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The hand of the evolutionist is quicker than the eye of the reporter.Some Chilean evolutionists morphed a dinosaur into a bird with a flick of the wrist, and the news media instantly applauded the magic trick:Resolving the flap over bird wrists (Robin Meadows in PLoS Biology)Rare Evolutionary Twist Morphed Dino Arms into Bird Wings (Stephanie Pappas in Live Science)How dinosaur arms turned into bird wings (Science Daily and PhysOrg)Bird wrists look nothing like dinosaur wrists. This is apparent from the evolutionists’ paper in PLoS Biology. Robin Meadows (a freelance writer in California) knows it, too, in her first paragraph from her summary article in PLoS Biology, but she is convinced the Chilean evolutionists have solved it:Somewhere along the way from early dinosaurs to birds, wrists changed so much that we could be excused for thinking birds don’t even have them. Wrists went from straight to bent and hyperflexible, allowing birds to fold their wings neatly against their bodies when not flying. Underlying this change is a drop in the number of wrist bones from nine to just four. Paleontology and embryology tell different stories about how this happened, however. Now, in this issue of PLOS Biology, Alexander Vargas and colleagues resolve this flap, drawing on both fields to clarify the identity and evolution of bird wrist bones.Does she give any reason to trust the new story over the other “different stories” we heard before? She recounts, bone by bone, how the evolutionists relabeled, rotated and merged each element of the wrist to give wings to dinosaurs, in spite of the fact that embryologists and paleontologists often disagree on identification. For instance:Next up is a bone of even greater contention. Some paleontologists call the third bird wrist bone—which is on top and away from the body—“distal carpal 3.” But embryologists believe the third bone is entirely new. They call it “element x” and view it as taking the place of a bone called the ulnare that is lost in bird development.It is true that the ulnare is fleeting in embryonic birds and is gone completely in adults. But the researchers found that the ulnare and “element x” coexist briefly in embryos of seven bird species, and that the embryonic position of the latter corresponds with that of “distal carpal 3.” These findings refute the notion that “element x” is a new bone that replaces the ulnare. Rather, the researchers suggest that embryologists join paleontologists once again and use the term “distal carpal 3” for the third bird wrist bone.However, paleontologists didn’t win this round completely; they believe bird-like dinosaurs still had the bone that disappears in birds. But the researchers’ re-examination of the fossil evidence showed that the ulnare had actually already been lost in the most bird-like dinosaurs, further strengthening the dinosaur–bird link.The embryologists win a few and lose a few; same for the paleontologists. Meadows seems mostly impressed by the team’s integration of evidence from embryology and paleontology to “tell the whole story of evolution.” That whole story, though, requires going against the evidence in some cases, and inventing sequences that are not evident:Paleontologists can be somewhat forgiven for their mistake, however, because the pisiform is not evident in fossils of the most bird-like dinosaurs. The researchers square the paleontological and developmental evidence by proposing that the pisiform was either tiny or failed to ossify in bird-like dinosaurs, but was then re-acquired in birds. Such evolutionary reversals are rare but not unprecedented.It appears that the Chilean team has merely replaced previous stories with stories of their own. Science Daily spoke of this “exciting new study” that clarifies a “striking evolutionary transformation change” between T. rex and parakeet. “Combined, the fossil and developmental data provide a compelling scenario for a rare case of evolutionary reversal,” the article says, leaving for someone else to figure out the origin of powered flight.Vargas and team will now turn their storytelling skill on bird ankles, Live Science says:“They, too, have controversial issues regarding the identity of the wrist and ankle bones,” Vargas said. “They seem to be like little puzzles, like a mosaic of bone in there, and they’re actually not that easy to identify.”The evolutionists admit that the “correspondence between bird and dinosaur wrist bones is controversial.” To resolve it, they took liberties to re-classify bones and move them around in space and time: “This integrative approach resolves previous disparities that have challenged the support for the dinosaur–bird link and reveals previously undetected processes, including loss, fusion, and in one case, re-evolution of a transiently lost bone.”So now we have a new sub-plot to add to the grand tale: “During the millions of years that elapsed, wrists went from straight to bent and hyperflexible, allowing birds to fold their wings neatly against their bodies when not flying” (Science Daily).In other dinosaur-to-bird news, the new tale is that the transition was gradual, then took off suddenly. National Geographic, PhysOrg and Live Science dished out the view of Stephen Brusatte, who said, “Once the whole body plan finally came together, then something was unlocked and they started evolving really fast.” The way Live Science put it, evolution was “piecemeal,” leaving no single missing link between the two groups. “It’s basically impossible to draw a line on the tree between dinosaurs and birds,” he said, repeating his story plot in different words: “something was unlocked, and [birds] began to evolve at a supercharged rate.” Evolution is apparently gradual except when it’s not (see Stuff Happens Law).None of the articles dealt with the physical problems of evolving powered flight, except that in the Live Science article, Brusatte said, “What probably distinguishes birds is