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Kurtenbach: 5 extremely bold Warriors predictions for the 2019-20 season

first_imgThe Warriors’ 2019-2020 campaign is poised to be one of the most peculiar in years for the franchise — new team, new arena, new expectations.But let me tell you, if you think things are strange now, they’re only going to get wackier in the weeks to come.And before the season tips off, come and peer into my crystal ball and see what I expect from the Dubs as we enter a new decade.And pay heed — there’s nothing tame about foretellings: Stephen Curry breaks the NBA record for made …last_img

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Do Honeycombs Just Happen, or Do Bees Design Them?

first_imgThe idea that honeycombs in beehives self-assemble is as old as Darwin.  A new study claims to reinforce the idea, yet honeybees are not just bystanders in the process.Honeycombs have long been admired as examples of functional design in nature.  The hexagonal packing is the most efficient method of maximizing storage area while minimizing building materials.  Is this an example of design in nature, or natural laws at work?  Maybe that’s a false dichotomy.Nature News announced the self-assembly theme in an article entitled, “How honeycombs can build themselves.”  Writer Philip Ball recounts how Darwin thought of self-assembly: “The idea that the bees might first make circular cells, which become hexagonal subsequently, was proposed by Charles Darwin,” he writes, “But he was unable to find convincing evidence of it.”  That evidence has supposedly been forthcoming in a new study by an engineer in the UK:Engineer Bhushan Karihaloo at the University of Cardiff, UK, and his co-workers say that bees simply make cells that are circular in cross section and are packed together like a layer of bubbles. According to their research, which appears in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface, the wax, softened by the heat of the bees’ bodies, then gets pulled into hexagonal cells by surface tension at the junctions where three walls meet.This finding feeds into a long-standing debate about whether the honeycomb is an example of exquisite biological engineering or blind physics.Further reading, however, shows that the bees are not mere bystanders, even if they employ the natural laws of “blind physics” —It might seem like there is not much left for the bees to do once they’ve made the circular cells. But they do seem to be expert builders. They can, for example, use their head as a plumb-line to measure the vertical, tilt the axis of the cells very slightly up from the horizontal to prevent the honey from flowing out, and measure cell wall thicknesses with extreme precision. Might they not, then, continue to play an active part in shaping the circular cells into hexagons, rather than letting surface tension do the job?Good question.  Another physicist noted that if bees’ body heat were so important to the process, the whole hive would melt down.Live Science stated that the honeycomb, “once thought to be an incredible feat of math-savvy insects” has been “explained by simple mechanics.”  Later in that article, though, is the suggestion that bees focus their body heat to shape the hexagonal cells after first carving them out as cylinders.  Another biologist spoke of the “the mechanisms that honeybees manage to build very precise cells,” suggesting there is more going on than “simple mechanics.”  That biologist also hinted that humans could learn something from the bees’ techniques.If honeycombs were the product of blind physics alone, why are they so precise in beehives?  Columnar basalt is an example of natural law at work without design.  When some lava flows cool, they crack into polygonal shapes, usually hexagons—but not always.  Displays like Devil’s Postpile in California, spectacular as they are, show the limits of natural law; irregular polygons, falling into piles at the base.  Nothing forces them to assemble at precise angles or thicknesses for any conceivable function.  Similarly, bubbles on the surface of water can sometimes assume hexagonal borders due to surface tension, but are rarely free of defects.  Honeycomb hexagons, by contrast, are very orderly and regular, maximizing space and minimizing wax, for a specified purpose: creating space for honey storage and the raising of young.Another example can be found with arches.  Natural arches can be very large and spectacular, but we can tell intuitively whether an arch is natural or designed.  The Arc de Triomphe in Paris, the arches in a basement supporting a building, or the arches in a Roman aqueduct spanning a canyon for miles, would never result from natural law.  Why do they differ from Delicate Arch in Utah?  Delicate Arch doesn’t do anything.  It has no specification, no purpose.  There, a sandstone fin eroded, weakest part first, till the most stable structure – an arch – formed and enlarged till it stands near to collapse, joining other arches in the park where gravity took over.  No mind was involved.  The man-made arches, though, required a mind. They function for artistry (commemorating a military victory), for architecture, or for carrying water.  Because they function, the design specs for them are more critical and precise.  Some Roman aqueducts, still standing today, maintained a very, very slight declination to keep the water flowing for over 30 miles, despite hills and canyons along the route.Just because bees know how to use surface tension does not mean they are bystanders in a blind process of physics.  On the contrary, knowing how to use natural law efficiently is evidence of intelligent design.  If a bee can start with a round hole and use surface tension to help mold it into a hexagon, the bee is working smart, just as much as an engineer using gravity to advantage.  The bee doesn’t just let nature do it.  The bee supervises the result, ensuring that the resulting honeycomb meets the requirements for precise wall thicknesses and inclinations of the cells.The intelligent design in the case of honeycomb construction resides not in the brains of the bees themselves, but in the instinctive abilities programmed into them.  They carry out the programmed instincts like miniature robots.  That presupposes a robot-maker.  Who was it?  That’s an interesting question, but it’s beyond the scope of intelligent design theory.  Just as one can tell an aqueduct was designed without knowing the designer, one can infer intelligent design in honeycombs from the specified complexity observed, whether or not certain natural laws come into play during its construction.  The observation of design does not require knowing the identify of the designer, but makes belief in a personal, purposeful God, such as the God of the Bible, the most reasonable step of faith in the direction the evidence points. 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Fast moving prices with big swings likely in coming weeks

