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first_imgA SUMMER sunshine beamed its rays down on Sean MacCumhaill Park this afternoon for the 2019 Donegal SFC semi-finals.Champions Gaoth Dobhair overcame Kilcar 3-8 to 0-12 to return to the final, where they will defend Dr Maguire and also put their Ulster SFC title on the line.Standing between the Gaoth Dobhair men and retention of their silverware will be Naomh Conaill, who edged St Eunan’s 0-15 to 1-11 in the first semi-final. After losing the last two finals, Naomh Conaill will be aiming for a case of third time lucky. A healthy attendance of 5,400 saw the action unfold.Pictures by Evan Logan …A section of the large crowd at Sunday’s game.Hugh, Geraldine, Francie, Eddie and Tommy enjoying the occasion.Eddie Crawford and Malachy McCann.A section of the large crowd at Sunday’s game.Glenfin men Hugh, Seamus, John and Seamus enjoying a half time cuppa.Gaoth Dobhair supporters Aoibhin, Emma and Roisin before Sunday’s big game.A section of the large crowd at Sunday’s game.A section of the large crowd at Sunday’s game.Kilcar supporters Saoirse, Cliodhna and Laina.A section of the large crowd at Sunday’s game.Kilcar supporters Ciara, Katie, Mollie and Kelsey.Naomh Conaill supporters Jade, Cathy, Andrea, Lara and Abbi celebrate their big win.Picture special from Donegal senior championship semi-finals was last modified: October 6th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:2019 Donegal SFCGaoth DobhairkilcarNaomh ConaillSt Eunanslast_img read more

first_imgThese are the dog days of summer, a time when Bay Area hockey aficionados can do nothing more than count down the days — 29 more till the first game of the exhibition season. To pass the time, you might check out bottom-six forward Marcus Sorenson doing leg lunges during a workout on his social media or resort to watching a game of baseball or spending time with your children.Or we could reflect on the Joe Pavelski Era to determine whether the captain’s departure will be a …last_img

first_imgCalling an Animal a Dinosaur Does Not Make It Oneby Jerry Bergman, PhDA new fossil discovered in northeastern China recently was described by Reuters as a “feathered dinosaur a bit bigger than a blue jay that possessed bat-like wings [which] represents a remarkable but short-lived detour in the evolution of flight and the advent of birds.”[1] A 3-D reconstruction, completed at the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, China on May 8, 2019 shows it flew with bat-like membranous wings. The Jurassic Period dinosaur Ambopteryx, (meaning “both wings”) longibrachium (meaning “long arm”) looks nothing like a dinosaur, so why call it a dinosaur?Artwork from the Reuters articleAmbopteryx was not a bird, either, because its wings were “made of skin supported by a long, pointed wrist bone, dramatically different from the distinctive feathered wings of birds.”[2] The reconstruction by the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology, as well as the description made by a careful examination of the fossil, makes it look almost identical to an extinct bat. They want it to look like a dinosaur because evolutionists consider it additional evidence of the so-called “feathered dinosaurs” discovered recently. They think this one adds evidence supporting their theory that dinosaurs evolved into birds. The bat discovered is presented as evidence of an “alternate evolutionary path for airborne dinosaurs.”[3] In short, the bat is called a dinosaur, and not a bat, because the scenario that it evolved from a theropod dinosaur on its way to evolving into a modern bat supports Darwinism.The scientific reports explain aviation pioneers, like birds and bats, dabbled with various experimental flying machines and, like Orville and Wilbur Wright, after lots of trial and error failure finally got it right and were able to fly successfully. Likewise, Dunham writes, “there was an analogous period of flight experimentation among dinosaurs before small feathered ones evolved into the first birds about 150 million [Darwin] years ago.”[4] The scientific report in Nature added that this fossil demonstrates, “close to the origin of flight, dinosaurs closely related to birds were experimenting with a diversity of wing structures…. membranous wings—a flight apparatus that was previously unknown among theropods but that is used by both the pterosaur and bat lineages.”