The Sharks were beaten to the punch Wednesday night, and they know it.Five minutes and 21 seconds into the season opener against the rival Vegas Golden Knights, they trailed 2-0.A penalty and two turnovers led to two goals, and T-Mobile Arena was rocking. The Sharks were able to claw a goal back, but they never got back even with Vegas after that start, falling 4-1.“For both those first two goals, when you turn the puck over, you’re going have it stuck in the back of your net nine times …
Berkeley scientists are disputing the notion that the rows of plates on the backs of stegosaurs served as heat exchangers. Instead, they were for show. EurekAlert and Science Daily explain that this was probably true of other dinosaur decorations: “The team’s analysis of stegosaur plates lends support to a growing consensus among paleontologists that the weird adornments of many dinosaurs – the horns of triceratops, the helmet-like domes of the pachycephalosaurs, and the crests of the duck-billed hadrosaurs – likely served no function other than to differentiate species, akin to birds’ colorful feather ornamentation.” If they evolved as decorations, maybe heat exchange was an “exaptation” – i.e., an incidental benefit. (Some stegosaur-like species have little or no plates.) Sexual selection is not a likely explanation, though. Kevin Padian said, “we don’t see a clear distinction between male and female stegosaurs. Without sexual dimorphism [physical distinctions between male and female], you have no evidence for sexual selection, so you can’t invoke sexual display as an explanation.” Neither does defense make sense. The structures were too flimsy to provide protection; the munch from an allosaur would be “like biting through a sandwich.” Padian argued for the only explanation left: that the structures were for “elaborate displays for social group recognition,” like bird calls, underscoring the “importance of behavior to evolution.”The structures would have to be pretty large and elaborate to function for social group recognition. How many lucky mutations did that take? A mole or nub on one stegosaur’s back would probably not be enough to get the ball rolling, to make all the others think that it was so attractive, he or she would be the only one getting a mate. Maybe some things in nature are just for looks and contribute little or nothing to survival of the fittest. Structures might be amplified by microevolution into extreme forms, but Darwinian theory would have a hard time explaining how they got there in the first place.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
The Soweto Gospel Choir has been inundated with congratulatory messages, following their third Grammy win this weekend.The choir was recognised at the 2019 GRAMMY Awards in Los Angeles, taking home Best World Music album for their latest offering Freedom.In 2007, the group won their first Grammy in the category Best Traditional World Music for their album Blessed, and took home the same award a year later for African Spirit.President Cyril Ramaphosa conveyed his delight in how the group successfully represents South Africa to the world. He tweeted:“Congratulations to the Soweto Gospel Choir for being awarded the Best World Music album for ‘Freedom’ at the #GRAMMYs. This is the choir’s third Grammy award and we thank them for telling our story to the world and flying the flag high.”According to their website, the Soweto Gospel Choir consists of talented individuals from churches in and around Soweto. The choir was “formed to celebrate the unique and inspirational power of African Gospel music, and is dedicated to sharing the joy of faith through music with audiences around the world.”Brand South Africa is proud celebrate the collective that continues to portray an unmatched level of excellence on a global scale.
