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first_imgWith Christmas inching ever closer, The Late Late Toy Show have begun accepting applications!Admission is free if you’re chosen to attend, and you can get a front-row seat to see Ryan Turbridy showcase some of this year’s coolest toys that Santa’s helpers are bound to be busy making in preparation for Santa’s visit to little boys and girls’ houses across the globe on Christmas Eve.An RTÉ spokesperson says; “We would like to mention that demand for tickets is much greater than supply so in the interest of fairness we operate a lottery system for ticket allocation.” “Last year we received over 120,000 individual Toy Show ticket applications. We no longer operate a waiting list for audience tickets. Following application, we will contact you with full details if your name is selected for tickets.”To enter click here!Fancy going to The Late Late Toy Show this year? was last modified: October 15th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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)last_img read more

first_imgAfter a disastrous start to its 2018 campaign, the College of the Redwoods mens basketball team will now turn to a new head coach after now-former head coach Aaron Hungerford was dismissed from his role following a DUI arrest early Monday morning.Darren Turpin, currently an assistant coach with the CR womens basketball team, will serve as interim head coach for the remainder of the Corsairs’ season, starting on Jan. 2.CR’s Athletic Director Bob Brown said Hungerford was dismissed from his …last_img read more

first_imgA squid whose scientific name means “vampire from hell” wears specs with excellent specs (that’s lenses with excellent specifications, for the pun-challenged).  Elisabeth Pennisi in Science reported on a talk given at an Arizona science conference about the vampire squid, whose “lenses are designed for seeing details, even in virtual darkness.”  Researchers studying cephalopod eyes found interesting optical features in the eyes of this species.  “Seeing clearly underwater requires a special spherical lens with a high refractive index in the center but a lower index toward the edge,” explained Pennisi.  In the vampire squid, “This gradation is achieved with progressively lower concentrations, from the lens’s center outward, of proteins called crystallins.”    How well does this design work?  Pennisi ends,After her study, [Alison] Sweeney [Duke U] is deeply impressed by cephalopod vision.  Indeed, she noted, the shipboard tests showed that the vampire squid’s lens, which appeared early in the evolutionary history of cephalopods, “has a visual acuity better than in a state-of-the-art Zeiss dissecting microscope.”Pennisi explained, “For a lens to be transparent, crystallins must stay folded and evenly dispersed to create a glassy state.”  A developmental biologist was quoted as remarking, “It’s amazing how finely tuned the squid lens is to do its job.”    For more on crystallins and how they achieve transparency, see the 08/28/2003 entry.  For another example of a finely-tuned visual system in the marine environment, read about the box jellyfish eye (05/13/2005).1Elisabeth Pennisi, “News Focus SOCIETY FOR INTEGRATIVE AND COMPARATIVE BIOLOGY MEETING: Loopy Lens Proteins Provide Squid With Excellent Eyesight,” Science, 26 January 2007: Vol. 315. no. 5811, p. 456, DOI: 10.1126/science.315.5811.456a.It’s sad that this article was suffused with evolutionary storytelling.  The biologists told a fable about how the crystallins became optimized after some ancient gene duplication event, and that the “old” crystallins were on the periphery, and the “new” ones in the center of the lens.  Moreover, this lucky accident that produced a lens superior to Carl Zeiss specifications happened multiple times in different lineages!  The fability (01/16/2007 commentary) of Darwinians is fabulous.    Pray for poor Elisabeth.  She comes up with some of the most amazing examples of design in her reports for Science (e.g., next entry) but always has to tow the Darwin Party line.  Such mandatory myopia must be causing a splitting headache.  Suggested therapy: take the blinders off.(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

first_imghttp://www.livescience.com/46540-liberals-dont-hate-authority.html(Visited 23 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Some scientists try to put conservatives and liberals in test tubes.  This can cause fireworks.Shedding Colored LightPhysOrg asked a question that seems odd for a science site: “Are conservatives more obedient and agreeable than their liberal counterparts?” The article went on to clarify the questions:Over the last few years, we’ve seen increasing dissent among liberals and conservatives on important issues such as gun control, health care and same-sex marriage. Both sides often have a difficult time reconciling their own views with their opposition, and many times it appears that liberals are unable to band together under a unifying platform. Why do conservatives appear to have an affinity for obeying leadership? And why do conservatives perceive greater consensus among politically like-minded others?Two studies publishing in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin shed light on these questions.It’s not clear that all observers would perceive the same things here.   