Physics is supposed to be the king of “hard science” because of its precise mathematics, predictability and falsifiability. When transferred off our planet, however, it seems speculation is the order of the day. 1. Looney magnets: According to simple physics, the moon should have cooled long ago, because any internal heat source from its formation was much smaller than Earth’s. Why, then, did the Apollo astronauts detect magnetism in moon rocks that scientists surmise continued millions of years after its formation? The most commonly believed theory of planetary magnetic fields requires convection in a rotating molten layer that sets up a dynamo. New Scientist offered an answer with a Kipling-style headline, “How the cold, dead moon stayed magnetic.” Reporter Melissa Fellet continued, “A mystery thrown up by the Apollo moon rocks may finally have been solved. How did the moon remain magnetic tens of millions of years after its molten core stopped sloshing?” Two groups have presented their proposals. The first is the Washing Machine Theory. A physicist at UCSB suggested that the moon’s faster spin as it migrated away from the Earth might have sloshed its interior like a washing machine till 2.7 billion years ago, giving it a longer life (and, presumably, whiter whites). The second is the Impact Theory. A French physicist thinks large impacts could have jumpstarted the magnetic field for periods of 10,000 years at a time. An MIT physicist commented that both models offer “a way out of a pretty major conundrum,” but then he threw in another: the fact that some meteorites (presumably chips off the old asteroid) are magnetic, too. Will the new models help explain how they became magnetized? Only Kipling could tell. 2. Antimatter matters: Another long-standing conundrum in space is why our universe is composed predominantly (actually, almost entirely) of ordinary matter instead of having equal parts of matter and antimatter. Antimatter is not some weird sci-fi writer’s invention, but simply subatomic particles with the opposite charge, like positrons, counterparts of electrons with a positive charge. Even the designations “positive” and “negative” are arbitrary human conventions. According to preferred cosmologies, the big bang should not have favored one over the other. PhysOrg announced, “Physicists chip away at mystery of antimatter imbalance,” implying the mystery remains unsolved. “The universe, they concede, has managed to keep its secret for the time being, but they’ve succeeded in significantly narrowing the number of possible answers.” One physicist acknowledged, “It’s a huge mystery on the level of asking why the universe is here. Accepted physics can’t explain it.” Another article on PhysOrg discussed efforts in South Korea to solve the mystery by studying neutrino interactions. These explanations are so theory-laden it is hard to tell where the theory leaves off and the data begins. Consider this excerpt from the last PhysOrg article: The detector target is composed of 10m3 of liquid scintillator developed specifically for this experiment. The scintillator is doped with gadolinium in order to tag neutrons from inverse beta decays induced by the reactor anti-neutrinos. The target is surrounded by layers of other liquids protecting against other particles and environmental radioactivity. The target is observed by 390 immersed photomultipliers, converting the interactions into electronic signals. These signals are processed in a data acquisition system, which is ready to take data over the next five years. So if they find something in the data, how could anyone ever possibly know that it explains the universe? What are they going to do, run a big bang and create a new universe? Even if they did, how could they prove the same processes gave birth to ours? Regarding the moon’s magnetic field, the Washing Machine story is clearly contrived to fit uncomfortable data to an accepted belief system. The Lucky Strike notion is even worse, but is par for the course in planetary science gaming: when confronted with a puzzle, send in an impactor to solve it. (Try that with your next game of Checkers.) One rule they will never, ever break is to consider a younger age for the moon. It’s time to introduce a word that will probably be used often at CEH, since it fits all the evolutionary -ologies. The word is confabulation. One of its meanings comes from psychiatry: “to replace the gaps left by a disorder of the memory with imaginary remembered experiences consistently believed to be true.” Another meaning is “filling in of gaps in memory by unconstrained fabrication.” Consider the applicable “memory” as Darwin’s naturalistic conception of the cosmos, and the fit is perfect. The word is derived from the Latin fabula, which means “a story” or fable. Watch for its derivations: confability, confabulate, and “con”-fability, implying a con artist’s ability to put across fables as science.(Visited 49 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
