A’s Matt Chapman and Matt Olson win second straight Rawlings Gold Glove Awards

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.The A’s had four Gold Glove Award finalists, two are winners.For a second straight year, both third baseman Matt Chapman and first baseman Matt Olson took home Rawlings Gold Glove Awards for the 2019 season, Rawlings Sports announced on Sunday afternoon on ESPN.Shortstop Marcus Semien was a finalist for a second year, but lost out to Cleveland Indians’ Francisco Lindor. Left fielder Robbie Grossman was named a …last_img read more

Mars Is Not a “Life-Friendly” Star Wars Planet

first_img(Visited 415 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 The new Mars InSight lander that launched this morning will be digging for geology, not life. Most likely, as before, it will find lifeless dirt and rock.In a pre-launch piece at the Los Angeles Times, Amina Khan speaks of the planet Mars with the suggestive phrase “life-friendly” twice: e.g.,Rovers, landers and orbiting spacecraft have found evidence of lakes, rivers, volcanoes and life-friendly chemical combinations on Mars. Seismology allows scientists to glimpse the internal machinations that led to those features.It takes a vivid imagination, though, to speak of a dry, dusty surface permeated with salts and toxic perchlorates as “life-friendly.” One cannot blame Khan alone for having an overactive imagination. NASA itself, perennially saturated with a hydrobioscopic view of the universe, justifies almost all of its Mars propaganda with the illogical syllogism that water implies life. Mars, however, is not much more habitable than Europa, Titan, Enceladus or its other favorite candidates for watery lagoons replete with evolved organisms.NASA PlanetQuest tweets the day before InSight launch.Another result of NASA’s “life-friendly” astrobiological perspective shows up in its support for the Star Wars cult. The NASA/JPL “PlanetQuest” Twitter account capitalized on “Star Wars Day” and the launch of the latest sequel, “Solo: A Star Wars Story” with a series of tweets comparing the film franchise’s fake planets with real exoplanets found by NASA’s Kepler mission.The Mars InSight mission overview page, however, does not mention life. It doesn’t even mention searching for water. The mission will be looking at raw geology:Previous missions to Mars have investigated the surface history of the Red Planet by examining features like canyons, volcanoes, rocks and soil. However, signatures of the planet’s formation can only be found by sensing and studying its “vital signs” far below the surface.In comparison to the other terrestrial planets, Mars is neither too big nor too small. This means that it preserves the record of its formation and can give us insight into how the terrestrial planets formed. It is the perfect laboratory from which to study the formation and evolution of rocky planets. Scientists know that Mars has low levels of geological activity. But a lander like InSight can also reveal just how active Mars really is.Here, “vital signs” and “evolution” refer to geological processes, not life. The primary instruments on InSight are a seismometer and a heat sensor that will be driven 5 meters down below the surface. It has no instruments to look for life.Do the NASA publicists at JPL feel a need to titillate the public with tweets about life, when the real mission scientists are more interested in geology? None of the spokespersons in Khan’s article talk about life, either. Khan must have just assumed that JPL is digging for “life-friendly” conditions because of the lab’s perennial promotion of astrobiology.The pseudoscience of astrobiology, as we reported (11 Apr 2018), has nothing to show for it since the “science” was invented in 1996. It came about because of another media flap about Mars life when overactive imaginations saw possible organisms in a Martian meteorite that landed in Antarctica. Later falsified, the rock did its damage. Duped by all the fake science of Martian life, the federal government funded NASA’s Astrobiology Institute, which continues promoting hydrobioscopy and SETI to this day in its Astrobiology Magazine., complete with its cartoons like “The Abominable Snow Aliens of Europa.”Some of the narrators and guests in mission control after the launch continued fact-free speculation about the possibility of life on Mars. Fox News said, “Scientists say they hope the experiment will provide them with clues about what Mars was like in the past and if those conditions could have accommodated life.”Update 5/08/18: Another paper on Space.com equated water with life, and yet admitted that perchlorate is hostile to prebiotic chemistry: “A new experiment designed to detect amino acids on Mars, in spite of the reactive perchlorate in the Martian soil that typically breaks organic compounds down, could fly on a future mission to Mars to help in the search for life there.” The word ‘life’ appears two dozen times in this short article.Mars InSight streaks across southern California skies (DFC)CEH supports planetary exploration. The astrobiology part is superfluous, useless and illogical, but the gathering of new data from space has a long track record of supporting creation. How? By showing that the solar system is young, and by showing the uniqueness of the Earth. We expect that trend will continue if InSight succeeds. Place your bets now.last_img read more

