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Extinction Puzzle Explained as Selection Effect

first_imgIt’s not evolution, it’s statistics.  That’s the conclusion of Robert Scotland and Michael Sanderson in the Jan. 30 issue of Science.  What’s the puzzle?When biodiversity is examined in the context of species richness, a consistent feature emerges: Most taxonomic groups are species-poor, relatively few are species-rich, and the frequency distribution has the shape of a so-called “hollow curve”.The hollow curve is a graph that looks like a letter L with a curved instead of square corner.  Evolutionists have assumed that these graphs of biodiversity (numbers of species) vs. species richness (number of species per taxonomic group) tell us about evolution and extinction.  Nope, say the two scientists:We suggest that the explanation for the lack of fit between hollow curves from real data and the SBT model [their model of a “simultaneous broken tree” as opposed to the SBS, “simultaneous broken stick” model] is taxonomic, not evolutionary.  Although there are no objective criteria for recognizing higher taxa, taxonomists are averse to studying genera that are either too large or too small.  (Large genera are cumbersome and can be nonmonophyletic, whereas monotypic genera contain no information about relationships.)  Observed hollow curves reflect a shortening of the tails of the SBT distribution.  Our taxonomic explanation contrasts with evolutionary explanations, which depend on the premise that in real data sets there are too many monotypic taxa and species-rich groups that are too large.  Evidence does exist for differences in speciation and extinction rates but it does not come from hollow curves.Scotland and Sanderson, “The Significance of Few Versus Many in the Tree of Life,” Science 01/30/2004, 10.1126/science.1091483.This is like finding the oscillating signal in the radio receiver is not from ETI but from a communications satellite.  Presumably the claimed evidence for differences in speciation and extinction rates will be forthcoming in a futureware issue.(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Brad Paisleys I Cant Change The World Challenge

first_imgMagisto, the Video Storytelling platform that makes it easy to create and share personal movies from a mobile device, recently joined country superstar Brad Paisley in a special challenge.Brad asked his fans to create a movie via the Magisto application using his Wheelhouse album track, “I Can’t Change the World,” as the soundtrack to their stories about people who have changed their lives.This challenge inspired one woman to make a music video that shares her family’s story of growth and love. After adopting their first child, Sarah Anders and her husband soon found room in their hearts and home for that child’s biological sibling and the ten more adopted children who would follow.“We have been given the privilege of raising this group of children. They are individually amazing and even more so as a whole. We feel the world should be jealous that we get to lay claim to so much greatness,” wrote Sarah upon learning she was the grand prize winner in the “I Can’t Change the World” challenge.Magisto’s user-friendly mobile video app facilitates personal storytelling, using sophisticated emotion-sensing technology to weave together personal videos and photos into a cohesive narrative in less than ten minutes. By allowing their music to become part of a fan’s storytelling experience, artists like Arista Nashville’s Brad Paisley not only gain a uniquely intimate way to engage with fans but also a new means of distribution with massive scale as personal video stories are shared within Magisto’s Video Network and across various social media outlets. Over 100,000 Magisto videos have been made to date using Paisley’s song and have generated 500,000 views in the first month.“We were so pleased to partner with an artist of Brad Paisley’s caliber on this project,” said Reid Genauer, CMO for Magisto. “Magisto provides a deeply personal way for artists and fans to come together in a communal creative process. The video stories created and shared in the “I Can’t Change the World” video album represent an exciting, new opportunity for fan expression and artist engagement”“Country music has always been about finding a way to tell a story and connect to people,” said Brian Kaplan, Sony Music Nashville’s Associate Director, Digital Strategy. “It’s amazing to see Brad’s song inspire the creation of so many personal video stories and more profoundly the creation of a community connected by the shared experience of life changing events.”Magisto recently announced enhanced capabilities that make creating personal video narratives even easier. The platform facilitates sharing across the social graph and the new “open album” feature lets users share personal videos created around specific passion points. The “open album” for Brad Paisley currently features all music videos submitted for the I Can’t Change the World challenge.In addition to the grand prize winner, ten runners-up were selected. Among the videos selected was the story that shared a sister’s love and admiration for a brother who beat cancer four times, the heartwarming tale of a soldier coming home, deeply touching memorials for loved ones gone too soon and an adoring father’s tribute to his daughter on her first birthday. Said Breonna Brooks about the homecoming story she created in honor of her brother’s return from military service in Afghanistan, “I just knew this would be the perfect moment to make a movie but when I saw the contest it just seemed to all go together like a puzzle.”The list of winning video narratives include:Grand prize winnerSarah Anders – Adoption videoRunners-up
Breonna Brooks- movie of soldier coming home Lexie Carpenter – movie about her brother Justin Thomas Sanchez – movie about his baby daughter Regina Morlino – movie with young boy’s funeral Luis Ramones– FDNY firefighting movie Jennifer Lane – memorial for husbandDavid Ransbottom – movie about wifeLois Amaral – movie about sonDoug Kisner – movie about sonsTrevin Luke Bundy – movie about friendsSource:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Wrestling Ohio State cruises to a 3512 victory against Michigan State

