Lottie gets a view from space!British ESA astronaut Tim Peake has tweeted a message from space about the Donegal Stargazer Lottie doll.Stargazer Lottie is in the International Space Station with the British European Space Agency astronaut, in an effort to promote STEM and get children interested in astronomy and science.Peake shared an image of Stargazer Lottie in space from his official social media accounts. The Special Edition ‘Gold Collection’ ‘Stargazer’ Lottie doll is a collaboration with the European Space Agency, and is currently being exhibited at the BTHA London Toy Fair at the Olympia.Astronaut Tim PeakeStargazer Lottie traveled to the International Space Station along with British ESA astronaut Peake on the 15th of December 2015, having travelled ahead on board Orbital ATK’s “S.S. Deke Slayton II” Cygnus cargo spacecraft.On the 24th of January 2016, Tim sent word from Lottie in space to his following, with a picture from the Cupola showing the Stargazer Lottie Doll, in the box gazing into outer-space.Tweet text reads: ‘Stargazer @lottie_dolls designed by 6/yo Abigail cannot wait to get out of her box to look at the stars. #STEM’ DONEGAL DOLL LOTTIE GETS A SPECIAL TWEET FROM SPACE! was last modified: January 25th, 2016 by StephenShare 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:astronautdonegalLottie dollTim Peake
Eureka >> Alex Miller scored three touchdowns as the Eureka Loggers remained undefeated on the season with a 34-7 victory over the James Logan Colts on Friday at Albee Stadium.On its first possession of the game, Eureka drove deep into Colts territory on a 43-yard keeper by quarterback Cruz Montana. A few plays later, Miller punched it in from a few yards out to give the Loggers a 7-0 first-quarter lead.Eureka (6-0 overall, 0-0 Big 5) followed up with a second touchdown on its next …
Tag: 上海各区娱乐论坛 How Could Plants Evolve? Answer: They Evolved
(Visited 871 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Darwinism has replaced the need for demonstration in science with the convenience of assertion.When you read papers and articles that offer to explain how something evolved, what you often find are statements that they just evolved. Let’s see some examples.3D Body Evolution: Adding a New Dimension to Colonize the Land (Current Biology). The title suggests that readers will learn something about ‘3D Body Evolution’ in the case of plants about to colonize the land. One might anticipate learning about transitional forms, mutations, and natural selection. What the paper presents, however, is just a collection of assertions that plants did evolve.Complex multicellular plant bodies evolved in both generations of land plants.From unicellular organisms, multicellularity evolved multiple independent times in diverse eukaryotic lineages.Within some lineages, ‘complex’ mutlicellularity [sic], defined by the three-dimensional (3D) organization of the body plan, evolved from simple multicellular ancestors.Land plants represent one example, with both generations (haploid and diploid) evolving complex mutlicellularity [sic].The study highlights the importance of the CLV pathway for the morphological innovation of 3D body development in land plants and opens a new avenue to approach a mechanistic understanding of the evolution of the 3D patterning of a multicellular body during land plant evolution.Is that it? Surely there must be some empirical data to back up these assertions. All that the authors put forward, though, is a simplistic story about how certain complex enzyme pathways affecting the change from 2-D to 3-D patterning might have evolved in one species of moss, Physcomitrella. They are called CLAVATA (CLV) pathways, and they involve multiple complex protein parts.In summary, Whitewoods et al. found that the land plant-specific CLV peptide/receptor-like kinase pathway regulates orientations of cell division planes during developmental transitions from 2D to 3D growth in Physcomitrella. They also report that a novel CLV function found in the Physcomitrella gametophyte body in regulating cell division planes is conserved in flowering plant sporophyte bodies.There’s no evolution here. There is a complex pathway in a moss that is “conserved in flowering plants.” The short paper mentions nothing about natural selection. The only mutations mentioned damage things; they don’t invent new things. The paper’s summary promises, “A new study demonstrates that CLAVATA3-like peptides function via conserved receptors in Physcomitrella patens as key molecules for morphological innovation of 3D growth in land plants.” But search for how it does that, and you