Survival of the Dude

first_imgDon’t tell us that “survival of the fittest” was a myth.  What?  All those genocides for nothing?In a story that could be called “survival of the dudest,” PhysOrg now tells us, “Ancient, bottom-dwelling critter proves: newer isn’t always better.”  The dude in the story is a tiny sea creature called a rhabdopleurid.  An ancient one of these dudes is being called “an ancestor of more elaborate species that have since died off” called graptolites, a kind of pelagic (free-floating) plankton.  Apparently all that fitness exercise never paid off.  “Tiny sea creatures called rhabdopleurids reside on the ocean floor, building homes of collagen on the shells of dead clams, the article states.  “Rhabdopleurid colonies are small, and the critters are by no means the dominant animals in their ecosystem.”The article claims that the simple dudes have survived for 500 million years, while the more elaborate descendents went extinct.  There’s a lesson here for fitness freaks, explained Charles Mitchell:“We think that change is always going to lead us to a better place, that evolution is always going to lead to something better,” said Mitchell, a University at Buffalo geology professor. “But all this progress in making all these wonderful pelagic graptolites didn’t lead them to take over the world. They didn’t survive, but these simple dudes, these bottom-dwelling creatures, did.“Sure enough, the paper by Mitchell and team found that rhabdopleurids “were some of the most primitive graptolites that ever existed.”  What’s the use of working so hard on the evolutionary treadmill to get fit?  “While their zooplankton relatives evolved rapidly, splitting into many new species and evolving many new traits, rhabdopleurids pretty much stayed the same over the course of history.”  And thus they survive to this day, 500 million years later.  “The rhabdopleurids survived and are still around today, living in areas from Bermuda to the Bering Sea” while the fancy zooplankton graptolites all went extinct.Mitchell called this “the conservative approach” to evolution and likened it to investing: you can be conservative or aggressive in your investment portfolio, depending on how much risk you are willing to take.Even dudes can be beautiful in their own way.  “Though humble, rhabdopleurids and the colonies they build are beautiful to behold under a microscope.  The creatures themselves are about a millimeter long and Y-shaped, with a pair of tentacled arms extending from a narrow body to filter food from the water,” the article describes them (see accompanying photos).  “The colonies they fashion are whimsical-looking structures, consisting of a network of copper-colored tubes that resemble tiny elephant trunks, each one bearing numerous ridges.”Mr. Mitchell, investing is done by intelligent design.  Animals cannot pick the mutations that hit them, and they have no long-range investment goals.  Your analogy is useless.  Why don’t you just admit that the evidence you published falsifies evolutionary theory? (again)?  With the downfall of “survival of the fittest” something else collapses: the myth of millions of years.  What creature would ever want to sit there that long, letting the evolutionary fitness boom completely pass it by?  Why didn’t all animals take the conservative approach?  Why do we have peacocks and blackbirds, cheetahs and sloths, skinny and obese people?  If evolution explains all these things, it explains none of them.  It’s an empty catch-all theory that reduces to, “Stuff happens.”Please tell all your colleagues and politicians that “survival of the fittest” is defunct, so we don’t get any more genocides – not that we want a new “simple dude” fad either. (Visited 33 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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WATCH: South Africa’s 2017 budget speech

first_imgFinance minister Pravin Gordhan’s 2017 budget speech promises to steer South Africa clear of the rocks. Find out just how he will do that in this live stream of the speech from Parliament.Economists anticipate finance minister Pravin Gordhan to announce tax hikes and cost cuts at this year’s budget speech. (Image: Flickr, World Economic Forum)Finance minister, Pravin Gordhan, will deliver his budget speech to Parliament this afternoon at 14:00.Watch the live stream of the speech below:Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

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ReadWriteWeb Events Guide, 7 November 2009

