Fossil Worm: Does It Help Solve Cambrian Explosion Puzzle?

first_imgA soft embryo of a Cambrian worm, exquisitely preserved, makes Graham Budd (U. of Uppsala, Sweden) ask some hard questions about it and other recently-discovered embryo fossils in the Jan. 15 issue of Nature:1These fossils raise several questions, to say the least.  First, how could they possibly be preserved?  Second, why are they concentrated in a period (600-500 million years ago) that is already unfairly overstocked with exceptionally preserved fossils, such as those of the Burgess Shale in the Canadian Rockies?  Third, do they tell us anything about animal evolution?He spends most of his article on the third question, but seems to end up with more questions than answers about the “miraculous preservation of these embryos.”The BBC News has a report and pictures of the embryos.Ask yourself how soft tissues could be exquisitely mineralized and preserved for 600 million years, when many later fossils have been reworked by storms, glaciers, moving continents and asteroid impacts.  More interesting than the data that seem to fit the reigning myth are the anomalies that do not.  This find does nothing to help evolutionists in their Cambrian explosion predicament (08/21/2002).  Graham Budd has been pushed by the disconnect between his expectations and the facts to the ultimate no-no in science: invoking miracles.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Future of Music Coalition’s Brian Zisk: The Do’s of Streaming Music

first_imgIn 2008 the idea of another subscription-only music service was enough to get your knickers in a torrent. Sure Rhapsody was doing well, but they’d been around for forever and in 2008, freemium was the music model du jour. With a year to reflect, co-founder of the Future of Music Coalition and longtime San Fran Music Tech Summit organizer Brian Zisk tells us what it takes to survive in today’s music environment. In August 2008 ReadWriteWeb asked What Would the Perfect Streaming Music Service Look Like? While Pandora, Imeem and Muxtape were mentioned, services like MOG’s All Access, Spotify and Rdio hadn’t even been hatched. Given what appears to be a major shift in the industry, we asked Zisk to weigh in on some of these upcoming features: RWW: A number of companies are offering cheap all-you-can-eat music services where users pay a set price for unlimited playback and streams. How important is price in this instance?While price and large catalogues are important, having full songs goes without saying as the most important feature. People will pay for convenience and I personally am not interested in a service that only lets me play the entirety of a few songs and then forces me to listen to 30 second clips.RWW:The killer mobile music application appears to offer offline caching of streams. Is this a make or break feature for streaming music services?It’s important to have a killer mobile app or device integration, but as connectivity improves, I’m not sure just how important offline caching will be.RWW: While some services offer a community curation feature, it’s a select few (Hype Machine being one of them) that manage to maintain a sense of cool. How important is curated discovery?I don’t think this will be the most important feature of a service, but I could be wrong. I mean, how many folks would listen to the Village Voice Annual Picks or the Amoeba Records picks even if they were available online? RWW: If not through editors, then how do you like to discover new music?One of the features that I love is the ability to drill down into the music any way you want. For example, with Spotify you can search on a band and find their albums, and then start listening to their body of work chronologically. From there, you can choose whatever song you like, listen to it again and again, and then pivot on that song to hear versions from the other folks who have played that same song. RWW:And what about social features?Zisk:Lala’s feature where you see what your friends are listening to is cool, but I think the social aspect or the curated aspect is more important to others than it is to me. While I think it matters on a favorites level as in “You have to hear this band”, I don’t know how deep it actually reaches. I wonder if folks don’t already feel like they hear what they want from a radio station or recommendation-based radio like Pandora. Zisk is hosting a SF Music Tech mixer tonight as a precursor to his Dec 7 San Fran Music Tech Summit. To register for the event visit sfmtsmixer.eventbrite.com.Photo Credit: Rossina Bossio Bossa Related Posts 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…center_img Tags:#start#startups dana oshiro 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Liga MX goals & thoughts: Atlas ascending after Clasico

