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Warriors beat writer Mark Medina reports that Stephen Curry will sit out Golden State’s game against Orlando Magic on Monday as he continues to make progress recovering from his groin injury.Curry’s first practice back may happen Tuesday in preparation for a return against the Toronto Raptors on Thursday, Nov. 28. If not then, maybe in Detroit on Saturday against the Pistons or Atlanta next week.According to coach Steve Kerr, the team is taking a “wait and see” approach Curry, Draymond …
A new CT scan of Lucy’s bones show adaptations for living in the trees.Early hominin Lucy had powerful arms from years of tree-climbing (New Scientist): “Lucy, the world famous early bipedal hominin, was a swinger,” Colin Barras writes. “Scans of her skeleton confirm that she had an exceptionally powerful upper body, thanks to spending a lot of time climbing trees.” This may be the “final word on Lucy’s lifestyle,” he says; “…Lucy had long chimp-like arms and fingers – features that would seem ideal if her life involved a great deal of tree-climbing.”Human ancestor ‘Lucy’ was a tree climber, new evidence suggests (Science Daily): This press release from the University of Texas at Austin says “analysis of special CT scans by scientists from The Johns Hopkins University and the University of Texas at Austin suggests the female hominin spent enough time in the trees that evidence of this behavior is preserved in the internal structure of her bones.” For years paleoanthropologists claimed Lucy walked upright. That view has moved recently toward a more arboreal lifestyle. “Lucy’s upper limbs were heavily built, similar to champion tree-climbing chimpanzees, supporting the idea that she spent time climbing and used her arms to pull herself up.”Bipedal Human Ancestor ‘Lucy’ Was a Tree Climber, Too (Live Science): “High-resolution computed X-ray tomography (CT) scans of long bones in Lucy’s arms reveal internal structures suggesting that her upper limbs were built for heavy load bearing — much like chimpanzees’ arms, which they use to pull themselves up tree trunks and to swing between branches.”The only way to maintain the missing-link status of Lucy is to keep her part of the time on the ground. Mindy Waisgerber illustrates that talking point in the Live Science article: “‘Lucy,’ an early human ancestor that lived 3 million years ago, walked on two legs,” she states forthrightly. “But while she had her feet firmly planted on the ground, her arms were reaching for the trees, a new study shows.”The results of the scan are published in PLoS One, an open-access journal where anyone can check the data. The authors say their data reinforce the view that Lucy was comfortable both on the ground and in the trees. “It is clear that A.L. 288–1 and australopiths in general show many postcranial adaptations to terrestrial bipedality and probably walked in a basically human-like manner when on the ground,” they begin, citing eight prior publications. Yet their own work shows otherwise.However, we found that A.L. 288–1 also exhibits morphological features that imply substantial differences in locomotor behavior from that in modern humans or early Homo. Lucy’s femoral/humeral diaphyseal strength proportion indicates greater muscular loading of her upper limb relative to her lower limb than is characteristic of either modern humans or Homo erectus, and more similar to that of chimpanzees. While other behavioral explanations are conceivable (such as increased upper limb use related to food procurement or defense), given the range of morphological evidence throughout her skeleton that is consistent with greater arboreality, the most likely explanation is that Lucy climbed trees with a greater reliance on her upper extremity much more frequently than modern humans or early Homo (with the exception of H. habilis sensu stricto).A search through the paper for actual evidence supporting adaptation for terrestrial life shows mainly suppositions and lateral passes to earlier writers. This posturing is clear in the ending Conclusions section. Remember that nobody ever witnessed Lucy walking on the ground in real life. And if she did, they admit it was probably awkward, just as it is for chimps and bonobos today who can walk upright for short periods.Although bipedal when on the ground, the limb bone structural proportions of A.L. 288–1 provide evidence for substantially more arboreal, i.e., climbing behavior than either modern humans or Homo erectus. The frequency and magnitude of force required to stimulate bone modeling and remodeling of this kind implies that this behavior was adaptively significant and not a trivial component of the locomotor repertoire. Possible reasons for using the trees more often include foraging for food and escape from predators. Furthermore, there is evidence that terrestrial bipedal gait in A.L. 288–1 may have differed in subtle but important ways from that of later Homo, decreasing locomotor efficiency when on the ground and limiting terrestrial mobility. Overall muscular strength relative to body size was likely greater than in Homo, perhaps reflecting less reliance on technology for food procurement/processing and defense. Where possible to evaluate, the same morphological attributes are present in other australopith specimens as well as H. habilis sensu stricto, i.e., OH 62 . Overall these observations imply fundamental differences in ecology and behavior between australopiths and Homo