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SETI: Physics Conspires to Keep the Aliens Isolated

By on December 19, 2019

first_imgWhere are the aliens?  They’re too far away to get to know.  Don’t look for galactic federations to join any time soon, said SETI Institute Director Seth Shostak at Space.com.  The harsh realities of the speed of light make fellowship, both in person and via radio signals, too remote to be feasible.    Shostak noted the fine-tuning of the universe before discussing these problems with interaction. For years scientists have wrestled with a puzzling fact: The universe appears to be remarkably suited for life.  Its physical properties are finely tuned to permit our existence.  Stars, planets and the kind of sticky chemistry that produces fish, ferns and folks wouldn’t be possible if some of the cosmic constants were only slightly different.That led to the principle theme of his essay: “Well, there’s another property of the universe that’s equally noteworthy: It’s set up in a way that keeps everyone isolated.”Realistic SETI researchers don’t expect to have two-way communication with aliens.  They understand that any message detected will have come from a civilization that has either become extinct or has gone on to bigger and better things than to care about an answer from us.  The dream of SETI is to establish the existence of aliens, not, like Jimmy Carter wrote on the Voyager record, to “join a community of galactic civilizations.”    It was nice of Seth to admit the fine-tuning of the universe.  He can say that and keep his job, but let an ID person say the same thing and he gets expelled, as in the case of G. Gonzalez (see Evolution News #1 and Fox News).(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Mandela opera set for world premiere

By on December 18, 2019

first_img19 May 2014 Madiba: The African Opera – a dramatic musical retelling of Nelson Mandela’s life featuring little-known stories from his childhood – will have its world premiere at the State Theatre in Pretoria on Friday, 23 May. The opera is the brainchild of Mandela’s cousin Unathi Mtirara, a theatre artist and chief executive of Opera South Africa, who wrote the libretto based on history garnered in part from Mandela himself. The music is composed by Sibusiso Njeza and conducted by Johannesburg Chamber Orchestra conductor Kutlwano Masote. The opera will run in Pretoria until 1 June before moving to Mandela’s home village Qunu in the Eastern Cape for a special one-off performance at the Nelson Mandela Museum on 18 July, the late statesman’s birthday. Thereafter, it will run at The Opera House in Port Elizabeth – Africa’s oldest opera house – from 19 to 31 July.Stories of hope Speaking to SAinfo last week, Mtirara said the opera “all started about two years ago, when I was trying to write a book to document the history about my family and the contribution we have played in today’s South Africa. “My great-great-grandfather was among the kings who founded the ANC [African National Congress] in 1912; my great-grandfather raised Nelson Mandela; my grandfather was Nelson Mandela’s first hero, but you don’t hear much about them in his history, so I wanted to highlight those forgotten heroes,” Mtirara said. “The stories I chose of [Mandela’s] life are those that I think should give hope to a young man growing up in a village somewhere. To know that the circumstances of today may not dictate your tomorrow, there was once an icon who grew up in similar conditions to you and he believed that one day the world would be a better place for us all.”‘It must leave a legacy’ Mtirara remembers the times he spent with Mandela: “I always had the best times with him, he would tell me stories of how mischievous they were with my grandfather Justice and what they got up to as young men. One of the things he taught me was that If I involve myself in something or if I agree to do something, it must leave a legacy. I always carry those words around with me.” Mandela was modest, says Mtirara, adding that for him was not about “being related to Mandela – it was always the other way around – he respected tradition and protocol; he is from a [more] junior house than mine, and he always respected that.”Stealing the king’s cows Madiba: The African Opera tells the story of Madiba’s clan and how his family lost its seat in the traditional leadership of the kingdom after his father, Chief Gadla Mphakanyiswa, refused to appear before a white magistrate in Mthatha. After the death of his father, the young Mandela is raised by the Regent King Jongintaba Mtirara along with his cousin, Justice Mtirara. After attending a Wesleyan college, Mandela goes to Fort Hare but is asked to leave after being involved in a boycott against the university’s policies. Back at home, Mandela and his cousin reject arranged marriages proposed by the king, and agree to steal the king’s cows so they can run away to Johannesburg. It is in Johannesburg, where he witnesses a system which forbids black people from owning land, travelling, or voting, that Mandela joins the African National Congress. The story follows the creation of the Freedom Charter, the start of Mandela’s relationship and marriage to Winnie Madikizela, his arrest, the Rivonia trial and the years spent on Robben Island. The opera concludes with his liberation after 27 years in a cell and his inauguration as the country’s first democratically elected president. The role of Mandela in the opera is played by baritone and professional opera singer Thabang Senekal. Mandela’s father Gadla Mphakanyiswa is played by Mziyanda Zitha, his mother Noqaphi Nosekeni by Nonhlanhla Yende, Chief Justice Mtirara by Sipho Fubesi, Winnie Madikizela by Sbongile Mngoma, Chief Albert Luthuli by well-known actor Sello Maake Ka Ncube, and Adelaide Tambo played by Nomsa Mbatha. Mtirara hopes to create more job opportunities for young singers in South Africa, and it is his dream for the opera to be seen internationally. “I would definitely love to take this overseas, and have started communicating with a few companies about that.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Crowdsourced PPC Ad Marketplace Trada Introduces Support for Bing