The dissent between liberals and conservatives is clear enough, but the article is built on subjective impressions: “it appears that” and “appear to“.  To whom?  Doubtless, some conservatives would deny these impressions, pointing to the last Presidential campaign and the continuing onslaught of liberal victories under the Obama administration on the one hand, and the inability of Republicans to band together on a consistent platform on the other.  So are Jeremy Frimer and Chadley Stern steering their own biases to shed colored light on the question?In their surveys, they admitted that “Testing the participants perceptions proved trickier than expected,” but it’s not clear they overcame biased perceptions with their human lab rats.  On Live Science, though, reporter Stephanie Pappas jumped right into the colored light with her headline, “Liberals Don’t Hate Authority After All.”  The presumption is that science can be neutral, objective, and authoritative on such matters.  How many participants are required to get a reasonable opinion?  How were the questions framed?  How did the questioners behave in terms of dress, body language and tone of voice?  Many such factors could sway the results.The researchers extrapolated their results into even more dubious areas, like why the Tea Party “appeared” to succeed more than the Occupy Wall Street movement.  It’s doubtful that those two movements are even comparable.  Even more quizzical, the researchers considered liberal attraction to Che Guevara as a kind of submission to authority, even though Guevara was a violent radical trying to overthrow authority.  On top of that, Friberg wandered outside of science to make a moral judgment: “Frimer said he hopes the findings can be used to bring left and right together.”  If he were a chemist, would he hope his findings could be used to bring cesium and water together?  (watch what happens here).  Friberg voiced a political hope, not a scientific aim.  It’s not even the best option in many contexts.  If one group is wise and the other foolish, bringing them together defeats the wisdom.  If one group is violent and the other peaceful, bringing them together is suicidal.Tragedy of the Liberal CommonsAnother example of scientists dabbling with politics comes from Yale University.  At the outset it might be noted that economics has a bit more scientific cred than political psychology, being law-governed and mathematical, but even with that, economists tend to sort out into political ideologies.  In their analysis of a “public goods” problem, to try to find solutions yielding sustainability for limited resources, they did find, fortunately, that democracy works.  When participants were allowed to vote on allotments considering their own needs and those of future generations, sustainable solutions emerged (provided that votes were binding, an implicit requirement for rule of law).But the Harvard and Yale psychologists only analyzed the situation in terms of “fair share” proportions, as if assuming a zero-sum game.  Conservative economists argue that economics is not a zero-sum game.  Private property rights, free market economics and individual liberties actually increase goods, creating wealth and promoting prosperity for all.  The people using the phrase “fair share” are wealth redistributionists (including President Obama, who uses the term often while deriding conservatives).  The psychologists’ experimental setup, therefore, contained an intrinsic liberal bias—hardly a good scientific practice.Academic Freedom for TerroristsOn July 2, Nature’s editors bemoaned the decline in “academic freedom” in Egypt since the crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood, a terrorism-promoting international movement.  This is a bit hypocritical, since Nature consistently denies academic freedom to critics of Darwin or skeptics of man-caused global warming.  In this case, though, it appears they would be more willing to accept company with known supporters of terrorists than to let the Egyptian government have appointment authority over university administrators – this despite the well-known fact that in the UK and the USA, college campuses have become breeding grounds for terrorist sympathizers (read David Horowitz, a former liberal, on this, or try to find an Israel-supportive faculty in American universities).  Nature moans,Right now, academic freedom in Egypt looks to be in great jeopardy. Academics outside the country can only look on in despair and hope that the strategy of the human-rights network that represents them can at least win its battle for fair treatment of the academics detained for expressing their opinions.But those detained had expressed support for ousted president Morsi, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, who had been actively suppressing the academic freedom of his critics.  Which “academics” should share Nature’s hope?  Are academics a homogeneous group?  Where is that concern for academic freedom when critics of Darwin or of man-caused global warming express their opinions, backing them up with scientific data?  Nature is supposed to be a science journal, but its editors inserted their liberal bias into the fireworks of Egypt, apparently more concerned for the rights of terrorist sympathizers than the ones trying to suppress the violent radicals who blow up college campuses, ending every academic’s freedom.The world has gone crazy.  A prime reason is the abandonment of the principles of America’s Declaration of Independence.  This July 4th, take a moment to re-read that great statement of God-given rights that anchors human happiness firmly in belief in creation.  “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”  The truth of creation is self-evident.  No amount of scientific manipulation can change that.last_img read more