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A phone call last month was a first for me as to its ending. As I was talking with a customer mid-morning, I heard these words at a little faster pace, “Doug, I have to go. I see a groundhog I have been trying to get for months.” I think the next sound I heard was, “click”.So far this is the summer that wasn’t. Frequent and plentiful rains during June and early July have kept growing conditions less than ideal in many areas across Ohio and the Midwest. Persistent rains falling in already drenched fields and declining crop conditions have played a large role in the price rally for corn and soybeans.While it is difficult to translate crop conditions on a certain date into a final yield for U.S. corn and soybeans, one thing seems fairly certain: we have seen the year’s high for U.S. corn and soybean yields for this growing season. USDA currently has the U.S. corn yield at 166.8 bushels per acre and the soybean yield at 46 bushels per acre for this crop year. Many had expected that USDA would lower U.S. corn and soybean yields with the July 10 supply and demand report as compared to June. History would suggest otherwise. Since the early 1990s, the corn yield from June to July was only reduced one time, in 1993. Soybeans fell in just two years — 1993 and 2012. Following the report, many had estimated the U.S. corn yield at 162 to 164 and the soybean yield at 44 to 45. It would take a perfect set of crop conditions and weather in the good areas to offset the yield losses seen to date. Early in June, November CBOT soybeans had fallen to $8.96. Key was their inability to close below the magic threshold of $9. Bears lost control of prices at that point. Since that low, November soybeans have rallied to 10.40. In just a few short weeks the combined fund short positions for corn, soybeans, and wheat that had set several weekly records quickly changed.Weather at times does not have to be rocket science. The reality of entrenched weather trends being difficult to break is upon the state of Ohio. Frequent rains have provided plenty of moisture. Corn has benefitted the most while soybeans gained little benefit. Soybeans do not like wet feet — just look at a 30-day moisture accumulation report for the month of June in Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio. The red color on the moisture charts for high rainfall stands out like a sore thumb.Back in early June, numerous customers were commenting that soybeans were not growing in their normal fashion. Growth was stunted and leaves were yellow. The days of rain are outnumbering the days of sunshine and no rain. Suffice it to say that as of mid-July, many are talking of at least average to above average corn yields. That is not always the case for north central Ohio and especially northwest Ohio. Those areas saw 10 inches or more of rain in June. However, soybean yields could be just average. While the desired outcome is for both corn and soybean yields to both be above average, the reality is that combination does not happen year after year.December CBOT corn made new highs for the past 12 months as they reached $4.49 this month. Corn producers were finally rewarded for their wait in the return of $4 corn. More patient producers have been able to see new crop fall delivery prices for corn at $4 and soybeans at $10. The question remains, “How high will corn and soybean prices go this summer?” Prior to the July 10 crop report, trade estimates for corn ending stocks ranged from 1.26 to 1.91 billion bushels. Soybean ending stocks ranged from 193 to 450 million bushels. This huge amount of uncertainty means huge price volatility will be apparent in the weeks ahead.With the huge range of crop conditions in the country, yields are extremely difficult to determine. Prices will be fast moving with huge price ranges for both corn and soybeans. Yield estimates remain wide as we reach August. Shortly before the July 10 USDA crop report, a good friend in Illinois relayed these thoughts. “Twenty days ago my clients were fearing low grain prices. Now they fear the yields they hoped for may not materialize.” How quickly your perspective can change during the course of the growing season. The market’s job will be to get a better handle on yields in coming weeks.P.S. The groundhog hunt was successful.last_img read more

