first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisBesser Museum’s Digital Dome Program Coordinator, Thaddeus LaCoursiere join WBKB inside of the studio today to take about the upcoming Solar Eclipse. On August 21st, Northeast Michigan will witness a ‘Partial Solar Eclipse.’ LaCoursiere shared details on the Eclipse and why it’s important to wear Solar Shades.For the next two weeks, during each Eclipse 2017 planetarium show at the Besser Museum, they will be raffling away a free pair of solar-safe Eclipse Shades (while supplies last). These are a safe way to view the Sun at anytime, and especially during the Solar Eclipse on August 21st.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Besser Museum, Solar EclipseContinue ReadingPrevious Ossineke United Methodist Church Hosting NEMSCA’s Produce Give-awayNext Wife of Accused Child Abuser, Merlin Aaron Shane Pardike Speaks Outlast_img read more

first_imgAn eighty-two member contingent representing the Upper West in this year’s national inter-school and colleges sports festival has appealed to the Upper West Regional Minister to urgently come to the aid of the team to enable them win laurels for the region. The regional team that would be competing in athletics, football, volley, basket basketball and netball are currently being camped at the Wa Senior High School preparing for the games to be held on their home soil.  The event comes off on Friday, 28th August 2015 and will end on the 6th September, 2015.  Upper West Regional Minister, Amin Amidu Sulemani gave the team two cartons of Milo, three cartons of Ideal milk and three bags of sugar all valued at eight hundred and fifty Ghana cedis (GHC850).Upper West Camp Commandant, Sessay Abdul Kadir expressed the team’s appreciation to the minister for the donation, especially coming from his own pocket. He said the donation would go a long way to help the contingent. He therefore pledged that they would do everything possible to win laurels for the region. ‘‘We will not disappoint the region. If we cannot win gold, we will make sure that we fall within the medal zone in all the disciplines that we will take part in.”Mr. Sessay however informed the minister of some of their challenges.‘‘We don’t have running shoes for the athletes, or for the footballers. Mr. minster, if you can get somebody to go to Kumasi to get us second hand running and football boots, we will appreciate it more,” he added.The regional minister pledged to do everything possible to make sure that they win more laurels for the region.He advised them to be disciplined and be good ambassadors for the region. “Sports unite people and we expect nothing from you but be good ambassadors for the region. Treat your colleagues that will come from the other nine regions with the maximum courtesy that is within you. don’t do anything that will put the name of the region in to disrepute.”last_img read more

first_imgThe Russian winger is coming off of a career-best 87 point season in which he led the Columbus Blue Jackets in scoring in both the regular season and in the playoffs. He’s a crafty, dynamic winger who excels at creating offense and creating scoring chances for his linemates. In other words, Panarin is one of the NHL’s few elite wingers and, although he will be 28 in October, he has more tread on his tires than most players his age do. Remember, he won the Calder Trophy with the Chicago Blackhawks at the age of 24.NHL TRACKER 2019: Full list of free agent signings, best availableSomething that separates Panarin from other wingers is his ability to create offense at even strength at an elite level. Last season, Panarin scored 59 of his 87 points at 5-on-5, making him the 7th-most productive forward in the league. During his two-year stay with the Columbus Blue Jackets, he averaged 2.53 points per 60 minutes at even strength. Only eight players in the league had more, and three of them are centers.I’ll be posting graphs all day for players involved in trades and signings. Mostly, they’ll be things I call “isolated impacts”, like this one for Artemi Panarin (he is very good).