Evolutionary paleontologists have a mystery on their hands: how did turtles in the act of mating become fossilized?Most of the news media are amusing themselves with prurient attention on turtle sex, using double entendres and French or Latin expressions to remind themselves that “turtles do it,” too: “Palaeontologists catch turtles in flagrante,” PhysOrg headlined, while Live Science put up in bold type, “Coitus Interruptus: Ancient Turtle Sex Fossilized” (we’ll spare our readers further titillating examples of sexting as news).A more obvious question reporters seem to be skipping over is, how quickly would an animal have to be buried to be preserved in the sex act? The BBC News article showed a photograph of the exquisite preservation of one of the pairs of fossils claimed to be 47 million years old. About nine pairs have been found at the Messel Pit in Germany, most of them apparently in mating positions.Evolutionary paleontologists were not without a turtle tale to tell. The BBC News article told it this way:Researchers think the turtles had initiated sex in the surface waters of the lake that once existed on the site, and were then overcome as they sank through deeper layers made toxic by the release of volcanic gases.The animals, still in embrace, were then buried in the lakebed sediments and locked away in geological time.Notwithstanding the romantic visions in this tale, wouldn’t turtles drifting downward in a toxic lake have become separated? Wouldn’t their bodies have decayed on the bottom before enough sediments could bury them? Only Nature News mentioned reasons why this explanation makes little sense:Edwin Cadena, a doctoral student in palaeontology at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, agrees that the study shows “strong evidence to consider this the first case of coupling captured in the fossil record of vertebrates”. More controversial, he says, is the interpretation of what the Messel lake was like. The notion of a stratified lake works as an explanation for the turtles’ fate, Cadena says, “but not so well for other fossils found at Messel, for example bats or birds or even other small mammals”. If the upper layers of the lake were inhabitable, Cadena asks, then what caused the death of airborne and terrestrial animals? The turtles are just part of an ongoing fossil mystery.That was the last sentence: they left it as a mystery.These specimens add to a long list of fossils showing nearly instantaneous burial: ichthyosaurs trapped while giving birth, fish caught while swallowing other fish, fish with undigested small fish in their stomachs. How many seconds does turtle sex take? Are we to believe they remained in mating posture long enough to sink to the bottom of a lake and wait to be buried, even if poisons in the water killed them on the way down? Wouldn’t Tom Turtle shout, “Gasp! I can’t breathe!” and disengage from Myrtle Turtle? We can’t assume turtles would have the same priorities as humans.Rapid burial with exquisite preservation as found in this and so many other fossils speaks of catastrophic conditions. Since the evolutionists can only offer made-up stories and mysteries, let their explanations be ruled out in favor of explanations that can account for the observations. Remember that “geological time” is a moyboy* phrase that locks away evolutionary mysteries out of sight, out of mind.*A moyboy is someone who thinks that “millions of years, billions of years” solves every problem in evolutionary theory. (Visited 60 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
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Garry Kasparov, a former world chess champion and probably the best player ever to play the game, has come out of retirement and returned to competitive chess. He has suited up for this week’s Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz, a 10-player round-robin tournament that consists of relatively speedy games and features some scarily strong competition. Four of the 10 competitors are in the world’s top 10.The chess world was abuzz with news of the return; Kasparov hasn’t played competitively since 2005. But the open question was how well he could perform against the young guns across the table. Kasparov is 54 years old, after all. To get some insight into how chess skill might decline with age, I downloaded the most recent FIDE rating list, from the beginning of August. This lists ranks all the players registered with the game’s international governing body according to their Elo rating.1These lists are currently published monthly; they were published quarterly in earlier years. The end result was a data set with more than 280,000 players and their respective