one of the researchers admitted.Science Daily says that “complex cognition” is required to make stone tools. The earliest and simplest stone tools date back 2.6 million years in the evolutionary scheme. “The ability to make a Lower Paleolithic hand axe depends on complex cognitive control by the prefrontal cortex, including the ‘central executive’ function of working memory, a new study finds.”Tim White and team posted an update of what is speculated about Ardipithecus, claiming in PNAS that it was “neither ape nor human” but had a “surprising ancestry of both.” Toss out the textbooks showing man descending from apes; “Ardipithecus alters perspectives on how our earliest hominid ancestors—and our closest living relatives—evolved.” Neil Shubin of Your Inner Fish and Tiktaalik fame edited the paper. First words in the paper: “Charles Darwin,” naturally. Skeptics of human evolution may wish to pore over this lengthy analysis of Ardi. The authors admit, when all is said and done, that the fossil “provides only limited evidence about the nature and timing of crucial early events in hominid evolution. However, even this evidence is important in removing the confinements of the missing-link mentality that have distorted interpretations of human evolution for more than a century.“Human evolution marches on. Downhill, that is. Most of us could not keep up with a Neanderthal man or Homo erectus if we had to try to survive out in the wilderness without any modern conveniences. They were smart, skilled, and cognitively well equipped. And, they were not that old. When their remains are viewed objectively without the Darwinian template, they fit within a Biblical time frame as pioneer descendants of migrants from Babel, facing harsh living conditions after the Flood. Ardi was a large ape. How can we say all this? Easy; read the answer in William Dembski’s new book, Being as Communion. While not discussing early man specifically, Dembski proves with logical, mathematical and philosophical arguments that you can’t get higher information from non-intelligent sources. The law of “Conservation of Information” defies all attempts at evolutionary progress by natural selection. In other words, it’s all downhill from creation.We can also infer from the decay of DNA and red blood cells that they didn’t live that long ago. And if Neanderthal man’s DNA was already decaying beyond recognition, and Iceman’s red blood cells were hard to recover, that means that the red blood cells found in a T. rex femur are also not millions of years old, but must fit within the Biblical timeframe. These observable evidences are causing the implosion of the whole Darwinian empire. It’s about time. The moyboys are wrong! Take a look at all the soft tissue evidence and other young things that Bob Enyart has compiled, including carbon 14 everywhere that couldn’t last millions of years. Liberate yourself from the myth of long ages. It distorts our view of the world.Did you notice how the “missing-link mentality” has “distorted interpretations of human evolution for more than a century”? Ask yourself what other “confinements” of thinking by evolutionists are distorting interpretations of the evidence right now. Why does anyone trust these losers? Open Genesis and you’ll find the credible framework that fits the time evidence, explains the exceptionalism of man, and does not violate the Law of Conservation of Information. Jesus cited Genesis and said that the first man and woman existed “from the beginning of creation” (Mark 10:6), not millions and billions of years after a big bang.  Why shouldn’t you trust the word of the Creator? (John 1) (Visited 134 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

One Spirit Can Operate a Split Brain

first_imgExperiments with split-brain patients in Amsterdam lend support to the idea that one immaterial being operates the physical brain, even when damaged.The University of Amsterdam UVA News posted an intriguing headline: “Split brain does not lead to split consciousness.” Split brain refers to a condition when the corpus callosum, the “pipeline” between the brain’s two hemispheres, has been severed. Classic experiments seemed to show that the left side of the brain could only perceive objects on the left side, and vice versa, leading researchers to conclude that each hemisphere generated its own conscious identity. UvA psychologist Yair Pinto has run new experiments to show that is not entirely true. The experiments are difficult because of the rarity of people having the condition. Pinto had two subjects to work with, allowing a certain level of confirmation of his findings.To the researchers’ surprise, the patients were able to respond to stimuli throughout the entire visual field with all the response types: left hand, right hand and verbally. Pinto: ‘The patients could accurately indicate whether an object was present in the left visual field and pinpoint its location, even when they responded with the right hand or verbally. This despite the fact that their cerebral hemispheres can hardly communicate with each other and do so at perhaps 1 bit per second, which is less than a normal conversation. I was so surprised that I decide repeat the experiments several more times with all types of control.’The following graphic in the article illustrates how Pinto has disconfirmed earlier studies.What do the new findings imply?According to Pinto, the results present clear evidence for unity of consciousness in split-brain patients. ‘The established view of split-brain patients implies that physical connections transmitting massive amounts of information are indispensable for unified consciousness, i.e. one conscious agent in one brain. Our findings, however, reveal that although the two hemispheres are completely insulated from each other, the brain as a whole is still able to produce only one conscious agent. This directly contradicts current orthodoxy and highlights the complexity of unified consciousness.’If consciousness were a mere phenomenon emerging out of the physical brain, these results would seem impossible. They seem to indicate that an individual soul or spirit (what psychologists dub consciousness) can still operate through this disability, as if a person could still operate a machine that splits into two parts.Pinto et al.’s results are published in Brain: A Journal of Neurobiology.There are a couple of lessons here. One is that previous studies that seem to indicate one conclusion can later turn out to be fake science (as in the case of Bateman’s Principle; see 1/22/17). The other, more obvious interpretation, is that the Bible was right, all along: we are individual persons regardless of the condition of our physical brains. We are, as Wernher von Braun once said, “souls cast in animal bodies.” The soul drives the body – not the other way around. This has implications for the Personhood movement.(Visited 200 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Maharashtra dams are 50% full

