Get facts, decide for yourself on sewers

first_imgHey, Burnt Hills, Ballston Lake, regarding your sewer vote. Have you seen enough signs, read enough letters to the editor or seen enough road-side signs admonishing you to “do this or don’t do that?”How about this? Get the facts and do your own thinking.Make up your own mind. How about that?David W. ChristensenBallston SpaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusGuilderland girls’ soccer team hands BH-BL first league lossEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img

Chewing on Evolutionary Stories

first_imgFish chew by sending their food on an assembly line to the back of the mouth.  Mammals chew by positioning food for the teeth.  Can evolution explain this difference?  Science Daily was sure of it.  “Evolution has made its marks — large and small — in innumerable patterns of life,” The article said.  “New research from Brown University shows chewing has evolved too.”  When one looks for the evidence that chewing has evolved, though, one only finds blank spaces filled in with the assumption that evolution must have done it. The article described chewing differences between fish and mammals in some detail, but when it came to the evolutionary explanation, these statements were offered without evidence.  See if they are convincing for a Darwin skeptic: The evolutionary divergence is believed to have occurred with amphibians… The difference in chewing shows that animals have changed the way they chew and digest their food and that evolution must have played a role. … lungfish, which is believed to represent an early stage in the transition of some species from exclusively water- to land-dwelling. Next came the task of figuring out where, when and with what species the divergence in chewing emerged. The thinking is that the transition likely occurred among amphibians. That makes sense, [Nicolai] Konow said, and he plans to look next at amphibian chewing. “They’re still locked to the water for reproduction,” he said.  “But you have some that become all terrestrial.  And that’s the next step on the evolutionary ladder.” Konow and his team did not offer any evidence for transitions between the chewing modes, other than to infer that “evolution must have played a role” in the change, and that “the transition likely occurred among amphibians.”  In passing, though, Konow admitted that “The distinction between fish and mammal chewing is likely there for a reason”.  He did not pause to consider whether reasons belong to teleonomic explanations, such as intelligent design, or whether reasoning is even derivable from evolutionary theory. How many times have evolutionists promised goods and handed us promissory notes?  More than we would like to chew on.  Don’t lend credibility to them any more till they pay up on past obligations – which will be never, because the collateral is held by IDBT, Inc. (intelligent design bank and trust).(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Astronomical Theories Totally Wrong and Upside Down

