first_imgJim McGuinness at Croke Park todayDUBLIN have been installed as favourites to win this year’s All-Ireland Championship after a dazzling display against Kildare at Croke Park this afternoon.Kildare had taken the lead, giving hope to neutrals everywhere, but a stunning second half display saw the Dubs romp home to a 4-16 to 1-09 victory.Donegal manager Jim McGuinness was at GAA headquarters to watch the match. Dublin will face Meath in the Leinster final after they overcame a dogged Wexford side.Meanwhile former Donegal manager Brian McIver led his Derry side to a seven point victory over Sligo this evening at Owenbeg – 0-15 to 0-08 the final score.Qualifiers – Round 1 30 Jun 2013 5pm Derry 0-15 – 0-08 Sligo Owenbeg30 Jun 2013 3pm Armagh 2-21 – 0-02 Wicklow Athletic Grounds29 Jun 2013 7pm Galway 1-12 – 0-11 Tipperary Pearse Stadium, Galway29 Jun 2013 7pm Longford 2-14 – 0-09 Limerick Glennon Brothers Pearse Park29 Jun 2013 3pm Westmeath 1-15 – 3-10 Fermanagh Cusack Park, Mullingar29 Jun 2013 3pm Offaly 0-08 – 1-27 Tyrone Tullamore 29 Jun 2013 3pm Louth 1-17 – 1-11 Antrim Drogheda28 Jun 2013 7:45pm Carlow 0-12 – 3-13 Laois Dr Cullen ParkJIM McGUINNESS AT CROKE PARK TO SEE DAZZLING DUBLIN TROUNCE KILDARE was last modified: June 30th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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)Tags:JIM McGUINNESS AT CROKE PARK TO SEE DAZZLING DUBLIN TROUNCE KILDARElast_img read more