first_imgIncessant rains for over a week have filled Maharashtra’s dams to 50% of their capacity, bringing relief to the drought-hit regions. The water levels in Marathwada region, which had dropped to below 1% have now touched double digits. According to information from the Water Resources Department, the water storage in all dams of the State is 51.36% of their total capacity, which is almost equal to the 51.41% of 2018 on the same date. Dams in Marathwada have recorded 11.77% of their total storage capacity as compared to 17.89% last year. Vidarbha’s Amaravati and Nagpur divisions too have recorded an increase in water storage in dams, with 16.82% and 28.22% of their total capacity, respectively. The water levels in Marathwada dams had gone below 1% mark in July due to very less or no rains. An official from the department said continuous rains in western Maharashtra and Konkan region have ensured satisfactory increase in the water levels. “While these parts have benefited with rains, some regions of Marathwada, Vidarbha and central Maharashtra are yet to get rains. But according to Indian Meteorological Department, these parts will get medium to high showers from August 7 to 9,” said the official.He said that the department has predicted flood-like situation in some parts of Marathwada and central Maharashtra for August 9. “Disaster management teams have been asked to be on alert,” he said. Meanwhile, Health Minister Eknath Shinde, said, “As per the initial estimate, a total of 1.14 lakh population is affected due to floods. Diseases spread after the water recedes and medical teams have been kept ready in anticipation.”last_img read more

Rep VanSingel will focus on state budget during 201920 Michigan House session

first_img State Rep. Scott VanSingel will continue his work on the House Appropriations Committee in the new legislative term, with an emphasis on Michigan’s universities and community colleges.Committee assignments for the Michigan House’s 2019-20 legislative term were announced this week by Speaker Lee Chatfield.VanSingel, in his second House term, already has experience helping shape Michigan’s state budget from the most recent legislative session. During 2019-20, he will chair the subcommittee working on plans connected to universities and community colleges across the state.“Michigan must make data-driven decisions when prioritizing how to spend our hard-working taxpayers’ money,” said VanSingel, of Grant. “That’s true of every budget area, including our community colleges and universities. We must ensure these institutions are affordable and running efficiently while preparing people for jobs and doing important research that makes Michigan an even better place to live.”VanSingel also will serve on appropriations subcommittees connected to the state’s prison system, natural resources and environmental quality, and state departments dealing with regulatory affairs and financial services.VanSingel’s background is well-suited for the Appropriations Committee. He worked in public accounting and as a financial analyst before his election to the Legislature.### Categories: News,VanSingel News 17Jan Rep. VanSingel will focus on state budget during 2019-20 Michigan House sessionlast_img read more

Polish broadcaster TVN has said it expects strong

first_imgPolish broadcaster TVN has said it expects strong revenue and earnings growth for the next three years on the basis of solid macroeconomic data from the Polish market.TVN said that it expects consolidated adjusted EBITDA growth of about PLN520 million (€123 million) this year, rising to PLN590 million next year and PLN630 million in 2016. Full year consolidated revenue is expected to grow by a low single-digit figure this year, with growth of between 5% and 9% expected 2015 and 2016.The broadcaster said it expected Polish GDP to grow by between 3% and 3.5% for the 2014-16 period, with the TV advertising market consequently showing growth in the low to mid single digits over the same period. TVN said it also expected the online TV advertising market to see high single-digit growth rates over the period.TVN said it did not expect any significant new capital market transactions over the period.last_img read more

