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first_imgFans make their way through some snow to Lambeau Field before an NFL football game between the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)The black and gold find themselves mathematically alive for a wild card but need a ton of help in order for that reality to occur. In addition, they must win their final two games of the year, starting this week in Green Bay.The Packers will again be without Aaron Rodgers but they aren’t without weapons that the Steelers will need to stop. Big Ben has never played at Lambeu Field and has stated his looking forward to doing so and taking in the nostalgia.  Hopefully he can help in making a memory that will last forever for the Steelers.Green Bay Packers’ Andrew Quarless (81) celebrates his touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Here are the Keys to A Steelers Victory:1. They must run the football effectively. They have to try to control the clock and keep it away from the Packers offense.2. Creating turnovers is absolutely necessary. The defense must assist in setting up the offense with shorter fields.3. The Packers are going to key their defense on stopping Antonio Brown so Emmanuel Sanders, Heath Miller and Jerricho Cotchery need to pick up the slack and make impact plays down the field and in the red zone.4. Jason Worilds and Lawrence Timmons need to lead the way on defense. They are the two biggest impact players the team has on defense and they must get to Matt Flynn as well as stop Edy Lacy.Here are a Few Things to Watch:1. Eddie Lacy vs. LeVeon Bell-Mike Tomlin stated this week that it was a no brainer for the Steelers to draft Bell over Lacy. Let’s see who shows the other one up this week.2. Brett Keisel-The Diesel is coming back this week and is most likely playing in his 2nd to last game. How will he respond to being off for an extended period of time and how impactful will he be?3. Let’s see how the team responds this week after a big win vs. the Bengals. They looked great a week ago but as we’ve seen all year, they are an inconsistent bunch and it’s always a 50/50 shot on who will show up.4. The team rookies-Jarvis Jones, LeVeon Bell, Vince Williams to name a few. How will they play, how much will they play, when will they play and can they prove they were worth their draft picks? Now’s the time to see what these guys have.Mike Pelaia hosts the website Steel Nation Association www.steelnationassociation.com- Covering the Steelers and helping Children’s Hospital All Day Everyday. You can e-mail him at [email protected]last_img read more

