SC Collegium Proposes To Make Three Additional Judges Of Chhattisgarh HC Permanent; Term Of Justice Vimla Singh As Additional Judge Extended [Read Resolution]

first_imgNews UpdatesSC Collegium Proposes To Make Three Additional Judges Of Chhattisgarh HC Permanent; Term Of Justice Vimla Singh As Additional Judge Extended [Read Resolution] LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK6 April 2020 10:29 PMShare This – xThe Supreme Court Collegium on Monday recommended the names of three Additional Judges of the Chhattisgarh High Court to be appointed as Permanent Judges of that High Court. They are: Justice Parth Prateem SahuJustice Gautam ChourdiyaJustice Rajani Dubey They were appointed as judges of the high court in June, 2018. The Collegium has also proposed to extend the term of…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court Collegium on Monday recommended the names of three Additional Judges of the Chhattisgarh High Court to be appointed as Permanent Judges of that High Court. They are: Justice Parth Prateem SahuJustice Gautam ChourdiyaJustice Rajani Dubey They were appointed as judges of the high court in June, 2018. The Collegium has also proposed to extend the term of Justice Vimla Singh, Additional Judge of the High Court, for one year w.e.f. June 18, 2020. She was also appointed as a judge in June 2018. Read Resolutions Next Storylast_img read more

Policewomen Protect Honduran Students from Maras

first_img Are the policeladies judo/karate expert Hi, I am in the Republic of Peru school. It’s the best school in Honduras. República del Perú School’s iron gate is guarded by two women in blue uniform, both of whom are members of the School Police unit created last year for surveillance and keeping gangs away from educational centers in the capital of Honduras. “We were afraid of the ‘mareros’ (gang members), but now we feel safe,” said a sixth-grade student entering the school with another classmate and pointing to the two officers at the gate. She does not have enough time to say her name, because the police officers tell her to get inside and avoid talking to strangers that come near this school, located in El Pedregal, one of the most dangerous neighborhoods south of Tegucigalpa. Honduras is currently immersed in violence, and has the highest murder rate in the world (85.5 per every 100,000 inhabitants according to the Violence Observatory of the National Autonomous University of Honduras). The schools are no exception to this reality, and many have been forced to close. The 1,300 students and 58 teachers from the Rapública del Perú school were used to a routine of robberies and assaults perpetrated by gangs in the area; some teachers were even pressured to pass students involved with maras, a situation that was repeated in other schools. In the San José de la Vega neighborhood, also in the southern area, gang members forced the closure of the Michel J. Hasbum Institute, after killing a guard from whom they demanded payment of a “war tax.” However, it was recently reopened due to police presence. The 60 women from the School Police cover 25 educational centers in the capital that suffer from serious security situations. Every day the group is distributed in shifts; two in the morning and two in the afternoon. Therefore, School Police chief Rolando Cárcamo Piura is boosting a comprehensive prevention program inside schools, aimed at joint work between the police, parents and teachers. “We do not lose our children to the streets… we lose them at home when we do not teach them values, when we show no interest in their homework, when we do not correct in due time, when we do not set an example,” stated the chief officer during a presentation before 15 teachers at San Martín Institute in Tegucigalpa’s Abajo neighborhood. The plan will be implemented in dozens of the 298 municipalities in the country, and it consists of a diagnosis of the problems of the schools, followed by designing a security manual with the collaboration of the three parties. By Dialogo July 17, 2013last_img read more

