Drastic Fossil Date Revisions Never Deter Evolutionists

first_imgby Dr Jerry BergmanThe best illustration of dogmatism among evolutionists is seeing how they cling to their beliefs even when fossil dates change radically. Three recent examples from PBS illustrate this fact.Early Precambrian Shells?One PBS NOVA Next article written under the headline “New Fossils Push Back Earliest Single-Celled Skeletons 200 Million Years” claims that “life has been making its own hard parts for at least 810 million years, about 200 million years longer than previously thought.”[i]Credit: Phoebe Cohen, Williams College, via PBSEvolutionists made this statement based on finding biomineralized structures in rocks that date older than they expected. Biomineralization is the process by which living organisms use minerals to harden or stiffen certain tissues, such as bones and teeth. In this case, microfossil skeletons were revealed within a 200-foot-thick section of lime, mudstone, and slate. The microfossils looked very much like they were intelligently designed (see photo), so the researchers concluded that they must not be natural crystals but rather were made by some unknown life form.They believe that the minerals, consisting of a phosphorus compound called hydroxylapatite, functioned as an armor-like casing that was constructed by some now-extinct type of organism. Hydroxylapatite is the main inorganic constituent of both tooth enamel and bone of higher animals, but is not found in single-celled organisms. This is another problem for evolution: what is hydroxylapatite doing in primitive life forms? The old story was that biomineralization in soft-bodied multicellular animals led to the Cambrian explosion, but the evolutionists involved in this discovery were forced by their methods of dating rocks to radically revise their ideas, even when it led to untenable positions and new questions.The new study leaves a few questions unanswered, and poses a few new ones of its own. For one, biomineralization has evolved several different times. This study illustrates how one branch of life gained the ability to make skeletal parts, but there are still several others to puzzle out. And then it blasts open a period of more than 200 million years in which scientists so far have found no evidence of biomineralization, a range of time that Cohen points out is as wide as that between the present day and the dawn of the dinosaurs.Early Modern Humans?Last month on PBS NOVA Next, Robin Kazmier reported on another astonishing claim:“Oldest Known Human Fossils May Push Back Homo sapiens Evolution 100,000 Years.“ Kazmier added that this discovery may force scientists to “change our understanding of prehistory.”[ii] These fossils were estimated to be about 300,000 years old, which is “a full 100,000 years older than the previous oldest fossils” known (see 6/08/17). Evolutionists have so-far uncovered the remains of at least five individual humans plus tools and animal remains. Furthermore, using tomographic X-ray scans and 3-D statistical shape analysis allowed the scientists to determine that the individuals “would have had faces just like modern humans.” This is a problem because some putative primitive human ancestors have been dated much younger! That is why this find forces evolutionists to “change our understanding of prehistory.”Early Eukaryotes?Another report from PBS NOVA Next last year was even more dramatic. In this article, reporter Alison Eck says that “Complex Life May Have Emerged One Billion Years Earlier Than We Thought.” Being off by a billion years is no small error! It illustrates how imprecise these guesstimates are, and how evolutionists will cling to their beliefs despite falsifying evidence. The article opined that for “billions of years, life remained stagnant—stuck in a mode of single-celled simplicity.”[iii] In other words, for some unknown reason evolution stopped occurring for billions of years. What happened to the inexorable force of slow-and-gradual Darwinian change?The authors of the paper in Nature Communications admit that “Fossils of macroscopic eukaryotes are rarely older than the Ediacaran Period (635–541 million years (Myr)), and their interpretation of a billion years earlier remains controversial.”[iv, italics added.] They also admit they discovered fossil evidence of what appear to be multi-celled eukaryotes, organisms that contain organelles such as mitochondria and a nucleus. Such things were not supposed to exist so far back in evolutionary time.The team found unexpected complexity. Fully a third of the 167 samples they identified exhibit what the researchers termed regular cell structure. As is common in evolution, while the team used “these details to claim that the leap from single-celled to multi-celled organisms happened earlier than once thought, some scientists are skeptical,” Eck says. “They argue that these specimens are merely ‘colonies’ of single-celled bacteria.”[v] Perhaps a billion-year error is too much for some evolutionists to swallow. 100 million years is OK. 200 million years (a gap longer than “the present day to the dawn of dinosaurs”) is tolerable. But a billion? No wonder “some scientists are skeptical.” But Nature published it anyway.[i] Will Sullivan. 2017. “New Fossils Push Back Earliest Single-Celled Skeletons 200 Million Years.” PBS NOVA Next, July 6. 2017.[ii] Robin Kazmier. 2017. “Oldest Known Human Fossils May Push Back Homo sapiens Evolution 100,000 Years.” PBS NOVA Next, June 8, 2017.[iii] Allison Eck. 2016.  “Complex Life May Have Emerged One Billion Years Earlier Than We Thought.” PBS Nova Next, May, 18 2016.[iv] Zhu, S. et al. 2016. “Decimetre-scale multicellular eukaryotes from the 1.56-billion-year-old Gaoyuzhuang Formation in North China.” Nature Communications. 7:11500 doi: 10.1038/ncomms11500 7, May 17.[v] Eck, 2016.Dr Jerry Bergman, professor, author and speaker, is a frequent contributor to Creation-Evolution Headlines. See his Author Profile for his previous articles.(Visited 555 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