first_img15 – 16 March 2010: London, England2nd Annual Social Networking World Forum — LondonThe 2nd Annual Social Networking World Forum takes place at the Olympia Conference Centre in London. The two-day event features four dedicated conference streams: 9 – 10 November 2009: Santa Clara, CaliforniaSocial Networking World Forum — CaliforniaThis event taking place at the Santa Clara Convention Center actually consists of three conferences: two days dedicated to social networking, one day dedicated to enterprise social media, and one day dedicated to social TV. Key speakers include social networking publishers, advertising agencies, industry analysts, software developers and equipment manufacturers, pay-TV and network service providers, mobile operators, and more. 10 – 13 November 2009: Las VegasPubCon VegasPubCon Las Vegas is a multi-track educational conference hosted by SearchEngineWorld & WebmasterWorld. PubCon events are for thought leaders and professionals in search engine and Internet marketing to gather and to share best practices in the design, development, promotion and marketing of their Internet businesses and brands. PubCon London 2009 is a social networking event. Social Networking World ForumEnterprise social mediaSocial TV World ForumMobile Social Networking ForumThe event features key speakers from global brands, organizations, social networking publishers and developers, pioneering social media leaders, top agencies, content producers, and more.Full workshop program within exhibition areaEvening networking receptionPre-show online meeting planner for delegatesFree pass for exhibition only 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market 11 – 12 November 2009: Denver, ColoradoDefrag 2009 ConferenceAs online data is growing and fragmenting at an exponential pace, individuals, groups and organizations are struggling to discover, assemble, organize, act on and gather feedback from that data. In the largest sense, we’re all looking to augment the pace at which we achieve insights on raw data — to accelerate the “A-ha” moment.Defrag explores the intersection of topics like:Business intelligenceBusiness process managementSocial computing and analyticsNext-level discoveryEnterprise 2.0Next-gen emailThe semantic Web Here is this week’s events guide. You can download the entire event calendar in iCal format or import it into your Google Calendar. You can also import individual events using the link beside each entry. This events guide is a weekly feature here on ReadWriteWeb. We publish it every weekend, as good a time as any to review your conference plans.Know of an event taking place that should appear here? Let us know in the comments below or contact us.6 – 8 November 2009: Savannah, GeorgiaGeekend 2009Geekend 2009 is an interactive conference that brings together geeks from all walks of life for three days of cutting edge speakers, expert panels, afterparties, networking and mash-up opportunities. Speaker highlights include Major Nelson of Xbox Live, renowned designer David Carson, Eric Snowden of Atlantic Records, Joey Hasty of Disney, and Matias Corea of Behance, among many others. Get your geek on and enter “RWW” for $30 off the full price weekend badge. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 18 – 19 November 2009: San FranciscoGreenBeat 2009VentureBeat, the leading innovation-focused business blog, will host the seminal conference on The Smart Grid, November 18-19 in San Francisco. GreenBeat 2009 brings together the nation’s 500 leading entrepreneurs, investors, utility and technology executives, policymakers and press to affect accelerated development of a leaner, more efficient electrical grid. With participation by Al Gore, former Vice President and Nobel Prize Winner; John Doerr of Kleiner Perkins; and industry leaders, including from Cisco, Tendril, PG&E, expect lively discussion and power networking. The program will highlight new technologies and explore the opportunities afforded by the stimulus package. For more, visit www.greenbeat2009.com.ReadWriteWeb readers, save 20% on regular price tickets with discount code GREENRWW09 here.19 November 2009: Mountain View, CaliforniaUnder the RadarFeaturing the most cutting-edge mobile startups from around the globe, Under the Radar will get you dialed in to what the 2010 mobile innovation marketplace will look like. It’s a must-attend event for dealmakers from global carriers, brands, media companies, and handset manufacturers responsible for helping their companies leverage new mobile technology and innovation in the fast-evolving digital landscape.Save $200: book by 2 October 2009, and get the early-bird rate.30 November 2009New Way to WorkDo you have a great story about your work environment? Job marketplace Elance and Vator.tv have partnered to host the “New Way to Work” competition, with a grand prize of $10,000 in cash or health insurance for the most compelling story. You can tell your story on Vator.tv, the premier platform for entrepreneurs to broadcast their voice, by uploading a video, posting an update, linking to a blog entry, or sharing a photo. Hurry, the competition ends on 30 November 2009. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Download this entire events calendar in iCal format. 1 – 3 December 2009: London, EnglandOnline Information & IMS 2009Online Information and IMS together create the largest event dedicated to the information industry. Consisting of an exhibition delivering over 9,000 visitors from 70 countries, a conference and a show-floor seminar program, the event provides an annual meeting place for the global information industry.Online Information is once again set to play host to thousands of information professionals, information end-users and publishers from around the globe, meeting suppliers of online content, e-publishing, and library management solutions. IMS provides a forum for IT, business, and information management professionals to find unlimited, relevant advice, educational content and compare solutions under one roof. Attend IMS and meet suppliers of content management, search solutions, and Web 2.0 technologies.1 – 3 December 2009: Boston, MassachusettsGilbane Conference BostonJoin us at the sixth annual “Gilbane Conference Boston: Content, Collaboration and Customers.”Your content is your business, and you need to make your Web content part of an integrated platform forcustomers. You need to know solutions and technologies that are ready to be implemented today. Gilbane Conference Boston is built around the four major areas of how enterprises use Web and content technologies:Web business and engagement;Managing collaboration and social media: internal and external;Enterprise content: searching, integrating and publishing;Content infrastructure.Visit www.gilbaneboston.com for conference details. ReadWriteWeb readers, use the discount code “GILBANE” to save an additional $200. Register today!1 – 3 December 2009: San FranciscoSupernova Tags:#Events Guide#web Related Posts 7 – 11 December 2009: Chicago, IllinoisSearch Engine Strategies 2009From social media to local search to video SEO, Search Engine Strategies Chicago puts you in front of the experts who will help you sort which technologies and channel will take you to the next level and which are just hype.Search Engine Strategies is the pioneer of educational conference series in search engine marketing. It’s the venue where the industry visionaries and thought leaders gather each year to discuss the newest trends, share insights and present the strategic action plans you need to grow your business. Sessions include:SEO Through Blogs and FeedsDuplicate Content and Multiple Site IssuesWhat’s the Link Between Search and Social?Online PR: Where to Next?Search AnalyticsSee more at www.SearchEngineStrategies.com/chicago. ReadWriteWeb readers receive a 15% discount when registering here using RWW15 code.11 December 2009: Mountain View, CaliforniaAdd-on-ConAdd-on-Con is a single-day conference focused on the future of the browser and its emergence as a platform.Developer sessions will cover best practices, cross-browser development and mash-ups. Marketing sessions will focus on monetization opportunities, distribution strategies and stats. Join 200+ individuals involved in add-on development to help define an emerging new market in the Web’s eco-system.ReadWriteWeb readers save $50 by using the discount code “addoncon09RRW.”27 – 28 January 2010: Amsterdam, The NetherlandsEnterprise Social 2.0: Rip or ROI?This senior executive event will bring together decision makers from the Top Fortune companies to discuss innovative strategies on how to maximise business performance through social media engagement. The event will include keynote speeches, best-practice presentations as well as interactive discussion sessions.The summit will provide excellent opportunities for you to hear international experts discuss best practices on how to drive business performance using Web 2.0 and social media. Key issues to be discussed include:How to integrate social media programs successfully into business strategies?Building business momentum, visibility and market growth through social mediaMeasuring success and influence using metrics and analytics: what are the tools and techniquesIntegrating viral marketing and social media into traditional marketing mixDeveloping and activating audiences using social media channels such as Twitter, Facebook, blogs andrew lobo Joint exhibition combining social networking and enterprise social media formatsPre-show online meeting planner for delegatesDiscount for early booking (expires September 25th)Free pass for exhibition only The Supernova Conference is the thought-leadership forum for the network age. It brings together over 500 business, government and technology influencers to understand how decentralization and pervasive connectivity are changing our world. It’s the only conference to focus on how networks have become the main instruments of change from both business and social perspectives.An ever-evolving network itself, the conference has become the place for highly interactive and spirited debates, making significant business connections and revelations on new innovation.ReadWriteWeb readers get a discount of $700 off the regular price when registering by 16 October 2009. Use code “RRW09”. After October 16th, the discount changes to $200 off the regular price. Register here.7 December 2009: San FranciscoSF MusicTech SummitThe SF MusicTech Summit brings together 600+ visionaries in the music/technology space, along with the best and brightest developers, entrepreneurs, investors, service providers, journalists, musicians and organizations who work with them at the convergence of culture and commerce. We meet to discuss the evolving music/business/technology eco-system in a proactive environment, highly conducive to deal making. 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Most actively traded companies on the TSX

