Evolution Does What Comes Physically

first_imgTwo scientists believe they have unified biology and physics into one law that both animals and falling rocks obey.  They call it the “constructal law.”  This “universal principle of evolution” explains the “universal design principles” that make fish swim and birds fly – the “physics of evolution.”  Even if evolution does not predict what animals will look like, James Marden (Penn State) and Adrian Bejan feel that the constructal law guarantees the same patterns will emerge: for instance, animals will evolve as weight-lifters against the fluids that surround them.  The story was reported in Science Daily.    “This is an exciting development for physicists, but it should also resonate with biologists,” Bejan said.  “The idea that organic evolution is analogous to the way form evolves in inanimate flow systems is a novel concept that has the potential to unite perspectives and approaches across disparate disciplines.  We suggest that the constructal law provides a powerful tool for examining and understanding variation in both the animate and inanimate compartments of nature.”  Bejan thinks of his idea as a universal law governing all nature.  “When thinking of evolution and Darwin, most people think of animals or trees.  That’s too bad, because design features are everywhere in nature.  The constructal law can be seen as a universal principle of evolution, which applies in many fields, from physics to economics.”Pebbles tumble downstream, but salmon swim upstream.  The constructal law is refuted.  Science Daily published this article without any howls of laughter.  The credibility of Science Daily is refuted.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Opinion: Is Canon Out of Touch With Consumers?

first_imgThe answer to the question is yes. Here’s why…Canon has changed the film industry and we are forever grateful, but to say that Canon is on the cutting edge of technological innovation might be an overstatement.Over the last few years, sentiment for Canon has slowly been shrinking. A few of the points listed in this article might be the reason why. We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.1. The 5D Mark IV (or Lack Thereof)The 5D Mark II was released in 2008, giving us perhaps the most innovative camera in modern indie film. No longer did you need to spend tens of thousands of dollars to get professional video with a shallow depth of field. It empowered filmmakers and shrank the gap between ‘pro’ and ‘amateur’ filmmakers.The Mark II was followed up with the Mark III, which offered better low-light abilities. While the update wasn’t incredibly groundbreaking, it was a happy update that at the very least gave us 60fps, a headphone jack, and better still photography features.However, it’s been a long time since the release of the Mark III — almost four years to be exact — and we’ve yet to receive any specs or a release date for a 5D Mark IV. This complete lack of camera update comes at a time when the industry is shifting pretty quickly to 4K video — and yet Canon 5D users are stuck with 1080p video.Sure you could go out and buy a Canon Cine Camera to get 4K, but you’re going to end up spending at least 6x the price of the Mark III. As Canon continues to push back the release date of the Mark IV, popular mirrorless camera manufacturers like Sony and Panasonic continue to release cameras that can do even more than the 5D Mark III. It should also be noted that when you do a search of the most popular Cine Cameras, Canon is nowhere near the top of the list — further proof of audience’s shifting loyalties away from Canon.2. Is the 4 Million ISO Camera Supposed to Change Things?Canon recently announced the ME20F-SH, a camera that can literally shoot footage in the dark of night. From the outside, the camera looked promising. But when test footage came in, it became very clear that this camera is not great for producing cinematic footage.There’s also the problem of cost. The ME20F-SH costs $30,000, 10x the price of the ‘King of Darkness,’ the Sony A7S. We’ve actually written a pretty extensive post on the impracticality of this new camera I highly recommend checking it out if you want to read more. The biggest takeaway here is simply that even the company’s new cameras don’t produce the same kind of excitement as other new cameras in the industry. But even this isn’t the biggest issue facing Canon…3. The Shift From DSLR to MirrorlessWhile mirrorless cameras have been around since 2004, it’s only been in the last few years that they have really taken off in popularity. This is primarily to do with the advancement of camera sensors.For many years, sensors on mirrorless cameras couldn’t compare to those found on DSLRs — but times have changed. Cameras like the Sony a7S and the Panasonic GH4 have proven that mirrorless cameras are capable of producing professional footage that is just as good (if not better) than DSLR cameras.Mirrorless cameras have many significant advantages over DSLRs. Here are just a few:Mirrorless cameras are lighter.Mirrorless cameras have inline exposure readouts.Mirrorless cameras have better image stabilization.Mirrorless cameras have better autofocus abilities (when shooting video).That’s not to say that DSLRs don’t have advantages to mirrorless cameras. Currently the biggest advantage to using a Canon DSLR lens is the fact there is an extensive line of accessories. But with new mirrorless lenses being announced almost weekly, it’s safe to say that that gap is slowly shrinking.4. Sales DeclinesCanon invested heavily in DSLRs, but it’s beginning to bite them. Sales numbers are reflecting this downward trend. Users are not impressed with Canon’s current offerings. For proof, look no further than their sales numbers. As reported by EOSDigital, Canon’s profits are down 16% this year. In the words of Andrew Ried:Canon continue to place the blame for the shrinking DSLR market in a tricky world economy especially in Europe but I am pretty sure “innovation” has a lot to do with it as well.Do you think Canon is in trouble? Share your thoughts in the comments below.last_img read more