[5] The Nature report humbly admitted this just-so-story “was not universally accepted.”So, the paleontologists report, evolution was “experimenting” like the Wright Brothers until they figured out the details of flight, such as wing warp and the Bernoulli effect. Likewise, dinosaurs “experimented”  until they successfully accomplished flight and were on their way to becoming birds. [Did they do this on purpose, using intelligent design?] This is absurd. Evolution cannot think, experiment, plan ahead or design. In the words of  Professor Gander: “Evolution cannot get ‘hung up’ on one type of design, or one type of solution to a given survival problem…. So it could never ‘plan ahead,’ even if such planning could produce a really good design…. Say evolution wanted to produce a nice, clear, well-formed lens… evolution must take steps [and as a result of trial and error]…  organisms may evolve organs that can appear rather poorly designed in retrospect.”[6]Another issue is that, unlike any known bird, “Ambopteryx had membranous wings resembling pterosaurs, flying reptiles that appeared roughly 230 million [Darwin] years ago, and bats, flying mammals that appeared roughly 50 million [Darwin] years ago.”[7] So why call it a dinosaur? In spite of this problem, evolution forces ancient animals to appear to be a link to something more advanced. Clearly defined anatomy-based categories exist for both “bird” and “dinosaur,” but evolution requires a bird-to-dinosaur transition, and since Ambopteryx bat is very old, it must be some sort of transition to something else and more research will hopefully tell us exactly what it evolved into.[8] So for now we will call it a dinosaur, even though it is nothing like any dinosaur we have ever seen. Riley Black remarked that “dinosaurs and non-dinosaurs are often indiscriminately intermingled without much thought to the fact that the word dinosaur doesn’t apply to just anything…. Dinosaurs are their own discrete group, in other words, joined to all the rest of their family through their common ancestry and identified through the traits of their hips that have been maintained from the Triassic to the present.”[9]One major trait of dinosaurs is they are egg-laying reptiles. I was unable to find any evidence that Ambopteryx bats were egg-laying reptiles. Conversely, bats are nocturnal mammals, not reptiles, usually frugivorous or insectivorous that possess wings formed from four elongated digits of the forelimb covered by a cutaneous membrane. They have good vision but often rely on echolocation and give birth to their young which they breast feed. Another example of attempting to fit the Ambopteryx discovery into an evolutionary scenario is the claim that, although “Ambopteryx longibrachium was likely a glider, the fossil is helping scientists discover how dinosaurs first took to the skies.”[10]  In a Darwinian trance, Black speculates,in the depths of the Jurassic, feathered dinosaurs started to take to the air. Clawed arms that had evolved to snatch and catch began to take on a new aerodynamic role, and feather-coated limbs began flapping as the earliest avian dinosaurs overcame gravity to leave the surface of the Earth behind. But not all fluffy saurians launched into the air the same way. An unexpected discovery from China reveals an enigmatic family of dinosaurs with bat-like wings… The dinosaur’s wings were more like those of bats, which wouldn’t evolve for more than 100 million [Darwin] years, or like the leathery wings of contemporary flying reptiles called pterosaurs.So, this dinosaur is said to have evolved into bats? This find was not speculation by amateurs, but written up in the most prestigious science journal Nature by leading researchers claiming that “Powered flight evolved independently in vertebrates in the pterosaurs, birds and bats, each of which has a different configuration of the bony elements and epidermal structures that form the wings.” That hints that the Ambopteryx find may be actually have been the precursor of modern bats as this paper has concluded, and not a dinosaur evolving into a bird as other authors imply.[11]Even the National Geographic called it a “New species of bat-wing dinosaur,” and repeated the claim that the bat was “a bizarre predator: a tiny dinosaur that glided from tree to tree with leathery, bat-like wings. The newfound fossil, … is just the …  first dinosaur ever found with bat-like wings.[12] The study author, Min Wang, added “it shows that some dinosaurs evolved very different structures to become volant,” meaning capable of some form of flight.Conclusion: The Bare FactsThe simplest story of the find is it is more evidence that the living world contains an enormous amount of variety, and this is just another example. Fully one in five mammals living on earth today is a bat—the only mammal kind containing more species than rodents.[13]  Bats exist in an extraordinary diversity of lifestyles and morphologies.  