The schedules of the 24th day of LaLiga Santander are already known

first_imgLaLiga has made public the schedules belonging to the twenty-fourth day of the First Division. A day to be played between Friday 14 and Sunday 16 February.The duel that will open this battery of matches will take place in Los Cármenes. There, Granada will receive Real Valladolid on Friday 14 At nine o’clock at night. One day later, on Saturday, the capital match of the day will be played: a Valencia-Atlético de Madrid. Two very even teams will see their faces in Mestalla at nine of the night after having tied for the first round. Just a few hours before, At four o’clock, Barça will receive Getafe at the Camp Nou. He will also play with the guardianship of the local team on Real Madrid against Celta. White and blue will measure their strength at the Bernabéu on Sunday at nine o’clock at night. It will be the duel that closes the day.In addition, this delivery of the championship will give us two derbies: one Basque and one Valencian. Villarreal will receive in La Cerámica al Levante in a decisive clash; and Ipurúa will witness the meeting between Eibar and Real Sociedad.last_img read more

The Open Banc Sabadell donates 20,000 caps to be turned into protective masks

first_imgIn Barcelona lodges, greater than 200 beds have been arrange to home sufferers affected by this illness. These will initially obtain 1,000 models for recycling. As well as, extra lodges are anticipated to be part of this initiative within the close to future. The recycling will be carried out by Firefighters, Mossos d’Esquadra, volunteers and group employees.However, the sector hospital arrange in pavilions 5, 7 and 9 of Ifema, in Madrid, with a complete of up to 1,300 beds all through the advanced, will be the beneficiary of an preliminary cargo of two,000 models for recycling as face masks. safety for healthcare personnel. On this case, the recycling of the caps will be carried out by volunteers from the businesses Expoplac and MadeInBox, from the identical metropolis.Banco Sabadell will progressively materialize the donation of the 20,000 models, each to the aforementioned entitiess in addition to the totally different lodges and establishments that can be part of this solidarity initiative within the coming days. After the cancellation of the Open Banc Sabadell tennis tournament- Conde de Godó Trophy due to the well being disaster brought on by COVID-19, Banco Sabadell has determined to donate the 20,000 caps initially bought as a present to its clients and company to be recycled as mask-screens and thus assist well being groups of their combat in opposition to the pandemic.The first beneficiaries of this donation will be the lodges which are a part of this solidarity initiative which is a part of the Inns Salut mission, organized by the Consorci Sanitari and the Gremi d’Hotelers and to which the Cotton Home Lodge and the Praktik lodge group in Barcelona have joined.last_img read more

With trick penalty, Barcelona rout Celta

first_imgMADRID (AP):Lionel Messi put on another show at the Camp Nou yesterday, scoring a remarkable goal from a free kick and then helping to set up a hat-trick for Luis Su·rez – including a daring assist from a penalty kick – as Barcelona thrashed Celta Vigo 6-1.Ivan Rakitic and Neymar also scored as Barcelona opened up a three-point lead in the Spanish league over AtlÈtico Madrid, which edged Getafe 1-0. Real Madrid, which beat Athletic Bilbao 4-2 on Saturday with two goals by Cristiano Ronaldo, are four points behind Barcelona in third place. Barcelona have a game in hand.It was an impressive victory by the Catalan club, and the performances by Messi, Suarez and Neymar in the second half neared perfection.”We were spectacular and effective,” Barcelona coach Luis Enrique said. “I’m used to seeing these players. When they train, they are even better.”Messi started the show by curling a left-foot shot over the wall in the 28th minute and then mesmerised the Camp Nou crowd as he helped Su·rez to score in the 59th, 75th, and 81st minutes.EXTRA-SPECIAL GOALSu·rez ‘s third goal was extra special, with the Uruguay striker and Messi fooling everybody after Messi was tripped in the area following a nifty dribble past a defender. Messi was set to take the spot-kick himself, but he just rolled the ball to the side for the in-rushing Su·rez to drive it home.While Celta players looked on in awe, Su·rez and Messi glimpsed at each other and smiled broadly before embracing to celebrate. Luis Enrique tried to cover his mouth while smiling himself at the bench.”Barcelona players, in addition to winning titles, also want to have fun and entertain the members in a fair and spectacular way,” the coach said. “It didn’t surprise me.”The play became famous after Johan Cruyff – a Barcelona idol – executed it while playing for Ajax in 1982.”It’s a legal play. Some will like it, some won’t,” Luis Enrique said. “It will generate a lot of debate.”last_img read more

