first_imgNigel Williams tried to explain in Current Biology1 why “size matters” among marine iguanas in the Galapagos Islands: the vectors of natural and sexual selection don’t always line up.  Females appear to like the big males when times are good, but when drought comes, the smaller dudes do better.    There’s a difficulty with such investigations.  Even though this habitat was a “rich source of information for Charles Darwin when developing his theory of evolution,” the article admits that “Factors influencing the evolution of complex traits such as body size are notoriously difficult to study but a new review of work on marine iguanas in the Galapagos islands suggests an answer may lie in the interplay of natural and sexual selection” (emphasis added).1Nigel Williams, “Size matters,” Current Biology, Volume 15, Issue 18, 20 September 2005, Page R742.Why should Darwin be mentioned in this article, except as a historical embarrassment?  There is no evolution here.  Heap big iguana is still iguana as much as peewee.  Size is not a “complex trait” in the sense of evolving wings or some new organs; it is just a modification of parts already present.  There is no long-term evolutionary trend here, but rather only oscillations around a mean that reflect climate conditions – otherwise we should see iguanas the size of Godzilla by now.  If natural and sexual selection work against each other, then stasis rules, not evolution.  Charlie won’t get anywhere with slippage on the treadmill (see 03/17/2003 entry).(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more


first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest OMAHA (DTN) — This week’s export sales report should be viewed as bearish for corn and milo and neutral for milo and wheat, according to DTN Lead Analyst Todd Hultman.For the week ending July 25, 2019, USDA reported an increase of 5.6 million bushels (143,100 mt) of corn export sales for 2018-19 and an increase of 5.1 mb (129,600 mt) for 2019-20. Last week’s export shipments of 27.7 mb were below the 31.9 mb needed each week to achieve USDA’s export estimate of 2.100 bb in 2018-19. Corn export commitments now total 1.964 bb in 2018-19 and are down 16% from a year ago. Thursday’s report was bearish for corn in 2018-19, Hultman said.For the week ending July 25, 2019, USDA reported an increase of 5.3 million bushels (143,100 mt) of soybean export sales for 2018-19 and an increase of 11.2 mb (305,500 mt) for 2019-20. Last week’s export shipments of 33.9 mb were just above the 33.1 mb needed each week to achieve USDA’s export estimate of 1.700 bb in 2018-19. Soybean export commitments now total 1.790 bb in 2018-19 and are down 16% from a year ago. Thursday’s report was neutral for soybeans in 2018-19, Hultman said.For the week ending July 25, 2019, USDA reported an increase of 14.1 million bushels (383,100 mt) of wheat export sales for 2019-20. Last week’s export shipments of 15.1 mb were below the 18.3 mb needed each week to achieve USDA’s export estimate of 950 mb in 2019-20. Wheat export commitments now total 327 mb in 2019-20 and are up 24% from a year ago. Thursday’s report was neutral for wheat in 2019-20, Hultman said.For the week ending July 25, 2019, USDA reported a slight increase of 200 mt of sorghum export sales for 2018-19 and none for 2019-20. Last week’s export shipments were below the 4.3 mb needed each week to achieve USDA’s export estimate of 85 mb in 2018-19. Sorghum export commitments now total 65 mb in 2018-19 and are down 67% from a year ago. Thursday’s report was bearish for sorghum in 2018-19, Hultman said.(BAS)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more


first_imgPunjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Monday held a video conference from Israel with senior State officials to review the situation following the train mishap in Amritsar, while the Shiromani Akali Dal and Bharatiya Janta Party alleged that inaction against the organisers of the Dussehra event indicated that the government was not keen on punishing the guilty.SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal and State BJP president Shwait Malik demanded a judicial inquiry by a sitting judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court into the mishap.“A non-consequential case under Section 304-A had been registered against unidentified persons with regard to the Dussehra tragedy. This itself proves that the Congress government has launched a cover up exercise to save the guilty,” the leaders said at a press conference.SAD leader Jagir Kaur alleged that the announcement of magisterial inquiry into the train mishap by Capt. Amarinder Singh was an attempt to douse inflamed sentiments on the failure of the district administration and the organisers.“Government should appoint a sitting high court judge to probe the incident and identify the guilty if the Congress government is keen that the truth come out and guilty be punished,” she said in a statement.She added that Captain Singh’s visit to Israel reflects on his gross apathy, insensitivity and indifference to the woes of victims’ families.The Chief Minister, during the video conference, asked officials to expedite the process of disbursement of the compensation for those killed in the tragedy. Besides, he asked the officials to complete the socio-economic profiling of the victims at the earliest so that their rehabilitation could be taken up on priority.Meanwhile, a video message of the key organiser of the event, Saurabh Madan Mithu, who has gone into hiding, was released on the social media. In his message, he can be heard saying he was pained by the tragedy but was being unfairly targeted. He claimed that all the necessary permissions were taken for the event. “Several announcements were also made by us asking people not to stand on the railway tracks,” said Mr. Madan.last_img read more


