Michelle Wie becomes engaged to Warriors front office exec

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceAt least someone in the Warriors organization had a good time over the weekend.Jonnie West, the Warriors director of basketball operations and son of NBA Hall of Famer Jerry West, went down on bended knee to propose to golfer Michelle Wie in San Francisco, according to Hawaii News Now.She said yes, then posted the happy news on Instagram on Sunday, according to Yahoo — the same day the Warriors were upset by the …last_img read more

Animal Olympians Inspire Engineers

first_imgHere are more stories about animals, plants and cells attracting scientists with their astonishing capabilities, proving that biomimetics is one of the hottest trends in science.Nutcracker sweet:  The mantis shrimp won another gold medal after triumphing in the circularly-polarized eye competition.  PhysOrg, New Scientist and Live Science all gave it thumbs up for its club-like hammer claw, found to be the “strongest club in the world” able to deliver a force 1,000 times its own weight without breaking.  Not only that, the clubs accelerate to 10,000 g’s, have the fastest moving parts in the animal kingdom (23 m/sec), and are so durable they deliver a thousand blows before the next molt replaces them.Unsurprisingly, manufacturers of body armor are raising eyebrows with visions of joining the club.  Mantis shrimp use their weapons to break open molluscs and crabs.  They have been known to break aquarium glass with their little karate choppers.  The clubs survive breakage through construction with hard, then medium, then soft layers that distribute the force and inhibit cracks from forming.  The original paper in Science (8 June 2012: Vol. 336 no. 6086 pp. 1275-1280, DOI: 10.1126/science.1218764 ) calls the claw “A Formidable Damage-Tolerant Biological Hammer.”Al G. Lightner, NRG:  Algae and bacteria accomplish a feat green engineers drool over: the ability to harvest light efficiently for energy.  Artificial fuel cells need their secrets to make green energy competitive with fossil fuels (which, by the way, are by-products of plants that used photosynthesis to make the complex hydrocarbons).  PhysOrg reported on new attempts at Lawrence Livermore Labs to use X-ray diffraction to probe the secrets of Photosystem II, the plant antenna where the magic happens and water is decomposed into hydrogen, oxygen and electrons.  The article paid customary lip service to Mother Nature and long ages without explaining how the complex process arose:For more than two billion years, nature has employed photosynthesis to oxidize water into molecular oxygen. Photosystem II, the only known biological system that can harness visible light for the photooxidation of water, produces most of the oxygen in Earth’s atmosphere through a five-step catalytic cycle (S0-to-S4 oxidation states). Light-harvesting proteins in the complex capture solar photons that energize the manganese-calcium cluster and drive a series of oxidations and proton transfers that in the final S4 state forms the bond between oxygen atoms that yields molecular oxygen.Overall, though, the article was about how human designers, using cutting-edge tools to probe the “photosystem II complex” for secrets, have been unable to duplicate what single cells accomplish.  “Doing this study was a monumental achievement that required a large team to make it happen,” one noted.  Why so much effort? “We hope to learn from nature’s design principles and apply that knowledge to the design and development of artificial photosynthetic systems.”DNA Disk:  Hey, DNA is already “the molecule that already stores the genetic blueprints of all living things,” PhysOrg says.  Why not use it for a hard drive?  Drew Endy, a pioneer in synthetic biology at Stanford, was interviewed in the article to explain how he intends to “turn the basic building blocks of nature into tools for designing living machines.”  He’s thinking ahead to applications for waste treatment, medicine, manufacturing and others he can’t even imagine.  As for his DNA hard drive, he didn’t say how the USB interface might work, but he did share his feelings a bit: “What we’re likely to end up with will not look like classical electronics. Biology is beginning to teach us how to be a little bit more sophisticated in our engineering designs, which is a lot of fun.”“Biomimetic” is a trendy word more frequently encountered in scientific papers every year, as in this paper’s title, “Biomimetic emulsions reveal the effect of mechanical forces on cell–cell adhesion” (PNAS, June 1, 2012, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1201499109 PNAS June 1, 2012).  The team in that paper not only studied cells for ideas about adhesion, but used a “biomimetic approach” to doing their science.  The emphasis in these sciences is on (1) understanding and (2) application for the benefit of mankind.Was Darwinism ever “a lot of fun”?  If it was, it was the fun of entertainment: telling tall tales around the cave campfire, not getting at the truth to produce understanding, for the purpose of designing tangible benefits for the world.  All for biomimetics over Darwinism please signify by imitating the mantis-shrimp karate chop on useless speculation. (Visited 30 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Silly Evolution Speculations Would Cease If Media Allowed Fair Debate