More police cars for rural areas

first_img20 December 2010 Crime-fighting initiatives in South Africa’s rural areas have been given a major boost, with police getting over 1 000 additional vehicles to carry out their duties. The South African Police Service has added 1 385 new vehicles – earmarked for rural areas – to its existing fleet for the 2009/10 and 2010/11 financial years. Speaking to journalists in Pretoria last week, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said these vehicles ranged from high powered 4x4s to high-tech equipped vans and sedans. Mthethwa stressed that “rural areas” referred not only to farms but included broad demographic areas across the country, ranging from remote areas without proper road infrastructure to some of the worst economically affected areas in the country. Mthethwa said the police were beginning to deploy resources evenly and effectively. “Where they were needed, appropriate vehicles suitable for the terrain were allocated to rural areas, and in cases where it was necessary, new suitable vehicles have been purchased and ordered,” he added. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Marc Canter: Cuban’s Stand Against Facebook Will Change The Industry

first_imgGuide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Mark Cuban standing up to Facebook and taking his business elsewhere represents a turning point for the tech industry, says Marc Canter, the developer who helped found Macromedia. Canter is a loud advocate for the free and open Web, and has been critical of Facebook in the past. In a new blog post, Canter praises Cuban’s decision, which he sees as signficant.Canter and others are using the term “Like-gate” to describe the situation in which Facebook charges brands and individuals to  communicate with the audiences they’ve amassed over the past few years.Recently Facebook changed its algorithm in such a way that it radically reduced the ability of brands to reach their Facebook followers. Some brands saw their reach drop by 40% or more overnight.Cuban says he’ll start looking elsewhere for ways to reach people. He’ll still be on Facebook, but will emphasize other channels such as Twitter, Tumblr and Myspace.Closed Systems Versus Open WebCanter, a big-time left-winger, goes off on a bit of a rant about how capitalism itself needs to change but then circles back to make an interesting point about the nature of the new generation of tech entrepreneurs, whose attitudes he finds despicable.“They think it’s perfectly fine to have Facebook’s paywall charge brands to sneakily insert ads which look like stories into users’ activity streams. This is because these people don’t really believe in the free and open Web,” Canter writes.“They think that it’s ALL about exploiting and manipulating and tricking people — so that they can make money off of these tricks. That’s their interpretation of the opportunities that our free Web gives them. That’s why they LOVE Facebook,” Canter says.Canter ends on a hopeful note, saying that while a bunch of opportunists may try to exploit closed systems for their own gain, in the end, “the free and open Web will just route around these people.”What do you think? Is Marc Canter a cranky old man, or does he have a point? Let us know in the comments below.Read on: Here’s the original Cuban story. Image courtesy of Reuters. Tags:#Facebook#Marc Canter#Mark Cuban The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoscenter_img Related Posts A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit dan lyonslast_img read more