erectus. It is likely that a number of different forms of terrestrial bipedality were practiced by early hominins, and that arboreal behavior remained an important part of the locomotor repertoire in particular taxa for millions of years.That last sentence is all supposition. What they actually found was a chimp-like climbing ape built for life in the trees. The australopiths are all ape-like; the Homo are all upright walkers with “fundamental differences in ecology and behavior.” The gap is widening, not closing.National Geographic has crow on its plate but hasn’t eaten it yet. Now that Donald Johanson is famous as an NG hero, will he recant? Not likely. Lucy is too valuable an icon for the imaginary world they live in. Too many articles have been written. Too many TV specials have been made. Evolutionists all sing the “I Love Lucy” jingle. She must be brought down from her treetop. They pull her down and shout, “Walk, Lucy, walk!” (Visited 58 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement is a big deal for U.S. agriculture.“The TPP negotiation is the largest regional free trade agreement struck in the past 20 years. Now it has to be ratified by all of the participants,” said Ian Sheldon, Ohio State University ag economist. “TPP is significant because the countries account for 40% of global GDP. I have my doubts, though, as to whether we are going to see this ratified in the U.S until after the next election.”The partnership includes 12 countries: Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, Vietnam and the United States. The agreement is anticipated to reduce more than 18,000 tariffs, including some agricultural trade barriers.Although the full agreement has yet to be published publicly, several institutions are forecasting impressive economic growth under TPP. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service estimates that TPP will result in a 6.6% increase in agricultural trade by 2025. This increase will account for an additional $8.5 billion in the agricultural marketplace, assuming the complete elimination of existing agricultural tariffs by 2025, Sheldon said. Additionally, the ERS anticipates that the agreement will result in a 33% overall increase in U.S. exports and a 10% increase in imports by 2025.Like any trade deals, there are winners and losers with the TPP, and Sheldon said that U.S. agriculture is a big winner, largely at the expense of Japanese agriculture.“U.S. ag exports with TPP will increase by $2.8 billon — a 33% increase in market share. The U.S. will be the big winner and most of the gains will be coming from Japan. Japan will account for a 68% increase in agricultural imports. Beef and dairy products will account for 25% and 19% respectively of increased value with TPP trade,” Sheldon said.In addition, the Peterson Institute for International Economics, a private, nonprofit and nonpartisan research institute, estimates that under TPP, $225 billion will be added to global gross domestic product by 2025, including $77 billion to U.S. GDP. The institute forecasts that U.S. manufacturing industry exports will grow by about 4.5% by 2025 due to TPP.However, Sheldon said, some of the biggest winners look to be smaller countries involved in the partnership, such as Vietnam.“We will see a much bigger impact on some of the emerging economies included in the negotiations,” Sheldon said. “For example, Vietnam is anticipated to receive a 10.5% increase in GDP thanks to TPP. My sense is that Vietnam is a winner because China is not in the agreement.”Vietnam, which is a low labor cost economy, will expand as a manufacturing hub in industries such as textiles, and will have preferential access to these other 11 economies included in the agreement, he said.“However, at the same time, it looks like the agreement partners are trying to tighten up things like state-owned enterprises, which would impact Vietnam since it is a communist country,” Sheldon said. “These stipulations could also impact China, should it choose to participate in the future.”Sheldon said the long-term objective of TPP is to align Asian economies and serve as a template for future free trade agreements that might include China. Additionally, Sheldon said that the agreement is anticipated to have an important impact on trade in services, rules on intellectual property rights, as well as environmental and labor regulations.Sheldon’s talk was part of yesterday’s kickoff of the 2015-2016 Agricultural Policy and Outlook series from Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics (AEDE). The event initiates a series of local meetings to be held statewide.The meetings will feature presentations by AEDE experts on matters the agricultural community should expect in 2016, including policy changes, key issues and market behavior with respect to farm, food and energy resources, and the environment.In addition to Sheldon, speakers for the series include:Matt Roberts, a grain economist, who will discuss his outlook for the 2016 grain market.Brent Sohngen, an environmental economist, who will present an analysis of President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan and its possible impact on Ohio.Ani Katchova, leader of Ohio State’s Farm Income Enhancement program, who will discuss farm transitions in U.S. agriculture.Barry Ward, leader of OSU Extension’s Production Business Management program, who will present an analysis of land values, cash rents, crop input costs and potential crop profitability in 2016.The