first_imgEvolutionists get away with ridiculous stories because Big Science and Big Media are intolerant of opposing views. Healthy science requires open debate.Darwinians have their own blasphemy laws. Try criticizing Darwin, natural selection, universal common ancestry or any of his core precepts and you will feel the heat of wrath and mockery, if not expulsion. Darwin skeptics have been relegated to their own institutions outside of Big Science and Big Media, where many in the public never hear that answers to Darwinian claims even exist. In the vacuum of debate about the origin of life’s amazing diversity and complexity, charlatans have rushed in with no shame or conscience, presenting themselves as reliable spokespersons for ‘science.’ Take a look at these recent examples out of hundreds we have reported over the years.Evolution might favor ‘survival of the laziest’ (Science Daily). So malleable is Darwin’s Stuff Happens Law (i.e., “whatever happens, it evolved”), anything can count as ‘fitness,’ even laziness. Look how this article begins: “If you’ve got an unemployed, 30-year-old adult child still living in the basement, fear not.” Whoever wrote this has just given slackers a new excuse for irresponsibility: ‘Darwin made me this way.’ According to champion Darwin storytellers at the University of Kansas, lazy slackers are just as fit as cheetahs, peregrine falcons and pronghorns— maybe more so!“Maybe in the long term the best evolutionary strategy for animals is to be lassitudinous and sluggish — the lower the metabolic rate, the more likely the species you belong to will survive,” Lieberman said. “Instead of ‘survival of the fittest,’ maybe a better metaphor for the history of life is ‘survival of the laziest’ or at least ‘survival of the sluggish.’”Laziness May Have Driven Homo Erectus to Extinction (Live Science). This article illustrates how Darwinians can use their vacuous theory to ‘explain’ opposite things. We just heard one argue for survival of the laziest, and now another argues for extinction of the laziest. Stuff happens! What kind of ‘law of nature’ is this? A house divided against itself cannot stand. Can we laugh out loud at this writer’s folly, or will that risk arrest by the Darwin enforcers?It turns out laziness existed long before couches and takeout. The “why bother?” attitude not only existed hundreds of thousands of years ago, but may also have led to the decline of an ancient human ancestor.The illogic of this explanation presents itself if you ask the question, “Did natural selection make Homo erectus lazy, or did they choose laziness by intelligent design and free will?” If the former, then natural selection not only evolved extinction (the opposite of survival); it also evolved the lazy reporter who believes it. If the latter, then how could natural selection come up with its opposite, intelligent design? That’s not the only illogical aspect of the story. Are we to accept the either-or fallacy that every individual in the H. erectus population was lazy, and every individual in the modern human population was not? That is clearly not the case by observation of modern humans today. The story also commits the fallacies of glittering generalities, post hoc, non-sequitur, and other blunders (see Baloney Detector). Where are the peer reviewers who should have tossed this idea into the circular file, or submitted it to the IgNobel Prize contest?Why war evolved to be a man’s game – and why that’s only now changing (The Conversation). This politically-correct argument by Alberto Micheletti (PhD Candidate in Evolutionary Biology, University of St Andrews) may please liberals who decry ‘toxic masculinity’ but deserves laughter, not serious consideration. Why? Because if “the evolution of war” is a result of evolutionary biology instead of mental activity, free will or intelligent design, so is “the evolution of evolutionary just-so storytelling.” Short circuit!Evolution and the concrete jungle (Phys.org). Evolutionists from the University of Toronto are finding that birds or plants that inhabit cities show variations from those in the wild. That much is not controversial; even the most ardent young-earth creationists accept variation within kinds. But these evolutionary biologists bring in Darwin:“These papers greatly advance our knowledge of urban evolutionary biology,” says Marc Johnson, an associate professor of biology at UTM and director of the Centre for Urban Environments. “These are the same evolutionary mechanisms first identified by Charles Darwin more than 150 years ago and the findings from these studies will be increasingly important as more and more of the world’s population flocks to urban environments.