Life from Sun Flares?

first_imgA NASA scientist proposes that a period of superflares on the early sun zapped life into existence on the earth.Vladimir Airapetian, a solar scientist at NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center, thinks he can kill two evolutionary conundrums with one blast. “Superflares from the Sun May Have Sparked Life by Warming Earth,” Mike Wall writes for Space.com (a piece echoed by Live Science). Simultaneously, the flares produced nitrous oxide, a potent greenhouse gas, to keep earth warm when the sun was smaller back then, solving the old “faint young sun paradox.”Life on Earth may owe its existence to incredibly powerful storms that erupted on the sun long ago, a new study suggests.Potent and frequent solar eruptions could have warmed the planet enough for life to take root, and also provided the vital energy needed to transform simple molecules into the complex building blocks of life, such as DNA, researchers said.Space.com posted the NASA video clip separately under the headline, “Brewing Life On Earth – Violent Sun, Weak Shielding May Have Contributed.”Ironically, superflares are often blamed for sterilizing planets around other stars, and ripping away their atmospheres. Airapetian envisions violent forces as creative agents.New Scientist jumped part way onto the bandwagon. “Cranky young sun could have kickstarted life on Earth,” Joshua Sokol writes. See? The sun was smart; it knew about kickstarter campaigns before humans evolved. At least Sokol went the extra journalistic half-mile and looked up one critic rather than taking Airapetian’s optimism as evidence.It’s a compelling suggestion, says James Kasting of Penn State University, but it needs to be confirmed with more sophisticated atmospheric models. Kasting thinks that ultraviolet light from the sun might have destroyed nitrous oxide before it could mix into the atmosphere.“It would take a convoluted mechanism to produce that high up in the atmosphere and then get enough of it into the lower atmosphere to produce a good greenhouse effect,” he says.Kasting doesn’t seem to have any problem, though, with the suggestion that the sun brewed life in a kickstarter campaign.Life from Europe to EuropaAirapetian is not the only NASA scientist suggesting that life is a simple byproduct of violent natural processes. Steve Vance at JPL is suggesting that Jupiter bathed its moon Europa in heavy radiation. This, he feels, produced an “earthlike chemical balance” that maybe aided life’s origination in the putative ocean deep under its icy crust. Astrobiology Magazine reports:The other half of Europa’s chemical-energy-for-life equation would be provided by oxidants — oxygen and other compounds that could react with the hydrogen — being cycled into the Europan ocean from the icy surface above. Europa is bathed in radiation from Jupiter, which splits apart water ice molecules to create these materials. Scientists have inferred that Europa’s surface is being cycled back into its interior, which could carry oxidants into the ocean.“The oxidants from the ice are like the positive terminal of a battery, and the chemicals from the seafloor, called reductants, are like the negative terminal. Whether or not life and biological processes complete the circuit is part of what motivates our exploration of Europa,” said Kevin Hand, a planetary scientist at JPL who co-authored the study.Did anyone tell Hand and Vance that oxygen destroys the so-called building blocks of life? That’s why Stanley Miller carefully excluded it from his spark-discharge apparatus. If Jupiter bathed Europa with radiation since its formation, life could never have gotten started—even if one granted all the other suppositions in the naturalistic scenario.Unless you have studied the origin-of-life issue and cell biology, you may not have sufficient idea how utterly silly these stories are. But just think about it: life as we know it is an exceedingly complex phenomenon that survives by carefully shielding itself from violence. These NASA guys want you to think the way life started was by kicks, blasts, and sunburns. Does that make any sense? Of course not. But use the power of suggestion, raise the perhapsimaybecouldness index, and personify lifeless bodies as creators, and the imagination begins to glow with visions of the impossible becoming possible. These rhetorical tricks constitute some of the Building Blocks of Lie. (Visited 26 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Box.net Partners with Salesforce.com: The Next Step for SaaS and the Enterprise

