SACRAMENTO – It will be illegal for hunters to possess or fire lead ammunition when they are in California condor habitat under regulations adopted Friday by a state commission. By a vote of 3-1, the California Fish and Game Commission expanded the state’s lead ammunition ban in an effort to safeguard North America’s largest flying bird. “It’s pretty clear lead poisoning is one of the major factors preventing recovery of the species,” said Jeff Miller, a conservation advocate at the Center for Biological Diversity. “It’s another step in getting lead out of the food chain.” The condor was once found from coast to coast, but hunting, pesticides and development drove the birds to the brink of extinction. The federal government declared the bird endangered in 1967. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champScientists for years have said condors are poisoned when they ingest lead while feeding on the bullet-ridden carcasses of other animals. But regulators have been slow to act. Earlier this summer, commissioner R. Judd Hanna said Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s administration asked him to resign after he clashed with the National Rifle Association over pending condor protections. The regulation will take effect July 1, 2008.
Eureka >> Just a few weeks ago, the 2017 softball season had been a forgettable one for the Eureka Loggers.Mired in a 10-game losing streak and dealing with a mid-season coaching change, Eureka appeared to be on the outside looking in for a county tournament birth. But new head coach Katelyn Glaeser infused a new outlook into the Loggers’ program, and my how Eureka has turned around its season since then.Eureka’s offense exploded for eight runs and starting pitcher Alyssa Jimenez allowed …
Scientists have a lot to learn about living animals before presuming to speak of long-lost extinct ones.Tree croc: Scientists have confirmed anecdotal reports that some crocodiles and alligators can climb trees. “When most people envision crocodiles and alligators, they think of them waddling on the ground or wading in water — not climbing trees,” Science Daily reported. “However, a new study has found that the reptiles can climb trees as far as the crowns.” Scientists from U of Tennessee found 4 species on 3 continents (Australia, Africa and North America) engaging in tree climbing. They think the reptiles do it to regulate their body temperature by basking, or to improve their view for surveillance. Small ones could venture farther than big ones, but “the ability to climb vertically is a measure of crocodiles’ spectacular agility on land.”Alpine bumblebee: Science Magazine reported that bumblebees appear capable of flying higher than Mt. Everest. “The last thing you’d expect to see out your airplane window is a bumblebee cruising by,” the article says. “But a new study suggests that the insects might be capable of such high-altitude jaunts.” Chinese researchers studied some bees found at high altitude, and experimented with their limits, finding some capable of thriving 100 meters above the elevation of Everest. The bees appear to compensate for the lower air pressure by flapping at the same speed but with greater amplitude.High wings: Quick: What bird flies the highest altitude? According to the BBC News, its Reppell’s vulture, found at 37,000 feet (presumably with bumblebee companions). The article gives “Seven surprising facts about vultures,” including their big appetites, ability to fly high and for long distances, and their varied diet and strong stomachs for digesting carrion. “Bearded vultures are the only animals known to have a diet of 70-90% bone and their stomach acid allows them to take nutrients from what other species discard,” the article says, noting that the stomach acid can neutralize cholera, anthrax and even botulism toxin – the strongest poison in the world (one gram could kill a billion humans). Thanks in part to vultures, the world is cleansed of decaying dead animals. One vulture carrying two dead rats was blocked at the airport gate recently. The reason? He was only allowed one carrion.Flying snakes: A video clip on the BBC News, and an accompanying article, show that some snakes in Southeast Asia can shape themselves a bit like an S-shaped Frisbee and glide through the air for long distances after flinging itself off tree branches. “Scientists say that the serpents radically alter their body shape to generate the aerodynamic forces needed to perform this feat.” A photo caption reads, “The aerodynamic forces are comparable with those generated by a plane’s wing.”Weightlifter ants: Ants are capable of sustaining “astounding pressures” on their necks, Science Daily said, calling their necks “amazing” and worth studying for improving robot strength. These aren’t specially trained ants, either, but just common American field ants. Measurements with centrifuges show the neck can withstand 5,000 times the ant’s body weight, due to a combination of materials and the structure of the joints. These leave the muscles free to lift and position objects.Sneezing sponges: This headline on Science Daily says it all: “Sneezing sponges suggest existence of sensory organ: Discovery challenges assumptions about ‘primitive’ organism.” How can an animal without a nervous system have a sense organ? That was the question a young biologist, Danielle Ludeman, decided to ask at the