(Visited 53 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Another attempt to explain the Cambrian explosion proposes a global flood that tapped the capacity of simple animals to evolve new body plans suddenly.As described in the 9/25/13 entry, evolutionists have come up with several ad hoc mechanisms or question-begging arguments to tap dance around the Cambrian explosion (the sudden appearance of nearly all the animal phyla in a geological instant). Another creative explanation sounds almost Biblical. Writing for the New York Times (9/19/13), Carl Zimmer described a global catastrophe that, rather than killing off life, enabled it to evolve. Leaning on the ideas of Paul Smith (Oxford U) and David Harper (U of Durham), the ones who hypothesized a “combo plate” model for causes of the explosion, Zimmer invoked a global flood:But those genes evolved in bilaterians tens of millions of years before the Cambrian explosion put them to the test, notes Dr. Smith. “They had the capacity,” he said, “but it hadn’t been expressed yet.”It took a global flood to tap that capacity, Dr. Smith and Dr. Harper propose. They base their proposal on a study published last year by Shanan Peters of the University of Wisconsin and Robert Gaines of Pomona College. They offered evidence that the Cambrian Explosion was preceded by a rise in sea level that submerged vast swaths of land, eroding the drowned rocks.Here’s how their paper in Science, “Causes of the Cambrian Explosion,” mentioned the big flood as one possible abiotic process for the explosion, on their combo plate of possible causes:Major sea-level rise in the early, but not earliest, Cambrian led to the flooding of these interiors and triggered a range of Earth system responses, including the extensive erosion and mobilization of weathered rock and regolith and the rapid input of calcium, phosphate, and other ions into the oceans. Calcium concentrations in seawater increased almost threefold in the early Cambrian, and this input may have directly facilitated the origin of biomineralization. The input of phosphate provided simultaneous nutrient flux to shallow-water areas.The paper by Peters and Gaines they referenced, from Nature in 2012, uses the Great Unconformity as evidence of a global flood (see 4/20/12), although they did not use the phrase “global flood.” Instead, they referred to “widespread continental denudation during the Neoproterozoic followed by extensive physical reworking of soil, regolith and basement rock during the first continental-scale marine transgression of the Phanerozoic.”It’s not clear from the Nature paper whether the authors believe all the high mountains on Earth were covered by water. Suffice it to say, though, that they proposed that the denudation was continental in scope and had global consequences on the ocean and on life. Additionally, they pointed to the fact that the Great Unconformity itself is global: it “can be traced across Laurentia and globally, including Gondwana, Baltica, Avalonia and Siberia, making it the most widely recognized and distinctive stratigraphic surface in the rock record.”What’s striking is that creationists also look at the Great Unconformity as evidence for a global flood. They also believe, like Smith and Harper, that the flood involved “extensive erosion and mobilization of weathered rock and regolith”. Two major differences would be the timing of the flood (as well as its mechanism) and the emplacement of the fossil record as a consequence.It’s apparently acceptable for evolutionists to propose a global flood, but when creationists point to evidence and written records of a global flood, it is laughed at as myth. Here’s how Zimmer replaced myth with hard science. He claims the complex life emerged out of poison, but life survived with crystal power:But these great floods also poisoned the ocean. The erosion of the coastlines released calcium, which can be toxic to cells. In order to survive, animals had to evolve ways to rid themselves of the poison. One solution may have been to pack the calcium into crystals, which eventually evolved into shells, bones, and other hard tissues.Readers can decide if that story constitutes scientific progress.See our entry and commentary from 4/20/12 for explanation of why the evolutionists’ proposal amounts to the Stuff Happens Law hidden in a kind of Gap Theory. That’s not the point at issue here; what’s striking is the ease with which they will propose global catastrophes to solve their puzzles, while denying flood geology to their opponents. Where are the critical thinkers looking at their fact-free proposal, with its myth of minerals turning into complex body plans, and not doubling over in mocking laughter? There are legends around the world of a global flood. There is the record in Genesis. There are fossil-bearing sedimentary layers that cross continents, mass kills covering hundreds of square miles. There are folds that extend continuously through thousands of feet of sedimentary layers, with no sign of fracturing. There are fault lines that extend upward through most of the geological ages, not truncated further down. There are strata contacts flat as a stack of pancakes for hundreds of miles, with no sign of erosion between them. There are seashells on the world’s highest mountains. There are the mid-oceanic ridges. These are just a few of the evidences that support a recent global flood.The creationists’ evidences and explanations are dismissed by evolutionists as religiously motivated, as if it is not religiously motivated to try to preserve a naturalistic worldview with multiple improbabilities, ad hoc mechanisms, and unobservable gaps (e.g., in the Grand Canyon, they propose at least four contacts where 6, 10, 60, or 1000 million years are missing). Worst of all, they assign magical powers to natural selection (the Stuff Happens Law), assuming that new minerals and phosphates in the ocean will generate complex body plans, composed of new cell types, tissues, organs and systems (guts, eyes, nervous, etc.), simply because the simple building blocks are there. That’s why we proposed an experiment on 4/20/12 (end of commentary) to scientifically test the validity of their gap theory.Read Stephen Meyer’s new best-selling book, Darwin’s Doubt. Watch the Illustra film Darwin’s Dilemma. The evolutionists’ problems with the Cambrian explosion are far worse than they imagine. Still, it’s kind of funny when they take “global flood” out of the creationists’ explanatory toolkit and use it to try to unscrew the Darwin nut.