The oldest known complete fossil bat is a Icaronycteris dated by Neo-Darwinists back to the Eocene, over 50 million years ago.  Since then, their evolution has been “near stagnation.”[14]In other words the first bat was a bat, not something evolving into a bat. Unfortunately, instead of letting the evidence speak for itself, the Darwin-tinted glasses distort reality. What clearly appears to be another example of an extinct bat is interpreted as a dinosaur evolving into something else. The evidence testifies to the fact that bats have always been bats, and Ambopteryx appears to be one of the many existing kinds of bats.References[1] Dunham, Will. 2019.  Bat-winged dinosaur was intriguing detour in evolution of flight. Science News, May 8. https://uk.reuters.com/article/us-science-dinosaur/bat-winged-dinosaur-was-intriguing-detour-in-evolution-of-flight-idUKKCN1SE2BN[2] Dunham, 2019.[3] Black, Riley. 2019. Newly discovered bat-like dinosaur reveals the intricacies of prehistoric flight. https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/newly-discovered-bat-dinosaur-reveals-intricacies-prehistoric-flight-180972128/.[4] Dunham, 2019.[5] Black, 2019.[6] Gander, Eric. M. 2004. On Our Minds: How Evolutionary Psychology Is Reshaping the Nature versus Nurture Debate. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press.[7] Dunham, 2019.[8] Sloan, C. 1999. “Feathers for T. rex?” National Geographic, 196 (5): 99-103.[9] Black, Riley. 2017. What Makes a Dinosaur a Dinosaur? December 8.https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ask-smithsonian-what-is-dinosaur-180967448/[10] Black, Riley. 2019.[11] Wang, Min. 2019. A new Jurassic scansoriopterygid and the loss of membranous wings in theropod dinosaurs. Nature. 569:256-259, May 8.[12] Greshko, Michael. 2019. New species of bat-wing dinosaur discovered. https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2019/05/ambopteryx-new-species-bat-wing-dinosaur-discovered-china/[13] Sears, Karen, et al., 2006; Sears, Karen E., Richard R. Behringer, John J. Rasweiler IV, and Lee A. Niswander,  2006.  “Development of Bat Flight: Morphologic and Molecular Evolution of Bat Wing Digits.”  Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, 103(17):6581-6586, p. 6581.[14] Van Valen, Leigh. 1979. “The Evolution of Bats.”  Evolutionary Theory, 4(3):103-121, p. 110. Dr. Jerry Bergman has taught biology, genetics, chemistry, biochemistry, anthropology, geology, and microbiology at several colleges and universities including for over 40 years at Bowling Green State University, Medical College of Ohio where he was a research associate in experimental pathology, and The University of Toledo. He is a graduate of the Medical College of Ohio, Wayne State University in Detroit, the University of Toledo, and Bowling Green State University. He has over 1,300 publications in 12 languages and 40 books and monographs. His books and textbooks that include chapters that he authored, are in over 1,500 college libraries in 27 countries. So far over 80,000 copies of the 40 books and monographs that he has authored or co-authored are in print. For more articles by Dr Bergman, see his Author Profile.(Visited 451 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

first_imgNAB is probably the biggest event of the film, TV and video industry when it comes to new tools, equipment and software. This roundup of roundups will fill you in on the latest products and developments.Whether you made it to NAB 2014 to see the sights for yourself or not, there were plenty of interesting announcements, product updates, new cameras and other new technology to keep up to date with. As an editor the most interesting developments were around all the major NLE’s, DaVinci Resolve 11 and more and more Thunderbolt peripherals. But that’s just a tiny slice of all that happens each year at the epic National Association of Broadcasters. So let’s dive in…NAB 2014 in ReviewOne of the simplest ways to get a quick overview of the most important take-aways from NAB 2014, is to digest a few of the many summary blog posts from some of the industries top pundits. To kick us off, Studio Daily has an excellent post summarizing the Top 10 Big Ideas In Production and Post, highlighting some of the best hardware, software, price drops and innovative new technologies coming out this year.Most Innovative Idea for Production: Andra Motion FocusCameras were big at NAB, but the closest thing to a game-changer in the trenches of production was the Andra follow-focus system. It uses a magnetic field and sensors to track motion of a subject, controlling a motor that keeps it in focus, or that rack-focuses quickly and precisely to a pre-determined point.If you want more info on the magical Andra magnetic follow focus system