first_img whatsapp Tuesday 2 April 2019 12:19 am Harry Robertson A positive score indicates that more firms reported an increase than reported a decrease.In response to the data the BCC, a national body which represents 53 accredited chambers of commerce from around the country, called on the government to lower burdens on businesses, saying new digital tax and pension auto-enrolment regulations were onerous.The survey revealed that among manufacturers, the percentage of firms reporting an increase in domestic and export sales and orders dropped back to their 2016 levels, hitting 20 and 14 respectively.The balance of firms who looked to invest in either plant and machinery or training also dropped in both sectors to their lowest level in eight years, as uncertainty over Brexit delayed their decisions.In manufacturing confidence in the future fell to its lowest level since 2011, while it was at its weakest since 2016 in the services sectors.  Tags: Trading Archive More From Our Partners Police Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comConnecticut man dies after crashing Harley into live bearnypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.com Service exports fall as Brexit and global economic slowdown hurt UK companies Adam Marshall, director general of the BCC, said: “At the same time that firms are having to enact costly contingency plans [for a no-deal Brexit], the cost of doing business here in the UK continues to rise.”“This week sees a new tax year with a number of changes adding to the upfront cost of doing business in the UK, including the introduction of Making Tax Digital and changes to auto-enrolment, leaving many firms facing more bureaucracy and new expenses.”Suren Thiru, head of economics at the BCC, said: “Our latest survey suggests that UK growth nearly ground to a halt in the first quarter of 2019, with increasing anxiety over Brexit and weakening global economic conditions driving a significant deterioration in almost all the key indicators in the quarter.” Growth in UK service export sales slumped to its weakest rate since 2009 in the first quarter of the year, a major survey revealed today, as political uncertainty and a global slowdown weighed on firms’ activities.The balance of firms reporting improved cashflow slid into negative territory for the first time since 2012 as key indicators of UK economic health weakened, according to a survey of 7,000 businesses by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC). by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May Likebonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comBleacherBreaker4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!BleacherBreakerDefinitionMost Embarrassing Mistakes Ever Made In HistoryDefinitionFilm OracleThey Drained Niagara Falls – Their Gruesome Find Will Keep You Up All NightFilm OraclePost FunA Coast Guard Spotted Movement On A Remote Island, Then Looked CloserPost FunZen HeraldEllen Got A Little Too Personal With Blake Shelton, So He Said ThisZen HeraldMisterStoryWoman files for divorce after seeing this photoMisterStoryHealthyGem20 Hair Shapes That Make A Man Over 60 Look 40HealthyGemDaily Funny40 Brilliant Life Hacks Nobody Told You AboutDaily Funny whatsapp Sharelast_img read more

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first_img whatsapp Eurozone inflation rose to zero in April Jessica Morris Eurozone inflation rose to zero in April, ending a fourth-month stretch of price declines across the euro area.A flash estimate from official statistics agency Eurostat showed that Eurozone annual inflation was flat in April, having risen to -0.1 per cent a month earlier. It’s up considerably from a low of -0.6 in January. The biggest drivers were price increases in food and tobacco, as well as services which both rose by 0.9 per cent. Energy prices continued to lag, declining 5.8 per cent, but this was still less than a six per cent slide in March.Meanwhile the core rate of inflation, which strips out more volatile sectors such as food and energy costs, remained unchanged at 0.6 per cent. However inflation still remains well below the European Central Bank’s target of just under two per cent, a benchmark it failed to reach for the past two years. And economists have continued to warn that there is still much to be done.”Just in the same way that a small negative reading does not on its own presage a broader deflationary spiral, a flat print is far from a sufficient reason to pop the champagne corks,” Timo del Carpio, European Economist, RBC Capital Markets, said.”There are still real risks associated with a prolonged period of low-but-positive inflation rates across the euro area.”Inflation had tumbled amid the global oil price rout, which has