Delta Air Lines has joined competitor American Airlines in deferring deliveries of widebody Airbus A350 jets but it still expects to be flying the fuel-efficient aircraft later this year.Delta announced it would defer 10 of its 25 A350-900 deliveries set for 2019-20 by two to three years with an option of “additional flexible delivery’’.The deferral is part of a deal which saw it place an expanded order for 30 additional conventional engine option Airbus A321-200 single-aisle aircraft.The Atlanta, Georgia-based airline announced its schedule for its first A350-900 aircraft remained in place and it expected to take five of the aircraft in 2107. It planned to operate the first A350 revenue flight in the fourth quarter, featuring its Delta One suite and Premium Select cabin. “These agreements better align our widebody and narrowbody order books with our fleet replacement needs,” said Delta chief operating officer Gil West.Delta currently operates 19 A321s and the additional planes will see it take 112 of the aircraft by 2021, primarily to replace older aircraft on US domestic routes.Its decision to defer the 10 A350s comes after American decided to delay delivery of its first A350-900 from spring this year to late 2018.American said deliveries would continue through to 2022, two years later than originally scheduled, with two A350s due in 2018 and five each in 2019 and 2020.The deferral would reduce capital expenditures in 2017 and 2018 and provide “capacity flexibility”, it said.Airbus chief operating officer John Leahy said the order for the additional A321ceos, powered by CFM56 engines and equipped with fuel-saving wing tip devices called sharklets, was a vote of confidence in the aircraft and demonstrated the aircraft’s operator, investor and passenger appeal.The manufacturer will deliver many of Delta’s A321s from its Us manufacturing facility in Mobile, Alabama.Airbus says the Mobile plant is expected to produce four aircraft per month by the end of this year with most going to US customers.