— Micah Blake McCurdy (@IneffectiveMath) July 1, 2019One clear example of Panarin’s ability to carry a line with his skill and vision is the rate in which he picks up primary assists at even strength. The only player with a higher rate of first assists per 60 minutes at 5-on-5 over the past two seasons is Mitch Marner, who had a 1.25 fiirst assists per 60 compared to Panarin’s 1.24 first assists per 60. Oh, and Panarin didn’t have Auston Matthews to feed pucks to in Columbus. Instead, he had Cam Atkinson, who scored 41 goals last year. So, we can safely assume that Mika Zibanejad is going to score a lot of goals next season. In order to get their man, the Rangers paid a hefty price. General manager Jeff Gorton dealt Jimmy Vesey to the Buffalo Sabres for a third round pick in the 2020 Draft to free up $2.275 million in cap space before signing Panarin to a deal with a reported $11.642 million AAV. That contract makes Panarin’s cap hit the second largest in the NHL, behind only Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers ($12.5 million AAV).That’s a huge investment to make for any team, but the Rangers will see it as a way to accelerate their rebuild. Before Gorton signed Panarin, he also acquired right-handed defenders Jacob Trouba and Adam Fox in offseason deals. The Rangers also picked Kaapo Kakko second overall in the 2019 Draft and signed two key Russian prospects, Vitali Kravtsov and Igor Shesterkin, to entry-level deals.  On the opening day of free agency, the New York Rangers changed the direction of the organization with the flourish of a pen. After months of speculation and rumors, UFA superstar winger Artemi Panarin left money on the table to sign a seven-year deal with the Rangers worth $81.5 million on Monday.In Panarin, the Rangers finally have the game-breaking winger they have been searching for since the departure of Jaromir Jagr. Both Marian Gaborik and Rick Nash had big seasons in New York in regards to production, but neither player was able to make the kind of impact that Panarin is capable of. The Rangers may not be Cup contenders just yet, but they are a young team with a bevy of promising prospects. Both Panarin and Trouba are in their prime, which puts the Rangers in a great position to be contenders for years to come. But, first thing’s first, with Panarin signed, Gorton now needs to extend Trouba and get fellow RFAs Pavel Buchnevich, Anthony DeAngelo, and Brendan Lemieux signed. Trouba won’t come cheap and is expected to make around $7 million a year, but that seems a reasonable price for a top-pairing, right-handed defenseman.Panarin signing with the Rangers will knock over a lot of dominoes both in and out of New York. The Russian winger reportedly turned down a more lucrative deal from the Islanders to play for their crosstown rivals, which leaves the Islanders in desperate need of a top-6 winger. For the Rangers, Gorton will now have to make a decision on 28-year-old alternate captain Chris Kreider, who is in the last year of his contract. With Panarin signed, Kreider has likely become a luxury that the Rangers can’t afford.Sounds like the Islanders offer to Panarin was in the $12.5M AAV range. Curious to see where Lamoriello goes from here. Unless Isles up their offer on Lee, sounds like he’s heading elsewhere.— David Pagnotta (@TheFourthPeriod) July 1, 2019All contract and salary cap information from, all other data from read more

first_imgFacebook11Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Forest Service Olympic National ForestStarting August 16, a coalition of state and federal agencies, with support from local tribes, will begin the third two-week round of translocating mountain goats from Olympic National Park and Olympic National Forest to the northern Cascade Mountains to meet wildlife management goals in all three areas. Since September 2018, 174 mountain goats have been translocated.This effort is a partnership between the National Park Service (NPS), the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife (WDFW), and the USDA Forest Service (USFS) to re-establish and assist in connecting depleted populations of mountain goats in the Washington Cascades while also removing non-native goats from the Olympic Mountains.  Mountain goats were introduced to the Olympics in the 1920s.WDFW plans to release the mountain goats at seven sites in the North Cascades National Forests this round. Five of the release sites are located in the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest (MBS) near Glacier Peak, Cadet Ridge (near Sloan Peak), Vesper Peak, Mt. Buckindy, and Mt. Index. One  release site is near Tower Mountain in the Methow area of the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. The other is near Hardscrabble Ridge on an inholding owned by Forterra.“A project of this magnitude would be impossible without our partner agencies and the expertise and cooperation of hundreds of people,” said Olympic National Park Wildlife Branch Chief Dr. Patti Happe.  “The interagency collaboration and the support from everyone involved is extraordinary.”Capture and translocation may continue into 2020 depending on this year’s results.Trail Impacts and Road Closures Mount Ellinor in Olympic National Forest will be an area of focus for the capture crew this round. The Mount Ellinor trails system and Forest Road 2419 to Mount Ellinor, as well as Forest Road 2464 leading to Forest Road 2419, will be closed to the public starting the evening of August 18 until the morning of August 30.The two staging areas for the mountain goat capture operations will be closed to public access.  One staging area is located in Olympic National Forest in the Hamma Hamma. The other staging area is located on Hurricane Hill Road beyond the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center in Olympic National Park.Hurricane Hill Road will remain open up to Picnic Area A on August 15. The road will then be closed completely beyond the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center from August 16 through 30 for mobilization, capture operations, and demobilization. This closure includes the Hurricane Hill Trail, Little River Trail, and Wolf Creek Trail. No other closures will be in place for Olympic National Park.Project Background In May 2018, the NPS released the final Mountain Goat Management Plan which outlined the effort to remove mountain goats on the Olympic Peninsula. The population of mountain goats at that time was estimated at 725. Both the plan and the associated environmental impact statement were finalized after an extensive public review process which began in 2014.“Mountain goat relocation will allow these animals to reoccupy historical range areas in the Cascades and increase population viability,” said Jesse Plumage, USFS Wildlife Biologist.While some mountain goat populations in the north Cascades have recovered since the 1990s, the species is still absent from many areas of its historic range.Aerial capture operations are conducted through a contract with Leading Edge Aviation, a private company that specializes in the capture and transport of wild animals. The helicopter crew will use immobilizing darts and net guns to capture mountain goats and transport them in specially made slings to the staging areas.The animals are cared for by veterinarians before WDFW wildlife managers transport them to staging areas in the north Cascades for release. To maximize success, goats are airlifted in their crates by helicopter directly to alpine habitats that have been selected for appropriate characteristics.Mountain goats follow and approach hikers because they are attracted to the salt from their sweat, urine, and food. That behavior is less likely in the north Cascades where visitors are more widely distributed than those at Olympic National Park, said Dr. Rich Harris, a WDFW wildlife manager who specializes in mountain goats.“In addition, the north Cascades has natural salt licks, while the Olympic Peninsula has virtually none,” Harris said. “We’d expect salt hunger to be lower in goats that have natural sources available to them.”Area tribes lending support to the translocation plan in the Cascades include the Lummi, Muckleshoot, Sauk-Suiattle, Stillaguamish, Suquamish, Swinomish, Tulalip, and Upper Skagit tribes. Volunteers from the Point No Point Treaty Council, Quileute Tribe, Quinault Indian Nation, Skokomish Indian Tribe, and Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe will also be assisting at the staging areas in the Olympics.For more information about mountain goats in Washington State, see WDFW’s website.For more information and updates on the project, visit read more

first_imgBy Jay Cook |RED BANK – It surely isn’t the most typical summer concert venue on the Jersey Shore, but a floating benefit show in the memory of a beloved local has become one of the most successful and unique gigs around.For the past five years, hundreds of boaters from Red Bank to Highlands and beyond have flocked to Blossom Cove each summer for a day of rocking out, sun bathing, and most importantly, raising money to fight cancer, all in remembrance of Art Natsis.“It’s a hell of a lot of fun, but it’s not just a party in the water,” said Steve Warendorf, guitarist for the Moroccan Sheepherders.