Just like they did in the 2016 offseason, the Warriors are about to welcome a star to a team that had won plenty without him. This time, the Warriors are not making a free-agency pitch to Kevin Durant during their visit to the Hamptons. Instead, the Warriors are expected to welcome Durant back after missing the past five playoff games because of a strained right calf.When will that be? Nothing is official yet. The Warriors plan to reevaluate Durant and DeMarcus Cousins in hopes both could be …
Thanks as always to everyone who submitted questions. You can send questions for future mailbags to email@example.com or on Twitter to @wcgoldberg.Q: If the Warriors do wind up getting the No. 1 pick in the draft, what do you think they should do with it? I know there’s a lot of options with a D’Angelo Russell trade package, drafting James Wiseman, or drafting someone else, like LaMelo Ball. – JJBAYEGI’ve been thinking about this question quite a bit. It’s hard to say what the …
One of our readers uncovered an amicus brief from the American Psychological Association (q.v. on American Bar Association website) encouraging the Supreme Court to overturn capital punishment for minors (see 03/04/2005 entry). One of the key arguments in the brief is that “Neuropsychological research demonstrates that the adolescent brain has not reached adult maturity.” Zeroing in on scientific evidence, the brief claimed “Of particular interest with regard to decision-making and criminal culpability is the development of the frontal lobes of the brain.” (Emphasis added in all quotes.) For support, the brief cited a 2004 paper by Gogtay et al. from PNAS,1 describing results of MRI scans of 13 young individuals undergoing various activities; the team concluded that juvenile frontal lobes were not as well developed as those of adults. Yet this team’s conclusions leaned heavily on evolutionary assumptions, particularly those of Ernst Haeckel, author of the now-defunct “recapitulation theory” (often stated in its pretentious prose, “ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny,” meaning, the development of the embryo imitates its evolutionary history). The paper contains subtle references to recapitulation theory in making the claim that teenagers are too immature for responsible behavior:The superior temporal cortex, which contains association areas that integrate information from several sensory modalities, matured last. Furthermore, the maturation of the cortex also appeared to follow the evolutionary sequence in which these regions were created.In mammals, the inferior temporal cortex, along with parts of the STG, posterior parietal cortex, and prefrontal cortex, are high-order association areas, which are also most recent evolutionarily. Our observation of these areas appearing to mature later may suggest that the cortical development follows the evolutionary sequence to some degree.Similarly, gender differences in brain maturation could not be explored, because there are only six males and seven females in the sample. However, our findings uncover key information on the maturational sequence of early brain development and its relation to functional and evolutionary milestones.Phylogenetically, some of the oldest cortical regions lie on the inferior brain surface in the medial aspect of the temporal lobe… The maturation process in the vicinity of these areas appeared to have started early (ontogenetically) already by the age of 4 years… (Bullets added.)In The Mismeasure of Man (W. W. Norton, 1981), Stephen Jay Gould catalogued the history of the recapitulation theory, which “By 1920… had collapsed.” He says that it “ranks among the most influential ideas of late nineteenth-century science” and gives examples of its abuse to justify racism and sexism. Gould claims that the scientific evidence actually supports the opposite conclusion: the young and the embryo are more advanced than the adult, a concept termed neoteny. If so, this turns the racist and sexist interpretations of the recapitulation theory upside down:Under recapitulation, adults of inferior races are like children of superior races. But neoteny reverses the argument. In the context of neoteny, it is “good”—that is, advanced or superior—to retain the traits of childhood, to develop more slowly. Thus, superior groups retain their childlike characters as adults, while inferior groups pass through the higher phase of childhood and then degenerate toward apishness. Now consider the conventional prejudice of white scientists: whites are superior, blacks inferior. Under recapitulation, black adults should be like white children. But under neoteny, white adults should be like black children.This demonstrates how a misguided scientific claim can have profound cultural effects, sometimes polar opposites from the same data.1Gogtay et al., “Dynamic mapping of human cortical development during childhood through early adulthood,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences PNAS 101: 8174-8179; published online before print as 10.1073/pnas.0402680101.This is scandalous. If the Supreme Court was snookered by baloney offered up by the pseudoscientific APA in making its decision, then every family member of every victim murdered by juveniles, every suffering witness to Columbine High School’s mass murder spree, should point an angry, accusing finger at Ernst Haeckel, and Pope Charlie who encouraged him, and all the current charlatans who still invoke Haeckel’s phony “biogenetic law” of recapitulation, and accuse them all of co-conspiracy to divert attention from the Constitution and onto pseudoscience. (Read the 03/04/2005 entry and commentary also.) No other society has deemed teenagers as incapable of morally responsible behavior; on the contrary, good societies have stressed the importance of moral training early in life, and the need to correct misbehavior from childhood. MRI scans have nothing to say about the moral character of minors, much less so whether the development of their frontal lobes is recapping some presumed animal ancestry. Read Gould’s steaming indictment of recapitulation theory and its promoter, the fraud Ernst Haeckel, who practically worshipped the ground Father Charlie walked on. Folks, you have just seen Darwinian mythology sway the highest court in the land on a matter of life and death. What are you going to do about it?(Visited 58 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Orbiters can count new craters forming on Mars, refining cratering rates. One spectacular new crater has appeared since 2010 with vivid rays.The BBC News published a photo of the new crater taken with the HiRise camera on board the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Seen in false color, with its 9-mile-long rays surrounding a 100-foot-wide crater , it looks like a blue starburst. The crater formed sometime between July 2010 and May 2012; the hi-resolution photo was taken last November. This and other craters lead scientists to estimate that “impacts producing holes at least 3.9m (12.8ft) in diameter occur at a rate exceeding 200 per year across the planet.” Astrobiology Magazine also announced the crater. See also 5/21/13.Mars scientists never cease wondering if water flowed on Mars, and if so, whether life appeared. Space.com teased with a headline, “Ancient Mars May Have Been Habitable for Hundreds of Millions of Years,” based on the supposition that clay-rich minerals at the rim of Endeavor Crater, found by the Opportunity rover, suggest that neutral-acidic water once existed there. Astrobiology Magazine called the outcrop “livable mud.” Meanwhile, on the other side of the planet, the Curiosity rover supposedly found a dry lake bed. Mission scientist John Grotzinger introduced five papers in Science about Mars habitability. Exercising some restraint on imagination, he agreed, “These results demonstrate that early Mars was habitable, but this does not mean that Mars was inhabited.”One real-Mars factor that cannot be ignored is the radiation environment. The top few meters of Mars’ surface is exposed to ionizing radiation, likely to degrade organic molecules. From measurements reported by others in the special issue, Grotzinger said, “Extrapolating these rates over geologically important periods of time and merging with modeled radiolysis data yields a predicted 1000-fold decrease in 100–atomic mass unit organic molecules in ∼650 million years” – just 14% of Mars’ assumed age. One paper proposes that mudstone with organics was buried till recently exposed; that’s about the best hope for possible life to escape the radiation barrage. “Earth’s thick atmosphere and magnetic field greatly reduce incoming radiation,” Grotzinger noted.Evidence of flowing water on the rims of craters has been hard to prove, Science Daily reported. The “recurring slope lineae” keep reappearing in the Martian summer, but scientists cannot rule out non-watery processes for their formation.There is life on Mars now, if you can include the most Mars-like environment on Earth. The Conversation tells about volunteers who are working in simulated Martian conditions out in a remote stretch of Utah desert near Hanksville. Ashley Dale tells about his experiences as crew commander in a 14-day experiment to prepare human beings for the rigors of a trip to the red planet. As visionary as such a trip sounds, reality checks will be needed. “I had to keep a calm head and remind myself of the expedition’s priorities,” he said; “Human ingenuity has been perfecting the technology we will need on Mars, but what we can’t do is eliminate human follies.”Update 2/13/14: Astrobiology Magazine posted a graph showing that the daily Martian radiation dosage exceeds the annual limit for a Department of Energy Worker. What does this do for life? If it’s in the Martian soil within a meter of the surface, “gamma rays and neutrons are easily capable of breaking molecular bonds in the soil, destroying