After the shocks come the memorials. When reports swept the Harvard campus Monday afternoon that two bomb blasts at the Boston Marathon had killed and wounded people at the finish line, a wave of sadness and concern swept the campus. That sorrow deepened with the news that a close relative of two Harvard dining staffers, a young woman who also once worked at the University, was among the dead. On Tuesday, Harvard students, faculty, and staff attended three vigils for the bombing victims, in Andover Chapel at the Divinity School, near the Baker Library/Bloomberg Center at the Business School, and at the Memorial Church, where candles undercut the darkness. At each venue, sadness mixed with hope, and tears with resolve. 2Claire Aly writes a heartfelt message to her Harvard Business School co-worker Patty Campbell, who lost her daughter in the Boston Marathon attacks. 8President Drew Faust and Pusey Minister Jonathan Walton light candles at the Tuesday night vigil. 3Harvard Divinity School student Emily Jendzejec offers a candle after a gathering for meditation, prayer, grieving, and community support at Andover Chapel. 5Claire Aly (left) cries for her co-worker Patty Campbell, whose daughter was killed in the attacks. 7Harvard University Police Department Officer Michael Arsenault stands watch in Harvard Yard. 6Campbell’s co-workers and others gathered at the Harvard Business School to show support. 4The flag flew at half staff at Harvard Business School, just one of the spots on campus where vigils were held. 1Honor Wilkinson ’14 (left) and Andrew Sudler ’14 light candles at the Memorial Church vigil Tuesday night. 9People gathered as one community.
December 19, 2019
Darwin predicted that life would become more diverse over time, like the branches on a tree. The pattern of trilobites in the fossil record is just the opposite: more diversity appears in the lower layers, and less diversity in the upper layers. Surprisingly, evolutionary paleontologists are turning this into evidence for Darwin’s theory. Science Daily titled their article, “Fossils Older Than Dinosaurs Reveal Pattern Of Early Animal Evolution On Earth.” Acknowledging that trilobites appeared in “an unprecedented explosion of life on Earth” in the Cambrian strata, the article doesn’t hint that this causes any problem for evolution. It quotes Mark Webster (U of Chicago) explaining the evidence in support of evolution: “From an evolutionary perspective, the more variable a species is, the more raw material natural selection has to operate on.” The idea is that trilobites started out in a more plastic state – more variable – and became channelized into specific body patterns later. Maybe this was because ecological niches forced the later trilobites into particular habitats that inhibited variation. Or maybe developmental processes within the early trilobites caused fewer constraints on the appearance of the organism. Or maybe neither. Webster said, “We need to tease apart what’s controlling this pattern of high within-species variation. There’s a lot more work to do.” Regardless, evolutionary theory itself was not pictured in any danger. The article did not explain how the complex body types arose almost instantly by an evolutionary mechanism. Instead, it just claimed they “emerged” rapidly: “during the Cambrian Period, more complex creatures with skeletons, eyes and limbs emerged with amazing suddenness.” Webster gave his explanation a warm, fuzzy feeling. The article paraphrased him saying that it appears that organisms displayed “rampant” within-species variation “in the ‘warm afterglow’ of the Cambrian explosion.” Trilobites had bilateral symmetry, specialized body segments, articulated limbs for mobility, and some of the most complex eyes known in marine invertebrates (09/18/2003, No precursors to trilobites in earlier strata have been identified. The first trilobites were already fully formed with all their complex organs and structures. Because the data were found to be opposite what evolutionary theory would have predicted, Gene Hunt of the Smithsonian won Stupid Evolution Quote of the Week for the following statements in Science that spun the contrary evidence into support for evolution (words indicative of miracles are highlighted in bold):This study, in establishing the reality of increased Cambrian variability for trilobites, implies that evolutionary processes in the distant past may have acted differently, or in a different balance than in more recent periods of time. The cause or causes for these differences likely relate to the proposed explanations for the extravagant evolutionary inventiveness of this period. These explanations fall into two broad categories: genetic and ecological. The former suggest that Cambrian genomes were less constrained, or otherwise less apt to generate profoundly novel morphologies, whereas the latter invoke the relative sparseness of early animal ecosystems in allowing large evolutionary jumps to become successfully established. As Webster notes, either or both of these explanations may account for the greater variability of Cambrian trilobites; more loosely organized genomes might be expected to produce a greater range of morphologies, and less occupied adaptive landscapes might be more permissive of the broad production of variants. Nevertheless, this work highlights the uniqueness of the early Cambrian interval in the evolution of animals and thereby the importance of placing broad evolutionary patterns in a historical and paleontological context.Mark Webster also used the term “evolutionary inventiveness” in the original paper in Science.21Gene Hunt, “Variation and Early Evolution,” Science, 27 July 2007: Vol. 317. no. 5837, pp. 459-460, DOI: 10.1126/science.1145550.2Mark Webster, “A Cambrian Peak in Morphological Variation Within Trilobite Species,” Science, 27 July 2007: Vol. 