Evidence-Based Cosmology

first_imgFrom what we observe, we can draw inferences without the need to posit occult phenomena.Anthropic ObservablesFine tuning: A new measurement of the ratio between proton and neutron masses was calculated ab initio by European scientists. This ratio is very important for the stability of atoms. Their result, published by Science Magazine, confirms the narrow range of values that make our universe possible:The existence and stability of atoms rely on the fact that neutrons are more massive than protons. The measured mass difference is only 0.14% of the average of the two masses. A slightly smaller or larger value would have led to a dramatically different universe….The mass of the visible universe is a consequence of the strong interaction, which is the force that binds together quarks into protons and neutrons. To establish this with percent-level accuracy, very precise calculations based on the lattice formulation of quantum chromodynamics (QCD), the theory of the strong interaction, were needed. Going beyond such calculations to control much finer effects that are at the per mil (‰) level is necessary to, for instance, account for the relative neutron-proton mass difference, which was experimentally measured to be close to 0.14%. Precisely, this difference is needed to explain the physical world as we know it today. For example, a relative neutron-proton mass difference smaller than about one third of the observed 0.14% would cause hydrogen atoms to undergo inverse beta decay, leaving predominantly neutrons. A value somewhat larger than 0.05% would have resulted in the Big Bang Nucleosynthesis (BBN), producing much more helium-4 and far less hydrogen than it did in our universe. As a result, stars would not have ignited in the way they did. On the other hand, a value considerably larger than 0.14% would have resulted in a much faster beta decay for neutrons. This would have led to far fewer neutrons at the end of the BBN epoch and would have made the burning of hydrogen in stars and the synthesis of heavy elements more difficult. We show here that this tiny mass splitting is the result of a subtle cancellation between electromagnetic and quark mass difference effects. In combination with astrophysical and cosmological arguments, this figure can be used to determine how different values of these parameters would change the content of the universe. This in turn provides an indication of the extent to which these constants of nature must be fine-tuned to yield a universe that resembles ours.Their calculation of the mass difference – 0.14% — is very tight: almost one in a thousand. If that ratio varied by one-third of that tiny amount, a universe with stars and complex life could not exist. In a summary of the paper in Science, Jelena Stajic agrees:Elementary science textbooks often state that protons have the same mass as neutrons. This is not far from the truth—the neutron is about 0.14% heavier (and less stable) than the proton. The precise value is important, because if the mass difference were bigger or smaller, the world as we know it would likely not exist. Borsanyi et al. calculated the mass difference to high precision using a sophisticated approach that took into account the various forces that exist within a nucleon. The calculations reveal how finely tuned our universe needs to be.This paper dealt with things that can be observed and measured: protons, neutrons, and (by consequence) stars, planets, and life.Matters Dark and MysteriousIn the same issue of Science Magazine, however, other cosmologists are on a losing quest for something they cannot see and do not understand: dark matter. Even the name sounds occult. Whatever it is (if it exists), it is “in a form outside the standard model of particle physics.” Astrophysicists have been searching for dark matter (inferred only by its supposed gravitational effects) for years now. New results announced by the ESA/Hubble Information Centre say that dark matter is “even darker than once thought.”Using the Hubble Space Telescope and Chandra X-Ray Observatory, astronomers looked for dark matter interactions in two colliding galaxy clusters but found none. The results show that “dark matter interacts with itself even less than previously thought, and narrows down the options for what this mysterious substance might be.”We know how ordinary matter acts when it collides: it leaves detectable “wreckage” behind. Dark matter, by contrast, is “a giant question mark looming over our knowledge of the Universe,” the press release says. The non-detection of a recognizable interaction cross-section adds to the pile of failed searches (see 10/30/13, 10/06/14). If it was crunch time in 1/24/15, it’s even more so now. Are cosmologists on a snipe hunt, looking for a phantom that doesn’t exist? The BBC News comes just shy of calling it a ghost story:“If you want to figure out what something is made out of, you knock it, or you throw it across the room and see where the bits go.”In this case, the bits went straight through each other.Unlike the gas clouds, which grind to a turbulent halt, and the stars, which mostly glide past each other, the ubiquitous dark matter passes through everything and emerges unscathed, like a ghost.To be sure, there are still some options available for the searchers, but they are narrowing. How much more time do they get, before unbiased observers accuse them of tinkering with mythology? (1/24/14). Remember, these same secular cosmologists—most of them materialists—believe in another occult phenomenon, dark energy, that is even more mysterious. Yet dark energy is supposed to be even more plentiful than dark matter (10/21/12). The universe we observe, they claim, represents only 4% of reality.If one believes occult phenomena account for 96% of reality, then anything is possible. No wonder NASA’s Astrobiology Magazine speculated that dark matter might have been responsible for mass extinctions and geologic upheavals. Ghosts can do mysterious things in the dark.So there you have it. The fine-tuning of the cosmos is evidence-based, backed up by decades of precise measurements. The effects of fine tuning are clearly seen in the things that are measurable and observable: stars, planets, life, and our own bodies. Dark matter, by contrast, has no hard evidence. Believers are running out of options for their Mysterious Unknown Stuff.Unless you are prepared to jump off the deep end with unverifiable imaginations about multiverses and Boltzmann brains (akin to paranoid delusions), you’re stuck with evidence-based cosmology. Fine-tuning implies a self-existent Tuner outside the cosmos. Check the scoreboard: intelligent design 100, unguided materialism 0. Now go watch Privileged Species featuring Michael Denton for relief of stress caused by occult speculations. (Visited 49 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Drydown in corn: What to expect?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Peter Thomison, Ohio State University ExtensionMany corn growers may encounter slower than normal drydown this fall due to late crop development associated with June planting dates. Much of Ohio’s late-planted corn may not achieve black layer until mid-October or later when drying conditions are less favorable for drydown. Once corn achieves physiological maturity (when kernels have obtained maximum dry weight and black layer has formed), it will normally dry approximately 3/4% to 1% per day during favorable drying weather (sunny and breezy) during the early warmer part of the harvest season from mid‑September through late September. By early to mid‑October, dry-down rates will usually drop to ½% to 3/4% per day. By late October to early November, field dry‑down rates will usually drop to 1/4% to 1/2% per day and by mid-November, probably zero to 1/4% per day. By late November, drying rates will be negligible.Estimating dry‑down rates can also be considered in terms of Growing Degree Days (GDDs). Generally, it takes about 30 GDDs to lower grain moisture each point from 30% down to 25%. Drying from 25 to 20 percent requires about 45 GDDs per point of moisture. In October, we typically accumulate about 5 to 10 GDDs per day. However, note that the above estimates are based on generalizations, and it is likely that some hybrids may vary from this pattern of drydown. Some seed companies indicate considerably lower GDDs for grain moisture loss, i.e. 15 to 20 GDDs to lower grain moisture each point from 30% down to 25% and 20 to 30 GDDs per point from 25% to 20%.Past Ohio research evaluating corn drydown provides insight on effects of weather conditions on grain drying. During a warm, dry fall, grain moisture loss per day ranged from 0.76% to 0.92%. During a cool, wet fall, grain moisture loss per day ranged from 0.32% to 0.35%. Grain moisture losses based on GDDs ranged from 24 to 29 GDDs per percentage point of moisture (i.e., a loss of one percentage point of grain moisture per 24 to 29 GDDs) under warm dry fall conditions, whereas under cool wet fall conditions, moisture loss ranged from 20 to 22 GDDs. The number of GDDs associated with grain moisture loss was lower under cool, wet conditions than under warm, dry conditions.Weather related crop stress may affect drydown this year. Bob Nielsen at Purdue University notes, “When areas of fields die prematurely due to stresses like drought, spatial variability for grain moisture at harvest can be dramatic and often creates challenges with the management of the grain dryer operation. This is especially true early in the harvest season when grain moistures of healthier areas of the field are in the low 20s. The spatial variability for grain moisture decreases later in the harvest season as grain moistures throughout the field settle to an equilibrium level (15% or less).”Agronomists generally recommend that harvesting corn for dry grain storage should begin at about 24% to 25% grain moisture. Allowing corn to field dry below 20% risks yield losses from stalk lodging, ear drop, ear rots, insect feeding damage and wildlife damage.last_img read more

