Creationists have made much of the bombardier beetle (#1, #2) whose firing chambers would explode if the timing and mixture of ingredients did not work perfectly together. Now, here is a similar case in the lowly sea slug. EurekAlert described research by Georgia State University scientists, who found that the sea slug Aplysia mixes three inert ingredients to produce a sticky secretion, dyed purple, for defense:“Aplysia packages these innocuous precursors separately and then releases them simultaneously into its mantle cavity at the precise time when they are needed,” explained [Charles] Derby. “This mechanism insures the secretion’s potency against attacking predators to enable sea slugs to escape.” (Emphasis added in all quotes.)The secretion seems to contain a healing compound. “The antimicrobial property probably evolved to work against predators,” said Derby. “But it might also function as an antimicrobial salve for Aplysia’s own wounds.”The evolutionary mythoid contributes nothing of substance to this story. On grounds of intellectual honesty and scientific integrity, we need to call Darwinists on the carpet for simply claiming evolution blindly made irreducibly complex systems without telling us how. This is more of the BAD strategy (bluffing assertions of dogmatism) that lets Darwinians escape while secreting a sticky dyed goo that obscures understanding.(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Chandrika Ghosh, a resident of Balaji Nagar in Akurdi, died of dengue on Sunday. Ghosh, who was in her early twenties, was admitted to Yashwantrao Chavan Memorial Hospital in Pimpri last Friday after she complained of severe body ache. She had high fever and recurrent bouts of nausea, said doctors. Ghosh tested positive for the NS 1 antigen and died at 3:30 a.m. The Health Department of the Pune Municipal Corporation has recorded 380 cases since January. More than 200 cases have been recorded in July alone with 90 testing positive for dengue. Pune claims a large share of the 470-odd cases of suspected dengue recorded across Maharashtra.Rain aids spread The incessant rain over the past three weeks has led to the spread of dengue, say health experts. Last week, a 32-year-old woman doctor who had just given birth died due to multi-organ failure following dengue fever in the city’s Sahyadri Hospital in Hadapsar. The case drew the attention of the State Health Department which accused the hospital of facilitating the breeding of dengue-transmitting Aedes mosquitoes on its premises. It directed PMC to take action against the hospital and rapped the civic authorities for poor health surveillance. On July 19, a 40-year-old man from Satara district who was undergoing treatment at a city hospital succumbed to a viral co-infection brought on by dengue and swine flu. In February, a minor died in the city’s Karve Nagar area. Notices issuedThe PMC has sent notices to 12 police stations in areas where rivulets of stagnant water have been spotted. The civic body has also issued notices to 11,000 public and private spaces and establishments.
Rahul Dravid continues to be at the receiving end of controvesial decisions by the umpires on the current England tour as he was ruled out caught behind on Saturday, despite ‘Hot Spot’ not detecting an edge off his bat. For the third time in this tour that Dravid has fallen to a debatable decision as he was given out twice in the preceding Test series in controversial fashion. However, snicko-meter, which is not part of the UDRS, later suggested that there was a contact between the ball and the bat. Saturday’s decision yet again brought technological shortcomings to the fore under the UDRS system. England paceman Stuart Broad appealed for a catch behind the wicket off his own bowling in the fourth ball of the 18th over but umpire Billy Doctrove ruled not out.Broad opted for a review straight away.Third umpire Marais Erasmus from South Africa took help of ‘Hot Spot’ but even after several replays, the edge could not be established, though a sound was definitely detected.However, much to the astonishment of the fans and the batsman, Erasmus ruled Dravid out. In the third Test, Dravid was ruled caught behind off James Anderson in India’s second innings when his bat actually had hit the shoelace and he hadn’t edged the ball. Then in the fourth Test, he was given out caught behind in India’s second innings. Dravid was ruled not out by the umpire but given out for 13 after referral by England though the snicko-meter apparently showed that there was no contact between the ball and the bat before it landed into home side wicketkeeper Matt Prior’s gloves. Debates and discussions have already started on the decision. Cricketer Aakash Chopra tweeted, “The most reliable tool for DRS is proving the least trustworthy. But I’m more baffled by the quality of umpiring.” “How can d third umpire overturn the on-field umpire’s decision without conclusive evidence to suggest d opposite,” he added.advertisement