Errol Spence defends IBF welterweight title with win over Mikey Garcia

first_imgRogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Mikey Garcia, left, takes a blow to the body from Errol Spence Jr. during the ninth round of the IBF welterweight championship boxing bout Saturday, March 16, 2019, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)ARLINGTON, Texas — Errol Spence Jr. had to go the distance to defend his IBF welterweight title for the third time. Still, the outcome was never in doubt for one of the world’s best pound-for-pound boxers.Spence unanimously outpointed previously undefeated challenger Mikey Garcia, a skilled boxer who moved up two weight classes for what he considered a legacy fight Saturday night.ADVERTISEMENT Garcia threw 406 total punches, and landed only 75 (18.5 percent). After landing 43 percent of his power punches his previous five fights, he was only 25 percent (54 of 218) on those against Spence.Garcia was fighting for the first time since unifying the IBF and WBC lightweight titles with a unanimous decision last July over Robert Easter in Los Angeles.“I was able to hold my own,” Garcia said. “We just went 12 rounds with a great welterweight champion. That’s a feat no one has done recently. I’m proud of what I was able to do. I have to go back and think about it. I will probably go back to lighter divisions but we’ll have to think about it.”Both fighters entered the arena to loud cheers and different kinds of music, with Spence following a local high school marching band. Garcia got plenty of support from the large number of Mexican fans at the fight.Chants of “Mikey! Mikey!” broke out in the second and third rounds, but those faded away as Spence kept punching and the crowd instead responded to hard shots — many more for the champion than the challenger.The fight was at midfield of AT&T Stadium, the massive billion-dollar home stadium of the favorite NFL team for both fighters. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was there along with several players, including quarterback Dak Prescott, as part of an announced crowd of 47,525.Jones and Prescott even stepped into the ring with Floyd Mayweather before the main event.Exactly nine months earlier, Jones and the Cowboys were also there when Spence won his second title defense in the 147-pound division. Spence stopped previously undefeated challenger Carlos Ocampo with a first-round knockout at the NFL team’s practice facility in Frisco, not far from his home in Desoto.Garcia grew up around Oxnard, California, where the Cowboys hold part of their preseason training camp each year.WBA welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao was in the building and could be a future opponent for Spence. Pacquiao won two title bouts at the Cowboys’ stadium in 2010, when he beat Joshua Clottey for the WBO welterweight crown and later Antonio Margarito for vacant WBO super welterweight title. “He’s broken records here before, he’s a legend in the sport and it’d be my honor to fight him next,” Spence said of the 40-year-old Pacquiao, who wants to return to the ring in July. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)00:50Trending Articles00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title “Throughout training camp, a lot of commentators thought he was too smart and I couldn’t box as well as him. I showed I can box and I can move my head if I want to,” Spence said. “The game is to be smart. It’s the sweet science. I had the size and reach advantage, so why not use it to take away the jab? It’s a weapon for me and it takes away one of his weapons.”Spence improved to 25-0 after all three judges awarded him every round. One card was 120-107, and the other two were 120-108.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsGarcia took a pounding but never went down. Obviously worn out, he spent the later rounds blocking punches instead of throwing them and was never able to find the opening for a fight-changing response.“My brother (trainer Robert Garcia) wanted to maybe stop the fight in the later rounds. He didn’t want to let me get hit more, but I told him I was fine and I tried to go out there and pull it off,” Garcia said. “I thought I could have landed one good shot to change everything, but I wasn’t able to land it.” It was the first time Spence had to go the distance in his last 12 fights.Garcia, who moved up from 135 to 147 pounds in his attempt to become a five-division champion, lost for the first time in 40 pro fights.The hard-punching Spence landed 345 of the 1,082 punches (32 percent) he threw — both of those career highs. That included 237 of 464 (51 percent) of his power punches in his second title defense at home in North Texas in nine months.During one portion of the ninth round, Spence walked Garcia in a full circle around the ring while continually delivering blows.“The motivation fighting in front of my hometown crowd made me feel great,” Spence said. “These people have supported me since day one and I wanted to put on a good performance for all of them.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Mavericks top Cavaliers as Dirk Nowitzki closes on Wilt Chamberlain View commentslast_img read more