alex williams Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts Tags:#Analysis#cloud#cloud computing A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting It’s a gradual move that we see people make to the cloud. It may seem slow at times but it is happening. What moves it along are the incremental changes to applications that make the services just a little bit easier to use.Here are three news items from this week that demonstrate how this shift is occurring. These news items have a common thread. All represent how Web operating systems (OS) flatten document formats for universal use and collaboration.Google Docs Supports 12 New FormatsHeavy Google Docs users know that not all file types can be imported into Google Docs. There’s always some way around the problem but the formatting is usually lost in some manner.Google Docs now supports 12 new file types that should lessen the issue to some extent.The new file types include:Microsoft Excel (.XLS and .XLSX)Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 / 2010 (.PPTX)Apple Pages (.PAGES)Adobe Illustrator (.AI)Adobe Photoshop (.PSD)Autodesk AutoCad (.DXF)Scalable Vector Graphics (.SVG)PostScript (.EPS, .PS)TrueType (.TTF)XML Paper Specification (.XPS)Turn Your Tablet into a PCThis week, the Laptop Magazine blog reviewed a service designed for the new Honeycomb tablets. Quickoffice for Honeycomb uses the wide screen capabilities of the tablet as it runs the Android 3.0 operating system.The Quickoffice service abstracts the formats in Microsoft Office, allowing documents to be edited on mobile devices. A lot of talk at the Mobile World Congress was about the Web operating system for mobile devices. My view is that formats are an example of the breakdown in hierarchical systems that has lead us to the new Web operating systems such as Hewlett-Packar’s WebOS and the Google Chrome OS.The Laptop blog reviews a few of the capabilities that come with Quickoffice:For example, the file manager which appears when you first launch the app is a three-paned menu with a list of both local and cloud-based storage drive son the left, a list of files and folders in the center, and the files in the currently selected folder on the right.In the Quickpoint presentation editor, a panel on the left allows you to scroll through the list of slides in your presentation and reorder them by tap and dragging. In the Quickword document editor, you can see a list of thumbnails of the next and previous pages while you finger scroll and a context menu in the top bar changes to allow contextual search or formatting when you highlight a piece of text. The Quickpoint spreadsheet editor is also impressive, as it includes 140 formulas built in and the ability to handle multiple worksheets.Crocodoc Launches HTML5 ViewerCrocodoc launched an embeddable HTML5 document viewing and collaboration tool this week. The HTML5 viewer replaces its Flash-based viewer. The company is seeking to disrupt Adobe in the PDF editing and document collaboration space.Adobe is a classic example of a company that can be disrupted in this new innovation cycle. Crocodoc is further extending its reach by offering a new partner program. Yammer, for instance, will be integrating the Crocodoc service into its product.Formats for a Desktop AgeLooking at these announcements, you get the sense of what happens when older technologies become less useful. We talk a lot about the rate of change and how it takes longer than we think for trends to take footing. The online editing space has gone through a number of iterations over the past few years. In the process, the usefulness of services like Google Docs has lead to a shift that is affecting millions of people who just need an easier way to get things done.We will see formats flatten to fit the needs of users who want the simplicity of the Web OS. We’re in a different time now. It’s more about group collaboration than the singular task of creating documents for the purposes of one-way communication. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
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Concerned over attacks on doctors at State-run hospitals by family members of patients, the Alternative People’s Health Initiative (APHI), a forum of doctors and other health workers, came out with several suggestions to curb such attacks on them. Representatives of eight State-run hospitals are part of the APHI. The development assumes significance with the Trinamool Congress government trying to streamline practices of private hospitals in the State. On March 3, the Assembly passed the West Bengal Clinical Establishments (Registration, Regulation and Transparency) Bill, 2017, bringing the functioning of private hospitals under greater government scrutiny.