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Tick Talk: Mammal Blood Found in Amber

first_imgCan intact blood be preserved for 15 to 45 million years, give or take 50 million?The latest soft tissue discovery gets the Darwin storytellers hopping:Fossilized Tick Reveals Perfectly Preserved Red Blood Cells (Tia Ghose in Live Science): “A blood-engorged tick that was trapped in amber at least 20 million years ago contained perfectly preserved red blood cells, likely from a monkey.”Monkey business produces rare preserved blood in amber fossils (Oregon State press release): “Part of what makes these fossils unique, Poinar said, is the clarity by which the parasites and blood cells are preserved, almost as if they had been stained and otherwise treated in a laboratory for inspection.”The alleged “monkey business” refers to grooming, which the storytellers assume that unidentified primates were engaged in. The unseen primates, “among other hosts,” must have been around during the alleged time frame of 15 or 20 or 30 or 45 million years ago, depending on the storytelling source. These unseen primates must have been engaged in some unobserved grooming, when one of them might have removed the tick and flicked it into sap oozing from an unseen tree. Tia Ghose outlines the reasoning:The red blood cells were too big to have belonged to most mammals; the size ruled out everything but dogs, rabbits and similar creatures or primates. However, rabbits and dogs did not live in the region at that time, while paleontologists have recovered numerous primate fossils dating roughly to the same ages. So a primate is the likeliest host for the tick — and primates are known for grooming each other.The open-access paper in the Journal of Medical Entomology provides the bloody details. What is author George Poinar’s feeling about the amazing preservation?Due to the preservative qualities of the fossilized resin (Poinar and Hess 1985), not only were the fossil erythrocytes preserved intact, but also intra-erythrocytic pathogens resembling extant members of the families Babesiidae and Theileriidae of the Order Piroplasmida.Poinar’s 1985 paper, page one of which has been scanned by Taylor & Francis, says that resin possesses two features that preserve biological material: (1) ‘antibiotic qualities’ able to ‘retard or destroy’ bacteria and fungi; (2) “the ability of resin itself to preserve the tissues of embalmed organisms.” That sounds circular; that is the very ability at issue. Poinar and Hess point to Egyptian mummies as evidence that resins preserve tissue. But Egyptians used myrrh, not resin. Myrrh has other ingredients. Moreover, Egyptian mummies were not completely embedded inside a resin shell.If resin’s antibiotic qualities only retard bacteria and fungi, then a clock starts ticking (pun intended). Tens of millions of years seem ample for retarded fungi and bacteria to do a number on luscious red blood cells. If, on the other hand, resin can destroy bacteria and fungi, it can also degrade red blood cells, it would seem. Even so, the proteins will degrade in tissue over time even without the help of fungi or bacteria. Internal motions within the molecules should burst bonds and render proteins unrecognizable, given enough time. These decay rates should be measurable. A 2011 paper estimates a maximum age of 200,000 to 700,000 Darwin Years for collagen to decay to 1% of its original abundance — and collagen is one of the toughest proteins.If tree resin has such preservation qualities, couldn’t that be tested in the lab? Couldn’t a tick engorged with blood be dropped into liquid tree sap and examined after a year to measure decay rates? Wouldn’t it be better to have some actual measurement data instead of assertions by evolutionists that things can last millions of years?Here’s a five-year science project that a citizen scientist or creation laboratory could undertake. Collect six ticks that have just fed on blood from the same mammal. Embed them in separate droplets of tree sap, and put them in identical vials simulating a plausible environment for ticks. After a week, check the protein condition of the blood in one of the vials. After one year, check the protein condition in another vial. Continue each year thereafter. Graph the results. If the decay rate falls on a line, it should be possible to estimate an upper limit for preservation.If any readers know of similar published measurements, please leave a comment and link. The Darwinians are escaping prosecution by storytelling (see ‘impersonating a scientist’, 9/30/2007 commentary), claiming that soft tissue can last essentially forever. Time for the labs to get busy on the forensic investigation, so that the CEH police can start making arrests. (Visited 126 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Playoff-ready Raptors wrap up regular season with dominant win