first_imgAPTN National newsKateri Tekawitha, also known as the Lily of the Mohawks, is now officially a saint.Millions of people all around the world shared the celebration of her canonization by Pope Benedict on Oct. 21 in Rome.Indigenous Catholics have long awaited this recognition and now have a special saint to call upon.APTN National News reporter Danielle Rochette has this story.last_img


first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Public Schools has posted the following TEN openings over the past week:Full-Time School Psychologist at Wilmington Public SchoolsFull-Time Special Education Teacher (Strides Program) at Wilmington Middle SchoolPart-Time .4 FTE Social Worker at Wilmington High SchoolFull-Time Educational Assistant (Pathways Program) at Shawsheen Elementary SchoolFull-Time Long-Term Substitute Spanish Teacher at Wilmington Middle SchoolFull-Time Long-Term Substitute 8th Grade Math Teacher at Wilmington Middle SchoolFull-Time District School Psychologist at Wilmington Public SchoolsFull-Time Reading Teacher at Wilmington Middle SchoolFull-Time Long-Term Substitute Grade 7 English Language Arts Teacher at Wilmington Middle SchoolFull-Time Administrative Assistant at Woburn Street SchoolLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: Wilmington Public Schools Posts 6 New Job OpeningsIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of July 21, 2019)In “Business”NOW HIRING: Wilmington Public Schools Posts 5 New Job OpeningsIn “Education”last_img read more


first_img $6 at Tidal Hubble happenings Tags Sprint Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Sarah Tew/CNET Read Lenovo Smart Clock review The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Astronomers estimate Bedin 1’s age at about 13 billion years and say it’s been isolated from interactions with other galaxies. NASA likens it to the “astronomical equivalent of a living fossil from the early universe.”The Hubble discovery was a delightful accident.”Very few Hubble images allow such faint objects to be seen, and they cover only a small area of the sky,” said the European Space Agency.The Hubble Space Telescope is a joint project between NASA and ESA. The researchers published their findings in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society: Letters. HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Share your voice $520 at HP $60 at Best Buy Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Chris Monroe/CNET Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Enlarge ImageBedin 1 appears on the lower end of this Hubble image of globular cluster NGC 6752. NASA, ESA and L. Bedin (Astronomical Observatory of Padua, Italy) Imagine you have a neighbor living down the block in a house you never noticed before because it was tucked in behind some apartments. The human residents of the Milky Way galaxy are now saying hi to a neighboring galaxy we didn’t even know existed.A team of astronomers serendipitously discovered the galaxy, nicknamed Bedin 1, while studying a globular star cluster known as NGC 6752. “In a celestial game of ‘Where’s Waldo?’ Hubble’s sharp vision uncovered a never-before-seen dwarf galaxy located far behind the cluster’s crowded stellar population,” NASA said on Thursday.NASA says the dim galaxy is in our “cosmic backyard” at just 30 million light-years away. Bedin 1 is a fraction of the size of the Milky Way and is classified as a dwarf spheroidal galaxy.  See It Hubble wows with stunning space images Apple iPhone XS Read Google Home Hub review Angela Lang/CNET JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Sarah Tew/CNET The Cheapskate DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Read the Rylo camera preview See it New Hubble view is ‘deepest image of the universe from space’ NASA Hubble telescope captures smiling face in space Comments Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Best Buy Rylo Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Turo NASA Space,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. $999 Sarah Tew/CNET An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. See at Amazon Read DJI Osmo Action preview $210 at Best Buy $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Share your voice Boost Mobile $299 at Amazon CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Post a comment Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. 7 DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. 0 $59 at eBay Sarah Tew/CNET $999 Tags $999 Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Sci-Tech Read the AirPods review Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) See at Turo What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. $155 at Google Express 29 Photos See It Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. 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first_img Tags Originally published April 16, 7:34 a.m. PT.Update, at 3:32 p.m. PT: Added more details.Update April 18, 7:36 a.m. PT: Added information about Disney’s pledge. Share your voice 4 Commentscenter_img President Emmanuel Macron said Notre Dame will rise again. Stephanie De Sakutin/ Getty Images Efforts to rebuild Notre Dame are underway after a devastating fire ravaged the Paris landmark on Monday. The historic cathedral burned for nine hours before firefighters contained the flames, and the devastation included the loss of the cathedral’s iconic spire and part of the roof. On Tuesday, French President Emmanuel Macron vowed to rebuild Notre Dame. When tragedy strikes, it might seem overwhelming, especially if you’re an ocean away. Here are a few places to get you started if you’re interested in being a part of rebuilding the cathedral. Charities and nonprofits Fondation du Patrimoine has collected more than 7 million euros internationally for the Notre Dame Cathedral. Donations can be made once or monthly by credit card, check or bank transfer. The nonprofit is dedicated to preserving historical and cultural sites in France.  The Friends of Notre Dame is a 501c3 public charity. Donations to Notre Dame’s restoration can be made by credit card, through PayPal, or by sending a check to the address on the website. The charity has broken up its budget into long-term, intermediate and urgent needs for the cathedral. Urgent needs include restoring the fallen spire, the collapsed roof and the sacristy.  The Basilica of the National Shrine, also known as America’s Catholic Church, is collecting donations online and prayer requests in the wake of Monday’s fire at the cathedral.  The National Shrine encouraged the world to unite and rebuild the cathedral that has served as a place of worship for eight centuries.  The French Heritage Society, a public nonprofit, established a fund on Monday to collect donations for the restoration of Notre Dame Cathedral. You can donate online with a credit or debit card, with PayPal, send checks in the mail, or donate over the phone by contacting Benjamin Wells at the FHS Programs Membership Office, at (212) 759-6846, ext. 201. Donations are tax deductible under US law and eligible for deduction under French law.  Dozens of GoFundMe campaigns have cropped up around the world to help rebuild Notre Dame. While you can donate to these, be aware that they’re unofficial fundraisers. It’s important to always research organizations to make sure they’re reputable.   Who else is helping In addition to Macron promising to launch an immediate fundraising campaign, French philanthropists pledged donations totaling 700 million euros to rebuild Notre Dame Cathedral.  Bernard Arnault, head of LVMH; François-Henri Pinault, CEO of Kering; and L’Oreal’s Bettencourt Meyers family promised a combined 500 million euros on Tuesday. The University of Notre Dame will also donate $100,000 to the cathedral’s relief, and it said the campus basilica’s bell would toll 50 times at 6 p.m. ET Tuesday. IBM has pledged to give 1 million euros, while Apple CEO Tim Cook also tweeted that his company would donate funds. Disney reportedly pledged $5 million to the restoration efforts. Disney produced The Hunchback of Notre Dame, an animated adaptation of Victor Hugo’s novel in 1996. We are heartbroken for the French people and those around the world for whom Notre Dame is a symbol of hope. Relieved that everyone is safe. Apple will be donating to the rebuilding efforts to help restore Notre Dame’s precious heritage for future generations.🇫🇷— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) April 16, 2019 Culturelast_img read more