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Tuesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,915.68, down 53.35 points)Aphria Inc. (TSX:APH). Health care. Up $1.91, or 16.44 per cent, to $13.53 on 12.02 million shares. The marijuana producer announced after markets closed on Monday that it has entered a five-year agreement to supply pharmacy chain Shoppers Drug Mart with medical cannabis. The deal is subject to Health Canada approving the application of Shoppers’ parent company, Loblaw Companies Ltd. (TSX:L) (Up 78 cents, or 7.11 per cent, to $17.51 on 6.1 million shares), to dispense medical marijuana. Loblaw applied for a licence in October 2016, but neither company can say if or when that application will be approved.Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Down three cents, or 0.40 per cent, to $7.39 on 10.3 million shares.Lundin Mining Corp. (TSX:LUN). Miner. Down 13 cents, or 1.84 per cent, to $6.93 on 7.02 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Up three cents, or 0.96 per cent, to $3.17 on 6.8 million shares.Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED). Health care. Up 51 cents, or 2.79 per cent, to $18.76 on 4.62 million shares. Canada’s largest licensed marijuana producer plans to establish a 40,000-square-metre cannabis production facility in Odense, Denmark to cater to the Scandinavian country’s medical marijuana patients. The new facility comes under a joint venture announced in September between Canopy and European hemp producer Danish Cannabis ApS, called Spectrum Denmark.Toronto-Dominion Bank (TSX:TD). Bank. Down 97 cents, or 1.32 per cent, to $72.43 on 4.59 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Bank of Montreal (TSX:BMO). Bank. Down 45 cents, or 0.45 per cent, to $99.14 on 1.7 million shares. BMO raised its 2018 quarterly dividend by three cents to 93 cents as it reported its fourth-quarter profit slipped to $1.23 billion ($1.81 per share) from $1.35 billion ($2.02 per share) a year ago, hurt by reinsurance claims related to hurricanes Irma, Maria and Harvey.Bank of Nova Scotia (TSX:BNS). Bank. Down 48 cents, or 0.59 per cent, to $81.14 on 1.7 million shares. Scotiabank says its offer to buy a sizable stake in a Chilean bank for $2.9 billion has been accepted. Scotiabank said Tuesday that Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, S.A. (BBVA) agreed Tuesday to sell its 68.19 per cent stake in BBVA Chile and its interests in certain subsidiaries.Roots Corp. (TSX:ROOT). Retailer. Up 24 cents, or 2.33 per cent, to $10.55 on 360,017 shares. The heritage-fashion retailer released its first quarterly report since completing its initial public offering. Third-quarter earnings amounted to $5 million (12 cents per share) compared with a profit of $5.9 million (14 cents per share) in the same period last year. Sales totalled $89.7 million, up from $79.4 million.Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. (TSX:VRX). Pharmaceutical. Up 33 cents, or 1.49 per cent, to $22.53 on 2.03 million shares. A class-action lawsuit brought on behalf of investors against Valeant Pharmaceuticals Inc. will go to trial. The Quebec Court of Appeal dismissed applications for leave to appeal from the defendants, who asked the court to review a Quebec Superior Court judge’s authorization of the suit.Note to readers: CORRECTS TSX close after late change, 15,915.68, down 53.35 pointslast_img read more

