The writing has been on the wall for months, and on Monday, Bruce Bochy read it: 2019 will be his last season as the Giants’ manager.Bochy’s announcement wasn’t surprising. That said, the timing and setting did catch more than a few off guard.But it’s telling that San Francisco’s greatest manager didn’t want some fussy press conference or a video montage tribute to mark his final campaign — he merely dropped a bombshell during his daily media availability in the Giants’ dugout at the team’s …
Any one of these adaptations would challenge Darwinian evolution, but all of them together in head-banging bird?How do you protect your head against 1,400 G’s when your life’s work requires you to bang your head repeatedly to find food in wood? Woodpeckers don’t die of concussions. Surely they must suffer some brain injury, don’t they?At Live Science, Mindy Waisberger reports on examination of brain tissue in woodpeckers. Three scientists, publishing their results in PLoS One, found the presence of tau protein in the tissue. Since that is often associated with brain injury in humans, they initially thought this shows that woodpeckers do suffer from the repeated pounding to the head. Another possibility, though, is that the tau protein cushions the birds’ brains.The presence of tau proteins in woodpecker brains shows that their brains are not invulnerable to the effects of forceful pecking. Nevertheless, the tau proteins aren’t necessarily hinting that woodpeckers suffer from pecking-related neurodegenerative disease or brain damage, the scientists wrote in the study.“Something — tau — was there that shouldn’t necessarily be. But whether it’s a good thing or a bad thing, we don’t know,” Farah said.Pileated woodpecker by Lorax (Wikimedia Commons)Woodpeckers have numerous specialized traits that work together to enable them to peck holes in trees. Waisberger and the authors only mention the first five:Skulls with spongy layers, particularly in frontRobust neck musclesThick inner eyelids that close for each strikeA bony plate that protects the optic regionSharp beaks with upper and lower components which can move independently of each other while peckingToes adapted for gripping trees: two pointing forward, two pointing backward, with tendons for each oneSenses geared to finding bugs behind the hard wood, so they know where to peckA long tongue that wraps around the skull that can be extended into the pecked holeSticky glue on the tongue to catch a bugGlue dissolver so the tongue doesn’t stick inside the bird’s mouthWith this new study, another specialization may have been found. “In fact, tau might even serve as a protective adaptation,”Waisberger writes, “providing a buffer around the birds’ neurons that insulates them against harm, according to the study.” One of the authors suspected this might be true for ‘evolutionary’ reasons:“I wonder if what we’re seeing in the woodpeckers may be a protective mechanism for the neurons,” Cummings added. “You have skull modifications, tongue modifications —why would that stop at the brain? Why would the brain not participate in that process of evolutionary adaptation, and molecularly do that by the expression of a protective protein that may help stabilize neurons during that pecking procedure?”And yet according to Darwin’s theory, any one of the functional adaptations listed above would require millions of years of lucky mutations to be selected for any advantage. How many pre-woodpeckers had to die of concussions before the first one succeeded in pecking a hole in a tree and finding a bug for all the trouble? As Dr Jobe Martin likes to point out in his films Incredible Creatures That Defy Evolution, all the parts have to be there at the same time to work. The ability to peck a hole wouldn’t help if the bird didn’t have a tongue long enough to reach inside. Glue on the tongue would starve the bird after its first meal if the tongue got stuck inside the mouth. All the brain protections wouldn’t help if the bird’s feet couldn’t cling to trees, and so on.Waisberger glibly says that “the woodpecker lineage has been around for about 25 million years” (Darwin Years, that is), but neither she nor the three scientists address the puzzle of how all the necessary traits arose at the same time to allow pecking to work. One thing we do observe: they work exceptionally well. Waisberger says,A woodpecker hammering away at a tree experiences forces up to 1,400 times that of Earth’s gravity, or 1,400 G’s. To put that into perspective, humans can withstand about 8 G’s of continuous momentum before eventually blacking out, and a sudden application of 50 G’s would detach most of our organs. Even relatively small amounts of g-force in people can cause concussion, lingering pain in the neck and back, and red dots on the skin from ruptured capillaries — known as “G-measles” or “geasles” — according to Go Flight Medicine, a website for aviation and medical professionals.In short, watch woodpeckers with amazement, but do not imitate them. Football helmet designers have taken inspiration from woodpeckers, the authors note: “Due to it’s [sic] assumed resistance to neurotrauma, the woodpecker has become a model for the development of safety equipment such as football helmets and neck collars.”Don’t you wish someone, somewhere, would realize that evolution (the Stuff Happens Law) is powerless to explain the superlative abilities we find in the living world? Oh, wait: we do here at Creation-Evolution Headlines. This story is another example of why you should stop trusting the Fake Science Media when they approach every wonder of nature with the worn-out lie, “It evolved.” (Visited 527 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
12 October 2012President Jacob Zuma has spoken out against the violence that has characterised recent industrial action in the country, saying that striking workers should use existing channels to address their grievances within the law, and that violence could not be tolerated.Speaking at at a Black Business Council breakfast hosted by the New Age newspaper and the SABC in Midrand, Johannesburg on Thursday, Zuma said the government could not allow the recent wildcat strikes in the mining sector to push South Africa to a “crisis point”.He warned against a culture of violence during strikes. Several people were reportedly killed this week as a two-week long mass action by truck drivers intensified. Doctors in Cape Town were forced to switch off life support of a man who suffered brain damage after being hit by a rock while driving in a truck.