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From Dust to St. Patrick in 5 Billion Years Flat

first_imgBiblical creationists and evolutionists have one belief in common: we came originally from dust.  How that dust became organized is the difference.  Both views teach that our bodies are comprised of the same atoms found in dust, but creationists say an intelligent designer purposefully molded the dust into a fully-formed man and woman, whereas evolutionists claim the dust organized itself over aeons of time (see cartoon).  Several recent evolutionary articles seem to endow dust with nearly magical properties of self-organization.    As if pulling a rabbit out of a dusty hat, Astrobiology Magazine announced, “Galactic Dust Bunnies Contain Stuff of Life.”  The basic idea is that carbon, oxygen and iron may form in stars at the centers of galaxies like ours and blow the dust into the outer regions.  The Spitzer Space Telescope detected silicates and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH), rich in carbon and oxygen, near the center of the Milky Way.  “These elements are the building blocks of all planets, including our own Earth (as well as of human beings and any other life forms that may exist in the universe).”  The implication is that there is an evolutionary connection between PAH molecules (which are like the dust in your tailpipe) and you.    The preoccupation with life-potentiating dust was also seen in another article on Astrobiology Magazine.  It began, “NASA scientists analyzing the dust of meteorites have discovered new clues to a long-standing mystery about how life works on its most basic, molecular level.”  That mystery is homochirality: the fact that all proteins in life use left-handed amino acids.  Science Now echoed the finding by Goddard astrobiologists who noticed slight excesses of one hand over the other in meteorites collected in Antarctica.  “In one of the rocks, the imbalance was 18%, the largest ever reported for a meteorite.”  The discoverers theorized that the amino acids made contact with melting ice in the parent asteroids, and become more biased toward left handedness when polarized light in space impinged on the molecules.  “Whatever the reason,” the article said (indicating these theoretical notions are not certain), “life as we know it could just as easily have been given a nudge toward the right-handed side in a different environment.”  Jeffrey Bada of UC San Diego remained skeptical.  “It’s a lot to ask from a natural geochemical process, which, basically, we know nothing about.”  Another astrobiologist mentioned the possibility that bacterial contamination of the meteorite biased the ratios.    Problems or not, the two articles on Astrobiology Magazine were optimistic that the secret of life is inherent in dust: “The study shows that biological molecules created in space and delivered to Earth by meteorites” [i.e., space dust] “ may have had a profound effect on the development of life.”  And as to the origin of the dust from stars, the other article said, “The research is helping astrobiologists understand how elements necessary for life are formed and distributed through the Universe.”  A few billion years later, St. Patrick walks the heaths of Ireland, bringing good news to people walking in pagan darkness and fear.Now we can add the Dust Bunny to Tinker Bell, Popeye and Yoda in the cast of characters in the evolutionary play, King Charles and His Magic Kingdom.  The Dust Bunny from space contains within herself all the potentialities of eagles, frogs, giraffes, starfish and humans: NASA tells us that galactic dust bunnies contain the stuff of life.  So the cosmic Dust Bunny, sent on a beam of starlight, falls to a planet that had just emerged from the dust of the sun.  All she needs is the awakening zap from Tinker Bell’s mutation wand, and her inherent potential begins to unfold.  Over billions and billions of years, left-handed amino acids, “for whatever reason,” join hands and invent codes, morphing into trilobites and squid and jellyfish and worms.  Under King Charles’ just laws, stuff happens: fins swim, legs walk, and eyes pop into existence.  The living dust morphs into mice and cavemen and Popeye the Sailor Man.  Minds emerge from the dust, till at the pinnacle of this long process, Yoda the scientist looks back, calls St. Patrick a fool, and explains how it all really happened.    More primitive versions of this philosophy were called pantheism.  Darwin Party Productions, Inc., has animated the ancient play into a new epic – Pantoonism – now playing in science journals near you.  Abadabadababacadabra, that’s all, folks.(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Isithimela to get Gautrain on track