By on December 16, 2019

first_imgDuring my time in Boulder last week, one of the more interesting startups I was introduced to was Trada, a virtual marketplace for pay-per-click (PPC) advertising. Using Trada, advertisers and agencies looking to take advantage of search engine ad networks can crowdsource the development of keyword-based ads to the service’s growing number of paid search optimizers. Previously, ads through Trada were only available on Google and Yahoo, but this morning, the startup has announced support for Bing and Microsoft adCenter.A service like Trada is a perfect resource for the bootstrapped startup that wants to enter the search engine ad networks at a low cost. Trada works with companies to set a bid price for keywords, and the network of PPC optimizers then curate ads and keywords with bid prices lower than that of the original bid, and collect on the difference. This incentivizes the optimizers to create compelling ads, and all of this is done at a price the company or agency agreed on from the start. To see a more step-by-step explanation of how it works, check out the video embedded below. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#start#tips Trada has only been in business for seven weeks, but already it has 135 clients and just under 500 optimizers working on ads and keywords – nearly double its size from launch. The company says the average campaign attracts around 25 optimizers which create around 100 advertisements based on over 6,000 keywords. With the growing popularity of Bing, Trada saw an opportunity to widen their customers’ options.“Bing is developing into a search engine leader in travel, health, ecommerce and local business. Advertisers in the Trada marketplace will now benefit from increased visibility in the aforementioned verticals,” the company said in a press release Wednesday. “Bing also provides an opportunity for advertisers to reach a different set of demographics. According to Quantcast, Bing demographics reach an affluent audience with children.”Trada users can now add Bing to their arsenal of PPC ads with a single click, the company says. They attribute their early success to “pent-up paid search demand from smaller advertisers” that can’t afford their own team of search engine optimizers and ad developers – a common hurdle for young startups. Luckily for these companies, with support for Bing, Trada has all your bases covered for you. Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market chris cameron A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

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LOOK: Manny Pacquiao rings in new year with 10 rounds of mitts, roadwork

By on November 27, 2019

first_imgLOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño LATEST STORIES Manny Pacquiao works the mitts with training consultant Freddie Roach. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOMANILA, Philippines—Manny Pacquiao continued working with former head trainer Freddie Roach as he prepares to defend his WBA World welterweight title against Adrien Broner.Roach worked the mitts with Pacquiao for 10 rounds on Monday (Los Angeles time) at Wild Card Gym, the Filipino’s former stomping grounds where he built his legacy as an all-time great.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Pacquiao and Roach parted ways before the Filipino’s fight against Lucas Matthysse in July of 2018 with long-time friend Buboy Fernandez, who’s been a veteran corner man for the American, becoming the fighter’s head trainer.Roach, however, is now back in the Pacquiao camp as a consultant.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionManny Pacquiao takes on the hills at Griffith Park. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOPacquiao (60-7-2) also did roadwork at Griffith Park where he drew a crowd to watch his workout. He posed for photos with fans afterward.The fight will be Pacquiao’s first title defense of the WBA belt after his technical knockout win over Matthysse in Kuala Lumpur. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion View comments BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pacers’ Myles Turner breaks nose in win over Hawks Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issuelast_img read more

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Touch Football community embraces NAIDOC Week

By on November 7, 2019

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) celebrates the contribution of Indigenous Australians to the Touch Football community, as part of the 2013 NAIDOC Week. Monday, 7 July until Sunday, 14 July marks NAIDOC Week in 2013, with NAIDOC Week celebrations held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life. The Touch Football community was actively involved with the 2013 NAIDOC Week, with Touch Football ACT running its 11th annual NAIDOC Touch Football event on Wednesday, with 24 teams taking part in the event, while many organisations across Australia took to sporting fields to play Touch Football as part of NAIDOC Week festivities. The Australian Sports Commission were the winners on the day, with a 7-4 win over Defence in the final. Touch Football Australia would like to thank all participants and officials for ensuring a successful event befitting the NAIDOC Week celebrations. Related LinksNAIDOC Weeklast_img read more

