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Warriors-Mavericks cheatsheet: Young Mavs ready to end their losing ways at Oracle

first_imgMavericks … The young Mavericks (15-15) come into Oracle reeling after losing four straight. However, Dallas won’t back down from the champs, after beating Golden State (21-11) last month. Coming into Saturday’s matchup, the Warriors are hoping history doesn’t repeat itself.Here’s everything you need to know about the matchup.When/Where: Oracle Arena, 5:30 p.m. (NBCSBA)Mavericks projected starting lineup: Harrison Barnes, Luka Doncic, DeAndre Jordan, Jalen Brunson, Wesley Matthewslast_img

What Mean These Bones?

first_imgFossils found in unusual conditions and strange locations tell a silent story.  Humans often cannot resist making up their own versions of the plot.  Consider the following discoveries.  Listen to the stories told about them, and ask: what is the probability the stories are true?  How could we ever know?  Who is qualified to be the chief storyteller?Glacier-saurus:  Bones from a six-ton sauropod were found 10 years ago at 13,000′ elevation near a glacier in Antarctica.  New interpretations about it were reported by EurekAlert and PhysOrg.  The National Geographic article includes an artist’s interpretation of the ecology when it lived.  What put this monster meat in the freezer?    The evolutionary story is that this dinosaur, named Glacialisaurus hammeri, lived 190 million years ago.  NG quotes a paleontologist saying that the discovery so far south “was probably due to the fact that major connections between the continents still existed at that time, and because climates were more equitable across latitudes than they are today.”  He added that the bones are “important because they help to establish that primitive sauropodomorph dinosaurs were more broadly distributed than previously thought and that they coexisted with their cousins, the true sauropods.”Armadillo in the sky:  An armor-covered mammal called a glyptodont was found at 14,000 feet in the Andes, reported National Geographic News.  This represents the “oldest glyptodont known from any significant skeletal remains,” said one paleontologist.  How did it get so high in the mountains?  One paleontologist said that when it lived, the mountain wasn’t there.  “For me, the real question is what this tells us about the history of uplift of the Andes mountains and how it impacted this group of animals.”  Some glyptodonts, which look like fat, stiff armadillos, grew to the size of a small car, the article said.Double-decker dino:  Dinosaur bones sitting in a Chicago museum have been re-interpreted as those of a large carnivorous beast rivalling T. rex.  Found in Niger 10 years ago, Carcharodontosaurus iguidensis was one of the largest meat-eaters that ever lived.  “It was part of a ‘very weird ecosystem’ of huge bipedal carnivorous dinosaurs that inhabited the Saharan Cretaceous landscape,” the article claims.  The BBC News story shows it larger than a double-decker bus.    Why did this beast grow so large?  A paleontologist explained: “The dinosaur seems to have evolved because these shallow seas divided up the land so it led to different groups of dinosaurs in different places.”  Obviously, “that has implications for how life reacts to high temperatures and high sea levels,” he said.  National Geographic News quoted a paleontologist calling this “evolution in action,” even though humans have only observed static, dead bones.  “The study suggests that the newly described species is evidence for rapid evolution after shallow prehistoric seas inundated North Africa.”  That part of the story was certainly not observed.    Another speculated, “It may be that these giants arose by allopatric speciation, whereby biological populations are physically isolated by a barrier, in this case a seaway, and evolve in reproductive isolation” (see entry on allopatric speciation from 01/15/2003).  She thought that interpretation holds for living species; “However, that hypothesis can’t be tested with ancient fossils!”Underground forest:  A farmer in Michigan was astonished to find something under his land when the Department of Transportation started digging a pond for him in exchange for fill earth.  Lo and behold, a prehistoric forest came to light.  The report on Science Daily quoted a forester saying, “We find a lot of trees lying on the forest floor, but this was the first time I’ve seen so many trees thousands of years old and so well preserved in the soil.”  Well, gosh darn, whaddya know.  “What could bury a whole forest 15 feet underground?  It had to be a single catastrophic, violent event, and it must have happened a long time ago for 15 feet of soil to build up.”    A professional colleague speculated with him that “the trees were either transported or mowed down by the last glacier to move across the Keweenaw, before Lake Superior covered the peninsula” about 10,000 years ago.  They want to perform radiocarbon dating on the logs, many of which are 20 feet long and 2 feet in diameter.Mammoth targets:  Rocks from space played asteroids against mammoths 35,000 years ago, claims a report on the BBC News.  Tusks from Alaska and Siberia appear to show scars of meteorite debris.  A researcher explained, “We think that there was probably an impact which exploded in the air that sent these particles flying into the animals.”  Bones of bison from the same period show re-growth, indicating that the smaller mammals survived a “calamitous event” that took down their bigger neighbors.  They’re not sure, though; “Maybe, these were tusks from dead animals that were just exposed on the surface, so when this thing blew up in the atmosphere, it would have peppered them.”  The date could range from 13,000 to 35,000 years ago, they said.    Previously, scientists attributed the extinction of mammoths to humans or climate change.  Can space impacts really explain this?  It can’t hurt, at least (that is, it can’t hurt the theory, even if it hurt the animals):For us the difficulty is that we see patterns but we don’t understand what the underlying process is; so it becomes difficult to ascribe causation,” he [Dr. Ian Barnes from Royal Holloway University of London, UK] explained.    “Just as in a modern crime scene, it’s very difficult to piece all the evidence together and say precisely what was going on; which event led to any particular outcome.”    But he added: “Certainly, you can’t imagine it helped the animals having a large meteorite hit the Earth’s atmosphere and pellet them with shot.”Polar warming:  A polar bear jaw has been found in the Arctic, reported the BBC News.  The article claims this jawbone is up to 130,000 years old.  That makes the evolution of polar bears 30,000 years older than previously thought.  Why is this good news?  Well, if “further discoveries can show the iconic Arctic beasts have a deeper evolutionary heritage, then the outlook for the animals may be more positive than some believe,” because they would have survived one interglacial period – i.e., global warming.  Hence, “This is telling us that despite the ongoing warming in the Arctic today, maybe we don’t have to be quite so worried about the polar bear.”A paleontologist in the last story was honest about the storytelling: “This is just how I interpret it.  But this is science – when you have little data, you have lots of freedom.”  The only question is whether free interpretation can really be called science.PostScript:  National Geographic News posted an article today about the massive dinosaur pit in Spain (see 11/30/2007, bullet 2).  The consensus is that this graveyard, containing over 8,000 individuals, was caused by a flood.  Evolutionists are also saying this shows that the period when they were assumed to have lived – 70 million years ago – had more biodiversity than thought.  “Having so many dinosaurs together at the same site is a big deal,” one paleontologist commented.  “This group of dinosaurs living in the same place in the same environment hadn’t been established before.”  The pit includes huge titanosaurs, among the largest land animals that ever lived; they are among the most abundant creatures at the site.  Must have been some flood.The interpretation of these finds is left as an exercise.  That’s a difficult exercise, because fossils don’t come with written documentation.  Science cannot provide definitive answers about one-time, past events.  Paleontologists try to piece together a story from multiple clues, and weave together scenarios that are more or less plausible.  Never forget, however, a point emphasized by philosophers of science: theories are always under-determined by the data.  This means an almost infinite number of theories could be concocted to fit the same set of observations.  It’s especially true for past events that cannot be checked directly.    So whose interpretation will carry the day?  Aha; now we enter the realm of “political” science.  The reigning Darwin Party wields an iron fist over its totalitarian dictatorship.  Remember: totalitarian means total; it means that it is a crime to even think out of line with the regime.  That is why interpretations outside the Party never get heard.  The paleontologist who claimed he had little data but lots of freedom was putting a positive spin on how much freedom there is inside the Party paradigm.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Proteas seal first ODI series win in Sri Lanka