‘Preemployment card ineffective, gimmicky’, CEO participant claims

first_imgHe went on to share how the program worked by buying courses.“The cash went directly to the account of the online platform, mine was Skill Academy by education startup Ruangguru,” he told The Jakarta Post as he also showed the invoice via text message.The program involves as many as 223 training institutions, providing more than 2,000 courses through eight online platforms including Skill Academy, Tokopedia, Bukalapak and Sisnaker.He added that he received an email notification suggesting that he buy another course on Skill Academy to get Rp 100,000 (US$6.70) worth of benefits and a free subscription to Ruangguru. Journalist and entrepreneur Agustinus Edy Kristianto has slammed the government’s flagship preemployment card skill training program for missing the target and serving only as a business gimmick as he tried the program in late April.Edy managed to sign up for cash assistance despite the program objective having shifted from upgrading worker skills and reducing unemployment to supporting laid-off and furloughed workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. As the founder and CEO of online news portal Gressnew, he does not meet the criteria.“The system accepted a shareholder like me. I indicated that I was an entrepreneur. I’m not someone who has lost their job nor a small entrepreneur who has lost customers,” Edy wrote as his Facebook status on Thursday. Read also: Preemployment card management defends program amid criticismThe government has allocated Rp 20 trillion to cover around 5.6 million people in the program. Eligible participants will each receive Rp 1 million to cover online training costs, Rp 2.4 million in incentives for four months that will only be disbursed if a participant has completed a course and Rp 150,000 if they have completed a survey.Many have criticized the government for allocating budgetary funds to online training courses, which experts have slammed as being similar to those available for free on the internet, while the COVID-19 crisis is hitting people hard.Furthermore, Edy said the program let him obtain a certificate without completing the materials first.As he took a journalism course, he also questioned how the certificate on a course titled “writing news like an expert journalist” was not given by a journalism institution accountable for conducting competency tests. The certificate is only signed by the Skill Academy CEO.There are 27 institutions verified by the Press Council to conduct journalism competency tests, the Alliance of Independent Journalist’s (AJI) head of education, ethics and profession, Dandy Koswara, said.“Certificates that are issued by institutions other than those appointed by the Press Council do not reflect the competence of the holder in journalism,” he said.The director of communication, partnership and ecosystem development for the preemployment card program, Panji Ruky, brushed off complaints that the certificate was not meant as a certification of a profession but only as evidence that the participant had completed the course.Panji admitted that the management did not determine a specified standard for courses but they ensured the online trainers had a curriculum and all the infrastructure needed.“We leave the curriculum to the course providers. We give the consumers cash assistance and many options so they have a wide variety of courses to choose from. Let the market put the spotlight on the good quality providers,” Panji told the Post.Read also: Sewing masks to silky pudding making: Training available with preemployment cardSkill Academy claimed it had developed its courses with experts in the respective fields, Ruangguru spokesperson Sekar Krisnauli said in a written statement.She also explained that the platform issued two kinds of certificates, one for passing the exam above the passing grade and the other for completing the course material. Therefore, a participant could get a certificate for passing an exam without completing the material first, as in Edy’s case.As for Edy’s successful enrollment in the program despite him being an entrepreneur, Panji said the program was open to anyone aged 18 years or above who is currently not attending university, including entrepreneurs.He further mentioned there were two categories of applicants. The first group comprises those whom the government has recorded as COVID-19 affected workers, and who are the management’s priority. He claimed the majority of applicants were in the first group, without specifying the number.The second group, he added, were members of the public yet to be identified. Panji said applicants must declare that they have either been laid-off or economically affected by indicating if they are currently experiencing a lower income or fewer customers.Edy, however, denied there was such a process during registration.“Yes, I said I was an entrepreneur who has been affected by COVID-19 because it’s true. However, I’m not severely affected and there’s no further question asking the details of how I am affected,” Edy said.Topics :last_img read more