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Police get wanted man; Magistrate Court back open Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 16 Feb 2015 – A new police unit in the west bay area of Providenciales is hoped to be the answer to thwarting a spike in radical break-ins and thefts in the Turtle Cove and Lower Bight areas of Provo. Outgoing Police Commissioner, Colin Farquhar, last week talked about an initiative under construction. “another likely success is our new community group in the West Bay community of Providenciales, representing the areas of Crab Road to Turtle Cove, they are developing a community and security plan for their area also.” With these departing words, Farquhar became emotional in his farewell at that service held at the HJ Robinson High in Grand Turk on Wednesday. “Please remember, have the will the win, the desire to succeed and the urge to reach your full potential; these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.” Recommended for you Related Items:Colin Farquhar, lower bight, police Update: Women robbed while exercising (21 year old Arrested) Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force’s mission to combat abusive images of children online
WILMINGTON, MA — The Massachusetts Antique Fire Apparatus Association held its 42nd Anniversary Fire Apparatus Parade, Show, & Firematic Flea Market on Saturday, June 22, 2019 at the Shriners Auditorium (99 Fordham Road). This was the first time the event was held in Wilmington.The parade started Kitty’s Restaurant (123 Main Street) in North Reading and traveled through North Reading and Wilmington, ending at the Shriners Auditorium.Watch the parade, which lasts approximately six minutes, below, courtesy of YouTuber Firefighter_1775:——Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedCOMING TO THE SHRINERS: Antique Fire Engines Show On June 22In “Community”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Saturday, June 22, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”WILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB: The Best Stories From Wilmington’s NewspapersIn “Community”
Amazon Google CNET Smart Home $79 • Aug 30 • iRobot Roomba S9 Plus vs. Neato Botvac D7 Connected By now, there are connected products for nearly every corner of your smart home. Security, lighting, cooking, cleaning and entertainment are all voice-enabled, if you’re willing to spend the money and swap out your dumb systems. Smart plumbing isn’t any different. There’s a steady stream of products that aim to smarten your water supply from all angles, but which ones are worth it? Are they all luxurious add-ons or ways to truly improve your home’s efficiency and convenience? It might depend on the category. Let’s take a look at where smart plumbing products might show up in your home and what they offer. KitchenSmart water in the kitchen is centered around the kitchen sink. Kohler and Delta both offer smart faucets that connect to Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant for voice commands. Kohler’s Sensate Faucet comes with voice commands and Delta’s VoiceIQ Module smartens up compatible Touch2O faucets.You can do things like ask your faucet to dispense a specific amount of water or turn the faucet on or off. With both models, you’ll need an always-on power supply and you’ll need to put the handle in the “On” position and then turn off the water with motion sensing in order to enable voice commands. Both models are expensive, too. The Kohler Sensate faucet with voice commands works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. Chris Monroe/CNET Once you’ve installed your faucet and connected it to your voice assistant, there are some handy functions. You can ask for 12 ounces of water, ask your voice assistant to turn the faucet on or in Delta’s case, ask it to heat up your water.These faucets aren’t perfect, though. You’ll need to use a clunky command like “Hey, Google, ask Kohler to dispense 8 ounces of water,” and the custom commands for things like “fill spaghetti pot” can be tricky to get just right. However, if you’re already in the market for a high-end Delta or Kohler faucet, getting a model with these smarts won’t add much, if any, extra cost. Phyn’s new Smart Water Assistant attaches to the water lines beneath your sink. Phyn There are other options for monitoring water in your kitchen. Phyn’s latest water monitor, the $299 Phyn Smart Water Assistant, attaches to the hot/cold water lines under your sink and doesn’t require professional installation. It can let you know if you pipes are beginning to freeze, monitor your home’s water pressure and show your water consumption all through the Phyn app on your mobile device. We haven’t tested this system yet, but it seems to toe the line between leak detector and whole-home water monitor. BathroomSmartening the water in your bathroom can take several forms. Let’s start with shower systems. A smart shower could mean an entire system or just a connected shower head. Prices range from less than $100 to several thousands.The U by Moen Smart Shower system has a $1,225 MSRP and can create profiles for individuals in your household with specifics for temperature. It can warm up your shower, then pause the water flow until you’re ready to step inside. That’s one way to potentially reduce your water consumption, but installation does require a professional and that high price tag doesn’t include any special shower heads or premium hardware, only the thermostatic digital shower valve and control panel. Chris