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Yossi Benayoun’s second goal in as many games put QPR ahead at Loftus Road.He finished off a lovely team move that started with Joey Barton finding Niko Kranjcar on the left.The Croatian in turn threaded through a pass for Tom Carroll, whose pull-back was cleverly back-heeled by Clint Hill into the path of Benayoun, enabling him to score from close range.In-form Wigan responded strongly and R’s keeper Rob Green had to produce four saves to ensure his team led at the break.Green denied James Perch and Nick Powell before keeping out James McClean’s effort after the Wigan man had squirmed away from fellow Irishman Richard Dunne.McClean then saw another shot stopped by Green and it was soon Nedum Onuoha’s turn to save Rangers, the defender throwing himself into a challenge on James McArthur in the box that had to be perfectly timed, and was.At the other end, Kranjcar fired straight at keeper Ali Al-Habsi from 20 yards after being teed up by Bobby Zamora.Wigan remained a threat and McClean had another chance a minute before half-time but dragged his shot wide of the far post.QPR (4-4-1-1): Green; Hughes, Onuoha, Dunne, Hill, Benayoun, Carroll, Barton, Kranjcar; Morrison; Zamora.Subs: Murphy, Simpson, Keane, Yun, Henry, Hoilett, O’Neil.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
We’ve heard theories life arose in a primeval soup, around hot deep-sea vents, around volcanoes and other hot spots; why would anyone consider the origin of life in ice? A scientist in Spain has suggested life may have started in ice. The title to the Science Daily write-up finds this to be the ultimate divination: “Could Life Have Started In Lump Of Ice? Very Cold Ice Films In Laboratory Reveal Mysteries Of Universe.” Julyan Cartwright, a researcher in Spain, has taken beautiful pictures of ice structures. Colleagues have been impressed. Beautiful or not, what does ice have to do with life except for sharing two letters of the alphabet? The article diverged briefly onto a discussion of thin films for industrial applications, then came back to the L-word. Ice films on dust particles may be abundant in space. Ice has water, which is necessary for life. But even more strange, ice can “look” biological. Shapes that resemble worms and palm leaves can emerge from amorphous ice if it quick-freezes onto rock under certain conditions. After first cautioning scientists not to conclude from these shapes that they are evidence of life, Cartwright then proposed a connection anyway: On the other hand the existence of lifelike biomimetic structures in ice suggests that nature may well have copied physics. It is even possible that while ice is too cold to support most life as we know it, it may have provided a suitable internal environment for prebiotic life to have emerged. “It is clear that biology does use physics,” said Cartwright. “Indeed, how could it not do? So we shouldn’t be surprised to see that sometimes biological structures clearly make use of simple physical principles. Then, going back in time, it seems reasonable to posit that when life first emerged, it would have been using as a container something much simpler than today’s cell membrane, probably some sort of simple vesicle of the sort found in soap bubbles. This sort of vesicle can be found in abiotic systems today, both in hot conditions, in the chemistry associated with ‘black smokers’ on the sea floor, which is currently favoured as a possible origin of life, but also in the chemistry of sea ice.”The article ended by calling this an “intriguing idea” that the European Science Foundation should explore further. “This may provide a new twist to the idea that life arrived from space,” it said. “It may be that the precursors of life came from space, but that the actual carbon based biochemistry of all organisms on Earth evolved on this planet.”We may have to go for “Stupid Evolution Quote of the Day” at this rate. Look cross-eyed if you have heard anything dumber in the last week from a scientist. How do we dumb thee? Let us count the ways.Miracles: The article uses the emerge-ncy miracle word all over the place. Give physics “a suitable environment for prebiotic life to have emerged,” and scientists can study “when life first emerged.”Find the ID: The article said that “nature may well have copied physics.” And you thought physics was natural. Apparently not; physics is now the designer, and nature needs to copy it. In biomimetics, scientists copy life’s designs. Here, they have turned it inside out: “On the other hand the existence of lifelike biomimetic structures in ice suggests that nature may well have copied physics.” Check out the self-referential fallacy.Ana-logic: Shapes in amorphous life looks like worms and palm trees, they tell us. Well obviously, then, since ice and biology both use physics, the ancestors of palm trees and worms must have emerged