Trafigura Steps into Petrochemicals Market with Altis

first_imgCommodity trading company Trafigura Group has entered into a joint venture agreement with trading and logistics company Altis Group International in an effort to create a commodity petrochemical trading business, with a focus on bulk liquid chemicals.The joint venture has been formed between Trafigura and senior executives from the petrochemical trading industry, including the current management team of Altis.It will include two new trading entities – the already existing Altis Group International for the US, based in Houston and Altis International (Singapore), which will have a branch office in Geneva.Trafigura senior managers Chris Clarkson, Head of Gasoline Trading and Tom Jay, who until recently headed the Deals Desk for refined metals, bulk and concentrates, will join the boards of the new venture.“We believe that the time is right to start exploring the potential of this market,” Tom Jay said.“The market for petrochemicals is expected to grow significantly over the next few years, with Altis well placed to capture a share of this market,” he added.The new venture will be led by a team of industry veterans with more than 100 years of combined relevant experience, according to Trafigura.“The new global venture with Trafigura will be transformative not only for Altis and its employees but for all of our commercial partners. Teaming up with Trafigura will accelerate our growth and ability to expand our trading reach globally,” Jeff McNear, President of the Altis Group International management team, explained.Formed in 2014, Altis focuses on the trade of bulk liquid chemicals. Active in the petrochemical markets on a worldwide basis, with expertise in handling shipping and logistics for a wide range of chemicals, the employees and commercial activities of Altis will transition into the US-based and international companies and serve as the trading platform for the new venture.Founded in 1993, Trafigura is one of the largest physical commodities trading groups in the world. Trafigura sources, stores, transports and delivers a range of raw materials — including oil and refined products and metals and minerals.last_img read more

New device safety guide created for Donegal parents

first_imgDonegal Youth Service has launched a new guide for parents and guardians about Internet and device safety. The guide aims to highlight the dangers of the online world, and offers information and simple practical solutions for any parent or guardian to follow.  The official launch of ‘A Parents Guide to Device Safety’ took place on Tuesday the 13th of March in LYIT.Gareth Gibson, Youth Information Manager and Project Lead said “We are delighted to be able to bring this booklet to parents and guardians across Donegal.  As part of our work with CYPSC we had the chance to conduct research a few years ago which highlighted the need for increased awareness among parent in relation Internet Safety.  DYS has been facilitating an increased number of parent’s sessions since, during which parents indicated a need for help to set up devices safely and the content of this booklet is in direct response to that request.” Donegal Youth Service Launch New ‘A Parents Guide to Device Safety’ BookletAs part of the launch Gareth Gibson and Youth Support Worker Dominic McGlinchey presented some of the information from the guide.  Attendees were shocked by statistics, such as 22% of children surveyed were in contact with strangers online, and the level of information apps are collecting about you if you don’t check the permissions settings as soon as you download them.The launch was attended by CYPSC members, Donegal Youth Service staff, An Garda Siochana, as well as a host of individuals representing other statutory organisations such as Tusla.(Left to right): Dominic McGlinchey (DYS), Gareth Gibson(DYS) Anne Timony Meehan (CYPSC), AnnMarie McGrath (Community Garda)Lorraine Thompson (DYS)The 54 page booklet is a simple, yet comprehensive guide for parents and guardians to ensure young people are safer online.  It covers everything from privacy settings on Facebook, email scams, app permissions, to parental controls on the Playstation Network and much more. You can pick up a free copy of the guide at Donegal Youth Service, 16-18 Port Road Letterkenny. This is a project of the Safe & Secure Subcommittee of the Donegal Children & Young People’s Services Committee.  This project was led by Donegal Youth Service, supported by CYPSC Seed Funding from the Department of Children and Youth Affairs.The Letterkenny Youth Information Centre at Donegal Youth Service offer a range of age-appropriate workshops and services on Cyberbullying and Internet Safety for young people, parents/guardians and teachers.Donegal Youth Service is a countywide youth organisation, meeting the needs of young people all over Donegal.  For more information you can pop in to 16-18 Port Road, Letterkenny, call 074 91 29630, email [email protected], visit www.donegalyouthservice.ie and stay up to date with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.New device safety guide created for Donegal parents was last modified: March 24th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CYPSCdevice safetyDonegal Youth ServiceGardainternet safetyPARENTSTUSLAlast_img read more

Matt Millen steps away from broadcasting job; ‘health is the clear priority’

first_imgMatt Millen is calling it a season.Millen, 60, who won Super Bowls with the Raiders and 49ers during his 12-year NFL career, is stepping away from broadcasting duties for the Big Ten Network for the rest of the college football season to focus on his health, according to multiple media outlets.Millen revealed in May that he suffers from amyloidosis, a rare disease that could necessitate a heart transplant.“We will certainly miss seeing Matt this fall, but his health is the clear priority for …last_img

