WrestleMania: Lesnar keeps Universal strap, Rousey wins in WWE debut

first_imgView comments AJ Styles bested Shinsuke Nakamura to keep his WWE Championship, but the dream match ended in a shocker as the King of Strong Style brutally attacked the Phenomenal One.Styles reversed the Kinshasa into a Styles Clash to get the three-count, but just when he was showing respect to his Japanese foe, Nakamura low-blowed him and unleashed a hellacious beatdown to stun the fans in attendance.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownRonda Rousey also impressed in her WWE debut as she and Kurt Angle topped Stephanie McMahon and Triple H in a mixed tag match after the former UFC women’s bantamweight champion made the Raw commissioner tap out with an armbar.The Undertaker finally answered the challenge of John Cena and delivered a squash, winning the match with his patented Tombstone Piledriver. Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Naomi also was the winner of the first WrestleMania Women’s Battle Royal, capitalizing on the confusion and eliminated Bayley after she took out her best friend Sasha Banks.Woken Matt Hardy won the fifth Andre the Giant Battle Royal after the returning Bray Wyatt helped him eliminate former winners Mojo Rawley and Baron Corbin.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Brock Lesnar needed to be at his best to keep his Universal Championship against Roman Reigns at WrestleMania. Photo from WWE.comBrock Lesnar needed six F5s, including one through the announce table, as he got the better of Roman Reigns to retain his WWE Universal Championship in the main event of WrestleMania Monday (Manila time) in New Orleans.Amid reports of his potential departure, the Beast Incarnate showed why he remains the company’s top dog as he bloodied his challenger and extended his reign.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award The 16-time world champion thought that the legend would not respond to his call, with Elias coming out and mocking him in front of the New Orleans crowd.Cena heard enough and attacked Elias, but as he made his way to the back, the Undertaker’s gong sounded and the two faced off for the first time at the grandest stage of them all.Daniel Bryan also made his triumphant return as he and Shane McMahon fended off an early attack from Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn and win the match, keeping the two out of SmackDown Live.The SmackDown general manager looked in peak form in his first match in three years, displaying his full arsenal and hitting a running knee-Yes lock combo on Zayn to get the win.Charlotte ended Asuka’s undefeated streak and retained her SmackDown Women’s Championship with the Figure Eight.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames LATEST STORIEScenter_img Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Thompson, Warriors beat Suns for 15th straight time Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Nia Jax also won her first Raw Women’s Championship, waylaying Alexa Bliss and finishing her off with a Samoan Drop from the second rope.Seth Rollins became a Grand Slam Champion as he won the Intercontinental title in a triple threat match to open the show.Finn Balor was about to win the belt after a Coup de Grace on The Miz before The Architect nailed the Curb Stomp on the pinning Balor and gave the defending champion one for his own to get the three-count.Jinder Mahal also captured the United States Championship after winning the fatal-four-way.The Modern Day Maharaja took advantage of the distraction from Sunil Singh, hitting Rusev with the Khallas. He also bested defending champ Randy Orton and Bobby Roode in the bout.Braun Strowman picked his tag team partner, a 10-year-old kid named Nicholas, from the crowd and beat The Bar to become the new Raw Tag Team Champions as the Monster Among Men put Cesaro through a Running Powerslam to get the victory.The Bludgeon Brothers are the new rulers of the SmackDown tag team division as they emerged triumphant in the triple threat match over the Usos and the New Day.Harper and Rowan connected with the assisted powerbomb from the top turnbuckle to Kofi Kingston to claim the belts.Cedric Alexander became the new WWE Cruiserweight Champion after beating Mustafa Ali in the kickoff show.Ali missed his second 0-5-4 on Alexander, leading to three elbows and a Lumbar Check for the pinfall finish in the tournament finals. P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMClast_img read more