first_imgLiga MX Liga MX goals & thoughts: Atlas ascending after Clasico win, top teams stumble Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon 04:31 11/7/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Chivas Atlas @atlasfc Liga MX Atlas Lobos BUAP v Monterrey Pachuca v Querétaro América v Puebla Guadalajara v Atlas Pumas v Santos Laguna Tigres UANL v Necaxa Veracruz v Toluca Lobos BUAP León Puebla Pachuca Veracruz Guadalajara Cruz Azul Tijuana Morelia Necaxa Monterrey Querétaro América Santos Laguna Pumas Tigres UANL Toluca Morelia v Cruz Azul Tijuana v León Goal looks back on the penultimate round of the regular season, which saw Los Zorros top their Guadalajara rival and Monterrey slip against Lobos BUAP It’s been a wild season, but after Jornada 16, it looks like there could be an orderly finish.This weekend saw separation take place. Outside of Monterrey’s surprising defeat (point four), top teams were able to get results while teams that probably don’t belong in the playoffs found themselves out of contention. That even includes Tijuana, which won but has a very difficult path ahead.We’ll begin with the Clasico Tapatio, then look around the rest of the league as the playoff picture becomes much clearer headed into the international break: Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Atlas attack awakes in derby atlas apertura 2017 pumas festejo alustizaFor a team fighting relegation, Atlas suddenly has a lot to play for. Los Zorros’ attack functioned well at Estadio Chivas, and Profe Cruz’s side was able to hand their rival a 2-1 defeat in the Clasico Tapatio. That also means that if Atlas can top Pachuca on the final matchday, their season almost certainly will continue on into the playoffs (something super weird could happen with goal difference to knock them out, but it’s highly unlikely). It’s the latest step in a mini-run that has seen Atlas run off four contests unbeaten.”I’m really proud of my players. They’re some great professionals,” Cruz said after the game. “We have to celebrate with moderation because there’s a very difficult game against Pachuca coming up.”Chivas had the possession advantage, but Atlas put more shots on goal as Milton Caraglio scored once from open play and once from the spot in the victory.  #NoTeLoPierdasGL de Milton [email protected] 0-1 @atlasfc #J16AP2017 #LIGABancomerMX #SienteTuLiga pic.twitter.com/OGghgIKEEX— LIGA Bancomer MX (@LIGABancomerMX) November 5, 2017Caraglio will go down as the hero, but this was the best performance in an Atlas shirt from Christian Tabo on the outside and Bryan Garnica, who set up Caraglio’s opener. Contributions from those players could be huge for Atlas if they’re going to make the playoffs and have any chance to knock off likely opponent Monterrey. Rafa Marquez’s return to the field gives more of a morale boost than a sporting one, but if Cruz’s attack begins to produce fruit, there could be upsets in the cards.  America having issues at the Azteca Mateus Uribe Club America Jose Guerrero PueblaClub America dropped points at home for the second consecutive match, calling into question just how much of a fortress the Estadio Azteca actually is for Las Aguilas. After being stunned by Nacho Ambriz’s Necaxa last time at home, America had a lead against Puebla and was on the way to three points until Felix Milcota’s header gave Puebla a share of the spoils.#NoTeLoPierdasGL de Félix [email protected] 1-1 @ClubPueblaMX #J16AP2017 #LIGABancomerMX #SienteTuLiga  pic.twitter.com/GijijhOyVS— LIGA Bancomer MX (@LIGABancomerMX) November 5, 2017 “We haven’t done things well. We haven’t passed the ball well, we’ve created few chances. The team hasn’t showed what we’ve been looking for,” America coach Miguel Herrera said. “We’ve regressed in the idea of being a team that fights. You can have a bad day, but the attitude can’t be there. The other team shouldn’t beat you in attitude. We’ve got to speak strongly with the players to get them back.”Teams go through slumps, but the sudden downturn at home is strange. America has 11 points from seven home matches this tournament, giving it the league’s seventh-best home mark, but in addition to the last two league results, America also needed penalties to top Queretaro in the quarterfinals of the Copa MX. America has scored more than half of its league goals on the road this season. Winning the title isn’t easy, but winning it without triumphing in your home legs is nearly impossible. It’s a situation the Aguilas must rectify if they’re going to content.Monterrey pays for mentalityCesar Montes Monterrey Eduardo Tercero Lobos BUAPMonterrey’s players and coaches can say whatever they want, but they went into the weekend visit to Lobos BUAP thinking they were going to cruise. Even if they didn’t have that mentality at first, scoring in the second minute when a clearance literally deflects off your player and in is a pretty good indication that it’s going to be your day. Except – it wasn’t.