Humboldt State’s Kalyn Paque named first-team all-CCAA, three others named to second team

first_imgAs Kalyn Paque entered her senior season this spring, she hadn’t thrown a pitch in a competitive game since transferring from Southwestern Community College to Humboldt State.Even then, she had been one of head coach Shell Sarchett’s most versatile players, playing both infield and outfield a season ago.The versatility didn’t change in 2017. But with the graduation of Katie Obbema, Paque returned to the circle and subsequently proved to be one of the conference’s best two-way threats.Paque …last_img

A’s standout Matt Chapman undergoes surgery

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceA’s rising star third baseman Matt Chapman, who battled nagging hand discomfort during the season, had surgery on his left thumb, the team announced Thursday.Chapman underwent a successful surgery on his left thumb on Tuesday as Dr. Steven Shin performed an ulnar-sided sesamoid bone excision along the thumb at Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute in Los Angeles. The A’s said Shin was pleased with the surgery and said …last_img

More Evidence that Neanderthals Were Fully Human

first_imgDr Jerry Bergman, professor, author and speaker, is a frequent contributor to Creation-Evolution Headlines. See his Author Profile for his previous articles. by Dr Jerry BergmanFor over a century, Neanderthals were considered the evolutionary ancestors of modern humans. The leading biology textbooks pictured Neanderthals as the missing link between apes and modern man.1 These misleading illustrations no doubt convinced many thousands to accept human evolution.Early textbook portrays Neanderthal man in between Java man, now shown to be a forgery, and modern man. From Benjamin Gruenberg. 1924. Elementary Biology. Boston: Ginn. P. 495.Put a suit on a Neanderthal and most people wouldn’t notice the difference.The latest evidence that Neanderthals are fully modern humans, and simply another ethnic group, is a study of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA). The mtDNA is the DNA in organelles found in most every cell that converts food calories into energy in the form of ATP for cellular use. The researchers sequenced the mtDNA from a Neanderthal femur, found in a cave, that scientists claim lived about 100,000 years ago in southwest Germany.2 They found that this type of DNA, which is inherited only from the mother, closely resembled that of early modern humans. Unfortunately, the researchers, in an attempt to cling to their Darwinian story, wildly speculate thestartling conclusion: A female member of the lineage that gave rise to Homo sapiens in Africa mated with a Neandertal male more than 220,000 years ago—much earlier than other known encounters between the two groups. Her children spread her genetic legacy through the Neandertal lineage, and in time her African mtDNA completely replaced the ancestral Neandertal mtDNA.3BBC special makes Neanderthals look primitive, stupid, and dirty.These findings were so radical that critics wrote “it will take more than one genome to prove. It’s a nice story that solves a cool mystery—how did Neandertals end up with mtDNA more like that of modern humans.” The researchers suggested nuclear DNA from Neandertals and another race called the Denisovans, an extinct subspecies of human in the genus Homo, were close kin. The researchers also speculate that their lineage split from ours more than 600,000 years ago.Early textbook places Neanderthals between Java man (now known to be a hoax) and modern man. From Benjamin Gruenberg. 1924. Elementary Biology. Boston: Ginn. p. 493.The problem with these DNA studies is that DNA is not a stable molecule, and in the cell body it has to be constantly maintained and repaired or it rapidly deteriorates. When the animal is no longer alive, DNA is no longer being repaired, thus breaks apart. Furthermore, it requires what is called a clean lab (an enormously expensive system, thus rarely used, to insure very little contamination occurs) to reduce contamination. A problem is that often modern DNA gets into the DNA sequenced in the lab. People have both DNA and DNAase (the enzyme that chops up DNA) on their skin and even in their breath, thus contamination is a major problem.Having worked in a research lab sequencing DNA, I can relate to these problems and the difficulty of reducing them. This could be one reason why “the Neandertal mtDNA from these samples posed a mystery: It was not like Denisovans’ and was closely related to that of modern humans—a pattern at odds with the ancient, 600,000-year divergence date.”4Artists have long portrayed Neanderthals as brutes, but click to read revision.Nonetheless, we have much other evidence proving that the Neanderthals were just another family of humans, and the mtDNA study gives credibility to the conclusion that Neanderthal mtDNA, which is inherited only from the mother, closely resembled that of early modern humans.1. Gibbons. Ann. 2017. Neandertals and modern humans started mating early Science. Jul. 4.2. Posth, Cosimo. 2017.  Deeply divergent archaic mitochondrial genome provides lower time boundary for African gene flow into Neanderthals. Nature Communications. | 8:16046 | DOI: 10.1038/ncomms16046 | Gibbons, 2017.4. Gibbons, 2017. Dr Bergman’s latest book has just been released today: Fossil Forensics: Separating Fact from Fantasy in Paleontology. Order now… available in print and Kindle editions. Here are some endorsements:[Fossil Forensics] by Professor Jerry Bergman is an absolutely extraordinary book of 20 chapters.  I have had the great privilege and honor of proofreading books for him for many years now.  This book, in particular, I believe will be important evidence in helping to deal the death blow to evolution’s use of the fossil record to advance their theory of the evolution of simple molecules-to-man fairy tale.  I predict it will be a best-seller, and profoundly impact this and future generations.  —Bryce Gaudian, Development Manager for Agilis CorporationAs a biology researcher who has published in the peer reviewed scientific literature, and also a lifetime college biology professor for 40 years, I am pleased to state that, as I read the draft of the manuscript of this book, I was so intrigued that, when finishing each chapter, I eagerly looked forward to the next fascinating chapter! I co-wrote chapter on turtles with Dr. Bergman, an area I have publisher numerous peer reviewed articles on, and completed a PhD on this topic as well.  —Professor Wayne Frair, PhDcenter_img (Visited 1,900 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Ohio’s Crop Progress Report – July 13th, 2015

