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Early Man IQ: Et Tu, Brute?

first_imgAnthropologists are receiving a jolt about the intelligence of early man.  Long before the cave paintings showed our forebears exercising art appreciation, new findings suggest they were gifted individuals, not brutes.    The first report was about manufactured beads dated older than 82,000 years.  Science Daily said, “The shells are currently at the centre of a debate concerning the origins of modern behaviour in early humans.”  For one thing, it’s too early for common ideas that humans did not have “a sophisticated symbolic material culture” that long ago.  Another surprise is that these shell beads, found in Morocco, are nearly the same as those found in South Africa dated 72,000 years old.  The research team said that “the most striking aspect of the Taforalt discoveries is that identical shell types should appear in two such geographically distant regions.”  Indeed some of the beads found at four sites may be older than 110,000 years.  The research team leader explained, “These new finds are exciting because they show that bead manufacturing probably arose independently in different cultures and confirms a long suspected pattern that humans with modern symbolic behaviour were present from a very early stage at both ends of the continent, probably as early as 110,000 years ago.”    Another hint of “unknown smarts” in ancient man was announced in National Geographic based on a paper in PNAS1.  Researchers studying stone axes noticed that the red ochre around the shaft was not just a decorative feature; it was a kind of superglue.  A mixture of red ochre and gum acacia actually bound the axe to the shaft firmly.  The problem is that this gives the shaft to anthropological theories that humans were too unsophisticated to make such things.  Glue manufacture required harvesting and testing remote ingredients for the best effect.  “It was mentally taxing work that would have required humans to account for differences in the chemistry of gum harvested from different trees and in the iron content of ochre from different sites,”  the article said.  How could they know about pH and iron content?  Success must have required a significant amount of goal-directed experimentation.  “The finding also suggests the intelligence of Stone Age humans was more akin to that of modern humans than previously thought,” a team member said.  “Their technology was a lot more competent than we have given them credit for.”Update 06/10/2009:  Thomas Wynn (U Colorado) tried to explain where the human mind came from and why anatomically modern humans were smart enough to invent a glue to haft their spears supposedly 70,000 years ago:One [implication] that has held central stage in paleoanthropology for two decades is the problem of modernity.  When and how did the modern mind evolve?  Most of the focus in this debate has been on the role language [sic] and symbolism but, as Wadley et al. make clear, there is more to modern cognition than language and the use of symbols.  Indeed, language has proven to be a particularly intractable topic for archaeologists, a point made cogently by Botha.  By focusing on activities that tax reasoning ability and are also visible archaeologically, such as hafting, archaeologists are in a better position to contribute to an understanding of the evolution of the modern mind.  In the current example, Wadley et al. have been able to demonstrate that some elements of modern cognition were in place by 70,000 years ago.Meanwhile, debate still rages about the “Hobbit” bones of miniature people from Ling Bua cave in Indonesia (see 10/24/2004, 10/25/2005, and 08/21/2006).  Papers in Nature last week suggested that the tiny people underwent “island dwarfism” by living too long on the isle.  Another paper said the foot bones show primitive features.  Some are suggesting these were early versions of Homo erectus that migrated out of Africa ahead of the rest, and developed independently on their isolated island  The skeletons, however, are dated at 18,000 years old – much younger than their axe-gluing, shell-button-manufacturing kin.  Robert Eckhardt, an evolutionary biologist at University of Pennsylvania, isn’t buying the argument that it represents a new species of human.  “In science, poor hypotheses identify themselves by needing ad hoc revision after revision,” he remarked.  “This is what is happening with increasing visibility in the [descriptions] of ‘Homo floresiensis.’”  For an intelligent design perspective on these skeletons, see an article by Robert Deyes on ARN.1.  Wadley, Hodgskiss and Grant, “Implications for complex cognition from the hafting of tools with compound adhesives in the Middle Stone Age, South Africa,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, published online May 11, 2009, doi: 10.1073/pnas.0900957106.2.  Commentary by Thomas Wynn, “Hafted spears and the archaology of mind,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences June 8, 2009, doi: 10.1073/pnas.0904369106.Evolutionary anthropologists throw their dating schemes around with reckless abandon.  Step back from the dogma and look at the big picture.  They would have you believe that human societies, smart enough to invent superglue and share bead technologies across a continent (unless you buy their line that this represents convergent evolution) were too dumb to invent cities and agriculture for some 100,000 years – an order of magnitude greater than all recorded human history, in which time humans built Sumer and Rome and New York and the Hubble Space Telescope.  Once the ridiculousness of their picture sinks in, you see the evolutionary scenario for what it is: a made-up story concocted to keep the Darwinian picture of the emergence of man from apes the dominant religion among scientists.  All their head-scratching and controversy and “ad hoc revision after revision” looks comical in that light. (Visited 24 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Market Matters Blog