‘Hole in roof’ gang member pleads guilty to €60k Letterkenny jewellery theft

first_imgA MAN has pleaded guilty to the theft of almost €60,000 of jewellery after breaking into a Letterkenny shop through a hole that had been specifically cut in the roof.Costel Rosloveanu (29), a Romanian national, was part of a gang that targeted McCullagh’s Jewellers at Letterkenny Shopping Centre on October 2, 2017. Goods to the value of €57,432.45 were stolen in the midnight raid. €26,244.04 worth of damage was caused after the gang-of-three cut five holes in the roof of the building.CCTV footage showed the gang on the roof of the building for a period of two hours and 15 minutes.Rosloveanu (29) with an address at Ballaghmore, Borris-in-Ossory, County Laois was charged with a count of burglary contrary to section 12 of the criminal justice, fraud and theft act and a count of criminal damage contrary to section 2.1 of the criminal damage act 1991. Speaking through an interpreter, Rosloveanu pleaded guilty to the charges when he appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court.Garda Stephen McGonagle told the court that CCTV footage showed three men climbing onto the roof just after midnight on October 2, 2017.At 00:57, two men left and came back carrying a ladder. One of the ladders – believed to have been taken from a service area near the Shopping Centre – was later found lowered into a roof space above another shop in the centre. Letterekenny Shopping Centre. (North West Newspix)Two of the men were seen causing damage to the roof and ceiling structure of the building while the other man acted as a lookout.Goods to the value of €56,909.45 were recovered and deemed re-sellable. €6,000 worth of damage was caused to display cases in the shop. Gardaí recovered an axe and a sledge hammer upon examining the scene. Glass was scattered over the flood and the alarm box was smashed.  Gardaí believe the axe was also used to damage the roof.Gardaí were contacted by the shop owner whose alarm system alerted his mobile phone. Officers searched wasteland near the Shopping Centre and located a number of items, including a jacket in which they found a wallet and a Romanian ID card bearing Rosloveanu’s name.A rucksack containing a number of tools, a mobile phone and a torch was found while a black bin liner full of jewellery was recovered, among other items.Members of the Gardaí proceeded onto the roof of the building and found five holes had been cut in the felt covering, relating to three business premises, included a 53x57cm hole above McCullagh’s Jewellers. Rosloveanu has several previous convictions in Italy, Romania and France for offences including attempted murder, theft and burglary.Rosloveanu was previously served with a deportation order arising out of a matter for which he is serving a three-year sentence at Cloverhill prison.  Judge Johnston ordered that Rosloveanu be deported and remain out of Ireland for ten years once the sentence has been completed in 2020. Letterkenny Courthouse. (North West Newspix)Patrick McGeath, SC, Barrister for Rosloveanu, asked that any sentence run concurrently.“He had a modest upbringing in a poor area of Romania close to the Moldovan border,” Mr McGrath told the court. “He has been married since 2014 and he has a five-year-old son. He only spoken to his son via video link and he is anxious to return home as soon as possible. He has every intention to take the earliest opportunity to leave and stay out of the country.”Judge John Aylmer remanded Rosloveanu in custody at Cloverhill Prison and adjourned the matter until November 6 for sentencing.‘Hole in roof’ gang member pleads guilty to €60k Letterkenny jewellery theft was last modified: November 1st, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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:Costel RosloveanuJudge John AylmerletterkennyLetterkenny Circuit CourtLetterkenny Shopping Centre.Romanialast_img read more