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Cops put an end to Hyderabad rickshaw-puller’s full Monty act

first_imgDrunken Duel Inspector Abdul Subhan of the Kenberi Police Station near Bangalore, Karnataka, is practising keeping up a firm guard these days, and is probably jerking his elbows up and down before his mirror every morning before putting on his cap and striding off to duty. The reason for Subhan’s,Drunken DuelInspector Abdul Subhan of the Kenberi Police Station near Bangalore, Karnataka, is practising keeping up a firm guard these days, and is probably jerking his elbows up and down before his mirror every morning before putting on his cap and striding off to duty. The reason for Subhan’s newly-found enthusiasm for the sport is Krishnamurthy.Krishnamurthy, waltzed into the police station one evening, bleeding from the head and obviously tanked up to the gills. He did a short cha-cha-cha before Subhan and then told him that he wanted to lodge a complaint because a gang had thrown sodawater bottles at him. Subhan looked him over, then went inside to fetch the complaint book.While he was rummaging for it, Krishnamurthy had recovered enough to flip his pack of cigarettes out his pocket and light up, so that when Subhan came out of the inner room, a smoke ring nearly strangled him. Subhan gasped for breath and told Krishnamurthy to stop smoking.Perhaps the haze of blue had distorted the young man’s vision so that Subhan looked like a sodawater bottle to him, because he let fly with his right. Subhan out for the count, K.O. Fifteen minutes later Krishnamurthy, now sober and sans cha-cha-cha, was also K.O. – in his cell.Cops’N’ RobbersNight, dark and ominous. A few ghosts flitting here and there, a few cats having it out with each other in the garbage can and a solitary owl talking about melancholy from a tree. And Mr and Mrs Gauri Shanker in their house in Ashok Vihar, New Delhi, fast asleep, like all good souls and true, at 3 p.m. in the morning.But hark, what is that creeping like a bad conscience across yonder balcony? Thief, thief! Mr Gauri Shanker rises, shakes away the bad dream, discovers it isn’t a bad dream, wakes up Mrs Gauri Shanker who starts up trembling and reaches for the rolling pin. No rolling pin. But, as it happens, rolling pin not needed because thief not thief but policeman.advertisementApparently, what had happened was that a few constables on guard duty had seen someone suspicious in the dead of the night. He had disappeared into a house and the policemen, sticking bravely to their duty had gone after him. The Gauri Shanker policeman had shinned up the sewage pipes of their house and was creeping across the balcony in search of the thief.Even as the Gauri Shankers were having their social get-together with the police, other householders were sharing jokes with other sociable guardians of the law on other balconies not so far away. An officer supervised refreshments. The thief, however, wasn’t caught. Maybe the police are saving that pleasure for other spooky nights in the future.Prickly ProblemIt is a story that the thriller writers of the West, so much into mysticism these days, would love to document in a paperback. A young woman, lately married to a man who has no steady job, has what appears to be an unlimited supply of sewing needles in her right breast. Uma Joshi, 19, of Modassa in Sabarkantha district of Gujarat, has been to an Ahmedabad hospital seven times in the last eight months, and doctors there have removed needles from her flesh – 16 in all.As Joshi tells it, once in a while she sees two men coming to her when she is trying to sleep. They pin her down and push the needles into her breast. She used to cry out for help, and her mother would come in and find nobody. The doctors attending on Joshi – her surgeon Dr Umesh Thakkar and her psychiatrist Dr Rajesh Manjiar – feel that Joshi is introducing the needles when she is asleep.Her relatives, feel that Joshi is a victim of black magic. They took her to Himat Shah Bapu in Ahmedabad famous for his cures of people afflicted with black magic. A three-week ceremony notwithstanding, the needles continue to appear. Damien Karras, where are you?Naked CourageAmeeruddin, a 22-year-old rickshaw-puller of Hyderabad, is a most daring man. And shoppers and shopkeepers in the Bazarghat area of Hyderabad will long remember the day he took a stroll in their midst. It was all done for Rs 30. Ameeruddin made a wager: he offered to walk in the nude to a paan shop, buy a paan and walk back, still in the nude. Stripping to his tanned skin, Ameeruddin set out.The young man walked at a leisurely pace – not streaking, just a slow, steady, measured tread. He brought eyes popping out of their sockets, and a number of screeches as car brakes were applied. He bought the paan from a giggling shopkeeper, and was turning to go back when the law intervened.advertisementA few householders after watching Ameeruddin’s brazen swagger under their windows had obviously felt that the baser instincts were being encouraged and had got on the blower. But Ameeruddin’s daring instincts will live long in Bazarghat’s memory.last_img read more