seen oil prices slide from around $115 per (£75) barrel in June last year, to trade at about $65 per barrel today.This prompted the European Central Bank to fight back by unleashing its large scale bond-buying programme, first announced in March. It’ll see €1trn (£720bn) pumped into the euro area every month until September 2016.It followed other measures to boost lending in the Eurozone such as cutting the main interest rate to 0.05 per cent, and its deposit rate to – 0.2 per cent.Some commentators have suggested that, amid a flush of brighter data, the European Central Bank could scale down its efforts sooner than expected.However, President Mario Draghi has repeatedly stressed he isn’t looking to end the programme early. whatsapp Show Comments ▼ Share Tags: Eurozone Eurozone inflation Thursday 30 April 2015 5:17 am by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May Likezenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekInvestment GuruRemember Cote De Pablo? Take A Deep Breath Before You See Her NowInvestment GuruEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorPast Factory4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!Past FactoryTaonga: The Island FarmThe Most Relaxing Farm Game of 2021. No InstallTaonga: The Island FarmLivestlyThe Best Redhead Actresses, RankedLivestlyTotal Battle – Tactical Game OnlineThe Most Addictive Strategy Game of 2021Total Battle – Tactical Game Onlinelast_img read more

first_imgJust as Prime Minister David Cameron outlined his stance on tackling immigration, figures were published showing net long-term migration to the UK last year rose to the highest level in nearly a decade, reaching an estimated 318,000 over the 12 months.  In total 641,000 people immigrated to the UK, up from 526,000 the previous year, according to the ONS.   Increases came from both EU citizens, up a third to 268,000 and non-EU citizens, up nearly 17 per cent to 290,000.  Within the EU group, the number of Romanian and Bulgarian immigrants doubled from 23,000 in 2013 to 46,000 in 2014 – the first full year since the EU2 working restrictions ended. Of that number 35,000 came for work.   In total, just over 44 per cent of immigrants came to the UK to work, while 30 per cent came to study.  Just over 25,000 people came to the UK seeking asylum, largely from Eritrea, Pakistan and Syria.   Meanwhile an estimated 323,000 people emigrated from the UK in 2014. Overall emigration levels have been relatively stable since 2010. The figures suggest a sharp rise from 2013, when the net number of people coming to the UK stood at 209,000. It was just below a peak of 320,000 reached in June 2005.   Latest employment statistics show estimated employment of EU nationals (excluding British) living in the UK was 283,000 higher in January to March 2015 compared with a year earlier and non-EU nationals in employment increased by 11,000.  Over the same period, British nationals in employment also increased, by 279,000. Thursday 21 May 2015 6:59 am Catherine Neilan whatsapp by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunInvestment GuruRemember Cote De Pablo? Take A Deep Breath Before You See Her NowInvestment GuruForbesThese 10 Colleges Have Produced The Most Billionaire AlumniForbesComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorTotal PastAfter Céline Dion’s Major Weight Loss, She Confirms What We Suspected All AlongTotal PastOpulent ExpressHer Quadruplets Were Born Without A Hitch. Then Doctors Realized SomethingOpulent Express Share whatsappcenter_img UK immigration: These charts show how net migration has increased, where migrants are coming from and why they migrate More From Our Partners Brave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgWhite House Again Downplays Fourth Possible Coronvirus Checkvaluewalk.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.org‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgInstitutional Investors Turn To Options to Bet Against AMCvaluewalk.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.org Show Comments ▼ Tags: Population explosion UK immigrationlast_img read more

