first_img“We will either settle down as a species or completely wreck the planet.”That grim prognostication from esteemed biologist and longtime Harvard professor Edward O. Wilson kicked off his assessment of the problems and possible solutions facing humanity and the many species with which we share planet Earth.Wilson described several problems that collectively result in extinction rates today that are 1,000 times the natural background rate. Overpopulation, overharvesting, habitat destruction, invasive species, and pollution are all taking their toll. With human populations continuing to climb, pressures promise to increase. At the root of those problems is our inability to master our own urges and moderate our grasping for the resources of the natural world. Wilson said humanity is ruled by Paleolithic emotions, is guided by medieval institutions, and is wielding godlike power over the natural world, which he termed a dangerous combination.“The radical reduction in the world’s biodiversity is a folly our descendants will never forgive us for,” Wilson said.Wilson spoke Monday evening (April 5) in Sanders Theatre in the first of three John M. Prather Lectures in Biology, “Biodiversity and the Future of Biology.” The lectures are sponsored by the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology. Delivered on consecutive days, they are the most distinguished lectures at Harvard in the biological sciences. The final two are at 4 p.m. in the Science Center and will address “The Superorganism” and “Consilience.”With climate change pointing so much scientific attention toward the planet’s physical world, Wilson cautioned it’s important that the biological world and biodiversity not be forgotten.It’s striking, he said, just how little is actually known about life on Earth. He directed students in the audience toward mycology, the study of fungi, as a field in which they’d be able to make great progress, since so little is known. The world’s roughly 60,000 known fungal species are just a fraction of the estimated 1.5 million. Similarly, he described the study of microscopic life as a veritable “black hole” because so little is known.Life exists from the deepest oceanic depths to the highest mountains, in superheated water from undersea vents and in corrosive runoff from abandoned mines. Life is possible wherever there is water, he said, and so could exist in the buried frosts of Mars, in the suspected oceans of Jupiter’s moon Europa, and on Saturn’s moon Enceladus.Wilson highlighted several efforts to promote biodiversity and knowledge of life on Earth, including the online Encyclopedia of Life, which seeks to document life in a way accessible to all, and a new online library that seeks to make accessible biodiversity-related works in several major libraries.Wilson said he believes that the 21st century will be known as the Century of the Environment and that, despite the ongoing destruction, many people are working to preserve the world’s biodiversity.He promoted a plan to use just one-thousandth of the gross domestic product of all nations to conserve global biodiversity hotspots and large chunks of rainforest. That one-time payment would save half the planet’s species, he suggested.“This is a problem that can be solved,” Wilson said.last_img read more

first_imgQuentin Hillsman didn’t need to think twice. After watching his team have one of its best all-around offensive games, crash the boards and buckle down defensively, Hillsman could confidently say it was likely the best Syracuse has played all season.‘We played a very good basketball game,’ Hillsman said in a phone interview after the game. ‘We just wanted to come out and be physical, and be aggressive in the paint and do the things we do, which is rebound the basketball and score points in the paint. We did a very good job of that.’In the type of shooting performance the Orange (10-4, 0-1 Big East) has been looking for all season, SU thrashed Niagara 81-30 Thursday night in front of 764 inside the Carrier Dome. The Orange scored 53 points in the first half, the most it has scored in a half all season. Syracuse shot 25-of-58 (43.1 percent) from the field, and outrebounded the Purple Eagles 54-30. While the Orange found its shooting stroke, Niagara (3-9) struggled mightily on offense, and finished the game having shot a meager 12-of-59 (20 percent).The 51-point victory was the largest margin of victory for SU since its 90-31 rout of Bryant last season.Center Kayla Alexander dominated the low post for Syracuse, scoring 20 points while also grabbing 12 rebounds, taking advantage of her four-inch height advantage over Purple Eagles center Val McQuade.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHillsman credited Alexander’s quickness in the low post with her strong performance, and said her ability to elude the Niagara defense going to the hoop helped her take over.‘They did a very good job of pushing off the block,’ Hillsman said. ‘She did a very good job of catching, and then turning around and making very solid moves.’Niagara jumped out to an early 3-2 lead after a 3-pointer from McQuade, but SU then went on a 16-0 run to go up 18-3, and the Purple Eagles never got close for the rest of the game.After struggling to find an alternative way to score other than relying on Alexander all season, SU finally shot well from beyond the arc, draining 3-of-5 3-pointers. Guards Carmen Tyson-Thomas, Rachel Coffey and La’Shay Taft each had one apiece.Tyson-Thomas finished the game with 15 points, and had 13 rebounds to notch her 12th double-double of her career and third this season.