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Heavy rains last week once again kept farmers out of fields in Ohio, according to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Regional Office. There were 1.8 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending July 12th. Continued rains last week halted fieldwork, and farmers are getting more anxious about the state of their crops. Wheat and hay are over-mature in some areas, and some field crops have ponded areas as well as extensive yellowing. Berry producers have enjoyed the rain, as irrigation hasn’t been necessary but all other producers are extremely concerned. Wheat is ready to be harvested but the overly saturated fields are making it nearly impossible. Elevated scab, vomitoxin, and sprouting levels have been reported. Livestock producers are reporting very muddy pastures, causing joint stress on animals, as well as damage to the fields. Hay quality has plummeted, dry weather and sunshine are needed so farmers can bale dry hay.current_oh 713last_img read more

Warm weather boosts fieldwork in Ohio Crop Progress

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Temperatures were about 8 degrees above normal for the week, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. There were 2.8 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending April 14. Fields were still soft, but operators were able to spray weeds, spread manure, and apply top-dressings to fields before rain fell Sunday. Fruit trees were beginning to bud and winter damage assessments were being made. Cold season vegetables were reportedly going into the ground as soil temperatures began to increase. Oats were planted at a quick pace compared to the 5-year average while weather conditions allowed. Winter wheat continued to green up. Conditions improved slightly with 33 percent of wheat rated good to excellent condition.Click here to read the full reportlast_img read more

