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first_imgTAMPA, Fla. — The Sharks lost Erik Karlsson during pregame warmups. Then, they dropped the rematch against the NHL’s top team.The Tampa Bay Lightning avenged the loss that ended their 16-game point streak on Jan. 5, earning a 6-3 win on home ice as the Sharks tried to make due without a pair of Olympic-caliber defensemen against the NHL’s highest-scoring offense.Karlsson, who’s fighting a lower-body injury, left the ice during pregame warmups, getting scratched just before puck drop and …last_img

first_imgPregnant women have enhanced curvature of the lower spine, which helps them support their babies during pregnancy.  Obviously, this must have evolved that way because emerging apes rising to their feet had different physiological needs.  Most science news reports are echoing this theme from a paper in Nature1 without any qualms about the Lamarckism or teleology of such language.    For instance, the EurekAlert entry begins, “The transition from apes to humans may have been partially triggered by the need to stand on two legs, in order to safely carry heavier babies.”  Why living apes do not feel this need is not explained, nor how a need triggered the kind of random mutations that would conspire to produce a complex set of adaptations.    The article on PhysOrg envisions evolution rising to meet that need:Walking on two feet, which happened early in human evolution, presents a unique challenge during pregnancy because the center of gravity shifts far in front of the hips, destabilizing the upper body and impairing locomotion.  This is not the case for animals that walk predominantly on four legs such as chimpanzees, or even other bipeds.    To accommodate this shifted center of gravity, women’s spines have evolved to help offset the additional weight in the abdomen during pregnancy, so that the back muscles are not taxed in counter-balancing the destabilizing effects of the baby’s weight.Very clever of evolution to engineer this solution.  Evolution is never ever in question in such claims.  The only question is how evolution did it:When human ancestors first became bipedal, they set the human lineage off on a different evolutionary path from other apes, but in so doing created special challenges for pregnant mothers.  One exciting discovery is that the ability of human females to better carry a baby to term while standing on two feet appears to have evolved at least two million years ago.  The researchers studied two hominin fossils that were approximately two million years old, one of which – presumably a female – displayed three lordosis vertebrae and one of which – presumably a male – displayed fewer.    Early human women lived very strenuous, active lives, and pregnant females were forced to cope with the discomfort of childbearing while foraging for food and escaping from predators,” [Daniel] Lieberman [Harvard] says.  “This evolution of the lower back helped early woman to remain more mobile during pregnancy, which would have been essential to survival, and appears to have been favored by natural selection.”  The original paper speculated that the demands of upright-walking females would have exerted a strong “selection pressure” for this adaptation, but did not even attempt to identify a chain of mutations that could have pulled it off.2  EurekAlert added this just-so story: “…the fall in body hair in primates could have brought on bipedality as a necessary consequence, through the strong selective pressure of safe infant carrying, as infants were no longer able to cling to their mother’s body hairs.”    Articles with similar claims can be found on National Geographic News and Associated Press.  The rest of the news media tend to echo these announcements with only minor variations.  None ever questions the evolutionary angle; design is always attributed to a Darwinian process.1.  Whitcombe, Shapiro and Lieberman, “Fetal load and the evolution of lumbar lordosis in bipedal hominins,” Nature 450, 1075-1078 (13 December 2007) | doi:10.1038/nature06342.2.  Sample: “Given the demands of fetal load and the importance of pregnancy for fitness, one predicts that natural selection has operated on the unique anatomy of the hominin lumbar region to mitigate the biomechanical problems that females confront.”Evolutionists need to learn to walk upright.  To walk uprightly is to be a person of integrity, balance, poise and righteousness.  There is no way on earth anyone could ever know the things they are claiming.  They see a wonderfully designed adaptation, and cast these pearls before swindling old Charlie.  Here again we see evolutionary scientists and their lackeys in the press crawling all over the floor, paying homage to the Head Pig.  The original paper’s first words, like those of a baby saying da-da, are “As predicted by Darwin…”  Wise king Solomon said, “Folly is joy to him who is destitute of discernment, but a man of understanding walks uprightly” (Proverbs 15:21).  Stand up, man, woman, and take a stand for uprightness of heart and mind. (Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