“Artiepalooza 2017”Warendorf forged a friendship with Natsis and his wife, Feli, in 2012 after the Moroccan Sheepherders’ final show at the former Dockside restaurant and bar, now the Eventide Grille.With crowds supposedly too big for the parking lot to handle, Warendorf said he began talking with Art Natsis about finding a new place to play. He jokingly suggested playing on Natsis’ boat – and that’s exactly what happened.The Sheepherders played two shows on Natsis’ boat-turned-stage in the summer of 2012, becoming popular locally for its atypical venue.Natsis, a veteran of the U.S. Navy, had been battling cancer at the time and passed away in April 2013 at the age of 51. At his wake, an idea was hatched to host a benefit concert in memory of Natsis to raise funds for David’s Dream & Believe cancer foundation, a charity he had supported during his fight, Warendorf said.It was appropriately dubbed “Artiepalooza,” and is headlined every summer by the Moroccan Sheepherders.On the concert’s fifth anniversary on July 22, the benefit celebrated its biggest crowd on the Navesink River to date, with over 200 boats anchored for hours.A trio pulls up to the concert at about 3 p.m.“It’s finally starting to get traction,” Warendorf said.Blossom Cove, a small cove set along the Middletown side of the Navesink River, was filled to the brim Saturday afternoon with jet skis, fishing boats, yachts, and inflatables of all shapes and sizes.Warendorf said the event raised about $3,000 in donations from those in attendance.A popular cover band on the Jersey Shore, the Moroccan Sheepherders have played recently at the Sandy Hook Beach Concert Series and are scheduled to open the Monmouth County Fair.Though, for Warendorf, “Artiepalooza” is second to none in his book.“It’s by far my favorite event of the year,” he said.This article was first published in the July 27 – Aug. 3, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 3, 2016)–Bob Baffert, who has trained the winners of four Kentucky Derbies and a record seven Santa Anita Derbies, will hope to unleash yet another Derby ‘A’-Lister on Saturday at Santa Anita, as his Mor Spirit heads a field of seven in the Grade III, $150,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes at 1 1/16 miles.A Pennsylvania-bred ridgling by Eskendereya, Mor Spirit, who has been favored in all four of his starts, comes off a length and a quarter win in the Grade I, 1 1/16 miles Los Alamitos Futurity Dec. 19 at odds of 3-5.Owned by Michael Lund Petersen, Mor Spirit was an emphatic 4 ¼ length maiden special weight winner in his second start here on Oct. 23 and was subsequently a close second in the Grade II Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes on a sloppy track Nov. 28 at Churchill Downs.“He has a lot of tactical speed but you can’t let him use it too early,” said Baffert this past Sunday. “We’re teaching him to sit and wait. He’s a big horse and beautifully made. He’s got a really long stride. He’ll be best going a mile and an eighth and further.”Ridden by Gary Stevens in three out of his four starts, Mor Spirit is 4-2-2-0 with earnings of $288,400.Baffert will also be represented in the Lewis by Juddmonte Farms’ homebred Let’s Meet in Rio, who rallied to be a close second in the Grade III, one mile Sham Stakes on Jan. 9. A Kentucky-bred colt by Flatter, Let’s Meet in Rio would appear to have plenty of upside with Kent Desormeaux back in the irons.Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer would appear to be armed and dangerous in the Lewis with lightly raced I Will Score, who tries two turns for the first time following a game first condition allowance win going 6 ½ furlongs here on Jan. 3. A facile first-out maiden special weight winner going 5 ½ furlongs at Los Alamitos Sept. 11, I Will Score will be ridden for the third consecutive time by Mike Smith. A Kentucky-bred colt by Roman Ruler, he’s owned by his breeder, Hans Poetsch.Two necks shy of being undefeated in three starts, trainer Gary Sherlock’s Uncle Lino, like I Will Score, possesses an abundance of natural speed and will be trying a route of ground for the first time in the Lewis. A Kentucky-bred colt by Uncle Mo, he’s owned by Tom Mansor, Purple Shamrock Racing and Sherlock.Budget Stable’s talented homebred Dressed in Hermes comes off a gutty 1 ¼ length win in the Grade III Cecil B. DeMille Stakes going one mile on turf Nov. 29 and will try the main track for the first time in five starts. Trained by Janet Armstrong, who bases at San Louis Rey Downs, Dressed in Hermes is 5-2-0-1 with earnings of $162,600.A winner of the one mile turf Eddie Logan Stakes here Dec. 31, trainer Kristin Mulhall’s Path of David has also been on the grass in his last four starts. Well beaten sprinting in two dirt starts as a maiden, Path of David is by the Gone West stallion Istan. Owned by Ike and Dawn Thrash and Sam and Janet Alley, Path of David will be ridden by Joe Talamo, who’s guided him to two consecutive wins on turf.Third, beaten 2 ¾ lengths in the Sham Stakes here Jan. 9, trainer Eric Guillot’s Laoban figures to employ a stalk and pounce approach in his fourth career start. He’s owned by McCormick Racing, LLC and Southern Equine Stable, LLC.The complete field for the Grade III Robert B. Lewis Stakes, to be run as the fourth race on a nine-race card Saturday, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Let’s Meet in Rio, Kent Desormeaux, 119; I Will Score, Mike Smith, 119; Dressed in Hermes, Rafael Bejarano, 121; Laoban, Tyler Baze, 119; Mor Spirit, Gary Stevens, 124; Path of David, Joe Talamo, 119, and Uncle Lino, Fernando Perez, 119.                