first_imgSouth Africa presently makes use of the narrower Cape gauge, which measure 1 065mm between the tracks. 24 November 2008 Machaka explained to BuaNews that Isithimela would be the first local company to lay 1 435mm or standard gauge tracks, which is the predominant track gauge used internationally. “Under the partnership, Isithimela has been sub-contracted to execute the track works aspect of the Gautrain project, for a contract value estimated at approximately R800-million,” she told BuaNews in Johannesburg this week. Bombardier Transportation UK and local black economic empowerment company Strategic Partners Group have launched Isithimela Rail Services, a new company that will be responsible for laying the track works in South Africa’s Gautrain rapid rail link project. In addition, she said there was an intention that the company would undertake track maintenance on the Gautrain project during the 15-year concession operational period. Approximately 180km of rail will be laid for the Gautrain, which will connect Johannesburg, Pretoria and OR Tambo International Airport. South African first According to Bombela Concession Company spokesperson Kelebogile Machaka, both companies will hold a 50% shareholding in Isithimela. “To date, Isithimela has started laying close to seven kilometres of track at the Gautrain depot, while works along Gautrain’s mainline have recently commenced.” Also at the event, Gauteng provincial transport minister Ignatius Jacobs launched and named two specialised track laying equipment. Both machines are being used on the project to set the track horizontally and vertically, as well as to combat the ballast beneath and around concrete sleepers.center_img “The standard gauge tracks are wider than usual rail tracks used in South Africa and offer greater balance and safety for a high-speed rail service,” she said. African expansion aspirations Speaking to BuaNews, Isithimela Rail Services chairman David Moshapalo said the company’s objective was to build capacity to enable it to execute the track work, which would also position the company for further business opportunities outside of the Gautrain project. Moshapalo explained that during the Gautrain development period, Isithimela would focus on various scopes of work, including the installation of both ballasted and ballast-less track, supply materials for the installation works, and provide plant services and equipment to execute the track works. Technology, skills transfer “Our goal is to furthermore tender for other track work contracts on the African continent, so as to create more jobs for our people,” he said. Since the Isithimela partnership commenced in January, it has provided employment for over 230 mainly local people. In order to build capacity and know-how, Bombardier Transportation UK has seconded specialised expatriate staff and management to Isithimela. “Local technicians have learnt to work with brand new technology, while entrepreneurs found new markets for their services,” Jacobs said. “Their task is to transfer their expert knowledge, skills and technology to the locally employed staff complement who are intended to manage the company into the future.” Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Kaska First Nation wants veto rights of gas and oil developments on

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Kaska First Nation is made up of three separate Nations in southeast Yukon.They are disappointed Premier Darrell Pasloski has rejected their offer to establish a government-to-government round table to resolve outstanding issues with Kaska.For instance, repealing Section 13 of the Yukon Oil and Gas Act which gives Kaska veto rights over oil and gas development in their traditional territory.APTN National News reporter Shirley McLean has the story.last_img

Active Interest Media Purchases Fitness Association

first_img Conversely, AIM has invested heavily in boosting both its video production capabilities and educational offerings — particularly within its healthy living group — so it’s likely the company sees opportunity in IDEA’s streaming video business.  The price tag is open to speculation, but it’s easy to see why IDEA was an arractive pickup for the Boulder, Colorado-based enthusiast media company. AIM produces about sixteen stand-alone events or events series in concert with the various media brands across its portfolio, none of which are quite on the scale of the annual IDEA World Convention, a four-day conference attracting over 14,000 attendees. In a statement, AIM president and CEO Andy Clurman praised IDEA for playing “a key role in building the modern-day fitness industry” and stated that the acquisition will allow AIM to enhance the content and products it already offers to fitness enthusiasts through its existing brands like Oxygen, Clean Eating, Yoga Journal, and Muscle and Performance.  Active Interest Media (AIM) announced today that it has acquired the IDEA Health & Fitness Association, a membership organization for wellness professionals, for an undisclosed sum.center_img “We’ve long admired AIM’s leadership in the consumer and B2B enthusiast space, and have talked for years about the best way to join forces and inspire the world to fitness together,” said IDEA CEO Peter Davis, who will continue with AIM in a leadership role, overseeing the integration of the companies, according to a statement. Founded in 1982, IDEA produces the IDEA World Convention — the world’s largest fitness conference, according to AIM — as well as a website and magazine, IDEA Fitness Journal.last_img read more

