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Snakes Alive!  An Evolutionary Tale

first_imgBlind snakes that look like worms: they rule the world.  They’re everywhere.  Where did they come from?  “Blindsnakes are not very pretty, are rarely noticed, and are often mistaken for earthworms,” admits Blair Hedges, professor of biology at Penn State University.  “Nonetheless, they tell a very interesting evolutionary story.”  So reported Science Daily.  National Geographic News said, “New Blind Snakes Found; Help Explain World Domination.”  But what kind of explanation is this?  Since they are found on Madagascar and on every continent, “the snakes went rafting.”  There’s a cartoon in there somewhere.    The articles reveal a puzzle and a preposterous theory.  The blind snake family arose after India and Madagascar split.  Then they showed up on Australia – an island continent with no land bridge at time of their alleged arrival.  “How did the snakes cross continents?” NG asked.  Good question.  Like worms (but with backbones and rudimentary scales and poor eyesight), these strange snakes burrow underground, and are found on every continent.  Continental drift can’t be the answer.  We don’t have any fossils of them.  How did they emerge all over the globe, including South America and the Caribbean islands?    Here is Nat Geo’s answer.  Give it your best baloney detecting analysis:In other words, the snakes went rafting, crossing oceans aboard floating vegetation stocked with their insect prey.     “Some scientists have argued that oceanic dispersal is an unlikely way for burrowing organisms to become distributed around the world,” Hedges said in a statement.    “Our data now reinforce the message that such ‘unlikely’ events nonetheless happened in evolutionary history.”Science Daily elaborated on how evolutionists came to this conclusion.  Since fossils are nonexistent for these animals, their history was inferred from genetics.  “Floating across oceans seems an unlikely mechanism for a burrowing animal to spread to new continents,” Science Daily admitted, but then proposed that it happened more than once.  If the snakes could have lived six months on vegetation rafts stocked with their insect prey, maybe, just maybe, it could have happened.  After all, in evolutionary theory, stuff happens.Welcome to modern evolutionary science, where the story’s the thing.  The more preposterous, the better.  These same people will refuse to hear (or even acknowledge) theories by Biblical creationists about how animals became distributed after the Flood.  If “unlikely events nonetheless happened in… history” is an acceptable explanation, we need a level playing field.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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NCAA: Inspired Letran holds off EAC for 8th win

first_img“We’ve said a lot, but at the end of the day, it’s all over. We tried to move on. The coaches and the players were frustrated, but we just turned it to a positive and it went good for us,” said coach Jeff Napa.Bong Quinto fired a career-high 27 points, seven rebounds, and two assists, while Rey Nambatac got 19 markers, nine boards, and three dimes as the former Squires dedicated the game to their late coach Bob Lotuaco, who died last Wednesday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJP Calvo also added 16 points, eight rebounds, three assists, and two steals for Letran.Napa is just satisfied that with three more games remaining in the Knights’ eliminations schedule, their fate will largely be in their hands. MOST READ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Read Next LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netLetran survived a gallant stand from Emilio Aguinaldo College to score the 84-78 victory Friday in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Coming off their 95-64 loss to San Sebastian last Tuesday, the Knights rebounded with the superb showing against the Generals to move up the standings at 8-7.ADVERTISEMENT View commentscenter_img Thunder’s Adams, Roberson should benefit from superstar trio Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Our main goal is to make it to the Final Four. We have a tough stretch ahead of us, but it’s in our hands on how we’ll handle that,” he said. “I still believe in my players that we’re willing to come out despite the worst loss we got against San Sebastian.”Letran lost hold of a 21-point lead in the second quarter, 50-29, as EAC staged a late fightback, cutting the deficit to as low as four, 82-78, in the final 12.3 seconds.Calvo, though, slammed the door shut on the Generals with a pair of freebies as Sidney Onwubere missed his late trey.The Generals are in danger of missing the playoffs as they succumbed to their third straight defeat to fall to 6-9.Onwubere carried EAC with 25 points, nine rebounds, and five assists, while Francis Munsayac got 15 markers, two boards, and two dimes.ADVERTISEMENT The Scores:LETRAN 84 – Quinto 27, Nambatac 19, Calvo 16, Balanza 8, Gedaria 5, Vacaro 4, Balagasay 2, Taladua 2, Mandreza 1, Bernabe 0.EAC 78 – Onwubere 25, Munsayac 15, Bautista 10, Diego 10, Garcia 6, Bugarin 6, I. Mendoza 2, Tampoc 2, J. Mendoza 2, Pascua 0, Corilla 0, Neri 0.Quarters: 23-15, 50-34, 72-58, 84-78.last_img read more