“It’s pretty remarkable. For years, biologists ignored cities, seeing them as ‘anti-life’, and only recently biologists began to realize that cities are agents of change, driving evolution of organisms living around us and even some living on us.”Clarity about terms is essential for seeing through this equivocation fallacy, which confuses microevolution with macroevolution. Darwin argued that the entirety of life, from bacteria to humans, arose by natural selection. Creationists back to Adam have known about small-scale changes, such as in flower color or plant height. There is no Darwinian evolution or ‘origin of species’ then or now. Notice:The clovers are still clovers.The Daphnia are still Daphnia.The burrowing owls are still burrowing owls.The Brachypodium sylvaticum grass is still the same species.Nothing has ‘evolved’ in a Darwinian sense. The evolutionists only observed very small-scale changes within species. Ken Ham would yawn at this. He believes even greater changes have occurred in just the last few thousand years since the Flood, so much so that we might not recognize the animals that came off Noah’s Ark. If these evolutionists cannot distinguish between Darwin’s theory and creationist baraminology (variation within created kinds), the actual data could be adduced by creationists in support of their view. Unfairly, Big Science and Big Media forbid them to make their case. Readers get the impression that Darwin’s macroevolutionary theory has been vindicated by the observations.What is nothing? Q&A with Martin Rees (The Conversation). If you don’t believe that highly-educated people can say stupid things, watch the Astronomer Royal of Great Britain flub up the definition of ‘nothing’ by making it something. This ardent materialist and evolutionist says, “empty space isn’t really empty – there’s a mysterious energy latent in it which can tell us something about the fate of the universe.” Dr Rees, please: if the vacuum of space has energy and properties, then it is not nothing. He admits, “everyone who ponders these mysteries should realise that the physicist’s empty space – vacuum – is not the same as the philosopher’s “nothing”.” OK, then answer the question: What is nothing? He commits a major sidestepping blunder by talking about something instead of nothing. A child could have noticed this.Evolutionists would be ashamed to make such arguments if creationists had a chance at the podium. Whenever an ID advocate or creationist has a fair opportunity to debate an evolutionist (something Darwin himself stated was essential to get a fair result), the evolutionist usually gets voted down by the audience. Silliness thrives in the absence of debate. Darwinist totalitarianism, enforced by Big Science and Big Media, must be overthrown!C.S. Lewis pulled the rug out from everything evolutionary materialists say by pointing out how it is self-refuting. The moment an evolutionist speaks or writes to ‘explain’ nature in material terms, he shoots himself in the foot. Here are Lewis’s inimitable words. Learn these ideas well.Unless you start by believing that reality in the remotest space and the remotest time rigidly obeys the laws of logic, you have no ground for believing in any astronomy, any biology, any paleontology, any archaeology. If my own mind is the product of the irrational— if what seem my clearest reasonings are only the way in which a creature conditioned as I am is bound to feel – how shall I trust my mind when it tells me about Evolution? They say in effect ‘I will prove that what you call a proof is only the result of mental habits which result from heredity which results from bio-chemistry which results from physics.’ But this is the same as saying: ‘I will prove that proofs are irrational’: more succinctly, ‘I will prove that there are no proofs’.”  …A theory which explained everything else in the whole universe but which made it impossible to believe that our thinking was valid would be utterly out of court. For that theory would itself have been reached by thinking, and if thinking is not valid that theory would, of course, be demolished. It would have destroyed its own credentials. It would be an argument which proved that no argument was sound—a proof that there are no such things as proofs.  (Visited 516 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