University of Alberta. “The sponge is a filter feeder that relies totally on water flow through its body for food, oxygen and waste removal,” the article explained. “Sneezing, a 30- to 45-minute process that sees the entire body of the sponge expand and contract, allows it to respond to physical stimuli such as sediment in the water.” This seems to presuppose sensory ability, but where did it reside? Ludeman and her supervisor, Sallie Leys, found ciliated cells lining the osculum. As evolutionists, they are trying to figure out whether this evolved uniquely in the sponge or is common to all animals. For a sponge, one of the simplest multicellular animals of all, to have a sense organ is “totally new,” not found in textbooks; “this doesn’t appear in someone’s concept of what sponges are permitted to have,” Leys said.Controlled power dive: Peregrine falcons can dive at 200 miles an hour, an article on Science Daily says. Experiments with specially designed wind tunnels shows that their feathers appear to act as “self-adaptive flaps” during dives. The body also changes shape during descent.Monarch crisis: Long live the king! We end with a sad story of the precipitous decline of Monarch butterflies, reported by Live Science and Science Now. These long-distance travelers, highlighted in the Illustra film Metamorphosis: The Beauty and Design of Butterflies, are in trouble – this time, it appears truly because of human interference. It’s not just their home in the mountains of Mexico that is threatened by logging. Use of pesticide-resistant crops in the USA has allowed many farmers to spray their fields with Roundup, killing off the milkweed on which the butterflies depend. Drought in Texas may also be a factor. Once a billion butterflies met in Mexico; now, 33.5 million were estimated during a 9-year decline. Unless quick measures are taken to restore the milkweed, this long-distance migration, a wonder of nature, is at risk of being lost.No matter where you look, the living world is filled with astonishing design. How can anyone attribute these feats to blind, aimless forces? Evolution amounts to a cop-out explanation, like saying, “Well, if they weren’t that way, they would have gone extinct” or “Stuff happens.” Come now, and let us reason together. Mistakes, in our day-to-day experience, do not generally cause exquisite design. Good design is a product of engineering. Why not make the logical inference? These animals don’t just show passable design. They show elegant, exquisite, astonishing design, as if Someone with omniscience, omnipotence, and wisdom had a plan. Follow the evidence. (Visited 71 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
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Related Posts It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking of the app economy as a fully developed and mature space. And while it’s not the wild wild West that it was two years ago, the economy is still rapidly evolving – and we’re about to see some significant changes in 2011. 1. The Virtual Good is God – it’s all about in-app purchasingDoes it seem like everyone and their mother are talking about virtual goods? That’s because everyone is. And everyone’s mother just spent $200 buying virtual cows for her virtual farm. The virtual currency economy is big and growing – and it’s no joke for gaming publishers looking to monetize. Inside Virtual Goods recently published a report predicting that the virtual goods market in the U.S. alone will hit $2.1 billion in revenues this year.Monetization through virtual goods made a splash in 2010, but in 2011 we’ll see the economy grow into a real beast to be reckoned with. This year more iPhone and Android games will move from paid or subscription-based apps to a combination of in-app purchasing and advertising to monetize. Guest author Michael Chang is co-founder and the CEO of Greystripe. He has worked as an associate at Incubic Venture Capital and as an engineer and product manager with SAN pioneer Gadzoox Networks. He has a MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and a BS from Carnegie Mellon.2. Mobile ads are about to transform – the formats and placements within apps are going to changeWhen mobile ads first hit the market, the online format was simply slapped onto the smartphone. Since the beginning, standard banner ads have been king – placed haphazardly on every screen of an app and each page of the mobile Web. This year will be the year advertisers start to pay as much attention to where and how an ad is placed as they do to the number of impressions and clicks. We’re going to start seeing more and more large, engaging ads delivered as interstitials – placed at natural transition points in content. The actual ads are evolving too. Rich media will become common. Video ads will also grow dramatically, which will come as no surprise to any Angry Bird-er who experienced video ads this holiday season.3. Regional and local ads will become commonplace – but hyperlocal ads will wait until 2012Local was the mobile buzzword of 2010 – and it’s not going away any time soon. Throughout the year, local and regional ads are going to be popping up more frequently. BIA/Kelsey predicts location-targeted ads will grow from $400 million in 2010 to over $2 billion by 2014. Scale is driving better opportunities for targeting, and more advertisers are taking advantage. But