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Evolutionists Two-Faced About Academic Freedom

first_img(Visited 64 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Compare two countries: in one, when their hegemony is threatened, evolutionists plead for academic freedom.  In another, they deny it to those who want a chance to debate evolution.Turkey, with its somewhat secular government but largely Islamic population, has doubts about Darwin.  Leaders there are reluctant to promote evolution, which they consider controversial, as the “glue of all biological sciences,” according to Science Now.  Moreover, the government has (at times) blocked certain educational evolution websites, and thrown roadblocks in the way of evolutionary conferences, on the grounds that “Since evolution is still a debated issue, the degree to which the organizers represent the community/country is very questionable.”  This has angered certain Darwinist academics who were expecting the Turkish government to fund a recent pro-evolution conference for students.   They appealed to freedom of speech and inquiry (similar to academic freedom) in their protest:“It sets a very dangerous precedent,” Akçay says. “Today it might be a summer school that is fairly cheap … but tomorrow it could be a young researcher coming up for tenure. … And this on top of the very worrying and worsening trend in academia and the broader society towards curtailing freedom of speech and inquiry.“But in America, Darwinists are delighted when academic freedom is denied to critics of their theory (see commentary on Evolution News & Views).   Nature breathed a “Whew!” along with the National Center for Science Education when five states adopted science standards that will teach climate science and evolution dogmatically, prohibiting efforts to grant academic freedom to skeptics of those theories.  New science guidelines supported by evolutionists begin the one-sided indoctrination “well before high school.”  They “recommend teaching evolution before students reach high-school biology classes, the point at which many states tackle concepts such as natural selection and adaptation.”In the past two months, education officials in Rhode Island, Kentucky, Kansas, Maryland and Vermont have all approved the standards by overwhelming margins. At least five more states — California, Florida, Maine, Michigan and Washington — may take up the standards in the next few months.“Whew,” says Minda Berbeco, programmes and policy director at the National Center for Science Education in Oakland, California. “So far, so good.” Swift adoption of the guidelines has been surprising but welcome news for many supporters. Evolution has been a controversial topic in US education for decades, stretching back to the 1925 ‘monkey trial’ in Tennessee, where the state prosecuted high-school teacher John Scopes for violating a statute that barred the teaching of evolution. In the past decade, those who oppose evolution have sought to enact ‘academic freedom’ laws that would allow creationism to be taught alongside evolution.The reference to creationism is a bald lie, since none of the bills prescribe teaching creationism.  Instead, they ask for honest teaching of evolutionary theory, including its strengths and weaknesses, or they forbid schools from punishing teachers who do so, such as Eric Hedin, now in hot water at Ball State (see Evolution News & Views).  In any case, evolution is the only theory allowed in the curriculum.  Not even the Discovery Institute recommends bills requiring the teaching of intelligent design.Such hypocrites.  Evolutionists are like Marxists who cry out for freedom until they get power, then they deny it to everyone else.  They’re not even good Darwinists.  They ignore the words of their Prophet Charlie, who taught in his scriptures, “A fair result can be obtained only by fully stating and balancing the facts and arguments on both sides of each question”  (See AcademicFreedomDay.com).  Until and unless we rid science of the Darwin bigots, and require them to debate the evidence, they will continue to behave like the People of Froth, foaming at the mouth against anyone who wishes to break their filibuster and discuss the issues honestly.  What are they afraid of?  Scientific evidence?last_img read more

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Mental Miracles You Don’t Know About