first_imgOnline restaurant discovery guide Zomato’s valuation quadruples in a yearFacebook/ ZomatoWithin a fortnight of announcing its foray into the American and Australian markets, Zomato, the online restaurant search service, announced buying out Turkey’s Mekanist, a prominent restaurant discovery portal.The latest acquisition is Zomato’s seventh in six months and the transaction size was not divulged, though it is said to be an all-cash deal. The move would help Zomato double its restaurant coverage from about 27,500 in Istanbul and Ankara to over 50,000 restaurants across Turkey.”Mekanist has established itself as one of the heavyweights in the online restaurant search and discovery space in Turkey. We’re excited to be joining forces with them as we continue to grow in one of our most important markets. Mekanist is one of the first and most successful tech startups to emerge from the Turkish startup ecosystem,” said Zomato’s founder and chief executive Deepinder Goyal in a statement.A fortnight ago Zomato sealed the purchase of Urbanspoon, a US-based restaurant information and table-booking property, gaining a foothold to key markets of US and Australia.In November 2014, Zomato raised $60 million from existing and new investors, using the means to seal up the Urbanspoon deal. Reports indicate Zomato could source an additional $80 million from existing and new investors.Zomato entered Turkey in November 2013, with its website and apps available in Turkish and English. Mekanist has a database of 1,90,000 listed establishments with over 5 lakh reviews from its 15 lakh signed-up user base.When the acquisition is completed, Zomato will cover over 75,000 restaurants, serving almost 30 lakh customer visits, as all of Mekanist’s traffic and restaurant-related content will move to Zomato. Zomato’s hyperlocal advertising model would be made available to restaurant businesses, to effectively target customers searching for restaurants in and around a certain location.In the last few months, Zomato has established itself as a dominant restaurant search player in New Zealand, Poland, Czech Republic, Italy and Slovakia, with presence in 22 countries, listing over 10 lakh restaurants globally, read FirstPost.Zomato has raised $113 million till date, over multiple rounds of funding and is currently valued at about $660 million.last_img read more


first_imgFinance Minister Arun Jaitley will present the Budget 2016-17 Monday, Feb. 29, and all eyes will be on whether he announces a raise in tax exemption limits. Tax slabs had remained unchanged last year. The Economic Survey tabled Friday had recommended that the government not increase tax exemption limits. “One of the low-hanging fruits would be to refrain from raising exemption thresholds for personal income tax, allowing natural growth in income to increase the number of taxpayers. In some ways, this would be reform through inaction,” the Economic Survey said. This is said to be the Narendra Modi government’s most crucial budget, given that the BJP-led government will complete two years in office and also since the party seeks to gain ground in the upcoming Assembly elections in five states. The government is expected to move from its pro-infrastructure approach to focus on social welfare. You can watch the General Budget presentation Feb. 29 live on the Ministry of Finance’s Youtube video feed and the DD News video feed below. International Business Times India will also run a live blog on the Railway Budget Thursday.last_img read more