#NoTeLoPierdasGL de Avilés [email protected] 0-1 @Rayados #J16AP2017 #LIGABancomerMX #SienteTuLiga  pic.twitter.com/l1dPy9NU2c— LIGA Bancomer MX (@LIGABancomerMX) November 4, 2017Lobos came back and won the contest thanks to a beautiful goal from Diego Jimenez (that has landed him in the Goal of the Week section) and a second from Julian Quinones was enough for the newly promoted team to pull the shocking upset. It’s just the second loss for Monterrey this season, both of which have come to the league’s Puebla-based teams. Lobos sit 11th, while Puebla are 14th. Meanwhile, Rayados have had no issue dispatching America last week. Coach Antonio Mohamed rested goalkeeper Hugo Gonzalez, forwards Dorlan Pabon and Rogelio Funes Mori, and didn’t start midifelder Jonathan Gonzalez. He was also without the suspended Neri Cardozo, and shuffled personnel in his five-man back line.So reason for panic in la Sultana del Norte? Hardly. With its make-up match against Santos Laguna during the November international break and what should be a thrilling final-day Clasico Regio, Monterrey still could set a team record for most points in a short tournament with 39. When it took 36 points in the 2016 Clausura, the club fell short of the title. Since clinching the playoff berth, Monterrey’s focus has been on the future rather than the present. It’s unlikely a second defeat changes anything for Antonio Mohamed’s side.  Leon misses Mejia as Tijuana keeps hope alive Alexander Mejia LeonAfter going behind in the first half, a Tijuana side coached by an interim manager after Eduardo Coudet’s departure early last week was able to top Leon 2-1 and keep its slim playoff hopes alive. Not only do Xolos have a tough final match with a trip to Toluca, they also need Atlas, Necaxa and Cruz Azul all to lose and then Xolos would need to better two of those three team’s goal differences. Anyway, it’s a long shot, but credit to Tijuana for battling until the end.#NoTeLoPierdasGL de Martín [email protected] 2-1 @clubleonfc #J16AP2017 #LIGABancomerMX #SienteTuLiga  pic.twitter.com/JsAtod6Y71— LIGA Bancomer MX (@LIGABancomerMX) November 4, 2017Leon manager Gustavo Diaz will be eager to have defensive midfielder Alexander Mejia back for the playoff chase. The Colombian was suspended for Friday’s match, and his absence was felt. In the second half, Leon had very little link between the back line and the attackers and Xolos were able to pass without difficulty outside the box before creating chances. Fernando Navarro clearly wasn’t in a position where he felt comfortable, and getting Mejia back will boost Leon ahead of its Liguilla run. Setting up for a Cruz Azul moment?Felipe Mora Cruz AzulCruz Azul turned in a phenomenal first half Friday against Morelia, controlling the game and scoring twice against Monarcas’ usually staunch defense. Felipe Mora’s double was enough for Cruz Azul to get a 2-1 victory over Monarcas. Before the weekend, Morelia had allowed the second-fewest goals in the league. La Maquina really should’ve scored more, but Monarcas goalkeeper Sebastian Sosa made six saves to keep his side in the game.#NoTeLoPierdasGL de Felipe [email protected] 0-1 @Cruz_Azul_FC #J16AP2017 #LIGABancomerMX #SienteTuLiga  #AbrazadosPorElFutbol pic.twitter.com/aTC9l4bcNH— LIGA Bancomer MX (@LIGABancomerMX) November 4, 2017 “Today’s victory is very important,” Cruz Azul manager Paco Jemez said after the match. “The big teams know how to win when they must, and today we did it.”They’ll need another win on the final matchday and some help from other teams. I don’t even want to say it. I don’t want to write it into happening, but things are very much set up for a horrendous Cruz Azul moment. Cruz Azul may be set to cruzazulear. While still in the playoff hunt and hosting listless Veracruz in the final matchday of the season, the team doesn’t currently control its own destiny. Both Necaxa and Atlas have the same number of points but a better goal difference than Paco Jemez’s side. Having the path cleared by one of those teams on the final day only for the team to not top Los Tiburones Rojos would be maximum Cruz Azul and probably be the end of the Jemez era. I’m not rooting for it to happen, Cruz Azul fans, I’m just saying it definitely could.The win in Morelia snapped an eight-year winless streak for Cruz Azul. Maybe this really is the year for Cruz Azul to break curses and move into the new era.Goal of the Week #NoTeLoPierdasGLAAAZZO de Diego Jimé[email protected] 1-1 @Rayados #J16AP2017 #LIGABancomerMX #SienteTuLiga  pic.twitter.com/jiHkIYUTNZ— LIGA Bancomer MX (@LIGABancomerMX) November 4, 2017Chivas’ Rodolfo Pizarro stunned the goalkeper from outside the box,  Leon’s Juan Cornejo closed off a nice team move with a smooth finish but the winner this week is Lobos BUAP’s Diego Jimenez hitting this on the half volley to himself to bring his team level with Monterrey.last_img read more