First post time on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.last_img read more

first_imgBirds are the only vertebrates with a unique one-way, flow-through breathing system that includes hollow bones.  Their unique respiratory system is part of the set of features that allows flying with its need for rapid metabolism.  Science news outlets are clucking wildly about another putative missing link between dinosaurs and birds: “Meat-eating dinosaur from Argentina had bird-like breathing system,” announced PhysOrg, for instance.  Does the evidence fly?    The original paper in PLoS ONE is much more subdued.1  Paul Sereno and team found an allosaur-like dinosaur with more hollow bones than usual, which they interpreted to be associated with air sacs.  Air sacs are a feature of the avian lung system, but not the only feature; nor is this the first dinosaur fossil with “pneumatized” (hollow, air-filled) bone.  The big sauropods like Diplodocus had them.  Opinions differ on what function they served in the dinosaurs: thermal regulation, weight reduction, balance and other functions are possibilities unrelated to respiration.    Sereno’s team has been examining this fossil for 12 years.  In short, they found more of hollow bones than usual in this dinosaur, some in the thoracic region.  Using this evidence as a launching pad for speculation, they devised a four-stage hypothesis on how the avian lung might have evolved.  They did not claim that this dinosaur had a bird-like breathing system, despite the headlines.    The following excerpts from the paper give a feel for the conservative tone of the authors about their find:Evidence from the fossil record for the origin and evolution of this system is extremely limited, because lungs do not fossilize and because the bellow-like air sacs in living birds only rarely penetrate (pneumatize) skeletal bone and thus leave a record of their presence.Principal findings: We describe a new predatory dinosaur from Upper Cretaceous rocks in Argentina, Aerosteon riocoloradensis gen. et sp. nov., that exhibits extreme pneumatization of skeletal bone, including pneumatic hollowing of the furcula and ilium.  In living birds, these two bones are pneumatized by diverticulae of air sacs (clavicular, abdominal) that are involved in pulmonary ventilation.  We also describe several pneumatized gastralia (“stomach ribs”), which suggest that diverticulae of the air sac system were present in surface tissues of the thorax.The advent of avian unidirectional lung ventilation is not possible to pinpoint, as osteological correlates have yet to be identified for uni- or bidirectional lung ventilation.The origin and evolution of avian air sacs may have been driven by one or more of the following three factors: flow-through lung ventilation, locomotory balance, and/or thermal regulation.As a result of an extraordinary level of pneumatization, as well as the excellent state of preservation of much of the axial column and girdles, Aerosteon helps to constrain hypotheses for the evolution of avian-style respiration.The capacity of the cervical air sacs to invade centra to form invaginated pleurocoels may have evolved independently in sauropodomorphs (sauropods) and basal theropods and appears to have been lost several times within theropods.The osteological or logical correlates needed to support some of these inferences have been poorly articulated, which may explain the wide range of opinions on when intrathoracic air sacs like those in birds first evolved and how these relate to ventilatory patterns.Based on the osteological correlates we have assembled (Table 4), we would argue, first, that until we can show evidence of the presence of at least one avian ventilatory air sac (besides the non-ventilatory cervical air sac), it is problematic to infer the presence of flow-through ventilation or a rigid, dorsally-attached lung.  