evidence of past life, as well as any life that may be presently trying to survive there.”Human follies, alas. They are evident right here, in the vain imaginations of astrobiologists.Let’s do a simple back-of-the-envelope calculation of cratering on Mars from the figure given: at least 200 new impacts per year 12 ft across or more. That should yield 900 billion craters over the lifetime of Mars – close to a trillion. Assuming a fraction of those would be large enough to loft debris to form secondary craters, and some of those could create orbiting bodies that would fall later, that total seems unreasonably high. The same rate would produce over a million craters in just 6,000 years – plenty, but credible. If anyone would like to refine these estimates, they would need to consider the rate of erasure of craters by dust storms and other impacts, and factors that could vary the impact rate from a steady state. The rate we measure today, for instance, may not reflect rates in the past. Planetary scientists frequently propose a “Late Heavy Bombardment” of large impactors, for instance, but such hypotheses are speculative (1/09/12). (Visited 22 times, 1 visits today)
Virgin Australia has won Domestic Airline of the Year at the Roy Morgan 2012 Customer Satisfaction Awards. The announcement was made at a dinner in Melbourne on Wednesday night. The award for International Airline of the Year went to Singapore Airlines, while, for the second time in a row, Crowne Plaza was recognised as Hotel and Resort of the Year. Addressing the audience, Roy Morgan Research CEO Michele Levine said: “We all know the Australian tourism industry is a tough place to be. “With the GFC, the high Australian dollar and Australians’ increasing international outlook, domestic tourism is down and overseas travel is up – only Melbourne is bucking the trend,” she said. “Keeping Australians holidaying at home means that for this sector, satisfaction is crucial.” The awards, which are in their second year, acknowledge Australian businesses who led their industry in customer satisfaction last year. They cover more than 30 categories, recognising sectors such as travel, banking, retail, motoring and hospitality. Roy Morgan Research collected satisfaction ratings through its 2012 Consumer Single Source survey of over 50,000 Australians and its Business Single Source survey of 22,000 decision makers.
28 January 2013 South Africa’s renowned Malapa cave at the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage site in Gauteng has yielded yet another discovery – a two-million-year old previously unknown fossil fox. The Malapa cave is one of the richest archaeological sites on the continent, and is best known as the resting place of skeletons of a new species of human ancestor known as Australopithecus sediba, found in 2008. The Malapa fox is the second new species, after sediba, to be described from this site. Professor Lee Berger, a palaeoanthropologist from the Institute for Human Evolution (IHE) and School of GeoSciences at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, says the discovery is important for South Africa, and the world. “Malapa continues to reveal this extraordinary record of past life,” says Berger, who made the discovery of A. sediba. “Often everyone pays attention to the major hominin discoveries we make, but the discovery of a new species is a very rare thing.” “We find fossils all the time, many of animals that are extinct now but did live at one time. Prior to this discovery, the world didn’t know that this fox existed.” Researchers from Wits and Johannesburg universities and international scientists published the findings in an article in the Transactions of the Royal Society of South Africa on 16 January 2013.The cool factor Berger says when the fossil was discovered, carnivore specialists realised it was something that they had never seen before in science. The specimen they found at Malapa consisted of what looked like a piece of jawbone and parts of the skeleton – but the only way to prove it is an entirely new fox was through intensive research. The researchers had to analyse the fox closely to distinguish it from any living or extinct form of fox, based on the proportions of its teeth and other aspects of its anatomy. They named the previously unknown species Vulpes skinneri, in honour of the late world renowned South African mammalogist and ecologist Professor John Skinner of the University of Pretoria. Berger says the discovery can help scientists answer important evolutionary questions about modern African mammals, but it also reveals more unanswered questions about the origins of small carnivores such as foxes. “It can tell us more about the evolution of modern foxes and gives us insight into the ecology and world of our ancestors,” he says. “Now there is a whole new lineage of foxes out there that scientists can research.” Small carnivores often had much smaller and more localised habitats than larger