ratings. These are all the players currently rated by FIDE, although some of them, such as Kasparov, are flagged as “inactive,” meaning that they haven’t played a rated game in a year or more. (To estimate a given player’s age, we subtracted his or her birth year from 2017.) The result is shaped like a large floating apostrophe of mortality. After a steep increase in players’ early years (youth is wasted on the young), the estimated trend in ratings peaks just after age 38, before beginning a long, slow, irreversible and depressing decline (kinda like real life).But when the ratings are plotted this way, Kasparov’s outlier status becomes clear — his most recent rating, established before he retired in 2005, is 2812. If he were active in classical chess tournaments, that’d put him second in the world, behind the current world champion, Magnus Carlsen, who is 26.Another former world champion, Vladimir Kramnik, who defeated Kasparov for the title in 2000, noted in a 2015 interview that he was in his mid-20s at the time. “In fact, chess is a game for the young,” he said.As I write, Kasparov is near the bottom of the pack in St. Louis, with five draws and a loss through his first six games. Ian Nepomniachtchi, a 27-year-old Russian grandmaster, is in first place.After the first day of play, Kasparov retweeted the following:
20 Photos Some people are still trying to predict when the trailer will arrive, despite our previous failures for the Super Bowl and Oscars. Film and TV editor Emmy Griffiths crunched the numbers and thinks we’ll get the trailer before the end of this week. “I have no means been obsessively checking old correlations between GoT trailers and premiere dates to reach this conclusion,” she jokes. Game of Thrones HBO 0 Cookies are coming. pic.twitter.com/aTPjU4l4gS— Oreo Cookie (@Oreo) February 23, 2019 Enlarge ImageCan we get a trailer already? Helen Sloane/HBO We could hear it, like dragon wings pounding the air. It was time. First we hoped the Super Bowl would bring the trailer. Then Oscars night came and went. Now it’s Feb. 26 and there’s still no real trailer for the final season of HBO’s Game of Thrones. Fans of ice and fire aren’t taking this well.Game of Thrones returns for season 8 on April 14, which is why fans are getting antsy. It’s so close. One Twitter use compared the number of trailers we get for Marvel products with those we get for Game of Thrones. There’s a bit of a disparity. The official Game of Thrones account responded with “House Oreo.” Now that sounds like a house worth belonging to.HBO could get away with never releasing a trailer for the final season. Nobody is going to boycott the show because they didn’t get enough advance footage of angry dragons, frozen dead people and sword fights. So pour yourself a Bud Light and twist open an Oreo while you wait. HBO must be sending the trailer out by raven and it got lost somewhere over Westeros. Twitter user Gotmemesworld meme-ified our plight by highlighting the meager teases we’ve gotten so far. It also reminds us of the collective sigh of exacerbation we all spewed when HBO and Bud Light dropped a weird Super Bowl commercial featuring a beer knight and no real season 8 information. We want real trailer 😭😭😭#hbo #gameofthrones #got #gotmemesworld #memes pic.twitter.com/FMya175vtE— Gotmemesworld (@gotmemesworld) February 24, 2019 Share your voice 20 things we’re dying to see in the final season of ‘Game of Thrones’ marvel: releases 2937456 trailers and teasers to promote its moviesgame of thrones: *crickets*— ‘ (@hoziiers) February 26, 2019 The marketing tie-ins have been swarming us like the White Walkers’ army of the dead. Besides Bud Light, we just learned cookie-maker Oreo will offer up some Game of Thrones-themed sweets. Oreo tweeted, “Cookies are coming.” #GameOfThrones Twitter is literally going nuts over 3 seconds of new Arya content IMAGINE IF YOU DROPPED THE WHOLE TRAILER @HBO HURRY UP ALREADY pic.twitter.com/VZcDmwc7UZ— Preme (@SupremeBanners) February 24, 2019 i reckon we’ll be getting the new game of thrones season 8 trailer before the end of the week. i have no means been obsessively checking old correlations between got trailers and premiere dates to reach this conclusion dw pic.twitter.com/nQTsZzPRKD— Emmy Griffiths (@emmyfg) February 25, 2019 HBO dropped a few brief glimpses at season 8 in a teaser for multiple shows on Sunday, but it wasn’t enough. “Twitter is literally going nuts over 3 seconds of new Arya content. Imagine if you dropped the whole trailer, HBO,” one fan tweeted, saying what’s on all of our minds. Tags TV and Movies Post a comment