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Twitter Effect’s Power Overstated when it Comes to Making and Breaking Movies

first_imgWhen summer movies like Sacha Baron Cohen’s “Bruno” and “Funny People,” the latest from comedic hit-maker Judd Apatow, tanked, for once people weren’t blaming the quality of the films themselves. They were blaming Twitter. According to multiple reports, it was the early buzz on Twitter – much of it negative – that caused these movies to crash and burn. Similarly, when movies do well, as is the case now with the sci-fi thriller “District 9” and Brad Pitt’s action-filled “Inglorious Basterds,” credit is given to the powerful “Twitter effect” and its ability to make or break a movie. But is Twitter really having this big an impact on the movie industry?Twitter Effect in Action? Recent news from crimson hexagon, makers of an online conversation-monitoring platform called VoxTrot, reveals that the word of mouth circulating on Twitter over the weekend about “Inglorious Basterds” was largely positive. In fact, only 8% of the 4500 sampled tweets had anything negative to say about the movie. Not surprisingly, the movie ended up doing extremely well at the box office, pulling in $37.6 million in the U.S., with an additional $27.1 million overseas, during its opening weekend.But was Twitter really the impetus behind the movie’s success? According to Matt Atchity, editor in chief of News Corp.-owned review site Rotten Tomatoes, the answer is “no.” He thinks Twitter’s influence is overhyped and overrated. In a recent Forbes interview, Atchity is quoted as saying:“It’s an interesting word of mouth, but I think only for a certain part of the audience. For the younger, more connected audience that may be true but for older audiences, I don’t know…Do I think Twitter is affecting my cousins in Kansas City and what they see? If it’s a big enough movie, they are going to see it.”Tweets Don’t Equal Ticket SalesHe may have a point. Despite the reports and charts attempting to prove the “Twitter Effect,” what’s being said on Twitter may not have as big an impact on real-world actions as is being implied by these numbers. For one thing, we know that the demographics on Twitter aren’t representative of the demographics of the movie-goers. (Teens don’t tweet, remember?) Plus, correlating the volume of tweets about a movie, as research service Trendrr recently did, only proves people are talking, not what they’re saying nor whether their anticipatory tweets will lead to actual ticket sales. Besides, don’t we all know by now that correlation is not the same as causation?Online Buzz Doesn’t Always Deliver Finally, online chatter, even when positive, can’t save a movie (or a TV show for that matter, as “Firefly” fans will be sure to remind you.) Case in point: 2006’s “Snakes on a Plane.” In what was one of the first cases of crowdsourcing movie production to fans, the filmmakers eventually reshot parts of the movie to meet fan expectations. They added in more snakes, more gore, and more death scenes, thus bumping the rating of the movie from PG-13 to R. And, of course, they added in the now-famous line “I want these mother####ing snakes off the mother####ing plane!”Based on the online chatter and excitement surrounding the film, everyone was sure it would be a success. Interest in the film went viral, with fan-made trailers and scripts, lit-up message boards, and general frenzy. What happened at the box office? Did “Snakes” become a smashing success? No, quite the opposite. The movie managed to rake in only $15 million on its opening weekend and, in the end, grossed $34 million domestically – only $1 million more than the production budget alone. In other words, it bombed.What this means for Twitter is that the online chatter taking place on the popular microblogging site, while still an important vector for studying sentiment, is not powerful enough on its own to truly impact the overall success or failure of a movie. As of now, only the movie-going audience can do that. And guess what? They’re not all on Twitter… well, at least not yet. Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Tags:#NYT#Trends#twitter#web center_img sarah perez Related Posts A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