find no such innovation. They end by claiming that the “new avenue to approach the understanding of the evolution of the 3D patterning of a multicellular body” has been demonstrated. It sounds like an advertisement for vaporware or futureware has snookered the customer. Clearly, if evolutionists are only on an “avenue” by which they hope to “approach” understanding, they ain’t got no understanding yet. Their false confidence is founded on prior belief in “land plant evolution.” How did plants evolve? They evolved.Getting to the root of plant evolution (Science Daily). This press release from the University of Oxford actually offers an alleged transitional form. Here comes the promise:Despite plants and vegetation being key to the Earth’s ecosystem, little is known about the origin of their roots. However in new research, published in Nature, Oxford University scientists describe a transitional root fossil, from the earliest land ecosystem, that sheds light on how roots have evolved. Darwinists to the rescue. More will be known! One thing, though, is “known” from the outset: roots “have evolved.” When you already think you know the answer, and no other answers are permitted, can you really know anything? Yes: by the power of suggestion.The findings suggest that plant roots have evolved more than once, and that the characteristics of roots developed in a step-wise manner – with the central root organ evolving first. And the root cap subsequently coming later.Since we already know by fiat that roots evolved, we are not surprised to compound miracles. Roots evolved more than once! Presto. Now, about the step-wise manner, which would appear to support Darwin’s vision. Evidence for this comes from one fossil: a club moss that (according to evolutionists) branched off early in the evolution of land plants. A fossil of a club moss shows a meristem (emerging root or stem) without root hairs or a cap. From this one instance, a grand scenario takes root:The paper’s conclusion suggests that these roots are a transitional step towards modern-style, rooted vascular plants. The findings support the idea that, as this cap-less transitional structure appears in a plant that is already a lycopsid, roots with caps evolved separately in lycopsids and euphyllophytes from their common, root-less ancestors.Whatever this club moss lacked, it survived quite well, even if the Darwinians can be sure it lacked delicate root hairs in a fossil. Can the appearance of all land plants be deduced from a tiny fossil of one club moss? Every part of this story invokes the assumption of evolution. How did club mosses evolve? They evolved. How did plants evolve? They evolved.This is the kind of snow job that is turning vast numbers of students away from God and toward Darwinism. With grand bluffing, glittering generalities and the power of suggestion, students are led down a primrose path to absurdity. Professing to be wise, they have become fools. Professing to be scientific, they have become converts to the cult of Darwin. Bits of fossils are used as shiny pendulums to hypnotize them into thinking “Thisssss issss scienccccccce” while the teacher drugs them into euphoria about how much better they feel now that they have kicked out “religion” and that nasty old God of the Bible they might have learned about as kids. But this is not the experimental science of Joule or Faraday. It is a new Aristotelianism taught with authoritarianism. Plants evolved because it is their nature to evolve. Since the student now ‘knows’ that plants evolved (because that is their nature), wee bits of data work as props to illustrate the dogma. It’s deductive science, not inductive empiricism. Premise: plants evolved. Question: How did plants evolve? Deduction: plants evolved. Yes, there are difficulties, like Darwin’s Abominable Mystery (the origin of flowering plants), but no worries. The students already know the answer. Plants evolved. Even if structures had to evolve multiple times independently to fit the picture, they can believe any imaginative scenario—even multiple miracles—now that the answer is already a given.
Tag: 上海各区娱乐论坛 2017 Corn Harvest Cab Cam – Farm Science Review
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Although most corn fields in Ohio may not be ready for another 2 to 4 weeks, combines were rolling on early season corn planted at Farm Science Review. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins jumped in to ride along with FSR Manager Nate Douridas to talk about how the growing season went, where the grain harvested by Farm Science Review goes and what to expect at next week’s farm show.