“In the month of March alone, two cases have come in the public domain where two doctors working in the State-run SSKM (Seth Sukhlal Karnani Memorial Hospital) and R.G. Kar Medical College and Hospital were assaulted,” APHI’s convener Baishali Biswas told The Hindu.According to the APHI, such assaults are mostly carried out by relatives of patients who accuse the doctors of negligence. The organisation has recently come out with an eight-point proposal to curb such attacks on doctors.Referral systemOne of the key suggestions in the proposal is the setting up of a centralised referral system, which will have updated information regarding the availability of beds and other facilities at government-run hospitals in the State. Pointing out that there is a tendency to refer patients to super-speciality hospitals from primary rural health centres, representatives of the APHI said that the related information should be accessible to both doctors and patients. “The referral system should be overhauled. Initiative has to taken to ensure that patients get proper treatment even if they are referred to district or block hospitals instead of super-speciality hospitals,” the proposal stated.The APHI argued that the “absence of standard operating procedure”, especially with regard to emergency cases, leads to confusion and chaos among both doctors and family members of patients. They also said that the in order to boost the government healthcare system, the vacant posts in hospitals have to be filled urgently.APHI will discuss the impact of legislation on State-run doctors at a convention to be held on April 19.
England created history when they blasted the highest total ODI world record in in men’s cricket of 481/6 and thrashed Australia by 242 runs at Trent Bridge on Tuesday. England also took an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series.Australia skipper Tim Paine elected to bowl first and was soon regretting that decision as the home batsmen ran riot against his inexperienced attack.Jonny Bairstow plundered a magnificent 139 off 92 balls while Alex Hales smashed 147 from 92.Skipper Eoin Morgan tucked into the scoring feast with a 21-ball half century — the fastest by an England batsman in ODIs — to become his country’s leading one-day scorer.Also read – England blast 481 vs Australia, record highest ODI score in men’s cricketThe total surpassed England’s previous record 444 scored two years ago against Pakistan, also at Trent Bridge.Australia were never in the hunt once opener D’Arcy Short chipped a catch to Moeen Ali off the bowling of David Willey in the fourth over and Moeen removed Travis Head and Shaun Marsh.Adil Rashid ended with four wickets as Australia were bowled out in 37 overs for 239 — handing England their biggest ever winning margin in ODIs and Australia’s heaviest defeat. REMARKABLE DAYIt was a remarkable day of shot-making by England’s batsmen though as they carved an ODI record 62 boundaries, including 21 sixes. The only disappointment was that they failed to go beyond the 500-run barrier after some late wickets fell.Remarkably England failed to strike a boundary in the last four overs — although the damage to the Australian morale was already done.advertisementAustralia skipper Tim Paine described England’s batting as some of the “best striking I’ve ever seen.””They are red hot at the moment,” he said. “That is as hard a day’s cricket as I’ve had in 16 or 17 years. Today it was a learning experience.”Wherever we put the field they hit the gaps. They are the yardstick of 50-over cricket right now.” FLYING STARTEngland got off to a flying start with Jason Roy and Bairstow offering a sign of what was to come.Bairstow struck three fours off quickie Jhye Richardson’s first over and Roy tucked into Billy Stanlake, pulling him for a six as England reached 38-0 after five overs.Bairstow was dropped on 30 by Marcus Stoinis and that proved extremely costly as he began to pepper the boundary.When Roy was run out for 82 it brought Hales to the crease and he set about the Australian attack with relish, striking 16 fours and five sixes in a sizzling knock.It seemed inevitable England would reach 500 but Hales and Morgan went in successive balls late on as Richardson got some belated reward and the run rate finally dropped.Morgan, who will lead England into a home World Cup next year, said it was a complete display.”There were some outstanding performances and we were relentless both with the bat and the ball,” he said.”It’s certainly a day to be proud. The top three are a huge asset to have. There are two games to go and still opportunities for them to score big runs so hopefully they will continue to be as hungry as they were today.”(With inputs from Reuters)
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona coach Valverde on beating Inter Milan: We must do betterby Carlos Volcano23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona coach Ernesto Valverde wasn’t pleased with their performance for the 2-1 win over Champions League opponents Inter Milan.Luis Suarez’s brace saw the hosts complete a second-half comeback after going behind to a Lautaro Martinez strike within the first two minutes.”[Lautaro’s goal] really put the game in their favour and strengthened their situation a lot,” Valverde said.”They’re a powerful team, they’re first in the Italian league [after] winning all their matches. They made our lives difficult, but we were better in the second half.”Barcelona struggled to create many chances in the first half but that changed during the second 45 minutes.”We needed to transform the match going forward,” Valverde noted.”We controlled the play with [Sergio] Busquets, Arthur [Melo], [Frenkie] De Jong, but we didn’t have any space to play.”We needed to be more of a threat in their area and be more decisive in the final third.”They kept us far away from their goal and we were able to come back.”
Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement TPT Landscape – Hariri Pontarini Architects The campaign is co-chaired by Ophelia Lazaridis and Dr. M. Lee Myers, with the Honourable Michael Meighen serving as Honorary Chair.“This campaign will permit us to create a stunning new facility, fund the centre’s new and expanded programs, and ultimately strengthen a very important part of Canada’s cultural heritage,” says Dr. Myers, a cardiac surgeon at the London Health Sciences Centre. Dr. Myers first joined the Stratford Festival’s Board of Governors in 2002 and was Board Chair from March 2010 to 2012. She is currently a member of the Board of Governors, a director of the Festival’s Foundation Board and Chair of the Campaign’s steering committee and campaign cabinet.“I am inspired by what the Festival has accomplished and even more energized for the future with this new theatre centre,” says Ophelia Lazaridis, who was a member of the Festival’s Board of Governors from 2007 to 2014, serving as Chair of the Education and Archives Committee. “I am particularly enthusiastic to support the Festival’s efforts to expand the youth audience and applaud the advances in education initiatives that will be made possible at the new Tom Patterson Theatre. That is why I have pledged $10 million to this campaign.” Ophelia Lazaridis has been a key supporter of the Stratford Festival for more than a decade.Michael Meighen, a lawyer and retired Senator, was a member of the Festival’s Board of Governors from 1986 to 1997, serving as Board Chair from 1996 through 1997. He was Chair of the Festival’s Act III campaign to renew the Festival Theatre from 1995 to 1997. “Members of the Meighen family have been supporters of the Stratford Festival for three generations,” he says, “and we are proud to be involved with this newest project, which will see the Festival in an excellent position to remain a world leader in theatrical production and cultural tourism.”Also serving as core members of the campaign are: Dan Bernstein (Westport, CT), Sylvia Chrominska (Toronto), Robert Gorlin (Northville, MI), Beth Kronfeld (Chicago), Rick Orr (Stratford), Dr. Cecil Rorabeck(London, ON), Carol Stephenson (London, ON) and Donald Woodley (Mono Township, ON).“We are so grateful to Lee, Ophelia, Michael and the entire campaign team for the dedication and expertise they bring to this project,” says Mr. Cimolino. “We are also indebted to Tim MacDonald, Chair of the Building Committee, who is guiding us so well in the process, and our Board Chair, Dan Bernstein, who, in addition to leading the global search for the architect for this wonderful new theatre, was our remarkable first lead donor.”Mr. Bernstein and his wife, Claire Foerster, have pledged $10 million to the campaign. “Claire and I take great pleasure in supporting this important project at a theatre that has meant so much to our family over the years,” says Mr. Bernstein, who is Senior Strategist and Director of Bridgewater Associates in Westport, Connecticut. “The Stratford Festival is a remarkable theatre company with vast capabilities not only in performance and production, but also in theatre education, new play development and cultural digital content.”The Festival has also been promised $20 million in funding from the federal government and $20 million from the Ontario government. In addition to the leadership gifts from Ophelia Lazaridis and from Dan Bernstein and Claire Foerster, a further $10 million in pledges has already been received – with details to be announced in coming weeks – so the campaign has already reached 70% of its goal.The Stratford Festival is one of the world’s leading theatres and the largest classical repertory company in North America, presenting a seven-month season of about a dozen plays in four venues. It offers an immersive experience that not only reflects society but also acts as an influential force within it, providing a crucible for artistic and intellectual exploration, an arena for engagement and interaction, and a centre for education and global outreach.At the beginning of their joint tenure in 2013, Mr. Cimolino and Ms Gaffney introduced three new initiatives that have shown tremendous growth and now require space of their own in order to flourish: the Stratford Festival Laboratory for the development