Frank Landman Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Frank is a freelance journalist who has worked in various editorial capacities for over 10 years. He covers trends in technology as they relate to business. Related Posts Today’s kids are growing up in an IoT-centric world where they’ve had a device in their hands for as long as they can remember. Hand an iPad to a three-year-old, and they’ll quickly figure out how to use it. Not only are today’s devices immediately intuitive to young kids, but the internet is always on. There’s no delay in gratification to connect. Just pick up a device, open YouTube’s app, and start watching videos, all by tapping the screen with your finger.Our plug-and-play world is the unavoidable result of advancements in computer technology. Processing power continues to increase while the size of devices decreases. Desktop computers have gone from giant towers to portable units like the Mac Mini and similar Windows-based micro desktops.Smartphones have replaced standard cellphones and provide a computer in anyone’s pocket. Kids as young as 6 ask for iPads for Christmas. While a device in a kid’s hand gives parents a break, it’s an addiction that causes damage in ways they don’t realize.Too much screen time can cause brain damageIt might sound strange to think staring at a screen can cause brain damage. Brain damage is serious; how could that happen? Aren’t these devices supposed to give kids an educational edge? How can educational games cause brain damage?According to Dr. Aric Sigman, an associate fellow of the British Psychological Society, too much screen time impedes a child’s ability to develop focus, concentration, and communication skills. Instead of engaging with people and learning to exchange ideas and information, the child’s experience becomes one-sided. This one-sided approach to life will stay with them for the rest of their lives.When they become a teenager, they’ll post their opinion on social media and won’t know how to handle criticism, skepticism, or simple conversation involving ideas beyond their view. To them, sharing isn’t an invitation for a conversation. It’s an opportunity to assert their opinion and argue with anyone who doesn’t agree because they never learned how to be wrong. They’ll spend their lives trying to be right, destroying relationships and burning bridges in the process.When a child spends most of their life interacting with a device, they don’t develop the ability to sense and feel other people’s emotions while communicating – a skill necessary to develop empathy. Words exchanged in text messages and on social media, even with emoticons, are empty. Electronic communication doesn’t allow anyone to feel the other person’s experience. Someone could be ready to commit suicide, text a friend to say “I love you,” and their friend might think it’s just a kind gesture.Some might say balance is the answer, but what does that actually mean? Two hours of screen time for every two hours of outdoor play? No screen time until homework is done? What happens when school assignments are provided that must be completed online or with school-issued tablets?Is a balanced digital life even possible today?Most parents want their kids to live a balanced life, but is that possible anymore? What would a balanced life look like in this age of mass digital consumption?One blogger from Fresh n’ Lean writes about their struggle to achieve balance, and the realization that balance doesn’t exist – not even in nature. Balance is a paradigm based on belief. In yoga terms, balance is not striking and holding a pose. It’s flowing with the movements affecting your pose. Balance is being able to respond, adjust, and adapt swiftly.If balance is a state of constant adaptation, helping kids achieve balance in a digital world might mean going easy with a digital detox. Instead of angrily taking away devices as punishment, responding to the situation as you would help a drug addict seems more effective. The idea is to slowly wean them off the addiction, so that by the end of the detox, they have the willpower to choose to put down a device.Remember that a digital device is a child’s lifeParents with younger kids can restrict the use of devices by designating specific times for their use, but what can be done about teenagers? Teens want to fit in, and that includes having all the electronic devices their friends have, smartphones included. Many teenagers live their entire lives on social media and through text messaging. To a teen, taking away their phone is like removing them from their entire life.Teens handle being grounded better than having their electronics taken away. In 2013, Ronald Jackson was put through the wringer after taking away his 12-year-old daughter’s iPhone for sending an inappropriate text message. The girl told her mother, Jackson’s ex-partner, and Jackson was quickly arrested and charged with property theft, a Class B misdemeanor. The judge sided with Jackson.Other kids have experienced far worse. YouTube is filled with countless videos showing angry parents destroying their kids’ electronics. Like this mom who smashed her kid’s laptop when he put off doing the dishes for two hours. Another parent destroyed his son’s video games with a lawn mower to teach him a lesson. Other parents shoot their kids’ video game consoles with a handgun, while most just smash everything to bits with a sledgehammer.While the reaction of smashing electronics to bits seems a little over the top, it’s a testament to how desperate some parents feel about getting their kids back into the real world.Schools with upgraded technology are making it harderSchools have always been notoriously behind with the technology they provide for student use, but that’s changing. Day trips to the school’s computer lab to learn how to type on a real keyboard will soon be a thing of the past. With current computer technology becoming affordable, schools are phasing out computer labs in favor of having students use tablets at their desks. Since kids as young as seven years old (or younger) already have tablets and smartphones, they won’t need much instruction. Instead, “computer time” or, “tablet time” will be used to enhance other areas of learning.Providing kids with tablets to use in class seems like a good