the ability to have powered flight.” The articles mention wishbones, feathers, and wings apparent in various fossils, but the parts alone do not explain how the physical requirements of flight could be met by an unguided process. Creation speaker Jonathan Sarfati likes to point out that a 747 consists of 5 million non-flying parts.There’s a hint of Haeckel in the wrist story. They looked into the crystal ball of bird embryos for hints of the story of bird evolution. The recapitulation theory refuses to die.Evolutionists have a bad habit of hiding their theory in hand-waving verbs that assume evolution: “wrists went” from straight to bent. Dinosaur arms “turned” into bird wings. Their verbs are very permissive: the changes “allowed” birds to fold their wings. Tell us, Dr. Vargas, all the beneficial mutations that occurred to “allow” the stubby arm of a T. rex to become the wrist of a dove, with its smooth, sleek, feather-covered wings neatly folded by its sides. We will “allow” you to use rational arguments with empirical evidence, but will “disallow” storytelling and imagination. Without these primary tools of Darwinism, could you do it? We will also “allow” you to evolve wings out of your wrists. 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A senior official in the Uttar Pradesh government married a woman, who had accused him of sexual exploitation, at a temple, Kushinagar ADM Bindhvasini Rai said.On Friday, the woman had filed a complaint against Hapur Sub Divisional Magistrate Dinesh Kumar, accusing him of sexually abusing her for the last four years on the pretext of marriage, he said.In her complaint, the woman alleged that she underwent abortion twice, Mr. Rai said.Kumar, who was recently transferred to Hapur from Khadda, had come to Kushinagar on Friday to collect a few things from his house.Based on the complaint, District Magistrate Anil Kumar Singh immediately ordered a probe into the matter, Mr. Rai said.But around midnight, the two got married in the presence of Sadar SDM Ramkesh Yadav and Hata SDM Pramod Tiwari, Mr. Rai said.Kumar and the woman are natives of same district, he added.
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Transfers Real Madrid January transfer news LIVE: Los Blancos to offer Ronaldo for Neymar Goal 15:35 1/14/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(6) Transfers Real Madrid Primera División Goal summarises the biggest transfer talk involving Real Madrid as Zinedine Zidane considers his January transfer window options Madrid to offer Ronaldo for NeymarReal Madrid could use Cristiano Ronaldo as part of a deal to land PSG star Neymar, reports the El Larguero radio show on Cadena SER.Florentino Perez wants to bring the Brazilian into his side and is willing to part with his superstar forward, though Los Blancos will wait until after the World Cup to make their move. Madrid to swap Bale for Salah 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 Real Madrid could use Gareth Bale as bait in order to land Liverpool star Mohamed Salah, claims Don Balon.Salah’s sensational form this season has caught the eye of the Merengue, who have struggled to score goals. And they would be prepared to sacrifice their record signing to convince Liverpool into selling the Egypt star.Rush fears £200m bid for SalahLivrepool legend Ian Rush fears that Real Madrid and Barcelona could come after Mohamed Salah with a massive bid of bid £200 million.“On current form I would place Mo Salah ahead of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo . He’s better than them at the moment,” Rush is quoted as saying by the Mirror. “Mo is also the African Player of the Year, which – considering the standard of their players throughout Europe – is a great honour.“There’s already been talk of Real Madrid looking at him – and who can blame them? In today’s inflated market, it wouldn’t surprise me if Liverpool one day received a £200m bid for him.“Hopefully, he is happy where he is – after all, he only arrived last summer.“There’s a time and a place to sell a player if the right money comes in, but, for Liverpool, it’s certainly not now.”Messi wants Odriozola at BarcaLionel Messi wants Alvaro Odriozola at Barcelona, reports Don Balon. According to the report, Messi wants the 22-year-old from Real Sociedad to play on the right side, with the La Liga giants currently lacking natural right wingers. But Barca will have competition from Real Madrid for his services, with Florentino Perez having already shown an interest in his signature. Kane could revitalise Madrid’s forward lineGoal chief correspondent Peter Staunton believes Harry Kane is the man who could get Real Madrid firing again, although it may come too late to save Zinedine Zidane’s job.Madrid’s woes in front of goal were laid bare on Saturday as they went down to Villarreal, while Kane helped himself to a double in Spurs’ 4-0 thrashing of Everton.Read the full story on Goal.Real Madrid move for Man City’s SterlingReal Madrid president Florentino Perez is in talks with Manchester City over the possible signing of Raheem Sterling, claims Don Balon .Sterling has seen marked improvement in his game since coming under the wing of Pep Guardiola. And that upturn in form has not escaped the attention of Perez, who sees him as a possible successor to Gareth Bale at the Bernabeu.Man Utd ready €500m Neymar bidManchester United are readying a record-breaking €500 million offer for Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar, according to Le 10 Sport .Real Madrid were reported to be leading the chase for the Brazilian, but they can only go as high as €400m.That has left the door open for Jose Mourinho to join the chase and agree to meet an eye-watering buyout clause.Liverpool offered Ceballos hopeLiverpool have been made aware that they will be cleared to move for Dani Ceballos if Real Madrid can land a replacement.Diario Gol report that the Reds are looking at the 21-year-old as a possible replacement for Philippe Coutinho.