from the physical shapes in ice. This is a non-sequitur wrapped in an analogy.Icy gloss: To consider vesicles in ice and soap bubbles as containers for prebiotic life is a flamboyant generality that sidesteps the problem of active transport. Containers, you recall, are death traps to prebiotic molecules unless the happy molecules can be protected and the angry ones kept out (01/17/2002, 04/11/2006). Blind faith: The article uses could and may seven times. Is this science? We have thirty seconds; tell us what you know.Lukewarm ideas: Vesicles may have formed at hot black smokers, we are told, and they may have formed in ice, too. Take your pick. Don’t you remember your physics? Ice floats. How is the ice container going to get to the black smoker at the bottom of the sea, or vice versa? But then, when the ice container touches the hot water, guess what? Entropy. If biology uses physics, as you say, this could be a problem.These and other fallacies easily earn this story the SEQOTW prize. We are told that Cartwright’s fantasies put “a new twist to the idea” that life arrived from space or by some other physical process without design. It must be a blast being an astrobiologist in Europe. You get to dance The Twist, play Twister, and sip your Darwine Twister cocktail. Simultaneously.(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
(Visited 27 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Age estimates for the Grand Canyon by secular geologists differ between 100,000 years to 70 million years. Who are you going to believe?The latest applecart-upsetting estimate, published in Science by Rebecca. M. Flowers of the University of Colorado and K. A. Farley of Caltech, puts it at 70 million years – 12 times older than what they called the “prevailing view” of 5-6 million years (although another estimate of 17 million was proposed in 2008; see 4/10/2008, and even ages less than a million had been proposed earlier – see 11/30/2007, 7/22/2002, 5/31/2002). Flowers and Farley based their estimate on helium content of apatite in the western Grand Canyon, an alleged proxy for temperature and exposure to air. They recognized, though, the “puzzling array of data” that make dating difficult.While Science Daily seemed excited to announce that Grand Canyon is “old as the dinosaurs,” the AAS news service Science Now says the new estimate is not likely to settle the controversy: “many researchers are skeptical, noting that it’s not clear whether these findings radically change current scenarios of how and when the iconic gorge was carved.”According to Science Now, Flowers realizes that the debate over the age of the canyon has raged for over 150 years: “If history were as simple as the popular view, the canyon’s origins wouldn’t continue to be a topic of hot debate,” she said. Skeptics counter that the one measurement from apatite helium content “hardly closes the debate on the canyon’s age.” There’s “a lot of evidence for a young Grand Canyon,” one said (thinking in terms of 6 million years or less). Another critic who collected the same kind of data a couple of kilometers away and got far younger results calls the 70-million-year date “out in left field.” The 2008 estimate of 17 million based on speleothems is also controversial.Becky Oskin at Live Science focused on the controversy, admitting that from the rim the canyon “looks young” (still assuming a few million years). She quoted geologist Richard Young:“It really looks like they’re onto something, but it’s hard to make sense out of it,” said Young, a professor at the State University of New York in Geneseo. “It’s really good work and it’s really interesting, so obviously there’s something we’re missing in the story. I’m sure we’re going to be talking about it forever,” he said.Science Daily, though, echoing the U Colorado press release featuring home girl Rebecca Flowers, made the new (old) date look as good as possible. Even so, the press release recognized the controversy, and hinted that Flowers might be partly right:Flowers said there is significant controversy among scientists over the age and evolution of the Grand Canyon. A variety of data suggest that the Grand Canyon had a complicated history, and the entire modern canyon may not have been carved all at the same time. Different canyon segments may have evolved separately before coalescing into what visitors see today.Even so, there’s a huge time difference between 70 million and even 17 million years – a period during which mass extinctions and the rise of the Rocky Mountains are said to have occurred. “I expect that our interpretation that the Grand Canyon formed some 70 million years ago is going to generate a fair amount of controversy, and I hope it will motivate more research to help solve this problem,” Flowers said, hinting that her study with Farley was almost intentionally put out as a challenge.New Scientist went over the