Red Blood Cells Are Master Contortionists

first_imgBiophysicists have analyzed why red blood cells are able to squeeze through tight spaces on their journeys through our tissues, reports the UCSD Jacobs School of Engineering.  Their membranes contain a network of 33,000 hexagons arranged in a complex geodesic dome formation.  Each hexagon vertex is joined with flexible lines to a central maypole-like proto-filament, giving it the ability to twist and contort without breaking.  This contortionist ability serves another purpose beyond just enabling the cell to get through tight spaces: it also helps squeeze out the oxygen into the tissues.  Despite being twisted, folded, flattened or stretched, the geodesic structure permits the cell to pop back into its familiar biconcave shape.    The press release states, “Their paper in Annals of Biomedical Engineering uses aeronautical terms commonly used to describe the changing position of an airplane to explain how the six attached spectrin fibers make a proto-filament swivel and flip.”  Science Now took note of this study on “bendable blood.”The shape of red blood cells is also the optimum for maximizing surface area (for diffusion) without sacrificing volume (for payload).  If they were rigid disks, they would get stuck, starving tissues of oxygen and causing death.  As you work today, think about those little erythrocyte spelunkers making their rounds, delivering the goods from that last breath of air to every cubic micrometer of your body.  The Creator thought of everything.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Cool Cell Tricks