first_imgAnybody who thinks the hard sciences give us confidence in the real world should read this.Quantum physics was already weird, but not this weird. Nature says it has reached “a whole new level of weirdness.” The leading theory of reality contradicts itself. This is not good. For a field boasting itself as “hard science,” it’s like claiming a firm grasp on reality, opening one’s hand, and seeing nothing there.Physicists in the Cat BoxThe problem, according to writer Davide Castelvecchi, begins with Erwin Schrödinger’s famous theoretical cat.In the world’s most famous thought experiment, physicist Erwin Schrödinger described how a cat in a box could be in an uncertain predicament. The peculiar rules of quantum theory meant that it could be both dead and alive, until the box was opened and the cat’s state measured. Now, two physicists have devised a modern version of the paradox by replacing the cat with a physicist doing experiments — with shocking implications.Quantum theory has a long history of thought experiments, and in most cases these are used to point to weaknesses in various interpretations of quantum mechanics. But the latest version, which involves multiple players, is unusual: it shows that if the standard interpretation of quantum mechanics is correct, then different experimenters can reach opposite conclusions about what the physicist in the box has measured. This means that quantum theory contradicts itself.A theory that contradicts itself cannot logically be true. This is not the same problem as complementarity, such as claiming that light is both a wave and a particle. It is not the same problem as uncertainty, such as claiming that we cannot simultaneously know a particle’s position and momentum. Contradiction is a far deeper problem: it means what you believe cannot be true. Has the most widely accepted interpretation of quantum physics—the Copenhagen Interpretation—reached this hopeless state?The Copenhagen interpretation left open the question of why different rules should apply to the quantum world of the atom and the classical world of laboratory measurements (and of everyday experience). But it was also reassuring: although quantum objects live in uncertain states, experimental observation happens in the classical realm and gives unambiguous results.Now, Frauchiger and Renner are shaking physicists out of this comforting position. Their theoretical reasoning says that the basic Copenhagen picture — as well as other interpretations that share some of its basic assumptions — is not internally consistent.The “shocking implications” come from more creative versions of Schrödinger’s cat involving multiple physicists inside the box flipping coins, and multiple observers. Using the Copenhagen interpretation, two observers could be able to arrive at absolute certainty about opposite results. The reactions of ‘hard science’ physicists to this development are quite revealing:Physicists are still coming to terms with the implications of the result. It has triggered heated responses from experts in the foundations of quantum theory, many of whom tend to be protective of their pet interpretation. “Some get emotional,” Renner says. And different researchers tend to draw different conclusions. “Most people claim that the experiment shows that their interpretation is the only one that is correct.”One physicist commented, “I don’t think we’ve made sense of this.”Demon in the Maxwell BoxAnother famous thought experiment is “Maxwell’s Demon.” Around 1870, James Clerk Maxwell proposed a situation that could contradict the Second Law of Thermodynamics, which most physicists feel is one of the best-attested laws in all physics. Physics students know that atoms in a gas come to thermal equilibrium if mixed; the hot atoms never spontaneously gather to one side of a room. If an imaginary person or machine (the demon) could select atoms passing through a barrier, though, it could theoretically sort all the cold atoms on one side and the hot ones on another, providing free energy to drive a heat engine – reducing entropy and thus violating the Second Law.James Clerk Maxwell (1831-1879). Click for bio.Occasionally the science literature brings up Maxwell’s Demon for discussion. This month in Nature, four physicists proposed “Sorting ultracold atoms in a three-dimensional optical lattice in a realization of Maxwell’s demon.” Penn State imagines this as a possible way to build a quantum computer. As most physicists explain, though, the Second Law is not violated in any case, because the entropy of the demon’s work and memory storage would more than compensate for the reduced entropy of the gas. That may not be the case near absolute zero, however:“Later work has shown that the demon doesn’t actually violate the second law and subsequently there have been many attempts to devise experimental systems that behave like the demon,” said Weiss. “There have been some successes at very small scales, but we’ve created a system in which we can manipulate a large number of atoms, organizing them in a way that reduces the system’s entropy, just like the demon.”….“Because the atoms are cooled to almost as low a temperature as possible, the entropy of the system is almost entirely defined by the random configuration of the atoms within the lattice,” said Weiss. “In systems where the atoms are not super-cooled, the vibration of the atoms makes up the majority of the system’s entropy. In such a system, organizing the atoms does little to change the entropy, but in our experiment, we show that organizing the atoms lowers the entropy within the system by a factor of about 2.4.”Whether this configuration actually is the “first, to our knowledge, to capture the full essence of Maxwell’s demon on a large array of particles,” remains to be seen, since the qualifier, “to our knowledge,” is an expression fraught with the lack of omniscience.Through Two Doors at OnceFor another case of physicists living with contradiction, read Melanie Frappier’s book review in Science, “Understanding the Double Slit.” She reviews the famous physics lab experiment that seemed to show photons (thought to be particles) going through two slits simultaneously, forming a diffraction pattern on a screen that would be expected from a wave train. Richard Feynman considered this the “one and only mystery” of quantum physics. A new book by Anil Ananthaswamy, Through Two Doors at Once, recounts the history of this phenomenon, first a thought experiment later confirmed in the lab. Is light a wave or a particle? “Yes,” the answer seems to be. Physicists must embrace contradictory explanations.Ananthaswamy carefully guards himself from offering any guiding principle that might help us decide which explanation is the best one. There is, he explains, no such thing as the “right” interpretation in good science. This does not mean, however, that we have to be mere instrumentalists and reject interpretations as misguiding fantasies. We have another, better option: We can decide to embrace the diversity of interpretations at our disposal because despite their respective flaws, each likely holds the key to at least one essential aspect of quantum behavior.The Reality of UnrealityTo round out this look at physicists’ firm grasp on unreality, consider that astronomers are still looking for the universe. All they see, according to their favorite theories, is just a small fraction of it. According to Phys.org, physicists at Virginia Tech are making “Large-scale simulations [that] could shed light on the ‘dark’ elements that make up most of our cosmos” – i.e., the “so-called dark matter” and “the even more mysterious ‘dark energy’ thought to be speeding up the universe’s expansion…” Together (according to theory), these unknowns make up 96% of the universe, meaning that hard science only has a grip on 4% of observable reality.Much of even visible reality remains to be explained. Live Science reported on fast radio bursts (FRBs). “Mysterious Light Flashes Discovered in Deep Space,” Mike Wall writes, “But What Created Them?” After discussing several observations of “one of the most tantalizing mysteries in astronomy,” he refreshingly admits, “we still don’t know what FRBs are.” Some are even suggesting they might be intelligent signals from extraterrestrial beings. In fact, the Breakthrough Listen Project, funded by 100 million dollars from Russian billionaire Yuri Milner (22 July 2015), is actively involved in trying to explain them. So far they cannot rule out intelligence.Hard Science Mysteries“Ten Mysteries of the Universe” listed by New Scientist look pretty major. These are scientific questions hard science has been unable to answer so far.How did it all begin?What came before the big bang?How will it all end?Is earth in a special place?What makes monster stars?What is dark matter?Is our solar system normal?What makes supermassive black holes?Is there life out there?Why does anything exist at all?Looking over this list, one could wonder, ‘Just what parts of reality does hard science have a grasp on at all?’If the “hard sciences” cannot get a grip on reality within labs where observations are testable and repeatable, how is soft science—like political science, psychology or biological evolution—supposed to give anyone confidence in its mushier claims?Secondly, if scientists can seriously entertain intelligent causes for signals in space, from beings they cannot even describe or imagine except from their intentions, why do they refuse to use the exact same reasoning about signals in biology? The purposeful nature of the DNA code makes an even stronger design inference than unknown bursts from distant galaxies. Only worldview bias prevents hard-nosed materialists from following that evidence where it leads.(Visited 607 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