317. no. 5837, pp. 499-502, DOI: 10.1126/science.1142964.When the media, museums and universities are able to propound these magical fairy tales without any critical scrutiny, creationism doesn’t stand a chance being heard above the din. Anything goes in ev-illusion (07/27/2007 commentary), including cartoons like Popeye (05/31/2005 commentary). How can this multiply-discredited theory ever get falsified? The evidence can be 180° opposite Darwin’s prediction, and yet they turn it into a great victory. Nobody asks any hard questions. Nobody calls foul. Nobody sees the intellectual crime being committed. They get away with it, time and time again. Doesn’t anyone in the scientific and media establishments have any sense any more? For a detailed look at the Cambrian explosion and a prominent evolutionist’s attempts to explain it, read our entry “Cambrian Explosion Damage Control” from 04/23/2006.(Visited 38 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
November 29, 2019
Steve Johnson of the U.S. serves against Austria’s Dominic Thiem during their third round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France. Friday, June 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)PARIS — Steve Johnson was touched by his opponent’s consoling words after his defeat in the third round of the French Open.Playing through grief following the recent death of his father, a tennis coach who helped Johnson learn the game back home in California, the 25th-seeded American lost to sixth-seeded Dominic Thiem of Austria 6-1, 6-7 (4), 6-3.ADVERTISEMENT Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ 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 BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast View comments BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Stosur urges Court to stop comments about same-sex marriage Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games MOST READ Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Thiem, a semifinalist at Roland Garros last year, celebrated modestly. He had some kind words for Johnson at the net.“That means a lot,” Johnson said. “There’s life outside of sport and he gets that. He’s a standup guy.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJohnson says his family will have a “celebration for his (father’s) life” after Wimbledon.“It’s going to be held at the high school where we grew up playing tennis and he played tennis, and my mom and my sister went to school and played all kind of sports,” Johnson said. “So it’s going to be a place where it has a lot of meaning. Right now, I’m just trying to honor his name as best I can and just be a competitor. I know he’ll look down proudly.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
October 23, 2019
zoom South Korean shipping company HMM informed that its cargo processing at Busan Port has hit a new record.The company handled 167,018 TEUs of cargo through the port in July, representing a year-over-year increase of 93 percent. Previously, HMM set a record of handling over 150 thousand TEUs in Busan Port in April.Transit cargo, in particular, has recorded 85,717 TEUs – soaring 133 percent year-over-year.The company said its market share also set a new record of 10 percent, handling the second-largest volume after Maersk.Processed cargo during the first seven months of the year reached 1.01 million TEUs, which is HMM’s first million TEU record in Busan Port this year. Greater than last year’s 1.16 million TEUs, HMM expects to surpass last year’s annual record within August.The company attributed the performance to the high season’s strong market of China and South East Asia and its global shipping alliance with 2M – Maersk and the Mediterranean Shipping Company – and HMM + K2 – Sinokor Merchant Marine and Heung-A Shipping – consortium. The acquisition of overseas terminal assets has also played a great role regaining the trust of foreign cargo owners, according to HMM.“With this speed, we expect to handle more than 1.8 million TEU in Busan Port this year, exceeding the aim of 1.5 million TEUs that we announced earlier this year” an official from HMM said.Meanwhile, according to Piers Data, HMM’s volume in Asia – US West coast (USWC) in July increased by 63 percent to 15,346 TEU/WK year-over-year and its market share recorded 7 percent, increased by 2.2 percent point year-over-year.The increase in container volumes, combined with various cost-saving efforts, helped HMM to narrow its operating loss to KRW 128.1 billion (USD 111.8 million) in the second quarter of 2017 from KRW 254.3 billion (USD 222 million) recorded in the same period a year earlier. The company’s operating loss in container business stood at KRW 96.2 billion, improved by KRW 123.8 billion YoY from KRW 220 billion. Earlier this month, the company said it expects its 3Q financial performance to be “dramatically” improved.“We will do our best to grow further as Korea’s national carrier and contribute to rebuilding Korea’s maritime business,” HMM pointed out.
September 17, 2019
The Portuguese superstar is on first place in the goal scorers list, but he’s being closely followed by many playersLast season Cristiano Ronaldo scored 26 goals in the Spanish La Liga tournament with Real Madrid.He ended up being second to Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, who scored 34 goals in 38 matches.But after moving to Juventus, Ronaldo is currently in first place of the top goalscorers lists with 14 goals.Fiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.He is being closely followed by Genoa’s Krzysztof Piatek with 13 and Sampdoria’s Fabio Quagliarella with 12.And with 10 goals each, Ciro Immobile from Lazio, Duvan Zapata from Atalanta and Arkadiusz Milik from Napoli are closely following Ronaldo.Will the Portuguese superstar be crowned top goalscorer in the Italian Lega Serie A for the first time?