of new work and theatre practices; the Stratford Festival Forum, which offers about 150 events each season to shed light on the themes of the plays as reflected in society today; and the Festival’s digital initiatives, which include Stratford Festival HD, which is capturing all of Shakespeare’s plays on film over a period of 10 years. The new theatre centre will house all of these projects, along with outreach programs developed and led by the Festival’s Education Department.At the heart of the centre will be a jewel-box theatre with all of the character and intimacy of the existing Tom Patterson auditorium, but with greatly expanded production and patron facilities.For 46 years, the Tom Patterson Theatre has been housed in a City-owned facility originally built in the early 20th century as a curling rink. Though a much-loved creative space, with a distinctive thrust stage wrapped in close embrace by the audience around it, the theatre suffered from cramped and uncomfortable seating, poor accessibility and limited production capabilities. The structure has been deemed by the Festival’s engineers to be at the end of its viable life.“The new auditorium will expand upon the magical qualities of the existing Tom Patterson Theatre,” says Mr. Cimolino. “It will be uniformly intimate. It will have vastly improved acoustics and a much greater sense of comfort for audience members. It will take the strengths of the current theatre and make them bespoke – tailored with the finest materials and craftsmanship.“Our architect, Siamak Hariri, has designed an inspiring space, which we believe will be the best theatre room in North America, a space worthy of the exceptional work that has always been produced in this well-loved theatre. We hope it will be a shining example of legacy architecture, like the Sydney Opera House or the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain – but on a smaller scale suitable to our beautiful riverside setting.”The auditorium at the heart of the new centre will be clad in softly lime-washed masonry and surrounded by a veil of shimmering glass, hung with thin bronze mullions. A two-acre terraced garden, beautiful enough to be a landmark in itself, will stretch from one end of the site to the other.The theatre will have a slightly larger capacity and longer season. Together with the expansion of Forum, education and digital offerings, it is estimated that the new centre will generate an additional $14 million per year in economic activity, on top of the $134 million already generated annually by the Festival as a whole.“Just as the creation of the Festival transformed our city 65 years ago, this new theatre will add great depth and opportunity to our community,” says Ms Gaffney. “The expanded education and Forum activities will help us to develop new audiences – including the important youth market – and the beautiful auditorium will open wonderful creative avenues, setting us apart from other world-class theatres and helping us to attract visitors from around the globe.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: STRATFORD, ON – Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino and Executive Director Anita Gaffney are excited to announce the launch of The Spirit of the Tent: A Campaign for the New Tom Patterson Theatre Centre. To mark the launch, Ophelia Lazaridis has announced a gift of $10 million. TPT Landscape – Hariri Pontarini Architects TPT Lobby – Hariri Pontarini Architects TPT Model – Hariri Pontarini Architects Garden view – Hariri Pontarini Architects Night view – Hariri Pontarini Architects Stage view – Hariri Pontarini Architects. The $100-million campaign will provide the capital for a stunning new facility, designed by acclaimed architect Siamak Hariri of Toronto-based Hariri Pontarini, along with a fund to support the long-term viability of the centre and the programs it will house.“This is a big day for Stratford,” says Mr. Cimolino. “We are so grateful to Ophelia for coming forward with such a remarkable gift for this important project. The Tom Patterson Theatre is one of our most treasured creative spaces, but one that is woefully inadequate for the calibre of performance and experience our patrons have come to expect. This campaign will allow us to turn it into a facility befitting the founder whose name it bears. Together with our artists, staff and most generous donors, we look forward to rekindling the infectious spirit that Tom Patterson inspired 65 years ago, a spirit that awakened a belief in Canadian creativity and changed the cultural landscape of this country.” Twitter