first_img Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad In Pictures: Laois Network celebrate local businesses with first Businesswoman of the Year Awards WhatsApp Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Pinterest Laois Network Laois Awards Finalists Leading female business minds from across Laois were celebrated at the Businesswoman of the Year awards which was organised by Network Ireland Laois Branch.It took place in the beautiful surroundings of Castle Durrow recently.Guests were treated to a drinks reception in Castle Durrow gardens and a gala four-course meal before the main business of the evening – announcing the worthy winners.The winner of the award for Emerging Business Owner went to Thomasina Connell of Thomasina Connell & Co. Solicitors. Thomasina has created a thriving legal practice which she hopes to expand further in 2018.Heidi Higgins Boutique was awarded ‘Highly Commended’ in her category for SME <10 employees. Heidi Higgins Boutique is a chic & contemporary label that is sensitive to emerging trends, designing luxurious timeless pieces for the modern woman.The judges were Evelyn Reddin from Laois Local Enterprise Office, Fergal Brophy, facilitator of UCD Innovation Academy and Valerie Lalor from AIB.Guest speaker for the occasion was Helena Malone, an award winning Irish Goldsmith.Each of the winners went home with a piece from the ‘Savage Beauty’ collection, aptly this collection discusses the essentiality of both positive and negative aspects of life, much like in business – there are the extremes of fantastic days and those days you never want again – but all are paramount for growth and positive development.Thomasina Connell will go forward to represent Network Laois in the National Conference & Awards which will take place in the Galmont Hotel & Spa Galway on September 14. By Alan Hartnett - 13th June 2018 Facebook SEE ALSO – Gardai investigating after two men assaulted with hurls in Laois Twitter Pinterest Rugby center_img TAGSLaois Network Ireland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleWATCH: Midlands advance in Kennedy Cup following epic penalty shoot-outNext articleChanges to areas announced ahead of 2019 Local Elections Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. WhatsApp Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding Community Community Facebook Home News In Pictures: Laois Network celebrate local businesses with first Businesswoman of the… News Twitterlast_img read more

Canadian Press Canada’s IPO market topped $2B in 2018 Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Related news Diversity in offerings, exchanges highlights Canada’s Q3 IPO market TSX streamlines corporate takeovers The Canadian market for initial public offerings nearly ground to a halt in the fourth quarter. A survey by tax and business consultancy PwC says the value of Canadian IPOs for all of 2011 totalled just over $2 billion, making it among the worst years in the past decade. Keywords Share offerings Only 2008, when there were 57 issues for $700 million, and 2009, when there were 28 issues totalling $1.8 billion, have seen lower totals since 2001. The PwC survey showed a single $25-million issue on the TSX in the fourth quarter. Meanwhile, a reduction in activity on the TSX Venture Exchange generated just $52 million from 10 new issues on all Canadian exchanges in the final three months of 2011. That compared with 31 IPOs generating $1.2 billion in new equity in the final quarter of 2010 and 73 in all of 2010 when the market generated $5.5 billion. read more

first_imgShare Linkedin Pinterest TAGSTrellis Facebook Previous articleLang & Reed Napa Valley Releases 2010 ‘Franc de Pied’ Cabernet FrancNext articleTaste Washington 2021 Shifts to Safe Celebrations in Lieu of in-Person Events Press Release AdvertisementFood System Intelligence Platform Optimizes Wine OperationsSydney, Australia, and Healdsburg, Calif., United States –  Pernod Ricard Winemakers, the premium wine division of Pernod Ricard, today announced that food system intelligence innovator Trellis will support its business and supply chain operations by providing accurate grape yield, quality, harvest timing and procurement cost prediction across Australia and New Zealand. “As we continue to lead the wine industry into the digital era, we are committed to working with artificial intelligence (AI) innovators that are reimagining global supply chains. We were impressed by Trellis’s expertise in the industry and proven ability to scale across complex business units and multiple geographies,” noted Alex Kahl, who is leading the project and the optimization of technology across operations for Pernod Ricard Winemakers. “We are excited to give our teams the ability to more accurately predict risks and uncover new opportunities for efficiency.”A leading advocate for advanced supply and demand prediction, Pernod Ricard Winemakers expanded the deployment of Trellis across its grape supply network throughout New Zealand and Australia. With Trellis, the Pernod Ricard Winemakers team will be able to strengthen the resilience of its complex supply chain and maximize the profitability of its operations by empowering data-driven decisions at strategic points in the growing season and harvesting cycle. “Trellis empowers us to make better, faster decisions by dynamically foreseeing potential risks that could