first_imgSome cell parts act like acrobats, some like rescue workers, and some like I.T. professionals.  Here are some recent stories about the tricks that living cells perform each day.Precision formation flying:  The Scientist expressed amazement at the precision of key factors in development of the body plan in fruit flies.  The levels of expression in the bicoid factor “suggest a surprising level of accuracy in regulation of protein controlling body plan development.”  Words like “stunning,” “surprising” and “more complicated than we think” season the article.  “It’s very difficult to imagine how this could work,” said one.  The original papers on this process were published in Cell and summarized in a review article by Matthew Gibson.1    A press release from Princeton elaborated on the precision of this process.  During development, it says, “cells make decisions to become one part of the body or another by a process so precise that they must be close to counting every available signaling molecule they receive from the mother.”  The article also says, “This signaling requires a sensitivity approaching the limits set by basic physical principles.”  One result of being able to measure things in biology these precisely was mentioned in the first paragraph: these are “discoveries that could change how scientists think not just about flies, but about life in general.”  The press release mentioned nothing about evolution.Chromosome triage:  Cells maintain a special “chromosome glue” called cohesin that can repair damaged DNA and keep sister chromatids together during cell division, reported EurekAlert.  The repair kit comes ready for emergencies: “Their results show that DNA damage can reactivate cohesin, which runs counter to the commonly held view that cohesion only arises during the DNA copying that takes place before cell division.”    A paper on DNA repair was published in Nature last month,2 titled, “Chromatin dynamics and the preservation of genetic information.”  After mentioning the harm that can come from double-stranded breaks in DNA, the abstract said, “Recent work indicates that chromatin – the fibres into which DNA is packaged with a proteinaceous structural polymer – has an important role in initiating, propagating and terminating this cellular response to DNA damage.”    Science also chimed in on this subject, with a Perspectives article by Erwan Watrin and Jan-Michael Peters describing “How and why the genome sticks together.”3  Two papers in the issue give a new vista on the work a cell does to protect its library: “cohesion can be established in response to DNA damage independently of DNA replication,” they said.  “This overturns a long-held belief that cohesion is strictly coupled to DNA synthesis.  The papers also imply that DNA damage may have a broader impact than previously thought, triggering genomewide protection of chromosome integrity.”Word processing foremen:  Non-coding sections of DNA may act as punctuation, an article on the Times Online reported.  This is further evidence that the concept of “junk DNA” is defunct. For years, evolutionary geneticists were puzzled by long stretches of apparently useless DNA: “This is puzzling, because scientists thought that evolution would fine-tune the human genome to preserve the essential bits and discard the rest,” wrote Anjana Ahuja for the Times. Now an international team of scientists has discovered that junk DNA might regulate the activity of the genes they surround.  While genes do the hard work of making proteins, the junk DNA could be responsible for starting and stopping protein production.  “Some of the junk DNA might be considered punctuation marks – commas and full stops that help make sense of the coding portion of the genome,” says Dr Victoria Lunyak, of the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine, one of the authors of a paper published in Science.  Another analogy is to think of genes as building labourers, and the surrounding pieces of junk DNA as foremen.This almost makes it sound like the “junk DNA” is in some sense more important than the genes – that is, if managers are more important than laborers – a dubious proposition.Time to unwind:  A press release from Cornell shows an unwinding device at work: helicase, a molecular machine that unwinds DNA strands during replication.  “The research found that the helicase appears to actively exert a force onto the fork and separate the two strands,” the article said.  This shows that helicase is not a passive device.  It really works at its vital job.A bouquet with love:  You may have heard of telomeres, the tips of chromosomes, as mere caps on DNA to keep it from unraveling.  Cell published a new study that shows that these DNA ends organize into a “bouquet” that is essential for spindle pole formation during meiotic cell division.4  The authors said, “This discovery illuminates an unanticipated level of communication between chromosomes and the spindle apparatus that may be widely conserved among eukaryotes.”Talk to me:  The phenomenon of cell communication is a huge area of study.  Science Daily reported a finding that red blood cells “talk” to platelets, and that disruption of this communication leads to diabetes and heart attacks.    In Current Biology,5 Paul Jarvis wrote about the “backchat” that goes on between chloroplasts and the nucleus in plant cells.  He assumed that chloroplasts evolved as once free-living cells that were engulfed by an ancestral prokaryote, and that their separate genomes were partitioned, most of the DNA going to the nucleus of the host.  Still, a remarkable degree of communication is required to ensure the proper amounts of chloroplast proteins are produced in the nucleus: “To ensure the correct, stoichiometric assembly of these complexes, and to enable their rapid reorganization in response to developmental or environmental cues, the activities of the nuclear and chloroplast genomes must be synchronized through intracellular signalling,” he said.  Each protein must then traverse the inner and outer membranes of the chloroplast, assisted by complexes of molecular machines.  Jarvis presented one example of the complexity involved in signalling:A particularly nice example is provided by the plastid protein import 1 (ppi1) mutant, which lacks the chloroplast protein import receptor atToc33.  