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Mary KennedyDTN Cash Grains AnalystOMAHA (DTN) — The domestic distillers dried grains (DDG) weekly average spot price from the 40 locations DTN contacted was down $1, to $141 per ton for the week ended Oct. 16. Prices were mixed from various sellers, but overall, the DDG price this week came under some pressure from the weaker cash corn price.Based on the average of prices collected by DTN, the value of DDG relative to corn for the week ended Oct. 16 was at 100.78%. The value of DDG relative to soybean meal was at 46.26%. The cost per unit of protein for DDG was $5.22, compared to the cost per unit of protein for soybean meal at $6.42.Various closures on the Mississippi River are likely stalling transport of some export containers to the Gulf this week. In the Upper Mississippi River, Locks 16 and 17 have been closed to northbound and southbound traffic since Oct. 13. American Commercial Barge Line noted that the latest forecasts reflect Lock 17 will reopen the evening of Oct. 17 and Lock 16 will reopen the morning of Oct. 18. Twenty-four hours of transit delays are expected for the cleanup of both locks.In the Lower Mississippi there is a closure at Mile 249 as of Oct. 16 through Oct. 18 from 07:00-17:00 to southbound tows with four or more barges. At the Gulf, weather fronts moving through the Gulf and Canal areas this week through Oct. 18 will cause intermittent delays there from wind and fog, added ACBL.ALL PRICES SUBJECT TO CONFIRMATIONCURRENTPREVIOUSCHANGECOMPANYSTATE10/16/201910/11/2019Bartlett and Company, Kansas City, MO (816-753-6300)MissouriDry$150$150$0Wet$75$75$0Show Me Ethanol LLC, Carrollton, MO (660-542-6493)Missouri SubjectDry$147$147$0Wet$75$75$0CHS, Minneapolis, MN (800-769-1066)SubjectIllinoisDry$140$140$0SubjectIndianaDry$140$140$0SubjectIowaDry$135$135$0SubjectMichiganDry$150$150$0SubjectMinnesotaDry$135$135$0SubjectNorth DakotaDry$130$130$0SubjectNew YorkDry$150$150$0SubjectSouth DakotaDry$125$125$0MGP Ingredients, Atchison, KS (800-255-0302 Ext. 5253)KansasDry$145$145$0POET Nutrition, Sioux Falls, SD (888-327-8799)IndianaDry$140$150-$10IowaDry$140$145-$5MichiganDry$135$135$0MinnesotaDry$138$140-$2MissouriDry$143$145-$2OhioDry$145$155-$10South DakotaDry$150$150$0United BioEnergy, Wichita, KS (316-616-3521)KansasDry$145$140$5Wet$55$45$10IllinoisDry$147$147$0NebraskaDry$135$145-$10Wet$45$45$0U.S. Commodities, Minneapolis, MN (888-293-1640)IllinoisDry$145$145$0IndianaDry$155$155$0IowaDry$140$140$0MichiganDry$150$150$0MinnesotaDry$135$135$0NebraskaDry$140$140$0New YorkDry$165$165$0North DakotaDry$140$140$0OhioDry$155$155$0South DakotaDry$135$135$0WisconsinDry$135$135$0Valero Energy Corp, San Antonio Texas(210-345-3362)(210-345-3362)IndianaDry$136$136$0IowaDry$145$135$10MinnesotaDry$140$140$0NebraskaDry$135$135$0OhioDry$145$145$0South DakotaDry$135$135$0CaliforniaDry$205$200$5Western Milling, Goshen, California (559-302-1074)CaliforniaDry$203$206-$3*Prices listed per ton.Weekly Average$141$142-$1The weekly average prices above reflect only those companies DTNcollects spot prices from. States include: Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska,Kansas, Illinois, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Michigan,Wisconsin and Indiana. Prices for Pennsylvania, New York andCalifornia are not included in the averages.VALUE OF DDG VS. CORN & SOYBEAN MEALSettlement Price:Quote DateBushelShort TonCorn10/16/2019$3.9175$139.91Soybean Meal10/16/2019$304.80DDG Weekly Average Spot Price$141.00DDG Value Relative to:10/1610/10Corn100.78%104.56%Soybean Meal46.26%46.69%Cost Per Unit of Protein:DDG$5.22$5.26Soybean Meal$6.42$6.40Notes:Corn and soybean prices take from DTN Market Quotes. DDG pricerepresents the average spot price from Midwest companiescollected on Thursday afternoons. Soybean meal cost per unitof protein is cost per ton divided by 47.5. DDG cost per unitof protein is cost per ton divided by 27.Mary Kennedy can be reached at [email protected] her on Twitter @MaryCKenn(BAS/SK )Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.FD Source:FD Page :Page Member(s): 08052430, , , ,Slash Commands: Summary Page Member:(AGSK)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Army Intelligence grapples with doping in recruitment rally in Alwar