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23 days agoNapoli boss Ancelotti defends Genk stalemate

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Napoli boss Ancelotti defends Genk stalemateby Carlos Volcano23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNapoli boss Carlo Ancelotti defended their 0-0 draw at Champions League opponents Genk.The Azzurri hit the woodwork three times and saw Kalidou Koulibaly’s effort cleared off the line at the Luminus Arena.“It was a good performance and we had several chances for the breakthrough,” Ancelotti said on Sky Sport Italia.“Our finishing wasn’t very effective and we were a little unlucky too. The only risk we had at the back came after a slip, so we were always in control.“It’s an extra point, we showed grit and determination, but could’ve finished our chances better.” last_img read more

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Tangible Outcomes Expected from Diaspora Conference

first_img This assurance against the background of what she notes are concerns from some stakeholders, who describe the conference as a “talk shop”. Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, says the upcoming Eighth Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference is expected to generate tangible outcomes that are implementable.This assurance is against the background of what she notes are concerns from some stakeholders, who describe the conference as a “talk shop”.“It [has been] my intention, [since] I became Minister with responsibility for the diaspora, that we would change that and ensure that our conferences have direct outcomes which are implementable and specific” the Minister added.Senator Johnson Smith further indicated that “we will be reporting on results of the last [conference in 2017, in terms of] where we would have slipped and succeeded, and also looking at how we take these conference outcomes forward, in an actionable way”.She was speaking with JIS News following the 2019 conference’s launch at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston, last week.The event is slated for June 16 to 20 at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston, under the theme – ‘Jamaica and the Diaspora: Building Pathways for Sustainable Development’.Meanwhile, Senator Johnson Smith advised that the Ministry and its legacy partners are working to ensure that this year’s conference is “one of the best ever”.“The Ministry’s team is ready and the legacy partners are ready. We have more sponsors coming on board and everybody is very energised,” she further indicated.Senator Johnson Smith also informed that there will be a Conference launch in New York on Tuesday, April 9, at the office of the Consulate General of Jamaica, beginning at 6:00 p.m.Additionally, she said a focus group meeting on the draft National Diaspora Policy, will be held with a broad cross-section of Jamaicans living in New York.“We do intend that one of the significant outcomes of the conference is to finalise the consultations, so that we have a Policy that’s ready for presentation to Cabinet and tabling in Parliament,” she said.The Minister further advised that similar launches are slated for Miami and Toronto. “It [has been] my intention, [since] I became Minister with responsibility for the Diaspora, that we would change that and ensure that our conferences have direct outcomes which are implementable and specific” the Minister added. Story Highlights Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, says the upcoming Eighth Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference is expected to generate tangible outcomes which are implementable.last_img read more

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Bengals rich legacy served with royalty at ITC Royal Bengal

