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2017 Sapphire Cup winners One Cupcake Over The Line. Photo by The Crystal Cup Pond Hockey Challenge Facebook page 2017 Crystal Cup winners Ace Holes. Photo by The Crystal Cup Pond Hockey Challenge Facebook page CHARLIE LAKE, B.C. – It was an exciting weekend of pond hockey action on Charlie Lake as the 6th Annual Crystal Cup saw forty teams competing for the Crystal Cup, Coal Cup, and Sapphire Cup. Crystal Cup pond hockey action on Saturday night. Photo by Chris Newton Crystal Cup pond hockey action in 2017. Photo by Chris Newton Crystal Cup pond hockey action on Saturday night. Photo by Chris Newton Though the tournament did see some slight changes to the schedule due to Friday night’s games being postponed because of warm temperatures. By Saturday however, the top layer of ice had refrozen, and festivities were well underway. On Sunday, it was an exciting morning of hockey action as the Ace Instrument Ace Holes advanced through the quarter- and semi-final games to take on Team Ironhide in a rematch of the 2016 Crystal Cup. Tournament organiser Neil Evans says that the rematch proved to be incredibly exciting and close. Though Ironhide controlled most of the game, the Ace Holes would manage to keep things close all game. Tied 5-5 in the dying seconds, it was the Ace Holes that would score with just two seconds left to take home the Crystal Cup for the second year in a row, and their third cup in four years.- Advertisement -In Coal Cup action, the final saw Watt’s Projects take on Rapid Relics in the final, with Rapid taking the win.One Cupcake Over the Line was this year’s champion in the Sapphire Cup, defeating Team IceHoles in the final. 2017 Coal Cup winners Rapid Relics. Photo by The Crystal Cup Pond Hockey Challenge Facebook page
0Shares0000Jason Sancho made his England debut in October 2018 © AFP / INA FASSBENDERDORTMUND, Germany, Aug 4 – England forward Jadon Sancho scored a goal and set-up another as Borussia Dortmund beat Bayern Munich 2-0 on Saturday to deny the German league and cup champions a fourth straight Super Cup title.Sancho, 19, fed Spain forward Paco Alcacer for Dortmund’s opener just after the break before clinching the victory and his side’s first trophy since 2017 with a clinical finish within the final half an hour of play. “We absolutely wanted to win this match, it was very difficult,” said Dortmund coach Lucien Favre.“Bayern were very strong and had a lot of possession but we defended well and stayed very compact.“We knew that we had to go on the counter-attack and we did that very well.”Bayern, who pipped Favre’s side to the Bundesliga title last season and lifted the German Cup, were without World Cup winning left-back and new signing Lucas Hernandez due to a knee problem.Dortmund’s big name summer arrivals of winger Thorgen Hazard and Julian Brandt, as well as defender Mats Hummels, returning the club after three seasons in Bavaria, were also ruled out due to injuries.Bayern captain Manuel Neuer said errors proved costly.“We gave Dortmund the match by making too many mistakes,” Neuer said.“We made the mistakes all on our own, we gave them possession and that’s why we conceded the goals.”– Influential Sancho –The home side, who finished second in the league last season, had a good early chance.Portugal winger Raphael Guerreiro broke down the left flank and cut-back to find captain Marco Reus inside the penalty box.Reus’s effort was then well saved by Neuer after less than a minute of play.Neuer was in the action once again after a quarter of an hour as he rushed out of his box to close down Alcacer 30 metres from goal. Alcacer beat Neuer to the ball but his shot dribbled past the goal.Bayern’s best opportunity of the first half fell to Kingsley Coman 10 minutes later.He found himself unmarked in the box but his toe-poke shot was saved by Marwin Hitz low to the right.Bayern’s inability to make the most of the ball in first 45 minutes came back to bite them almost immediately after the break.Sancho attacked down the left drawing four Bayern defenders with quick step-overs.The teenager fed striker Alcacer at the edge of the box who beat Neuer with a low shot for a 1-0 lead on 48 minutes.Dortmund’s lead was doubled with 22 minutes to go from a clinical counter-attack.Sancho was free once again on the right wing, he burst into the box beyond Bayern’s back-four and nutmegged the experienced Neuer to make it 2-0.Influential Sancho left the field with 10 minutes to play after seeming to be hurt following an off-the-field challenge by Joshua Kimmich.Bayern coach Niko Kovac brought on Portugal midfielder Renato Sanches and France World Cup winner Benjamin Pavard late-on but they were unable to find the goals to retain the title and the early-season bragging rights.Bayern start the defence of their league title by hosting Hertha Berlin on Friday August 16 and Dortmund play Augsburg a day later.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)