The Art Of Technology And Vice Versa: Polyvore’s Jess Lee

first_imgRW: Since it deals exclusively with fashion and beauty, outsiders might not take Polyvore seriously. But what’s going on under the surface?JL: Polyvore is a platform built on pretty powerful technology. We do a lot of work under the hood. Our goal is to make it simple, beautiful, and effortless—and hide all the complexity from the user.So we’re ingesting millions of products every month, classifying the images as, say, a shoe, or a lipstick, or a chair. We want to make sure we provide good product recommendations, so we need to understand what the product is and what makes one product similar to another. Which isn’t just its color or shape, it could be its style. We have a lot of data about taste in order to make those recommendations.On top of that, we have things like the Polyvore editor [the tool people use to fashion their stylish compositions]…. It’s a drag and drop interface, both on the app and the desktop, so [a priority is] making that feel stacked and clean using JavaScript or Objective C. A lot of interaction design details go into that.RW: Do you ever find yourself taken less seriously as a CEO since your startup deals mostly with women’s interests? Are people ever surprised by your technical know-how?JL: Yes, I think sometimes people are surprised. The thing that personally bothers me is that people should be encouraged to work on things that they’re personally interested in. It makes work so much more fun.I love art. I like fashion. It’s not often that I have a job where I get to do that, plus combine my computer science background. I think that means this is exactly what I’m supposed to be doing.RW: So what are some of the technical challenges you’ve dealt with at Polyvore?JL: Recently, expansion. We’ve always been a platform, but we’ve been growing and expanding across new devices, making the move from being a desktop-only site to having an iPhone app, and then trying to shift toward being a mobile first company. That’s one of the changes we’ve had to make over the last year.Building up that iOS knowledge in house, for example. And figuring out how to design for the iPhone. It’s a very different design paradigm and also a different release process.  RW: We’re both anime and manga fans. How do your creative pursuits influence the way you run Polyvore?I came out of the Polyvore community, which has a very strong love of self expression and art. Some of the early sets I made were art in addition to fashion. I think I’ve got a couple of cosplay ones in there, too.So I think [in terms of] “always putting the users first,” since I came from that community. Also, that’s something they taught us at Google: “At the end of the day, you need to make the users happy, that’s the only way to be a sustainable company.” So I think that’s definitely influenced me.I think Polyvore is unique in that it has a little more creativity and artistry, even though it is also a shopping platform, and that’s something I’m personally passionate about.One of my favorite things about Polyvore is that we build technology and a platform that is almost like a blank canvas. And then all our users fill it with their creativity. It’s like a blank canvas that they paint on, and that to me is really interesting.You know at some point when I was younger, like in high school, I wanted to draw graphic novels or write manga and be an artist myself, and my parents, who are Asian were like, “No, go be a doctor or a lawyer.” [Laughs.] So I went into computer science. So for me Polyvore is a chance to—rather than me making the art, [it’s] making the canvas and the paintbrushes and empowering all these other artistic people, and that’s what is interesting to me. We mainly build technology, but it’s that technology that allows other people to be creative. Even the design of the site is inspired by art galleries. The sets, the content our community makes are incredible. We really think of them as works of art, so we want to make sure that our design fades into the background a little, the way that the walls of an art gallery are plain and white and simple, and it’s the art that draws your eye.RW: Polyvore began in 2007, so it’s ancient in startup years. How do you think the technology you’ve created has helped it to sustain itself?JL: What we’ve always been very good at is trying to keep things very simple on the surface. Designing our technology and our code in a way that’s pretty scalable and allows us to be nimble. A good example I can think of is that all of our UI [user interface] consists of components. So all the pieces you see on the site, the interface, every piece is designed as a small component that is assembled together, like puzzle pieces. What that allows us to do is make a lot of pretty rapid changes. And it also frees up engineering. Rather than having a process where you put together a pixel-perfect Photoshop mock, and then hand that off to an engineer, and they have to, for each page, hand tweak anything.Instead, our UI consists of systems and objects. You can make a change in one place and it changes everywhere and it also forms into a design that is pretty simple. So that’s allowed us to iterate rapidly on the interface and make new pages and new types of changes pretty easily while also enforcing consistency and simplicity. RW: What’s on the horizon for Polyvore?JL: There are three things we’re focused on:New vertical. Expand beyond fashion. We’ve always planned to do that, to go beyond fashion.New devices. Growing beyond the iPhone. Internationalization. Right now we are only available in English and we want to grow the audience outside the U.S. The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… ReadWriteBuilders is a series of interviews with developers, designers and other architects of the programmable future.Six years ago, while working for Marissa Mayer as a product manager for Google Maps, Jess Lee developed the hobby that would eventually become her job.Growing up, Lee aspired to one day draw Japanese manga comics, but her parents convinced her to get a computer science degree instead. As an adult, Lee channeled her creative impulses into Polyvore, a social network she joined in 2007 that allows users to curate “sets” of images, usually clothing and home goods, into artistic compositions. Manga and cosplay outfits feature prominently in her earliest sets.But Lee didn’t stop at her own compositions. She dug up the email address of Polyvore founder Pasha Sadri and barraged him with detailed ideas for new site features and tools. Sadri wasn’t irritated; in fact, he was impressed with Lee’s thoroughness, comprehension, and empathy for Polyvore and its users. He hired her soon thereafter. Four years later, she was the company’s CEO.What makes Lee, 30, a true builder is her willingness to learn and do anything—from coding to sales to management—to help Polyvore grow. While she still loves to create art on Polyvore, her greater passion these days is to extend a platform that allows her users to do their best creative work as easily as possible. ReadWrite: Could you offer some background about Polyvore’s mission regarding its technology?Jess Lee: We believe e-commerce was pioneered by a lot of categories. Digitals and electronics. The way we shop for those is very different than the way we shop for lifestyle products. Stuff you want to wear to express your sense of style.So for me Polyvore is a chance to—rather than me making the art, [it’s] making the canvas and the paintbrushes and empowering all these other artistic people, and that’s what is interesting to me. We mainly build technology, but it’s that technology that allows other people to be creative.We wanted to do something different. We wanted to give people a way to express their own style. Our goal is to empower everyday people to have a voice and show off what they want to wear and put in their homes. So we built the platform Polyvore. It’s inherently social and we want it to be the best place to discover and shop for the things that you love.We have 20 million people who visit the site every month. They make up our passionate, engaged user community. We drive a lot of traffic to retailers, and people shop a lot through the site. The average they spend is about $200.ReadWrite: How does your computer science background inform your leadership at Polyvore?JL: My background is that I’m a product manager. Great product managers are the people who, in addition to driving the product vision and coordinating across the company, they’re the people who catch the things that fall through the cracks.A lot of times you have to make decisions, prioritization decisions, based on bang for the buck. How useful is this feature going to be divided by how much time it’s going to take to build it? If you don’t know what the buck is, if you don’t know how long it’s going to take to build, you might make the wrong prioritization decision.So I think good PMs, if they have the technical background, they can do that calculation in their heads because they’re familiar with the code or have a CS background. That’s something that has always been useful for me. Because if we need to prioritize one product strategy, one product feature over another—because I have a CS background, as does most of our product and design team, we’re able to think about that, and it helps us make our decisions. lauren orsinicenter_img Tags:#Builders#Polyvore#social media Related Posts Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

