Proof of Life in Martian Meteorite Alleged – Again

first_imgSome Aussies are trying to scoop the Mars prize, it seems from a headline in the down-under Daily Telegraph.  While two American rovers are busily sniffing about for evidence of water (as a prerequisite for life) on opposite sides of the surface of Mars, the Australians are saying, “No worries, mate,” they already found Martian life, right here on Earth.  (Initial results of the search for water from Spirit in Gusev Crater, by the way, appear negative; scientists announced today that Mossbauer spectrometer data from the rock “Adirondack” show a strong signature of olivine.  This mineral, characteristic of volcanic basalt lava, could not endure much weathering by water.  Stay tuned.)    The Martian meteorite story has been a teeter-totter since its flamboyant announcement to the world press in 1996.  Just when everyone had pretty much concluded it was a dead rock (see 03/18/2002), the Australian team of Tony Taylor and J.C. Barry has announced in the Journal of Microscopy1 that they have found “conclusive proof” the magnetite structures in Martian meteorite ALH 84001 were formed by living bacteria.  The story gets stranger.  According to a report in the English edition of the Islamic news service Aljazeera, the credit for the discovery seems to go to Tony’s dog, Tamarind.    Apparently, the dog, trained to sniff sewage, found in some Queensland mud a type of earthly bacteria that produces structures identical to those in the Martian meteorite.  The structures matched according to 11 criteria they used.  The photo caption says, therefore, “Australian dog: been there, done that.”  There’s another strange twist.    Since the meteorite is supposed to be 4 billion years old, it predates the assumed date for the origin of life on earth.  That can only mean one thing.  Life on earth came from Mars.    The bacteria still might be on Mars, but the Aussies suspect it would be deep down where the rovers couldn’t find it.  Aljazeera seems pleased at the American defeat: “Two US-backed rovers are now exploring the red planet and transmitting unprecedented images of the barren landscape, but may achieve little else.”1A. P. Taylor and J. C. Barry, “Magnetosomal matrix: ultrafine structure may template biomineralization of megnetosomes,” Journal of Microscopy 213:2 (Feb 2004), p. 80, doi:10.1111/j.1365-2828.2004.01287.x.Evolutionists are funny because they are so serious.  Dog discovers origin of life.  Americans lose spirit over lost opportunity to be first.  Muslims snicker, “G’day, mate.”(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Gecko Gripper Picks Up Anything