negatively impact our bottom line, as well as providing extra lead time to manage operational challenges. Its advanced AI capabilities will also help our team anticipate fluctuations in supply so we can properly allocate resources,” continued Brett McKinnon, chief operations officer at Pernod Ricard Winemakers. “We expect Trellis to help us significantly lower our procurement costs and overall production costs, while also ensuring a much more efficient harvest.”Since 2017, Trellis has worked closely with leading food and beverage producers, as well as their upstream suppliers, to identify inefficiencies and provide the real-time data insights needed to strategically transform their organizations. Its AI-powered, intelligent cloud platform integrates live data from a myriad of dynamic sources throughout the entire food and beverage supply chain to accurately predict quality, yield, timing of harvest and associated expenses to fully optimize unit cost and resources across the entire agrifood value chain. “Our traditional food and beverage supply chains are broken and volatile. Working with industry visionaries like Pernod Ricard Winemakers that share our commitment to using data to fuel smarter decisions, Trellis is building a more sustainable, resilient food supply and demand system,” added Ilay Englard, founder and CEO of Trellis. “We look forward to helping Pernod Ricard Winemakers effectively navigate all of the challenges in the years ahead – from erratic weather and natural disasters driven by climate change, to surging international trade concerns, regulations and tariffs – to maintain their market leadership.”Offering rapid data integration, enrichment and development of predictive AI models, secure Trellis desktop and mobile applications will be available to Pernod Ricard Winemakers viticulture, harvest operation, supply chain, procurement, and wine production teams later this month. For more information about how Trellis is transforming the supply chain for top food and beverage companies and complete details on the platform, please visit https://trellis.ai/platform. About Pernod Ricard WinemakersFounded in 2010, but with roots dating back to 1828, Pernod Ricard Winemakers is the premium wine division of Pernod Ricard – one of the largest wine, spirits and Champagne companies in the world.  With one of the world’s most diverse portfolios of premium wines, our brands span four continents, including Jacob’s Creek and St Hugo from Australia, Brancott Estate, Stoneleigh and Church Road from New Zealand, Campo Viejo from Spain and Kenwood Vineyards from the US. www.pernod-ricard-winemakers.comTwitterl Instagraml LinkedInAbout TrellisTrellis powers the world’s most sustainable, resilient and efficient food and beverage supply chains. Using artificial intelligence and advanced machine learning technology, Trellis has helped top food and beverage companies improve supply-chain economics, reduce waste, and minimize their environmental footprint, while constantly improving quality. Led by a team of data experts, AI scientists, mathematicians, agronomists and agrifood industry experts, the Trellis cloud platform was custom-built for the intricacies of the agrifood supply chain to identify inefficiencies and strategically transform large-scale agrifood organizations. The accuracy of the Trellis platform stems from data on over 1.5M production seasons, 50,000+ modeled harvests, 10,000+ optimized data blocks and more than 5M daily data points. Headquartered in Tel-Aviv, with a primary sales office in California, Trellis serves global organizations across the United States, Australia-New Zealand and Europe.Advertisement Email Home Industry News Releases Pernod Ricard Winemakers Selects Trellis to Dynamically Predict Yield, Quality and Timing…Industry News ReleasesWine BusinessPernod Ricard Winemakers Selects Trellis to Dynamically Predict Yield, Quality and Timing of Grape HarvestBy Press Release – January 26, 2021 302 0 Twitter ReddItlast_img read more

first_img Diana Goovaerts Previous ArticleSwisscom, Qualcomm demo mobile 5GNext ArticleXiaomi boosts global presence with UK entry American Tower pushes into Canada with InSite deal Home CommScope acquires Arris for $7.4B Author Related Diana is Mobile World Live’s US Editor, reporting on infrastructure and spectrum rollouts, regulatory issues, and other carrier news from the US market. Diana came to GSMA from her former role as Editor of Wireless Week and CED Magazine, digital-only… Read more Telecom infrastructure company CommScope announced plans to buy equipment manufacturer Arris International in a $7.4 billion all-cash deal, as part of a bid to adapt to increasing overlap in the fixed and mobile communications markets.CommScope said the deal will more than double its addressable product market to more than $60 billion and yield a company with annual revenue of around $11.3 billion, based on financial results for the two companies in the 12 months to end-September.In a statement, CommScope CEO Eddie Edwards said the move brings together complementary assets which will enable the company to offer a line of end-to-end fixed and mobile “infrastructure solutions that neither company could otherwise achieve on its own”.