David Luiz will play a key role for Chelsea this season, according to the club’s new manager Maurizio Sarri.Luiz, the Brazil defender, reportedly fell out with Antonio Conte last season, and that, combined with a persistent knee injury, limited his game time last term. 2 This came on the back of being one of Conte’s most important players the previous campaign, when Chelsea romped to the title with Luiz at the centre of their famous three-man defence.However, central defender Luiz has been back in action during pre-season, and Sarri expects the 31-year-old to once again become a vital part of Chelsea’s first-team.“I’m very happy with David, for his attitude. I’m very happy,” the Italian said. Luiz made just ten league appearances for Chelsea in 2017/18 Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade shining Loftus-Cheek could leave Chelsea on loan for a second successive season smart causal REVEALED possible standings gameday cracker 2 England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star silverware REAL DEAL Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Latest Chelsea news Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures tense possible xi “I think David will be very important for the team, to support me.”Ruben Loftus-Cheek is also looking for a fresh start at Chelsea.His form on loan at Crystal Palace last season was enough to earn a place in England’s World Cup squad.But the 22-year-old’s immediate future depends on whether he can impress Sarri in the coming days.Sarri said: “Loftus-Cheek I have seen him just for three, four trainings. I want to wait to adjudicate.” GETTY REVEALED Cesc Fabregas is a doubt for Sunday’s Community Shield with Manchester City with a minor knee injury.FA Cup winners Chelsea finished fifth, 30 points behind champions City, in the Premier League last season.And Sarri knows there is plenty of work to do.He said: “We are not at the top level now. But we have to try to have a good performance. We have to try to have a good result.”
LANCASTER Decades melted away for 18 former members of the Lancaster Junior Women’s Club, who gathered recently for a reunion. The women recalled the camaraderie and the friendships made at the club, which was for women under age 35. The club, which existed from 1936 to 1965, helped charities and supported special projects. Frances “Fritzie” Murrell Wiley, who was the last club president in 1964-1965, put the event together after weeks of research to find as many of the past juniors as possible. A full gourmet meal was served at the Antelope Valley Country Club, at tables centered with fresh floral arrangements that were raffled off to help defray expenses. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week As part of the California Federation of Women’s Clubs, the juniors were sponsored by the Lancaster Women’s Club, which is still functioning. Attendees included Vera Errea; Marie Zaravica Meline, who came from Glendora to attend; her daughter, Cheryl Meline Moses, Miss Antelope Valley 1960; Dorothy Bolt; June Huffmire Hamilton; Lois Evans; Darlene Williams; Berna Lee Mayer; Mary McIlroy; Sandy Combs Murphy; Mary Hockensmith; Carol Scalafani Boyette; Renee Sperling; Jo Anne Addington and Theresa Lackey. LANCASTER – The Antelope Valley Northrop Grumman Retirement Club’s last meeting of the year will take place Thursday at the Essex House, 44916 10th St. W. Jim Barnfather, representative of the Credit Union Finance Department, will be guest speaker. The social hour will begin at 11 a.m. followed by a buffet luncheon at noon. Cost is $7 per person. Reservations are due by Monday to Ken Creese, (661) 948-1851. President Lee Phillips urges all Northrop Grumman retirees to attend. Menus for the week at the senior life nutrition sites in Lancaster and Palmdale have been announced. All meals include bread, margarine and coffee, tea or milk, for a suggested donation of $2. Monday: Barbecued chicken, rice pilaf, cooked cabbage, lettuce and tomato salad, juice, apple. Tuesday: Hearty beef stew, corn bread, spinach, soup, garden salad, vanilla pudding. Wednesday: Salisbury steak, mashed potatoes, Normandy vegetables, minestrone soup, cottage cheese, cookies. Thursday: Hot turkey sandwich, juice, mashed potatoes, parslied carrots, tossed salad, gelatin with fruit. Friday: Macaroni and cheese with ham, corn nibblets, creamy coleslaw, pineapple juice, pears. This column disseminates news of interest to seniors of all ages. Bettie Rencoret may be contacted at (661) 943-2998, or messages may be left at the Antelope Valley Bureau Daily News offices, (661) 267-5741. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