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19 days agoArsenal boss Emery: We’re all happy with matchwinner David Luiz

first_imgArsenal boss Emery: We’re all happy with matchwinner David Luizby Paul Vegas19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery hailed matchwinner David Luiz for victory over Bournemouth.Luiz struck the only goal of a tense encounter.Emery said, “The most important thing is to have a lot of corners offensively. In this match, we had a lot of corners in the first half, but in the second half we had less. When we are taking that corner, we can score. We did that today and It’s important for us to have confidence with different players scoring.”He’s very positive. Every time he’s speaking about positive things and helping young players. He came late into the squad but really, his commitment is very high with us, and his behaviour is too. Everybody is happy with that.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Ohio State LB Darron Lee Doesn’t Understand Why Michigan Brags About Its Success In The 90s

first_imgDarron Lee tweets message bashing the Michigan 1990's teams.Darron Lee Michigan DissIt’s been a while since Michigan’s football program was truly elite. Since the 1990s, probably. Two decades ago, the Wolverines won a national championship (1997), five Big Ten championships and had a winning record (7-2) against rival Ohio State. Since then, they’ve had a couple really good seasons, but success on a national level (and against the Buckeyes) has been inconsistent at best. Ohio State sophomore linebacker Darron Lee doesn’t understand why the Wolverines think they can brag about what happened 20-something years ago. Never knew why the TTUN always talked about the 90’s like anyone remembers…or cared but hey gotta cling to something right?— Darron Lee (@DLeeMG8) May 19, 2015Michigan’s game against Ohio State – the first Jim Harbaugh vs. Urban Meyer meeting – is set to occur on Nov. 28. We can’t wait for it.last_img read more

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The Kick-Off Times For The CFP Semifinals Have Been Announced

first_imgThe kick-off times for the two College Football Playoff semifinals have been officially announced. Clemson and Oklahoma will face off in the Orange Bowl at 4 PM EST while Alabama and Michigan State’s Cotton Bowl match-up will begin at 8 PM EST.  GAME TIME ANNOUNCED! The 2015 @CFBPlayoff Semifinal at the #CapitalOneOrangeBowl will be at 4 p.m. ET. pic.twitter.com/BZ9QrPsAxQ— Orange Bowl (@OrangeBowl) December 6, 2015It’s Official… Game time for the 80th Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic will be 7 p.m. CT on New Year’s Eve! #CottonBowl— Cotton Bowl Classic (@CottonBowlGame) December 6, 2015Start the day off with with an undefeated Clemson against a peaking Oklahoma and ring in the new year with the SEC vs. Big Ten and Saban against his old team. Yes, please.last_img read more

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Here Are The Top 16 Games On The 2016 College Football Schedule

first_imgCollage of logos of top college football programs. Alabama SIAlabama SIIt’s been a little more than four months since Alabama beat Clemson to win the College Football Playoff title, and we’re a little less than four months away from kicking off the 2016 season. We’re basically at the mid-point of the off-season, but September will be here soon enough.  Across the country, fans are already dying to see their favorite teams take the field once again, hoping they can duplicate the championship-winning feat the Crimson Tide pulled off this past season. It’s never too early to look ahead to the fall and try to predict with teams have a legit shot at a title run, which teams don’t, and which games will mean the most when deciding the CFP field.When poring over the 2016 college football schedule, not all games are created equal. We’ve decided to put a spotlight on some of next year’s biggest games. These games will be for bragging rights, conference supremacy or keeping national championship hopes alive. Some will be for all threeWithout further ado, here are our top 16 games on the 2016 college football slate, in no particular order.No. 16 ??? >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17last_img read more

