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first_imgThe National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for The WRBI Listening Area starting Thursday Morning at 5 through Thursday Night at 8 for Ripley, Franklin, and Dearborn Counties and at 9 for Decatur County.Snow accumulation of 2-4 inches is expected. Snow will develop in our area starting early Thursday Morning affecting the morning commute.    There may be a lull of snow in the middle of the day before increasing in the afternoon which will also affect the evening commute.  Be careful of snow covered roads.  Use caution when traveling as roads will be slippery and visibility may be limited.Be sure to listen to WRBI for the latest Severe Weather updates and log onto www.wrbiradio.com.last_img read more

first_imgRaiders wide receiver Martavis Bryant has been suspended indefinitely by the NFL “for violating the terms of his April 2017 conditional reinstatement under the Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse,” the league said in a statement.Bryant is currently on injured reserve with a knee injury and becomes an unrestricted free agent after this season.“Effective immediately, Martavis Bryant has been returned to the Reserve/Commissioner Suspended list indefinitely for violating the terms of his …last_img read more

first_imgAstronomers display creativity at rationalizing their inability to find what they believe makes up the bulk of the universe.Something is wrong with a theory that can’t find 95% of the universe. Cosmologists can’t find dark matter or dark energy, but their theories need it. They can’t explain the motions of galaxies and star clusters without it, they can’t explain cosmic acceleration without it, and they can’t explain the big bang without it. It’s gotta be there! Where is it? What is it? To hide their embarrassment, they resort to imagination and storytelling.Giant atoms could help unveil ‘dark matter’ and other cosmic secrets (The Conversation). A PhD student at the University of Leeds introduces the problem. “The universe is an astonishingly secretive place,” Diego A. Quiñones begins. “Mysterious substances known as dark matter and dark energy account for some 95% of it. Despite huge effort [sic] to find out what they are, we simply don’t know.” He postulates a new probe for the elusive stuff using atoms stretched 4,000 times their original size, taut as a guitar string that could vibrate with the slightest pressure, such as whatever-dark-matter-is might produce.The case for co-decaying dark matter (Phys.org). Maybe as the universe cooled as it expanded all that dark matter was “annihilated away.” That’s the creative solution in this article. In fact, maybe it annihilated faster than cosmologists thought it did. If so, it would be a waste of time to look for it directly. Indirect methods might work better. Is that something like daydreaming about it?No trace of dark matter in gamma-ray background (University of Amsterdam). Another search method has come up empty. It’s beginning to sound like a broken record; we came, we saw, we were conquered by non-detection.Researchers from the University of Amsterdam’s (UvA) GRAPPA Center of Excellence have just published the most precise analysis of the fluctuations in the gamma-ray background to date. By making use of more than six years of data gathered by the Fermi Large Area Telescope, the researchers found two different source classes contributing to the gamma-ray background. No traces of a contribution of dark matter particles were found in the analysis….To date, the Fermi telescope has not detected any conclusive indication of gamma-ray emission originating from dark-matter particles. Also, this latest study showed no indication of a signal associated with dark matter. Using their data, [Mattia] Fornasa and colleagues were even able to rule out some models of dark matter that would have produced a detectable signal.‘Our measurement complements other search campaigns that used gamma rays to look for dark matter and it confirms that there is little room left for dark matter induced gamma-ray emission in the isotropic gamma-ray background’, says Fornasa.**That fail is for NASA.Universe May Have Lost ‘Unstable’ Dark Matter (Live Science). Reporter Jesse Emspak turns to a theory by Russians for light in the dark. But can they really claim this? “We have now, for the first time, been able to calculate how much dark matter could have been lost and what the corresponding size of the unstable component would be.” If you don’t know what you are starting with, and can’t see it, how can you calculate anything about it? They add to the folly, saying, “dark matter may still be disintegrating even now.” None of this helps anyway. Their calculations can only account for a loss of 5% of dark matter since the big bang.First test of rival to Einstein’s gravity kills off dark matter (New Scientist). Another way to cover up embarrassment is to distract attention to a rival theory. “A controversial approach to gravity that challenges Albert Einstein and suggests dark matter doesn’t exist has passed its first test,” reports Mark Anderson. “Modified Newtonian Dynamics” (MOND) claims that gravity acts differently at different scales. Toss in some quantum mechanics, relativity, information theory and string theory, like Erik Verlinde does at the University of Amsterdam does, and you don’t need dark matter. Majority cosmologists will likely find this solution worse than the disease. “So if Verlinde’s is the better match, what’s the problem?” Anderson writes. Answer: “Gravitational heresy.” It “borders on sacrilege” to propose modifying some of the best-tested theories in physics, one critic says.More Dark MysteriesPhys.org announced a cosmic puzzle, “The mystery of part-time pulsars.” This isn’t about dark matter per se, but it relates to another puzzle lurking “in the dark regions of space.” Suraiya Farukhi says, “A new discovery has upended the widely held view that all pulsars are orderly ticking clocks of the universe.” The famous Arecibo radio telescope caught two “extremely strange” pulsars doing a “cosmic vanishing act” – “Sometimes they are there, and then for very long periods of time, they are not.” These mysterious spinning stars somehow switch their radio beams on and off. “They’re ON and then they’re gone, disappearing without any apparent warning.” Maybe these are just oddballs. No; “The most important implication of this discovery is that there must exist an extremely large number these vanishing act pulsars.” In fact, they could “far outnumber normal pulsars.” The abnormal is set to become the new normal.Another cosmic puzzle was announced by Nature. Remember the lavish celebrations when the LIGO instrument appeared to confirm Einstein’s theory last year by detecting gravitational waves? Get this: “LIGO black hole echoes hint at general-relativity breakdown.” The article says, “Researchers find echoes in the LIGO data that show tentative signs of firewalls or other exotic physics.” Apparently the law fails at the edge of black holes, but more analysis will be required to be sure. “The echoes could yet disappear with more data. If they persist, the finding would be extraordinary.” In support of relativity, though, a report on Space.com suggests that Einstein’s equations explain how the sun was able to shed some of its angular momentum by releasing it through hot photons emitted from the surface. The low angular momentum in the sun, where it should be the highest according to the Law of Conservation of Angular Momentum, has been a long-standing problem. The effect is slight, but the sun has been shedding it a long time, the article says. What this will do to theories of stellar evolution is not yet known.And you thought Science had escaped the occult into the Age of Reason. It has evolved into Reasons for the Occult. (Visited 173 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