first_imgA second successive honor for Ronaldo was expected after a season in which the Portuguese eclipsed his award counterparts in the trophy stakes.As well as Spanish league and Spanish Super Cup success, Ronaldo scored twice in the Champions League final against Juventus to win European soccer’s elite competition for the third time in four seasons.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutRonaldo’s coach at Madrid, Zinedine Zidane, was crowned coach of the year.FIFA has shifted its award ceremony from its usual January slot to October so players are judged across a season — based on the typical European schedule — rather than the calendar year. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Metta World Peace joins Lakers’ G League team as assistant coach Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games The women’s award honored the Netherlands’ success at the European Championship in August. Lieke Martens, who scored in the final win over Denmark, won the player’s award and Sarina Wiegman collected the coaching accolade.The Puskas Award for best goal went to Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud for a scorpion-style kick. The Puskas Award-winning goal from an overhead back-heeled strike came on New Year’s Day in Arsenal’s 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace in the English Premier League. MOST READ Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPAcenter_img View comments LATEST STORIES Read Next Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Portuguese soccer player Christiano Ronaldo, second from right, and son Cristiano Ronaldo Jr., right, sit beside Argentinian soccer player Lionel Messi, left, and wife Antonella during the The Best FIFA 2017 Awards at the Palladium Theatre in London, Monday, Oct. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)LONDON — Cristiano Ronaldo has caught up with Lionel Messi to become a five-time winner of FIFA’s best player award.The Real Madrid forward was crowned player of the year on Monday at the FIFA Best ceremony at the London Palladium theater attended by runner-up Messi and third-placed Neymar.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more

first_imgMan Utd, Real Madrid target Eder Militao favours England optionby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePorto defender Eder Militao is keen on a move to England.Militao is a target for Real Madrid president Florentino Perez this month.However, UOL Esporte says Militao favours a move to England.The Porto defender has been linked with Real Madrid in recent weeks with Militao looking set to depart at the end of the campaign.Everton, Liverpool and Manchester United are all credited with interest from England in the 20-year-old, who has a release clause of £45m. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgEDMONTON – Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says she will go up against controversial anti-pipeline activist Tzeporah Berman in duelling speeches next month.Notley says she needs to go, in her words, “to counter misinformation and ensure that the whole story is told.”Notley and Berman will not go head to head but will speak at different times on Oct. 13 at an Alberta Teachers’ Association convention near Edmonton.Berman has been an outspoken critic of the oilsands and the oil and gas sector, and became a political lightning rod after joining a provincial oilsands advisory group early in Notley’s mandate.Berman has not been on that committee for over a year, but the opposition United Conservatives continue to remind Albertans of her involvement and the symbolism of anti-energy activists helping steer government policy.Notley, heading into an election next spring, dismissed suggestions that the speeches have a political dimension, and says she doesn’t view Berman as a political albatross that her NDP must find a way to shrug off.last_img read more

first_imgIn celebration of Mother’s Day, hundreds of corporate and community leaders, celebrities, experts, and every day moms and dads gathered at the New York Times Center to kick off the Global Mom’s Relay with the fourth annual Moms +SocialGood event on May 5, 2016.This yearly, one-of-a-kind event celebrates the power of moms and families, as well as the role of social media in improving the quality of life for children across the globe.The theme for this year’s Moms +SocialGood event – “What do you wish were true for every child, everywhere” – brought to light some challenges faced by children and families with unmet needs, and the uniting desires to see children succeed and mothers be empowered.”Panels featuring experts and influential speakers such as Ambassador Samantha Power, Christy Turlington Burns, Amanda Peet, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, David Muir, Nigel Barker, Juju Chang, Thon Chol, Mari Malek, Lynda Lopez, Alaa Murabit, Dr. Richard Besser, and many more provided insight and guidance on how everyone can turn small actions into successful solutions for creating a better world and a brighter future.The Global Mom Relay, which takes place from May 4 – June 17 2016, is a charitable social media movement that raises funds for the improvement of children’s health and wellbeing through such non-profit organizations as Nothing But Nets, [email protected] Life, Girl Up, Peace Corps Let Girls Learn Fund, and U.S. Fund for UNICEF. The movement is driven by the publication of personal stories from community leaders, influencers and every day moms and dads.This movement allows women of all abilities to act as leaders within their communities. “When [women] feel there is a role to play and an opportunity to engage, there are no limitations,” said Christy Turlington Burns, founder of Every Mother Counts.All women are encouraged to participate through social media sharing and buzz generation using the hashtag #GlobalMomsRelay and #JNJ. Sharing and engagements directly result in charitable donations, giving everyone the opportunity to change lives and support families lives one social media post at a time.last_img read more