mammals, and this is very useful to scientists. Berger says it could potentially help researchers learn more about the environment at the time.Mystery surrounds the ancestry of foxes The IHE’s Dr Brian Kuhn, head of carnivore studies at Malapa, says very little is known about the ancestry of foxes in comparison with other African carnivores such as larger dogs of the Canis group. “It’s wonderful to see a potential ancestral form of living foxes,” Kuhn says. Berger explains that so little is known about foxes because specialists studying small carnivores are very rare. “It is not a field of study often taken up by scientists.” Researchers also tend to focus on the study of “prestige animals” such as large mammals. He says smaller animals are also poorly represented in fossil records because often predators consume them entirely, leaving very little to study. And this is why the world’s newest fox is such an extraordinary discovery – it will inspire scientists to work on lesser known species and discover similar animals. Berger expects that many scientists are going to re-examine their existing fossil collections. If they take a closer look at what they have, they could perhaps uncover another new animal species. “I think we are going to see an explosion of interest in these small and very important mammals,” he says. “Who knows what we will find next?” First published by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Dry today and tomorrow. A large part of the state will see sunshine, but clouds will interact, particularly in the morning, as we saw some fog develop overnight thanks to the snowpack over most of the state. Still, today will be mostly trouble free. We can’t rule out a few flurries and lake effect clouds up near lake Michigan. Clouds will begin to increase tomorrow ahead of our next system. That system shows up Thursday. Temps will be cold enough for snow north of I-70, but we likely see mostly rain south of 70. Rain totals will up to .4” in the southern half of the state, while from I-70 northward, we can see a coating to 2 inches of snow for your Thursday. We catch a break in the action for Friday, with no new precipitation through the day. A strong storm complex remains on track to hit this weekend. We adjusted our snow thoughts on the system yesterday to 4”-10” over 100% of the state, and we are not changing them this morning. Some models are pushing higher totals, but we think those are overdone for Ohio. Others are not aggressive enough with the system. So, we are going to stay the course with our thoughts for the time being. The system is going to hit us…the exact track is what we are looking to hone in on. Also, over the weekend we will see stronger winds, meaning we have to look for some blowing and drifting for the event. We still have a concern about some rain or ice mixing in over southern Ohio, but as we go through the day Saturday into Sunday morning, colder air blasting in will eventually move all precipitation fully to snow. The map at right is an updated look at snow potential from 7 am Saturday to 7 am Sunday – just remember that we currently think that the 12-16 inch totals are likely to high. Our thoughts may change closer to the event, but right now we are not hyping that up, so view the map with that in mind. Significantly colder air comes in behind the system on Sunday, and will trigger additional light snow and flurries for Sunday afternoon. We can see an additional coating to 2 inches of snow near Lake Erie the lake effect snow machine starts to crank up. The rest of the state will see only minor accumulations from any flurry activity in the afternoon. Dry Monday and Tuesday, and very cold. We have heard of some other outlets that are touting minus 30-degree temps early next week for overnight lows. This is way overdone, and is pure sensationalism. We see some -10 to -15-degree lows Monday night, but nothing anywhere near minus 30. In fact, ND has only seen temps like that 1 time so far this year. It will be very cold for the first part of next week, but we are not going to feed you anything dramatic like that to gain headlines. A midweek system next week comes as cold air stays. So, we think we can pick up snow next Wednesday. Overall, it looks to be a 2”-6” event, but we are going to try and divide it north vs. south. From I-70 northward, we can see 2”-3” of snow, while 3-6” totals are likely from there southward. Another leg of cold air shows up for the extended 11-16 day period, and it will allow plenty of additional snow to develop. We will be dry for next Thursday, but on Friday the 25th we can see a coating to 3 inches of snow from a nice organized frontal boundary. Additional snows are likely for the 26th and 27th with minor accumulations, and then a strong storm at the end of the month on the 30th brings potential for 3-6”. The second half of January is going to be very cold and very active…just like we have been talking since the turn of the new year.