first_imgThe Military Intelligence (MI) recovered large number of drugs at the ongoing recruitment rally at Alwar on Sunday but failed to act as the “army has no procedure or expertise to check doping”.    To make situation worse the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) refused to interfere saying that the recruitment in the army was not under their jurisdiction.Despite the fact that the candidates at the recruitment rallies were resorting to doping and also submitting forged documents at the recruitment rally in Alwar, the officers tried to underplay the irregularities and cited ill-equipment as the primary reason. Defence PRO Colonel SD Goswami confirmed that the MI recovered drugs including antibiotics, whiteners, cough syrups that contained alcohol contents, vitamin capsules and drugs that gave kick near the Indira Gandhi stadium boundary walls where the rally was being conducted since October 3. The rally, being organised by the army headquarters, would continue till October 13.   The army officers immediately informed the local police and the anti-doping agency for action. However, the candidates who had used them couldn’t be tracked. Even as a frisking was done on several candidates, nothing much was recovered. In view of the large number of candidates – around 7000 – the army didn’t find it possible to even frisk the candidates to check doping.Army’s additional director general (recruitment) Major General Kanwaljit Singh who visited Alwar’s recruitment rally on Monday said the NADA contacted by the recruitment officers too expressed its inability to extend a helping hand in the matter as it was not a sporting event. “Though initially NADA authorities agreed to the army’s request for a random check for doping they went back on their assurance saying that army recruitment was beyond their jurisdiction,” pointed out Singh.  Evidence suggested that drugs were also got injected by some aspirants, he revealed. It was not only the doping that remained unchecked. MI team recovered 50 bogus seals and 51 stamp- pads used in getting their documents attested by the aspirants. Goswami said that the army had registered an FIR with the local police for action into the bogus seals used in attesting the documents.Sources said that as the recruitment officers did not pursue the forgery incidents police found it convenient to hush them up. Alarmed by the development Brig. S.K. Sharma, deputy director, recruitment Zone (Rajasthan) rushed to Alwar on Monday. Significantly, of the entire recruitments from Rajasthan 40 per cent were from Alwar during the past three years, sources pointed out.advertisementlast_img read more