first_img14 July 2014 The Proteas claimed their first one-day international series win in Sri Lanka in emphatic fashion on the weekend, thrashing the hosts by 82 runs in the series-deciding third ODI in Hambantota. South African captain AB de Villiers won the toss and elected to bat. It was a decision that was well rewarded. Up front, Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock put on 118 for the first wicket before Amla, the scorer of centuries in the first two matches of the series, was dismissed for 48.De Kock and De Villiers partnership Jacques Kallis departed cheaply, but De Kock and De Villiers then came together to put on 116 for the third wicket. When De Kock was out in the 41st over, he had made an excellent 128 off 127 balls and helped the total to 248. The left-hander’s dismissal offered no respite to the Sri Lankan bowlers as De Villiers accelerated his scoring rate. He was eventually out in the second last over of the South African innings for a splendid 108 off only 71 deliveries, which earned him the man of the match award. With JP Duminy weighing in with 29, the Proteas totalled 339 in their 50 overs, the highest score ever attained in an ODI at Hambantota.Decent starts In reply, Sri Lanka had at least half of their batsmen get decent starts, but none of them was able to push on as De Kock and De Villiers had done. Skipper Angelo Mathews top scored with 58, while Kusal Perera, Tillikaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara and Ashan Priyanian all made it into the 30s but not beyond as the Sri Lankans were bowled out for 257 in the 45th over. Ryan McLaren shone with the ball, capturing 3 for 37 in eight overs, Morne Morkel and JP Duminy picked up two wickets apiece, and Imran Tahir excelled, turning the screws by claiming the wicket of Mahela Jayawardene and conceding only 29 runs in his 10 overs.‘It sends out a statement’ It was an important win, South Africa’s captain AB de Villiers said after the game. “It sends out a statement of what we can achieve as a team, not just for everyone out there, but more importantly for ourselves,” he said. “In all kinds of sports you have to get the confidence going within before you can start proving people wrong or right. For me, the biggest step was for us to start believing in ourselves as a team. “We never gave up,” he added. “The difficult part was when the nonsense hit the fan, we didn’t run away. We were there as a team sticking together and that is what it is all about.” Superb achievement Underlining the superb achievement of winning in Sri Lanka, De Villiers continued: “We came into this series knowing that we hadn’t won one here before, so we knew that it would be a lot of hard work. Sri Lanka have been playing amazing cricket of late, winning the Asia Cup and then an away ODI Series in England, and they seemed to be very hungry to keep raising that bar. “We had a few heart-to-heart sessions and hard talks in between but, ultimately, it comes down to a lot of hard work,” he said. “Quinton, today, laid the foundation up front, which allowed myself and a couple of other batsmen to express ourselves in the middle order. We were under the pump in the first 10 overs with the ball in hand and the way we came back pleased me a lot. All the hard work was worth it at the end of the day.” Modestly, De Villiers described his 71-ball century as “not his best”, but gave himself credit for the way he responded to the pressure in search of a match-winning total. “Succeeding under the pressure that was on us, knowing that 300 would be a winning score, was probably worth more,” he said. “I felt like I still had too many dot balls and was looking for boundaries too often. In a perfect world obviously I would want less. I really enjoyed the innings, it was not my best but probably in my top five.”Man of the Series Hashim Amla was named man of the series for scoring 258 runs at an average of 86. De Villiers lent strong support with 212 runs at 70.66. Ryan McLaren led the South African bowlers with nine wickets at a miserly average of 13.11 per wicket and an economy rate of 4.91 per over. Imran Tahir was the most economical of the South African bowlers, conceding only 4.44 runs an over in snaring 6 for 120 in the 27 overs he sent down. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Agent Viru