OPP investigating death of First Nation mother found in hotel room

first_img(Deidre Patayash, 29, was found dead Tuesday in Sioux Lookout, Ont. Facebook photo)By Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsA family in the northern Ontario First Nation of Weagamow is in mourning after a mother from the community was found dead Tuesday in a Sioux Lookout, Ont., hotel room under suspicious circumstances.Deidre Patayash, 29, was found dead at 6:30 a.m. inside a room at the Forest Inn by paramedics and OPP officers after a call from the hotel.The statement said the OPP was continuing to investigate Patayash’s death. Patayash’s body has been sent to Toronto where it will undergo a postmortem examination on Thursday, police said. The OPP released no other details about the circumstances of the death.Patayash was a mother of two boys, one aged 13, and another aged 5. She was in Sioux Lookout for a custody hearing involving her five year-old son, who lives in Slate Falls, scheduled for Tuesday morning, said Weagamow Chief Dinah Kanate.Kanate said Patayash will be buried in Weagamow at the request of her oldest son.“He wants to bring his mom home and bury her here,” said Kanate.Kanate was the one who told Patayash’ mother, who lives in the community, that her daughter was dead.“It was heartbreaking,” said Kanate. “It is hard.”Kanate said Patayash had been living in Cat Lake First Nation with Alvin Ash for the past two or three months.Ash, 32, was arrested and charged with assault in connection with the investigation into the death, the OPP said in the statement. It was unclear from the statement who Ash allegedly assaulted and an OPP spokesperson would provide no additional details.Ash is scheduled to appear in Sioux Lookout provincial court on Friday. Ash says on his Facebook page he has two [email protected]@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