2011 ‘Be Active’ WA State Championships

first_img38 teams will contest the three day event across six divisions – Men’s Open, Women’s Open, Mixed Open, Men’s 30’s, Senior Women and Men’s 40’s.Included in the line-up is a team from Ramingining, East Arnhem Land, who will travel over 4,000 kilometres to attend the event for the second consecutive year. The team returns with a year of experience under its belt having also competed in the Northern Territory State Championships and the inaugural Arnhem Land Touch Football Festival in 2011, and are sure to again be crowd favourites.  Friday and Saturday will see round games contested, before finals are played on Sunday. The Mixed Open final will be played at 2.40pm, followed by the Women’s Open final, with the Men’s Open final to be played at 4.40pm. In the Men’s Open division, Wanneroo will be looking for back-to-back titles following their two touchdown win over the Southern Stars in 2010, while Southern will be hoping to take out their third title in the past five events at this year’s championships.In the Women’s Open division, Perth Brothers will be hoping to take out consecutive State Championships titles, following their 9-1 win over Northern Districts in 2010. To keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2011 ‘Be Active’ WA State Championships, please visit the event website:www.statechamps.com.aulast_img read more

Top News of 2018 – Editors Picks

National blood shortage prompts call for dog donors at clinics in Alberta

first_imgEDMONTON – Parker is not yet five years old and has been giving blood regularly for nearly three of them.“He just gave his 12th donation,” said Hans Granholm of Edmonton.What makes Parker’s altruism unusual is that he’s a happy-go-lucky giant schnauzer mix. The rescue dog, which had to go through a series of tests to make sure he was eligible to donate, doesn’t seem to mind the donor sessions at all.“He’s quite a clown,” owner Granholm said with a laugh. “He’s the only dog I’ve ever met that actually smiles.“When we go in there, he just goes around and smiles to all of the girls and all of the technicians. He’s just quite a clown.”Parker, who is 4 1/2, is one of the regular donors at Edmonton’s NAIT clinic, which recently put out a call for more dogs.“Our donor pool depleted quite dramatically,” said Beth Knight, laboratory director at the Canadian Animal Blood Bank in Winnipeg. “It’s one of those challenges.”Any dog blood donated at clinics across Canada goes into the bank for use by veterinarians when a dog is recovering after surgery or from diseases such as cancer. Cats and other pets can also donate blood, but it’s a much more complicated procedure and they aren’t part of the same program.Canine donors must meet several requirements, but the clinics are always on the lookout for “sweet-natured” dogs.Knight said the clinics don’t ask too many personal questions.“We do ask about bites and fights,” she said.They also need to know about any health problems, so they take a small blood sample, she added.“Once the donor has passed these little hurdles, we give them a great big hug and ask them to lie down on the table.”A total of 450 millilitres of blood, the same volume that would be taken from a human, is drawn with a needle from the dog’s jugular vein after the area is shaved and prepared.“It takes two to three minutes,” Knight said.Each dog is different.“We have both the yin and yang of donors,” said Knight. “Some love coming; some are glad to leave. Others think they are going to get their nails trimmed, so they panic until they have this big needle in their jugular and then they totally relax.“It’s like, ‘Oh, this is what we’re doing.’”She said dogs typically recover more quickly than people after giving blood.“Every lab owner wants the dog to be slower and that will never happen,” she said. “Their head and their heart are at the same level, and their ability to recover from a blood loss is managed more easily than you and I.”There are seven major blood groups in dogs. Greyhounds, German shepherds, pit bulls and Weimaraners are more likely to have the type that’s considered universal.Each donation helps up to three dogs.Doggie donors must be between one and eight years old, weigh at least 25 kilograms and be up to date on their vaccinations.They receive free blood products — if ever required — a tag, a bandana and a free microchip after the second donation.Granholm, who has been bringing in his dogs to donate since 2004, said he regularly urges other owners to take their dogs to give blood.“It’s the same as a human giving blood,” he said. “You’re doing a service to others.”Parker gets an added bonus after he donates.“Oh yeah, he gets a treat afterward.”last_img read more