Second, we know of no osteological correlates in the gastral cuirass that would justify the inference of abdominal air sacs.  Potential kinesis of the gastral cuirass and an accessory role in aspiration breathing potentially characterizes many amniotes besides nonavian dinosaurs.  The absence of gastralia in crown birds or in any extant bipeds also hinders functional inferences.  And third, it is not well established that abdominal air sacs were either first to evolve or are functionally critical to unidirectional ventilation.Avian lung ventilation is driven by muscles that expand and contract thoracic volume by deforming the ribcage and rocking a large bony sternum.  Basal maniraptorans have many of the features associated with this ventilatory mechanism including a large ossified sternum, ossified sternal ribs, uncinate processes a deepened coracoid that contacts the sternum along a synovial hinge joint.  By contrast Aerosteon and the abelisaurid Majungasaurus lack these features.  Does that mean that maniraptorans had evolved unidirectional lung ventilation?  Or does it indicate only that the maniraptoran ribcage functioned in aspiration breathing more like that in avians?  We do not know of any osteological correlates that are specifically tied to uni- or bidirectional lung ventilation (Table 4), which may explain the range of opinion as to how and when avian unidirectional lung ventilation first evolved.The factors driving the origin and evolution of the functional capacity of avian air sacs and lung ventilation remain poorly known and tested.After the fossil was described with its typical taxonomic details, the paper primarily contained a good deal of speculation on the origin of the avian lung system, with no firm conclusions.  The authors discussed problems with all existing theories.  The most optimistic claim they could make was stated as follows: “In sum, although we may never be able to sort out the most important factors behind the origin and evolution of the unique avian pulmonary system, discoveries such as Aerosteon provide clues that help to constrain the timing and circumstances when many of the fundamental features of avian respiration arose.”  Such a statement merely assumes that avian respiration “arose” by evolution somehow.  The “wide range of opinions” within the evolutionist community undermines the confident claims in the popular press.  It also shows that non-evolutionary explanations for the unique system that enables birds to soar gracefully in the air were completely ignored.    For problems with bird lung evolution theories, see an article on CMI that reviewed Michael Denton’s use of the topic to argue against Darwinism in his classic book, Evolution: A Theory in Crisis.  A diagram of the bird respiratory system is shown in the article.  Carl Wieland on CMI (PDF file) also critiqued an earlier claim (2005) that hollow bones in some dinosaurs revealed an evolutionary link to the avian lung.1.  Sereno et al, “Evidence for Avian Intrathoracic Air Sacs in a New Predatory Dinosaur from Argentina,” Public Library of Science ONE, 09/30/2008, 3(9): e3303 doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0003303.The bluffing about evolution in many science news reports is shameful.  Search on Aerosteon and you will find examples, like this one on “Dinosaurs: Breathed like birds.  A carnivorous dinosaur with a bird-like breathing system has provided more evidence of the connection between the two groups of animals separated by millions of years.”  The whole article is fluff.  “Palaeontologists are now satisfied Aerosteon provides the evidence needed to seal the connection with birds,” it ends.  One cannot bluff about fluff.    National Geographic must have panicked at our expose, so they cranked out a propaganda piece immediately announcing, “New Birdlike Dinosaur Found in Argentina.”  They even put imaginary feathers on it: “The new dinosaur probably had feathers, but did not actually fly,” they said (cf. 06/13/2007).  OK, so we went hunting for feathers in the original paper.  “The fossil evidence for intrathoracic air sacs now closely overlaps that for feathers, which had evolved in coelurosaurian theropods most likely for heat retention.”  That was the only mention of feathers.  This appeal to imaginary feathers was followed by more storytelling in lieu of empirical evidence:Air sacs may have initially been employed as an antagonist to feathers in theropod thermoregulation.  