DES MOINES, Iowa – The 44th-ranked Drake University men’s tennis team pulled off a thrilling 4-3 victory over Denver on Saturday afternoon at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center.”With the big win over Purdue last night, I didn’t want to have any hangovers. I wanted to put our mind set on this Denver team, because we knew that this Denver team has the potential to be a top-25 team,” Drake head coach Davidson Kozlowski said. “Denver was too tough to hand it to us and not fight. They fought and put themselves in position to win, but ultimately we were able to come out on top.”Ben Lott and Ben Wood defeated No. 20 Henry Craig and Alex Gasson, 6-4, at the No. 1 spot, while Calum MacGeoch and Ben Stride clinched the doubles point for Drake, winning 6-3 at No. 3.The Bulldogs then jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead with MacGeoch cruising past Gasson, 6-1, 6-0 at No. 4 singles and freshman Tom Hands putting together a dominating performance at No. 6, beating Wyatt Lovera, 6-1, 6-1.The Pioneers managed to tie it up at three with straight set wins on courts five and three and a three-set victory at No. 2.The decisive match point came down to court one. Lott took the first set 6-4, but Craig managed to force a third set by breaking Lott to win the second set 7-5. “Trying to believe that I have the confidence in my shot making and that if the chances are there I am going to take them. And just believe that I can pull a win out,” Lott said about his mentality going into the third set.Lott bounced back from being broken to end the second set with a quick break in the final set and then went on the win the final three games to close out the match, 6-4, 5-7, 6-3.The Bulldogs continue their eight-match homestand on Friday, March 4 when they host in-state rivals Iowa at 6 p.m.#44 Drake 4, #40 Denver 3Feb 27, 2016 at Des Moines, Iowa (Roger Knapp Tennis Center) Singles competition1. Lott, Ben (DU) def. Henry Craig (DEN) 6-4, 5-7, 6-32. Diogo Rocha (DEN) def. Philips, Bayo (DU) 6-2, 3-6, 6-33. David Fox (DEN) def. Gillespie, Vinny (DU) 6-4, 7-54. MacGeoch, Calum (DU) def. Alex Gasson (DEN) 6-1, 6-05. Yannik James (DEN) def. Stride, Ben (DU) 6-3, 6-36. Hands, Tom (DU) def. Wyatt Lovera (DEN) 6-1, 6-1 Doubles competition1. Lott, Ben/Wood, Ben (DU) def. #20 Henry Craig/Alex Gasson (DEN) 6-42. Philips, Bayo/Gillespie, Vinny (DU) vs. Yannik James/Diogo Rocha (DEN) 5-5, unfinished3. MacGeoch, Calum/Stride, Ben (DU) def. David Fox/Jesse Ruder-Hook (DEN) 6-3 Match NotesOrder of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (4,6,5,3,2,1)Print Friendly Version
Harps manager Ollie Horgan, captain Kevin McHugh and midfielder Tony McNamee launch Finn Harps fundraising drive. PIC BY NORTHWEST NEWSPIX.The Friends of Finn Harps have asked the public to back the club as the first team looks forward competing in the play-offs for the first time in 8 seasons.Supporters have been asked to pledge €20 to a promotion challenge fund with contributors receiving a souvenir poster signed by the squad.Everyone will be acknowledged on www.finnharps.com and in the official match programme for the home play-off match on the 30th October. There has been huge progress at Finn Harps FC in 2015 with the team highest finishing in its highest league position by a Harps team since 2007.Harps have a superb home record with the fewest goals conceded of any senior club in the League of Ireland in 2015. Harps have kept an incredible 16 clean sheets in 2015!The players have achieved the above despite the toughest travel schedule of any league of Ireland team – over 8200km (not including travelling to training) since the start of the season.FHFC is working hard to prepare the next generation of local talent for senior football. Harps U19’s sit top of their league following four wins from their opening four games. The Finn Harps Schools Programme continues to deliver coaching days and an innovative programme promoting healthy lifestyle plus road safety to schools all over the county.The Finn Harps Academy will again be expanding in 2016 so young players can receive tailored coaching drills which compliments the training they receive at their clubs.Finn Harps is run on a 100% voluntary basis and is 100% owned, administered and run by supporters.Harps Manager Ollie Horgan says “Hopefully people can see the hard work that is going in, on and off the pitch, so we can provide Donegal & Northwest with a well-run club that everyone can be proud of. Most are aware that gate receipts will only cover a percentage of the finance required to meet costs, so like all League of Ireland clubs ongoing support for fundraisers is vital. We will continue to do everything we can to bring Finn Harps forward, not just with the first team but with the whole club.”CAPTION: Harps manager Ollie Horgan, captain Kevin McHugh and midfielder Tony McNamee launch Finn Harps fundraising drive.FINN HARPS IN CASH PLEA TO HELP PUSH PROMOTION DRVE was last modified: October 1st, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:cash pleafinn harpsPromotion
A fly eye made the cover of Science this week.1 It’s not that the compound eye is interesting to entomologists; MSNBC News picked up on the real message: “Animal eyes inspire new technology – Researchers learn optics lessons from biology.” The cover story is about biomimetics, or reverse-engineering nature. Scientists are looking for ways to imitate the energy-efficient, densely-packed, space-saving technologies exhibited in animal eyes to improve artificial sensors, microscopes and cameras. The authors of the cover story explained their mission:Observing systems in nature has inspired humans to create technological tools that allow us to better understand and imitate biology. Biomimetics, in particular, owes much of its current development to advances in materials science and creative optical system designs. New investigational tools, such as those for microscopic imaging