first_imgIT + Project Management: A Love Affair Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Tags:#enterprise#Products#saas Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… In the world of Software-as-a-Service, you can start to see how platforms will evolve into service networks – where enterprise users may subscribe and get access to applications that they pay for on a per use basis.Today, Box.net announced a partnership with Salesforce.com CRM that shows this developing model.Box.net will now be available in Salesforce.com CRM through tabs that will give the user access to their files stored within the Box.net environment. The tabs provide access to the user’s Box.net files instead of the corporate site or the user’s desktop.Documents, presentations or rich media files may be emailed to contacts through Outlook or Google Apps. Box.net integrates with eFax. Contracts may also be sent digitally using EchoSign, a digital signature company. 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Related Posts Box.net shows how a service using the cloud can be disruptive to the big players in the market.It’s without question that Box.net is gunning for Sharepoint and the enterprise market. Founder Aaron Levy did an interview with Robert Scoble this week. Levy wore a no Sharepoint shirt. That says it all.Box.net Says They Have Better Than Sharepoint 2010 Today – Watch the best video clips hereThe Box.net announcement is illustrative of an overall trend for service providers to provide their applications on existing SaaS platforms.Freshbooks, for instance, is a platform for small businesses to manage their finances. Services such as MailChimp, RightSignature and Batchbook offer their applications to Freshbooks users.It’s clear this kind of integration is gaining traction with enterprise users. Companies have seen the value of cloud services like Salesforce.com. The next step is for the enterprise to leverage applications that rest on top of SaaS applications such as Box.net.Box.net is offering unlimited storage for companies that sign up for the service. Cost is $25 per user per month for an Enterprise account. alex williamslast_img read more

FD Webinar| On Solid Ground: Exploring Strategies to Help Clients Create and Maintain Healthy Relationships

first_imgOn Solid Ground: Exploring Strategies to Help Clients Create and Maintain Healthy RelationshipsDate: March 30, 2017Time: 11:00am-12:30pm ETLocation: On Solid Ground: Exploring Strategies to Help Clients Create and Maintain Healthy RelationshipsPixabay[ Balance by KarelZe, August 14, 2013, CCO]As a society, we often get caught up in the “do not’s” rather than the “do’s” when it comes to education on anything to do with safety and health. But, what if we make a switch towards empowerment and the things that we can do to remain healthy and safe? Dr. Alaina Szlachta, Director of Training for the  National Domestic Violence Hotline, will guide us in an interactive and meaningful webinar on ways we can work with our clients on establishing and maintaining healthy relationships. Join us as we discuss healthy relationships from an empowerment based perspective.We offer 1.5 National Association of Social Worker CE credits and CE credits for licensed Marriage and Family Therapists in the state of Georgia for each of our webinars, click here to learn more. For more information on future presentations in the 2017 Family Development webinar series, please visit our professional development website or connect with us via social media for announcements: (Facebook & Twitter)last_img read more

2 soldiers killed in Pampore, militant gunned down near LoC

first_imgTwo soldiers and a Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) militant were killed in a gunfight at Pampore that started on November 2 evening and continued late in the night. Meanwhile, one militant was killed in Kupwara on November 3.A police spokesman said JeM’s Badar was killed at Samboora village of Pampore where a residential area was under cordoned off till November 2 night. “Badar was involved in a number of militant acts in south Kashmir,” police said. Sources said two more militants managed to escape from the encounter site “while opening indiscriminate fire at the security personnel”, which left two soldiers dead.The deceased soldiers were identified as Sepoy Suraj Singh Topal, 25, and Sigmn Kushwah Pradip Singh Brijkishor Singh, 22. The bodies were flown to their hometowns for last rites .In Pulwama, a shutdown was observed on November 3 after the encounter. There were sporadic clashes between security forces and protesters. Train service also remained suspended. Infiltration bid foiled, militant killedAn Army spokesman said one militant was killed after an infiltration bid was foiled by the soldiers Kupwara’s Machil Sector near the Line of Control (LoC) on November 3. “The weapon was also recovered from the militant’s body,” said Defence spokesman Lt. Colonel Rajesh Kalia. “The operation is on in the area.”last_img read more