Ohio State running backs ready to wipe slate clean against California

Ohio State running backs coach Stan Drayton said he asks a lot from his players. Senior running back Jordan Hall and redshirt junior running back Carlos Hyde have proven themselves in the areas Drayton focuses on, but with both players injured, younger running back talent like freshman Bri`onte Dunn and sophomore Rod Smith will need to develop quickly. And Drayton said the clock is ticking until OSU kicks off against California Saturday. “Based on performance, last week was not very good,” Drayton said. “However, we wipe the slate clean every week. They have to have an unbelievable week at practice this week to earn their time on the field.” Dunn had five rushes for 29 yards while Smith gained 10 yards on three attempts against Central Florida last week. At this time last year, Dunn was in high school at Canton’s GlenOak where he ran for 5,479 yards in his career for the Eagles. His first ever action with OSU was against Miami (Ohio) and his career numbers now total 60 yards on 12 rushes and one touchdown. Smith has more experience compared to Dunn, but not by much. Smith had 29 carries for 116 yards and one touchdown last season, though the biggest impact he had on a game might have been a fumble during a game against Toledo late in the fourth quarter last season. The Buckeyes, up 27-22 at the time, held on to win despite Smith’s fumble, but the player saw limited time after that game. “It’s one thing getting your mind right to go to be a backup for third string tailback for a game. It’s another thing getting your mind right to be the guy that’s going to jog out there with the first offense,” said coach Urban Meyer during a Monday press conference. “Whoever has the best (practices on) Tuesday and Wednesday is going to line up at tailback.” After Hyde suffered a strained MCL during Saturday’s game against UCF, junior wide receiver Corey “Philly” Brown saw some time in the backfield, carrying the ball twice for 33 yards during the game. Drayton does not see him spending much time in the backfield. “(Brown’s) a wide receiver, you know, I don’t want to send the wrong message out there,” Drayton said. “He is the wide receiver and we need him to be productive on the perimeter.” Brown ran the ball in high school and said he would like to play the position again but is supportive of the players on the depth chart. “I think that anyone of our running backs should be able to go in there,” Brown said. “If coach Meyer wants to use me carrying the ball, I’m fine with it.” Another player that can relieve some pressure from Dunn and Smith is senior fullback Zach Boren. “We ask him to do, from a job description stand point, probably more so than everyone else in that offense,” Drayton said. “He’s a young man that can get us four to five yards on an inside zone play and turn around and block a five technique.” In his first three seasons with OSU, Boren was mainly used as a blocker, taking a total of one carry for two yards and zero touchdowns. In the first two games he already has nine attempts for 26 yards and his first career rushing touchdown. There is also hope in Buckeyes camp because Hall will return to practice this week. Hall, who has been out since late June while recovering from a foot injury after stepping on a piece of glass, has been medically cleared to play. His return to practice, however, doesn’t mean fans should expect to see the running back on the field Saturday. Drayton said they’re still taking it day-by-day at practice with Hall. “We’re going to get out there and see where his conditioning level is. He has not had contact and we’re going to see how his body reacts to contact a little bit and we’ll just take it from there.” Even if Hall can’t play Saturday, Drayton said he feels with the talent currently available, there will still be a solid backfield. “I feel as though if Zach Boren continues to progress along with Bri`onte Dunn and Rod Smith, those younger backs progress, I think we can be solid there,” he said. “There’s some things that they cannot do that Philly Brown may be able to do.”

Rep Griffin to host senior and veteran expo

first_img02May Rep. Griffin to host senior and veteran expo Categories: Griffin News Rep. Beth Griffin will host a Senior and Veteran Expo with Sens. Tonya Schuitmaker and Margaret O’Brien on Monday, May 8.“This event is a great way for seniors and veterans to connect with local businesses and community organizations to see all of the products and services that are available to them in Southwest Michigan,” said Rep. Griffin.The event takes place at the Antwerp Township Activity Center, 24821 Front St. in Mattawan from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is free to all seniors and veterans.Complimentary health and wellness assessments will be available to all seniors, in addition to screenings for blood sugar, cholesterol, body mass and blood pressure, by medical professionals.  Vision and hearing tests will also be offered.  For more information, contact Sen. Schuitmaker’s office at 517-373-0793.last_img read more