Tag: 上海各区娱乐论坛 Late planting leads to wetter harvested grain
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest More Ohio farmers invested extra time and fuel this year to dry their harvested corn and soybeans because both grains were planted several weeks late and had less time to dry in the field.While drying harvested corn in a mechanical dryer is typical each year, some producers in the state dried soybeans this year for the first time ever.“Soybeans dry a whole lot better outside when it’s 70 degrees and you can run around in short sleeves. Farmers are harvesting in winter coats,” said Eric Richer, an Ohio State University Extension educator in Fulton County, on the far northwestern border of the state. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES).If grain stays in a dryer too long, fires can occur. Also, the longer that corn and soybeans sit in drying units, the greater chance the grains will turn brittle, crack, or break down into dust particles — all of which can decrease the price a grower gets for the grain.The grain-drying process comes with risks every year, “but they’re worse when you have wetter grain than normal because the grain has to spend more time in the dryer,” said Jason Hartschuh, an OSU Extension educator in Crawford County, just west of Mansfield.When Ohio corn is harvested, it typically contains about 20% moisture, but this year some grain has 35% to 40% moisture — nearly double the typical level, Hartschuh said. “That’s why we have concerns this year,” he said.Across the state, corn is 90% harvested and soybeans are 95% harvested, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report issued Dec. 2. Both are slightly behind the average harvesting pace over the last five years — corn by 5% and soybeans by 4%.The delay in harvest comes after a delay in spring planting. Growers in western and northwestern Ohio had the greatest delays in planting — having to sow seed about a month later than usual because of unprecedented rain levels last spring. As a result of planting delays, both crops matured later into the fall when there was less daylight and heat to dry them.Even during years when planting is on time, corn typically needs to be dried with a mechanical dryer to ensure it contains only 15% moisture. But soybeans have a shorter growing season and typically completely dry in fields.“I’m hearing of guys drying soybeans with a dryer for the first time in their careers,” Richer said.If grain is not sufficiently dry before it is stored in a bin, the grain could develop mold. And if the grain is overdried and breaks up into fine dust, that dust can form a crust in the grain bin. That crust can block the flow of air throughout the bin, causing the grain to cool improperly, Hartschuh said. That’s when clogs in the grain bin can occur, stopping the flow of grain out of the bin.Given the wetter grain this year, Hartschuh recommended that farmers take the following precautions:Sell the wettest grain first.Set the mechanical dryer to below 200 degrees Fahrenheit for corn, to reduce the chances of grain cracking or breaking down. For soybeans, set it at 130 to 140 degrees.Cool grain to below 40 degrees for winter storage.After filling up a grain bin, remove a few loads of the grain in the middle of the bin, a process called “coring.” That will increase the airflow throughout the bin.Inspect grain every two weeks using a probe to check the temperature. Also, check for insects.For more information on drying grain, visit go.osu.edu/corndrying.
Tag: 上海各区娱乐论坛 How to Communicate With Your Inspector
The words may be the same, but our understanding is poles apart…Imagine you’re in another country where no one speaks English, and you just want to find your way to the hotel. How do you communicate? Carefully, right? You’ll have a similar problem if you are a first-time homebuilder communicating with a building inspector…especially about green products or materials.Communication is keyThe first thing you have to do is to learn the basics. Good communication depends on a common understanding of the terms and procedures. An inspector will be more accustomed to working with a production builder, who generally uses conventional materials. A green home will be a curveball for the inspector, so the responsibility for successfully communicating your plans will fall on you.You communicate with an inspector in the same way as you do with anyone else; with courtesy and respect but always by trying to listen. The inspector understands construction and is mandated to ensure safety. Most inspectors have construction experience, and a few will completely understand your world, but some will need some tutoring on green building practices. So, start by explaining the principles of sustainable building and green building practices. Then, segue into how this relates to the building code. It does so in many ways:Chapter 4 specifies wood foundations and frost-protected shallow foundation design and unvented crawl spaces (green building).Chapter 6 specifies numerous alternative framing techniques decreasing material usage and modern innovations in energy efficient materials such as insulated concrete forms (green building).Chapter 7 specifies modern building science techniques of avoiding moisture accumulation to prevent material damage and unhealthy interior conditions (green building).Chapter 8 specifies conditioned attics as optional (green building).Chapter 11 of the IRC establishes energy efficiency requirements (green building).The International Code Council (ICC) provides an evaluation service (known as “Sustainable Attributes Verification Evaluation”) that verifies claims of green-building attributes. You can learn more about the SAVE program here.The ICC also developed (along with the National Association of Homebuilders) the only green-building program recognized