Sky has launched a new smartphone app for its adva

first_imgSky has launched a new smartphone app for its advanced TV service, Sky Q.For the first time, Sky Q customers will now be able to download recordings to their smartphone, browse ‘top picks’, and stream live and on-demand shows out of the home.The app will also allow users to manage recordings and downloads to the Sky Q box, while those using the app at home will also be able to find shows they didn’t finish watching or the next episode in a series.Sky Q app customers will also have access to the TV Guide, Catch Up TV, My Photos.“We know Sky Q customers love the flexibility of watching TV on their terms. The new Sky Q mobile app will give them even more freedom to watch their recordings, access Top Picks, and stream live and On Demand TV when they’re out and about,” said Luke Bradley-Jones, Sky’s brand director of TV and content products.“If it’s The Night Of box set, live Premier League or Sky original The Young Pope, Sky Q customers can now look forward to their daily commute or long car journey, while they catch up on the latest and best TV from Sky.”Separately, Sky has added more content from Channel 4’s digital hub All 4 to its Sky Go and Sky Q mobile apps.The new shows join the existing All 4 archive and box set programmes currently available on Sky’s mobile platforms, and join content from E! Entertainment Television, Syfy and Universal Channel, which were added to the Sky Go and Sky Q apps earlier this year.The new Sky Q app is available for customers to download on iOS and Android devices from October 18.last_img read more

New clinical practice guidelines for managing venous thromboembolism released

first_img Prophylaxis for hospitalized and non-hospitalized medical patients Diagnosis of VTE Optimal management of anticoagulation therapy Heparin-induced thrombocytopenia VTE in the context of pregnancy Treatment of pediatric VTE Treatment of deep-vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism (anticipated in 2019) VTE in patients with cancer (anticipated in 2019) Thrombophilia (anticipated in 2019) Prevention of VTE in surgical patients (anticipated in 2019) Source:http://www.hematology.org/Newsroom/Press-Releases/2018/9192.aspx The 2018 ASH guidelines were developed using state-of-the-art methodology to ensure they meet the highest standards for trustworthiness and transparency. The panels were explicit about how recommendations were determined and open about the quality of the evidence that factored into the final decision-making process.”McMaster University is the birthplace of evidence-based medicine and is an international leader in guideline methodology,” said Holger Schünemann, MD, PhD, Vice-Chair, VTE Guidelines and Lead Investigator, Systematic Review and Methods Team and Chair of the Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence & Impact at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. “In this partnership with ASH, we applied advanced methodology to ensure the production of guidelines that meet the highest standards for rigor and credibility that would be useful for clinicians and would improve the quality of care received by our patients.”ASH is well-positioned to convene a varied set of clinical experts in VTE, as well as patient representatives, who serve together on the guideline panels.”Hematologists are not the only medical professionals who diagnose and treat VTE,” said Dr. Cuker. “This is why we felt it so important to collaborate with a broad cross-section of physicians from other disciplines who also serve on the front lines of improving VTE outcomes. Their perspectives and those of our patient representatives were critical to this process.”The 2018 ASH guidelines are the first of a larger guideline development initiative for ASH, which includes a commitment to the timely update of existing guidelines and the development of new ones on a range of hematologic conditions.center_img Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Nov 28 2018Venous thromboembolism (VTE), a term referring to blood clots in the veins, is a highly prevalent and far-reaching public health problem that can cause disability and death. Despite effective new options for prevention and treatment, VTE remains a threat underappreciated by the general public, causing up to 100,000 deaths annually in the United States alone.VTE includes deep-vein thrombosis (DVT), a blood clot that typically forms in the deep veins of the leg, and pulmonary embolism (PE), a life-threatening condition that occurs when a blood clot breaks free and becomes lodged in the arteries of the lung. Blood clots can affect anyone – from the healthy to the chronically ill – in a variety of settings, including pregnant women, children, and people who are hospitalized, meaning that the burden of effective prevention, diagnosis, and treatment falls on a broad range of physicians.The American Society of Hematology, the world’s largest professional society concerned with the causes and treatment of blood disorders, has long recognized the need for a comprehensive set of guidelines on the treatment of VTE to help the medical community better manage this serious condition. In partnership with the McMaster University GRADE Centre, a world leader in guideline development and an authority on thrombosis, ASH brought together more than 100 experts including hematologists, other clinicians, guideline development specialists, and patient representatives to tackle this challenge. Today, ASH announced the results of their collective efforts – the 2018 ASH Clinical Practice Guidelines on Venous Thromboembolism – in a press event timed to the publication of the first six chapters in the Society’s peer-reviewed journal Blood Advances. Four more chapters are in development.”In recent years, a tremendous body of evidence has been generated to guide prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of VTE, yet approaches are often applied inconsistently. The 2018 ASH guidelines took the latest evidence into account to make recommendations that in some instances will reinforce existing best practices and in other instances will change practice,” said Adam Cuker, MD, MS, Chair, ASH VTE Guidelines Coordination Panel and HIT Panel and Clinical Director of the Penn Blood Disorders Center and Director of the Penn Comprehensive and Hemophilia Thrombosis Program, University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. “ASH believes it is essential to provide updated treatment guidelines that reflect this increased knowledge and can help the medical community better prevent, diagnose, and treat VTE.”Related StoriesGuidelines to help children develop healthy habits early in lifeResearch sheds light on sun-induced DNA damage and repairWhy Mattresses Could be a Health Threat to Sleeping ChildrenThe 10 evidence-based clinical guidelines chapters cover VTE through a number of lenses, in areas in which there is currently uncertainty and variation in clinical practice:last_img read more