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Photos: Under Armour Unveiled New HeatGear ArmourVent Uniforms For Maryland, USC, Temple, SIU, NW, Seton Hall, St. John’s

By on October 27, 2019

first_imgA closeup of a Maryland basketball player's sneakersCOLUMBUS, OH – MARCH 22: A general view of Under Armour shoes during a game between the Maryland Terrapins and the West Virginia Mountaineers during the third round of the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament on March 22, 2015 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)Under Armour released new uniforms for seven of its men’s basketball programs Thursday afternoon. The brand unveiled HeatGear ArmourVent uniforms for Maryland, South Carolina, Temple, Seton Hall, Southern Illinois, Northwestern and St. John’s. Check them out: The all-new HeatGear ArmourVent uniforms. Engineered with the most innovative mesh ever made. http://t.co/ckZHvI3bM3 pic.twitter.com/hcCYqthfgs— Under Armour Hoops (@UAbasketball) January 22, 2015Thoughts on the uniforms, fans of the respective programs? Under Armour seems to be taking its basketball game up a notch.last_img read more

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LSU Fans Hacked An Alabama Assistant Coach’s Twitter Account

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first_imgLSU fans wait in line outside Tiger Stadium.BATON ROUGE, LA – SEPTEMBER 19: Fans wait outside of Tiger Stadium to watch the football team arrive between the Louisiana State University Tigers and the University of Louisiana-Lafatette Ragin’ Cajuns at Tiger Stadium on September 19, 2009 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)It’s been less than a week that new Alabama defensive backs coach Mel Tucker has been on the job. But it looks like he’s already become the victim of a rival team’s fan base having a little bit of fun on Twitter. Tucker joined the social media network on January 27, and sent out a few pro-Crimson Tide tweets in the days that followed. But over the past 18 hours, his account has tweeted out a number of pro-LSU messages instead. Clearly, someone with an affinity for the Tigers has taken over his account.Screen Shot 2015-01-31 at 9.44.31 AM Screen Shot 2015-01-31 at 9.44.18 AM Screen Shot 2015-01-31 at 9.43.48 AM Screen Shot 2015-01-31 at 9.43.37 AM Screen Shot 2015-01-31 at 9.39.50 AM  Screen Shot 2015-01-31 at 9.43.06 AM Screen Shot 2015-01-31 at 9.43.16 AMTucker may want to change up his password in the near future. Alabama’s recruits are probably a bit confused at the moment.last_img read more

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Video: Iowa Scores 1st Touchdown Of Big Ten Championship On 85-Yard Beathard To Smith Pass

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first_imgIowa football players walk out onto the field.MIAMI GARDENS, FL – JANUARY 05: The Iowa Hawkeyes take the field in front of their fans against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets during the FedEx Orange Bowl at Land Shark Stadium on January 5, 2010 in Miami Gardens, Florida. Iowa won 24-14. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)We have an extremely tight one at Lucas Oil Stadium tonight, but if things hold, Iowa will be conference champs. After the Hawkeyes and Michigan State Spartans traded five field goals through the first three quarters, C.J. Beathard aired it out, connecting with Tevaun Smith on a deep pass for an 85 yard [email protected] just erupted. Why? Because @HawkeyeFootball just took the lead on this *long* TD. https://t.co/AdE6L3P3p2— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) December 6, 2015Iowa leads 13-9 with 13:51 remaining in the game. You’re up, Connor Cook.last_img read more

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Bahri Ships 1st Saudi Aramco Chemical Cargo

By on October 23, 2019

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Bahri National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri) is transporting the first chemical shipment from Aramco Trading Company (ATC), a subsidiary of Saudi Aramco. The cargo is being transported on board NCC Amal, a 45,000 dwt Bahri chemical tanker which left Saudi Arabia’s Port of Rabigh, heading to China.The 2011-built NCC Amal is expected to reach China on April 26, according to the ship’s AIS data provided by VesselsValue.The shipment, which contains 25,000 metric tons of paraxylene (PX) and 20,000 metric tons of monoethylene glycol (MEG), marks the completion of Phase II of the Petro Rabigh Company (PRC) project, Bahri said.NCC Amal is carrying MEG in addition to the first PX cargo, which will be sold during its turnaround to PX consumers through S-OIL, a company 63.4% owned by Saudi Aramco.The 52,590 cbm NCC Amal is part of Bahri’s fleet of 36 chemical/product carriers. In partnership with United Arab Chemical Carriers, Bahri Chemicals owns and operates medium-range chemical tankers which have a total capacity of 1.3 million dwt.last_img read more

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