first_imgThe alleged site of Jesus’ burial and resurrection is being opened for the first time in centuries.One of the world’s most revered sites is being repaired by a restoration team specializing in reinforcing old structures, according to PhysOrg. Within the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem, a chapel called the Edicule [Lat., “little house”] surrounds marble slabs covering what many believe to be the site where the body of Jesus was laid and rose again. The Edicule was last restored in 1810 after a fire, and was reinforced with an iron cage in 1947 when it showed signs of wear. Other than that, the centerpiece of the structure – the tomb itself, covered by marble slabs – has not been seen for centuries. Now, workers who have reinforced the Parthenon and King Tut’s tomb have come here.Reinforced Edicule in 2006. Photo by David CoppedgeA photo gallery on Live Science shows images of the famous church and some of the work going on. The best photos, including a video clip, were posted by the National Geographic Society, which was able to form a strategic alliance between six religious sects that control the church in order to effect the repairs. It took nearly 50 years of negotiations, Live Science says, to get the groups to agree on a method and secure funding. National Geographic describes the excitement of uncovering something for the first time in centuries:Inside the tomb, which usually glows with a faint constellation of wax candles, bright construction lighting filled the small cell, revealing tiny details that are usually overlooked. The marble slab that covers the holy bench—roughly 3 by 5 feet and carved from creamy marble—had been pulled away from the wall. Beneath it was a grey-beige stone surface. What is it? a conservator was asked. “We don’t know yet,” she replied. “It’s time to bring in the scientific monitoring tools.”Nobody knows for sure where Jesus’ body was laid. Many Christian tourists find spiritual respite in the Garden Tomb north of the city, which seems to fit the description in the Gospels and has a hill nearby that resembles a skull. The best scholarship, however, locates the site inside the Church of the Holy Sepulcher (also called the Church of the Resurrection). When Helena, the mother of Constantine, came to the Holy Land in 326 AD to try to identify Biblical holy sites, Christians were still venerating this particular burial cave as the site of Jesus’ burial and resurrection. The top of the cave was removed so pilgrims could see into it, and a shrine was built over it by Constantine. The current church, dating from the 12th century, is the last in a series of reconstructions of the original shrine and is visited by thousands of tourists every year. Nearby the Edicule is a glass window said to be a portion of the hill of Golgotha (Calvary), showing an earthquake crack in the rock.Golgotha window inside Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Photo by David CoppedgeEven so, three centuries intervened between the events described in the gospels and the visit by Helena. Evangelical Christians do not rely on holy sites for their faith, but rather on the record of Scripture. They say the truth of the resurrection stands on Scripture as predicted in the Old Testament,  described in the New Testament by Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, and proclaimed by Peter, Paul, John and the other writers of the NT epistles. Archaeological and historical evidence reinforces what the Bible teaches, but does not substitute for it.Still, this rare look under marble slabs unseen for centuries arouses curiosity and excitement among people worldwide. We will provide any updates to the story that appear in the news.Update 10/29/16: Two copies of an interesting article that differ only in the photos shown can be read at the Times of Israel and at CBS News. Given only 60 hours to work, the crew has already made “astonishing” finds: an extra slab under debris from the top slab that probably hasn’t been seen since the 12th century or earlier. They also used ground-penetrating radar to discover that the six-foot high cave walls are still intact. A new window will be placed allowing pilgrims to get a glimpse of the original wall.Update 10/31/16: The most complete coverage so far has been posted by National Geographic. Photos and a video clip allow readers to look at what was found under the slab.When the marble cladding was first removed on the night of October 26, an initial inspection by the conservation team from the National Technical University of Athens showed only a layer of fill material underneath. However, as researchers continued their nonstop work over the course of 60 hours, another marble slab with a cross carved into its surface was exposed. By the night of October 28, just hours before the tomb was to be resealed, the original limestone burial bed was revealed intact.“I’m absolutely amazed. My knees are shaking a little bit because I wasn’t expecting this,” said Fredrik Hiebert, National Geographic’s archaeologist-in-residence. “We can’t say 100 percent, but it appears to be visible proof that the location of the tomb has not shifted through time, something that scientists and historians have wondered for decades.”The cross on the second slab may date from the time of the Crusades. Under that may be the original bed in the cave of the traditional tomb of Jesus, never before seen by anyone alive today. The article also explains the reasons why this site is the most likely tomb, although it is just one of many similar cave burial sites in the area. Live Science says the team observed the original bedrock limestone of the gravesite.With the work now completed, the site was re-sealed and may not be uncovered again for many years, if ever.  Workers will now reinforce the Edicule around the tomb. The archaeologists documented everything, providing evidence enough for decades of study. NG is preparing a documentary on the findings that will air in November.Update 11/07/16: National Geographic posted some of the best photos taken by the chief photographer of the project under the title, “I photographed Jesus Christ’s tomb.” (That’s true only if the site really is authentic.)The Bible repeatedly warns against idolatry. Christians don’t worship a church; they are the church – the called-out ones, obeying God’s word. It’s the teachings of Jesus, and all of Scripture, that should inform the heart and direct one’s life. Most Christians appreciate visiting the historical sites in Israel because of how they enhance the memories of Scriptural passages. It’s stimulating to see the actual places where Jesus and other Bible characters lived and walked. It’s a reminder that their faith is based on historical realities, not man-made fables: realities written down by eyewitnesses. But they don’t need to go to a particular site to worship. Jesus himself sought those who would worship God in spirit and in truth (John 4:23).Like Gideon’s ephod and Moses’s brazen serpent, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher has become a snare that leads to idolatry. Scorned by some as the Church of Bells and Smells, it is filled with candles, incense, symbols and other outward expressions of worship that do not necessarily reflect true faith in the heart. Jesus warned his disciples of their trust in the beautiful Temple that Herod built (Matthew 24). In the same way, we must come to Christ with our minds and hearts, not trusting in works of stone.To the extent that places like Bethlehem’s Manger Square, the Garden Tomb or the Church of the Holy Sepulcher serve as reminders of God’s word, they can be means of enhancing worship. Archaeological work on a place as famous as this church has merit in and of itself. But they are not substitutes for genuine trust in God. The resurrection of Jesus is one of the best-attested facts in history, as former atheists Lee Strobel (legal reporter) and J. Warner Wallace (legal detective) found by detailed investigations of the evidence. But as they would both say, knowing the facts is not enough. One must commit to where the facts are pointing: the truth of Christ as the Son of God, who offers salvation to all people that He provided by His death and resurrection. Paul said, “if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:10).Your heart is the church of the resurrection. That’s where the “real you” makes decisions on what you will believe, what you will trust, and what direction you are headed. We would never ask you to believe something that isn’t true. But if you see from the Bible and the historical evidence that Jesus really is risen from the dead, then what are you waiting for? Trust in Him today.(Visited 122 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market marshall kirkpatrick Related Posts Tags:#Internet of Things#web Above: WiFi signal spills gently into the street from an old Oslo apartment building built in the 1890’s. Video below.Wireless communication channels are all around us all the time, but their variable strengths in different places create a textured, invisible part of the urban landscape. A team of Norwegian researchers, arguing that WiFi is “a fundamental part of the construction of networked cities,” created the beautiful video below visualizing the strength of WiFi signals around their neighborhood in Oslo. They used a four meter pole that measured signal strength and lit up to a great or lesser degree. Then they took time delayed photos of themselves walking through the snowy streets.“The strength, consistency and reach of the network says something about the built environment where it is set up, as well as reflecting the size and status of the host,” writes the team in Immaterials: Light painting WiFi “Small, domestic networks in old apartment buildings flow into the streets in different ways than the networks of large institutions. Dense residential areas have more, but shorter range networks than parks and campuses.” Wifi is just one kind of signal, of course. IPhone owners would likely love to paint 3G signals like this. As the Internet of Things brings more and different kinds of signals to our cities, and as we grow to depend all the more on those signals not just for Internet access but for the communication between our newly-networked home services and appliances and the networks, then this sort of measurement and visualization could become something more than just art. It sure is cool art, though.Thanks to Flowing Data for blogging about it first.center_img 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…last_img read more