New Delhi: The Delhi BJP has started a campaign where the party’s volunteers are interacting with college students and telling them about various initiatives initiated by the Narendra Modi government aimed towards the youth, a move aimed at reaching out to the first-time voters ahead of the Lok Sabha polls. The campaign — ‘Youth4Modi’ — being run by Delhi BJP vice president Jai Prakash will be covering colleges, tuition centres and other places frequented by the youth. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”The volunteers, who comprise former members of the students unions of colleges or college passouts, have been talking to students about Modi government’s initiatives like Startup India, Skill India, Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana and the 10 per cent reservation for economically weaker sections,” Prakash said. He also claimed that their volunteers have found a lot of curiosity among the first-time voters about the Balakot air strikes and are curious to know about the operation. Till now, the campaign has covered colleges like Kirori Mal, Shri Ram College Of Commerce, Hansraj College and Ramjas College. The volunteers will soon be visiting Maharaja Agrasen College as part of the campaign. The campaign was also carried out at the Vishwavidyalaya Metro station recently where Union Minister Vijay Goel addressed the young voters.
There’s been plenty of confusion surrounding the decisions that the NCAA Tournament selection committee made for this year’s bracket. Accusations of underseeding and overseeding abound. But do the numbers bear it all out? In this video, Neil Paine and Reuben Fischer-Baum dig deep into FiveThirtyEight’s March Madness predictions to uncover the most head-scratching seedings, including a batch of 11-seeds ready to wreak havoc on your bracket.
Placing second at the 2012 ITA All-American Championships Sunday in Tulsa, Okla., Ohio State men’s tennis’ redshirt junior Peter Kobelt is more than pleased with his performance on the Case Tennis Center courts.“I was very happy with my performance, I beat five guys who are high on their respective team’s line-ups,” Kobelt said. “Being able to put five matches together like that and play that long in the tournament shows that I have been doing the right things over the summer training-wise and conditioning-wise. It was really nice to see.”The New Albany, Ohio, native won five matches, two of which were against top 10-ranked players. Kobelt fell in the singles finale to No. 6-seeded Alex Domijan of Virginia, 7-5, 6-1.Kobelt attributed his wins to his serving strengths and mobility.“I was serving at a very high percentage for serves and I was able to get around and hit a lot of forehands in the beginning to control the court,” Kobelt said.Coach Ty Tucker said he was impressed with Kobelt’s finish.“Obviously it was very strong, to finish No. 2 in the nation at that tournament is big,” Tucker said. “It’s the first time we have had a player finish in the individual All-American singles.”The redshirt junior also played in the doubles bracket beside senior Connor Smith, but the duo left Tulsa, Okla., without a doubles title after falling in the second round of competition.“We played OK, but we came up short, we played a tough team and it was bad weather,” Smith said. “It was only pro sets so it was tough, but we came out a bit slow.”In addition to finishing second in the nation this week, Kobelt is ranked as the No. 35 tennis player in the countrybut he said he was not sure of the ranking at first.“I had a general idea on where I would be from last season with the ongoing seniors that left,” Kobelt said. “I don’t know how comfortable I was, I had an OK season but I wasn’t too confident right from the beginning.”Tucker said Kobelt’s ranking has come as a result of the player utilizing his strengths as a player.“His biggest strengths are his serve and the fact that he is a junior now, but a redshirt junior, so it’s his fourth year and he knows what is expected of him,” Tucker said. “He knows what kind of game he has and what he needs to do.”Kobelt and the Buckeyes are scheduled to travel to East Lansing, Mich., on Oct. 18, to compete in the USTA/ITA Midwest Regional Championships.