county meetings, which are open to the public, will be held on the following dates:Dec. 16, 4 p.m., at the Attica Fairgrounds Social Hall, 15131 E. Township Road 12 in Attica. RSVP: Jon Ewald, [email protected] or 800-422-3641, or register online at www.suttonbank.com by Dec. 9. Cost: free with reservation by Dec. 9; $20 without a reservation.Jan. 20, 8:30 a.m., at Der Dutchman, 445 S. Jefferson Ave., in Plain City. RSVP: Union County Extension, 937-644-8117 by Jan. 13. Cost: $10.Jan. 20, 4 p.m., at the Bellevue VFW Hall, 6104 U.S. Route 20 in Bellevue. RSVP: Valerie Bumb, [email protected] or 419-483-7340 by Jan. 13. Cost: free with reservation; $22 without a reservation.Jan. 22, 9:30 a.m., at the Fisher Auditorium at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, 1680 Madison Ave. in Wooster. RSVP: Wayne County Extension, [email protected] or 330-264-8722 by Jan. 15. Cost: $15.Feb. 15, 7:30 a.m., at the Trinity Lutheran Church, Noecker Hall, 135 East Mound St. in Circleville. RSVP: Pickaway County Extension, 740-474-7534 by Feb. 8. Cost: $10.Feb. 19, noon, at Romer’s Party Room, 118 East Main St. in Greenville. RSVP: Darke County Extension, [email protected] or 937-548-5215 by Feb. 12. Cost: $20.Feb. 24, 6 p.m., at the Jewell Community Center, 7900 Independence Road in Defiance. RSVP: Defiance County Extension, [email protected] or 419-782-4771 by Feb. 19. Cost: $15 in advance or $30 at the door.A meal is provided at each meeting and is included in the registration cost. Questions can be directed to the local hosts noted above.Additionally, a new offering this year is a webinar to enable participants to join remotely from their own home or office. The webinar will be held on Feb. 1 at 6:30 p.m. RSVP at regonline.com/AgOutlook2016 by Jan. 25. Cost: $10.
DiPietro-Wells, R. (2015). Field Talk: A Q&AField Talk is a monthly blog post sharing the voices of early childhood providers who serve or have served military families of young children with disabilities (birth to 5 years old). We hope you find it to be educational, personable, and encouraging.Jill Eversmann, MS, CCC-SLPThis month we talked to Jill Eversmann, MS, CCC-SLP. Jill is a speech and language pathologist (SLP), as well as the owner of Speech Signs, LLC. She also works as a clinical supervisor for undergraduate SLP students and an adjunct professor at Columbia College, Columbia, SC. Jill has a specific interest in and understanding of military families due to her husband’s service in the Marine Corps. She has a great deal of experience with the military lifestyle and also with military families.This interview has been edited for length and clarity.Describe your current roleAs a pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP), my career has focused on working with children aged birth-5, and their families, to help improve the communication skills of children with speech and language delays and disorders. I have worked in early intervention (birth-3), in the 3-5 year old itinerant program at 2 different school districts, as a SLP in a state School for the Deaf, and in a preschool program for deaf/hard of hearing children.In addition, I have started offering workshops and professional development seminars to teach parents and professionals some basic sign language as well as how, when, and why to use sign language with pre-verbal and nonverbal children. The other topic I frequently present on is success in early intervention.What’s your favorite part of your current job? I feel like I have the best job in the world! While I really enjoy so many aspects of what I am doing at this stage in my career, my favorite part is meeting and working with a variety of children and families and together, finding ways to help them learn to communicate.Tell us about experiences you have had working with military families.As the wife of a former Marine and the mother of 2 (adult) children, I feel a special bond with the military families I have worked with over the years. I have worked in 2 Department of Defense elementary schools, in a public school that served many military families, as an early intervention SLP in the Educational and Developmental Intervention Services (EDIS) program with families who lived on post, and also South Carolina’s early intervention program, where my caseload included a number of military families who lived off post.How did you come to work with military families?Since I got married, I have always lived in military towns, first as the wife of an active duty service member and later as a civilian, after my husband separated from military service, in two different towns with military installations.Describe a rewarding experience working with military families.It is impossible for me to limit my response to one experience. First, working with military families is very rewarding, as there is a bond between us that I believe all military families share. Second, as a pediatric speech-language pathologist, I am often a part of, and a witness to, children saying their first words, signing their first signs, pointing to pictures, etc., starting to communicate their wants, needs, and feelings. It is a privilege to contribute to the joy that these “firsts” can bring to the whole family.Describe a challenging experience working with military families.One of the most challenging experiences I had was finding out that, even though the military child I was going to work with had a hearing loss identified at birth, the family had never been told about