This is actually one of two similar receptors in Arabidopsis, the other being atToc34, which are thought to have distinct substrate preferences: atToc33 mediating the import of the highly abundant precursors of the photosynthetic apparatus, and atToc34 the import of ‘housekeeping’ proteins (for example, components of the plastid’s genetic system, or enzymes of non-photosynthetic metabolism).  Remarkably, the ppi1 mutation triggers the specific down-regulation of photosynthesis-related genes (Figure 2), suggesting that retrograde signalling mechanisms exist to prevent the futile expression of proteins not able to reach their final, organellar destination.  Clearly, such exquisite regulation specificity could not be achieved were all plastid signalling pathways to converge and control gene expression through a common process.He did not elaborate on how all this “organellar repartee” could have evolved, though.  He just ended on the note, “Observations such as these suggest that a great deal remains to be learnt concerning plastid-to-nucleus signalling.”We brake for spindles:  Kinesin is usually thought of a molecular motor that power-walks down a track.  But what good is an engine without a brake?  When kinesin needs to carry a load, or when it needs to winch apart chromosomes during cell division, something needs to tell it when to stop.  An article in Current Biology6 shows that in some cases, kinesin-5 has a built-in braking mechanism:Faithful chromosome segregation depends upon the formation and function of a bipolar, microtubule (MT)-based mitotic spindle, which uses multiple mitotic motors to assemble itself and to separate sister chromatids.  Among these motors, members of the kinesin-5 family are thought to have critical and often essential mitotic functions, by pushing apart the spindle poles, for example during anaphase B spindle elongation.  Curiously, however, the single kinesin-5 present in Caenorhabditis elegans, BMK-1, is dispensible for mitosis.  Now, new work from the Saxton and Strome laboratories, published recently in Current Biology, shows that, in this system, BMK-1 has novel mitotic functions, serving as a brake that restrains the rate of anaphase spindle-pole separation driven by other cortical force generators.The authors thought it “somewhat surprising to find such distinct, indeed opposite, roles for kinesin-5, acting as a brake on ipMT sliding in the spindles of C. elegans embryos versus actively pushing apart ipMTs in spindles of other systems, such as Drosophila embryos.”  More work is being done to figure out how this is possible.None of these papers explained how evolution could come up with the tricks.  The last entry, though, simply stated as a matter of fact that natural selection did it somehow.  Still, the authors’ astonishment at the diversity and complexity of molecular motors left it challenging to believe it all just happened:Some of us recall the time when the world of motor proteins seemed relatively uncomplicated; cilia used dynein, muscles used myosin, and we sensed that the discovery of ‘THE mitotic motor’ lay just around the corner.  Subsequently, mitosis researchers have uncovered a far more fascinating scenario in which multiple mitotic motors, a dozen or so in Drosophila for example, are deployed to functionally coordinate the highly choreographed sequence of motility events associated with spindle assembly and chromatid separation.  The work of Saunders et al.  on kinesin-5 extends our growing appreciation of mitotic motor diversity by suggesting that this key mitotic motor can be used to carry out a previously unrecognized function in C. elegans spindles.  As these authors point out, it is striking how natural selection adopts such diverse strategies in different cell-types to move apart sister chromatids the few microns required to ensure that the products of each cell division inherit a complete set of genetic instructions.  This diversity presents a challenge, since useful general models for spindle assembly and function must not only incorporate the basic principles common to all spindles, but should also be sufficiently adaptable to encompass the diversity of spindle design produced by natural selection.1Matthew Gibson, “Bicoid by the Numbers: Quantifying a Morphogen Gradient,” Cell, Volume 130, Issue 1, 13 July 2007, pages 14-16, doi:10.1016/j.cell.2007.06.036.2Jessica A. Downs, Michel C. Nussenzweig and Andre Nussenzweig, “Review article: Chromatin dynamics and the preservation of genetic information,” Nature 447, 951-958 (21 June 2007) | doi:10.1038/nature05980.3Erwan Watrin and Jan-Michael Peters, “Molecular Biology: How and When the Genome Sticks Together,” Science, 13 July 2007: Vol. 317. no. 5835, pp. 209-210, DOI: 10.1126/science.1146072.4Kazunori Tomita and Julia Promisel Coope, “The Telomere Bouquet Controls the Meiotic Spindle,” Cell, Volume 130, Issue 1, 13 July 2007, pages 113-126, doi:10.1016/j.cell.2007.05.024.5Paul Jarvis, “Intracellular Signalling: Chloroplast Backchat,” Current Biology, Volume 17, Issue 14, 17 July 2007, Pages R552-R555, doi:10.1016/j.cub.2007.05.021.6Gul Civelekoglu-Scholeya and Jonathan M. Scholey, “Mitotic Motors: Kinesin-5 Takes a Brake,” Current Biology, Volume 17, Issue 14, 17 July 2007, Pages R544-R547, doi:10.1016/j.cub.2007.05.030.We must continue to juxtapose the unfolding intricacies of cellular machinery with the farcical explanations proposed by evolutionists.  Darwinian thinking is so entrenched, only repeated application of detailed instances as shown above can produce the cumulative effect on brainwashed minds that is obvious to the rest of us: trying to explain these wonders by unguided processes of mindless evolution is just plain dumb.  Some day, this will be obvious to everybody.  Future biologists will look back with bewilderment that so many smart people fell for such silly notions for so long.  They will understand intuitively that quality control, effective communication and choreographed performances are hallmarks of planning, guidance, and intelligence.  How could anyone have thought otherwise?  Someone’s motors weren’t turning, for sure.(Visited 27 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Misreading Soft Tissue

