first_imgHarvard prof doesn’t back down from claims that alien spacecraft may be zipping past Jupiter orbit (Fox News). Avi Loeb should know better. He should know that making such an inference requires assuming that intelligent design is a valid scientific theory. Others think that Oumuamua asteroid is just a floating conglomerate of cosmic dust (Fox News). Who admits to going to the funny pages first in the big Sunday paper? Darwin always delivers a good laugh.T. rex evolved into a monster predator by dumbing down its brain (New Scientist). This article claims T. rex had a smaller relative brain size than an ancestor. “The change could be a consequence of growing so large” (see non-sequitur). And yet it was a monster predator, reporter Yvaine Ye admits. Conclusion: it dumbed down its brain in order to eat. But in the limit, what if a mighty hunter forgets what to do with the prey? If this were a law of nature, why don’t the best hunters perform the best clown acts?Chickens Peck Intruder Fox to Death, Because They’re Dinosaurs (Live Science). This may be the worst headline ever on the “birds are dinosaurs” meme. Fox enters henhouse. Darwin takes over:But chickens, like all birds, are the descendants of dinosaurs. And this particular coop held 3,000 hens. As soon as the sun set and the light-controlled, automatic hatch door closed behind the fox, the birds channeled their inner Tyrannosaurus rex and attacked the fox.Last we checked, T. rex didn’t have a beak, or hunt in packs, or fly with those puny arms. Kentucky Fried T. rex, anyone?Aliens Might Shoot Lasers at Black Holes to Travel the Galaxy (Live Science). “An astronomer at Columbia University has a new guess about how hypothetical alien civilizations might be invisibly navigating our galaxy: Firing lasers at binary black holes (twin black holes that orbit each other).” Yeah, they might.The women too scared of climate change to have children (BBC News). Think, ladies. Even if you believe in man-caused climate change, refusing to enjoy one of the greatest benefits of life—having a family—is not a good strategy. The ones who couldn’t care less about climate will just out-breed you, harming the climate faster than ever before.  Even the pro-warmist site Medical Xpress admits that the way to save the planet is to “stop trying to be its friend.”Lemmings, by JB Greene. Used by permission. (Visited 398 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more


first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The bipartisan CREAATE Act — a bill to increase investment in two federal programs with a proven track record of building global demand for U.S. agricultural products — was recently introduced by Senators Angus King (I-Maine), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Joe Donnelly (D-Indiana), and Susan Collins (R-Maine). The passage of the bill would increase investment in the Market Access Program (MAP) and Foreign Market Development program (FMD). A companion bill was introduced in the House earlier this year.MAP and FMD are public-private partnerships that promote U.S. agriculture. Together, they are responsible for 15% of U.S. agricultural export revenue-$309 billion since 1977.“MAP and FMD are critical programs for building and expanding global markets for American agricultural exports. We must increase investment in these programs,” said Wesley Spurlock, a Texas farmer and president of the National Corn Growers Association. “These programs deliver a strong return on investment. Every $1 invested in MAP and FMD generates $28 in exports-that means more American jobs, and more money coming into our communities. Now more than ever, we need to invest in export and market development programs like these to build global demand and help farmers’ bottom lines.”Funding for MAP and FMD has not kept pace with inflation, administrative costs, the growth of the global marketplace, or the investments other countries have made in their own export promotion. The FMD program is also under threat to lose its baseline funding when the farm bill expires in 2018.The CREAATE Act would gradually increase MAP funding from $200 million to $400 million per year and FMD funding from $34.5 million to $69 million per year, over the next five years.“Thank you to Senator King, Senator Ernst, Senator Donnelly, and Senator Collins for leading the effort to strengthen the MAP and FMD programs. These programs have already been successful, but with increased investment, they can help even more American farmers and ranchers compete around the world,” Spurlock said.last_img read more


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first_imgTo commemorate the 65th Anniversary of the National Day of the People’s Republic of China, Embassy of China in association with India China Economic and Cultural Council organised a cultural evening – Chinese KungFu Show, to strengthen the bilateral cultural cooperation between India and China, on 24 September at Siri Fort Auditorium. The show saw the performances by the Shaolin Kung Fu Performance Troupe. The troupe belongs to the Emperor of Tang Dynasty from 621 B.C. and is one of the ancient troupes from China, straight from the Shaolin Temple. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Performing for the first time in India, the Shaolin Kung Fu troupe displayed an array of excellent skills such as the Zen Kungfu, eight-piece brocade, long-style boxing, Kungfu by two fingers, imitative-style boxing among many others.  Shaolin Kung Fu Performance troupe, being known for its historic background and art training, showcased their various breath taking and astonishing skills at the evening enthralling the crowd with their surprise tricks. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixSpeaking on the occasion, Zhang Zhihong, Cultural Counsellor, Embassy of China in India expressed warm greetings on the occasion of China National Day and wished for the complete success of the program and contributes to the people and culture exchange between the two countries. Mohammed Saqib, Secretary General, India China Economic and Cultural Council thanked all for gathering and ensuring a trademark show ever in the history of cultural evenings. Also gracing the occasion with theirbest wishes were Parvez Dewan, Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, Government of India and  Le Yucheng, Chinese Ambassador to India.last_img read more


first_imgKolkata: The year is going to end on a sweet note for the people of Kolkata as a three-day ‘rosogolla’ festival is being organized in the city to pay tribute to its inventor Nobin Chandra Das. Bengal had last year received a Geographical Indication (GI) tag for the round-shaped syrupy sweet. The three-day gala, beginning December 28, will celebrate 150 years of ‘rosogolla’ invention, said West Bengal minister Sashi Panja. “The first-ever ‘Baghbazar-O-Rosogolla Utsab’, supported by the state government, is aimed at paying tribute to Das and his invention of the syrupy cheeseball, which went on to conquer taste buds across the world,” Panja, who is also the chief convener of the fest, told reporters here recently. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life The sweetmeat festival will also highlight the history, heritage and culture of Baghbazar – the hub of the Bengal renaissance, she said. Singer Hariharan is set to grace the occasion and enthrall visitors with his performance. The fest committee, with painter Suvaprasanna as chief adviser and the rosogolla inventor’s heir Dhiman Das as member, has also arranged for cooking competitions and quiz contests. Sweetmeat traders from across the state will get an opportunity to dish out their signature items during the three-day fiesta, Panja, the state minister for women and child development and social welfare, said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed “I fell very proud that Rosogolla has been invented in this city, in Baghbazar. We will also observe 100 years of Bagbazar Sarbojanin Durgotsav (annual Durga puja) at the fest,” she added. Nobin Chandra Das had opened a sweet shop at Jorasanko in north Kolkata in 1864, but he tasted success after moving his business to Baghbazar in 1866. It was sometime in 1868, when he created ‘rosogolla’ out of fragmented clumps of cottage cheese and sugar syrup.last_img read more