first_imgCALGARY – Alberta’s Crown-owned bank is forecasting moderate economic growth this year, but no big drop in the province’s jobless rate.ATB Financial is projecting GDP will increase by 2.8 per cent.Chief Economist Todd Hirsch says that is better than the recession years of 2015 and 2016, but not as strong as 2013 and 2014 before the economic downturn.Hirsch says the unemployment rate is expected to come down gradually from 7.9 per cent to about 6.8 per cent.He says U.S. oil prices have strengthened, but Alberta isn’t benefiting because there isn’t enough pipeline capacity to get the province’s heavier crude to markets.ATB says non-energy industries such as agriculture, tourism and technology are expected to perform well this year.Housing prices are projected to improve, but housing starts will remain the same or decrease slightly.“We’re expecting 2018 to be okay for the housing market, probably some modest price increases as some optimism comes back,” he said Thursday.“However, pulling against that is changes in the mortgage lending. That is going to restrict some buyers from getting into the market or it’s going to force them to look at lower priced properties.” (CTV Calgary)last_img read more

first_imgLondon: Soaked by the rain swirling around Arsenal’s stadium, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer watched helplessly as his dream Premier League start as Manchester United manager was brought to a halt. After 12 unbeaten matches across three months since Jose Mourinho’s firing, United finally lost in the league under the interim manager on Sunday. Granit Xhaka’s swerving potentially wind-assisted strike flew past goalkeeper David De Gea in the first half. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang netted a second-half penalty to give Arsenal a 2-0 victory after Alexandre Lacazette was bundled over in the penalty area by Fred. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football together”You have to be disappointed with the result,” said Solskjaer, who had 10 wins and two draws in the league. “But the performance, as you say, was a good one.” Arsenal and United were once slugging it out for the title in the era of Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger. Now they are in a chase for fourth place. Arsenal displaced United in the final Champions League qualification spot, sitting two points in front. The title challenge is down to two teams, and Liverpool trimmed Manchester City’s lead back to a point after coming from behind to beat Burnley 4-2. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenChelsea, which won the title two years ago, remains down in sixth place after behind held 1-1 by Wolverhampton but is only one point behind United. “I don’t think nerves go into it yet. Spurs lose (at Southampton on Saturday), we lose, Chelsea draw,” Solskjaer said. “It is going to be down to the wire. Down to the last few games. Definitely. We’ve given ourselves a great chance to be in that fight.” United has displayed its perseverance already in the last week, scoring a stoppage-time goal at Paris Saint-Germain to advance to the Champions League quarterfinals. “It was maybe backlash from Wednesday night,” Solskjaer said of the loss at Arsenal. It was a day of flashpoints of fan unruliness in English soccer with two fans arrested in high-profile incidents. In the second-tier League Championship, Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish was punched by a fan who ran onto the field at Birmingham City. Grealish went on to score in the 1-0 derby win for Villa. A supporter also managed to invade the Emirates Stadium pitch after Aubameyang scored, pushing United defender Chris Smalling in an attempt to join the celebrations before being stopped by stadium security.last_img read more

first_imgBhopal: The BJP in Madhya Pradesh Monday said the Kamal Nath-led Congress government in the state should prove majority in the Assembly. Leader of Opposition in Assembly Gopal Bhargava said his party will ask Governor Anandiben Patel to convene a special session of the state Assembly “to discuss important issues and test the Congress governments strength”. I am writing a letter to the Governor for convening a special session of MP Assembly shortly. We want discussion important issues like the farm loan waiver and (to) test the government strength, Bhargava said. Meanwhile, Madhya Pradesh CM Kamal Nath said that his government is ready for an assembly floor test.last_img read more