US job openings surged in December and the number of Americans voluntarily quitting work hit a nine-year high, pointing to labour market strength despite a slowdown in economic growth.The signs of a robust jobs market could ease concerns about the health of the economy, which were underscored by other reports on Tuesday showing a drop in small business confidence in January to a two-year low and further declines in wholesale inventories.”If the labour market is tightening, can the economy really be faltering?” said Joel Naroff, chief economist at Naroff Economic Advisors in Holland, Pennsylvania.Job openings, a measure of labour demand, increased 2,61,000 to a seasonally adjusted 5.61 million in December, the Labour Department said in its monthly Job Openings and Labour Turnover Survey (JOLTS). It was the second highest reading since the series started in 2001.The so-called JOLTS report is among the data watched by Federal Reserve officials to get a pulse on both the labour market and inflation.The increase lifted the jobs openings rate to 3.8 percent from 3.6 percent in November. The hiring rate was unchanged at 3.7 percent, indicating that employers were having trouble finding qualified workers for vacant positions.A total of 3.1 million Americans quit their jobs in December, the highest number since December 2006. That pushed the quits rate, which the Fed looks at as a measure of confidence in the jobs market, to 2.1 percent — the highest level since April 2008.The dollar pared losses against the yen after the data, while US stocks briefly reversed losses. Prices of long-dated US Treasuries were trading higher.The report came ahead of Fed Chair Janet Yellen’s testimony to Congress on Wednesday. A raft of weak economic reports, plummeting oil prices and a stock market sell-off have raised doubts as to whether the US central bank will hike interest rates this year.The Fed raised its overnight benchmark interest rate in December, its first hike in nearly a decade. The economy, however, has been undermined by a strong dollar, sluggish global demand and an effort by businesses to sell off inventory.Ongoing capital spending cuts by energy firms also are weighing on growth.SLACK BEING REDUCED”Skeptics may argue that these (JOLTS) numbers are backward looking, and that spillovers from tighter financial conditions or the energy slump will curb labour market dynamics in the months to come,” said Harm Bandholz, chief US economist at UniCredit Research in New York.”This is certainly a risk and one important reason why the Fed is currently sitting back and waiting. But why should this happen now when it hasn’t over the past several months? After all, oil prices started to fall in mid-2014, and most of the adjustment occurred in the first half of 2015.”The number of unemployed job seekers per open job, a measure of labour market slack, fell to 1.4 in December, the lowest level since March 2007 and down from 1.5 in November.”Diminishing labour market slack has led to a modest increase in wage growth, evident across several measures of worker compensation,” said Jesse Hurwitz, an economist at Barclays in New York. “We expect that wage growth will continue to move up gradually, helping core inflation return toward target once the headwinds from lower import prices subside.”While a separate report from the National Federation of Independent Business showed its Small Business Optimism Index fell 1.3 points to a two-year low of 93.9 in January, businesses continued to report tightening labor market conditions.Small businesses reported a shortage of qualified workers to fill job openings, prompting some to start raising wages to attract and retain them. The share of small businesses raising compensation increased to its highest level since 2007.”The combination of more job openings and more people quitting could result in pay increases, and we have seen a few other signs that wages have increased as the labour market has tightened,” said Daniel Silver, an economist at JPMorgan in New York.Wage growth, which has been frustratingly slow, picked up significantly in January. Still, growth in average hourly earnings is yet to break above 2.5 percent on a year-over-year basis. Economists say wages need to grow between 3 percent and 3.5 percent to lift inflation near the Fed’s 2 percent target.In a third report on Tuesday, the Commerce Department said wholesale inventories dipped 0.1 percent in December after dropping 0.4 percent in November.The weak inventory data added to soft December construction spending and factory orders reports in suggesting that fourth-quarter GDP growth could be revised down to an annual rate of about 0.4 percent from the 0.7 percent pace reported last month.The government will publish its second GDP growth estimate later this month.