1 – 3 December 2009: London, EnglandOnline Information & IMS 2009Online Information and IMS together create the largest event dedicated to the information industry. Consisting of an exhibition delivering over 9,000 visitors from 70 countries, a conference and a show-floor seminar program, the event provides an annual meeting place for the global information industry.Online Information is once again set to play host to thousands of information professionals, information end-users and publishers from around the globe, meeting suppliers of online content, e-publishing, and library management solutions. IMS provides a forum for IT, business, and information management professionals to find unlimited, relevant advice, educational content and compare solutions under one roof. Attend IMS and meet suppliers of content management, search solutions, and Web 2.0 technologies.15 – 16 March 2010: London, England2nd Annual Social Networking World Forum — LondonThe 2nd Annual Social Networking World Forum takes place at the Olympia Conference Centre in London. The two-day event features four dedicated conference streams: 22 – 23 September 2009: Melbourne, AustraliaMarketing Now!On September 22-23 a movement of highly engaged, passionate thought leaders and professionals will gather in Melbourne to demonstrate the power of social media for business today. Marketing Now! brings together the best of the best in new marketing innovation in two intensive days of interactive training designed to empower a new generation of change agents and business leaders. Marketing Now! will change the way you think about communications by equipping you with the tools and insight to foster advocacy and community for your business.Follow Marketing Now on Twitter for conference updates.8 October 2009: San DiegoMobile Application Stores conferenceAs a partner seminar of Intenational CTIA WIRELESS I.T. and Entertainment, the Mobile Application Stores conference will focus on the tremendous opportunities in the mobile apps stores eco-system. The event is designed to give a complete understanding of how to capitalize on this exploding market.Participants will discuss strategy and deployment in application stores such as Apple (iPhone), Google (Android), RIM (Blackberry), Nokia (Ovi), Palm Pre, and Microsoft, as well as other emerging application stores. To learn more, visit www.mobileapplicationstores.com or write to firstname.lastname@example.org – 5 November 2009: Raleigh, North CarolinaInternet Summit 2009Internet Summit ’09 will feature over 75 speakers, including representatives of major Internet brands such as Twitter, Pandora, Google, Salesforce.com, Digg, Technorati, CBS Interactive, Huffington Post, Blogger, Tree.com, and many more.Topics will include social media, blogging, real time, mobile, video, search, online advertising, e-commerce, analytics, the cloud, and more.Join over 1200 entrepreneurs, senior marketers, and executives in the conversation about the future of the industry and how to capitalize on the shifting dynamics of the Internet and tap into its unlimited business potential.9 – 10 November 2009: Santa Clara, CaliforniaSocial Networking World Forum — CaliforniaThis event taking place at the Santa Clara Convention Center actually consists of three conferences: two days dedicated to social networking, one day dedicated to enterprise social media, and one day dedicated to social TV. Key speakers include social networking publishers, advertising agencies, industry analysts, software developers and equipment manufacturers, pay-TV and network service providers, mobile operators, and more. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Download this entire events calendar in iCal format. Joint exhibition combining social networking and enterprise social media formatsPre-show online meeting planner for delegatesDiscount for early booking (expires September 25th)Free pass for exhibition only 11 – 12 November 2009: Denver, ColoradoDefrag 2009 ConferenceAs online data is growing and fragmenting at an exponential pace, individuals, groups and organizations are struggling to discover, assemble, organize, act on and gather feedback from that data. In the largest sense, we’re all looking to augment the pace at which we achieve insights on raw data — to accelerate the “A-ha” moment.Defrag explores the intersection of topics like:Business intelligenceBusiness process managementSocial computing and analyticsNext-level discoveryEnterprise 2.0Next-gen emailThe semantic Web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Social Networking World ForumEnterprise social mediaSocial TV World ForumMobile Social Networking ForumThe event features key speakers from global brands, organizations, social networking publishers and developers, pioneering social media leaders, top agencies, content producers, and more.Full workshop program within exhibition areaEvening networking receptionPre-show online meeting planner for delegatesFree pass for exhibition only Joint exhibition combining social networking and mobile social networking formatsEvening networking receptionDiscount for early booking (expires August 21st)Free pass for exhibition only Here is this week’s ReadWriteWeb events guide. Don’t forget to download the calendar in iCal format or import it into your Google Calendar. You can also import individual events using the link beside each entry. This events guide is a weekly feature here on ReadWriteWeb. We publish it