Ohio State’s Luke Pletcher wrestles Paul Glynn in the dual-meet against Iowa on Jan. 21 in the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe No. 2 Ohio State wrestling team (11-0, 6-0 Big Ten) won against Michigan State (5-7, 1-5 Big Ten) 35-12 in East Lansing, Michigan, Friday night.No. 2 sophomore Luke Pletcher started the Buckeyes off with a pin to beat redshirt freshman Nathan Ellis at 133 pounds. Juniors No. 11 Joey McKenna and No. 5 Micah Jordan also won via pins at 141 and 157 pounds respectively. Pletcher and McKenna’s pins gave Ohio State a 12-0 lead, which they extended, eventually winning seven matches. Ohio State No. 6 sophomore Ke-Shawn Hayes won 16-1 with a technical fall, bouncing back from a loss last meet against Iowa’s No. 2 Brandon Sorensen. Ohio State’s No. 1 sophomore Kollin Moore and No. 2 junior Myles Martin also won with technical falls.No. 13 junior Te’Shan Campbell lost his match to Michigan State’s Austin Hiles after he was disqualified for accumulating five stalling calls. This was Campbell’s fourth loss in a row. Ohio State freshman heavyweight Kevin Snyder lost to Christian Rebottaro. He wrestled in place of his brother, Kyle, who is competing in Russia at the Yarygin Grand Prix this weekend.No. 1 senior Nathan Tomasello bounced back from his first loss of the year with a 7-3 win against Michigan State 125-pound freshman Rayvon Foley. Redshirt freshman Fritz Schierl made an appearance in place of senior Bo Jordan at 174 pounds for the Buckeyes. He lost 9-6 to Michigan State’s Logan Ritchie.This meet was the first of two for the Buckeyes this weekend. They face off against Purdue on Sunday at Graham High School in St. Paris, Ohio. Following the Purdue meet Sunday, Ohio State has a highly anticipated matchup against No. 1 Penn State on Feb. 3. read more

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Lauren Hartlage Begins Play in the Inaugural Augusta National Womens Amateur Championship