idea. They’re cheap enough now, so why not? The problem is, kids already spend too much time on their personal devices when they’re not at school. Sticking a tablet in their hands at school means they’re spending nearly every waking moment staring at a screen.Adults – even Millennials who grew up with technology – didn’t grow up like this. Although Millennials did grow up with smartphones, few have been using them since the age of two.Adults older than the Millennial generation are especially clueless about the harm done by social media. They grew up with one foot in and one foot out of technology. Today’s kids are all in, and they’re paying the price.Smartphones make schoolyard drama worseNot long ago, gossip was limited to verbal exchanges, notes, and graffiti in the bathroom. If you wanted to tell someone off, you had to say it to their face. When you say something hurtful to someone in person, you can see the pain in their facial expression. If they hurt, it makes you feel bad.The anonymity of social media allows for the expression of hateful, hurtful messages that nobody would be brave enough to say to someone’s face. When you type out an email or a social media post, you don’t see the other person’s reaction, making it easy to be mean.Digital detoxing might be more of a psychological approachIn a world where almost every necessary interaction can take place online from behind a computer screen, the need for personal interaction is slowly phasing out of existence. We can pay bills, buy groceries, and watch movies without leaving our couch. We don’t even have to pick up the phone to talk to another human being. Knowing all of that, an effective digital detox might be more of a psychological approach to how devices are used, rather than abstaining from using them.Smartphones and tablets are here to stay, and they’re actually quite useful. The key is getting kids to refrain from using their devices in ways that divide them from their peers, and dehumanize others. Instead of only sharing their experiences over social media, kids should learn to share with their friends in person, too. A kid who regularly engages with people in real life has a better chance at developing those important communication skills that get lost in the world of IoT. Tags:#Detox From Digital Devices#IoT-centric world#kids Follow the Puck Top 5 Areas Where Companies Want IoT Solutions
Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Brad AndersonEditor In Chief at ReadWrite What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces GIPHY, an online database and search engine that allows users to search for and share short looping videos with no sound, that resemble animated GIF files, introduced GIPHY SDK. With this new feature, they have made it even easier to integrate this GIF library into your own app. And, even better, GIPHY SDK is free for the developer community. New Content and Formats The latest offering from GIPHY is made specifically for developers and product designers so they can directly access GIPHY’s GIFs and stickers. It only takes a few lines of code to add all types of popular visual content to your app. It is made for apps that use either iOS or Android. The company partners with tens of thousands of content partners and unique artists. That way, users can enjoy unique entertainment and sports content. It also gives users the ability to tap into the company’s new content, which includes GIPHY Emoji and Text. Exclusive SDK FeaturesAlso exclusively available, developers can select from new formats and content-drops. Pre-built, customizable template options are available in both dark and light UI formats to fit your app.Search and SecurityGIPHY has a powerful search algorithm to make it easy to find the right GIF for your app. This works exceptionally well, considering the tens of thousands of choices they offer. GIPHY’s other strong point is its security measures. They moderate all the content available through their database to ensure it is safe and acceptable. Power Your CreativityThis creativity tool is now powered with even more options and ways to engage with your audience in a fun, imaginative way. You can get started using it by visiting their new DevPortal, which is found at developers.giphy.com. From there, click ‘create an app’ to receive an API key and you can start powering your creativity. Brad is the editor overseeing contributed content at ReadWrite.com. He previously worked as an editor at PayPal and Crunchbase. You can reach him at brad at readwrite.com. Related Posts How to Choose Top iOS App Development Tools
Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now A sales leader was unhappy with his sales team’s performance. He was upset because they missed their number for the third quarter in a row, and he was under a great deal of pressure from the board of directors.He said, “I hate this sales team. They can’t negotiate, and they can’t close.” After pausing to reflect on what he just said, he continued, “I am going to fire all of them and start over.”When he finished, I said, “I accept your premise. They aren’t great at negotiating and they can’t close business.” Then, I asked him, “What do we do with the third group?” The sales leader looked confused. “I don’t get it. What do you mean?”I repeated myself. “What are we going to do with the third group?” Now he was miffed. He said, “I still don’t get it. What are you saying.” I continued, “When you hire the second group and they fail for these very same reasons, what are you going to do with the third group.”He was taken aback. He said, “Are you saying that I am responsible. That this is me?” Diplomatically, I said, “Well, not just you . . .”If this sales leader wasn’t giving this team the mindset, skill sets, tool kits, leadership, development, and coaching they needed to succeed, how would replacing them with another group that would be equally neglected produce better results?The leader is responsible for their team’s performance. Some people are poor performers because they are lazy. Many of them may be disengaged. A few of them are burnt out. None of these reasons, or any others you might add to this list, are the root cause of their poor performance.Most people aren’t lazy, disengaged, or obstinate. They’re just poorly led.What will you do with your third group?
