Fish Ancestry Turned On Its Head

first_img(Visited 35 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 A so-called “primitive” bony fish with traits of sharks confuses the usual story of fish ancestry.They’re calling it Janusiscus, part two-faced Janus and part piscus (fish).  This fragmentary two-faced fossil from Siberia, claimed to be 415 million years old, has lots of bone but also some traits from cartilaginous fish—the second major branch of fish that includes sharks and rays.  Because it has a mosaic of features, Science Magazine says it “may rewrite [the] fish family tree.”Although the fossil had previously been classified as a bony fish based on its external features, such as the shape of the skull roof and the enamel on the scales, the CT scan revealed a surprising mosaic of features from both cartilaginous and bony fish. For example, the fish’s skull was made of large, bony plates similar to today’s bony fish, but the traces of the nerves and blood vessels around the brain more closely resembled those of cartilaginous fish.PhysOrg, which displays a 3-D model of the fossil, quotes an Oxford paleontologist who says, “It tells us that the ancestral jawed vertebrate probably doesn’t fit into our existing categories.”  Despite her pro-Darwin spin on the fossil, Laura Geggel in Live Science admits that the fossil shows that sharks, often considered less evolved than bony fish, “are more evolved than had been previously thought.”  The lead author of the paper in Nature says, according to Science, “These findings as a whole could correct the misconception that cartilaginous fish are more primitive than bony fish.”  PhysOrg quotes him saying of that notion, “The results from our analysis help to turn this view on its head.” The evolutionists seem surprised that natural selection would cause cartilaginous fish to lose the bones their putative ancestor had.Lateral line:  Many people may not know this, but fish have a “sixth sense.”  Another PhysOrg article describes the “lateral line” in fish, a line of sensors along each flank that detects water flow patterns, allowing them to quickly respond to changes in their environment.  “It is well known that fish respond to changes in their fluid environment,” the article explains. “These include avoiding obstacles, reducing swimming effort by slaloming between vortices, or whirlpools, and tracking changes in water flow left by prey—even without the aid of vision.”  Geggel says of the fossil fish that it appears to have had this sixth sense: “The incredibly detailed scans show that the fish has sensory line canals on its skull,” she writes.  “Bony fish use these canals, located on the outside of the body, to sense changes in pressure around them and avoid predators.” This means this network of sensors and brain responders were already present in the ancestor, 415 million years ago in evolutionary time.None of this matters in the evolutionary story, because they have a bigger problem: vertebrate fish exploded onto the scene in the Cambrian, along with almost all the other animal phyla (Evolution News & Views).  Explain that, Darwin!  (He couldn’t; the Cambrian explosion was one of the biggest objections against his theory, he lamented—and it still is.)Evolutionists would get bad P.R. if they just sat back in their party sofas and said “It evolved” to everything, so to look busy and get grant money, they rearrange the deck chairs from time to time.  This is how they do it; they go to old fossils with their divining rods and crystal balls, and look for new visions to appear.  They upgrade their divining methods with CT and other legitimate-looking technologies.  They move the Scrabble pieces of their evolutionary phylogenies around, trying to form new nonsense words.  It’s all an act, not a search for truth.  Sound incredible?  It’s really not.  Everything in nature, they think, evolved as an evolutionary strategy, including thinking evolutionarily.  (Sound of implosion in the distance.)last_img read more

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2019-12-19

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Sigfox and Thinxtra announce new Hong Kong IoT network

first_imgSurveillance at the Heart of Smart Cities Tags:#Hong Kong#Internet of Things#IoT#LPWAN#Sigfox#Smart Cities#smart city#Thinxtra How IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic … Related Posts How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi…center_img Sigfox, a global leader in connectivity solutions for the Internet of Things, along with its operator, Thinxtra, is launching a new IoT network in Hong Kong. The network is expected to be built in 2017.This announcement comes as more cities across the world consider adopting more smart city technologies. Sigfox’s network would facilitate these connections and enable the IoT to flourish in the region.The Hong Kong SAR government has been actively looking for ways to improve the region’s IoT capabilities. In 2014, Hong Kong’s government introduced the Digital 21 Strategy which stands as a blueprint for the role information and communications technologies would play in furthering Hong Kong’s economic growth.This strategy relies heavily on the adoption of key new technologies, IoT among them.In 2015, Hong Kong released a policy statement announcing the creation of a new program to pilot smart city technologies. It called this initiative “Energizing Kowloon East”.Not their first collaborationThis wouldn’t be the first project of its kind for Sigfox or Thinxtra. Thinxtra has been at the forefront of the expansion of the network in Asia Pacific, Australia, and New Zealand. In fact, Thinxtra achieved an incredible 65% coverage to the population of Australia and New Zealand in just three months.Murray Hankinson, Thinxtra Managing Director Asia said, ”Thinxtra is the pure play LPWAN IoT service provider in Australia and New Zealand and will soon be in Hong Kong, supporting the city’s vision for IoT and Smart City.”For smart cities, a reliable and readily-available IoT network is critical. This network would facilitate the data transfer between a great many small devices. Cameras and traffic sensors are just a few of the many technologies that can help reduce a city’s operating costs, optimize traffic flow, and provide a modern, accessible infrastructure for its citizens. Ryan Matthew Pierson For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In…last_img read more