BOY’S DEATHS: MUM CONFRONTED NEIGHBOUR WHO TURNED HER AWAY

first_imgTHE wife of a Co Donegal man confronted a neighbour who shunned her pleas for help the day after she lost her two boys.Nurse Glenda Moore, whose husband Damien is from Portnoo, lost a grip on their boys Connor, 4, and Brendan, 2, as Superstorm Sandy engulfed Staten Island, New York.Mrs Moore tried in vain to get help from some neighbours but found them shutting their doors in her face. Now it’s emerged grief-stricken Glenda returned to the scene where she lost her boys the next day and had to be restrained by police as she confronted one of those neighbours.“I asked you to help me, you bastard!” Glenda Moore screamed at the man she claimed ignored her pleas as she tried desperately to get inside his home, a neighbour said.George Calve, 63, another neighbour who wasn’t aware of her plight, said he sympathised with Mrs Moore’s reaction.Police confirmed Mrs Moore banged on the doors of several neighbours on Father Capodanno Boulevard after floodwaters swept away her young children Brendan, 2, and Connor, 4, as the superstorm raged. She had packed up her family into their car and was trying to get them to Brooklyn to seek shelter from the storm when her car stalled in the rising floodwaters.The desperate mother was able to get her children out of the car, but they were swept away when a wave crashed into them.The boys’ bodies were found a short distance away near the intersection of McLaughlin Street and Olympia Boulevard last Thursday morning after days of intensive searching.As the search for the boys continued, Moore returned to the area in a police car and began shouting at the man who she said turned his back on her plight.When officers approached the man, he told them that he thought he was being robbed, according to Calve. “The guy said that somebody threw a flower pot through the window,” Calve said.According those living along the road near where the bodies were found, the man also told them the next morning after the storm that he heard someone knocking on his back door and thought it was a burglar.“The next morning he came out wrapped in a towel,” said Eugene Brener, 19. “He said somebody knocked at the door and he thought they were robbing him.“He said, ‘I’m not going to open the door, I’m not crazy.’” Another neighbor, Inna Butenico, said that the same man grabbed her by the hand and brought her to the back of his house.“He brought me over and said someone tried to rob me — look what happened,” she said.“He said somebody broke his back window on the night. He was very afraid somebody would take something.”On Friday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said that he had spoken to the boys’ father, who had been called into work during the storm.“I did talk to him this morning and express to him as a parent my deepest sympathies,” Bloomberg said.“You are praying for them you are praying for their kids, we will do anything we can to help them. The loss of a child is something no parent should ever go through.”Connor and Brendan Moore are among the 22 people killed in the borough, the hardest hit, during the storm.Their funeral Mass will take place this Friday in New York; their grandparents will attend a special Mass in Portnoo to remember them.Damien was at work helping others when his children were lost.BOY’S DEATHS: MUM CONFRONTED NEIGHBOUR WHO TURNED HER AWAY was last modified: November 6th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:BOY’S DEATHS: MUM CONFRONTED NEIGHBOUR WHO TURNED HER AWAYDamien MooreGLENDA MOOREnew yorkPortnoostatten islandlast_img read more

Fishing for Darwinian Stories

first_img51; Stickleback fish can learn from each other where the best food sources are.  This proves you brain’s remarkable learning abilities have their roots in fish heads, according to science news sources this week.  Science Daily said the findings by UK scientists “show that the cognitive mechanisms underlying cumulative cultural evolution may be more prevalent in nonhuman animals than currently believed.”  Live Science used the E-word evolution three times in its coverage.  And the BBC News told its readers that “the findings contribute to the understanding of brain evolution and the types of brain required for certain cognitive functions, both in humans and animals.”    The Science Daily entry said something that may cast doubt on the common assumption that brain size matters.  “The findings show that big brains, like those in humans, are not necessarily needed as a pre-requisite for cumulative culture.”  What does that say about human evolution research?    However that controversial question shakes out, the three articles were overcome with awe at how these fish mimic human intelligence.  The BBC News called them the geniuses of the fish world.  Live Science quoted Jeremy Kendal [U of Durham] claiming that with evolution, pressure alone can give rise to wisdom: “What we’re finding is that it’s not necessarily how closely related a species is to the human [that’s the] defining feature of how cognitively complex you might be; it can also be your local ecological circumstances which provide selective pressures favoring evolution of these cognitive facilities.”If what Kendal said were true, fire would become more intelligent when water is sprayed at it.  Or is he claiming that matter in motion acts differently in life than it does in fire?  On what basis would he propose the distinction?  Vitalism is out in their philosophy.  You can’t produce cognition by putting pressure on atoms and molecules.  You can select out all the non-intelligent atoms you want till the cows come home, putting “selective pressure” on them, and you won’t ever get intelligent molecules.  All you will prove is that it takes intelligence to select things.    How long will it take before the Darwinians realize they are making utter fools of themselves with their continued storytelling about selective pressures producing all the wonders of biology?  It doesn’t “contribute to the understanding of brain evolution” unless you are already drunk on Dar-wine and having hallucinations.  Drunkards are convinced they are the smartest people in the world.    Zechariah wrote of a time when false prophets would be too embarrassed to show their faces in public (Zech. 13:2-6).  They wouldn’t wear a prophet’s robe, and they would lie about what they did for a living.  Would that day would come for the Alumni Association of the Darwin Fake Science University.(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