first_imgFrom the planetary scale to the cosmic scale, astronomers are throwing away textbooks.Wrong About Planets‘Totally Wrong’ on Jupiter: What Scientists Gleaned from NASA’s Juno Mission (Space.com). The Juno mission has brought earthlings their first images of Jupiter’s poles, and new estimates of processes deep inside the giant planet. Here’s what this article says:Before NASA sent its Juno spacecraft to explore Jupiter, astronomers were “totally wrong” about much of what they thought they knew about the planet, the mission’s principal investigator, Scott Bolton, said during a lecture here at the 231st meeting of the American Astronomical Society on Tuesday (Jan. 9)….“Our ideas were totally wrong about the interior structure, about the atmosphere, [and] even about the magnetosphere,” Bolton said. Astronomers believed that Jupiter had either a very small and dense core, or perhaps no core at all. But data from Juno revealed that Jupiter has an enormous, “fuzzy” core that might be partially dissolved. This discrepancy between scientists’ expectations and the data suggests that there’s a lot we still don’t know about giant gas planets, he explained….Jupiter South Pole from Juno (NASA/JPL)Juno is the first space mission to get a good look at the poles, and the mission’s scientists did not expect them to look as weird and chaotic as they do, Bolton said. “Had someone shown me a picture of just the pole 10 years ago, I never would have guessed it was Jupiter.”While scientists and astronomers have been scratching their heads over all these new groundbreaking discoveries enabled by the Juno spacecraft, the photographs Juno has taken of Jupiter have been similarly mind-boggling, Bolton said. Juno’s raw images, taken by the spacecraft’s JunoCam, are available online for citizen-scientists to download and process, and people have helped to create the most amazing images of Jupiter the world has ever seen. “I’m not sure that anybody on my team was ready for Jupiter to look like that,” Bolton said. “We were just startled.”Wrong About ExoplanetsPlanets around other stars are like peas in a pod (Science Daily). The Kepler Mission had already forced revision of astronomical predictions that planetary systems around other stars would resemble our solar system. Now, a new survey of 909 planets in 355 stellar systems, led by Lauren Weiss at the University of Montreal, shows that exoplanets tend to be regularly spaced. The findings require new ideas, invoking unobserved past interactions, to explain why our solar system is so different.“The planets in a system tend to be the same size and regularly spaced, like peas in a pod. These patterns would not occur if the planet sizes or spacings were drawn at random.” explains Weiss….Regardless of their outer populations, the similarity of planets in the inner regions of extrasolar systems requires an explanation.Wrong About StarsNature article turns theory of stellar evolution upside-down (Phys.org). Study of a white dwarf not only challenges theories about these specific objects, thought to be the end points of stellar evolution, but of stellar evolution theory itself. White dwarfs are thought to be the end products of 97% of stars in the universe. This upset was published by “Nature, one of the world’s top science magazines,” the article notes.This week, Nature published an article that could challenge the theory of stellar evolution.“I think that, over the coming months, stellar astrophysicists will have to redo their calculations,” said Gilles Fontaine, a physics professor at Université de Montréal and one of the authors of the article, titled “A large oxygen-dominated core from the seismic cartography of a pulsating white dwarf.”…When examining the star, located at the edges of the Cygnus and Lyra constellations, the researchers discovered that its carbon and oxygen core was twice as big as the theory predicted. “This is a major discovery that will force us to re-evaluate our view of how stars die,” said Fontaine. “That said, more work must be done to confirm whether this observation holds true for other stars. It may just be an anomaly.”Wrong About the Universe‘Serious gap’ in cosmic expansion rate hints at new physics (BBC News). One of the winners of the Nobel Prize for Physics in 2011, Adam Riess, is having doubts about the measurements that led to his award. He may have to invent a new particle to close the gap.A mathematical discrepancy in the expansion rate of the Universe is now “pretty serious”, and could point the way to a major discovery in physics, says a Nobel laureate.The most recent results suggest the inconsistency is not going away….What this all suggested, he said, was that the Universe is now expanding 9% faster than expected based on the data – a result he described as “remarkable”.One way to bridge the divide is to invoke new phenomena in physics.The new particle might be a “sterile neutrino,” the article guesses. “Another possibility is that dark energy behaves in a different way now compared with how it did in the early history of the cosmos.” Would that ad hoc suggestion not lead to another conundrum about fine-tuning, leading to wonder about how humans live in a privileged time when the earth is habitable and we can see a universe filled with stars?Historical science is fun. You can be totally wrong, change your story, invoke unseen phenomena, and claim you are providing “understanding” of reality. And the media and public will believe you and let you keep your job.(Visited 1,656 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Here’s Where Recent Grads Want to Work in 2019