first_imgThere’s a light at the end of the tunnel for at least a few of the thousands of families whose homes were made unhealthy or uninhabitable by defective Chinese drywall and who so far haven’t been able to collect court-ordered restitution. The New York Times reports that lawyers representing one Chinese manufacturer that has so far ignored orders to reimburse homeowners popped up in court with a new team of lawyers recently and offered to pay $2.6 million to seven Virginia families.The families were among roughly 4,000 whose homes got tainted drywall manufactured by Taishan Gypsum Co., which is controlled by the Chinese government. The company was ordered to pay the $2.6 million in 2010 by a federal judge in New Orleans, but Taishan filed a number of appeals and eventually just stopped showing up in court.The company was found in contempt of court last summer and, according to the newspaper, was barred from doing business in the U.S. A hearing was scheduled at the end of this month at which the court was expected to rule in favor of the entire class of plaintiffs, which could have resulted in payments of more than $1 billion in damages.The newspaper said that Taishan’s decision to pay the seven families represents “a clear path toward relief for the entire class of victims, though that remains far from certain.” Tainted product affected 20,000 homesTaishan was one a number of Chinese concerns manufacturing drywall contaminated with high levels of hydrogen sulfide and other sulfur compounds, according to published reports, including this one in USA Today. The noxious chemical caused a variety of health problems in homeowners exposed to it, and also corroded pipes and wiring. Houses smelled like rotten eggs. Appliances and electronic devices died.Tainted drywall was installed in more than 20,000 homes USA Today said, mostly in the South, after 2005. Domestic supplies ran short after the storm season of 2005 prompted so many repairs, so suppliers began importing Chinese-made wallboard.By 2009, some 550 million pounds of drywall had arrived from China, according to a report in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, enough for 60,000 average sized houses.By 2014, the owners of 20,244 properties sought payment under terms of a multistate settlement overseen by the New Orleans federal district court. A German company that owned one of the Chinese companies that produced the drywall did settle with victims, The Times said. So did a Miami-based supplier. But, until now, Taishan had not.last_img read more