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Bill Clinton To Travel To AsiaPacific Region

first_imgOn July 16-23, President Bill Clinton will travel to India, Vietnam, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, and Australia to visit the work of the Clinton Foundation and deliver remarks at the 20th International AIDS Conference.The trip will highlight President Clinton’s longstanding commitment to the Asia/Pacific region, as well as the work of the Clinton Foundation on a number of issues that are critical to the region, including global health and improved access to medicines; climate change; and economic development.President Clinton has a long commitment to the Asia/Pacific region. As President, he helped enhance global economic growth by responding quickly to the Asian Financial Crisis of 1997, and promoted economic development by elevating the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) to a head-of-state event. President Clinton also encouraged inclusive, democratic governance across the region, and worked to promote peace and defuse conflict.Since leaving office, President Clinton has focused on the Asia/Pacific region – working to improve access to life saving medication through the Clinton Health Access Initiative; supporting commitments to global philanthropy through the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI); and addressing the causes of climate change through the Clinton Climate Initiative. After the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, President Clinton was named U.N. Special Envoy for Tsunami Recovery. Along with President George H.W. Bush, he headed an international effort to help countries devastated by the disaster recover, rebuild, and enjoy stronger economic opportunities. President Clinton traveled to the Asia-Pacific region fourteen times – eleven as President, and three times as U.N. Special Envoy for Tsunami Recovery.last_img read more

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RCMP arrest suspect in Charlie Lake in connection to Pouce Coupe murder

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – North District Major Crimes Unit has arrested a male in Charlie Lake in connection with the death of Troy Streeper.On Friday Jessie Romeo Fougere was charged with manslaughter, and a warrant for his arrest was issued.  Then on December 8, investigators determined that Fougere was in residence in Charlie Lake.  The residence was contained with assistance from the Fort St. John RCMP, North District Major Crimes, and the RCMP Emergency Response Team.After an extensive attempt at negotiation, the RCMP Emergency Response Team entered the residence and arrested the suspect. On February 16, 2017, the RCMP started their investigation into the suspicious death of Troy Streeper in Pouce Coupe.  Streeper was 55 years old and a resident of Dawson Creek.  The RCMP believe Fougere and Streeper were known to each other.Fougere made his first court appearance in Dawson Creek on December 9 and is now scheduled to appear in Dawson Creek Provincial Court December 11 at 9:30 a.m.last_img read more

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Federer ready for Isner shootout for Miami crown

first_imgMiami: Roger Federer is gearing up for a Miami Open final shootout with John Isner on Sunday after blowing away young-gun Denis Shapovalov in straight sets. Federer produced a 6-2, 6-4 masterclass at Hard Rock Stadium to leave up-and-coming star Shapovalov, who grew up idolizing the Swiss, chasing shadows during a difficult first set. The Swiss was superb in dismantling the 19 year-old’s game, but knows with huge serving Isner lying in wait in what will be the former world number one’s 50th ATP Masters final, the key will be to defuse the reigning Miami Open champion’s monster service game. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh Isner used it to great effect in his 7-6 (7/3), 7-6 (7/4) win over Shapovalov’s friend and compatriot Felix Auger-Aliassime earlier in the day, smashing down 21 aces. He’ll be looking for more of the same against 20 time Grand Slam champion Federer. “Playing a big server like John is like being in a penalty shootout in soccer, but I enjoy it,” said number four seed Federer who coped brilliantly with Kevin Anderson’s dangerous serve in the quarter-finals, winning the first set to love. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later “Sometimes you go with momentum. Sometimes you go with feel. Sometimes you guess maybe a little bit and sometimes you see it. It’s a combination of all sort of things. “You just hope that the stars align, that you pick the right side, that he picks the wrong side, that maybe he misses a serve, that you can put him in uncomfortable situations time and time again, and at the end somehow you find a way.” Federer had no such challenge from Shapovalov, playing his fifth ATP Tour semi-final. Even though the Swiss was standing in his way of a first final, the 19 year-old stressed beforehand that it was a “dream” to take on Federer. It quickly, however, turned into a nightmare. The Canadian displayed understandable nerves early on, a struggle with his first serve proving as much in a 10 minute opening game which he eventually won. Yet it didn’t settle him down and when another horribly loose backhand flew long, Federer pocketed a vital early break and stayed in the driver’s seat. Shapovalov, who will jump to a career best 20th in the world thanks to this impressive run, enjoyed some much better moments in the second set and looked more relaxed, although the match was never in his hands. He hit just eight winners in response to Federer’s 30 but will learn from this. “It’s kind of surreal, being on the court against Roger,”admitted the Canadian who joked the only enjoyable moment for him was the warm up. “Obviously I wasn’t trying to focus on the fact that it’s him on the other side. “I was just trying to play as good as I can, but he played an excellent match. I wasn’t able stay at his level. I’m just going to try to learn from this and move forward.” Federer, assessing his own performance, said he played “very well”. “I had to because when you let Denis play, he’s got some serious power and he gets rhythm going. He can really put you in uncomfortable situations.” This was the first time since 2007 that two teenagers have reached an ATP Masters semi-finals and although both suffered disappointing defeats, they leave South Florida with their heads held high. Auger-Aliassime’s dream run finished with the youngster from Montreal competing confidently in the biggest match of his career even if he will rue the chances that escaped him after being broken while serving for the first and second set. “Unusual,” Isner called it. “It could have been a little bit of inexperience and maybe a little bit of fatigue, also.” Despite the disappointment etched all over Auger-Aliassime’s face at the end, his run here will give him great confidence moving forward as he, and Shapovalov, aim to prove their Grand Slam credentials. The 18-year-old is the youngest-ever male semi-finalist in Miami and only the second qualifier to reach the last four after Guillermo Canas reached the same stage in 2007 before losing to Novak Djokovic in the final. Auger-Aliassime will also see his ranking jump from 55 to 33 in the world. “I think I did the best that I could,” he said. “It’s a chance you can’t miss, serving two times for the set, and just — I don’t know. It’s just terrible. The biggest lesson I learned was to stay in the present and believe in yourself.”last_img read more