first_imgKolkata: Celebrating the traditions of Bengal’s royalty, ITC Royal Bengal is a visual treat to the guests looking to soak themselves into premium luxury facilities. The latest addition to the ITC’s premium luxury segment combines the unique fervour of the state through its contemporary architecture and culinary offerings. Apart from the 374 rooms and suites, the hotel offers 82 serviced apartments with a common open space for the guests looking for long Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Pujaduration stay options. Packed with state-of-the-art gym and elegantly designed furniture, the Grand Presidential Suite and the Presidential Suite are spread across an expanse of 6620 sq.ft. and 3500 sq.ft. respectively. With luxury wafting through its spaces, ITC Royal Bengal presents an exquisite confluence of contemporary architecture and warmth of old hospitality. The hotel offers an exquisite rejuvenating wellness experience spread across 24,000 sq ft, including, Kaya Kalp – The Royal Spa. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway Special care has been taken to add the imprints of local drawings on the carpets, reinforcing the Responsible Luxury element that promotes regional heritage and tradition via all aspects of the hotel, be it decor, interiors, hotel facade design or food. The hotel enables a sense of destination through a showcase of local cuisine, arts and culture. A stand-out in-room tech feature is the amalgamation of all services through the E-Butler iPad. The sprawling property boasts of a culinary fare tempered with the touch of local delicacies. The three buffet restaurant Grand Market Pavilion presents a unique fare of dishes from the seven sister states of the North-East. Diners can choose from the spicy dishes of Nagaland, Nepalese-inspired dishes from Sikkim, and a blend of tribal and Bengali cuisine from Tripura. Experimental in its culinary delights, the restaurant, which is reminiscent of Kolkata’s historical market, also features popular local dishes as well as the international ones. The critically acclaimed ‘honestly vegetarian’ Royal Vega with its careful selection of seasonal delicacies and spices from across the country, presents a vegetarian treat to the non-meat eaters. This signature restaurant also features ‘Sherherwali’ the royal vegetarian cuisine of Murshidabad town of West Bengal. The hotel also houses a lobby level jazz bar, The Brass Room which brings the city’s fondness for live music to life, Darjeeling Lounge, which is based on the city’s adda culture, offering the finest teas from the region as well as from the world and Ottimo – Cucina Italiana, ITC’s signature pan-Italian brand. Nakul Anand, Executive Director, ITC Ltd said, “The addition of ITC Royal Bengal to our luxury hotel portfolio further strengthens our presence in Eastern India. Bengal is ‘Royal’ in a unique way – it has celebrated the royalty of the intellect through the centuries, where literature, poetry, painting, sculpture, theatre, cinema, science, have not only blossomed, but are inherent to the fabric of Bengal. In keeping with ITC Hotels’ philosophy of Responsible Luxury and creating indigenous experiences, ITC Royal Bengal is rooted to the ethos of the land and pays a tribute to these finest experiences that while being indigenous to the State are celebrated globally.” With a height of 133 meters, the 27 stories ITC Royal Bengal has been built with an investment of approximately Rs 1,400 crore. The 14th addition to the ITC’s luxury segment seeks to redefine the city’s hospitality and tourism landscape. Located adjacent to ITC Sonar, both the properties will together offer 693 rooms, suites and serviced apartments, 15 signature dining destinations, 22 meeting venues and a sprawling 1,00,000 sq ft of MICE -banqueting space for large scale exhibitions, meetings and events in Kolkata. ITC Royal Bengal is truly emerging as the gateway of East India.last_img read more

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Black Press to print Calgary Sun 52 Postmedia positions to be eliminated

first_imgTORONTO – Black Press Group Inc. will begin printing the Calgary Sun newspaper this summer under an outsourcing agreement with Toronto-based Postmedia Network Inc., which will eliminate 52 positions as a result.Other printing work for weeklies and community dailies currently done at the Calgary plant will be moved to other Postmedia production locations.Postmedia says 26 full-time and 26 part-time positions in Calgary will be eliminated when the plant closes.It says all employees will receive a combination of working notice and severance based on length of service.Postmedia didn’t announce financial details of the restructuring costs or its outsourcing agreement with Black Press of Surrey, B.C., which has plants in Calgary, Red Deer, Edmonton, as well as several cities in British Columbia and the United States.Printing of the Calgary Herald, also owned by Postmedia, was previously outsourced in 2013 to TC Transcontinental Printing.last_img read more

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Sebi allows FPIs to invest in civic bonds

first_imgNew Delhi: Foreign portfolio investors can now invest in municipal bonds, markets regulator Sebi said in a circular Wednesday. The circular comes almost two weeks after the Reserve Bank of India permitted FPIs to invest in municipal bonds as a measure to broaden access of non resident investors to debt instruments in the country.As per the RBI, foreign investment in municipal bonds should be within the limits set for FPI investment in State Development Loans (SDLs). The limits for FPI investment in SDLs is 2 per cent of outstanding stock of securities. All other existing conditions for investment by FPIs in the debt market remain unchanged, the central bank had said in a circular on April 25. In 2017, Sebi eased rules on issuance of municipal bonds in order to boost such bond market. It allowed municipalities with surplus in their books in three immediately preceding financial years to issue public debt securities.last_img read more

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OSU womens ice hockey looks to rebound after wakeup call