5 Inspiring Filmmaking Tutorials Under 5 Minutes

first_imgWant to learn more about filmmaking? Check out the filmmaking section of the PremiumBeat blog. We have hundreds of articles dedicated to helping you become a better filmmaker. Here’s a few you might be interested in:How to Pick the Right Tone, Shots, and Music for Trailers8 Great ‘Proof of Concept’ Films That Got Picked Up by HollywoodCinematography Tips For Horror FilmmakersKnow of any other quick tutorials under 5 minutes? Share in the comments below. 3. The Flip ShotCreated By: Brent Pierce via PremiumBeatYou don’t have to spend thousands of dollars on rigs to get professional quality shots. Sometimes all it takes is a little creativity. In this video tutorial, Brent Pierce shows us how to create a Flip Shot using just a tripod and sand bag. The end result is very unique. 5. Mad Max: Center FramedCreated By: Vashi Nedomansky This video is an interesting look into the center-weighted cinematography style found in Mad Max. The video features an interview with DP John Seale ACS as he explains the hidden motivations behind the center-framed decision. 4. F for Fake (1973) – How to Structure a Video EssayCreated By: Tony ZhouWe’re huge fans of ‘Every Frame’s A Painting’ here at PremiumBeat. In the series ,Tony Zhou breaks down film techniques on a fundamental level. In this incredibly insightful video, Tony explains how the film ‘F for Fake’ inspires him to create narratively engaging video essays. There’s a lot to be learned about storytelling in this video.center_img These 5 quick filmmaking tutorials are a great way to get some quick inspiration!We love filmmaking tutorials here at PremiumBeat, but it can be rather difficult to sit down and watch hour-long tutorials when you have so many things going on. So we thought it’d be helpful to find a few quick tutorials that are still incredibly helpful for filmmakers. If you know of any more awesome tutorials under 5 minutes, we’d love to hear about them in the comments below.1. 7 Special Effects that Anyone Can Do for FreeCreated By: Matthew Rosen“Just fix it in post” is an incredibly dangerous thing to say. An over reliance on your post-production abilities will often leave you with a poor finished product. When on set, it can be easy to run into a problem and think that After Effects is the best way to fix it.However, in many cases you can get your desired effect by simply thinking of creative ways to get your shot. In the following breakdown video created by Matthew Rosen, we’ll take a look at how he created a few impressive shots using only practical effects on-set. If you’re interested in this subject, check out our ‘Top 10 Best and Worst Practical Effects in Movie History‘ post. 2. How to Make a Toy Gun Look RealCreated By: Film RiotIf you’ve ever tried to shoot an action film, then you’ve probably come across the whole “what gun do I use?” question. Unless you’re a trained professional, a real gun should be off the table, but fake guns look too… well, fake. In this quick tutorial by Film Riot, we’ll take a look at how they made their toy gun look real in After Effects. Andrew Kramer also has a cool behind the scenes video about how he created his pulse gun by spray painting a nerf gun.last_img read more

