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first_imgJust like the NBA Finals, we can now consider the Warriors’ running feud with Drake to be all even after Sunday night.Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson dished out some trashtalk to the rapper in the hallway while waiting to congratulate their teammates following the Warriors’ 109-104 victory in Game 2 at Scotiabank Arena.KURTENBACH: Crucial split for limping Warriors Drake, who had rankled the Warriors with … Click here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.last_img read more

first_imgMany dinosaurs classed as different species are actually the same animal with different names, a publication of the Royal Society announced.  Read two news reports on this, however, and you will get two different opinions about how serious the problem is.    Rex Dalton in Nature News sounded the alarm: “One hundred and thirty-five years of questionable judgments, some driven by a lust for headlines, have left dinosaur nomenclature in disarray, according to two new studies.”  His article, “In search of Thingummyjigosaurus,” claims that nearly half the names given to dinosaurs have errors.  “The high error rate is not just a problem for fossil hunters; it is a warning that scientists should take extra precautions when identifying new species as they assess modern biodiversity, too, says [Michael] Benton.”  Benton [U of Bristol], author of one of the studies, said “It is a bit scary” to think that there are so many misnamed species.  16% of dinosaur names are duplicates, the study found, and another 32% have other classification problems.    The BBC News downplayed the seriousness of the problems.  It says most of the errors were made by self-promoting headline seekers in the early years of dinosaur hunting; “My research suggests we’re getting better at naming things; we’re being more critical; we’re using better material,” Benton told the BBC.  Another source of error has been the fragmentary nature of the evidence.  Paleontologists often have to classify a fossil based on just a hip or leg bone or vertebra.  In spite of these difficulties, “modern practice is now very good,” the BBC claimed.    Still, the BBC acknowledged that the ramifications of bad classification can be serious.  “There’s no point somebody such as myself doing big statistical analyses of numbers of dinosaur species through time – or indeed any other fossil group – if you can’t be confident that they really are genuinely different,” Benton told the BBC.  Accuracy is important for all biodiversity studies.  “People have also been looking at our current knowledge of mammals and insects and other animal groups and asking the simple question: are the species totals and lists we use for important conclusions – including to give political advice about endangered species – are they correct?” Benton asked.  “There’s been a big debate about vast extinctions among amphibians.  We have to know what the species are first, before we can talk about that.”This is the inverse of a long-lost cartoon.  A museum curator in Mexico shows a patron the skull of Montezuma.  Another smaller skull nearby prompts a question about whose it was.  “That,” the curator announces confidently, “is the skull of Montezuma as a little boy.”  There was a case of classifying two individuals as one man.  This is a case of classifying like objects as different species.  Think of the fun they could have with dogs and cats.    Classification is a human game.  Classification can have impact on human psyches and politics.  Remember that when you see a Thingummyjigosaurus in the museum, it might just be a Artifactofnomenclaturasaurus by another name.  But make no mistake.  That Bullfrogus headlineus in the path of construction is an endangered species.  Quick, pass a law!(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfacescenter_img Tags:#Chrome#Chromebook#Google#Mac#Windows dan lyons Two hundred bucks for a laptop with a 320GB hard drive and 100GB of free storage space on Google’s cloud sounds llke a steal. But will it be enough to get normal people to start using Chromebooks instead of traditional laptops? Google is hoping so.Monday morning, Google’s Chromebook team announced the Acer C7 Chromebook, a 3-pound notebook that is one inch thick and boasts an 11.6-inch high-resolution screen. The Chromebook runs Google’s Chrome OS and Chrome browser. It’s meant to be used online. You can get all the specs here.In the “good news, bad news” department, the C7 boots up in 20 seconds (good) but has only 3.5 hours (huh?) of battery life.The Acer unit comes on the heels of Samung’s $250 model announced last month: See Finally, A Properly Priced Google Chromebook. The Affordable, Connected ComputerThe notion of a lightweight computer that’s constantly connected to the Internet has long held appeal, in theory anyway. Others have tried it, including New Internet Computer (NIC), a startup funded by Larry Ellison and run by my pal Gina Smith more than a decade ago.But nobody has ever been able to make this idea work in real life. Customers just don’t seem to want these machines.Google positioned the original Chromebook as a low-cost and low-hassle solution for busineses. Why dish out big bucks for a bunch of Windows PCs or Macs, and then spend even more money paying techies to keep them updated, when you could just buy a low-cost Chromebook that had all its apps in the cloud and could keep itself up to date?Great pitch, but it didn’t work, partly because initial models were far too expensive. And partly because the hardware itself lacked polish. Many units went out with faulty trackpads, for example. All that improved somewhat this spring with the introduction of new Chromebooks and Chromeboxes – but even those machines got mixed reviews: See new Chromebook & Chromebox Are Good Enough To Grab Minds & Market Share and Why The New Chromebook Still Doesn’t Cut It.Aimed At Entry-Level ConsumersNow Google is focusing the new Chromebook as a machine for mom-and-pop home users who just want a simple way to get online, where “your stuff is always available and everything just works.” Google is touting a feature that lets you create multiple accounts so that mom, dad and kids can share a single machine. Will this thing take off? Is the world finally ready for a network-attached computer? For $200, it seems like a no-brainer.What do you think? Would you buy one of these? Let us know in the comments below.Image courtesy of Google.last_img read more