OSU sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa sacks Cincinnati redshirt-sophomore quarterback Gunner Kiel in a game Sept. 27 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won 50-28Credit: Chelsea Spears / Multimedia editorWhen Ohio State’s Joey Bosa drilled Cincinnati quarterback Gunner Kiel on Saturday and forced a fumble that ultimately resulted in a safety, the record crowd at Ohio Stadium erupted.Bosa wasn’t even sure where the ball landed.“I just made a move inside and my eyes got big and I ran as fast as I can and hit him as hard as I could,” Bosa, a sophomore defensive lineman, said Saturday following the game. “I actually thought he got the ball off so I stood up and went to walk back to the line, but I saw the ball pop out.”The play not only electrified the fans and gave OSU a 16-7 lead, but it seemed to ignite the defense for a stretch in the first quarter as the Buckeyes forced the Bearcats into two straight punts.Co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Luke Fickell said Monday that the play of Bosa, who leads the Buckeyes with 2.5 sacks, is at least partially because of his 6-foot-5-inch, 278-pound frame.“He is a very dominating force. He is a guy who has the speed to get the edge, but he’s got the power to do some things inside,” Fickell said. “It is an unbelievable combination. I haven’t seen a whole lot of guys like it, but we are still going to expect him to continue to grow.”Junior cornerback Armani Reeves said Bosa’s play on the field makes him glad Bosa’s a Buckeye.“He’s a freak. He is a great player and when you see him (make) those hits like that … it’s like watching greatness,” Reeves said Monday. “I am just happy he is on our side.”Coach Urban Meyer acknowledged Bosa’s physical skills, but added the Fort Lauderdale, Fla., product is also successful because of his upbringing.“He just goes, he practices that way from day one. It’s a product of, you know, his family. His dad’s got an incredible football background,” Meyer said Monday. “I thought we’d have a guy that would be pretty much game-ready because he went to a really quality high school program.”Bosa’s high school, St. Thomas Aquinas, has been known to produce high-quality football talent, including former OSU safety Nate Salley, former Wisconsin player and current New England Patriot running back James White and former Chicago Bear Brian Piccolo, who was the inspiration for the movie “Brian’s Song.”Meyer also said that while he believed Bosa would be ready to play coming out of high school, he is still impressed with how the sophomore has performed so far.“I didn’t imagine it to be this ready,” Meyer said. “He’s extremely strong and quick and relentless. And on top of that. he loves and understands the game.”Meyer has coached an impressive array of defensive linemen in his coaching career, including two at Florida who were first-round draft picks (Jarvis Moss, Denver, 2007 and Derrick Harvey, Jacksonville, 2008), however, he said Bosa reminds him most of a player he has coached at OSU.“I think John Simon. He’s a little more talented than John, a little longer,” Meyer said. “But John Simon had that same — you watch those two play in practice and compete and there’s a mindset.“Those are two good people to be in company, everybody knows how we all feel about John Simon. But to even mention someone in that same vein, who is a few inches taller and a little longer, that’s pretty rare air, those two guys.”Meyer’s comparison could be spot on, as Simon led the Buckeyes in sacks during his senior season in Columbus, something Bosa is on pace to do just two years later.With such high praise and potential, Fickell said he, along with the rest of the coaching staff, is expecting even more from Bosa, who was named OSU’s defensive player of the game following his play against Cincinnati.“The sky is the limit for that guy with his abilities. We are going to continue to put things upon his shoulders,” Fickell said. “He goes hard, he is physical, he does all the things we ask him to do, now we are going to ask him to continue to grow — strive for greatness and not be satisfied with where you are.”Bosa and the Buckeyes are scheduled to hit the field again Saturday at noon against the Maryland Terrapins at Byrd Stadium in College Park, Md.
Julian Draxler has warned his Germany teammates that Kylian Mbappe’s speed can reach up to 300 horsepowerDie Mannschaft head into tonight’s Nations League clash at France in desperate need of a strong result in order to avoid relegation to the B division.One player that must be stopped at all costs is Mbappe, who inspired France to a late comeback 2-2 draw with Iceland last time out.The 19-year-old striker is in superb form right now and Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Draxler knows that Germany cannot let their guard down against him for even a second.“If he has space to get started, it’s almost impossible to catch him with his 300 hp,” Draxler told T-online.PSG ultras sent a warning letter to Neymar Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Brazilian superstar Neymar might play today his first game of the season for Paris Saint-Germain and the team’s ultras have warned him.“His speed and his finishing [are his biggest weapons]. We must not allow him to use either, by defending very compact.”Draxler, whose own PSG future is in doubt at the moment, believes that the squad have responded well under new manager Thomas Tuchel’s methods.“He spreads a good atmosphere, inside and outside. He lets us play attractive football, he has clear ideas and he gives these to us very clearly,” Draxler added.“After losing to Liverpool, he told us very clearly what had gone wrong. Not everything is ‘peace, joy and pancakes’ on the way to success. But that’s also why he does very well and has the team on his side.”