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117 seats up for grabs across 15 states today

first_imgNew Delhi: People in 15 states will vote on Tuesday in the third phase of Lok Sabha elections which will see a maximum of 117 seats going to the polls in a single phase of a seven-phased election.Voting will be completed in all seats of Gujarat, Kerala, Goa, Karnataka, Chhattisgarh, Assam, Karnataka, Kerala, Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu with the third phase polls. The presidents of the two main political parties are in the fray in the third phase with BJP chief Amit Shah making his Lok Sabha election debut from Gandhinagar and Congress President Rahul Gandhi contesting from Wayanad. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsThis time the BJP will be tested in its bastion Gujarat – where polling will be held for all the 26 Lok Sabha seats – apart from Karnataka, Chhattisgarh and Uttar Pradesh, where the party had done well in 2014. In Karnataka, the BJP is considered to have a firm footing in many of the 14 seats going to the polls on Tuesday. However, the saffron party faces a tough challenge from the Congress-JDS combine. The BJP faces a stiff challenge in UP, as the third phase of LS elections will be fought in the “Yadav belt”. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayThe SP strongholds of Mainpuri, Badaun and Sambhal will go to the polls on Tuesday, and the party’s prospects have received a considerable boost following its alliance with the BSP. SP patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav is contesting from Mainpuri. In Maharashtra, the third phase of polling will be held in some NCP strongholds, including Baramati, Madha, Kolhapur and Satara. NCP President Sharad Pawar’s daughter Supriya Sule is contesting from the party’s bastion in Baramati. In Chhattisgarh, the BJP has sought to beat the anti-incumbency wave against its sitting MPs by replacing all of them. Of the five seats in Bihar, the BJP had won only one in 2014, and it is again contesting one seat this time. Janata Dal (United), the BJP’s ally in the NDA, is contesting three seats while the LJP is contesting one seat. In Odisha, the third phase of elections will witness a battle between several political heavyweights as well as former bureaucrats. In the four constituencies of lower Assam that will go to the polls on Tuesday, both the Congress and the AIUDF are seeking to gain votes by targeting the BJP over its stance in support of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. The Congress will look to augment its tally in Kerala with Rahul Gandhi in the fray from Wayanad. The BJP too is seeing a realistic chance to win four seats in the southern state. The high-octane Lok Sabha elections in West Bengal reach an exciting third leg on Tuesday. Five constituencies – Balurghat, Malda North, Malda South, Jangipur and Murshidabad – are up for grabs in the third phase.last_img read more

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