first_imgHartlage qualified for the tournament behind her standing in the Women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking. The junior closed out 2018 ranked 59th in the world and 22nd among American golfers. The top 30 players from the United States received an invitation. Hartlage has performed well on the amateur circuit previously, reaching the match play rounds of the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship and Ladies’ British Open Amateur Championship last summer. Last week, she took fourth at the Orlando International Amateur Championship. The world ranking system ranks the top female amateur golfers on the basis of their average performance over the previous two years, during which Hartlage finished inside the top 20 in 17 of 30 events with seven top five finishes and a victory at the 2017 Cardinal Cup. NBC Sports will produce and broadcast three hours of live final-round coverage at Augusta National from Noon – 3 p.m. EDT on April 6, 2019. NBC Sports will also provide pre-event promotion across NBCUniversal’s portfolio, while Golf Channel will deliver highlights, live reports and news coverage throughout the event, including onsite during the first two competitive rounds at Champions Retreat. Additionally, Golf Channel’s “Live From the Masters” will commence on Friday, April 5 from Augusta National and wrap ANWA coverage on Saturday, April 6 and the Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals on Sunday, April 7. Story Links Click Here to Follow Lauren The two-time All-ACC selection currently leads the Cardinals with a 72.6 stroke average for the 2018-19 season. Hartlage tallied top 10 showings in three of five tournaments and closed out the fall with a runner-up finish at the Alexa Stirling Intercollegiate. LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville women’s golfer Lauren Hartlage will begin play in the inaugural Augusta National Women’s Amateur Championship Wednesday morning. The junior will tee off at 10:12 a.m. from the first tee. The inaugural championship features an international field of 72 women amateurs competing over 54 holes. The first two rounds, April 3-4, will be played on the Island and Bluff nines at Champions Retreat Golf Club in Augusta. The entire field will then play Augusta National for an official practice round April 5. The final 18 holes will take place at Augusta National on April 6 and will feature the top 30 competitors who made the cut. The Augusta National Women’s Amateur was announced last April as an effort to inspire greater interest and participation in the women’s game. The winner of the ANWA will receive an invitation to the next five Augusta National Women’s Amateurs, the 2019 U.S. Women’s Open, the 2019 Women’s British Open and any USGA, R&A and PGA of America amateur championships for which she is eligible for one year. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

2014 has been an amazing year

first_imgHollywood beauty Angelina Jolie has had an amazing 2014 after getting married and releasing her movie Unbroken.The 39-year-old actress-director is thrilled that her new movie Unbroken is getting Oscar buzz, reported Contactmusic.When asked if she’s had the best year of her life, she said, “Well, I hope that one is still to come. But it’s been an amazing year. I married my love, my son (Maddox) became a teenager and I got to bring this film to the world.” Also Read – A fresh blend of fameMeanwhile, the Oscar-winning actress wasn’t surprised she had to prove she should direct the World War II-set drama.“I fought hard for the opportunity. I’d directed only one other film, which was very small in comparison. I had to prove I could handle locations, the budget, balancing two plane crashes, the visual effects and the technical aspects.“I had not done anything like that before! I had to go to school quickly, then I pitched my little heart out,” she added She’s a gorgeous globetrotting movie star with an Oscar, six kids and new husband Brad Pitt to hold her purse.  But she still has moments of insecurity.last_img read more

Cine Central film fest screens movies from 17 countries

first_imgBangladeshi film “Mritika Maya” (Earthen Love), an emotional tale of an old potter, is part of an eclectic package of films being shown at a film festival here organised by Cine Central, the country’s oldest and largest film society.Directed by Gazi Rakayet, “Mritika Maya” is scheduled to be screened at the International Forum of New Cinema in the festival, which was inaugurated last Sunday.Apart from that, there will be representative films from countries like France, Turkey and Netherlands among 17 nations in the festival which will end on November 21, a Cine Central official said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe Cine Central is celebrating its golden jubilee this year, the official said.Besides bagging the silver crest at the SAARC Film Festival held in Sri Lanka in May, “Mritika Maya” bagged awards in 17 categories at the National Awards presentation in Bangladesh in 2013.The awards included the best director, best music director, best supporting actor, best actor in a negative role, best story, and best art categories.Other countries being represented in the festival are: Belarus, Chile, Cuba, Denmark, Hungary, Iran, Italy, Korea, Peru, Netherlands, Slovenia, Vietnam and India.The inaugural film on November 15 was “Quiet Bliss” (2014), directed by Italian filmmaker Edoardo Winsphere, that dealt with three generations of women whose lives are affected by recession and the relentless bureaucratic hurdles. The Cine Central started its journey with veteran film director Madhu Bose as the president and Satyajit Ray as the vice-president.last_img read more