BJP to offer tarpan for ‘slain’ Bengal cadre

first_imgThis Mahalaya, the last day of the Shraadh period of the Hindu calendar, BJP working president J.P. Nadda will, in Kolkata, participate in offering “tarpan” to nearly 78 BJP workers, who, the BJP says, lost their lives in political violence since 2013. It will mark, what party leaders say, a systematic block-level upward plan to combat the ruling Trinamool Congress in West Bengal.“On September 28, Naddaji will be in Balurghat in Kolkata along with family members of around 78 of our party workers who had been slain because of political violence, and will offer ‘tarpan’ for their souls,” Lok Sabha MP and State president of the BJP Dilip Ghosh told The Hindu.The event seeks to push the narrative of not just “widespread violence” against the BJP allegedly by the Trinamool but also that the party is the only one that has the ‘stomach’ to take on Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on her turf.Party president Amit Shah held a meeting of office bearers involved in the State a few days ago, and as a starting point has asked that a four-member committee be set up for each Assembly constituency. “Each of these committees will include an MP, a legislator and two West Bengal leaders who will not be local to that constituency, in order that a correct report of the situation in the area be recorded, away from any local prejudices. The committees will be constituted by October 8 and the report handed over to the State core group. All reports will then be reviewed by Amitbhai [party president Amit Shah] in the first week of November,” said a senior source in the party.Political programmes on the National Register of Citizens (NRC) and the proposed Citizenship Amendment Bill will also be undertaken across the State. “Protests over the ‘appeasement politics’ of the Trinamool in each block of the State, will be undertaken from October 15 onwards,” added the source.The BJP is hopeful that these programmes will not only strengthen the basic organisation of the party down to the block level, but will give a momentum to the campaign for the 2021 Assembly polls.last_img read more

Spain wants ‘final four’ format for its Super Cup

first_imgOil plant explodes in Pampanga town SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Gilas call-up for Fiba World qualifiers dream come true for Thirdy Ravena LATEST STORIES PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes The Super Cup has been played in a one-game final between the Spanish league champion and the Copa del Rey winner, and now Rubiales wants to include the runner-ups in both competitions.The changed format could start as soon as next season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesRubiales says the proposal will be made during the federation’s general assembly. He did not say which country would stage the tournament’s new format.Last year’s final, won by Barcelona against Sevilla, was played in Tangier, Morocco. US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants MOST READ Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi shoots to score his side’s opening goal from the penalty spot during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Valladolid at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)MADRID — The Spanish soccer federation wants a “final four” tournament to decide the Spanish Super Cup.Federation president Luis Rubiales says the tournament would be played outside of Spain in the beginning of the season.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Milner boasting about bettering Neymar

first_imgLiverpool Milner boasting about bettering Neymar & De Bruyne on Champions League assist chart Chris Burton 22:50 2/17/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) James Milner Liverpool Getty Images Liverpool UEFA Champions League Premier League The Liverpool midfielder has been setting the standard in Europe this season, with his creativity bettering that of star turns at PSG and Man City James Milner is taking every opportunity to remind his Liverpool team-mates that he is currently more productive in the Champions League than Neymar and Kevin De Bruyne.The Reds midfielder has starred in Europe this season, posting seven assists for grateful team-mates.AdChoices广告He added the latest of that tally in a 5-0 demolition of Porto in the first leg of a one-sided last-16 encounter, as he teed up Roberto Firmino, while it was also his effort which cannoned off the woodwork and allowed Mohamed Salah to produce a classy juggled finish. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Milner now sits three clear at the top of the continental creativity chart, with star turns at heavyweight rivals such as Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City trailing in his wake.The 32-year-old is eager to make everybody aware of that record, with Reds skipper Jordan Henderson telling the club’s official website during a warm weather training break in Marbella: “He has told a few of us that over the last couple of hours, to be fair!“He is a fantastic player. It doesn’t really matter how old he is, he is as fit as anyone and you can see that on the pitch in how much he contributes to the team.“He was brilliant again at Porto. He’s got a lot of assists in the Champions League, so hopefully he can continue it.”Milner has had to scrap for regular minutes this season, with just 10 Premier League starts handed to him.Champions League most assist 170218 James MilnerHe has, however, appeared in 31 fixtures across all competitions and remains an important part of Jurgen Klopp’s squad.His vast experience and willingness to work hard for the collective cause has sparked talk that he could be offered an extension at Anfield to a contract set to expire in the summer of 2019. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more