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2019-12-15

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Galanza proud to hard work finally paying off for Lady Falcons

first_imgPapi Sarr’s absence hampers Falcons Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim The Lady Falcons recorded their first winning streak under Padda in any tournament and Galanza was proud that they were finally able to repay their head coach.“We’re proud that we are finally able to show what we’ve been doing in training to the games we’re playing in,” said Galanza in Filipono Saturday after leading Adamson over Arellano 25-20, 25-22, 25-18, in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“We were so happy that we were all shouting because before we were the ones who were getting swept now we’re the ones doing the sweeping.”And Adamson’s triumph didn’t come from any run of the mill team; it was against the defending NCAA champions. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesterscenter_img Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul MOST READ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side View comments Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Jema Galanza, Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAdamson skipper Jema Galanza has went through it all for the Lady Falcons, from contending in the Final Four back in Season 76 to just trying to compete as they languished in the bottom four the following years.Galanza has had to carry the pressure head coach Air Padda put on her as the captain of the team, but it seems the skipper has finally managed to lighten that burden down.ADVERTISEMENT And Galanza, who had 18 points in the match, is aware of the magnitude the Lady Chiefs have.“It’s just uplifting that the team we beat for our second straight win was Arellano and we all know how good that team plays,” said Galanza as the Lady Falcons improved to 2-0 to lead Group B.“We didn’t relax one bit because once we do that or we start to underestimate them they can come back.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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2019-11-28

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Kemba Walker carries Hornets past Wizards in NBA playoff push

first_imgWashington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) goes to the basket against Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker, center, center Bismack Biyombo (8) and forward Nicolas Batum (5) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, March 15, 2019, in Washington. The Hornets won 116-110. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)WASHINGTON— The Charlotte Hornets turned some well-timed rest into a much-needed win.Kemba Walker scored 28 points and the Hornets beat the Washington Wizards 116-110 on Friday night in a matchup of teams chasing the final Eastern Conference playoff berth.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Hornets second-year swingman Dwayne Bacon, who came in averaging 4.9 points, scored 13 points for his second straight game. Bacon played 29 minutes, shooting 5 of 8.“He’s really confident right now. Probably the most confident I’ve ever seen him,” Borrego said. “He continues to get to the rim, make plays in the paint, draw fouls and he’s competing on the defensive end.”TIP-INSHornets: Won the season series, 3-1. … Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (left knee strain) retuned after missing two games. … C Cody Zeller (left knee soreness) missed his second straight game.Wizards: It was Beal’s fourth 40-point game of the season. … Fell to 2-11 in the first game of back-to-backs. . G Tomas Satoransky did not return after halftime and was being evaluated for a concussion. … F Sam Dekker (lower back soreness) returned after missing one game. … It was Parker’s sixth double-double of the season.UP NEXTHornets: Visit the Miami Heat on Sunday.Wizards: Host the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday. Walker, coming off a 40-point effort against Houston, shot 11 for 30.Bradley Beal, who had 15 points in a loss at Charlotte last Friday, had 23 by halftime Friday night and finished with 40 points on 15-of-29 shooting.Jabari Parker had 17 points and 11 rebounds for Washington. Jeff Green scored 20 points.Charlotte put six players in double figures and its bench outscored the Wizards reserves 57-33.The Hornets scored 27 points off 17 Washington turnovers.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES The Hornets came out after three days without a game and scored 40 points in the first quarter.“We worked on a few things and I think you saw it carry over to tonight,” Hornets coach James Borrego said. “I think it was more of a refresher for our bodies, our minds. Got our spirits right and I thought we came out and competed tonight.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesJeremy Lamb added 18 points and eight rebounds, and Nicolas Batum and Tony Parker had 16 points apiece for Charlotte, which defeated Washington for the second time in eight days.“Just loved the way we came out and competed from the very beginning of the game,” Walker said. “We established ourselves really early on both ends of the floor. That was a big win. We showed some resiliency (and) showed how much we cared about our season.” MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal on collision course in semis at Indian Wells View commentscenter_img Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem “We had a chance to save this. Maybe not our night,” Wizards coach Scott Brooks said. “We fought back and made it interesting. We came up a couple of stops short.”Charlotte led by 21 early in the third quarter and was ahead 95-78 to start the fourth, but Jabari Parker’s floater cut the Hornets’ lead to 107-97 with 5:26 remaining.Washington got within six before Batum and Lamb hit 3-pointers.The Wizards rallied again and Green’s two free throws made it 113-108 with 1:56 to play, but Lamb answered with a three-point play.The Hornets led 25-20 when Frank Kaminsky’s 3-pointer started a 15-6 run to the end of the first quarter.“They came out just trying to punch us in the mouth, right then and there as soon as the tip started,” Washington’s Thomas Bryant said.Tony Parker scored the first five points of the second quarter and the Hornets led by as many as 21.Beal hit back-to-back 3-pointers and the Wizards cut it to five before trailing by 13 at halftime.“I’m tired of seeing Washington and Beal so good luck to the rest of the NBA,” Borrego said. “Good luck trying to figure him out.”SIZZLING P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbedlast_img read more