and chemical analyses, have added to our understanding of biological optics. Biologically inspired optical science has become the emerging topic among researchers and scientists.From the ten kinds of visual systems featured among living animals, scientists will have to start easy. They won’t attempt to model the complex retinal eyes of mammals or cephalopods, but will start with the prism-like compound eyes of insects. In the article, the eyes of various animals are described, as well as properties of our own human variety. Lobster eyes might help us build better X-ray telescopes. Brittlestars might help us focus light with liquids. Beetles might help us build better infrared sensors. The possibilities seem endless; improvements in cameras and sensing devices are just some examples of benefits to be gained from searching “nature’s wisdom.” The authors conclude that the time is ripe for a creative synergy between man and beast:Imitating nature is a complex endeavor, and a blind biomimetic approach is not the best methodology. Instead, molecular-level studies of the biological development of natural vision systems are key. For example, current infrared sensors can distinguish more than what human eyes can see, but they require a sophisticated cooling system to work. Somehow, insects have this same ability without the limitation of temperature control. This is but one example of how it is primarily nature’s designs that are superior to man-made equivalents. However, if we are able to decode the designs, then the combination of our creativity in materials and nature’s wisdom is [a] synergistic one with incredible potential.In another article in the same issue,2 George Mayer (U of Washington) discussed efforts to mimic the rigid composite materials found in molluscs and sponges. The biological materials are enviable because of their viscoelastic properties, ability to resist the propagation of cracks, and ability to sustain loads without strain. Mimicking those properties are challenging enough, but living systems have abilities far more interesting. Mayer ended: “Of immense significance, too, are features that have been observed, but researchers have thus far been unable to replicate in synthetic systems, such as the ability for self-repair and the exceptional tenacity at interfaces.”1Luke P. Lee and Robert Szema, “Inspirations from Biological Optics for Advanced Photonic Systems,” Science, 18 November 2005: Vol. 310. no. 5751, pp. 1148 – 1150; DOI: 10.1126/science.1115248.2George Mayer, “Rigid Biological Systems as Models for Synthetic Composites,” Science, 18 November 2005: Vol. 310. no. 5751, pp. 1144 – 1147, DOI: 10.1126/science.1116994.There was no mention of evolution in thess papers; not even of natural selection, Darwin, or millions of years. Who needs it? This is the cutting-edge of science and technology for the 21st century: a design-inspired approach to science that not only will bring exciting new benefits to society but will help us “understand and imitate biology.” This is exactly the kind of “methodological engineering” that William Dembski predicted in The Design Revolution (IVP, 2004, p. 312) would show that ID has the power to generate fruitful research. If you are a tired Darwinist reading this, here is your way out. Kick the Charlie habit and get in on the leading edge of biomimetics. No more need for storytelling or fantasizing – just real-world research with “incredible potential” – and it looks incredibly fun, too. It will push technology to the limit. Field biologists can still go out and collect species for study, but now with a new vision instead of force-fitting everything into imaginary phylogenetic trees. Lab technicians can devise new ways to measure and study phenomena. Profs and grad students can stay gainfully busy. It’s the cure for overspecialization: think of the new interdisciplinary labs that could be built (10/29/2005). Dollars and research papers will flow. The government would love to fund this kind of research. If you can propose spin-offs for the military, antiterrorism, medicine, or “green” technology, your future is secure. It will take the pressure off the origins battle. Politicians, theologians, teachers and the public will love you for it. It’s a complete win-win situation for science and for humankind, while old worries about Darwinism, like dead autumn leaves, will simply drop off and wither away for historians to sweep up.(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