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Samsung’s Boxee Buy: Another Promising Start-Up Bites The Dust

first_imgHow OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture The unexpected news that Samsung has acquired the video-startup Boxee—reportedly for $30 million—is supposedly a plus for the South Korean company’s smart TV plans. In fact, though, it’s a likely death sentence for a much-loved start-up’s technology—and one that isn’t likely to do much for Samsung, either. Meet Boxee How to Get Started in China and Have Success adriana lee Tags:#Samsung#smart TV#Streaming video#television Related Posts center_img Boxee, which started out focused on video streaming software, teamed up with D-Link last year on a hardware set-top box for digital video streaming. Basically, the Boxee Cloud DVR (formerly known to its adherents as the Boxee Box), like its rival Roku, is a simple and relatively inexpensive box that brings streaming video services like Netflix and Amazon Prime to your TV.While it never really gained traction in the mass market, the company has a staunch base of fans who have been loyal for years.The company still needed an influx of cash, and just a couple of weeks ago, it was reportedly seeking a buyer or at least $30 million in funding. Clearly, it found both in this lightning deal. But whether this is what the 6-year-old startup bargained for is another matter. Now Get Ready To Say GoodbyeNeither buyer nor seller are talking details yet. When I reached out to Boxee for comment, I received this:We can confirm that Boxee will be joining Samsung. We’ll have a formal statement on our website later this week. For any additional information please contact [name redacted] from Samsung PR …And Samsung offered a standard PR blurb:Samsung has acquired key talent and assets from Boxee. This will help us continue to improve the overall user experience across our connected devices.The first comment merely directs all inquiries to Samsung. As for the latter, the tech giant’s statement holds no assurances about the startup’s continued operation or hints of how its 45-person team—located in New York and Tel Aviv—will work under the corporation’s management. But it does make clear that the deal helps Samsung, not Boxee, improve its user experience. That doesn’t bode well for anyone hoping to see future Boxee Boxes (or Cloud DVRs, or whatever the startup might have ended up calling its streaming-video gadgets).Samsung’s Dumb Plans For Smart TV China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … What Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star… Samsung has been trying to turn its smart TVs into household items for years. The corporation featured its Internet-connected sets heavily at the Consumer Electronics Show in 2012 and again this year. But if it thinks the secret to success lies in integrating Boxee’s software with its new voice-powered “S Recommendation” and Smart Hub interface, it has a rude awakening in store. User interface is not the product category’s major problem. Although there’s no question that the menus, prompts and, now, S Recommendations are confusing to the average TV viewer, the price of these sets poses the biggest barrier to entry. At thousands of dollars, these televisions are simply cost-prohibitive for the average family.And unlike smartphones, which tend to be upgraded every year or two, customers usually hold on to their televisions for years on end—which means users who buy into today’s hot, new TV technologies can get saddled with them long after they’re obsolete. See also: The Smart TV Is Dead. Long Live The Second ScreenOf course, that assumes consumers want their TVs to be something more than just televisions in the first place. Research firm NPD Group doesn’t quite buy it. In its December 2012 study, it found that more than 40% of U.S. households with smart TVs don’t even hook them up to the Internet. That’s an industrywide issue—other TV makers from Panasonic and Sony to LG and Vizio face the same conundrum. But in this case, Samsung appears willing to sacrifice a potentially promising startup to its failed vision of making smart TVs that people will actually want to buy. Because it’s difficult to imagine what other use it could put those “talents and assets” toward, but not hard at all to envision them disappearing within Samsung’s cavernous TV division without a trace.All Boxe(e)d UpThere’s a long tradition of companies buying up small businesses to advance their own services or features, only to wind up killing them. Just ask PhotoForge developer GhostBird (bought by Yahoo), Lala (purchased by Apple) and Bumptop (snapped up by Google). All of these startups were nixed by the major tech companies that bought them. And soon, a new business will likely join their ranks.If you’re a Boxee fan, you have our condolences. Images courtesy of Boxee, Samsunglast_img read more