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2019-11-27

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Jharkhand emerging as Gateway: CM

first_imgRanchi, Sep 20 (PTI) Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das today said the state with rich resources was fast emerging as the ?gateway of Make in India?.?While Mumbai, the Gateway of India, Jharkhand is fast emerging as the gateway of Make in India. Our campaign (Make in India) took off seven months ago with the blessings of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in this city (Mumbai), during the Make in India week,? a press release said quoting Das. Addressing the Road Show — Momentum Jharkhand Global Investors?s Summit 2017, in Mumbai, Das said, ?It was the vision of our foremost industrial pioneers, Jamshedji Tata which set the tone for Make in India back in 1907, in Jamshedpur. ?Jharkhand has incomparable natural beauty. Its beauty has the potential to pull people from across the oceaons. Jharkhand?s people and insitutions, you can witness here amongst us, have made a global mark in areas from manufacturing, to education and sports,” he said.?Jharkhand is a rich land. But poverty still looms large within. It is our mission to bring our people out of this poverty. You, the industry and investors, are our partners in this mission. Our governance is policy-driven and one of high integrity,” he said. ?We call upon one and all to be part of our Mission Momentum Jharkhand Global Investors?s Summit 2017, as a team,? Das said, reiterating his resolve to synergise education, skill, development, infrastructural development and livelihood generation to empower the youth of Jharkhand and prevent further ?attrition of its human resource?. PTI PVR SUS SUSadvertisementlast_img read more

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2019-11-22

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9 days agoMan Utd draw up seven-player shopping list

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd draw up seven-player shopping listby Paul Vegas9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United have drawn up a seven-player shopping list.The Red Devils are desperate for reinforcements having endured their worst start to a top-flight campaign in 30 years.ESPN says manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and chief Ed Woodward have their eyes on seven signings to restore their ailing fortunes.Mario Mandzukic, Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson and Lyon’s Moussa Dembele are the attacking targets.While Declan Rice, John McGinn, James Maddison and Ivan Rakitic are also being eyed to bolster the midfield department. last_img read more

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2019-10-28

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GIF: Texas Tech Fans Rush The Court After Massive Upset Of Iowa State

first_imga shot of an ncaa basketball before a game(Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)In the loaded Big 12, Texas Tech has been an afterthought. Coming into tonight’s game with No. 9 Iowa State, the Red Raiders were 0-6 in conference play, but Tubby Smith’s team jumped all over the star-studded Cyclones from the get-go. Tech opened up a 19-point lead at one point, but Iowa State came back to cut the lead to three with 23 seconds left. Iowa State would never get closer than that. Tech’s Devaugntah Williams hit two free throws to extend the lead to five, and as the final buzzer sounded, hundreds of Texas Tech fans flooded the court and mobbed the team.last_img read more

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2019-10-27

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Nebraska Releases Spring Offense Highlight Video

first_imgnebraska spring offense.nebraska spring offense highlight videoNebraska had a disappointing 2015 season, but after an impressive victory over UCLA in the Foster Farms Bowl, there is hope in Lincoln. Thursday, the program gave fans an interesting inside look at how the team’s offense is progressing this spring.In the below clip, head coach Mike Riley makes it clear that everyone – including the players and the members of his staff – is more comfortable with the team’s scheme in year two of his tenure. He talks about “continuity” being a great thing for the development of football players.O-Blockhttps://t.co/T8YWLlsKCG— Nebraska Football (@HuskerFBNation) April 7, 2016Nebraska actually finished 34th overall in total offense in the FBS in 2015. It’s the defensive side of the ball that the team must improve upon in 2016 if it wants to take the next step.last_img read more

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2019-10-27

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City of Fort St John gets approval to sign firefighting agreement with