Adobe Unveils Auto Reframe and Other Video Editing Updates

first_imgAuto Reframe, Character Animator 3.0, and Premiere Rush app updates headline the latest Cloud updates announced at Adobe Max.Adobe Max, the company’s annual conference for all things in the vast Adobe Creative Cloud, is in full swing, and the announcements for new updates for Premiere Pro, After Effects, and the smartphone app Premiere Rush are already making headlines.The long-rumored Auto Reframe is perhaps the biggest feature in this batch of updates (which promises to be a powerful Premiere Pro tool that intelligently optimizes video for different formats, including vertical, horizontal, and 16:9). However, some major and minor updates for Character Animator; Premiere Rush’s TikTok uploading capabilities; and workflow updates for Premiere Pro, After Effects, and Audition should give Adobe’s video and audio editing apps a great tune-up. Let’s take a look at all the news coming out of Adobe Max.Auto Reframe in Premiere ProUsing the company’s artificial intelligence and machine learning technology — Adobe Sensei — the Auto Reframe functionality is finally available  in Premiere Pro. The innovative feature helps video editors and content producers seamlessly reformat videos for different platforms and uses, like square (for Instagram), vertical (for stories), and 16:9 — or any other custom aspect ratio you might need.While this has been a work-in-progress for some time, the Auto Reframe should absolutely save time with individual clips or entire sequences, as it will analyze footage and intelligently apply panning and cropping even in the most jerky of shots or sequences. Increased Performance and SpeedPremiere Pro and After Effects both received performance boosts.For video editors and all-purpose filmmakers, Adobe has improved the overall performance, speed, and functionality of Premiere Pro and After Effects. Some of the highlights include a retooling in Premiere Pro that allows for improved playback for a variety of formats, including H264, HEVC, and Apple ProRes (with ProRes HDR running up to 10x faster). Premiere Pro will also see its Time Remapping functionality extended to 20,000% for a more robust degree of control for speed changes and ramping. Similarly, After Effects features updates and improvements for real-time playback for cached previews for faster iteration on motion graphics and with different motion graphic templates. After Effects VFX enhancements will include support for multiplayer EXR files for effects on individual layers of images for stylized and photo-real looks.Character Animator 3.0The Character Animator features new scene cameras, animation moves, keyframing tools, and more.One of the more innovative features released by Adobe in recent years, Character Animator has been a great app for combining motion-capture and multi-track recording with custom designed characters and 2D “puppet” creatures from Illustrator or Photoshop. With version 3.0, Character Animator promises to add even more rhythm and dynamic capture to all of your fun storytelling projects.The update will include new scene cameras, moves for animation, keyframing tools, audio triggers, motion lines, a “save version” feature, and other elements for better animation and enhanced dialogue.Premiere Rush UpdatesPremiere Rush CC users can now share videos directly to TikTok.While some in the film and video industry might be hesitant to adopt any manner of smartphone-based video editing (much less hear anything about it), in many ways, it’s the future, and Premiere Rush has proven to be one of the better options. So, for anyone in content creation for millennial- (or younger) focused companies or brands, you’ll be happy to know that Premiere Rush will be the first short-form mobile video app to allow sharing videos directly to TikTok.Other Video and Audio Editing UpdatesHere is a full list of the announced updates for this latest release.Premiere Pro:Auto ReframeImproved Layers workflowsFaster ProRes HDRTime remapping to 20,000%Audio gain to +15dBHDR 10 metadata export controlsAfter Effects:Real-time playback of cached previewsEXR productivity and performanceFaster shapesEnhanced ExpressionsFaster Content-Aware Fill for VideoBetter controls for Motion GraphicsCharacter Animator:Scene CamerasKeyframing toolsAudio triggersMotion linesSave VersionAudition:Improved multichannel audio effects workflowsPremiere Rush:Share videos directly to TikTok How to Download and UpdateIf you’re already part of the Adobe Creative Cloud, the updates should be available in the desktop application to download and update directly. However if you subscribe to individual apps, you can find the updates on the product pages below:Premiere ProAfter EffectsAuditionCharacter Animator Premiere Rush(Note: Adobe strongly recommends that all projects are saved and the apps are closed before updating.)All images via Adobe.For more video editing news, tips and resources, check out some of these articles below.7 Tutorials About Editing Audio in Your Film and Video ProjectsThe Best Video Editing Programs: Final Cut Pro vs. Premiere Pro215 Free Motion Graphics, Sound Textures, Social Designs, and MorePre-Visualizing Your Scene: The Pros and Cons of Set.a.lightFinding Perfect Music Is Easier and Faster with PremiumBeatlast_img read more