On the Origin of Snakes

first_imgNew studies of snakes and their genes are surprising scientists with stories of “rapid evolution.”  Some findings offer potential for human health.Snakes made headlines in scientific papers in the last couple of weeks.  With the publishing of genomes for the king cobra and the Burmese python, scientists are gaining opportunities to update their evolutionary stories with new data.PNAS published findings from the king cobra genome.  Of interest is “dynamic gene evolution and adaptation in the snake venom system,” assuming cobras evolved from other snakes.  By comparing the venom delivery system with those of other vertebrates (with the platypus being the only mammal), they constructed a story of an “evolutionary arms race” between predator and prey.  They also argued for cases of gene duplication and neofunctionalization.  Speaking of the venom itself, the team said that “snake toxin genes evolve through several distinct co-option mechanisms and exhibit surprisingly variable levels of gene duplication and directional selection….”  Referring to the snake’s “complex biological weapons system,” they pointed out the functional significance not only of genes but of microRNAs.  They also found all but one of the Hox gene sequences related to amniote limb development.PNAS also published findings from the genome of the Burmese python, one of the largest snakes in the world.  As with the king cobra, this species shows adaptation due to more than just genes.  “Snake phenotypic novelty seems to be driven by the system-wide coordination of protein adaptation, gene expression, and changes in genome structure,” they said, claiming these have evolved by strong positive selection.  They found, for instance, “massive rapid changes in gene expression that coordinate major changes in organ size and function after feeding,” adding, ” Intriguingly, the homologs of these genes in humans are associated with metabolism, development, and pathology.”  The team compared the Burmese python with the king cobra and other snakes, finding the species highly adapted for its feeding habits.  Describing “extensive adaptive redesign of snake metabolic pathways” as products of evolution, though, confuses adaptation with the mechanism for its origin.PhysOrg summarized these papers, focusing on the “rapid evolution of cobra venom.” Readers may be unfamiliar with the fact that evolutionists are puzzled by the origin of venom.In particular, lead author Dr Nick Casewell and his colleagues were interested in how the cobra’s venom evolved. It contains dozens of highly specialised toxins, and exactly how this complex brew could have come about has long been a puzzle.Analysing the newly-sequenced cobra genome confirmed the hypothesis that the individual toxins that make up the venom developed from proteins that originally evolved for unglamorous day-to-day tasks elsewhere in the body.The evolutionary story says that genes for the “unglamorous” proteins duplicated many times, with duplicates free to evolve other functions – a process dubbed neofunctionalization.  It does not explain, however, the simultaneous adaptive evolution of the venom delivery system, the behavior for injecting it, and mechanisms the snake uses to protect itself.The concept of an “evolutionary arms race” also enters the story.  “Venomous snakes rely almost totally on their venom to kill prey, so prey immunity would be a disaster; to avoid that risk, the venom has to keep developing new tricks.”  To whatever extent that occurs, it would only involve changes to the brew, not changes to the “complex biological weapons system” itself.  Another extreme adaptation is seen in the Burmese python, which can alter its metabolic pathways by 150% after feeding, then return to normal, supposedly co-opting other genes in the body for its “extraordinary capacity to change its whole body to deal with the situation.”  New Scientist added to the tale of these snakes “outpacing other vertebrates in [the] race to evolve,” calling this “evolutionary nimbleness.”  Someone even found a way to bring global warming into the story:This evolutionary nimbleness may make snakes more able to adapt to future challenges too, says Scott Edwards, an evolutionary biologist at Harvard. However, he adds, snakes’ “fast” evolutionary changes still took millions of years to accumulate. “Whether they’re labile enough to resist all the challenges of habitat loss and climate change is unclear,” he says. “It’s a different timescale.”Of more practical import is how to protect humans from snakebite.  These papers may help with the development of antivenom compounds to help reduce the 100,000 annual snakebite victims around the world.  Science Magazine ran a special section on snakes this week.  “Exotic, elusive, and dangerous, snakes have fascinated humankind for millennia,” the news focus began.  Amid adventure stories of those who study snakes (some of whom were bitten in the process), and repetition of the evolutionary themes, one article stood out as very different: “From Toxins to Treatments” by Kai Kupferschmidt.  The subtitle reads, “Researchers are hoping to find lifesaving drugs in the deadly venoms from snakes and other animals.”We’ve seen efforts to use the world’s deadliest substances for good before.  Cone snails and other venomous creatures have proved invaluable as sources of health-giving compounds.  Botulin toxin is one clear example that is in widespread use today.  Kupferschmidt tells of other developments that seem almost miraculous in the use of poison to give life.  While “Nature has had millions of years to perfect this molecular sabotage and turn snakes into accomplished killers” on the one hand, “more and more researchers are studying venom’s powers to heal rather than harm.”  The unique proteins in venom are being viewed as a library of useful chemicals to alter biological processes in healthy ways.  