first_imgIt was one of those blink-and-you’ll-miss-it announcements: LinkedIn got an unexpected boost in the middle of Apple’s two-hour keynote presentation this morning at its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC).(See also Apple’s WWDC 2013 Keynote: iOS7, iTunes Radio & New MacBook Airs.)In the next version of the Mac OS X operating system, dubbed Mavericks, users of Apple’s Safari browser will be able to see links shared by their LinkedIn connections, as well as the accounts they follow on Twitter.The utility seems marginal: After all, if you’re using the Safari Web browser, LinkedIn and Twitter’s websites—and a stream of links shared by your connections there—are just one click away.And there’s no reason to believe Safari’s new Shared Links feature will threaten other news-reading tools. Safari’s Reading List tool for saving articles doesn’t seem to have slowed down popular article-saving apps like Pocket or Instapaper.(See also Apple Announces Mac OS X “Mavericks.”)Read All About ItBut the move may be more important in the validation Apple is giving LinkedIn as a media-distribution service.The professional network is already a player in the news-reading game, thanks to the LinkedIn Today feature on its website and its recent acquisition of Pulse, a mobile news-reading app. But LinkedIn is still trying to get users to think of it as a place to read and share professional content, not just to update their resumes.It’s also interesting to see LinkedIn integrated into an operating system at this level—the kind of deal that’s been mostly the domain of Twitter and Facebook to date.(We asked LinkedIn for a statement about the integration, but we stopped reading when we saw that it began with the hackneyed phrase “We are excited …”) A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification owen thomas Tags:#LinkedIn#news apps#news readers#Safari#Web browsers center_img Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Related Posts The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoslast_img read more

first_imgMarathas’ claimHowever, the Marathas of Vadhu-Budruk allege that the account was “a distortion of history” and that it was their ancestors who performed Sambhaji’s final rites.Accordingly, the Marathas, along with the gram panchayat authorities, took strong objection to the plaque, saying it falsified history as there was no documented evidence.On the same day, a complaint was filed by Dalit activists against 49 persons of Vadhu Budruk village under the SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act, for damaging the board, police said. The gram panchayat of Vadhu Budruk also reportedly filed a cross complaint on the matter.“The Bhima-Koregaon violence was an act of provocation carefully calculated in advance by Hindutva outfits and designed to spark tension between Mahar [Dalit] and Maratha communities,” said Santosh Shinde of the pro-Maratha Sambhaji Brigade. The Brigade submitted a memorandum to the Pune Police Commissioner demanding a CBI probe into the issue.Similarly, Sachin Mali of the Kabir Kala Manch, who was present at the time of the clashes, said the villagers of Vadhu Budruk were instigated by rightwing forces to pelt stones at Dalits during the Koregaon-Bhima celebrations.“Several thousands of Hindutva activists were assembled to wreak havoc on the occasion. What were the police doing? Why wasn’t adequate security in place when the dispute at Vadhu-Budruk broke out on December 29? There were no ambulances or adequate security in place,” Mr. Mali told The Hindu.According to him, the clashes were planned to coincide with action in several adjoining villages like Sanaswadi, Shikrapur and Perne.One person, identified as Rahul Phatangale, lost his life in the violence between two groups that was marked by pelting of stones, and several persons were left injured. Scores of vehicle, including police vans, were torched.(With inputs from PTI) RPI supporters gathered at Chembur in Mumbai protesting killing of a person at Bhima Koregaon near Pune on Monday.  The cyber crime cell of the city police issued a notification warning of “stern action against socially divisive social media posts”. Mobile phone jammers continued to be in operation in Koregaon-Bhima and surrounding villages.     