Following Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari’s recommendation to impose President’s Rule in Maharashtra, the BJP’s core committee held an urgent meeting on Tuesday afternoon to discuss the way forward. While the party’s head offices at Nariman Point bore a deserted look, a senior BJP leader said the party was keeping open the option of talks with the Shiv Sena in case the latter wanted to continue with the grand alliance.“The doors for talks between the BJP and the Shiv Sena are never closed, though one of their Ministers have resigned at the Centre. As far we are concerned, the door for talks are open,” a senior BJP Minister said. Former Chief Minister and BJP’s legislative head in the State Devendra Fadnavis said it was unfortunate that despite a clear mandate for the alliance, a government could not be formed in the State. “It is unfortunate that the Governor had to impose President’s Rule. We hope the State gets a stable government very soon,” he said.Senior BJP leader Ashish Shelar later visited Sena leader and Rajya Sabha member Sanjay Raut at Lilavati Hospital where he is recovering from a surgery. However, BJP leaders denied speculation that the visit had anything to do with government formation. “The BJP leaders were visiting Raut to only check on his health. We all know him (Raut) on a personal level and so were wishing him speedy recovery,” said a senior BJP leader.BJP leader Narayan Rane said the party was hopeful of forming a government.“We do not think the Shiv Sena can go in alliance with the Congress and the NCP in the long run. We are still making all efforts to have our government installed in the future,” Mr. Rane said. “This will have an impact on the poor of the State as we go through tough times ahead,” he said
Rupinderpal Singh, Akshdeep Singh, Ramandeep Singh, Danish Mujtaba and VR Raghunath were on target for IndiaDespite drag-flick specialist VR Raghunath missing as many as eight penalty corners and Rupinderpal Singh sustaining a serious thigh injury, India managed a 7-0 victory over minnows Oman in the men’s hockey event at the Asian Games, here on Tuesday.For India, Rupinderpal (18th, 19th min) successfully converted two penalty corners before limping off the field after scoring the second goal. The unbelievably off-colour Raghunath (39th, 60th min) managed two goals via penalty stroke and penalty corner.Akshdeep Singh (33rd), Ramandeep Singh (54th) and Danish Mujtaba (60th) were the other scorers.The worrying factor for India will be ace drag-flicker Rupinderpal’s injury before the crucial game against arch-rivals Pakistan.After a barren first quarter, India opened the account in the 18th minute when Rupinderpal’s rasping drag-flick hit the top of the right side. In the very next minute, he was again on target but was seen in considerable pain after successful conversion. He limped off the field and didn’t come back for the rest of the 41 minutes.However, it was big-bodied Raghunath, who would like to forget this match quickly as he seemed to be on a missing spree as he spurned one drag-flick after another.There was a spell of five minutes between the 21st and 25th minute when India were successful in earning five penalty corners, but Raghunath missed all five. The last one in fact he even failed to trap.In the third quarter, Raghunath was saved from blushes when Akshdeep deflected home yet another misdirected penalty corner hit to make it 3-0 in the 33rd minute.advertisementFinally, in the 39th minute (9th minute of 3rd quarter), Raghunath found his name on the scorers’ list as he converted a penalty stroke to make it 4-0.But such has been Raghu’s performance today that he could not even manage a smile after scoring.The final quarter saw India score three more goals with two of them coming in the last minute of the match.It was ironical that Raghunath finally found the target with the 10th drag-flick and the grumpy defender left the field despite a big margin of victory.
Newcastle legend Shearer: Almiron has no confidence whatsoeverby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveToon legend Alan Shearer was unimpressed by Newcastle United’s performance in their 0-0 draw with Brighton.United had chances to win but they had far inferior possession statistics and were indebted to Fabian Schar for keeping out Aaron Mooy’s shot. Even the late introduction of Andy Carroll to attempt to spark the team into life didn’t work. Analysing the match, Shearer said of his former side: “You can see why both of these teams are struggling to score. I thought it was a poor game. Brighton were the better team, Newcastle were really poor.“But still had two very, very good chances they should have scored from. The first one Almiron had no confidence whatsoever. I never fancied him to score. He desperately needs a goal, still hasn’t scored.“And then Joelinton finds himself eight yards out and with a free header (from a corner). He should score.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say