even though the climate is ripe for local, you shouldn’t expect an onslaught of hyperlocal ads. Yes, you’ll start seeing more ads for the Best Buy near you. But you won’t be overwhelmed with ads for the pizza place downstairs quite yet.4. An Android application store will enhance payment and discovery. (It better, if Android wants to win the competition for developers.)Last year was the year for Android – Google’s Android OS overtook iPhone in the total number of subscribers. But with the iPhone coming to Verizon, Android is going to have to step up its game if it wants to stay on top. In particular, Android’s marketplace has proven to be a key limitation. Apple’s App Store, while hardly perfect, is far superior to Android’s for finding and purchasing new apps. Android needs to figure out a way to organize its apps and simplify the checkout process. Someone will figure it out in 2011. Maybe it will be Google who has announced plans for upgrades. Maybe it will be a third party like Amazon.5. The wild cards: Emerging platforms, cross-platform HTML5 apps, non-Apple tablets and interactive TV A few potential app economy game changers need to be watched this year. Windows and Blackberry will make a strong push in 2011 for market share of high-end smartphones. This could increase fragmentation of the mobile app economy but should also contribute to the shift toward cross-platform HTML5 mobile websites that look and feel like native apps. The introduction of iPad alternatives will be an indication of how big the tablet market can be. Google and Apple’s TV products will test if the mainstream is ready for interactive TV. It’s clear that we’re entering an exciting time.Disclosure: the author is the CEO of a mobile advertising network.Photo by Jorge Quinteros Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … guest author 1 Tags:#apps#mobile#Trends Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology
Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—San Miguel’s loss to Columbian Dyip wasn’t just treated as an ordinary defeat back in the Beermen’s camp.The defending Philippine Cup champions saw it as a challenge, and nearly almost an insult, and they promptly vowed to change their ways before they faced Barangay Ginebra.ADVERTISEMENT Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town MOST READ Christian Standhardinger happy for Andray Blatche, questionable for 6th Fiba window 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 LATEST STORIES ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes View comments Marcio Lassiter, who came up big in the clutch for the Beermen against Ginebra, said it was their fault why they lost since he knew they didn’t play at their best when they lost to the Dyip.“It definitely hurts you know, we just expect to play better,” said Lassiter who had 16 points, five rebounds, six assists, and two steals against Ginebra. “We knew what was wrong. We figured it out and we just have to get going at it, keep on working to be better.”“Pretty much that loss was not us, that’s very uncharacteristic of us and tonight was a better showing of how we’re capable of playing.”San Miguel held a big lead at the start of the fourth quarter against Ginebra, 78-57, but nearly lost it in the end after the Gin Kings went on a frenzied 32-16 run to trim the margin to five, 94-89, after LA Tenorio’s triple with 1:29 left in the game.That was when Lassiter went to work his magic when he caught Von Pessumal’s errant pass and calmly drained a big three-pointer for the Beermen’s 97-89 lead 1:15 remaining.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Lassiter’s dagger, however, wouldn’t have happened if not for the quick thinking of Pessumal and the backup shooting guard’s late stay on the floor was even unlikelier.Pessumal played around 10.6 minutes a game in the past season usually serving as backup to Lassiter, Chris Ross, and Alex Cabagnot but with San Miguel missing key players including new acquisition Terrence Romeo the substitute winger had to step in.“I just stay ready to play every game,” said Pessumal, who 13 points, three rebounds, and two assists in 26 minutes of play. “I’m thankful to coach Leo [Austria] because he trusted me to be in the starting 5 so it means a lot to me. I have to repay him also.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants San Miguel has built a dynasty having won six of the possible 12 titles including four straight Philippine Cups and the team was expected to run away with an easy victory against the Dyip, who only has one playoff series in their existence, but the opposite happened as humble Columbian stunned the Beermen 124-118.The mighty Beermen, who regained their form, promptly recovered and dumped the Gin Kings on Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum as if reminding the rest of the league of their powerhouse status.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“We we’re truly hurt because that was our first game and we lost,” said 2013 MVP Arwind Santos in Filipino. “Everyone expected that we would win the game [against Columbian] but we failed. And since we failed that we saw how we were beaten and we saw our errors on defense.”Santos, who tied his career-high of 34 points in the loss to the Dyip, was quieter in the win against Ginebra putting up just six points but had one steal and two blocks on the other end of the floor.