Regulations needed after cryptocurrency CEO takes passwords to his grave

first_imgCanadian CEO Gerald Cotten died in December, taking to his grave the passwords to unlock his cryptocurrency clients’ million. Credit: Dmitry Moraine/Unsplash A high-stakes legal drama featuring cryptocurrencies has been unfolding in a Canadian court recently. In Canada, the Office of Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OFSI) oversees banks that take regular dollar deposits. One might argue that the OFSI umbrella ought to be adapted to include oversight of virtual exchanges like Quadriga, even though such institutions are not technically banks and their deposits are non-traditional in nature.That oversight would impose accounting standards and reporting requirements that would help prevent the sorts of irresponsible missteps that put Quadriga depositors in such a precarious position. A likely side benefit of regulatory supervision would be the eventual development of standardized safeguards against hackers and other cybercriminal activity that plagues the cryptocurrency world.Lack of regulations attractive to someA feature that draws many crypto enthusiasts to the virtual currency sector is the very fact that it lacks government oversight, and those individuals will bristle at any hint of new regulations.Members of the general public might also be leery of new laws lest they grant an undeserved sheen of legitimacy to cryptocurrencies, which are not suitable investments for anyone except the most risk-loving of speculators.But in Canada, we regulate many industries that are risky or distasteful to some, including gambling, alcohol, tobacco and marijuana. The underlying calculus is that providing standards for certain illicit activities is preferable to driving those activities to the black market, where the risks would be amplified.For instance, a benefit of buying my beloved guilty pleasure of choice, craft gins, from a regulated marketplace is that I can imbibe confident in the knowledge that my cocktails are free from wood alcohol. Three cheers for avoiding blindness! We cannot protect Canadians from all possible risks, especially when it comes to financial markets. And to be clear, I am not suggesting that we indemnify cryptocurrency speculators against losses that may arise from taking calculated risks, such as the beating that some fortune-seekers have taken since Bitcoin valuations plummeted from stratospheric heights. Rather, I propose that depositors ought not to be penalized for the indiscretions of the custodians to whom they entrust their financial holdings.Correction note: This is a corrected version of a story originally published on March 3, 2019. The earlier story said US$250 million instead of C$250 million. Citation: Regulations needed after cryptocurrency CEO takes passwords to his grave (2019, March 4) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-03-cryptocurrency-ceo-passwords-grave.html Bitcoin exchange president’s death puts millions out of reach Provided by The Conversationcenter_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The antics that led to the litigation almost defy credulity, and they highlight the need for new regulations to better suit a financial marketplace that includes virtual currencies.News broke in early February that Canadian cryptocurrency exchange QuadrigaCX was seeking creditor protection, leaving in financial limbo about 115,000 people who had entrusted the firm to maintain their deposits of cash, Bitcoins and other digital tokens worth an estimated C$250 million.The company’s need for bankruptcy protection arose when its founder and chief operator, Gerald Cotten, died suddenly in December while vacationing in India. Normally, if a financial institution’s executive officer meets an untimely demise, he or she doesn’t bring to the afterworld the only keys to the vault. And thus clients maintain continued access their deposited funds all the while.In the case of Quadriga, unfortunately, Cotten was the only living soul who knew the password to an encrypted offline repository, known as cold storage, where the firm had enshrined the vast majority of clients’ cryptocurrency deposits. Without the password, no one can access those holdings.Murky or absent regulationsWhile the Nova Scotia Supreme Court wades its way through some very novel and complex issues, the question that comes to my mind is: How has one bad decision about password custodianship caused more than 100,000 people to lose access to their deposits?The answer lies in the murky and mostly lacking regulations that govern the cryptocurrency world. Nothing stops entrepreneurs like Cotten from running companies like Quadriga with no independent oversight. Had he ever raised equity capital from investors in return for tokens or coins, that process would have been governed by Canadian securities regulations. But because Quadriga is an exchange —maintaining deposits and facilitating conversions between regular cash and cryptocurrencies, but not issuing cryptocurrencies in exchange for ownership shares —it operates in a regulatory vacuum. This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. Explore furtherlast_img read more