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Dynamo Kyiv beat MSP Higher Secondary School 5-2 to win Subroto Cup final

first_imgStriker Dmytro Zayikin scored four goals to propel a consistent Dynamo Kyiv from Ukraine to the Subroto Cup title with a 5-2 win over MSP Higher Secondary School from Malappuram, Kerala, in the final on Monday.The losers punched above their weights but failed to threaten the Kiev-based Dynamo, who ended up with mind boggling 34 goals in seven matches and conceded only two, both in the final.Rostyslav Taranukha scored the fifth goal while Muhammed Sabith scored a brace for MSP, which was playing its maiden Subroto final. Going into the final at the Ambedkar Stadium, everyone was wondering how many more goals Dynamo would score in the title clash, given their prolificacy.The 3,000-odd crowd lent a festive touch to the setting and it seemed to unsettle the Dynamo players in the initial period of the match. Muhammed Safeer of MSP took a shot at the goal in the seventh minute but the ball sailed over the bar.Dynamo found their stride and drew the first blood in the 10th minute through Zayikin. MSP conceded the second goal three minutes later and Zayikin made no mistake in scoring from close range. MSP then responded strongly and breached the Dynamo defence for the first time in the tournament.Salman K’s pass split the backline and found Sabith, who slotted it past the goalkeeper. The goal seemed to have a galvanising effect on the Dynamo players and they pumped in two more goals before halftime.Zayikin completed his hat-trick in the 29th minute and Taranukha scored in the 25th minute to take the game away from MSP. In the second half,  Zayikin scored his fourth goal to dash all hopes of a ‘Liverpoolesque’ comeback.advertisementBut the Kerala boys, cheered by a vociferous crowd, battled hard. They got their reward in the 54th minute when Sabith again found the net with a clinical finish. It was only a blip for the Ukrainian side that kept the sporadic MSP attacks at bay.The spirit of MSP players was acknowledged by Dynamo coach Serhii Bezhenar, who said that it was the best opposition they had come up against in the tournament. “This team always looked keen to score and we were tested by them,” Bezhenar said.He said that his players were a bit overawed by the atmosphere and that was the reason why his players took time to settle down. “The players were initially overawed by the ambience.But this was a great learning experience for our players,” said Bezhenar, who last visited India in 1991 as part of the USSR junior team that played in the Nehru Cup.last_img read more

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Rafael Nadal says he won’t play Wimbledon warmups

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess MOST READ Fresh off his 12th French Open title, Nadal says, “Why do I need to change that? … What gives me (a) better chance is to be healthy than playing a lot of matches.”Nadal’s two Wimbledon titles came in 2008 and 2010. He is also a three-time runner-up at the grass-court Grand Slam tournament, but he hasn’t reached the final since 2011. Wimbledon starts July 1.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Police: David Ortiz shot in ambush at Santo Domingo bar Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Spain’s Rafael Nadal lifts the trophy as he celebrates his record 12th French Open tennis tournament title after winning his men’s final match against Austria’s Dominic Thiem in four sets, 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1, at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Sunday, June 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)Rafael Nadal says he will again not play any warmup tournaments before Wimbledon.Nadal hasn’t entered a grass-court tournament ahead of Wimbledon in any season since 2015. That year, he appeared in two grass events between Roland Garros and the All England Club — and then lost in the second round at Wimbledon.ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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