first_img(Visited 40 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Your brain and eyes do things that scientists didn’t discover till recently.Retina recycling: How would you design a system that could cast off its spent parts without ceasing operation, and without changing its shape? Your photoreceptor cells have to do that every day. The process, called disc shedding, is described by PhysOrg in “A first glimpse at disc shedding in the human eye.” Here’s another system you should be glad you don’t have to consciously maintain.Photoreceptors are conic or cylindrical structures that capture and convert light into an electrical response. The light, itself, is toxic as it leads to photo-oxidative compounds that would kill the cells if left to accumulate. To remain healthy, the cells must discard the membranes that contain the toxic compounds and then renew those that were lost. The difficulty lies in the fact that the cells have to maintain a constant length as they undergo this dynamic process each day. They cannot add too many renewing bits in the assembly process that the cell becomes too big, or too few that it becomes too small to work correctly.“Shedding must be offset by renewal,” said Omer P. Kocaoglu, a biomedical engineer at Indiana University and the first author on the paper. “Dysfunction at any stage or loss in synchronization—such as loss of diurnal rhythm—can lead to photoreceptor and retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) dystrophy, and ultimately blindness.”Memory optimization: The brain’s memory is a vast but limited resource. In “How the brain makes new memories while preserving the old,” Science Daily says that neurologists at Columbia University invented a mathematical model to explain how you can continue learning new things for a lifetime but still remember things in high fidelity from your childhood. Is there an answer to the “how” question? Not exactly; “The model that we have developed finally explains why the biology and chemistry underlying memory are so complex — and how this complexity drives the brain’s ability to remember,” they boast, only to confess further down that the mathematical model collapses when realistic limits are placed on each synapse’s dial-up strength. The brain’s memory is not like computer memory. It’s not like a collection of static bins that are either empty or occupied, risking a disk-full situation down the road. Instead, the brain’s storage units—thought to reside in synapses—communicate with each other in complex ways. “Once we added the communication between components to our model, the storage capacity increased by an enormous factor, becoming far more representative of what is achieved inside the living brain.”Exactly how the synapses communicate and what they share remains to be discovered, but computer designers could sure learn something by mimicking the brain. PhysOrg says that computer makers are stuck in a rut. They are increasingly “turning to the brain to reboot computing,” inspired by the astonishing capabilities of the three-pound mass inside their own skulls that never stops learning.Stitching the left brain to the right brain: Many have heard that the two hemispheres of the brain have different functions. They are joined by the corpus callosum, a tightly-knit bundle of fibroblasts, nerve axons and other non-neural cells. Without this bridge, the hemispheres cannot communicate. Though this is not usually fatal, it leads to various disorders of development. Science Daily reports that scientists have fingered astroglia (previously thought to be unimportant brain cells) as the sewing machines for the corpus callosum. “Astroglia zip the two halves of the brain together,” the headline reads. These “main support cells of the brain” guide the fibroblasts into place. They “weave themselves between the right and left lobes, and form the bridge for axons to grow across the gap.”Automatic puzzle solver: Enjoy puzzles? The title of a paper in Nature‘s open-access journal Scientific Reports is sure to lure the curious: “How Humans Solve Complex Problems: The Case of the Knapsack Problem.” The knapsack problem is “a discrete optimisation problem commonly encountered at all levels of cognition, from attention gating to intellectual discovery.” Computers have a hard time solving it, and so do people. But some solve it without knowing they did. OK, here’s what it is. Think of deciding what to put into and take out of a knapsack before leaving on a hike. You want to take what you need without weighing yourself down.The knapsack problem (KP) is a combinatorial optimisation problem with the goal of finding, in a set of items of given values and weights, the subset of items with the highest total value, subject to a total weight constraint. It is a member of the complexity class non-deterministic polynomial-time (NP) hard. For those problems, there are no known efficient solution algorithms, that is, algorithms whose computational time only grows as a polynomial of the size of the problem’s instances. This feature obtains despite the fact that one can compute relatively fast whether a given candidate solution reaches a certain value level.Two Australian scientists explain that the KP “permeates the lives of humans” at many levels, such as deciding what stimulus to focus on, how to budget your time with a list of things to do, all the way up to managing a company’s portfolio for greatest ROI for shareholders. “It has also been argued that the KP reflects an important aspect of innovation and intellectual discovery,” as revealed by patent applications for combining technologies in novel ways. Animals, too, confront situations where they have to budget resources to obtain food or other needs. A cheetah can’t run all day; which prey animal should it target?Obviously, people differ in their ability to solve this problem. Factors like complexity of the problem, effort required, motivation, skill at arithmetic, memory, ability to concentrate and mental health will affect scoring. Some people seem to have innately better tacit knowledge, the inexplicable insight to sense the best strategy.The authors sought to identify what about the brain helps solve the KP. What they found is that humans generally solve the problem, but not like computers programmed for optimization. Some subjects, for instance, will continue to waste energy on a complex problem beyond the point of diminishing returns. “Across participants, we found little overlap in the knapsacks that they visited,” they conclude. “This implies … that there does not seem to be a ‘representative heuristic’ which captures the essence of all participants’ strategies.” This result appears to support the view that human beings are individuals, not products of a blind programming process of natural selection that all act alike. Maybe that’s why the authors didn’t mention evolution in the paper.Earth is the brain’s habitat: Experiments with rodents show that the expected amount of radiation on a long voyage to Mars would likely damage astronauts’ brains. Astrobiology Magazine says, “Mars-bound astronauts face chronic dementia risk from galactic cosmic ray exposure.” Star Trekkies take note:“This is not positive news for astronauts deployed on a two-to-three-year round trip to Mars,” said the professor of radiation oncology in UCI’s School of Medicine. “The space environment poses unique hazards to astronauts. Exposure to these particles can lead to a range of potential central nervous system complications that can occur during and persist long after actual space travel – such as various performance decrements, memory deficits, anxiety, depression and impaired decision-making. Many of these adverse consequences to cognition may continue and progress throughout life.”Indeed, the astronauts may lose the ability to return to Earth. That’s sorry news for fans of last year’s movie hit, The Martian. Outer space is a shooting gallery of solar particles and cosmic rays. A soul may imagine itself exploring the universe, but the human brain, as a physical organ in a physical body, needs a suitable habitat. That habitat may be limited to the surface of a particular blue planet orbiting a particular star.We must surely stand in awe of the equipment bequeathed to us. So much of our day is focused on things occupying our conscious attention, which is amazing enough. But to learn about all these automatic, subconscious processes that support our minds and memories should make us gasp with astonishment. What treasures inhabit our skulls! It should make us grieve when a brain is damaged or destroyed, whether by accident or intention. It should make us nourish and cherish our gifts, and treat others with the utmost respect.  No one, not even the disabled or faithless, is to be despised like a piece of trash. We are all made in the image of God. We honor God by respecting the crown of His creation.last_img read more