Although this hypothesis has been criticized for lack of empirical evidence in living birds, air sacs have been implicated in avian heat transfer and/or evaporative heat loss, and Aerosteon and many other theropods had a body weight more than an order of magnitude greater than that for any living bird.  A thermoregulatory role for the early evolution of air sacs in nonavian dinosaurs should not be ruled out without further evidence from nonvolant ratites.Can you believe that?  They invented imaginary feathers out of thin air for this big heavy meat-eater to compensate for imaginary air sacs that they presume existed near its hollow bones.  So now their evolutionary magic produced two imaginary thermoregulatory systems competing with each other – what, for survival of the coolest?    For the fun of it, let’s grant them air sacs and even imagine with them a respiratory system that had some birdlike features; after all, any two vertebrates, like mice and camels, or frogs and penguins, are bound to have similarities as well as differences, depending on what you decide to focus on for the moment.  Paul Sereno told National Geographic that the beast didn’t fly (obviously, unless you can imagine wings on a T. rex), so NG concluded, “even though this species was birdlike [sic], feathers and air sacs didn’t necessarily evolve for flight.”  So their point is… ?  All the hype about feathers was supposed to reinforce the idea that birds evolved from dinosaurs.  They were practically ready to name this thing Tweety Rex, and now they seem to be telling us this beast evolved air sacs for a completely different function, about which no one is sure, and it was an evolutionary dead end anyway.  Even NG’s accompanying slide show didn’t show feathers.  The only suggestion of a birdlike respiratory system was in slide 2, where colored regions represent the imaginary air sacs in the thorax. But excuse me, Mr. Scientist sir, did any of that soft air-sac material fossilize?  “Evidence from the fossil record for the origin and evolution of this system is extremely limited, because lungs do not fossilize and because the bellow-like air sacs in living birds only rarely penetrate (pneumatize) skeletal bone and thus leave a record of their presence.”  Are you telling me there was no direct evidence for the air sacs in this dinosaur?  “Some of its postcranial bones show pneumatic hollowing that can be linked to intrathoracic air sacs that are directly involved in lung ventilation.”  They can be, you say, but how strong is the inference?  “We do not know of any osteological correlates [fossil evidence] that are specifically tied to uni- or bidirectional lung ventilation (Table 4), which may explain the range of opinion as to how and when avian unidirectional lung ventilation first evolved.”  But isn’t a unidirectional lung ventilation system the primary distinguishing feature in birds?  Are you telling the court that this is all inference, not evidence?The tale gets more speculative and implausible with each lawyer’s question.  Darwin’s defense attorneys are sweating in their seats.  NG quoted a colleague admitting, “It shows that evolution is not a chalk line—there are many dead ends.”  Being interpreted, this means evolutionists can always concoct a story for any possible combination of data.  (Chalk is erasable, you know.)  We think a scientist who wants to feather his monster should produce the feathers in the fossil, not draw feathery dragons on the chalkboard and tell the press that it “probably had feathers.”  Chalk lines are supposed to be snapped to a level that has been carefully measured.  So he’s right; evolution is not a chalk line; it’s a crooked crack in the wall of a theory that is about to collapse.  Don’t build to it.    We brought you extended quotes to illustrate the difference between original sources and the news media hype.  The lesson: always check out the original data.  The authors with the bones in their hand usually know better than to make any outlandish claims to their colleagues.  In front of reporters, though, they lose restraint.  Reporters go ape to praise Darwin.  For example, Live Science, that perennial Darwin billboard, shouted Extra! Extra! “Bus-sized Dinosaur Breathed Like Birds.  A huge carnivorous dinosaur that lived about 85 million years ago had a breathing system much like that of today’s birds, a new analysis of fossils reveals, reinforcing the evolutionary link between dinos and modern birds.”  That, in turn, got passed around to all the major news outlets as gospel truth.  This is bad breath, not bird breath.  The sound of flapping dino-feathers is only the pompons made of synthetic material manufactured for the Darwin Party cheerleaders.