“With Arris, we will access new and growing markets, and have greater technology, solutions and employee talent that will provide additional value and benefit to our customers and partners.”Arris’ focus areas include the manufacture of customer premise equipment including set-top boxes and routers, and integration of network infrastructure with the cloud.As part of the transaction, CommScope agreed to pay Arris shareholders $31.75 per share and also committed to repay Arris’ debt.The acquisition will be funded primarily using cash on hand and $6.3 billion in incremental debt.However, CommScope noted private equity company The Carlyle Group, which formerly owned CommScope but sold off its remaining shares in 2016, will reinvest $1 billion in the company to make up the remainder of the purchase price.The transaction is expected to close in the first half of 2019. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 08 NOV 2018 Tags States call for conditions on Verizon, Tracfone deal ArrisCommScopemerger and acquisition US equity group moves on MVNO Consumer Cellularlast_img read more

first_img Evolution NewsEvolution News & Science Today (EN) provides original reporting and analysis about evolution, neuroscience, bioethics, intelligent design and other science-related issues, including breaking news about scientific research. It also covers the impact of science on culture and conflicts over free speech and academic freedom in science. Finally, it fact-checks and critiques media coverage of scientific issues. Share Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share TagsA Meaningful WorldAtacama DesertbeautyBenjamin WikerBurgess ShaleCambrian NewsChengjiang fossilsChileChinacondensationCrustaceaDarwin’s DoubtDNAepipoditesErcaicunia multinodosaeuarthropodEuarthropodaevolutionFerris JabrfogHexapodainsectsintelligent designJonathan WittMark LorchMITNew York Times MagazineOhio State UniversitypancrustaceanPeriodic Tablesexual selectionStephen MeyerThe Conversationwaterwildflowers,Trending Requesting a (Partial) Retraction from Darrel Falk and BioLogos Alleviate Water Shortages the Way Life Does ItWhile many people in arid countries struggle to find enough clean water, some plants and animals pull what they need right out of the air. In fact, hot deserts — some of the most inhospitable places on the planet — are often adorned with large green plants like saguaro cacti. The driest place on earth, the Atacama Desert of Chile, will spring to life with vividly-colored wildflowers after rare storms. Desert insects and reptiles also get by. Noticing these wonders, engineers at Ohio State University want to get smart like the plants and animals. They want to mimic how organisms are able to get sufficient water by collecting fog and condensation.Humans can get by in the most basic of shelters, can scratch together a meal from the most humble of ingredients. But we can’t survive without clean water. And in places where water is scarce — the world’s deserts, for example — getting water to people requires feats of engineering and irrigation that can be cumbersome and expensive. It requires intelligent design, in other words. “A pair of new studies from researchers at The Ohio State University,” the news item continues, “offers a possible solution, inspired by nature.” They observed that well-spaced bumps on some beetles and grooves on some cacti effectively collect and channel condensed water from fog and dew right to where it is needed. Why don’t we do that? Why make poor people walk for miles with heavy jugs on their heads? Let’s do it the well-designed way. They’re testing some prototypes, but there’s a lot more designing and testing to do. One researcher says, “By using bio-inspired technologies, we can help address the challenge of providing clean water to people around the globe, in as efficient a way as possible.”2019 Is the Year of the Periodic TableCelebrating Dmitri Mendeleev’s first periodic table, the United Nations has declared 2019 to be the “International Year of the Periodic Table of the Chemical Elements.” According to the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, this year will “will coincide with the 150th anniversary of the discovery of the Periodic System by Dmitry Mendeleev in 1869.”The Russian