every weekend, as good a time as any to review your conference plans.Know of an event taking place that should appear here? Let us know in the comments below or contact us.20 – 22 August 2009: Seattle, WashingtonGnomedexJoin tech enthusiasts, influencers, and entrepreneurs from across the country for the leading tech conference in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, Gnomedex. It’s the conference of inspiration and influence, hosted by Seattle-based blogger, media personality, and chief geek Chris Pirillo. Gnomedex features prominent tech and social media minds, including this year’s keynote speaker, Chris Brogan, as well as plenty of technology gadgets such as the Microsoft Surface. The event is geared to anyone with an interest in technology, social media, and openness to sharing ideas and learning from others.ReadWriteWeb readers get 10% off by using code “RWW” or registering here. Follow the conference on Twitter (@Gnomedex) and online at www.Gnomedex.com for the latest news.24 August 2009: Charlotte, North Carolina >Social FreshSocial Fresh is a 1 day Social Media Conference with speakers from Best Buy, Rubbermaid, IBM, and Keynote Speaker David Armano (@Armano). Social Fresh content is focused on the tangible social media successes of today and the technology that will drive those successes tomorrow. Think less concept and more real case studies and examples directly from businesses and developers who are using the social web successfully. Get 15% off by using code RSS15 and follow the conference on Twitter (@SoFresh) for other discounts and updates. andrew lobo Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Events Guide#web 10 – 13 November 2009: Las VegasPubCon VegasPubCon Las Vegas is a multi-track educational conference hosted by SearchEngineWorld & WebmasterWorld. PubCon events are for thought leaders and professionals in search engine and Internet marketing to gather and to share best practices in the design, development, promotion and marketing of their Internet businesses and brands. PubCon London 2009 is a social networking event. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 10 September 2009: San FranciscoMobilize 09GigaOM’s Mobile Web Conference is a one-day conference that brings together thought leaders of the next generation mobile Web for talk, demonstrations, and debate.Participants will examine what it means to have wireless broadband speeds at the Gigabit scale and how the explosion of platforms creates new opportunities beyond the traditional handset for entrepreneurs, investors, and consumers. Over 50 speakers and 500 delegates will be there.ReadWriteWeb readers save $150 on the regular ticket price up until August 14th. Register here with the code “RWW”.21 – 23 September: San Diego, CaliforniaDEMOfall 09 ConferenceDEMOfall 09 promises to showcase the most comprehensive portfolio of credible emerging technologies, vetted by VentureBeat founder Matt Marshall and leading technology analyst Chris Shipley. Alpha Pitch, a new DEMO program, puts you in front of the most promising entrepreneurs with products in the alpha, prototype, and development stages of their life cycles. These are pre-revenue companies that have no more than one round of seed funding and are ready for your investment dollars.DEMO is the launch pad of emerging technology and a true market performer for visionary investors, entrepreneurs, and industry influencers alike.ReadWriteWeb readers pay only $1996. Save $500 off the standard fee by registering before August 15th.22 September 2009: LondonRealising the Benefits of Web 2.0 in Financial ServicesIf you are responsible for marketing, compliance, e-business, customer communications, or internal communications at a financial institution, you won’t want to miss this series of events:The UK’s first conference focusing specifically on Web 2.0 in Financial Services:What is happening now? Current applications and experiences of social media in the financial services market;Hear how social networking is changing the approach of firms to marketing, PR, and customer interaction;Explore opportunities to enhance internal communications, process improvement, and compliance;Understand the developing legal and regulatory framework for Web 2.0;Identify the next steps for social media in financial services.ReadWriteWeb readers get a 20% discount. Use the code KM6298RRWEB.22 – 23 September 2009: SingaporeSocial Networking World Forum — AsiaThis two-day conference hosted by the Social Networking World Forum – Asia features key speakers from social networking publishers, advertising agencies, industry analysts, software developers and equipment manufacturers, pay-TV and network service providers, mobile operators, and more.
A Manipur Police constable, suspended in connection with the escape of an extremist leader, has allegedly died in custody during questioning.Constable S.M. Manjur Ahmed was one of 10 police and medical personnel suspended after Thokchom Nando Singh of the outlawed Kangleipak Communist Party escaped while undergoing treatment at the Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences in Imphal on March 25.Singh was arrested more than a decade ago for the kidnapping and murder of Lungnila Elizabeth, the eight-year-old daughter of former Minister Francis Ngajokpa in November 2003. “The constable was found dead in custody,” a police officer said, adding that they were trying to ascertain the reason for his death.