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City of Fort St. John has gotten approval from the Peace River Regional District Board to sign an agreement to provide fire protection services to the consortium responsible for building a major component of the Site C dam.According to a letter to the PR Board from Protective Services Director Jim Rogers, the City was approached earlier this year by the Aecon-Flatiron-Dragados-EBC partnership – which won the contract to build the generating station and spillways at Site C – to provide the consortium with fire protection and rescue services for a five-year term while the component of the dam is being built.He said that staff began preliminary discussions in March, and in late May began negotiations with AFDE about the range of services that would be provided, along with the pricing. The Fort St. John Fire Department is the only fire department north of Prince George that is listed as a rescue provider under the BC Construction Safety Alliance Technical High Angle Rope Rescue Program that can provide the Tower Crane & high angle rescue services that were being requested by AFDE.Rogers explained that the proposed agreement is similar to those that the City signed with ATCO and Tembec, under which the Fort St. John Fire Department currently provides fire protection services to the worker accommodation camp at Site C, and formerly provided services to Chetwynd Mechanical Pulp.In a closed meeting on June 25th, Fort St. John City Council approved a motion to have a letter sent to the PRRD Board asking the Board’s permission to enter into an agreement with AFDE, similar to what was previously done when the City entered into agreements with ATCO and Tembec.However, at the PRRD’s Board meeting on June 28th, Chair and Electoral Area ‘C’ Director Brad Sperling voiced opposition to the request, citing concerns about the agreement’s impact on the Mutual Aid Agreement between the City and the Regional District.During the discussion, Sperling stated that his opposition was based on a lack of notice from the City about the agreement, and that there was nothing in the letter from Fort St. John’s Acting City Manager David Joy that addressed the Mutual Aid Agreement.Despite a request from Director Byron Stewart, the PRRD Board declined to hear Fort St. John Fire Chief Fred Burrows – who was present at the meeting – come forward to explain the request. The Board then voted against granting permission to the City. At last Thursday’s meeting, the Board then discussed Rogers’ letter that further detailed the proposal, which would see the PRRD compensated for the Charlie Lake Fire Department attending to assist with a fire if the Fort St. John Fire Department were called out to a fire at the dam construction site.Footage from both Board meetings can be found at the two links below.http://prrd.bc.ca/board/agendas/2018/2018-20-247804065/AGENDA.htmlhttps://prrd.wistia.com/medias/6tjj92nieglast_img read more

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2019-10-13

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Pak HC forms panel to probe Hindu sisters forced conversion marriage

first_imgIslamabad: The Islamabad High Court on Tuesday formed an independent five-member commission to probe the alleged abduction, forced conversion and marriage of two teenage Hindu girls in Sindh province that led to massive protests by the minority community in the country. A high court bench led by Chief Justice of IHC Athar Minallah heard the petition filed by the two sisters — Reena, Raveena — and their alleged spouses, Safdar Ali and Barkat Ali, to seek protection. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USIn their plea, the girls claimed that they belong to a Hindu family of Ghotki, Sindh but converted willfully as they were impressed by Islamic teaching. The counsel for the girls’ parents, however, asserted that the case pertained to forced conversion. Their father on Monday also filed a petition in the IHC for a medical board to determine the exact ages of the two sisters as well as to test the girls for Stockholm Syndrome, a state of mind when a victim develops trust or affection for kidnappers. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsJustice Minallah said the matter requires transparent inquiry and it is the government’s job to conduct probes not the judiciary’s. The chief justice said the court had to ensure that there was no forced conversion. The bench formed a five-member commission to probe the matter. The commission includes Human Rights Minister Shireen Mazari, Human Rights Commission of Pakistan Chairperson Mehdi Hasan, National Commission on the Status of Women Chairperson Khawar Mumtaz, veteran human rights activist I A Rehman and renowned Islamic scholar Mufti Taqi Usmani. The federal government has been tasked to organise meeting of the commission. The incident came to light when a video surfaced online showing the teenagers’ father and brother claiming the girls were abducted and forcefully converted. It was followed by another video snippet in which the two girls claimed that they had converted to Islam. Amid the uproar, Prime Minister Imran Khan directed Sindh and Punjab to investigate the matter and recover the girls if the forceful conversion allegation was correct. Chief Justice Minallah also ordered that a medical board be constituted to determine the age of the girls. The court ordered the medical board to submit its report at the next hearing on April 11. Earlier, a medical report by Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences stated that the girls were not minors at the time of their marriages. The report was dismissed by the family of the girls as well as opposition lawmaker from Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, Darshan Punshi, who belongs to the Hindu community. Both the family and the lawmaker demanded an independent medical board to determine the age.last_img read more

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2019-10-12

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