first_imgThe gecko gripper is just one of many exciting developments in the field of biomimetics: the imitation of nature’s designs.Watch this video clip at PhysOrg: a new gripping device can pick up anything from a basketball to a water bottle without squeezing it. It relies on Van der Waals atomic forces, just like the spatulae on gecko toes. Think of the applications for this surprising substance. “Using a glove with this material, a child could palm a basketball, but could still toss an air-filled balloon without having it stick. It’s super-grippy, but not sticky at all.”Living cells have molecular pumps that are inspiring work at Northwestern University. PhysOrg reports on the first artificial molecular pump inspired by nature.Is hemp good for anything beyond altering people’s consciousness? It could join wheat straw as an ingredient in the rapidly expanding field of “bio-based materials,” the “construction industry’s best-kept secret,” PhysOrg reports.“Auxetic materials” is a new term for new lifelike materials that get fatter when stretched and thinner when compressed—opposite most artificial materials. Inspired by seashells, these materials “are inspiring a new wave of safety gear in sport” (PhysOrg).Got teeth? If you’d like to keep them, be glad that researchers are on the verge of creating “Revolutionary therapeutic dental adhesives with the aptitude to remineralize the resin-dentine bonding interface through biomimetic processes,” Science Daily reports happily.  This won’t just fill teeth; it will rebuild them. Medical Xpress adds that the “natural reparative capacity of teeth” is being elucidated at a Paris university.Spider silk has long been a biomimetic favorite. How about the web structure itself? Nature reports that MIT’s wizards have 3-D printed a web out of resin that “could be used in applications such as reinforcing industrial materials.” Lab tests showed that “they could strengthen the web by adjusting the diameter of the threads radiating out from the middle, and that of the threads that spiral around the web.” How did spiders figure that out?As for spider silk itself, despair not: Science Daily brings good news from MIT: “After years of research decoding the complex structure and production of spider silk, researchers have now succeeded in producing samples of this exceptionally strong and resilient material in the laboratory. The new development could lead to a variety of biomedical materials — from sutures to scaffolding for organ replacements — made from synthesized silk with properties specifically tuned for their intended uses.” No spiders were needed for the simulation.Robotics is a major field that relies on biomimetics. Some recent examples:Nature writes about Europeans building “Robots that can adapt like animals” including responding to injuries. “Experiments reveal successful adaptations for a legged robot injured in five different ways, including damaged, broken, and missing legs, and for a robotic arm with joints broken in 14 different ways. This new algorithm will enable more robust, effective, autonomous robots, and may shed light on the principles that animals use to adapt to injury.“Science Daily writes about robots that master skills by trial and error, “using a process that more closely approximates the way humans learn, marking a major milestone in the field of artificial intelligence.”Humans are at the frontier of cyber-physical systems, PhysOrg says. Researchers got a $8.75 million grant, part of which is for developing “microrobots with synthetic cells to perform functions that may one day lead to tissue and organ re-generation.”Nature published a Review article about the status of “probabilistic machine learning and artificial intelligence.”Christoph Adami, one of the promoters of computer evolution models, is working on robots, too. Nature reports that he is using “evolutionary algorithms” to create robots with instincts. Like the ID community keeps pointing out, though, the researcher is sneaking information into the algorithm. Dembski has proved that no evolutionary algorithm is superior to blind chance unless extra information is intelligently supplied (Law of Conservation of Information; see latest explanation in his new book Being as Communion).Evolution is to biomimetics as fly is to ointment. Keep out, Darwin; your age has passed. It’s the information age now.Young people need inspiration to get into science. Biomimetics is a golden pathway into a new scientific age of inspiration, understanding, and wealth, yielding practical applications that can help the whole world. (Visited 22 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Deere, DN2K form joint venture with focus on decision making tools for agriculture advisers

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Deere & Company and DN2K have agreed to form SageInsights – a joint venture to initially serve the agriculture industry with further development of DN2K’s existing cloud software platform, MyAgCentral, for agricultural retailers and others who provide consulting services to growers.“Through this nitiative, John Deere expands its products and services for precision agriculture,” said John May, President, Agricultural Solutions and Chief Information Officer at Deere. “DN2K is uniquely positioned to help advisers and consultants use information from multiple sources to better serve growers.”DN2K, Greenwood Village, Colorado, developed the MyAgCentral platform to help agriculture advisers collect, organize, and analyze machine-to-machine information and use it along with insights from other resources to help improve decision-making. Deere & Company is the world’s largest manufacturer of agricultural equipment and a leader in precision agriculture.“The agriculture industry has significant opportunities to increase productivity by understanding and leveraging the operational intelligence that is already available,” said Susan Lambert, President and CEO of DN2K. “Creating SageInsights allows us to serve a broader range of the agricultural community.”The two companies will integrate DN2K’s MyAgCentral with the John Deere Operations Center utilizing the available Deere API. This connection will make the data management tools of both platforms available to producers and their trusted advisers and enhance their capability to make business decisions with expanded knowledge of crucial information.“John Deere customers are faced with the challenge of feeding an increasing world population,” said May. “This joint venture aligns with our efforts to connect people, equipment, technology and insights to help farmers meet that challenge.” The creation of SageInsights, he added, allows for a nimble response to market needs and a continuation of DN2K’s innovative spirit in developing customer solutions.In the future, SageInsights could also explore applications in the construction equipment industry while the DN2K parent company will explore potential platform opportunities in other industries such as energy, oil and gas, and healthcare. Deere is a majority owner of the joint venture. Other details of the transaction are not being made public.About John DeereDeere & Company (NYSE: DE) is a world leader in providing advanced products and services and is committed to the success of customers whose work is linked to the land – those who cultivate, harvest, transform, enrich and build upon the land to meet the world’s dramatically increasing need for food, fuel, shelter and infrastructure. Since 1837, John Deere has delivered innovative products of superior quality built on a tradition of integrity. For more information, visit John Deere at its worldwide website at www.JohnDeere.com. About DN2KFounded in 2011, the DN2K team has over 12 years’ experience in developing software-based systems that can remotely monitor, display and control important assets. DN2K brings visibility and control to a new level by offering a secure M2M Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solution that performs real-time aggregation of data from global SCADA systems, sensors and probes from different manufacturers into single view. DN2K takes large amounts of data from sources throughout your business and turns that data into a highly visual information display accessible from laptops, smart phones and tablets, regardless of platform, and can be shared with others in real-time. DN2K is unique by offering intelligent gateway devices located at a monitored site, performing business rules and setting alarm trigger conditions for superior automation and reduced network bandwidth requirements.last_img read more