Budgetfriendly Nokia 42 coming to US for 189 runs Android One

first_img Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X The dual cameras of the Nokia 4.2. Sarah Tew/CNET Available at US retailers Amazon and BestBuy, you can preorder the affordable Nokia 4.2 phone today and have it ship by May 14. Launched in February at MWC 2019, the phone runs Android One and costs $189. Android One is a trimmed-down, stock version of Android without any of the fancy interface additions phone-makers may add. It’s a way for Google to make cheaper phones more accessible to price-conscious users. What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Angela Lang/CNET Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) $6 at Tidal Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Amazon See It Comments $210 at Best Buy See it Read Google Home Hub review $999 $520 at HP Nokia 210, 1 Plus, 3.2 and 4.2 debut at MWC Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Chris Monroe/CNET Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Rylo Sarah Tew/CNET See at Turo Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Share your voice Nokia phones arrive in every shape and type Best Buy Sprint Turo Google Nokia,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Tags Sarah Tew/CNET Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Sarah Tew/CNETcenter_img $60 at Best Buy $155 at Google Express See It DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. See It $59 at eBay 7 Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) 57 Photos The Cheapskate $299 at Amazon Post a comment Now playing: Watch this: $999 Phones 0 Read the AirPods review Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Share your voice JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). CNET may get a commission from retail offers. TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Read DJI Osmo Action preview $999 $999 Boost Mobile 1:49 Sarah Tew/CNET Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Apple iPhone XS Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Read the Rylo camera preview Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. The Nokia 4.2 features two cameras on the back, a 13-megapixel standard camera and a 2-megapixel camera that senses depth. It also features face unlock, a fingerprint sensor and secure NFC for authorizing digital payments on Google Pay. A dedicated Google Assistant button launches the digital search assistant.Other specs include a 5.71-inch display, an octa-core Snapdragon 439 processor and 3GB of RAM. The phone comes in black and pink and if you want to take a look at it yourself before purchasing, you can find it in Best Buy stores starting June 9. Tags Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) See at Amazon $261 at Daily Steals via Google Expresslast_img read more

Make in USA or Pay More Its Toyotas turn to face Trumps

first_imgDonald Trump slams Toyota after GMReutersUS president-elect Donald Trump, who has been slamming automakers for selling cars made outside the US, has threatened Toyota in his latest tweet, hours after lashing out at General Motors for its plans to make cars in Mexico other than US.Make in USA or pay more: Donald Trump’s ultimatum forces Ford to scrap Mexico plant; GM faces heatTrump, in his continuing twitter tirade against the auto majors, warned Toyota against making Corolla for US in Mexico. He said doing so will face huge tariff. Trump, who threatened to impose “big border tax” tweeted, “Toyota Motor said will build a new plant in Baja, Mexico, to build Corolla cars for U.S. NO WAY! Build plant in U.S. or pay big border tax.” Trump’s’ tweet is a reference to Toyota’s new plant — which was announced in April 2015 — which would make 200,000 Corolla compact cars per annum for the North American market starting 2019.Toyota Motor said will build a new plant in Baja, Mexico, to build Corolla cars for U.S. NO WAY! Build plant in U.S. or pay big border tax.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 5, 2017Toyota, in a response to Trump’s tweet, said that the new plant in Mexico will not have any impact on the production of Toyota in US and also will not cost jobs in the country. The company also expressed its willingness to work closely with the new administration in US.”Toyota looks forward to collaborating with the Trump Administration to serve in the best interests of consumers and the automotive industry,” the company said.Earlier this week, Trump had turned up the heat on General Motors for its decision to send Mexican made Chevy hatchbacks to US. While it was the first time Trump targeted GM in its tweet, Ford Motors Company has been facing the heat for a while, after which Ford decided to call off its plans to build a plant in Mexico. Ford announced that company will now invest $700 million in metro Detroit’s Flat Rock Assembly plant in the state of Michigan and will also add 700 new jobs in the unit.But that is not the end of the story. Reuters reports that Trump’s threat to impose big tax on the vehicles manufactured outside US would have bigger impact on Nissan Motor Co than anyone else as the company’s Mexico plant contributes to one-quarter of Nissan’s total vehicle sales in the US. Japan’s second-largest automaker Nissan, which went to Mexico 50 year ago, now produces more than 800,000 cars in that facility.last_img read more