first_imgA day before the grandaunt of all clashes at Mohali, Agent Viru and I discussed a matter of great national importance. With two hostile nations watching, this was too important a day to mess around with. So, in accordance with the National Security Act, we decided not to divulge any inside information and rather focus on the enemy camp. And given that I had helped Viru during an especially painful period in his career, when he found himself in the middle seat of an airplane with Ashish Nehra and Amit Mishra on either side, he put me in touch with Double Agent Akhtar, code named Double A. And within an hour, I found myself peacefully walking through the security cordon and into the Pakistan team hotel.I exited from the elevator on the fourth floor and walked down the corridor when I passed by a room with the door, probably accidentally, open. Inside, Misbah-ul-Haq was leaning over a copy of the National Geographic. My heart went out to the man, clearly the most cerebral player in the Pakistan team who, if fate had dealt a better hand, could so easily have been the Rahul Dravid of Pakistan cricket. Here he was, like our own Jammy, keeping his mind constructively occupied, I thought. A closer inspection, though, made me quickly change my opinion because what appeared to be Einstein Misbah reading about African tribes was actually just Misbah sketching underwear on natives’ pictures. Sorry, Rahul.I continued towards Room No. 420, where I was greeted by Double A, an 86 kg man-beast of pure muscle. Once I got over his imposing presence and the Manchester-meets-Rawalpindi twang, I realised that he was ranting about being overlooked after being the man solely responsible for getting Pakistan into the semi-finals. Double A claims that the kick he gave up Kamran Akmal’s backside at a team huddle had altered the wicket-keeper’s bio-mechanics, changing his style from that of a clapping toy monkey with drum cymbals for hands to that of a football goalkeeper. To Double A, this was as important to Pakistan’s World Cup campaign as the emergence of homo erectus to the evolution of humankind. “And what do they do? Fine me $2,000 for this service,” he said disconsolately. “Look at India and look at us. We have no team spirit,” Double A screamed. “I have announced my retirement and so far not one player has said that he wants to win the World Cup for me.”advertisementShahid Afridi had banned his players from watching Indian news channels for what he thought was negative coverage. In fact, he was conducting surprise raids on players’ rooms to check what channels they were watching. During one of the raids, he caught a bunch of misty eyed players glued to a Hindi news channel. Shockingly, Afridi too was hypnotically drawn to the programme on air titled Jung ke Jalwe Mein ek Maa ke Do Bete-Hindustan aur Pakistan.Double A told me that from the time they have landed in India, the team has been sending sos signals to Shoaib Malik. Several players, Afridi included, had been calling him daily, sometimes multiple times a day. While Double A had no clue, I guessed it must be because Malik was the captain when Pakistan had beaten India in Mohali in 2007. Late at night, I shared this piece of inside information with Agent Viru. “Isn’t Shoaib Malik married to Sania Mirza?” he asked. “Saaley sudhrenge nahin. They must be asking for tips on how to land Indian girls.”- The writer was formerly known as the Fake IPL Player. He will observe the 2011 World Cup through Agent Viru’s eyes.last_img read more

