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TORONTO — Auston Matthews famously pulled off a Toronto Maple Leafs sweater at NHL All-Star Weekend in San Jose in January, revealing a No. 12 Patrick Marleau jersey underneath to the delight of the Sharks fans in attendance.But Matthews’ favorite memories of being Marleau’s teammate for two seasons came away from the spotlight, the times on the road or when Patrick and his wife, Christina, would have him and other Leafs players over on special occasions to hang out with their four boys.“He …
NASHVILLE — The Sharks simply could not stay out of the penalty box Tuesday night against the Nashville Predators.Some of the calls that went against the Sharks were discretionary. Others were self-inflicted.It all added up to a 3-1 Sharks loss to the Predators at Bridgestone Arena, as San Jose wrapped up its four-game road trip with an 0-3-1 record. They scored just five goals on the trip, including just one goal in the last three losses, and never held a lead.Timo Meier scored San Jose’s …
A new record for soft tissue in a dinosaur fossil was reported in Nature: collagen in dinosaur eggs from the early Jurassic.The Nature paper is all over the news, but not all the science reporters are mentioning the most damaging admission to long ages: the preservation of organic material in fossil sauropod eggs from China, said to be 190-197 million years old from the early Jurassic – 100 million years older than the previous record. The Nature paper by Reisz et al. states, “This discovery also provides the oldest evidence of in situ preservation of complex organic remains in a terrestrial vertebrate.” Here’s how Chris Palmer reported it in Nature News:But it is not just the age of the fossils that is notable, the researchers say. Spectroscopic analysis of bone-tissue samples from the Chinese nesting site revealed the oldest organic material ever seen in a terrestrial vertebrate. That was surprising because the fossilized femur bones were delicate and porous, which made them vulnerable to the corrosive effects of weathering and groundwater, says Reisz.“That suggests to us that other dinosaur fossils might have organic remains,” he says. “We just haven’t looked at them in the right ways.”The organic material is thought to be collagen. The researchers reported “organic residues, probably direct products of the decay of complex proteins, within both the fast-growing embryonic bone tissue and the margins of the vascular spaces.” They mentioned Schweitzer’s “controversial” reports of dinosaur soft tissue and corroborated them by their own methodology:The embryonic bones were also studied using synchrotron radiation-Fourier transform infrared (SR-FTIR) spectroscopy. In contrast to previous studies of organic residues based on extracts obtained by decalcifying samples of bone, our approach targeted particular tissues in situ (Fig. 5). This made it possible to detect the preservation of organic residues, probably direct products of the decay of complex proteins, within both the fast-growing embryonic bone tissue and the margins of the vascular spaces (Fig. 5a, b). This is indicated by the multiple amide peaks revealed by both infrared (1,500–1,700 cm−1 strong band from amide I and II, and 1,200–1,300 cm−1 weak band from amide III) and Raman spectroscopy (amide A peak at 3,264 cm−1) (Supplementary Figs 6.1 and 6.2). Previous reports of preserved dinosaur organic compounds, or ‘dinosaurian soft tissues’, have been controversial because it was difficult to rule out bacterial biofilms or some other form of contamination as a possible source of the organics. Our results clearly indicate the presence of both apatite and amide peaks within woven embryonic bone tissue (Fig. 5a), which should not be susceptible to microbial contamination or other post-mortem artefacts.References in that quote were to Schweitzer’s 2005 and 2007 papers. The Supplementary Material indicated that mathematical manipulation was necessary to see the amide peaks:The orginal FT-IR amides peaks from the organic residues of Dawa (Lufeng) embryonic limb bone were convoluted, and provided relatively little detailed information (Fig.5, main document), showing a big unresolved hump around 1600 cm-1. Deconvolution is a mathematically based process to reverse the effects of convolution on recorded data. The deconvoluted peaks shown above match well known secondary structures of protein. Thus, it can be concluded that complex proteins were preserved in our specimen.A table after this statement shows that they identified typical secondary structures of protein, such as alpha helices, beta sheets, and side chains – i.e., actual protein structures, not just amino acid “building blocks” of protein.Science Now said the researchers “suspect” the presence of organic remains, but maintained some caution on the grounds that it’s hard to rule out contamination. “Still, if the evidence holds up, the find could finally tip the scale in favor of soft tissue preservation,” the article said. The BBC News and New Scientist didn’t mention the organic remains, but Science Daily did, based on a press release from the University of Toronto where Robert Reisz works. He said, “To find remnants of proteins in the embryos is really remarkable, particularly since these specimens are over 100 million years older than other fossils containing similar organic material.” Live Science briefly mentioned the soft tissue, and added an Image Album about the story.National Geographic completely ignored the soft tissue evidence, but did add this detail: the eggshells were found crushed, and the bones were sorted and concentrated. Reisz presumes they were buried in a flood: “It became inundated, the embryos were smothered by sediment and water, and [they] basically rotted and fell apart,” he said. The original paper described what the site looked like: “completely disarticulated skeletal elements at various stages of embryonic development… with calcium carbonate nodules often surrounding tightly packed appendicular skeletal elements.” What does this imply? The paper continues,We interpret the bone bed as a para-autochthonous assemblage, formed by low-energy flooding and slow inundation of a colonial nesting site. The host sediment is a heavily bioturbated, massive siltstone, throughout which are dispersed isolated skeletal elements, eggshell fragments and the small, fossil-rich nodules of calcium carbonate. There are no preserved nest structures or uncrushed eggs.It would seem that vulnerable, porous bones buried underwater in silt subject to bioturbation would have difficulty preserving the dinosaurs’ protein parts for 197 million years. It would also seem that a low-energy local flood by a riverbank would not leave “massive siltstone” filled with bone fragments.Interesting that the Brits at BBC & New Scientist (as well as NG) ignored the most important part of the story, the soft tissue, as if trying to protect their national hero Charlie from embarrassment. The other articles simply assumed that soft tissue can last almost 200 million years! Why isn’t anyone seeing the obvious? Chris Palmer admitted that the eggs were “vulnerable to the corrosive effects of weathering and groundwater,” making it unbelievable that up to 197 million years passed without obliterating the proteins. Who are you going to believe, evolutionary scientists or your own eyes?Notice also that Reisz suggested soft tissue would likely be found in other dinosaur fossils. Why haven’t they all been looking? Evolutionary theory often dictates what scientists look for and what they expect to see. Thank goodness Reisz & team made an effort to find the protein signal, even if they didn’t dwell on the implications for geological dates. This is a hot topic for creation research. Unfortunately, when they try, they are often severely criticized for (1) poor technique or (2) agenda-driven bias (example to be forthcoming). As if those problems never occur in the secular world.Multiple reports now from different parts of the world are making a watertight case for soft tissue in dinosaur bones. Critics of the reports are not necessarily driven by respect for the evidence, but by fear of what it means to evolutionary geology, evolutionary dating and the whole evolution industry. (Visited 56 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
The Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee (UPCC) chief Raj Babbar on Tuesday removed Meerut district president of the party Vinay Pradhan for addressing Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi as ‘Pappu’ in the party’s local WhatsApp group. Vinay Pradhan had on written a long post praising Mr. Gandhi for avoiding a lavish lifestyle and being “people’s leader”. “Rahul Gandhi is also known as Pappu by a section of people in this country. People of this country are witness to the fact that Pappu has never taken to lavish life style. Pappu never took part in the parties thrown by industrialists like Adani and Ambani because Pappu knew he would that these people would only exploit the common people’s resources. Pappu could have easily become the Prime Minister of this country but he did not,” goes the long post of Mr. Pradhan on the social media group After Mr. Pradhan’s post went viral, the district party spokesperson Abhimanyu Tyagi wrote to the senior party leaders leading to Mr. Pradhan’s removal from all party posts. Ramkrishna Dwivedi, the chairman of the disciplinary committee removed Mr. Pradhan after consulting with Mr. Babbar.
WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Chris Bitoon. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netWangs Basketball pulled off a 93-84 upset over Racal Motors Monday in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.Chris Bitoon dropped 13 of his 22 points in the second half, to go along with five steals, four rebounds, and three assists, while Robbie Herndon got a double-double in tune of his 17 markers and 13 boards to steer the Couriers to back-to-back wins for a franchise-best 3-2 slate.ADVERTISEMENT RACAL MOTORS 84 – Gomez 15, Cabrera 14, Capacio 12, Lozada 11, Cortes 9, Mangahas 8. Tallo 8, Ayonayon 4, Dela Cruz 2, Apreku 1, Abrigo 0, Ortuoste 0, Salado 0.Quarters: 29-24, 45-47, 66-63, 93-84.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View comments Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games MOST READ LATEST STORIES Michole Sorela poured in 10 of his 13 points in the fourth quarter pull away, on top of seven rebounds.“We have finally gotten the chemistry we’re looking for,” said Wangs coach Pablo Lucas in Filipino. “Unlike before that there’s a wall between the locals and the Fil-Ams, we motivated them to unite as one if we want to win.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWith Wangs holding on to a close 70-68 lead with 8:09 left in the payoff period, Sorela strung eight straight points to command his team’s 11-4 blast to grab an 81-72 advantage and keep the Alibaba at bay for the last four minutes of the game.Lucas is hopeful that this stretch of victories will continue as the Couriers eye a spot in the quarterfinals. What ‘missteps’? Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Beermen ‘played harder’ than KaTropa, says Smith Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ “We had a good win last game and we’re wishing that this continues. We beat a big fish and we got that through our hard work and effort,” he said.New recruit Marlon Gomez paced Racal (2-2), which stumbled to its second straight loss, with 15 points and six rebounds.Roider Cabrera went 3-of-8 from threes to wind up with 14 markers, while Gwynne Capacio got 12 points and four boards in the defeat.The scores:WANGS BASKETBALL 93 – Bitoon 22, Herndon 17, De Chavez 13, Sorela 13, Habelito 10, Juico 9, Arambulo 4, Montemayor 3, Riley 2, Ambulodto 0, Asuncion 0, King 0, Tayongtong 0.ADVERTISEMENT World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide
Barcelona ace Messi: I want to work again with Guardiolaby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona ace Leo Messi admits he’d like to again work with Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola.Guardiola and Messi won the Champions League together at Barca.And Messi’s latest comments could give fans slight hope that they may see him in a City shirt after all, even if he was hinting at a reunion at the Nou Camp.He told Marca: “Although it is difficult, I would like to work with Guardiola again. He is one of the best coaches in the world.”That’s why I would like [him to come back], but I’m telling you that I see it as complicated.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Father admits big transfer interest for Sampdoria defender Joachim Andersenby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe father of Sampdoria defender Joachim Andersen admits there’s growing transfer interest in the Dane.Jacob Andersen also acts as the Danish international’s representative.“I have been to many meetings, as Joachim is wanted by the top six clubs in Italy and England,” he told Ekstra Bladet.“I am not thinking about a January move and neither is Joachim. He is fine where he is now, although naturally if a big club were to request a meeting, we wouldn’t turn it down.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Sheffield Utd boss Wilder early Huddersfield contenderby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSheffield United boss Chris Wilder is an early contender for the manager’s job at Huddersfield Town.David Wagner left the post by mutual consent on Monday night.The Daily Mail says Under-23s coach Mark Hudson will take charge for Sunday’s clash with Manchester City but is not expected to be offered the role full-time. Chief executive Julian Winter is known to be a fan of Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder but no approach has yet been made. Sam Allardyce, who played for Huddersfield, is not understood to be considering an application.While they acknowledge that the situation is grave, officials at the club retain an element of belief that they can stay in the Premier League and will be looking for a candidate who shares that view.
Last week’s “Healing in the Heartland: Relief Benefit Concert” hosted by Blake Shelton and NBC raised more than $6.5 million for the United Way of Central Oklahoma May Tornadoes Relief Fund, doubling what had been raised to date.Blake Shelton concert raises millions for United Way Oklahoma tornado recoveryThis was the most successful telethon ever held for United Way’s rebuilding efforts, and donations are still coming in. Other concert performers included Miranda Lambert, Reba McEntire, Vince Gill, Luke Bryan, Rascal Flatts, Ryan Tedder, Usher, and Darius Rucker.“United Way of Central Oklahoma and our community partners are committed to empowering people to get back on their feet,” said Debby Hampton, President and Chief Executive Officer of United Way of Central Oklahoma. “The United Way of Central Oklahoma May Tornadoes Relief Fund will not only care for immediate needs but also provide important long-term support like social services and mental health care, which is essential for community recovery. We’re proud to partner with Blake Shelton and all the artists who donated their talents to help raise awareness, resources and volunteers to improve lives and keep communities strong.”The United Way of Central Oklahoma May Tornadoes Relief Fund will support community partner agencies that are providing immediate relief services, as well as ongoing long-term recovery and rebuilding assistance for those affected by the May tornadoes in central Oklahoma. In recent years, United Way of Central Oklahoma and local community partners have implemented essential programs, including physical and mental health care, the 2-1-1 hotline for social services and much more.“We’re so thankful for the incredible outpouring of generosity from people who want to help Oklahoma rebuild,” said Stacey D. Stewart, U.S. President, United Way Worldwide. “United Way is working every day in communities across the nation to create long-lasting change in education, income and health. When disasters strike, United Way brings partners together to address immediate and intermediate needs, and we stay the course for long-term recovery.”Love’s Travel Stops and Country Stores Inc. provided underwriting for the event. Facebook was the exclusive social partner for the event. To support the United Way of Central Oklahoma May Tornadoes Relief Fund, visit Facebook.org/unitedway. Source:PR Newswire