‘That was one of the things, we wanted to shoot a good percentage from the field and we wanted to take care of the basketball,’ Hillsman said. ‘Our goal with turnovers, we missed it by a couple, but we still did a very good job.’The Orange finished with 17 turnovers, one of its best games it has had in that category in its 14 games this year.Defensively, Syracuse managed to get 15 steals and nine blocks. All told, Syracuse dominated both ends of the floor in the type of game Hillsman and the Orange have been looking to put together all year.‘You want to play well, and we definitely played very, very well tonight,’ Hillsman said. ‘We’re playing good basketball going into Big East, and we’ll look to continue that on New Year’s Eve.’SU has one more game before it returns to conference play, when the level of competition will increase significantly. For now, though, Hillsman said his team’s confidence is increasing with seemingly every win.And in playing at home for the first time in 19 days, the Orange finally had a superlative win.‘It’s very good to get back home. We do well here. We had a very good crowd here. It was good to get home. I was very pleased with the support from the crowd, and I hope we can get the same thing on New Year’s Eve.’[email protected]  Published on December 29, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Chris: [email protected] | @chris_iseman Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 28, 2014 at 11:14 pm Contact Jesse: [email protected] | @dougherty_jesse Chris McCullough caught the ball in the short corner and the game seemed to slow down.Rakeem Christmas called for the ball in the post, Trevor Cooney waved his arms across the court and Holy Cross forward Malcolm Miller shyly shuffled out to meet Syracuse’s 6-foot-10 freshman forward.With his teammates wanting the ball and his team clinging to an 11-point lead with just over 11 minutes, McCullough pumped once before rising up and sinking a mid-range jumper in Miller’s face.The make gave him his 13th and 14th points — his last of the night — and the Orange (5-1) went on to beat the Crusaders (3-1), 72-48, in the Carrier Dome on Friday night. But while McCullough finished in double-figures for the sixth time in as many college games and went for his second double-double of the season with 13 rebounds, SU head coach Jim Boeheim redirected the attention to a ESPN article published on Wednesday by Chad Ford, which said McCullough was recently pegged as an NBA lottery pick by a group of pro scouts.“You keep looking at what Chris Ford says, he’s a really smart guy, he knows exactly who’s going to get drafted,” Boeheim said of Chad Ford after the win. “I talked to 10 pro scouts, not one of them thought that Chris McCullough was a first-round pick.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“So who (Ford)’s talking to, I have no idea. And when you print that stuff, people read that, parents read that … ‘He’s in the Top 10 in the draft board, that’s why he’s going to go.’ On whose draft board? ESPN? They don’t have a team. They do not have a team.”After acknowledging McCullough’s mid-range ability, Boeheim touched on the negatives of his performance against Holy Cross.Boeheim said that McCullough gave up 15 points, on his own, as the Crusaders climbed back into the game in the second half. McCullough agreed with his head coach, saying he gave up too many shots in the corner while playing the wing of Boeheim’s 2-3 zone.McCullough’s teammates praised the forward’s ability to stretch the floor, which helped compensate for an 0-for-14 performance from 3-point range. By establishing his mid-range jumper, McCullough helped senior Rakeem Christmas to a career-high 25 points in the low post.Together, they shot 15-for-21 for 39 points, collected 25 rebounds and blocked five shots. But as far as recognizing the performance as a hint to McCullough’s draft stock, Boeheim pointed to the opponent McCullough splurged against.“‘I’m 6-10 I’m playing against 6-3 guys, I should be able to get 14 points. I think that should be something I can accomplish,’” said Boeheim, talking as if he were McCullough. “Maybe I couldn’t now, I’d probably only get 10. Just let the kids play. Let them play, will you? If there’s any voracity in anything that those people say, it would be different.”McCullough didn’t make much of Boeheim’s comments or the Ford article. He said he received a text message telling him he was being called a lottery pick, but mostly brushed it off before turning in what was arguably his most well-rounded offensive performance of the season.“I’m not paying attention to it,” McCullough said. “I’m not worried about nothing like that right now.”After beating Holy Cross, Boeheim couldn’t say the same. Commentslast_img read more