by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), which oversees thousands of norms and guidelines that affect the building industry.Know your codeUnderstand that an inspector wants one thing: building safety. If he/she is unsure whether your project meets that level, it will be your job to convince him. An inspector’s perception of “safe” is tied to a building code that is generally written in prescriptive requirements [see “When You Come to a Fork in the Code, Take It”].However, as I have pointed out in previous commentaries, performance codes relate to the result desired; a material’s ability to satisfy the intent of a code requirement. So you need a code book that has the locally adopted amendments to understand and adequately respond to any issue posed by the inspector.You can buy an International Residential Code (IRC) at iccsafe.org. However, to ensure that you have the right code requirements, check with your locality for any local amendments (see also my earlier post “Local Adoptions”).Keep your coolSometimes, misunderstandings can cause friction between a builder and an inspector, so be sure to remain objective and rational. For example, the inspector may stop your work at a pre-concealment concrete pour because the footing depth is insufficient has to be 12 inches below grade. He asks you to dig the footing deeper, but you think you know better. You once read that the code says you can use a shallower footing. But then, after talking it over with the inspector, you find out that you were wrong and that the jurisdiction has amended the code to prohibit this type of footing. Avoid this type of faux pas by researching your assumptions before you challenge an inspector.There will be cases in which an interpretation causes strife. For example, Section 703 of the IRC says that an exterior wall must be built so that it prevents accumulation of water within the wall assembly with a weather-resistant barrier and draining water from entering. But your opinion of how to achieve that may differ from the approved manner. However, you still have a few options. Even if you disagree, do it agreeably.Build a partnershipRemember, your inspector is an ally; his knowledge and experience can spare you a lot of trouble later. Regard him as a partner in the safety of your project or a coach who will help you achieve your goal. Ask questions and really listen to his answers. Be prepared for the inspector. The following checklist will help you get ready for his visit to the job site:Always clean up your site before the inspector arrives. A clean, well-organized project almost always passes the first time.Post the permit and have the approved plans available for the inspectorBe respectful and courteous at all timesBe professional in your demeanor and objectivePrepare for the meetingMake sure you are ready for an inspection (or plan review) so that you don’t waste his time.Call the inspector ahead of time to confirm and coordinate the meeting.If there is a standardized inspection checklist, go through it and make sure that you are ready for the inspectionIf the inspector turns down the inspection, get a good understanding of the reasons and the methods for acceptable fixes. Get a written list of changes that must be made, and work from that list.If you honestly disagree with the inspector, ask politely if there’s any appeals process (there is—clarify this somewhere else below, this is important!) you can pursue.Even if you pass an inspection, ask the inspector for advice. Learn the next steps in the inspection process.Exchange contact information; business cell phone numbers, e-mail, etc.DO NOT:Threaten, coerce, bribe, or intimidate an inspector.Brag about how you “know people.” It does little to influence an inspector who knows both “people” and the building code!Respond with, “I’ve been doing it that way for 15 years.” The inspector doesn’t care how long you’ve been making the same mistake. He won’t approve something that he believes to be unsafe.Respond with, “The other inspector said it was okay.” He won’t believe you and will feel intimidated.Respond with, “My neighbor passed an inspection with the same condition”. The neighbor’s case may have been a little bit different, or it could have been an innocent oversight. Two wrongs sure don’t promote safety.Become emotional, angry, or defensive.Overall, a good relationship with an Inspector will develop over time as your partnership demonstrates mutual respect. Be thoughtful, considerate and objective about your interests. Remember, communication is not as much about winning but more about understanding each other.
Tag: 上海各区娱乐论坛 PTSD Awareness Month
June marks the month of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) awareness; a condition which approximately 300,000 service members currently suffer from (RAND, 2008). PTSD is considered a silent, invisible injury that is common in wounded warriors who have been exposed to traumatic events while performing their military responsibilities.The Veterans Affairs National Center for PTSD is challenging service professionals, families and services members to ‘Take the Step’ in raising PTSD awareness this month by offering a four-week informational guide to PTSD learning. Each week the center offers tools to understanding this invisible wound found in so many returning service members.Week 1: Learn about PTSDWeek 2: Challenge your BeliefsWeek 3: Explore OptionsWeek 4: Reach OutWhether you are a health care professional, family member or friend of a warrior who may be suffering from PTSD it is important to encourage public awareness and to provide assistance to those impacted by the condition.This post was uploaded by Rachel Brauner of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service-Wounded Warrior Program and is part of a series of Military Family Caregiving posts published on the Military Families Learning Network blog.