Monroe/CNET Kohler has a similar DTV+ shower system that works with the Kohler Konnect app. You can create presets for sound, water, steam and special lighting if you have that installed. Smart commands with Kohler’s shower also work with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.Smart showers like these are largely luxurious and not focused on water savings. While there are some economical aspects, your’e paying mostly for the convenience of getting your shower up and running at the sound of your voice. French company Smart and Blue’s Hydrao range of showerheads are kitted out with LED lights that change color, from green to blue to purple to red, based on how long you’ve been showering.Of course, there are more affordable ways to smarten your shower, like Kickstarter’s Livin shower head, a gadget that monitors water consumption and allows you to press a button that pauses water flow.That one hasn’t hit retail yet, but you can buy models under $70 from WaterHawk and DreamSpa with integrated LEDs that change colors corresponding to temperature. The Hydrao Smart Shower System is powered entirely by the water flowing through it and lights up with different colors to indicate how much water you’ve used. These easy-to-install, affordable alternatives are a great way to get into smart showering. Kohler’s Numi Smart toilet works with the Kohler Konnect app. Tyler Lizenby/CNET Then, there are toilets. Yes, smart toilets are a thing. Not only does Kohler make a smart toilet, but it’s made multiple versions. The newest, $9,000 mega toilet can play music, heat the seat, heat the floor below it, put on a light show, raise and lower the lid and of course, flush automatically. It can save presets for up to six people for custom experiences. We’ve had the Numi Smart Toilet in the CNET Smart Home for a while, and though it can do a lot, I’ve never felt like I’ve had a $9,000 experience. Numi isn’t doing anything to save you water beyond the 1.28-gallons-per-flush rate either, so if water-saving tech is your goal, this toilet isn’t going to do much. Leak detectorsAmong all the smart water products out there, leak detectors are the most affordable and most portable. Put them anywhere you’re concerned about leaks. They’re great for basements, underneath kitchen or bathroom sinks or behind toilets. These battery-powered, small devices connect to a mobile app through a smart home hub or Wi-Fi to warn you if water touches the sensor. You’ll get a push notifications to straight your phone. You’ve got a lot of options when it comes to these handy water watchers. SmartThings, iHome, Honeywell, Fibaro and Roost all make a version of a water sensor. These are great for monitoring places that are prone to water, but they can’t tell you much about what’s happening inside your pipes. For a more thorough look at the temperatures, pressures and flow rates in your home’s water supply, you’ll need a whole-home system. Whole-home water monitoring systemsThere are systems that can monitor your entire home’s water supply. Some can even shut off the water in a catastrophic failure event. These typically install at your water meter or you home’s main water supply and require a Wi-Fi connection and app.Some can be DIY, but most at least recommend a professional consultation. With these systems in place, you can see all kinds of stats from your daily, weekly and monthly consumption to water pressure, temperature and flow rate. Moen recently acquired Flo, a whole-home startup that does just that. You can install Flo yourself, but it’s recommended that a Flo professional comes out to your home. You’ll need to be pretty comfortable working with your own water pipes if you want to install this $500 system yourself. Tyler Lizenby/CNET Once Flo is installed, it can monitor the water pressure and water flow throughout your home. It can also remotely shut off your water if something goes wrong. Of course, you’ll get notifications on everything Flo is doing as well as the option to perform health tests on your system. A similar system, Flume, straps around your home’s existing water meter and connects via a bridge to your Wi-Fi. Unlike Flo, it is intended to be self-installed. Once it’s set up, you’ll get information on water consumption, pressure and any problems it detects within your home. That system costs $200, but it can’t shut off your water in an emergency like Flo can. For most people, these pricey systems are on the overkill side, but if you live in an area prone to freezing pipes, or you’re trying to keep an eye on a plumbing system that isn’t reliable, whole-home systems could save you from a lot of damage. When it comes to smart water, these are probably the most practical and data-driven devices. Is any of this stuff worth it? Monitoring your water isn’t the most luxurious of smart home capabilities. It’s not the cool, connected thing you’ll show your friends when they come over. However, if you have consistent leak worries in your home or you’re frequently traveling, having at least a leak detector can offer a lot of peace of mind. Smart water value really depends on the category. Sensors, especially the more affordable and portable options are a worthy return on a relatively small investment. However, a $9,000 toilet or $1,200 shower system? Those luxury goods, and they’re obviously not for everyone. The concept behind smart kitchen faucets is intriguing and useful in some cases, but it hasn’t been perfected and is still pricey.That doesn’t mean the average consumer will be locked out of smart water forever. This corner of smart home tech continues to expand and does seem to be working toward real innovation and usefulness. It has the potential to increase our homes’ efficiency and solve problems before they start, and for that reason, it’s worth keeping an eye on. Tags Best Buy reading • Smart showers, smart toilets and smart sinks: Should you put your plumbing online? 