first_imgMOST READ View comments Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken In this photo taken Saturday, June 24, 2017, Decathlete Trey Hardee poses with the Sheppard sisters, Tai, 12, left, Brooke, 9, center and Rainn, 11, right, at the U.S. Track and Field Championships, in Sacramento, Calif. The once-homeless sisters were guests at the nationals over the weekend, meeting their idols and given the gold medal Justin Gatlin earned in the 100 meters. The Sheppard siblings rose to prominence in track and field, with their exploits bringing them medals, TV appearances and even a magazine cover. (AP Photo/Pat Graham)SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The three once-homeless sisters recited all the athletes they met at nationals and the souvenirs they received as they slurped shaved ice.Nine-year-old Brooke Sheppard got pointers from high jumper Vashti Cunningham . Rainn, 11, showed off the shirt she picked out at the merchandise tent. And 12-year-old Tai, well, her family’s story moved Justin Gatlin so much that he gave her the first-place medal he won in the 100 meters at the U.S. track and field championships.ADVERTISEMENT “She’s really tall and kind and talented,” Brooke said. “She jumped 6 feet, 6 inches.“One day, I’ll jump 6-6, too.”Many athletes stopped to pose for pictures with the sisters, including Olympic shot put gold medalist Michelle Carter and decathlete Trey Hardee, who showed them a picture of his new baby wearing the first-place medal he captured at nationals.“It’s been so fun,” Rainn said. “I learned new tips on how to think in my mind when I run.”They got into track around January 2015 when their baby sitter signed them up for a track meet that did not require any entry fees. Bell happened to be there looking for new talent. She had given her business cards to each of the girls separately with the instructions to have their mother call her or just show up to practice.“They came to practice together and I’m like, ’You three are sisters?’” Bell recounted. “That was a bonus, because I had three good athletes, from one family. That’s easy to hold on to. They just took off from there.”According to Bell, the Sheppard family had been homeless for around two years. They made an appearance on ABC’s “The View” in November, when co-host Whoopi Goldberg presented the family with $10,000, along with $40,000 to their track club.Handy took a job working in the financial department of a hospital in February, with the goal of going back to school in September.They moved into their new place on April 1. At first, the family had no furniture, so they slept on air mattresses.Entertainer Tyler Perry saw their story and pledged to help out. Bell said Perry had the family’s apartment redecorated, with the family surprised by the remodel on a recent episode of “The View.” Antetokounmpo reveals ambitious dream with Greece LATEST STORIES Being invited to nationals meant quite a bit to them. The sisters hope to come back again — as participants.“They’re there (in a few years) and they’re on the podium,” Bell said. “They have the talent. They have everything it takes.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire The siblings from New York City were guests of USA track and field after their rise to prominence in the sport, with their exploits bringing them medals, TV appearances and a magazine cover. It also helped get them something more — a home. They and their mom moved out of a homeless shelter and into a two-bedroom apartment in April.“A whole different world,” Brooke said, referring to all the paths that have opened up through track.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutFor a few days at nationals, they were treated like royalty. The sisters were accompanied by their coach Jean Bell, their “track mom,” since their actual mother, Tonia Handy, couldn’t make the trip because of work.“Their lives have changed so much,” said Bell, who helped develop the talent of the sisters through the Jeuness Track Club in Brooklyn. “Track keeps them focused and positive. They’re good at it. They’re really good at it.” Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ The trio earned medals at the AAU Junior Olympics in Houston last summer, with Rainn winning the 3,000 meters, Tai finishing runner-up in the 80-meter hurdles and Brooke taking second in the high jump. In December, the sisters appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated Kids .Gatlin was touched by all they’ve gone through.“I wanted them to take the medal as a symbol of believing in yourself,” Gatlin said. “People are going to say that you can’t or you’re too young or you don’t have the will to do so, but I wanted them to know they can do it. If they believe in themselves, they can do it. That’s what that medal meant to me.”With wide eyes, they went behind-the-scenes at nationals. They even presented medals — Brooke to the women’s high jumpers, Rainn to the women’s 1,500 winners and Tai to the 100-meter hurdlers.They socialized with 800-meter runner Ajee Wilson, along with sprinters Tori Bowie and Allyson Felix. They talked to Hall of Famer John Carlos and received gift bags containing Team USA running apparel and Nike shoes. Brooke also came away with a new appreciation for the high jump after chatting with Cunningham.ADVERTISEMENT What ‘missteps’?last_img read more

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena LATEST STORIES Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection Police: Venus Williams driving ‘lawfully’ at time of fatal crash Pachulia played for $2.9 million last season, willing to take a lower salary to be part of a team that would chase a championship — and he wound up with his first ring after 14 NBA seasons.Booed early on by the home crowd at Oracle Arena as he found his way with a new team, Pachulia eventually got comfortable with the Warriors and elevated his play.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsA native of the Republic of Georgia, Pachulia joins several familiar faces who have committed to the team.Most notably, two-time MVP Stephen Curry is receiving a record $201 million, five-year contract, while Finals MVP Kevin Durant reached agreement on a deal for approximately $53 million over two years. Fresh off his first career championship, KD is expected to decline the second year on his contract in order to sign a max contract next summer. Sacramento Kings forward DeMarcus Cousins, left, guards Golden State Warriors center Zaza Pachulia during the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. The Warriors won 117-106. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)OAKLAND, California — Center Zaza Pachulia has agreed to a $3.5 million, one-year contract to stay with the NBA champion Golden State Warriors, his agent, Mark Bartelstein, said Friday.Golden State’s starter in a three-center rotation last season, the 33-year-old Pachulia averaged 5.1 points and 3.8 rebounds in 14.1 minutes during the postseason, and scored in double digits four times.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Gameslast_img read more