(Visited 100 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 A short biography of George Washington Carver posted by a science news site omitted what was most important to the Father of Agricultural Chemistry: his faith.Mary Bagley wrote an article on Live Science about George Washington Carver which is factually satisfactory as far as it goes, but says nothing about his faith. Carver, a devout Christian, said, “Without my Savior, I am nothing.”As a scientist, Carver took inspiration from the beauty of creation all around him. He once said, “I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station, through which God speaks to us every hour, if we will only tune in.” His most famous work with peanuts began with him asking the question, “Mr. Creator, why did you make the peanut?” – showing that he assumed there was a purpose to everything. His faith was so important to him, he would begin each day with prayer, asking, “Lord, what do you want me to do today?” – then he would do it: his Maker’s will, to the best he understood it. So evident was his faith to those who knew him, they put on his gravestone, “To a scientist humbly seeking the guidance of God and a liberator to men of the white race as well as the black.” (For more, see our online biography of Carver.)None of this was apparently interesting or important to Ms Bagley, who omitted any reference to religion, faith, Christ, or God. Even in her section on “Carver’s Legacy” and in her selection of Carver quotes there is no mention of the one thing that mattered most to this giant of 20th century science.This is a sacrilege. Would someone write a biography of Billy Graham and fail to mention he was a preacher? It illustrates the tendency of scientific writers and reporters to sanitize everything in science of any hint of religion except to mock it or portray it as something people used to believe before science became the official religion. Lie Seance [typos intended] is notorious for trying to evolutionize everything, including religion, while giving gushy press to every sexual deviation fallen man has dreamt up.Yet without the Judeo-Christian worldview, there would be no scientific foundation, as many philosophers and historians have pointed out. One cannot do science without the conviction that the world is orderly, and that we humans have access to truth, morality and freedom to investigate it. Those things cannot have a mindless origin. Love of God was the most important thing to many other scientists, as our biographies document. Some Christians don’t pay enough attention to science, but the reverse is just as foolhardy. Wernher von Braun said, “It is as difficult for me to understand a scientist who does not acknowledge the presence of a superior rationality behind the existence of the universe as it is to comprehend a theologian who would deny the advances of science.” Don’t let revisionists get away with this sin of omission.
The science of geology is like quicksand, ever shifting and not rock solid.Mars water proved! On second thought… (PhysOrg): It was just a few months ago that planetary scientists announced the “strongest evidence yet” for liquid water on Mars. It was inferred from gullies on crater walls, prompting some to propose missions to search for life there. Now, two scientists publishing in Nature Geoscience say there is probably no water in the gullies. Instead, the BBC News suggests, the gullies are formed from the escape of trapped carbon dioxide.Age of Martian clays cut in half (Science Daily): It’s 3.7 billion years old. No, it’s less than 2 billion years old—Martian clay, that is. Hydrated minerals assumed to date from the hypothetical “Noachian” period have been reinterpreted because of presence in young craters. A billion here, a few billion there; what’s that among friends?Earth rotation and sea level rise (Science Advances): “In 2002, Munk defined an important enigma of 20th century global mean sea-level (GMSL) rise that has yet to be resolved,” this paper begins. By tweaking various unobservables like “angular momentum exchange between the fluid outer core and the mantle,” the geologists got the observations to reconcile with one another, assuming a fake earth instead of the real one: “We assumed a spherically symmetric, self-gravitating, and Maxwell viscoelastic Earth model that is elastically compressible.”Darwinian geophysics (Icarus): Did you know Darwin’s son Sir George H. Darwin was a prominent astronomer and mathematician? He proposed a theory of “Laplace planes” to account for Earth’s obliquity changes over time. Now, a NASA geodynamics scientist is saying it’s not so simple putting this puzzle together. “The equations do not allow the Moon to evolve out of its Laplace plane by tidal friction alone, so that if it was originally in its Laplace plane, the tilt arose with the addition of other mechanisms, such as resonance passages.”Alaska, we have a problem (Science Daily): The title of this article is eye-catching: “Climate can grind mountains faster than they can be rebuilt.” Obvious question: if the Earth is billions of years old, why do we have mountains today? Scientists studying Alaskan sediments found a puzzle: “It turned out most [sediments] were younger than we anticipated, and most rates (of sediment production and thus erosion) were higher than we anticipated…. In fact, there was more erosion than tectonics has replaced.” Instead of abandoning their old-Earth assumptions, they accentuated the positive and eliminated the negative: “We were pleasantly surprised by how well we could establish ages” as they drilled, one said. But the article offered no solution to the conundrum. “Since the mid-Pleistocene, erosion rates have continued to beat tectonic inputs by 50 to 80 percent, demonstrating that climatic processes, such as the movement of glaciers, can outstrip mountain building over a span of a million years.”Magnetic mystery