PMLA case: Ex-Himachal CM Virbhadra Singh, wife get bail

first_imgA special court on Thursday granted bail to former Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh, his wife and three others in a ₹7-crore money laundering case.Special Judge Arvind Kumar granted the relief to Mr. Singh and his wife Pratibha Singh, who were present in the court in response to the summons issued against them on the last date of hearing.The court also granted bail to Universal Apple Associate owner Chunni Lal Chauhan, besides other accused Prem Raj and Lawan Kumar Roach.All the accused got the relief on furnishing a personal bond of ₹50,000 and one surety of the same amount each.During the proceedings, ED counsel Nitesh Rana opposed their bail plea, seeking judicial custody for them.The court, however, granted them bail considering they were not arrested by the ED during investigation.The court had, on February 12, issued summons against the accused saying there was enough prima facie evidence against them.last_img read more

While BHU and AMU praise UP anti-national draft policy, opposition says it promotes RSS ideology

first_imgThe Deputy Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Dinesh Sharma asserted that anti-national activities would not be tolerated in private universities in the state.”If the universities engage in activities including any seminar which are anti-national in nature, then action would be taken on them as per this law. Some time back, in some universities, anti-national activities happened but there were no provisions to control them,” he said.Regulation of private universities With this, he also laid emphases upon the need for regulating private universities in the state as it will ensure better functioning of these universities.”Private Universities Act has been conceived so that these universities could work in a smoother environment. 27 private universities are active till now and some new universities have put in their applications. They will be given three months’ time by the Higher Education Council to accept the regulations by the universities. If the universities don’t give their acceptance in three months, it will be considered deemed acceptance,” he added.”The Private Universities Act was not in force in Uttar Pradesh till now. Each university was working on its own under an unclear set of guidelines. The examinations, processes, and syllabi of these universities were different from each other. There was no law to control them,” he said.Aligarh Muslim University on anti-national activities on university campusesThe Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) on Wednesday applauded the Uttar Pradesh cabinet’s decision to crack down on anti-national activities on university campuses.”We have zero tolerance policy and I think every institute should have the same. Our alumni are in 108 countries around the world. You won’t find a greater national movement anywhere else,” said AMU Public Relations Officer (PRO) Omar Saleem Peerzada.advertisementBHU students on the anti-national activities on university campusesBHU or Banaras Hindu University’s students also praised the decision saying:”We should congratulate the UP cabinet on the appreciable decision they have taken. This decision should have been taken at a national level.””This will prevent students from engaging into anti-national activities,” said Surendra Tripathi, another BHU student.Uttar Pradesh anti-national draft policy According to the draft, private universities will have to give an undertaking that their campuses will not be allowed to be used for “any anti-national activity.”It says universities will have to abide by the promise they had made during their foundation as per the law, that is to “preserve the secular, democratic fabric and aspire for universal brotherhood and tolerance”.Commenting on the development, UP Private Universities Association Secretary Pankaj Agarwal said, “The move is welcome but there is nothing new in it. We in the constitution of our university have these points and abide by it,” Agarwal said, adding educational institutions are sensitive towards it.Uttar Pradesh cabinet has cleared a draft ordinance asking universities to give an undertaking that anti-national activities won’t be allowed on their campuses.”We induce nationalist character in students and synch their energies to channel it for the development of the country. I think this is paramount as youngsters are the energy of a nation,” said Peerzada.The opposition on the anti-national draft policyThe draft ordinance to ban the use of campuses of private universities for “anti-national activity” has not gone down well with the opposition, with the Congress saying that the move smacked of “foisting” RSS ideology on educational institutions.UPCC general secretary and spokesman Dwijendra Tripathi said, “The hidden purpose behind the law is to create fear and pressure on educational institutions for foisting RSS ideology.The law, when enacted, will act as the sword of Damocles and the universities will constantly face the threat of de-recognition,” he said, adding it was “sort of dictatorship.”He said the educational system will not improve if the government controls institutions and if there is no scope for freedom of speech. With this, he also said that it was an attempt by the Yogi Adityanath government to exert greater control over private universities and the education system, particularly given the lack of clarity over what defines “anti-national activities”.(With inputs from PTI and ANI)Read: Goa and J&K govt order 10% EWS quota to be implemented in jobs and educationRead: Delhi University guidelines for sports trails out, date and venue decidedlast_img read more

Canadian Rangers on the move

first_imgAPTN National NewsCanadian Rangers are a fixture across Canada’s remote north.They’re part of the Canadian military and conduct patrols across the Arctic.But how do you travel when there are no roads and the terrain is rugged and wild?APTN National News reporter Wayne Rivers shows us how.last_img