Some 40 million such compounds await study in the some 170,000 venomous species of animals, from centipedes to gila monsters to the platypus.  Interesting factoid: “There are only 1500 species of venomous snakes, but 50,000 species of venomous spiders,” one researcher noted, emphasizing that the library is extensive in that wing.  Spiders may have even more distinct proteins in their venoms than the 250 or so in a snake venom.What can these compounds do for good?  “Ziconotide, a peptide in cone snail venom, was approved in 2004 to treat chronic pain; exenatide, isolated from the saliva of a venomous lizard called the Gila monster, has become a blockbuster drug for type 2 diabetes.”  One peptide from cobra venom is 20 to 200 times more effective than morphine, without the side effects and addiction.   It’s time to explore this “toxic treasure trove” systematically, one expert advises.  A day may come when your doctor plays snake and lets his hypodermic needle substitute for snake fangs, to deliver toxin-derived agents of healing to your body.Update 12/06/13: Elizabeth Pennisi wrote a summary of the findings for Science Magazine.  At one point she related the current just-so story about snake origins:Snakes have slithered their way through oceans and across all the continents save Antarctica; their 3000 species have infiltrated nearly every conceivable habitat from termite mounds to rainforest canopies. But they got their start in a specialized niche where legs were a handicap. A few researchers think snakes first evolved while living in water, but most now contend that they originated from lizards that went underground (Science, 8 November, p. 683). There, they acquired not just the serpentine body type, but also an economical metabolism able to deal with low oxygen levels. Eyes weren’t needed, so they degenerated. When snakes surfaced again, lacking limbs for capturing prey, some species evolved venom instead. And they developed visual systems quite different from those of their lizard relatives.But this answer raises numerous questions.  How did they “acquire” these things?  Did they “evolve venom” on purpose?  If they were able to “develop visual systems” a second time, why didn’t they also “develop” legs?  (It would seemingly be a simpler task if the Hox genes for them still existed.)  Readers might well wonder if this explanation is any more credible than a certain story of a serpent being cursed to crawl on its belly.This is a very intriguing subject that plays on our fears as well as our hopes.  It also crosses over into questions about theodicy.  Why would an all-loving Creator make such potent agents of suffering and death?  While we can admire the design of a king cobra, and even see its fearful kind of beauty from a safe distance, it’s hard to endure the agonizing screams of a person dying from its bite.There are many works on theodicy that are better prepared to deal with these questions than space allows here.  Suffice it to say that these findings support the idea that systems designed for good in the initial creation could have easily been switched over for punishment after the Fall into sin.  Indeed, only the Judeo-Christian worldview supplies the grounds for understanding good and evil.  If it evolved, it’s not evil; whatever is, is – stuff happens.  The Bible contains a coherent (if not exhaustive) account of the entry of sin, its consequences, and its cure.  Only the Bible has a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, the Creator-Redeemer, who suffered more than any man.  Now, He offers forgiveness, love, and abundant life now, with pain-free joy and glory in heaven, without all these punishments.  There’s a happy ending in Christianity that no other worldview or religion can offer.So what we see in snake venoms are alterations to good proteins – some of which are regulated by other molecules.  Although God made some drastic changes to living things in the Genesis account, they were for the most part modifications of good things.  As such, some of them can be modified back for good, as scientists are now learning how to do.  After all, a peptide is not evil in itself.  It’s what the peptide does in another animal’s systems that determines whether there is healing or pain.  This realization can awaken new ways of thinking about natural evil.For Bible believers, we might note that the origin of snakes cannot be simplistically explained by the story of the serpent in Genesis 3.  One cannot say that the judgment on the serpent (Satan) applied to all snakes; that would be reading more into the account than is presented (after all, other creatures, like worms, slither on the ground, too).  The judgment was announced specific to that serpent, the devil, so called the serpent again in the last book of the Bible, Revelation.  We just don’t have enough information to know if snakes were similar before the Fall.  Given their amazing designs for traveling and sensing their environment, one could be justified in believing they were part of the amazing diversity of animal life in the “very good” creation before sin, before some of them became agents of judgment.  For this reason, herpetology is certainly a worthwhile scientific endeavor that should be encouraged.  Instead of forcing the genomic data into evolutionary stories, theist herpetologists might examine non-Darwinian mechanisms for adaptation over shorter periods of time than millions of years, calling attention to built-in designed mechanisms for rapid adaptation.  Theists will also have all the more reason to find healthful applications of scientific knowledge gained, motivated by a share of God’s compassion and mercy for the suffering. 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On-farm grain storage and handling operators needed to complete survey