TORONTO – Major North American markets were closed for a holiday after a positive week that saw Bay and Wall Street’s major markets make gains following a tumultuous period earlier this month.The Toronto stock market was closed for a provincial holiday, while south of the border U.S. stock markets were closed for Presidents Day.Both re-open Tuesday after a strong week that saw the Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index rise nearly three per cent since closing on Friday, Feb. 9.In New York last week, the Dow Jones industrial average and S&P 500 index gained more than four per cent, while the Nasdaq composite index advanced more than five per cent.On international money markets Monday, the Canadian dollar was at 80 cents US, according to the Bank of Canada’s website. On Friday, its average trading value was 79.74 cents US.On commodities markets, April crude contracts were up 82 cents at US$62.37 per barrel, April gold was down US$7.30 at US$1,348.90 per ounce, March natural gas was up about a penny at roughly US$2.57 per mmBTU, and March copper was down four cents at roughly US$3.21 per pound shortly after 4 p.m. ET.
A new report from MoneySense Magazine says Calgary is currently a lousy place to buy real estate.Claire Brownell helped write the article, and says our city ranked 33 out of 35 markets across the country.“The only cities that did worse were St. John, New Brunswick and Saskatoon and this is just because the city’s real estate market continues to struggle with the collapse of oil prices that happened a few years ago,” she said.Calgary scored poorly on price appreciation, economy and income potential, though Brownell says there are some early signs that things are turning around.Brantford, Ontario finished as the best place to buy right now thanks to its strong local economy, and relative value compared to nearby markets.
LONDON — Much of the opposition to Prime Minister Theresa May’s divorce deal with the European Union is about the “backstop” — a provision designed to prevent the reintroduction of border controls between Northern Ireland, which is part of the U.K., and the Republic of Ireland, a member of the EU. After Brexit, the border will be the U.K.’s only land frontier with the EU.A look at the issue:WHAT’S WRONG WITH A BORDER?During the decades of violence there known as “the Troubles,” a border teeming with soldiers and paramilitaries was replete with roadblocks and checkpoints. About 3,700 people were killed between 1968 and 1998, when the Good Friday accord led to a power-sharing arrangement that quelled much of the bloodshed and made the border By all but disappear.Since both Britain and Ireland are currently part of the European Union with its single market, goods and people flow freely, with no need for customs checks. Brexit could disrupt that tranquility, upending lives and businesses, and undercutting a fragile peace process.WHAT IS MAY’S PROPOSAL?The proposed withdrawal agreement includes a “backstop” meant to ensure that a hard border does not return by keeping the U.K. in a customs union with the EU after Brexit. The agreement gives the two sides until 2022 to reach a permanent new trade deal — and says the “backstop” would come into effect only if they fail to do so.WHY DO CRITICS OPPOSE IT?Politicians favouring Brexit complain that Britain wouldn’t be able to get out of the backstop unilaterally; it can only be ended by mutual agreement. That means it could remain in place indefinitely, binding the U.K. to EU customs regulations. That would derail Britain’s efforts to strike trade deals around the world.Those who want to remain close to the EU also dislike it because it means Britain will be subject to customs and trade rules over which it has had no say.May’s allies from Northern Ireland, the Democratic Unionist Party, also object because the backstop treats Northern Ireland differently from other parts of Britain. They say that frays the bond between Northern Ireland and the rest of the U.K.Danica Kirka And Jill Lawless, The Associated Press