Haryana to set up ‘Kisan Kalyan Pradhikaran’

first_imgIn an attempt to increase farm productivity and farmers’ income, the Haryana government on Tuesday announced the setting up of ‘Haryana Kisan Kalyan Pradhikaran’, an authority which will undertake measures to make agriculture remunerative.Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said the State government was aware of the condition and needs of the farmers, and that’s why it had decided to set up the body.“The Pradhikaran will undertake all possible measures to enhance farm productivity and mitigate the physical, financial and psychological distress of farm households and landless workers. It will also maintain close liaison with line departments for implementation and monitoring of schemes, programmes and projects thorough the Agriculture Advisory Council and issue necessary guidelines from time to time,” he said.The Chief Minister will be the chairperson of the Pradhikaran and the Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Minister would be its ex-officio vice-chairman.Farmers’ welfareMr. Khattar said the body will oversee regulations, guidelines and procedures for farmers’ welfare and suggest amendments in the statute governing farmers’ welfare in the State in consonance with Central Acts.last_img read more

Gary David ‘honored’ to play for hometown Bataan in MPBL

first_imgPhoto by Randolph B. LeongsonGary David is going back to his roots.He has proudly represented represented his province of Bataan since joining the big league, but this time, the 39-year-old is returning as member of Bataan Defenders in the upcoming Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises LATEST STORIES “This will be my first time to play in front of my home crowd since I turned pro,” said David.David also sees this MPBL stint as his last hurrah as a basketball player, slowly accepting his fate in his ongoing battle with Father Time.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It seems that way, but as long as I feel that I can still play, I’ll play. I’ll always try to help our place get those wins. It’s my own way of giving back to my fellow Bataan people. It’s an honor to team up with people who also came from Bataan and I’m really glad with this experience,” said the Dinalupihan native.David knows how some of his teammates feel starstruck around him and he is using the opportunity toto impart whatever knowledge he gained in the PBA and his international career to his Bataan teammates. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles03:00House honors Rodolfo Albano Jr , a veteran lawmaker, mentor and family man01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Nextcenter_img Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH “When I attend our practices, they can’t help but take a picture with me. But I tell them that we’re together everyday in our practices and they can see how hands-on I am with them. I am willing to teach them what I know and give them advice if they need it,” he said.David also likened this run with Bataan to that of Gilas Pilipinas as he compared the sense of pride of the players in defending their respective home turfs.“This is more about pride. Here, we don’t talk about how big your salary is. What we’re fighting here is the pride that you carry the name of your hometown. You want to be at your best every single time and we want to proudly represent the people of Bataan,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Wiggins carries Timberwolves to 126-118 win over Clippers Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View commentslast_img read more

Lobster season open with huge hauls

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 17 Aug 2015 – Lobster season opened with a bang, once again this year. Magnetic Media is told of a whopping haul for the first day in Providenciales; pounds in reportedly topped last year’s day one intake. The report is that South Caicos did it even bigger. Related Items:lobster season, opened Lobster Season Closed at Midnight Mango Reef now in Turtle Cove Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Record setting lobster season day one congratulated by Ministerlast_img