India vs West Indies: India beat West Indies by 16 runs in T20 match

first_imgPutting up a splendid all round show, India scored a comfortable 16-run win over the West Indies in the one-off Twenty20 international to begin their Caribbean tour on a resounding note here on Saturday.It is India’s first win over the West Indies in T20 format as they had lost the previous two encounters at Lord’s and Kensington Oval.After being invited to bat on a tricky Sabina Park Oval strip India recovered from a top-order collapse to post a competitive 159 for six and then restricted the hosts to 143 for five.Host skipper Darren Sammy had asked second-string India to bat under helpful conditions for the pacers and he himself did all the damage with four wickets as the visiting batsmen struggled to adjust to the bounce of the pitch.India owed their recovery to top-scorer S Badrinath (43) and Rohit Sharma (26) as they combined for a 71-run stand for the fifth wicket after the visitors were reeling at 56 for four inside nine overs.Yusuf Pathan (15 off 6) and Harbhajan Singh (15 off 7) hit some lusty shots towards the end to help India cross the 150-run mark.Indian bowlers then complimented the good batting effort from the middle-order with a disciplined performance.Harbhajan Singh (2/25) took two wickets while Praveen Kumar (1/27), R Ashwin (1/30) and Munaf Patel (1/35) contributed in the win with a wicket apiece.For the West Indies, Darren Bravo hit a-run-a-ball 41 and Christopher Barnwell sparkled with a 16-ball unbeaten 34 but that only reduced the defeat margin for the hosts.- With PTI inputsadvertisementlast_img read more

SpaceX Is Building Another Starship in Florida

first_imgMay 15, 2019 1 min read This story originally appeared on Engadgetcenter_img After a poster on uploaded pictures of another Starship vehicle (f.k.a. BFR) under construction in Florida — to go along with prototypes being built in Texas — Elon Musk explained what’s going on. The CEO tweeted that “SpaceX is doing simultaneous competing builds of Starship in Boca Chica Texas & Cape Canaveral Florida.” He said the plan is to find out which location is the most effective even if the answer “might be both.”Still, if the plan is to get these on the moon ASAP — with other billionaires making plans for lunar travel as we speak — doubling up on production seems like a good idea. For now, SpaceX’s next launch is scheduled for tomorrow to launch 60 of its Starlink internet satellites on a Falcon 9 rocket.SpaceX is doing simultaneous competing builds of Starship in Boca Chica Texas & Cape Canaveral Florida— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 14, 2019last_img read more