first_img(Visited 737 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 When organic remains are found in fossils said to be hundreds of millions of years old, what questions should be asked?Scientists were stunned when soft tissues were found in a T. rex bone in 2005. Numerous studies since then have confirmed the presence of collagen and other original proteins in certain fossils. Should these discoveries not call into question the long ages assigned these remains? Instead, Darwinists have simply accommodated them into their web of belief, claiming it sheds light on evolution.Note: Some of the news items below regard original soft tissue; others regard mineralized impressions of soft tissue.Gut glands illuminate trunk segmentation in Cambrian fuxianhuiids (Current Biology). Carbon impressions of internal organs in a Cambrian arthropod from China show clear detail of the gut. The paper says, “the midgut is preserved as carbon compressions associated with iron deposits resulting from the pyritization of internal organs.” It should be remarkable to find such detail in a fossil said to be 500 million years old, but the authors seem fixated on evolution: “improving understanding of segmentation in extant organisms, reveals that euarthropods had already acquired a substantial degree of developmental flexibility early on in their evolutionary history as informed by the Cambrian fossil record.” How is this a revelation about evolution, if the animal “had already acquired” complex traits? And how could such detail be preserved for hundreds of millions of years?Soft tissue fossil clues could help search for ancient life on Earth and other planets (Phys.org). Bouncing off of soft-tissue impressions in the Burgess Shale, this article admits that “soft parts such as internal organs, eyes, or even completely soft organisms, like worms, tend to decay before they can be fossilised.” But instead of asking why any soft tissue impressions remain at all after such a long time, this article again looks for clues to evolution. “To expand their understanding of the exceptional preservation of soft organisms, the team are currently delving further back into Earth history, to investigate the preservation of microbes before macroscopic organisms with skeletons or shells evolved.” The focus is on the type of rock that allowed the soft tissue impressions to survive, not on the complexity of the organs preserved. Logically, this has nothing to do with life on other planets. The following quote commits a flawed syllogism: Major premise: soft tissue remains are preserved in some Earth minerals. Minor premise: Mars might have those minerals. Conclusion: Mars might have fossils.Of the project’s wider applications, potentially supporting the search for life beyond our own planet, Anderson adds: ‘For the vast majority of Earth’s history, life has not possessed hard shells or skeletons. This means that if we want to look for fossil evidence of life on other planets like Mars, the chances are we probably need to find fossils of entirely soft organisms, and Burgess Shale-type fossilisation provides a way. NASA’s Curiosity rover has the ability to record mineralogy on the Martian surface, so it could potentially look for the types of rocks which might be most conducive to preserving these fossils.’Fossilised plant leaf wax provides new tool for understanding ancient climates (Science Daily). Ask scientists these days to comment on new observations, and they will find a way to fit it into climate change. That’s what we see here in this article. “The new data confirms the expectations of climate models, that atmospheric cooling is coupled to less atmospheric moisture,” the scientists claim with joy. But what about that leaf wax?A method of estimating ancient moisture content based on these plant wax compounds overcomes the limitations of other methods because plant waxes are commonly found in soils and sediments stretching back tens or even hundreds of millions of years and across many environments.How do they know that leaf wax can last hundreds of millions of years? They don’t. Evolutionary dating demands that the fossils be that old. Only in recent decades have paleontologists come to grips with the fact that believing long ages requires major revisions to thinking about how long biological organic remains can survive.Evolutionary thinking distorts science. Evolutionary thinking distorts logic. Evolution News posted a quip about the Darwin scientific method:Introduction: Start by stating confidently that evolution is true.Methods and Results: If (as often happens) some of your results are inconsistent with evolutionary theory, describe them in the most obscure technical language available.Discussion: Make some clever guesses about why some of your data seem to be inconsistent with evolutionary theory. If that doesn’t work, claim that your data expand and enrich our understanding of evolution. (Optional: Insert a disparaging comment about intelligent design.)Conclusion: Evolution is true.last_img read more