or referred for early intervention services. In addition, while the child was referred for audiological services soon after failing follow-up hearing screenings, the parents reported numerous road blocks to getting a complete audiological evaluation, ear molds and hearing aids. At almost 2 years of age, this child had only had hearing aids for a little over 3 months and had NO functional language (no spoken words, no signs or picture communication system). The challenge was not working with the family, it was knowing that the child could never get those 2 years back and had missed out on learning language during those prime language-learning months, and it was preventable.From your experience, how are military families similar and different from other types of families? How do you change your practice between families? All families come with their own stories, whether military or civilian, and I try to offer services that meet the needs of each family. All families share the desire to help their children, and families of children with special needs often shoulder extra financial burdens. The time commitments involved with therapy visits, medical appointments, activities to be done at home in between visits and/or medical maintenance activities in the home also place a strain on families. For military families, there is constant change. One of the things we contend with is changing care providers with each new move. Sometimes the new duty station includes a provider who is a perfect fit for a family. Other times, families leave providers with whom they have forged a close bond and have a hard time finding new providers in new duty stations.As providers, how can we support military parents who are deployed or away frequently due to trainings/school? As providers, we need to work harder to help the active duty family member who is frequently away, not only know that they are an important part of the team, but feel like it as well. Some of the things we can do include making sure they are familiar with and understand: their child’s special needs,terminology used involving their child’s diagnosis and treatment,the goals for the child and family,each provider’s name, credentials and role,things the parent can do to be part of the child’s treatment during the time he/she is present in the home, andthings the parent can do to participate in their child’s care when away from home.In addition, we need to listen to family members to ensure concerns are addressed and questions are answered.Describe a specific stressor that military families with whom you have worked have shared or experienced.One common stressor, when moving to a new duty station, is missing deadlines to register children for programs, school options, camps, etc., when caregivers have no way of knowing about the programs or deadlines until they arrive at the duty station and living arrangements are determined. For instance, in SC the 4-year-old preschool programs for typically developing children are not mandatory and enrollment is determined on a first come-first served basis. If a family arrives after the list if full, they miss out on that option and need to either pay for private preschool or wait for another year until their child is old enough for kindergarten.Other common stressors for military families include: financial burdens, scheduling numerous therapy and medical visits, balancing the needs of a child with special needs with other children’s needs, keeping up with mounds of paperwork, and feeling like they are effective advocates for their child.What “insider” tips or advice do you have for service providers working with military families who have young children with disabilities?Do not judge, be kind and give parents a break. Until you walk a mile in the other person’s shoes, you have no idea what a parent/family is dealing with every day. None of us can completely walk in another’s shoes, even if our experiences are very similar… but we can all try to empathize and offer support. In addition, never underestimate the power of humor. It is a stress reliever and helps with bonding with parents and children.If you could change or improve one thing for military families with young children with disabilities, what would it be?I would want to insure that military pediatricians are better trained and educated regarding services that are available for young children. Additionally, military medical facilities serving young children should be encouraged to employ a professional who acts as a medical service coordinator for children with special needs. Some private pediatric practices offer this and it can be very helpful when navigating the maze of services for children with special needs. Navigating the system can be especially difficult during the early years when families are new to early intervention, and the special education system at large. The terminology, practices, legal issues etc. can be particularly daunting.What types of resources have you sought out to feel more confident and competent at meeting the specific needs of military families? (e.g., trainings, blog posts, organizations, etc.)I am constantly seeking out trainings, blog posts and articles that might help me improve my skills as well as my ability to help train others to serve both military and civilian families.This post was edited by Robyn DiPietro-Wells & Michaelene Ostrosky, PhD, members of the MFLN FD Early Intervention team, which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn.