chemist’s predecessors had searched for patterns, but Mendeleev’s great insight was to leave gaps for undiscovered elements. Believing that nature was orderly and harmonious, he wrote down elements and tried arranging them in rows and columns of elements with increasing atomic number. When he found one with similar properties, he started a new column. He noticed that some elements seemed to jump over a spot in a certain row or column without a corresponding matching type, his intuitive sense of design made him refuse to believe nature would leave a gap. He marked those spots with question marks, proposing undiscovered elements in those spots would prove to have similar properties. In their book A Meaningful World, Benjamin Wiker and Jonathan Witt use this historical incident as one of many to show the underlying beauty and order in natural phenomena.Mendeleev did make some errors, but he didn’t fall into the trap of preferring his tidy little system to reality. He believed that more and more refined experimental work would continue to bring into focus the real order he argued was there. His intuitions, and his predictions, proved correct. Thus Mendeleev is properly credited with finally revealing to us the order of the periodic table of elements.And thus the search for new elements began. Over decades, the gaps were filled, just as Mendeleev predicted. Mendeleev didn’t live to see all his expectations confirmed. According to Mark Lorch at The Conversation, technetium wasn’t discovered till 30 years after his death.The periodic table has undergone many refinements since Mendeleev’s 1869 draft. We now rotate Mendeleev’s columns into rows. Others have proposed different ways to diagram the underlying natural order, Lorch shows. But it was the intuition of a man who believed in an orderly and designed universe that inspired the key discovery. The IUPAC says that the periodic table has become “a unique tool enabling scientists to predict the appearance and properties of matter on Earth and in the Universe.”Beauty vs. EvolutionA surprising headline appeared in The New York Times Magazine: “How Beauty Is Making Scientists Rethink Evolution.” Writer Ferris Jabr sets the stage with his subtitle, “The extravagant splendor of the animal kingdom can’t be explained by natural selection alone — so how did it come to be?” We’ll analyze his answers in a future post, but ID advocates may want to read this interesting article to see how well Darwinian evolution can explain the extravagant beauty of birds and butterflies. Is it natural selection, sexual selection, both, or neither?Photo: Chengjiang fossil site, courtesy of Illustra Media. Evolution Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man Recommended Here’s a collection of cross-disciplinary science news stories united by a common theme: intelligent design.Earliest Cambrian Arthropod/Crustacean“Ercaicunia represents the first stem-group pancrustacean known from macrofossils,” begins a paper in Current Biology. Don’t worry about what a pancrustacean is for now, because taxonomists can’t agree among themselves. Assuming everything is related by common ancestry, they try to draw phylogenetic trees, inventing new stem group names like edysozoa (“moulting animals”) and lobopodia (“blunt footed”) and pinning fossils onto different branches. Some will say such-and-such is a stem-group this, or a crown-group that, but other taxonomists will disagree and move things around. Pancrustacea is one of these theory-laden groups within Euarthropoda (“true joint-footed things”) that is supposed to include Crustacea and Hexapoda (“six-footed things”). This new fossil is hard to classify, because “early evolution of Pancrustacea remains elusive given the difficulty of recognizing synapomorphies [shared ancestral traits] between Cambrian forms and extant representatives.” In addition, many fossils show mosaics of traits rather than clear lines of descent, forcing evolutionists to resort to theory-rescue devices like convergent evolution or parallel evolution.Enough taxonomy for now. What’s important is that Ercaicunia multinodosa is a complex critter! At first glance it resembles a tiny silverfish, but those came later. The earliest known arthropod of this type, found at the Chengjiang fossil site in China (pictured above), shows a complex animal preserved in 3-D with clear evidence of head appendages, including “antennulae, differentiated antennae, mandibles, and maxillae,” as well as trunk appendages with jointed legs (epipodites, the first joints of arthropod legs) and feathery setae on the appendages.The diagrams clearly show this little (8-11 mm) segmented “bivalved euarthropod” had a high degree of complexity, with a gut with both mouth and anus, motile