Logan Stieber returning to Ohio State as a coach

OSU’s Logan Stieber (right) wrestles with North Carolina State’s Kevin Jack in a 141-pound semifinal during the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships on March 20 in St. Louis.Credit: Courtesy of TNSOhio State wrestling coach Tom Ryan announced that Logan Stieber will be returning to the Steelwood Training Center after the Olympic Trials in April.Only this time, the most decorated wrestler in OSU history will be setting up residence as a member of the coaching staff.The addition of Stieber will now give a total of six national titles, seven NCAA finals appearances and 11 All-American honors to the coaching staff for the Buckeyes.Stieber earned four national championships, 119 victories and a Hodge Trophy as the nation’s most outstanding wrestler during his career with the Scarlet and Gray. All of those marks were firsts by an OSU wrestler.“I am very excited to be joining the Buckeye staff next year,” Stieber said in a press release. “I love Ohio State, so it’s a dream come true that I can start my coaching career here as well as pursue my Olympic dreams.”After enjoying incredible success while in high school at Monroeville High School, where he won four state titles, Stieber came to OSU and helped the Buckeyes earn their first team title in the team’s 94-year existence in the 2014-15 season.Ryan expressed his excitement for the return of Stieber to OSU and what the return means for the team.“Logan has been a tremendous example here as a student-athlete,” Ryan said in the release. “He completed one of the most illustrious careers in both Ohio high school history and NCAA history by winning four Big Ten and NCAA championships while leading the Buckeyes to our first team title.”Ryan said Stieber’s contributions to the Buckeyes have been more than anyone else in the program’s history, and he expects him to be a great influence to the wrestlers he will coach.“I am excited for the current and future student-athletes that will have the opportunity to learn from Logan,” Ryan said.Ryan also made a note of the importance of volunteer coach Ross Thatcher had on the victory, expressing how much of a powerhouse he believes his coaching staff is.“(Thatcher) had a tremendous influence on bringing our first NCAA team title to Ohio State as well as he mentored our upper weights, especially Nick Heflin and Kyle Snyder,” Ryan said.The Scarlet and Gray wrestling facility will now boast an Olympian (Tervel Dlagnev), a World champion (sophomore Kyle Snyder) and a four-time NCAA champion (Stieber).Those accolades just so happen to make the wrestling room for the Buckeyes the only one with these kind of credentials in the NCAA.After winning a national championship last year and getting off to a 6-2 start this year, it would appear the Buckeyes are looking to build a collegiate dynasty in wrestling with the addition of Stieber, along with the experience of other coaches.After finishing second in the 165-pound class at the U.S. Senior Nationals, Stieber will be attending the U.S. Olympic Team Trials from April 8 to 10 in the hopes of joining the Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Stieber’s younger brother, Hunter, is also a member of the OSU team, but, as he is currently a redshirt senior, he will not be coached by his brother. read more