What’s latest in the web?

first_imgKing of the Social NetworkMessage maniaModi has over four million followers. His tweet posted after BJP’s poll victory was retweeted over 70,000 times, a record for any Indian Twitter post. Selfie CzarNaMo courted controversy with his post-voting selfie, but redeemed himself by clicking a picture with his mother after his,King of the Social NetworkMessage maniaModi has over four million followers. His tweet posted after BJP’s poll victory was retweeted over 70,000 times, a record for any Indian Twitter post.Selfie CzarNaMo courted controversy with his post-voting selfie, but redeemed himself by clicking a picture with his mother after his poll victory.Here’s what makes Narendra Modi the most social media-savvy Indian leaderVictory Wall Modi’s website has a wall where any message with the hashtag #CongratsNaMo will be preserved forever.Facebook Fan clubWith over 15 million likes on his page, each of Modi’s posts gets a minimum of 100,000 likes.Social media’s reactions to the election resultsTop topics of discussion on TwitterNarendra Modi 722,910*BJP 322,596AAP 118,717Rahul Gandhi 47,054Varanasi 21,018From the first day of polling till now, Facebook ‘likes’ for leaders have increased. These are the top 5 politicos. Narendra Modi*Then 12,464,583Now 14,316,374Arvind KejriwalThen 5,024,162Now 5,434,351Kumar VishwasThen 2,060,566Now 2,152,542Vasundhara RajeThen 1,868,237Now 2,089,666Rajnath SinghThen 1,348,035Now 1,594,507Wurst of Both Worlds Conchita Wurst inspired the Web world with her confidence after winning the Eurovision Song Contest in a beard. Sporting high heels and butterfly eyelashes, the transgender became Austria’s first Eurovision winner since 1966.Parody PowerThe hashtag #RushdieExplainsIndia became one of Twitter’s trending topics on May 18. It now has its own account @RushdieExplains, featuring parody tweets that poke fun at the author’s tendency to drop names of celebrities in his tweets. Here’s an example: “It really was you Salman,” said Tina Brown about the Congress rout, “you wrote the Nehru-Gandhis into oblivion.”Save the Girlsadvertisement#BringBackOurGirls is a campaign started by Nigerian lawyer Ibrahim M. Abdullahi after militant organisation Boko Haram kidnapped 300 schoolgirls on April 14. The hashtag gained popularity after US First Lady Michelle Obama posted a photo in its support on Instagram.Top of the LotMaleficent Free Fall is Disney’s latest mobile game based on the forthcoming film Maleficent .Nuzzel is a social news service that recommends articles based on what your social media connections are reading and sharing.Dad’s Not the WayDad’s Not the Way A Delhi student, Prateek Verma, got beaten up by his father for playing a prank, announcing that his girlfriend is pregnant. The father stopped only when the teen told him that it was a prank and they were on camera. The video has got over a million views on YouTube.last_img read more

Pochettino Spurs needs to be more consistent for title bid

first_imgTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino believes consistency is key if they are to mount a challenge for the Premier League titleFollowing Sunday’s 6-2 thrashing of Everton, Spurs are now just two points shy of second-placed Manchester City with leaders Liverpool a further four points ahead.Pochettino’s side have won seven of their last eight league games and will be keen to extend that run in today’s showdown against Bournemouth.But Pochettino admits they must keep up this form for the second half of the season in order to challenge for top spot.“Two seasons ago when we were fighting with Leicester we went to the end but the gap was so big” said Pochettino, according to Belfast Telegraph.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“Now we are close but we need to be cautious, go step-by-step, game-by-game.“We need to be conscious about that, we need to fight a lot, and there is still a long way for work and to be consistent.“Being involved in four competitions will be tough but are going to try.”The Spurs-Bournemouth game will begin at 16:00 (CET) at Wembley.last_img read more