Pelting of stonesCommerce and commute in several parts of Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad were thrown off-kilter as State transport buses were pelted with stones during demonstrations by Bhim Sainiks. Traffic had to to be diverted at a number of points. Traffic along the old Mumbai-Pune highway came to a grinding halt due to the demonstrations.By noon, the agitators had compelled several shops and establishments in vital parts of Pune to be shut even as curfew continued to be imposed in the village of Bhima-Koregaon and surrounding villages – the epicenter of the violence — 30 km from the city.There were reports of widespread stone-pelting in Ahmednagar district as well, with lockdowns being observed in several tehsils.Shutdowns were particularly tense in Marathwada where condemnations of the violence became violent.In Hingoli, two jeeps were burnt; a ‘Shivshahi’ AC bus of the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) was damaged in Osmanabad district; and a State transport bus was pelted with stones in Parbhani district. A massive ‘rasta roko’ was staged along the Jalna-Sindkhed road. Mumbai, Pune and several other parts of Maharashtra, remained on edge a day after clashes marred the bicentenary celebrations of the historic 1818 battle of Bhima-Koregaon that concluded on Monday.Tremors of the violence, which left one person dead near Koregaon Bhima village, were felt across several districts in western Maharashtra as well as the Marathwada and Vidarbha regions, as activists of Dalit groups, social outfits and Ambedkarite parties staged road blocks and issued condemnations of the January 1 violence.Local train services disruptedProtesters disrupted suburbs and local train services on the Harbour Line, blocked roads in several areas of Mumbai, forced shops to shut down and attacked a journalist of a television news channel.The Central Railway suspended suburban services between Kurla and Vashi on its harbour corridor and is running special services between CSMT-Kurla and Vashi-Panvel section.Section 144 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) continued to be in force across Pune, Aurangabad and other districts in Marathwada in a bid to preclude stormy clouds of a possible caste conflagration.“We have deployed two companies of the State Reserve Police Force [SRPF] along with several Quick Response Teams [QRT] of the police positioned at sensitive points in Pune city under supervision of senior police personnel,” said Commissioner of Police Rashmi Shukla.Also Read Devendra Fadnavis orders judicial inquiry into Bhima-Koregaon clashes center_img  Cause of the violenceWhile several outfits and parties issued urgent proclamations of restraint, some alleged that the violence was a carefully planned conspiracy by rightwing Hindutva groups.Organisers of the ‘Bhima-Koregaon Shauryadin Prerana Abhiyan’, a committee which held the ‘Elgaar Parishad’ on Sunday in which Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mewani and Radhika Vemula participated, alleged that the clashes were incited by right-wing outfits.According to sources, on December 29, a fierce dispute broke out between upper caste Marathas and Dalits in the village of Vadhu Budruk (around 4 km from Koregaon -Bhima) over a rudimentary plaque erected near the tomb of Govind Ganapat Gaikwad, a Dalit from the Mahar community. He is believed to have performed the final rites of the slain Maratha King Sambhaji (Shivaji’s son).Gaikwad had defied Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb to perform the last rites of Sambhaji after the latter was tortured and murdered by Aurangzeb in 1689.According to history, the Mughals had warned that whoever performed the last rites of Sambhaji would be killed, and no one stepped forward except Gaikwad. He apparently paid with his life for his deed.Also Read | Photo Credit: Emmanual Yogini How a British war memorial became a symbol of Dalit pridelast_img read more

first_imgIndia Today Mind Rocks, the country’s most eagerly awaited youth event, is coming to rock the national Capital once again. The event is an interactive platform where youngsters get a chance to meet and interact with the country’s biggest icons from all fields. It’s a festival that celebrates ideas, music and art by recognising the best in the field and also giving youth a stage to create, perform and engage.The ninth Mind Rocks will be held at Delhi’s Siri Fort Auditorium on September 6. Like previous years, this edition too will see top politicians, businesspersons, sports personalities and filmstars sharing their success stories and discussing issues of national interest with the audience. The ninth Mind Rocks will be held at Delhi’s Siri Fort Auditorium on September 6.The Siri Fort Mind Rocks will be attended by actor Deepika Padukone, singers Yo Yo Honey Singh and Rabbi Shergill, comedian-cum-politician Bhagwant Mann, actor-turned-politician Chirag Paswan, cricketers Jhulan Goswami and Mithali Raj, Olympic medalist Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and footballer Gouramangi Singh.The finale of the event will be a live performance by Sufi rocker Shergill, who shot to fame with soulful numbers such as Bulla Ki Jana and Challa. The past eight summits have been very successful with participaition of celebrities such as Ajay Devgn, Katrina Kaif, Ranbir Kapoor, Ranveer Singh, Priyanka Chopra, Dhanush, Shruti Haasan, Sonam Kapoor, Mary Kom and Nandan Nilekani etc.To register, youngsters between the age of 18 and 32 can go to www.indiatodaymindrocks.comlast_img read more