first_imgMARCH MADNESS: Interactive and printable bracketsThe most eye-popping stat2: Wisconsin’s Ethan Happ is one of two players in the NCAA tournament to record more than one triple-double in 2018-19. The only other player to do so was Murray State’s Ja Morant. Happ, a 6-10 forward, is averaging 17.5 points, 10.1 rebounds and 4.6 assists this season. He could be poised for some big numbers if his team continues to lean on his production.The most overrated seedNo. 6. Villanova: The Wildcats finished the season 25-9 and ranked 25th in the country by the Associated Press. Villanova was a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament last year and beat Michigan in the championship. But it lost five games to opponents that finished outside of the top 25 in 2018-19. The Wildcats may have secured a Big East title in 2019, but they narrowly edged No. 10 Seton Hall. Villanova has been inconsistent this season, and it could be challenged in the first round by No. 11 St. Mary’s.MORE REGION PREVIEWS: East | West | MidwestThe most dangerous sleeperNo. 5 Wisconsin: Ranking fifth in a region wouldn’t make most consider a team to be a sleeper. But the Badgers are just that. Wisconsin hung close with tough opponents all season. It has already gotten a taste of Virginia, losing to the Cavaliers by seven in Charlottesville, which is no small feat. Forward Ethan Happ is one of the best bigs in the country, so solid performances from him could help the Badgers make an unexpected run in March.The first-round upset alertNo. 13 UC Irvine: The Anteaters’ 30-5 record is nothing to scoff at. UC Irvine routinely handled the Big West Conference this season. While it will face No. 4 Kansas State in the first round, the Wildcats could be without their centerpiece Dean Wade, who is recovering from a lingering right foot injury. The Anteaters are one of the better rebounding teams in the country, and Wade is Kansas State’s top rebounder.SN’S MARCH MADNESS HQ:Predictor tool | Best bracket names | TicketsThe Final Four pickNo. 1 Virginia: The Cavaliers are far and away the best all-around team in the South region. They have two of college basketball’s best guards in Ty Jerome and Kyle Guy, a projected 2019 lottery pick in De’Andre Hunter, an elite team defense and efficiency from 3-point range. Barring any total meltdowns or serious injuries, Virginia should come out of this group to reach the Final Four. March Madness features from Sporting News”40 Minutes of Hell” to Hog Heaven :  Nolan Richardson’s 1993-94 Arkansas team will go down as one of the most fun SEC title-winning teams of all time. It was something he built, one minute at a time.A barrier-breaking title : The 1961-62 Cincinnati Bearcats made history when they started four black players in their NCAA title game win over Ohio State. We remember the importance of that groundbreaking win.An Oral History of Steph Curry’s 2008 Breakout : In 2008, a little-known, baby-faced guard from Davidson completely took over the NCAA Tournament.Upset City : Reliving the wildest opening venue in NCAA Tournament history.The Fagan Jinx : They’re not just upset “alerts” when Sporting News’ Ryan Fagan is in attendance. Recapping the many improbable upsets Fagan has been on hand to witness. More than a timeout : The 1993 NCAA Tournament is more than Chris Webber’s ill-fated timeout in the national championship game against UNC. Danny and the Miracles : Recalling Kansas’ improbable 1988 title run.Chalmers’ shot still resonates : Mario Chalmers never gets tired talking about his 3-pointer against Memphis in 2008.DeCourcy’s best of 30 years : Sporting News’ Mike DeCourcy ranks the best games he has witnessed from 30 years’ worth of NCAA Tournament coverage. The thrill of victory… : Sporting News staff recall their favorite memories of the NCAA Tournament.  Virginia has secured a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament. Despite losing to Florida State in the ACC Tournament semifinals, the Cavaliers managed to land the top spot in the South Region. Virginia is set to face No. 16 Gardner-Webb from the Big South Conference in the first round and might not be challenged until the Sweet 16.NCAA Bracket: South regionNo. 1 Virginia’s biggest threatNo. 2 Tennessee: The Volunteers were considered to be the top team in the nation for a time, but lost that distinction after Kentucky snapped their 19-game winning streak on Feb. 16. Tennessee secured quality wins against quality ranked opponents like Gonzaga. It also managed to beat Kentucky twice, but fell short to Auburn twice in its last four games. Its latest defeat was a 20-point loss to the Tigers in the SEC Tournament championship. Virginia and Tennessee did not meet during the regular season, but both play smart basketball and are top five in the country in assist-to-turnover ratio. The Volunteers are among the nation’s leaders in team field goal percentage (49.9), so the Cavaliers’ defensive prowess will need to be at its best if the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds face off. …And the agony of defeat : Sporting News staff recalls their most heartbreaking memories from the NCAA Tournament. Get your tissues ready.Top 80 upsets in March Madness history :  It’s not March Madness until there’s an upset. Ranking the best we ever saw:Best buzzer-beaters in NCAA Tournament history :  The defining shots of the NCAA Tournament, and the reason it’s dubbed “March Madness.”last_img read more

first_imgDwight Howard is reason why people should use contraceptives. It looks like the NBA star is trying to start another race all by himself.According to reports, the Houston Rockets center is expecting baby No 6 to his second baby’s mama, according to terezowens.com.If our calculations serve us correctly, that would come to six children with five different women.There are reports that Howard has as many eight children sprinkled across the country.I guess they don’t call Howard “Superman” for no reason.last_img read more