“Violence should be condemned. We have mechanisms that allow people to engage on labour issues … Some of those trucks that were torched and destroyed actually belonged to small business,” Zuma said.The President acknowledged that the protracted industrial action in mining had delivered a hard blow to South Africa’s economy. The Treasury has put the estimated total rand production lost as a result of the strikes in platinum and gold mining sectors at R4.5-billion. Up to R118-million was lost in coal.But despite the figures, Zuma said investor confidence in South Africa remained unaffected.“Our economic data does not indicate a significant drop in business confidence yet since the strike and the global economic decline, but our responsibility is to ensure that we do not reach a crisis point.”‘Right to strike does not override other rights’Meanwhile, the Cabinet has also expressed concern over the recent spate of lawlessness, violence and intimidation that it says has continued to mar the democratic right of workers to strike.“It is a fact that as a democracy, the right to strike is a defined right in South Africa that obligates the strikers to observe that they cannot encroach on other people’s rights as they enjoy theirs,” Acting Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Minister Richard Baloyi said at a post-Cabinet briefing in Pretoria on Thursday.The Cabinet warned that violence and lawlessness would not be tolerated.“No one should be intimidated to take or not take and industrial action in a democracy,” the minister said, adding that no one should resort to any form of violence against people or property as a form of striking or protest.Baloyi said existing channels had to be used and that the law had to prevail, adding that the struggle for freedom and democracy ensured that the laws provided space for protected peaceful strikes.He called on the striking workers to use existing channels with unions to address grievances and wage negotiations in a manner that was within the law.“It is, among others, these illegal strike actions and the accompanying violence that is not helping the country’s image internationally and is contributing to the already existing challenges facing our economy and society,” Baloyi said.Source: SANews.gov.za
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The Chhattisgarh Cabinet has approved the nomination of at least one differently abled member to each panchayat, if not elected, making it the only State to have such members in all panchayats. “Differently abled people constitute 6% of the population of Chhattisgarh. As promised in the jan ghoshna patra [manifesto], we have taken the landmark step of strengthening their voices at the grassroots level,” said T.S. Singh Deo, State Panchayati Raj Minister. ‘Elected or nominated’“Every panchayat will now have differently abled members, either elected or nominated,” he said. If differently abled members are not elected through the electoral process, then one member, either male or female, would be nominated as a panch. And as for janpads and zilla panchayats, the State government would nominate two such members, one male and one female, to them. During a meeting at the house of Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel, the Cabinet approved the amendment to the State Panchayat Raj Act, 1993. The proposals will be tabled in the Vidhan Sabha, where the Congress holds 68 of the 90 seats. This means, said Mr. Deo, the State would have 11,000 people with special needs as members of panchayats. “We strongly believe that no one should be left behind. We are committed to empowering the common people. This is the top most priority of the Congress government in Chhattisgarh.” Meanwhile, the Cabinet also decided to drop the educational qualifications eligibility criterion for contesting panchayat elections. “It is mandatory for a contestant for the position of a panch to be at least a Class V pass, and above that Class VIII pass. In the three-tier panchayati raj system, only being literate would be enough to contest elections,” said a note from the government.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Ombudsman DK Jain on Saturday directed Hardik Pandya and opener KL Rahul to donate a sum of Rs 1 lakh each, to widows of 10 constables in paramilitary forces who have lost their lives on duty. The duo have to pay the fine as a punishment for the sexist comments they made on Karan Johar’s TV show Koffee with Karan.Hardik and Rahul have also been asked to pay Rs 10 lakh each in the fund created by Cricket Association for the blind, for promotion of game for the blind within 4 weeks.The Ombudsman has also said that if both the players fail to do so within four weeks from the date of the receipt of the order, the Board of Control for Cricket in India might deduct the said amount from the match fees payable to the players.BCCI Ombudsman directs KL Rahul & Hardik Pandya to pay Rs1,00,000 each to families of 10 constables in para-military forces who have lost their lives on duty & Rs 10,00,000 in the fund created by Cricket Association for the blind,for promotion of game for the blind,within 4 weeks https://t.co/Ju7ZgvwsitANI (@ANI) April 20, 2019The Ombudsman noted that the players had already missed out on earning of about Rs 30 lakh as they had been sent back from the tour of Australia. But he also noted that cricketers in the country are role models and their act should be befitting the status they have acquired.advertisementBut he also noted that since both the players apologised and did not contest the action initiated against them, it is unnecessary to return a categorical finding as to whether the remarks made during the course of the chat show constitutes as an act of indiscipline or misconduct or violation of any of Rules and Regulations on part of players as contemplated under Rule 41 (1) (c) of the rules.Clearly, the matter ends with this and the two cricketers can now look forward to representing the country with aplomb in the upcoming World Cup in England and Wales as the national selectors have picked the duo in the 15-member squad.The controversial episode was aired in the first week of January, triggering outrage, which prompted the COA to call the duo back from the tour of Australia, handing them provisional suspensions.The two tendered unconditional apologies and their ban was provisionally lifted pending inquiry. Once Jain assumed his role, the COA handed over the matter to Ombudsman for the completion of inquiry.The two players have also spoken publicly on the incident, recalling one of the toughest phases of their respective careers.Also Read | Hardik’s break from cricket helped him become a better cricketer: Krunal PandyaAlso Read | Hardik Pandya wishes birthday boy KL Rahul: Let’s make it our yearAlso Read | Hardik Pandya deposes before BCCI Ombudsman over Koffee with Karan controversyAlso Read | After Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul deposes before BCCI Ombudsman over TV show controversy