The battle between Facebook and Google just got even hotter with the news that the social network has hired Matthew Papakipos, the man who started and lead both the Google Chrome OS project and the Chrome WebGL GPU hardware project for hardware-accelerated graphics. Both projects “are in good shape,” Papakipos said in a Tweet this morning, so he’s leaving to join the project team at Facebook.If the Chrome Operating System is going to be a major part of Google’s plans for the future, and its strategy for staving off Facebook’s potential domination of the internet experience for a billion people, then this hire is likely bad news for Google. Facebook, on the other hand, is putting together quite the team.Along with the hire of Papakipos, Facebook also announced today that it has hired Jocelyn Goldfein, a former VP and GM of virtualization giant VMware’s desktop business unit. A few press outlets, including us, were just sent a small email from Facebook HQ about the hires minutes ago. Late last night Papakipos Tweeted, “I love that in this busy crazy over-connected world i can still keep a secret among friends.”Assembling a Powerful TeamPut these two new people together with Firefox co-founders Blake Ross and Joe Hewitt, brought to Facebook almost three years ago and Paul Buchheit and Bret Taylor, the creators of Gmail, Adsense and Friendfeed, acquired just under one year ago, and what do you get? A monster team with the experience to create a compelling, fully wrap-around internet experience for hundreds of millions of users.Big, hot companies make big, hot hires and are generally deep in talent, but for Facebook to have nabbed the guy leading Chrome OS and the WebGL hardware acceleration program is a pretty big coup. Tags:#news#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting marshall kirkpatrick Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts
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• reading • Jony Ive is leaving Apple: 15 of his most iconic products and designs Jony Ive Apple Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Now playing: Watch this: Comments Jony Ive at WWDC 2019. James Martin/CNET Jony Ive, Apple’s chief design officer, announced Thursday that he’s leaving the company later this year. He will start his own design firm, for which Apple will be a primary client. During his nearly 30 years working for the tech giant, Ive designed several of the company’s most memorable hardware products, including the iPhone and iMac, and had a hand in other significant projects as diverse as iOS 7 and Apple Park.Ive’s singular focus on minimalism and simplicity shaped Apple’s design language, and he was a key part of Apple’s comeback in 1997, along with former CEO Steve Jobs. In recent years, Ive has taken on more of a managerial position, but his influence and original designs still endure. To see the legacy and impact of Ive’s tenure at Apple, check out this roundup of his most important products. 4:26 Our first MP3 players: iPods, SanDisk Sansas and more See All 19 Photos Now playing: Watch this: 5 iMac G3 (1998) The iMac G3 in Bondi Blue. iCreate Magazine/Getty Images A computer that wasn’t just a grey box? In a dull world where almost all computers looked the same, Ive decided that color was the answer. First available in a bright shade called Bondi Blue, the iMac G3 later added 10 other colors, from Lime to Strawberry, and two patterns. A plastic translucent shell allowed you to see inside the all-in-one machine; there was no floppy drive, the mouse was round and it was the first Apple computer to use USB ports. As Steve Jobs said, “It looks like it’s from another planet. A good planet. A planet with better designers.”iBook G3 (1999)The iBook G3 NurPhoto/Getty Images The translucent, colored panels from the iMac G3 quickly migrated to other products. The slim case of the iBook G3, made of rubber and plastic, bundled a large keyboard and a 12.1-inch display. It looked sort of like a handbag, and it even had a handle for easy carrying. G4 Cube computer (2000)The Power Mac G4 Cube. NurPhoto/Getty Images Another computer that didn’t look like a computer, the G4 Cube wrapped the guts in a clear polycarbonate skin. It was shiny, sure, but some users later reported hairline cracks. Apple brushed off the complaints by calling the cracks “mold lines” formed as “a part of the injection molding process.” G4 Cube speakers (2000)Apple G4 speakersChristopher Phin/MacworldLike a collection in a fashion show, these ball-shaped speakers were a perfect accessory to the angular G4 Cube computer. The actual speakers were Harmon Kardon, and they were powered by a USB port.Apple iSub speakers (2000)Apple iSub speakers Amazon Also a collaboration with Harmon Kardon, the iSub looked like it should be in a lab holding a specimen for analysis. Or maybe it looked like a jellyfish, but it was another conservation piece that perfectly fit the G4 Cube collection. The iBook G4. Apple iBook G4 (2000)After the audaciousness of the iBook G3, Ive returned to a more traditional laptop design with the iBook G4. It ditched the bright colors for a solid-white polycarbonate shell and, though boxier than its predecessor, the rounded corners kept it from being a brick.iPod (2001)The first iPod. Andrew Hoyle/CNET It wasn’t the first MP3 player, but the incredibly simple design — the genius scroll wheel let you scan through a long song list quickly — and user interface made it fun to use. Of course, the iPhone would eventually cannibalize the iPod line completely, just as the iPod consigned the portable CD player to history. Tags Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? 