News Shooter has a great post here.One of the industries most reliable and readable bloggers is Oliver Peters, and in this summary post he covers everything from 4K, the death of I/O cards, developments for film and why nearly two hours of non-stop funk/dance/disco helped make NAB 2014 a hit for him.Mac Pro. The new Mac Pro was all over the show in numerous booths. Various companies showed housings and add-ons to mount the Mac Pro for various applications. Lots of Thunderbolt products on display to address expandability for this unit, as well as Apple laptops and eventually PCs that will use Thunderbolt technology. The folks at FCPworks showed a nice DIT table/cart designed to hold a Mac Pro, keyboard, monitoring and other on-set essentials.Below The Line News has a detailed write up of the show, headlining with something that seems to be making the most noise in the industry is Avid’s new moves with the launch of the Avid Customer Associate, Connect and Avid Everywhere.Launch members of the association include the usual suspects – news and current affairs producers, big broadcasters, and so on – indicating a healthy level of support for the new organization. That said, while the company was eager to discuss the greater integration of its products under the Avid Everywhere banner, one might have formed the cautious impression that Avid is, like its competitors, struggling to excite people with new edit features in such a mature field of software design.Author and trainer Larry Jordan, shared his thoughts on NAB 2014, rounding up many of the announcements and press-releases that spill out before the NAB show officially launches. He makes an interesting point at the bottom of his post about the state of Thunderbolt 2.I also gained some behind-the-scenes insight on why Thunderbolt devices are talking so long to come to market. While no one will say so directly, I suspect this the result of two principle factors: 1. A lack of Thunderbolt 2 chipsets which manufacturers can integrate into their products. 2. Issues with the certification process requiring more than the usual number of hoops for manufacturers to jump through. I’m continuing to follow this and will write more about it as I learn more.For hours and hours of interviews from the NAB show floor you should also check out The Digital Production Buzz’s coverage of NAB, which Larry co-presents. Another industry pundit weighing in on NAB 2014 is Bob Zelin from Creative Cow. His round up has a strong hardware focus – his favorite product of the show was the new Sonnect xMacPro rack mount –  peppered with plenty of advice on the changing nature of the industry.My favorite booth, and my favorite product was Sonnet Technologies, that showed their newxMac Pro. It takes the silly round new Mac Pro, and puts it into a standard 4 rack unit rack mount case. Inside this case is a 3 slot PCIe expansion chassis, which connects to your new Mac Pro with a Thunderbolt 2 cable. This allows you to continue using your AJA/Blackmagic/Matrox/Sonnet/ATTO cards that you already own, and add USB3 cards, and anything else that you can think of, without having to buy special new Thunderbolt 2 versions of the same products.Lastly the three Coloristos (colorists Juan Salvo, Josh Petok and Jason Myres) share their thoughts on the industries movements in this insightful conversation – live from the NAB show floor. Although they’re talking as colorists, there’s plenty of great insight for any one working in the film and television industry, with all sides of production and post covered in detail. Also for even more colorist related NAB links and resources, colorist and trainer Patrick Inhofer’s Tao of Color post-NAB newsletter is stocked full of them. NAB 2014 Videos & InterviewsThanks largely to @doubleprecision I’ve gathered together a whole host of video collections from many of the major blogs and industry sites covering the event. If you click on the links below you’ll be able to jump to each other their entire collections, where I’ve just pulled a taster video out. There are many hours of interviews to digest if you have the time!Post Perspective NAB Videos  – View the entire collection.Pro Video Coalition NAB Videos – Jump to PVC’s Vimeo ChannelCinema 5D NAB Videos – Visit Cinema 5D Vimeo ChannelNext Wave DV NAB Videos – View the entire YouTube ChannelKeycode Media NAB Videos  – Hit the KeyCode Media YouTube ChannelNo Film School NAB Videos – Jump to the No Film School channelHD Video Pro  – Check out the entire Vimeo ChannelLens Pro To Go NAB Videos – Hit the entire LPTG Vimeo Channel B&H Video & Audio NAB Videos – Check out the B&H Youtube ChannelNews Shooter NAB Videos – Check out News Shooter on Youtubelast_img read more