first_imgMANILA, Philippines—It’s the year of Team Lakay.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gold was the luster of 2018 for the Baguio-based team as it ran through the competition in ONE Championship to become the most prolific organization in the promotion, making their story no. 2 in INQUIRER.net’s top 7 sports stories of the year.Mark Sangiao, the quiet and peaceful mentor of equally friendly warriors, guided Kevin Belingon, Joshua Pacio, Geje Eustaquio, and the iconic Eduard Folayang to World titles in their respective weight classes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionEustaquio (11-6) was the first of the four to become a World champion in 2018 when he unified the flyweight belts after a split decision win over rival Adriano Moraes in June after reigning on an interim basis since January.Belingon (20-5) followed soon in July to become the interim bantamweight champion after a unanimous decision win over Martin Nguyen, which he followed up with a split decision victory over Bibiano Fernandes to become the undisputed champion in November. Donnie Nietes, Japanese foe make weight ahead of super flyweight bout “It’s our biggest year, we won titles, and received many awards this year. This is the result of our hard work, dedication, and sacrifice. These awards and titles are just the fruits of our labor.”RELATED STORIESRELATED STORIESINQUIRER SPORTS Top 7 Stories of the Year: SMC sweep INQUIRER SPORTS Top 7 Stories of the Year: Manny Pacquiao back as champINQUIRER SPORTS Top 7 Stories of the Year: #UPFight INQUIRER SPORTS Top 7 Stories of the Year: Ateneo-San Beda dominanceINQUIRER SPORTS Top 7 Stories of the Year: Meggie Ochoa and her Fight to ProtectRELATED VIDEO LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’ PLAY LIST 02:18Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’00:52ONE CEO believes Joshua Pacio won the fight01:27ONE: Geje Eustaquio, Adriano Moraes looking for convincing finish to trilogy02:42PH 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 LATEST STORIES Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Pacio (13-2) was the next to hold gold in the bunch when he dethroned Yoshitaka Naito via unanimous decision for the ONE World strawweight title.And just before December arrived, Folayang (21-6) dominated Amir Khan to become a two-time ONE World lightweight champion.Of the eight male champions of ONE, five are from the Philippines and four of those Filipinos are under the tutelage of Sangiao at Team Lakay.And the soft-spoken coach assured that his team is just getting started.“This is definitely the best year for us, but of course, we will not stop,” said Sangiao. “We have to keep on improving and defend those belts.”ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more