18 Apple products that changed the world Share your voice Apple head of design Jony Ive departs to start his own… 10:17 Apple The iMac G4 on the cover of Time magazine Courtesy of Time iMac G4 computer (2001)The iMac G4’s design was as big of a departure from the iMac G3’s as that machine was from any computer before it. Most remarkable was Ive’s success in cramming everything electronic into a dome-shaped base that even had an optical drive. Meanwhile, the super-thin display was suspended on an arm that you could swivel and tilt. Colors were gone as well, in favor of a white and silver scheme. The device looked so unusual, it landed on the cover of Time magazine. “At best, people thought it was rather odd,” Ive told CNET at the time. “I actually think this is less shocking than the [original] iMac was.” The iMac G5. Apple iMac G5 (2004)With its sturdy L-shaped stand, deep bottom bezel and large display, Apple’s all-in-one iMac G5 would become the template for all subsequent iMacs. Though it’s been nearly 15 years since its launch, you can still see its aesthetic influence in today’s aluminum iMacs and the iMac Pro. To Ive, the screen was always the centerpiece of the device. In 2009 when he introduced that year’s iMacs, Ive said: “There’s not a detail there that doesn’t need to be there. There are no visual interruptions, distractions. There’s just no other noise. Everything is about the display.”iPod Mini (2004)The iPod Mini. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images As the smaller and more affordable version of the iPod, the iPod Mini was extremely popular and came in a variety of bright colors. Encased in an elegant unibody design, the device introduced Apple’s famous “click wheel,” or as Jobs described it at the time, a “solid-state scroll wheel.” The space-saving wheel enabled users to navigate the iPod by turning and pressing down on the large white wheel located in the center. At its launch, Jobs praised the device’s small size and said it was “pretty stunning” and “really, really beautiful.” The iPod Mini was replaced in 2005 with the even slimmer iPod Nano. iPhone (2007)All the iPhones, from the 2007 original iPhone to 2018’s iPhone XS. Angela Lang/CNET Perhaps no other tech device has had more of an impact than the iPhone. Combining the capabilities of an iPod, a phone and a handheld computer that connects to the internet, the iPhone revolutionized how we communicate and access information. When Jobs unveiled the first iPhone, he emphasized its 3.5-inch touchscreen and said Apple “designed something wonderful in your hand.” It shared a nearly identical design motif as the first iPod Touch (a line of devices that continues today). Fast-forward to 2017: When Ive introduced the 5.8-inch iPhone X, he described it as a “physical object that disappears into the experience.”iPad (2010)The Apple iPad Pro. Sarah Tew/CNET At first it might have seemed hard to convince some people that the iPad was simply more than a larger iPhone, but to its credit the iPad did help usher in a new era of large-screen tablets. Equipped with a 9.7-inch display and a physical home button, the iPad was a sleek and powerful tablet, and it now comes in a variety of sizes. In a promo video introducing the iPad, Ive said, “When something exceeds your ability to understand how it works it sort of becomes magical — and that’s exactly what the iPad is.”iOS 7 (2013)iOS 7 on the iPhone 5S. CNET staff In addition to hardware, Ive was heavily involved in the design of Apple’s 2013 mobile operating system iOS 7. It was one of the biggest overhauls the OS underwent, and ushered in an era that replaced a dated skeuomorphic interface with a more modern, flat aesthetic. Bright pastel colors, translucent notification shades and a homescreen with a parallax depth effect breathed new life into the iPhone. To Ive, iOS 7 represented simplicity. “[Simplicity is] about bringing order to complexity,” he said in a 2013 promo video. “iOS 7 is a clear representation of these goals.”Apple Watch (2014)The Apple Watch Series 3 and 4. Angela Lang/CNET Apple’s first fitness tracker, the Apple Watch, debuted in 2014 and featured a stainless steel body, a rectangular display, a digital crown and swappable bands. It was one of the best-designed wearables at the time, but compared to rivals like the Pebble Steel, the Watch was expensive and had a short battery life. That didn’t stop Ive from singing its praises, and in 2018, when he introduced the Apple Watch Series 4, he said it was, “a device so powerful, so personal, so liberating; it can change the way you live each day.”Apple Park (2017)Apple Park James Martin/CNET Apple’s new headquarters, which sprawls across 2.8 million square feet and houses over 10,000 employees, features a huge circular building (nicknamed the Spaceship), an auditorium dedicated to Steve Jobs, and over 9,000 trees. Though the main architect was Norman Foster and his firm, Ive contributed heavily to the campus’ design. In an interview with the design magazine Wallpaper, Ive noted that he expected the campus to adapt along with the company. “The building will change and it will evolve,” he said. “And I’m sure in 20 years’ time we will be designing and developing very different products, and just that alone will drive the campus to evolve and change.” Mobile Phones