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Aseemanand, 3 others acquitted in Samjhauta blast case

first_imgPanchkula (Har): A special court here Wednesday acquitted Swami Aseemanand and three others in the Samjhauta train blast case that left 68 people, mostly Pakistanis, dead in 2007. All the four accused, Naba Kumar Sarkar alias Swami Aseemanand, Lokesh Sharma, Kamal Chauhan and Rajinder Chaudhary have been acquitted by the court, NIA counsel Rajan Malhotra said. The blast in the India-Pakistan train took place near Panipat in Haryana on February 18, 2007, when it was on its way to Attari in Amritsar, the last station on the Indian side. Before pronouncing the verdict, NIA special judge Jagdeep Singh dismissed the plea filed by a Pakistani woman for examining some eyewitnesses from her country. The court ruled that the plea of the Pakistani woman was devoid of any merit, Malhotra said. The blast had ripped apart two coaches of the cross-border train. The Haryana police registered a case, but the probe was handed over to the National Investigation Agency in July 2010. The NIA filed a charge sheet in July 2011 against eight persons for their alleged roles in the terror attack. Of the eight, Swami Aseemanand, Lokesh Sharma, Kamal Chauhan and Rajinder Chaudhary appeared before the court and faced trial. Sunil Joshi, the alleged mastermind of the attack, was shot dead near his home in Madhya Pradesh’s Dewas district in December 2007. The three other accused — Ramchandra Kalsangra, Sandeep Dange and Amit — could not be arrested and were declared proclaimed offenders. Aseemanand was out on bail, while three others were in judicial custody. The NIA had charged the accused with murder and criminal conspiracy, and under the Explosive Substances Act and the Railways Act.last_img read more

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A timeless tale of cross-cultural harmony

first_imgIndia Harmony Foundation and Penguin launched a book entitled, ‘A Tale of Wonder: Kathakautukam’ by Srivara, translated into English by diplomat /scholar and renowned author A N D Haksar and published by Penguin.The book launch was held on March 29, 2019, at Kamladevi Complex, India International Centre, in the presence of Chief Guest N N Vohra, former Governor of Jammu and Kashmir. ‘A Tale of Wonder: Kathakautukam’ is a scintillating example of cross-cultural harmony from medieval Kashmir. A Biblical and Koranic story in medieval Persian reaches Kashmir and is transformed there into a Sanskrit epic poem, with India’s mythic overtones – an attestation to this country’s rich syncretic and multicultural past. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainIn this tale, the beautiful princess Zuleikha has nightly visions of Yusuf, a handsome young stranger. Captivated by his beauty, her waking hours are filled with heartaches, much to the anxiety of her near ones. But Zuleikha is resolved to be united with Yusuf. Her dreams also reveal the obstacles to be surmounted. What ensues is a captivating account of longing and love — a parable of the soul’s journey in its search for the divine. Magnificent in its simple elegance, ‘A Tale of Wonder’ is beautifully translated by A N D Haksar, with an introduction shedding light on the remarkable provenance of this timeless story.last_img read more

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