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Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan [Representational Image]Pinarayi Vijayan/FacebookAccess to safe drinking water, better employment opportunities and healthcare were Kerala voters’ top three priorities, the parameters on which the state government has performed “below average”, says a report by the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), an election watchdog.”The Kerala Survey 2018 shows better employment opportunities (47.42 per cent), hospitals/primary healthcare centres (45.24 per cent) and drinking water (44.77 per cent) are the top three voters’ priorities in Kerala,” the ADR said in a statement on Tuesday.The performance of the government on all top three voters’ priorities was rated as below average. “Better employment opportunities (1.95 on a scale of five), hospitals/primary healthcare centres (2.02) and drinking water (1.99) were rated as below average,” it said.In rural Kerala, the top voter priorities were better employment opportunities (49 per cent), better hospitals/primary healthcare centres (45 per cent) and drinking water (40 per cent), it said.”The performance of the government on rural voters’ priorities of better employment opportunities (1.93 on a scale of five), better hospitals/primary healthcare centres (2.07) and drinking water (2.10) was rated as below average,” the ADR said.The government also performed poorly in providing better roads (1.96) and better public transport (2.09) in rural Kerala.For the urban voters, top priorities were drinking water (48 per cent), better employment opportunities (46 per cent) and better hospitals/primary healthcare centres (45 per cent).”The performance of the government — on a scale of five — on urban voters’ priorities of drinking water (1.93 ), better employment opportunities (1.96) and better hospitals/primary healthcare centres (1.99) was rated as below average,” it said.The performance of the government was also poor on better public transport (1.93) and water and air pollution (1.94) in urban Kerala.
-Police, in special drives from Sunday night to this morning, arrested 68 people including those accused in several cases filed on charges of subversive acts from eight upazilas of the district, reports BSS.Sources with the district police said they were picked up from different areas of the district.During the drives, Satkhira sadar police arrested 25 persons including one drug trader with four bottles of Phensidyl, Kalaroa police arrested 11 persons, Tala police Thana police arrested four persons, Kaliganj police arrested five persons, Shyamnagar police arrested 14 persons, Assasuni police arrested three persons, Patkelghata Thana police arrested three persons including one drug trader with 100-gram of hemp and Debhata police arrested three persons.The arrested people are accused in several cases, including charges of subversive activities, filed with different police stations in the district.The arrested were sent to jail.
Atiqul IslamIn the face of persistent complaints that drivers on the country’s roads are often drug-addled, Dhaka North City Corporation mayor Atiqul Islam has said dope tests for drivers is set to be introduced.”The process of introducing the test is underway,” he said after attending a meeting with a group of students leading the movement for safe roads at the DNCC office in Gulshan.DNCC organised the meeting with the group of students from several universities in Dhaka and representatives of some concerned authorities including Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC), Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) and Dhaka Metropolitan Police.The DNCC organised the programme following a Bangladesh University of Professionals (BUP) student’s death in a recent road accident in the city.During the conversation, the students placed some demands including setting up zebra crossings instead of foot-over bridges, making BRTA free from brokers and corruption, installing of digital traffic signals, stopping the plying of buses on contractual basis, and half-fare for students.Giving consent to those demands, the mayor said, “The city corporation has decided to set up push buttons flashlights on zebra crossings, construct footbridges, passenger shades.”The DNCC mayor requested BRTA to undertake all necessary steps to launch an automated system to check vehicles fitness. He also requested private institutions to come forward for giving driving trainings for the drivers.The DNCC mayor said they had started constructing a model road from Malibagh to Kuril Biswa Road.