Meredith Charges On With Another Acquisition

first_img So in other words, there’s presumably more to come this year. “Selectable Media’s industry-leading native and engagement-based advertising capabilities add to our stable of platform– and data–centric advertising solutions, which continue to drive significant improvements in advertising effectiveness and purchase-funnel-related metrics for our clients,” adding “And are ideally suited for mobile environments. In combining Selectable Media’s innovative ad technology platform and extended network with Meredith’s premium branded content, highly-engaged audience and rich first-party data, the end result is a very powerful and unique advertising proposition for clients.” This marks the third notable deal for Meredith in as many months, after its massive licensing deal with Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia and its acquisition of Mywedding.com. The Meredith Corporation began 2015 much like it ended 2014–with another acquisition. Tuesday, it announced the purchase of Selectable Media, a digital ad solutions company focused on native and audience targeting. By the sounds of things, Meredith isn’t done buying companies just yet. Not only has the company been extremely aggressive in recent months, Werther admits Meredith is keeping its eyes open, without specifically hinting at where it’s looking. “We continue to assess opportunities to strategically partner with, and acquire companies that bolster our unique combination of best-in-class branded environments, engaged audiences, rich first-party data and ad technology platforms,” He says.center_img Werther also says that the Selectable Media will open up new business opportunities that were previously out of network as well as increase the scope of new solutions for its existing clients. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The company will retain all of Selectable Media’s staff and plans to position CEO, Matt Minoff, to lead digital ad products and COO, Marc Rothchild, to lead all digital sales, marketing and account management. Jon Werther, president of Meredith Digital, tells FOLIO: there were several factors that led to the deal.last_img read more

Archeologists unearth eight Bronze Age boats at British Quarry

first_img © 2013 Phys.org More information: Cambridge Archaeological Unit: www-cau.arch.cam.ac.uk/index.htmvia Independent, Telegraph, Guardian. Explore further (Phys.org) —Archeologists from Cambridge Archaeological Unit have unearthed 8 Bronze Age wood boats from a quarry in Britain. The boats are believed to have been carved by people living in the area approximately three thousand years ago and were for unknown reasons buried intentionally. Citation: Archeologists unearth eight Bronze Age boats at British Quarry (2013, June 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-06-archeologists-unearth-bronze-age-boats.htmlcenter_img The quarry is approximately 150 miles north of London in an area near Peterborough called Cambridgeshire—its owned and operated by Hanson UK (who is also funding the excavation) and is part of Must Farm, a brick making company. The boats were first found in 2011—since that time, excavators have dug them out of the dry (River Nene) bed and transported them to another archeology site—Flag Fen—for preservation processing. The boats are currently being housed in a cold storage facility to prevent the wood from rotting. Visitors that wish to view the work can peer through windows.The boats were all carved from single tree trunks (six oak, one alder and one lime) and range in size from small single person watercraft to large vessels capable of carrying up to 20 people or a tonne of cargo. Researchers working on the project suspect the boats were all sunk intentionally because the transoms had been removed and were not found at the site. Transoms are flat thin boards that fit into slots at the rear of boats. When in the slots they prevent water from entering the boats—when removed, they allow the boat to fill and sink. To sink the Bronze Age boats would have required extra effort however, as they were made of nothing but wood. The research team doesn’t know why the boats were sunk or why they were never recovered.The area near where the boats were found came to be naturally flooded approximately 4000 years ago, necessitating adaption by the people who lived there. Archeological evidence suggests they learned to carve boats out of tree trunks and used them to move around, to transport goods and animals and of course to catch food.All of the boats have been well preserved and represent the largest number of Bronze Age boats ever found at one location. The archeologists studying them report that all of the boats were heavily used and most show signs of having been repaired. One also sported etched criss-cross patterns inside and out. Swimming-pool ships make waves in modular robotics (w/ Video) This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more