first_imgMOST READ Kawhi Leonard scored 20 points and the Raptors closed their regular season with a 120-100 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday night.“I think all of us want to win, get to that promised land,” Leonard said. “That’s a great group of guys here that are unselfish, want to win, want to play defense, want to do the right things on the floor.”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, logisticsFred VanVleet scored 16 points, and Chris Boucher had a career-high 15 points and 13 rebounds off the bench for the Raptors, who finished the regular season at 58-24. They’ll be the second seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs and face the Brooklyn Nets, Detroit Pistons or Orlando Magic in the first round.“Since I’ve been in the league these last three years, we’ve been one of the top teams in the league, top teams in the East,” VanVleet said. “There’s a lot that comes with that. You should take pride in that.” Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Boucher scored 11 points in 10 minutes in the second quarter. Boucher’s previous career best was the nine points he scored Dec. 28 against the Orlando Magic. Boucher, the G-League Most Valuable Player and Defensive Player of the Year, was signed to a standard NBA contract on Feb. 10.“I just want to play,” Boucher said. “When you get in the game, play hard, good things happen.”Towns did not play because of knee soreness. Saunders said Towns would travel with the team for Wednesday’s season finale in Denver and be a game-time decision.The Raptors set a franchise record with their 26th road victory of the season. The only player who missed Tuesday’s game with an injury was guard Patrick McCaw (sprained right thumb). Starting guard Kyle Lowry and forward Serge Ibaka were rested.“I think we’re about as healthy as we could be,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse said. “I think it was nice to get Serge and Kyle a night tonight.”GOOD TIMINGThe Raptors were in Minneapolis on Monday night, allowing coach Nick Nurse and his staff to attend Monday night’s NCAA title game. Nurse played against Virginia coach Tony Bennett when Nurse was at Northern Iowa and Bennett was at Wisconsin-Green Bay. “I think I held him to 29 points one time,” Nurse joked.TIP-INSRaptors: G Kyle Lowry (rest), F/C Serge Ibaka (rest) and G Patrick McCaw (sprained right thumb) did not play. VanVleet started in place of Lowry. . Toronto reached 1,000 made 3-pointers in a season for the first time.Timberwolves: G Jerryd Bayless (right ankle contusion) and F Taj Gibson (strained left calf) did not play. They joined Towns and long-term absentees F Robert Covington (bone bruise on right knee), F Luol Deng (left Achilles soreness), G Derrick Rose (right elbow surgery) and G Jeff Teague (left foot inflammation) in missing the game. . Dieng made his first start since April 12, 2017. . Tyus Jones had his stretch of 129:18 without a turnover snapped. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Marvin Miciano begins GM norm hunt in Mongolia Fide meet SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Andrew Wiggins and Gorgui Dieng each scored 16 points for the Timberwolves, who played without All-Star center Karl-Anthony Towns. Dieng started in Towns’ place. It was Dieng’s first start since April 12, 2017.“Starting or playing from the bench, it doesn’t really matter to me,” Dieng said. “I just want to play and help the team. I think it’s good that I get to use this playing time.”Toronto went on a 20-5 run over the final 5:16 of the second quarter and led 69-47 at halftime.The Timberwolves never got closer than 15 points in the second half, and the Raptors led by as many as 32 points in the final two periods.“I looked at little things and after that big second quarter from Toronto, we started trying to, ‘OK, let’s win the next quarter,’ and we did,” Timberwolves coach Ryan Saunders said. “We won the first quarter, so those were positives to us. But ultimately, we didn’t do enough things to be in the game at the end.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew View comments Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated 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 Toronto Raptors’ Pascal Siakam holds on to the ball next to Minnesota Timberwolves’ Gorgui Dieng during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, April 9, 2019, in Minneapolis. Toronto won 120-100. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)MINNEAPOLIS — The Toronto Raptors are healthy, confident and ready for the playoffs.Now, all that’s left is to find out their opponent.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess UP NEXTRaptors: Hosts Brooklyn Nets, Orlando Magic or Detroit Pistons in Eastern Conference playoffs.Timberwolves: At Denver Nuggets on Wednesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Pastore to be Man Utd’s next No.7?

first_imgTransfers Man Utd’s next No.7? Pastore favoured over Griezmann in Cantona’s eyes Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 22:42 11/23/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Javier Pastore PSG TFC LIGUE 1 20082017 Getty Transfers Manchester United PSG Atlético Madrid Ligue 1 Primera División Premier League Antoine Griezmann The Red Devils legend believes Jose Mourinho should be looking to tie up a deal for the PSG playmaker rather than pursuing the Atletico Madrid forward Manchester United should be looking to make Javier Pastore their next No.7, not Antoine Griezmann, according to Eric Cantona.The Red Devils spent much of the summer being heavily linked with the Atletico Madrid forward, only to see the Frenchman stay put and commit to fresh terms.Speculation regarding a possible switch to Old Trafford continues to rumble on, though, with Griezmann having recently conceded that he could make his way to Manchester at some stage. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player He would be a welcome and proven addition to Jose Mourinho’s squad – and a man who has expressed a desire to grace a jersey once donned by David Beckham – but a United legend who once wore that shirt himself believes Paris Saint-Germain playmaker Pastore should also be considered.Pressed by the FullTimeDEVILS on their YouTube channel as to who would be a worthy recipient of an iconic number at the Theatre of Dreams, Cantona said: “I love Pastore.”He plays for Paris but he doesn’t play in the team. They have two great players – Pastore and [Hatem] Ben Arfa and neither of them play.”Javier Pastore PSG to Manchester UnitedCantona added on whether Griezmann would be capable of filling a similar deep-lying post: “Yes, why not? But Pastore is very special.”Pastore will surprise you every time. Every time he touches the ball he surprises you – he gives the ball to someone no-one had seen before. He surprises all the fans.”I think he is a great player. He played for Argentina, which is a great country – but he doesn’t play for Paris, which is a small club.”Pastore has been with PSG since 2011, having become one of the first high-profile signings following the arrival of Qatar Sports Investments.Le Parisiens 6/5 to beat Monaco -1 handicapHe has made 236 appearances for the club, but has seen game time dwindle in recent years.An influx of other forward-thinking talent has nudged him down the pecking order and out of favour.PSG now boast the likes of Neymar, Edinson Cavani, Kylian Mbappe, Angel Di Maria, Lucas Moura and Julian Draxler on their books, leading to Pastore taking in just five outings this season.He has been heavily linked with a move elsewhere, with Liverpool another possible landing spot in the Premier League to have been mooted.last_img read more

Youth found dead in St Julians hostel

first_img SharePrint CMRUCMRU A 26-year-old man was found dead in his hostel bed in St Julian’s on Thursday.The German national was on a visit to Malta, and was found dead in his bed in his room which he was sharing with three other tourists.A spokesperson for the Malta Police Force told Newsbook.com.mt that there is a magisterial inquiry underway to establish the cause of death, however at this stage no foul play is being suspected.WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

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