mouthparts for feeding, sensory antennae implying a nervous system and a brain, probably legs for movement, and an exoskeleton — but no eyes. Though found in China, other representatives are found in the morphologically similar Burgess Shale euarthropods on the other side of the world. The Chengjiang and Burgess Shale fossil sites are estimated to be about 545 million years to 525 million years old.Although no date is assigned to this animal, it had to be very close to the Cambrian explosion. Its size is not as important as its complexity. It has a great deal of hierarchical organization to suddenly appear without ancestors. Think of the new genes, cell types, tissues and organs that Darwinians have to believe exploded onto the scene by chance in a very short time, geologically speaking. Moreover, “E. multinodosa possesses characters uniquely shared with extant crustaceans, including differentiated tritocerebral antennae and epipodite-bearing biramous trunk appendages” (emphasis added). Stephen Meyer’s case for intelligent design in Darwin’s Doubt keeps getting vindicated by new fossils.Design Your Own DNAThe intelligent designers at MIT have made it so easy to build structures out of DNA, they say anyone can do it. You can draw something, and a computer program named PERDIX (Programmed Eulerian Routing for DNA Design Using X-overs) will take your design and manipulate the molecules into the desired shape at the nanometer scale. A cheerful video clip shows how your little DNA drawing, say a lotus flower, gets made. “PERDIX can be used to print any free-form drawing using DNA,” they boast, illustrating what intelligent minds can do with natural materials. Is the double helix with all its coded information any less a product of a mind? 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first_img Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Email We are a country that loves stories of redemption. A person can engage in dog fighting and kill the animals when they have outgrown their use, explaining as his excuse that he grew up in that kind of culture. Then he serves a prison sentence and returns to the pay-for-play ranks as one of the league’s highest-paid athletes. Or a person can carry heat into a New York nightclub and go to prison after accidentally shooting himself, but is then welcomed back to the league because he can still catch a football. Those are the stories of Michael Vick and Plaxico Burress, but there are many other similar stories, as we are a country of forgiveness, warranted or not. And that’s the case with a quarterback from Montana who might wear the moniker of “the worst high draft choice in history” forever. Drafted No. 2 in the 1998 draft after taking Washington State to the Rose Bowl, Great Falls native Ryan Leaf was a Heisman Trophy finalist who was a bust in the professional ranks. While he made numerous attempts to get on his feet, an addiction to painkillers after a series of injuries and numerous surgeries continually seemed to pull him to the depths. At what was probably the deepest of those depths he pleaded guilty to seven drug charges in Texas where he was indicted after breaking into the home of a West Texas A & M player to steal prescription drugs. He was fined but instead of jail time he was sentenced to 10 years probation. Leaf, who was drafted just behind Peyton Manning, also was not the easiest guy for the media to get along with. In college his ego and pompous attitude turned off journalists who soon decided, even with his success, they’d prefer to cover the Cougars without him. And WSU Coach Mike Price had his share of challenges dealing with a guy who led the Cougars to a rare win over the Huskies and the school’s first Rose Bowl bid in 67 years. But ironically it is Pullman, the home of the Cougars, where Leaf has landed, returning to the college roots. He said recently he should have rediscovered these roots earlier. Leaf says he is working on his 12-step program and is now in the midst of additional redemption as he travels the country promoting the first of three autobiographical books, “596 Switch: The Improbably Journey From the Palouse to Pasadena.” And while early sales figures haven’t yet surfaced, the posts on his Facebook page indicate there is no shortage of people interested in his story. Leaf has received extensive national publicity, including a recent appearance on the Dan Patrick Show. Though he has sometimes shunned his Montana roots, even after leading CMR to a state title his junior year, he’s assured me he’d be glad to join us for an interview during a Grizzly game. While some in the media are hardly flocking to his side, I’m one who believes redemption is a grand thing and I look forward to the interview. last_img read more