top in its headline, “Dinosaurs might have once gazed into the Grand Canyon.” Then again, they might not have. Or, they might have just a few thousand years ago, if the creationists are right. Reporter Joanna Carver appealed to readers’ imaginations: “Picture the scene. It’s late in the Cretaceous period, 70 million years ago. A group of dinosaurs have gathered at the rim of what will become known as the Grand Canyon. They’re gawping over the edge, just as humans will in millennia to come,” she limned. “That might not be complete fantasy.” Then again, it might.This is why you should treat dates from geologists with a huge serving of laughing gas. The colossal extremes of their estimates for this most famous earth feature clearly shows that they do not know what they are talking about. They are the blind men and the elephant, looking at a tail and calling the elephant a rope, or looking at the tusk and calling the elephant a spear. These same geologists consistently ignore evidence for a very recent, catastrophic carving of the canyon.There are two separate dating problems with Grand Canyon: the date the sediments were laid down, and the date the canyon was carved. Creation geologists have given ample evidence why the canyon and its sediments are far younger than secular estimates. Examples include the vast extent of strata, their flatness, the lack of fault lines extending part way up, entire epochs missing between strata with no sign of erosion, soft-sediment deformation extending through multiple sequences, and more (see 6/24/2009 commentary). Why are these evidences completely ignored in the dating game? Answer: they give young ages that support a catastrophic global flood. Geologists shudder to give aid and comfort to creationists.Even if you are not ready to entertain a drastic reduction in the age of the earth, it’s enough for now to recognize from these articles that secular geologists are clueless about the age of the Grand Canyon. Actually, they have clues, but are clueless about reading them. Why trust what they conclude, when one of them said he’s sure they’ll be talking about this forever? Do they deserve that kind of job security?
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It is unlikely that the message in the last email you read was urgent. Only a tiny percentage of your email requires your immediate attention. Most are not urgent, and many are not even important.It is even less likely that the last web page you browsed had information that you needed to know. Regardless of the information you found, it probably wasn’t significant enough to deserve your attention at that moment.The funny, entertaining, or political Facebook post you slowed down to view had nothing of real value or substance to offer you. It likely either confirmed your political opinions or reminded you that some people have very different ideas when it comes to politics. It wasn’t urgent that you receive the message, whatever it may have been. It is likely that it was entertaining, though.The constant drip of information in all its forms is designed to make you feel like it deserves your immediate attention. If your inbox isn’t open at all times, how will you know when you receive an email? If you don’t check the websites you regularly follow, how will you know when something new and exciting is posted? And if you’re not glued to the social media platforms, well then you aren’t very social, are you?None of these things are urgent. Here is what is urgent.UrgentIf you don’t pick up the phone and call your prospective clients now, you will not schedule the appointments that eventually result in new opportunities being created. The work that you fail to do with urgency today won’t hurt you today, but it will hurt you four weeks, or four months, or one year from now. Eventually, it will hurt you.If you don’t nurture your coldest dream clients, the most strategic, high visibility, high-value customers now, they will not know you when they have a compelling reason to change. The longer you wait to begin developing those relationships, the worse it is for you. If you don’t nurture those accounts today, with urgency, you will pay a high price later.If you don’t follow-up on every opportunity now, your neglect will indicate a lack of interest in truly serving your prospective clients. They’re not going to call you to tell you that they recognize your lack of interest. But a year from now, when you finally get around to following up, you’ll find out that they are working with your competitor.Much of what we do each has zero urgency. It’s mostly distractions. There is no price to pay for ignoring these things.What doesn’t feel urgent needs to be done with a greater sense of urgency, because the cost of not taking action now is immense.Responding to an email in a few hours is not going to cause you very much trouble. Not prospecting is going to cost you big time.