Rain situation might get critical, says Pune collector

first_imgPune received heavy rains on August 4 with district authorities issuing an advisory asking people to be alert as the situation could turn critical, and ordering schools and colleges to be shut on August 5.The India Meteorological Department, in a bulletin issued at 9 p.m. IST on August 4, predicted “moderate to heavy rains” in isolated parts of Pune city for the next five days and “heavy to very heavy rains” for the district’s ghat regions in the same period.Low-lying areas in the district were on alert after water was released into the Mutha river on August 4 following incessant rains in the catchment areas of dams supplying water to the city.Later in the day, district collector Naval Kishore Ram said orders had been issued to keep educational institutions in Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad shut on August 5 in view of the rains. He said Mula, Mutha, Pavana, Bhima and Nira rivers were in spate and there was possibility of more water being released from the adjoining dams as catchment areas continued to get heavy rain as on August 4 evening.“We have issued an advisory for citizens asking them not to venture out of their houses unless absolutely necessary as the situation might get critical,” Mr. Ram said. He said between 2000-2500 people had been rescued so far from flooded areas of the district.Seven members of a family stranded in a flooded house in Kamshet area were rescued by a team of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), an official from the agency said. With more water being released from the Khadakwasla dam, water gushed into several low-lying areas in Balewadi, Baner, Aundh, Yerwada, Sinhgad Road and Bopodi.According to the irrigation department, the catchment areas of four dams – Khadakwasla, Panshet, Varasgaon and Temghar – have been witnessing continuous rainfall. “All the four dams are filled to their maximum storage capacity. As a result, we have already started releasing water into the Mutha river,” a senior official from the irrigation department said.From 11 a.m. IST on August 4, 35,574 cusecs of water was being released from Khadakwasla dam. Since the catchment areas were still witnessing rainfall, around 41,756 cusecs of water will be released at 3 p.m., he said. “When water will be released at the rate of around 42,000 cusecs, a lot of people will have to be evacuated from the low-lying areas…we have issued an advisory to the Pune Municipal Corporation’s disaster management cell.” “Several areas are already inundated and more are likely to be affected as water is released from the dam,” he added. Anupam Kashyapi, head of the weather department at the IMD’s Pune office, said, “As far as Pune is concerned, especially the ghat areas, there is a heavy to very heavy rain warning for the next five days. For Pune city, there is moderate to heavy rain warning in isolated areas. Tomorrow onwards, for Pune city, light to moderate rain is expected over next two to three days.”last_img read more

10 months agoAWESOME! Pepe will leave Besiktas having covered wages for club staff

first_imgAWESOME! Pepe will leave Besiktas having covered wages for club staffby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePepe will leave Besiktas with the gratitude of many of the club’s staff, it has been revealed.Due to the club’s financial problems, the former Real Madrid defender has agreed to terminating his contract this month.However, before Pepe’s departure, it’s emerged he paid the month’s wages of several of the club’s staff, including chefs and groundsmen, as Besiktas struggled to meet their obligations, reports Marca. Pepe is now set to become a free agent and can immediately sign for a new club. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoAston Villa ace Jack Grealish: How Ireland link sparked

first_imgAston Villa ace Jack Grealish: How Ireland link sparkedby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAston Villa star Jack Grealish has spoken how he sparked an international tug of war for his future.Grealish had trials for England at youth level when he was 15 but ended up hitting his head on a sink and had to be sent home.Before the next camp came around, Grealish ended up having trials for Ireland. Grealish told The Sun: “When I was young, I had trials for England. I think I was 15.”I got there and I was rooming with Diego Poyet, Gus Poyet’s son.”I woke up in the middle of the night.”I don’t know what it was, but I somehow collapsed in the bathroom and hit my head on the sink.”Grealish added that he wanted to stay at the training camp but wasn’t allowed to. After hitting his head on the sink, Grealish was sent home and ended up playing for Ireland at youth levelHe said: “Diego woke up and found me. I had to go and get checked out by the doctors.”The next morning I was completely fine, and I was like, ‘Please let me stay, let me stay’.”But they said, ‘No, you need to go home. You can come to the next camp’. “During that time I had trials for Ireland.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more