The world’s first smart drone is an incredible new tool for GoPro users.It’s been a great year for drone announcements, but by far the most exciting new drone to be announced at NAB 2015 is the new Solo Smart Drone designed by the good people at 3DR. The Solo Smart DroneUnlike other drones on the market, the Solo Smart Drone is equipped with two computers, both designed to help it perform complicated flight and camera movements. 3DR is stating that, due to the complexity of the Solo Smart Drone’s design, it qualifies as the world’s first smart drone — and smart might be an understatement. Before we dive into the details of the Solo Smart Drone, check out the product launch film. It is easily the coolest, most over-the-top product launch film ever created. Seriously, if you can think of a better launch film, we’d love to hear about it in the comments below. The drone has all of the features you’ve come to love in other comparable drones, but the Solo Smart Drone has a few features that make it special:Orbit: Have the drone circle an object in the sky within a radius of your choosing.Selfie: Have the drone pull out from a close up, placing you at the center of a scene.Follow: Have the drone follow you on the move.Cable Cam: Set two virtual points in the air and the drone will move between those two points.The drone comes with a single controller that can be integrated with a smart phone to gain even more functionality. If you want to monitor the drone’s footage on an even bigger monitor, you can output footage from the controller via HDMI cable. For more information regarding the Solo Smart Drone, check out the information in this quick overview video:You can find out even more information about the Solo Smart Drone by visiting 3DR’s website. Pricing and AvailabilityThe Solo Smart Drone is available for pre-order from B&H for $999. It will begin shipping in May. Want to see even more NAB 2015 announcements? Check out a few of these gear announcement posts from NAB 2015: NAB 2015 Announcement: The Blackmagic URSA Mini The Super16 RAW Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera is Here! The Freefly ALTA Drone: A New Way to Fly Will the Solo Smart Drone be as revolutionary as the video implies? If you buy one, will you let your pet monkey fly it? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Video: Jason Whitlock Says Ciara’s Cleavage Shows She’s “Thirsty” From Not Having Sex With Russell Wilson
twitterYep, the article title here says it all. Jason Whitlock, who now works for FOX Sports after leaving ESPN earlier this year, joined Colin Cowherd on his radio show earlier Wednesday to talk about his issue with Ciara’s decision to wear a somewhat revealing dress during her singing of the National Anthem ahead of Monday night’s College Football Playoff National Championship. Kristine Leahy attempted to defend the pop star, but it was to no avail.Whitlock insinuated that Ciara showed cleavage because she’s “thirsty” – Urban Dictionary definition here – from not having sex with her boyfriend, Russell Wilson. Cowherd played [email protected] thought Ciara looked “thirsty.” @KristineLeahy defended her & @ColinCowherd wanted Mountain Dew. https://t.co/6HGJj10ih8— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) January 14, 2016Whitlock also claimed to like “thirsty women” and referenced a strip club chain in the segment.Somehow, we doubt Whitlock’s opinion will be a popular one.
All newsletters Things That Caught My EyeHockey took a major ratings hitThe numbers are in, and the NHL’s bar on participating in Olympic hockey in Pyeongchang certainly made the sport more skippable for viewers this year. The U.S. men’s victory over Russia in Sochi pulled in 4.1 million viewers, but a game this year against Slovakia drew only a third of that. However, the U.S. women’s win over Canada, which began at 11 p.m. Eastern, pulled in 2.9 million viewers, an NBCSN late night record. [The New York Times]Canada had an awesome Olympic gamesDespite losses in hockey and curling, the 2018 Olympics were a banner year for the Canadian delegation, leaving the games with 29 medals, 11 of which are gold. That’s the best Olympics for Canada ever. [NPR]Try out our interactive, Which World Cup Team Should You Root For?America had a terrible OlympicsThe Associated Press found the internal U.S. Olympic Committee document detailing expectations for the 2018 Olympics, and it’s a tough read. The USOC predicted a minimum of 25 medals, with a forecast of 37 medals and a high estimate of 59 medals. The underperformance here is huge: Team USA goes home with 23 medals, the fewest since 1998. [The Washington Post]Lots of ‘pewter medals’ thoughOne reason for that immense shortfall is that 35 American athletes had to settle for a “pewter” medal, as in they finished just to the left of the podium in fourth, fifth or sixth place. That’s got to sting. [The Los Angeles Times]Try out our super fun quiz, Which Winter Olympic Sport Is Best For You? I got ski jumping!This new rule could change baseballAs part of the constant attempts of the MLB to make the game interesting for new fans who are a little reluctant to devote four and a half hours on every game, the league announced it’ll reduce the number of mound visits in the first nine innings of a game to six, which could ramp up miscommunications. [ESPN]Bullish on BortlesBlake Bortles signed a deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars, earning up to $66.5 million after incentives. Bortles had a stirring postseason but threw 51 interceptions from 2014 to 2016. [ESPN]Big Number+80.68America fell in love with curling, again. This happens every four years. Ever since NBC broadcast 50 hours of curling in Nagano ’98, Americans have eaten up the sport, in many cases being consumed by it. Then they forget about it for the 206 weeks between olympic sessions. Curling is by far the largest Olympics bump of any winter sport, seeing its google search trend index jump a walloping 80.68 points in Olympic months compared to other months. [FiveThirtyEight]Leaks from Slack: neil:U.S. men win curling gold, beat Sweden 10-7!chris.herring:People stayed up to watch this at like 4!tchow:!!!!!Predictions NBA Oh, and don’t forgetTiger nails duck We’re launching a sports newsletter. 🏆 Join the squad. Subscribe See more NBA predictions