of Earth’s early core explained (Nature): A colorful picture of Earth opened up like a pineapple begins this positivistic account of explanations for another enigma.Geophysicists call it the new core paradox: They can’t quite explain how the ancient Earth could have sustained a magnetic field billions of years ago, as it was cooling from its fiery birth.Now, two scientists have proposed two different ways to solve the paradox. Each relies on minerals crystallizing out of the molten Earth, a process that would have generated a magnetic field by churning the young planet’s core. The difference between the two explanations comes in which particular mineral does the crystallizing.The “core paradox” is as young as 2012. Secular geophysicists who believe the Earth is billions of years of old have long had a physics problem on their hands: generating the Earth’s magnetic field. The consensus view invokes some sort of geodynamo created by flowing currents in the Earth’s molten core, but how was it sustained for billions of years when the Earth was young? “We need a dynamo more or less continuously,” one worried scientist says. One of the competitors says off his Japanese rival, “[Kei] Hirose is telling you something that can happen, not what did happen.” But would Hirose return that volley? Or would a third party use that criticism against them both? A proposal that might work is not a demonstration that it does work.More importantly, both proposals ignore the observed 130-year downward trend of Earth’s magnetic field strength that implies it was much stronger in the past. Given the half-life decay curve, extrapolating it backward would make it unsustainably strong for even a few tens of thousands of years. Space.com briefly mentions this problem, saying that “its overall strength has been steadily decreasing relatively recently,” but geophysicist Paul Sutter immediately leaps to the dynamo theory for the rescue. Nevertheless, his opening paragraph about Earth’s uniqueness bears pondering:Earth has a force field. A real, literal, honest-to-goodness force field. A field that projects invisibly out into space, protecting us and our precious atmosphere from the dangers of the cosmos. Without it, we might just have ended up like Mars: a wasteland, a failed chance at life.Age of this cave is a fact, except for the mismatch (PhysOrg): Scientists are claiming a “complete and very precise” climate record for 500,000 years, based on limestone deposits in Devil’s Hole, a water-filled cave in Nevada. But there’s a “big mystery” yanking their confidence back: “Existing palaeoclimatological data from Nevada do not tally with data obtained elsewhere, for instance, from seabed deposits,” the reader finds at the end of the article. “This fact is still the subject of controversial discussions within the scientific community and an unresolved issue in climate research.” Update 1/07/16: A paper in Science Magazine claims to reconcile the dates with new measurements from another cave, Devil’s Hole 2. As with any dating method, assumptions are made about the interpretation of markers such as isotopes, and some values are averaged.East Antarctic Ice Sheet has stayed frozen for 14 million years (PhysOrg): The previous entry should create caution when evaluating this overconfident claim. Jane Willenbring used beryllium ions to arrive at a date for the Antarctic ice sheet, claiming that “This means that the sediment is definitely older than the time when a lot of people think that Antarctica might have been quite deglaciated.” Well, were the scientists who thought that wrong? Her claim of long-term stability is running afoul of climate change scientists who want to scare the public that the ice sheets are in danger of imminent collapse. She gives them an escape route; “Willenbring, however, cautions that even though carbon dioxide levels in the Pliocene may be analogous to today’s levels, the two situations are not equivalent and thus any conclusions can only be taken so far.” For practice, try evaluating this PNAS claim: “Continuous 1.3-million-year record of East African hydroclimate, and implications for patterns of evolution and biodiversity.”If you trust what a geologist says today, you’ll have to shift your trust to another one tomorrow who says something different. Being completely wedded to Lyell’s uniformitarianism and to Darwin’s need for millions of years of evolution, secular geologists are in a perpetual state of tension between observations and long-age dogma. They don’t seem to mind as long as they can stay employed. It lets them go on field trips, where they can scrape thin limestone flakes on the walls of caves and make global pronouncements from them. It lets them go to scientific conferences and argue with each other while sipping lattes and gulping dainty desserts. If we counted the number of times geologists have changed their minds on things over the last 15 years of CEH reporting, sensible readers would have strong reasons to doubt that they understand the real world. They will admit to controversies, but the controversies exist between imaginary worlds of their own making. (Visited 51 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0