Womens Hockey No 9 Ohio State drops third straight against Bemidji State

Ohio State junior forward Sara Saekkinen (25) drives the puck down the ice in their game against Minnesota on Jan 26. Credit: Cori Wade | For The LanternIt was the first night of senior weekend for Ohio State, but the evening belonged to Bemidji State and redshirt sophomore goalie Lauren Bench, whose 44 saves allowed a Beavers’ comeback victory in Columbus.Bemidji State women’s hockey (11-16-2, 8-9-2 WCHA) upset No. 9 Ohio State (17-12, 11-10 WCHA) 3-2 on the road Friday night, turning a 2-0 first period deficit into a 3-2 win for its third straight season defeat against the Buckeyes.“They’re similar to us.” Ohio State head coach Nadine Muzerall said. “They grind it out, they play relentless. I don’t know how to break that down philosophically, but they do have our number this year, that’s for sure.”Ohio State dominated the puck for most of the night, putting 46 shots on net, with Bench saving all but two of them.Bench made 22 saves in the third period alone, as Ohio State mounted an urgent offensive front that tried to regain the 2-0 lead they built in the first period on goals from senior forward Madison Field and senior defenseman Lauren Boyle.Junior forward Abby Halluska scored her second goal in as many games against the Buckeyes to put the Beavers on the board and slice the Ohio State lead in half three minutes into the second period.Her breakaway goal off a Buckeye turnover was Halluska’s fifth of the year, and marked a palpable shift in momentum for a Beavers offense that had been outshot 13-5 in the first period and had scored only 54 goals coming into the series.Bemidji State did not let up, as the game-tying strike was provided by Bemidji State sophomore forward Lydia Passolt eight minutes into the second, which took the air out of the Friday night Buckeyes home crowd.Much like their last meeting on Nov. 10, which also saw goals from Halluska and Field, the Beavers and Buckeyes entered the game’s final period knotted at two apiece. Bemidji State completed the comeback with a long-range slap shot that snuck past Ohio State sophomore goalie Lynsey Wallace for her sixth goal of the season, giving the Beavers a 3-2 lead three minutes into the third period.Wallace replaced freshman goalie Andrea Branedli, who Muzerall said is participating in an international tournament with her native Switzerland National Hockey Team. Braendli was named NCAA No. 2 Star of the Week after two straight shutout performances the past weekend at St. Cloud State.Bemidji State was 0-9-1 before getting its first two season wins against the Buckeyes in November, but now claim wins against No. 1 Wisconsin and No. 9 Ohio State in back-to-back weekends.Bench made 27 saves in the Beavers’ upset against Wisconsin this past Friday, which Muzerall said helped build her confidence, as she entered this series with the second-lowest save percentage in the WCHA at .914.Ohio State has lost three straight against Bemidji State, despite outshooting them 119-78, which Ohio State redshirt junior Jincy Dunne said is becoming indicative of the Buckeyes’ shortcomings on offense.“That seems to be a common theme in a lot of our losses we’ve had,” Dunne said. “We’ve just got to find a way to get the puck in the net.”Dunne added that the festivities of Saturday’s senior night may add some fuel on the fire for the Buckeyes.“I think it will be more emotional just because we love our seniors,” Dunne said. “Especially because this could potentially be our last home game. We don’t know yet.”Bemidji State will hope to make it four in a row against the Buckeyes on Saturday night with a season sweep. If it wins, it would be Ohio State’s seventh loss in nine games.The Buckeyes are facing a must-win situation, as they stand at No. 9 and would likely drop from the polls with another loss, which would keep them out of the eight-team NCAA Tournament. read more

Fred Meyer To Stop Selling Guns Ammunition

first_imgThe company had already stopped selling assault-style guns several years ago, except in Alaska. In the statement: “Fred Meyer has made a business decision to exit the firearms category. We are currently working on plans to responsibly phase out sales of firearms and ammunition.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Fred Meyer announced on Friday, March 16, that they will stop selling guns and ammunition at all of their retail stores, including in Alaska. Other stores announced in the wake of that shooting that they would stop selling guns to anyone under 21 including Walmart, and Dick’s Sporting Goods recently banned sales of assault rifles. Following last month’s high school shooting in Parkland, Florida that left 17 people dead, Fred Meyer said it would stop selling firearms to anyone under 21. In a statement the company said it made the decision after evaluating customer preferences. The company sells guns at nearly 45 of its 132 stores in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Alaska. Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-fred-meyer-no-longer-selling-guns.mp3VmJennifer-on-fred-meyer-no-longer-selling-guns.mp300:00RPdlast_img read more

19YearOld Arrested For Damaging Lawns At Soldotna Prep And Soldotna High School

first_imgThe driver, Austin Jackson, 19, of Soldotna, was impaired by alcohol. Additionally, investigation revealed the lawns at both Soldotna Prep School and Soldotna High School were damaged in an amount estimated to be in excess of $750 each. At 2:36 a.m., this morning, Soldotna State Troopers were dispatched to the report of a white pickup driving on the lawn of Soldotna Prep School. According to the online trooper dispatch, the vehicle was located driving in circles on the lawn of Soldotna High School. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A 19-year-old Soldotna man was arrested for damaging the lawns at both Soldotna Prep School and Soldotna High School while driving under the influence. Jackson was arrested and remanded at Wildwood Pretrial Facility on two counts of Criminal Mischief in the 3rd Degree and one count of Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol. Jackson is being held without bail, pending arraignment.last_img read more