Lady Eagles soar to third straight victory; Lady Spikers back in orbit after first loss

first_imgPHOTO BY TRISTAN TAMAYO/INQUIRER.netWhether it was a defending champion brought back to earth or a perennial finalist finally steadying itself after a shaky start, flight was an operative word in the UAAP women’s volleyball tournament Wednesday.La Salle rocketed back in orbit, while Ateneo sustained its rise after the rival schools bested their opponents at FilOil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT Muntinlupa thwarts QC “We tried to show that we can deliver in a tight situation like a five-set match,” said Madayag, who preserved the win with a kill block off Adamson’s Chiara Permentilla.“I think we really showed that we are capable of outing up a fight, compared to the other games we played,” added Madayag. “The scores were really close and the young players really stepped up today.”More importantly, it put the Lady Eagles back on course after opening the season on back-to-back losses.“We’re slowly improving and slowly getting our game back,” said Madayag.The Lady Spikers didn’t need to go through much of a wringer, dusting off their loss to National U by crushing University of the East, 25-18, 25-17, 25-20—with Aduke Ogunsanya typifying La Salle’s aggressiveness from start to finish.ADVERTISEMENT NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers AFP official booed out of forum MOST READ Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting She wound up with 12 points, including nine attacks, while team captain Majoy Baron added 10 points for the defending champions.“We really wanted to come back after that loss (to National University) and we had tough training and practice and really pushed ourselves,” added the Filipino-Nigerian middle blocker, who was raised in Iloilo.But even the rousing performance failed to calm the alarm in coach Ramil de Jesus.“The result is important but as for the performance, I’m quite dissatisfied because I couldn’t see the aggressiveness on the court,” said De Jesus in Filipino. “When they saw that we had a big lead and the win was within reach they became quite complacent.”Newly appointed starting setter Michelle Cobb cleared the path for Ogunsanya and Baron by tossing 35 excellent sets which kept the Lady Spikers’ offence on full tilt.It was La Salle’s fourth win in five matches as it handed UE’s fifth defeat in as many outings.Me-Ann Mendrez and Shaya Adorador accounted for 19 points total for UE which failed to get support from the rest of the team. —WITH A REPORT FROM BONG LOZADA, INQUIRER.NET Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Ateneo hacked out a thrilling 25-18, 14-25, 25-18, 15-25, 15-10 victory over Adamson for its third win in a row after losing its first two games of the season.Jho Maraguinot totaled 15 points, while Maddie Madayag and last year’s Rookie of the Year Jules Samonte accounted for 14 points each for the Lady Eagles.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSamonte punished Adamson skipper Jema Galanza with a through-the-block kill for Ateneo’s 11-8 lead in the deciding set then followed it up with another kill this time on Lea Perez for a 12-9 margin.The Lady Falcons suffered their second straight defeat for a 2-3 record. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next View commentslast_img read more

Exmanager of Bank of Baroda gets oneyear jail for cheating

first_imgMumbai: A special court here on Tuesday sentenced a former senior manager of the Bank of Baroda and two others to one-year imprisonment for cheating the public sector bank of Rs 2 crore in 2006 by fraudulently processing and availing a trade loan. As per prosecution, the accused Atul Chatwani and his wife Sobhana Chatwani had obtained the cash credit facility of Rs 1 crore each in 2006 from suburban Goregoan branch of the bank by producing “forged documents”. The then senior manager (credit), Mahaveer Bhandari, had processed the loan. Special court judge S U Wadgaonkar convicted Bhandari and the Chatwanis under various section of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). Bhandari was also found guilty under Prevention of Corruption Act.last_img read more