The Pistons Might Actually Be Good

Heading into the weekend, the young NBA season’s three most impressive overachievers were the Orlando Magic, the Indiana Pacers and the Detroit Pistons, each of whom were on track for winning records despite what were projected to be a trio of losing seasons. Hot starts can fade fast, though: The Magic and Pacers have gone a combined 0-4 since Friday, losing by a total of 56 points as Orlando’s shooting went cold and Indy’s defense collapsed.Detroit, however, has kept on winning. After handling the Bucks and Kings at home (not to mention managing a road win over the Warriors two Sundays ago), the Pistons are now 7-3 on the season, good for second-best in the East — and there’s evidence they might have done it despite being slightly unlucky along the way. Is it possible that Stan Van Gundy’s shambolic plan is finally coming together?The 2016-17 Pistons were a solid defensive team in desperate need of some spark at the other end of the floor. Whatever offensive promise Andre Drummond (ostensibly the team’s star, and certainly its highest-paid player) flashed early in his career seemed to have been a mirage; the attack sputtered to a halt whenever high-usage point guard Reggie Jackson set foot on the court; and the team generally hoisted way too many inefficient shots and not enough 3s. Detroit needed an offensive resurgence if it hoped to achieve its second winning season in the last decade, though it wasn’t clear where that breakthrough was going to come from.The Pistons did some offseason rearranging, like any team. They let Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Aron Baynes walk in free agency, traded midrange scorer Marcus Morris to Boston for Avery Bradley, signed Anthony Tolliver and Langston Galloway, and drafted Duke’s Luke Kennard with the 12th overall pick. Jackson was going to be healthy again, and former No. 8 overall pick Stanley Johnson would have another year of much-needed development under his belt. But this was far from a total teardown; Detroit’s existing talent would also need to play much better in order to keep Van Gundy’s coach/exec seat from spontaneously combusting.And so far, the talent has delivered. Drummond has been one of the most improved players in the league this season, upping his true shooting percentage, assist rate, rebound rate and Box Plus/Minus at both ends of the floor. He’s back to taking 68 percent of his shots within 3 feet of the rim (last year that number had dipped to a career-low 49 percent), wreaking more havoc on putbacks and basket cuts instead of reprising the plodding, inefficient, post-heavy offensive role he played last year.And although it’s unrealistic to expect Drummond to keep hitting 75 percent from the free-throw line (considering he began the year with a 38.1 percent career rate), it’s likely that he has improved there to some extent — the odds of a “true” 38 percent shooter making 30 of his first 40 free throws are about 1 in 459,000. Maybe his new form at the line really is working.Drummond isn’t the only Piston holdover playing significantly better ball this year. Jackson has bounced back from his miserable 2016-17 with superior numbers nearly across the board, and his plus/minus impact finally befits a player of his salary and reputation. He and Ish Smith are at last the effective point guard platoon the team expected to get from them going into last season. Forward Tobias Harris has continued to refine his new-school spin on the classic Van Gundy stretch four. Meanwhile, Johnson has taken an encouraging leap forward from his first two NBA seasons, when he was one of the league’s worst regular players.1According to Box Plus/Minus. He still isn’t burning up the box score (averaging 8.5 points and 3.2 rebounds per game), but Johnson is at least making enough shots to space the floor and play his role with an acceptable level of efficiency.And as a whole, Detroit is playing a more efficient brand of basketball. A year ago, the Pistons took the league’s second-most midrange shots per game — trailing only the Carmelo Anthony-led Knicks — and the fifth-fewest 3-point shots per game. This season, they’re down to 18th in midrange tries per game and up to 17th in attempted 3s per game. After generating the worst shot quality in basketball last season (according to Second Spectrum), they’ve risen to 17th this year, while making just about as many shots as they deserve to have made. And on defense, Second Spectrum’s tracking data indicates that Detroit is forcing the third-most-difficult set of shots in the league — and that the Pistons’ 14th-place defensive ranking is mainly a result of opponents hitting more shots than they should have (no team in the league has been unluckier in this respect), a trend that ought to reverse itself as the season goes on.Given all that, these Pistons might have the most staying power of any early surprise team. Ten games in is still pretty early in the season, but we learn a lot about basketball teams in a short amount of time. Since the league last expanded in 2004, teams that start the season 7-3 tend to go on to win about 50 times per 82 games. And even those who finished below .500 the previous year — like Detroit did last season — ended up winning roughly 45 games on average.Although the East is apparently in flux, it’s still probably premature to suggest the Pistons are poised to make a deep playoff run this season. But for a franchise that has made the playoffs just once in the last eight seasons, even a return to the postseason would represent a successful campaign. And based on the way these Pistons have started off, they’re well on their way. read more