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Android Phones Go to War

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … sarah perez Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts center_img Tags:#Google#mobile#web The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Reports this week revealed that U.S. defense contractor Raytheon, maker of the Patriot missile defense system, is developing software for soldiers that runs on Google’s Android operating system. The software, called the Raytheon Android Tactical System, or RATS, has already been tested by some members of the U.S. Special Forces. It involves a social-networking type of display where soldiers interact as “buddies” and track each others’ movements on the battlefield. There’s an App for That! Social Networking for Soldiers, Military-Grade Satellite ImagesIf RATS takes off, soldiers would carry smartphones with them into battle, says this Reuters report released on Wednesday. However, the phones would run identity recognition software so that enemy forces would not be able to unlock the device if they ever got their hands on one of them.In addition to the soldier buddy tracking system described above, the Android OS could also support applications that deliver satellite images to the phone’s large color touchscreen. Military satellites can focus in on minute features you can’t see when using consumer-grade technology like Google Earth, so the software installed on RATS could potentially zero in on facial features or be used to read license plates. The phones running these military-level Android apps wouldn’t be standard Nexus Ones or Droids, of course, but specially designed handsets, each costing around $500 – the same price as unlocked consumer smartphones. So far, Raytheon has tested the software on handsets made by Motorola and HTC. Raytheon would also design and install GPS tracking and encryption onto the phones, as well as communication software to provide coverage where signals don’t exist.Google was a Big Help, Says RaytheonRaytheon credits Google for its help in the software’s development. Says Mark Bigham, VP for defense and civil mission solutions at Raytheon, “We’re trying to take advantage of smartphone technology to tailor for what soldiers may need in the field. Google has helped us push the limits of the phone.” Bigham also notes that Google would benefit financially if and when RATS became available to the defense market – a market that isn’t just limited to the U.S. Besides the U.S. Army, Bigham says the Indian military is another potential customer for this Android-based technology. last_img read more

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