(Visited 31 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Rainy, cooler weather experienced recently throughout the region means slugs may be on the rise in some field crops, says an entomologist with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.The rains combined with colder temperatures are ideal slug weather, said Kelley Tilmon, a field crop entomologist with Ohio State University Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center.Because slugs love these cooler, wetter conditions, Tilmon said growers need to be on the lookout in their corn and soybean fields for slug feeding damage, which can sometimes be heavy.“During crop emergence, farmers should scout their fields for slugs, especially in fields with a history of slug damage,” Tilmon said. “As plants emerge, these young slugs will be hungry and feed on corn and soybean, with no-till fields with high residue at a higher risk.“Wheat fields at this point are less likely to experience economic feeding damage from slugs – the wheat is much further along and the larger plants are less susceptible than little seedlings.”The adverse conditions that are making fields appealing to slugs will, however, have varying impacts other cops from other insect pests, she said.Spring planting across the region continued to be slowed heavily by cold, wet conditions, Cheryl Turner, Ohio State statistician of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, said in a written statement.“As of the week ended May 15, corn and soybean planting progress is behind both last year and the five-year average, as farmers have been unable to get into fields that are soggy and, in some cases, in standing water,” she said in the statement. “Some areas saw cool enough temperatures to have frost on Sunday morning.”As a result of late planting, growers are going to see some shifts in the phenology of their crops this year, meaning the plants will be younger later in the growing season, Tilmon said.“That can affect the insect pests – crops could be either more or less vulnerable to insect attack depending on the insect,” she said. “Soybean fields that are already up will be at higher risk for first-generation bean leaf beetle feeding as they look for those first fields, but later-planted beans may escape.“On the other hand, late-planted beans may be at greater risk from second-generation beetles in late summer because they will be greener and fresher.”Already, there have been reports of high numbers of black cutworm in traps across the Midwest, which suggests that the pests may be in some fields, Tilmon said. Developing larvae feed on emerging corn, meaning growers need to look out for corn with leaf feeding or stem cutting as the crop emerges, she said.“While traps are indicating higher than average black cutworms, that doesn’t always mean that they will be out in fields in higher numbers,” Tilmon said. “Producers should, however, be on the lookout.“Whether or not growers find black cutworms in their fields really depends on the location and conditions of their fields. Growers in southern Ohio may see some feeding this week.”Wheat growers need to be on the lookout for armyworms and cereal leaf beetles, although indications are that this season may not be a breakout year for armyworms, Tilmon said.“Armyworms can be hard to predict, but based on data obtained from the University of Kentucky armyworm trapping program, Ohio growers may not have a big problem from the pests this year,” she said. “But wheat growers should still scout for armyworms, which look like striped caterpillars, in their fields. “Growers who are planting corn into rye cover crops should also be on the lookout.”Adult cereal leaf beetles have also been reported, so growers can soon expect larvae to begin feeding, Tilmon said, noting the small black larvae can resemble bird droppings.last_img read more

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Valencia, Atletico Madrid battle for Man Utd striker Alexisby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAlexis Sanchez is wanted in Spain.The Chilean winger, who has struggled to make any impact at Manchester United, could have a route out of the club.Sanchez is wanted by Valencia and Atletico Madrid.And Spanish publication El Gol Digital suggests he is determined to leave United on a permanent deal.One stumbling block would be the player’s wages, which are reportedly £350,000-per-week before bonuses.Sanchez may also want to prove himself under interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer before deciding on his future in the summer. last_img read more