OSU then-junior defenseman Cara Zubko (2) passes the puck during a game against Minnesota on Nov. 15 at the OSU Ice Rink. OSU lost, 5-3. Credit: Ed Momot / For The LanternAfter dropping both games against the Wisconsin Badgers last weekend, the Ohio State women’s ice hockey team opens its home schedule on Friday against the Minnesota Golden Gophers, winners of last season’s NCAA tournament.The Buckeyes lost both games against Wisconsin by a combined score of 15-0, but spent the following week in practice trying not to dwell on the past.“I think what’s key is to not look back on what’s happened, but to look forward,” senior forward Julia McKinnon said. “Obviously, every team says that at the beginning of the year, but I think we need to focus on D-zone for us most importantly, blocking the shots, looking to get man-on-man.”The difficulty for OSU as it welcomes Minnesota and its high-powered offense is continuing to balance preparing for opponents with the developmental aspects of hockey.“Yes, I can implement systems where the score might have been a little bit closer, but I want our team to get better at being hockey players and knowing what our weaknesses are and what our strengths are,“ OSU coach Jenny Potter said.Eight Golden Gophers are ranked in the top 30 scorers in the country, and Potter spent much of this week preparing her squad for another up-tempo competitor.“We’ve been playing to high speeds in practice, not just stepping in and expecting to be skating that fast, knowing that that team’s coming in,” senior defender Cara Zubko said.Zubko said she believes that at this stage of the season, it was good for both OSU’s newcomers and veterans to receive the lessons that come with back-to-back blowouts on the road.“I think no one goes into the first weekend of the year expecting losses like that.  But I think it was a wake-up call in a good sense that, just because we know we have lots of work to do,” Zubko said.Zubko was not the only member of the program looking to take positives away from its series against Wisconsin, and the team is eager to get right back on the ice tonight against another tough conference opponent.“I think it’s a lesson in life as far as how much work you put in, or lack thereof,” Potter said. “For us as a group, seeing where we are and where we want to go, with Wisconsin being a great team, Frozen Four team last year, ranked No. 2 right now, this team wants to be in those positions, so it’s a stepping stone.”Against Minnesota, OSU will look to compete with one of the best, if not the best, program in the nation. The Golden Gophers set an NCAA record with eight goals in a single period en route to an 11-0 victory over St. Cloud State last Saturday, and are led by freshman forward Sarah Potomak, who ranks fourth in the nation in scoring.But for a glass-half-full team like the Buckeyes, the opportunity to erase memories of last week’s sweep by facing off against another elite team is one not to pass up.“We know we have lots of work to do,” Zubko said. “We can’t look back on that, there’s a lot of hockey and a big season in front of us and we’ll be ready for this weekend.”The Buckeyes drop the puck in Game 1 against Minnesota at 6:07 p.m. on Friday and at 2:07 p.m. on Saturday in Game 2. read more

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Commentary Why doesnt Ohio State basketball do midnight madness

Remember the video of Ohio State men’s basketball players Aaron Craft, Jon Diebler and Jared Sullinger singing Miley Cyrus’ “Party in the U.S.A?” Do you wish you could see those three sing the song live? If the OSU men’s basketball team had a midnight madness, that performance could happen. Started by Charles “Lefty” Driesell at the University of Maryland, midnight madness is currently a major part of the college basketball world, and it took place last Friday night. Driesell came up with the idea in 1971 to have his Terrapins’ first practice of the season at the earliest possible time that the NCAA would allow: midnight. Schools across the country have since adopted that idea, with the midnight practice now transforming into more of a preseason party hosted by the basketball team than work on the court. Students, alumni and fans gather at a teams’ arena to see their program introduce that year’s team. Different schools do different things, but the event usually involves the team performing a song or dance, the head coach giving a speech, and an intrasquad scrimmage. This year, Connecticut had a dunk contest, Syracuse got Carmelo Anthony to show up and interact with the crowd, and Maryland had an alumni scrimmage featuring some of their current and former NBA players. Nonathlete celebrities show up for the madness as well. Rapper Wale performed at Georgetown’s event last season, and 50 Cent appeared at Villanova’s five years ago. Basically, all the big-time programs have some form of a season tip-off event highlighted by entertaining performances and all-star game-type defense scrimmages. Except for the Buckeyes. It’s not as if OSU doesn’t have a big enough basketball program to host such an event. Two 30-win seasons and a national title game appearance in the last five years, along with an anticipated top-five team this year puts the Buckeyes among the nation’s top teams. Why not celebrate something that OSU does well? With the current state of the football program, the men’s basketball team should be the pride of the athletic department. Hosting an event that takes attention away from the football team and focusing it onto a basketball program that has done nothing but win and represent the school well in recent years needs to happen. The possibilities for the event are endless. A scrimmage between players, both former and current, would certainly entertain. Who wouldn’t want to see Sullinger posting up Greg Oden or William Buford trying to shake Evan Turner? Ohio natives Kid Cudi, Bow Wow, or Chip tha Ripper could perform. If those three aren’t available, I’m sure the crowd wouldn’t mind being serenaded by the voices of Craft and Sullinger. Who knows, maybe known Buckeye fan Lebron James would show up. Either way, OSU is missing out on a big part of the college basketball world, and it’s time for change. read more

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