first_imgTags:#business jobs#coding#coding education#Entrepreneurs#internships#LinkedIn#The Intern Group#work trends Follow the Puck Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces David Lloyd is the CEO of The Intern Group, an award-winning international internship program. Many graduates from May 2018 have found jobs, but some are still looking. That group of “those who are still looking,”  now coupled with the December 2018 graduates — all find themselves vying for similar positions. The fact is some industries are in more demand than others.Finding out where graduates plan to work in the future falls in well-rounded categories. One thing is clear: graduates are looking for internships to round out their experience.There is a pattern with placement requests according to The Intern Group — a company where students or recent graduates are placed in international internships. The data science team in The Intern Group compiled all applicants to understand which industries are currently the most popular.The Intern Group offers 25 career fields for interns to choose from when applying, combining that information with LinkedIn’s 2018 study to narrow down where recent graduates want to work this year. The data is comprised of roughly 32,000 student or recent graduate applicants from 2018. Each student had to prioritize an industry where they’d like to find work. Using that data and the LinkedIn results — here are the top five most popular industries.1. BusinessOur findings match up nicely with LinkedIn’s study in the business category. Roughly 12 percent of The Intern Group’s placement requests are in the field of business.Six of the top ten jobs wanted by recent graduates are business-related. Administrative assistant, recruiter, and business analyst are very much business jobs. The others such as account executive, research assistant, and account manager all are related to business, though could fall in other industries.Many students study business or complete internships at SMEs and then want to turn to a large company early in their career, which makes it no surprise that this is a top field where recent graduates want to work.2. Finance and AccountingFinance and accounting make up about 10 percent of The Intern Group’s requests. These students are studying or just finished a degree in mathematics, accounting, statistics, or economics and want to gain real-world experience.The LinkedIn study has a financial analyst as a top position, and it’s worth noting that many major financial companies are extremely sought after places to work. Places such as Lockheed Martin, Deloitte, and Accenture all recruit on-campus looking for top talent, though these positions are extremely competitive.3. EngineeringMany students feel the pull of Silicon Valley and want experience that part of business before heading somewhere else for a career. According to LinkedIn, software engineer and project engineers are two of the top ten most popular jobs for recent graduates.What comes as no surprise is that Amazon is the top place where recent graduates want to work. With Amazon opening new offices in New York City and Arlington, VA, many more graduates will get the chance to work at the technology powerhouse. A CNN study has Google as the top contender for job placement, with companies such as Microsoft rounding out the top ten.Many of applicants for available jobs have coding skills, and 9 percent of these graduates want an internship in an engineering position. These are popular picks since there is a minimal language barrier when coding.  Smaller offices are willing to give recent graduates real, hands-on experience that can add-up to a lot of value on their resumes.4. PR and MarketingThere are renowned communications departments in colleges across the globe, so it comes as no surprise that public relations and marketing are top requests. Out of the roughly 7 percent of graduate requests in these departments, some students wanting experience working on bilingual campaigns to add a competitive edge to their resume.The marketing coordinator position makes LinkedIn’s top ten, and many account executives and account managers also fall into the marketing realm. Many companies are looking to hire these tech-savvy graduates, as they now come with coding and language experience that can help create dynamic marketing campaigns.5. LawNot included on LinkedIn’s list is law — which is still a popular industry for recent graduates. The data here is matched by the surge in law school applicants. In 2018, the number of people applying to law school rose 8 percent. There are over 60,000 students that apply to law school each year.Many recruiters receive about 2,000 requests for law internships per year. Many students or recent graduates on the fence about practicing law want to intern at a law group to get a feel for a day-in-the-life. Some then choose to abandon a law career, and the others typically apply for law school.The competitive job landscapeThe job market remains competitive for recent graduates. While many students graduate with new, technological-based skills, snagging a job at Google, IBM, or Goldman Sachs is still tough. Though now that many colleges and universities require or at least encourage an internship before graduation, many students find themselves more prepared to enter the workforce.Image source What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … David Lloyd Trends Driving the Loyalty Marketing Industry Related Posts last_img read more

Spotted Hornelen Reaches Norway

first_imgImage Courtesy: Redwise Maritime ServicesIn today’s spotted we bring you the image of Norwegian ferry operator Fjord1’s newly built ferry Hornelen seen at the port of Florø, Norway, following her maiden voyage. Hornelen and her sister vessel Losna were ordered by Fjord1 at Ada shipyard in Turkey in January 2015. The vessels were designed by Multi maritime.Fjord1 contracted ship delivery specialist Redwise Maritime Services to deliver both vessels under own power, on their maiden voyage.The Hornelen is classed by DNV-GL and equipped with two Caterpillar C32 main engines. The 74 meter vessel can carry 199 passengers, 60 cars and 5 trucks.The ferry will enter service on Måløy-Oldeide in Western Norway.Apart from the crew, including Fjord1 representatives, Redwise provided for the fuel, lubricants and filters for the voyage, together with the usual sets of updated charts, Nautical Publications etc.In addition Redwise added their satellite communication equipment sets and medical chest, handled ports clearances and the entire vessel management.last_img read more