What Microsoft Gets Wrong With Its New Surface Tablets

first_imgThe Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … “This is power,” Panay said. “This is what it is like to have the full power of a PC on a tablet.”The tablet is both cooler and quieter than the original Surface Pro. Microsoft says that it has 46% better color accuracy on its 10.6-inch screen (1920×1080 resolution). Both the tablets can be used with the new Microsoft Power Cover, a detachable keyboard that can increase the battery life of the device by 50%. To its credit, Microsoft really has created a new breed of device with its Surface tablets and, more broadly, the Windows 8 device ecosystem in general. But Microsoft is making a mistake with the Surface 2 and the Pro 2 by focusing on the hardware specifications. What Microsoft Should Be Telling YouMost computers users have a general idea of what RAM is and what it does to make computers run. At the same time, most people have little idea of the difference between a x86 chip made by Intel and an ARM chip made by manufacturers like NVIDIA, Samsung or Qualcomm. Microsoft touted its two new Surface products today with two main words: power and fast.Type Cover 2 for Microsoft SurfaceWhen Microsoft executives get on stage and start tweaking an audience that’s largely composed of Mac and iOS users, implying that their devices are slow, the message is lost. Why does Apple do well? Because its message its about style and design, utility and functionality. Yes, Apple will tout its speeds (especially with its new iPhone 5S and the Mac Pro), but it does so in a way that casts technical specs as supporting features—ones that make possible the experience of actually using the gadgets.Microsoft’s message: Power and the speed are the features. Recent history has not offered a lot of support for the notion that consumers are primarily interested in raw performance details.The biggest topic in technology over the last week wasn’t the iPhone 5S or the iPhone 5C. The hardware is tangential to the bigger story. It was iOS 7. Why? Because almost everybody who owns an iDevice was getting the newest version of the Apple’s operating system. It affected more people than just those that were looking for the new gold version of the iPhone 5S.The difference between Apple and Microsoft is that Apple has made iOS something that people know about and care about. It doesn’t matter how powerful the Surface Pro 2 or the Surface 2 are, if people don’t care about Windows 8. And if they don’t care about Windows 8 and how it makes their lives easier or better in some way, then the Surface line will continue to be a massive failure for Microsoft, no matter how long it talks about turning itself into a devices and services company. Tags:#Microsoft#Windows 8#windows rt Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts center_img Microsoft has remade its Surface Tablets running Windows 8—the Surface Pro 2 and Surface 2. They are thinner, brighter, more powerful and faster. Speeds and feeds remains the name of the game at Microsoft. And that’s one of the biggest problems at Microsoft … and with the Surface 2 line.What Microsoft Wants You To KnowThe Surface Pro 2 is a full tablet/laptop hybrid running Windows 8.1 on the new x86 Haswell chip from Intel. The battery life is now 75% longer compared to the original Surface Pro. The device sports USB 3.0 ports. Microsoft even wants you to know that it upgraded the kickstand that holds the tablet upright (it now has two settings instead of one). The 64 GB Surface Pro 2 will start at $899 and ship on October 22.  dan rowinski The Surface 2 is the next generation of the Surface RT, the tablet that forced Microsoft to take close to a billion-dollars writeoff earlier this year. The Surface 2 runs on an ARM-based NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor, has improved multitasking capabilities and ships with the full Office suite of products for free. The Surface 2 will retail at $449 and also be available on Oct. 22. Pre-orders for both the Surface 2 and the Surface Pro 2 start tomorrow.Microsoft will also still sell the original Surface RT, starting at $349. Considering that Microsoft hardly sold any RT tablets after they were announced last year, we should expect it to stick around for a while as Microsoft works through its backlog of available stock. Microsoft is aiming the Surface Pro 2 at professionals. Microsoft touts it as a full laptop replacement. It will come in both 4 GB and 8 GB of RAM versions, giving it the same type of computing power as most laptops (for reference, the most recent versions of the MacBook Air run at 8 GB of RAM). “This product is about everything that Microsoft has to offer,” said Panos Panay, Microsoft’s VP of Surface at the launch event in New York City.Feel The Power, Though It’s Beside The PointAs has long been its wont, Microsoft is focusing on the power and speed of its new products. Panay showed offed the Surface Pro 2 running raw 6K video from a RED HD camera during the event, showing that the Surface Pro 2 is capable of handling just about any type of data.Panay lampooned the crowd of reporters (most of them using MacBooks), saying that the Surface Pro 2 was faster than 95% of other laptops on the market—implying, of course, that the Microsoft tablet performs better than both Apple’s iPad and laptops.  Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementlast_img read more