first_imgLearn how to get professional looking diffused light in this helpful DIY tutorial.Diffused light is great. It’s easy to work with and very forgiving, making it perfect for indie-film productions. However, getting good diffused light can be tricky.When it comes down to picking the right diffusion panel to use on your video productions you normally have to decide between good or cheap. However, in the following tutorial we will take a look at how to create a quality DIY diffusion panel for as little as $30. To create this DIY panel you will need to pick up a few things, but they’re inexpensive and you will definitely be able to use them on future projects.You will need:1. 4 Canvas Stretcher BarsPrice: $8-$20 for 42. White Gaffers TapePrice: $20 for an entire whole roll3. Diffusion PaperPrice: $80 for an entire 25 foot roll4. Glue or Double sided tapePrice: $2.20 a rollOne thing I love about this DIY diffusion panel project, you don’t need to own any expensive tools to make it. If you have any tips for making this diffusion panel better please share in the comments below.This video was first shared by Tony Roslund on his Vimeo channel. Thanks for sharing Tony!If you want to learn more about creating DIY diffused light check out our post on DIY Book Lighting. Or if you want a quick fix you can always buy a 5-in-1 reflector for about $17 on Amazon. The reflector has a circular diffusion panel inside, making it a great tool for any set.Have any lighting tips to share? Let us know in the comments below.last_img read more

first_imgAs many as 50 students of two government schools in Odisha’s Jajpur were taken ill after consuming mid-day meal on Saturday, officials said. The first incident occurred at Sibantpur Upper Primary School under Haridaspur panchayat of Dharmasala block, they said. The meal was served at about 10 am in the school and about 40 students were vomiting, feeling nauseous and complaining of stomach pain after consuming it, an official said. They were immediately rushed to the nearby Dharmasala community health centre (CHC) and treated. According to a preliminary enquiry, a dead lizard was found in dalma (pulses cooked with vegetables), served to the students in the mid-day meal, Dharmasala block education officer Prafulla Kumar Behera said. In another incident, 10 students of Bamphu Mangarajpur Nodal School were rushed to the same CHC with similar complaints, the official said. Rotten eggs were allegedly served to the students in the mid-day meal, he said. Behera said all the students were discharged from the heath centre after preliminary treatments. Samples of food, served to the students, have been collected and sent to a laboratory for tests, he said, adding that the matter is “under investigation and appropriate action would be taken, if anyone is found guilty”.last_img read more

first_img Recommended for you TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memes Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:goverment, Hon Sharlene Robinson, job creation, Pdm Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 21 Oct 2015 – There is a dire need of jobs and the People’s Democratic Movement Party leader is slamming the PNP Administration for what she believes is a nonchalant attitude to getting residents working. Hon Sharlene Robinson chides the government for boasting about some $200 million dollars in various bank accounts. “We continue to hear the cries and can say to you that the creation of a Jobs Policy and the management of jobs will be a top priority for a PDM Government. The attitude of this Government in their “we will get to it, when we get to it” attitude when PDM raise issues that affect our people continues.” The PDM continues in that media statement issued today, with a plea for the government to change its approach and to stop ignoring what is good for the people. TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Only Doug and Ralph and Ruth can fit, that’s whylast_img read more

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