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Agricultural safety professionals with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University are seeking Ohio farmers to participate in a statewide survey regarding their on-farm grain bin storage facilities.It doesn’t matter if the bins are “owned” or “managed” by the producer; hazards exist on all types of bin systems regardless of ownership status, said Dee Jepsen, state safety leader for Ohio State University Extension.“This study is to help us better understand the types of grain storage facilities in the state in relation to the safety and health practices at those facilities,” she said. “The survey does not collect personal identifying information, making the answers anonymous.”Hazards associated with grain facilities can include out-of-condition grain, organic dust, grain entrapment, equipment entanglement, fire and explosion. These hazards are a contributing factor to the safety and health of the operator.“Understanding the types of bins, types of drying systems, target moisture content of the grain and personal protection factors will help us understand contributing safety hazards at the bin,” Jepsen said.The survey results will be used to develop training materials as well as design better engineering controls. The survey can be found at go.osu.edu/safetysurvey.The project is being conducted by the OSU Agricultural Safety and Health program and is funded by the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation.For additional questions about the study, contact Jepsen at 614-292-6008, jepsen.4@osu.edu, or graduate research assistant Yang Geng at geng.83@osu.edu. A safety-related incentive is offered to all survey participants for their time answering the questionnaire.last_img read more

Time To Plug In, Retailers: Smartphone Use To Double In Two Years [Infographic]

first_imgHow big is the smartphone market? Try these numbers on for size: from 1997 to 2012, there were 1.038 billion smartphones in use, enough for 1 for for every 6.7 people on the planet. But (and here’s the real mind blower), while it took 16 years to get the first billion smartphones online, the next one billion smartphones will be sold in the next two years.That’s one of many cool little factoids put together in an infographic published by NowSourcing on behalf of mobile developer Moovweb.There’s a lot to take in here, but one of my favorite bits of info justifies a position that many in the media have been pounding on for quite some time: sometime in 2013, according to a graph from Morgan Stanley Research embedded in the infographic, the number of mobile Internet users is expected to surpass the number of desktop Internet users.The days of the desktop user as the dominant Internet force are about to end.That can translate into big dollars, too. In 2011, for instance, global mobile transactions totaled about $241 billion. By 2015, that figure is projected to jump to more than $1 trillion.Clearly, Moovweb is making the argument that retailers had better get off their collective butts and get into this exploding marketplace. (The “52% of surveyed retailers do not yet have a mobile optimized website” is a bit of a giveaway on the booga-booga tactics.) Self-interest aside, they have a point: smartphones are the wallets of the future, and commercial organizations need to figure out a way to tap into this new source of revenue, fast.Check out the rest of the infographic to see what stats jump out at you. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Lead image courtesy of Shutterstock. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#retail brian proffittlast_img read more