Spider Blood Survives 20 Million Years – So They Say

first_imgEurekAlert announced, “Spider blood found in 20 million year old fossil.”  Science Daily repeated the story.  The articles even tell how the spider died (it was climbing a tree and was struck on the head by fast-flowing sap).  The BBC News said, “Spider is ‘20 million years old.’” At least they put quotes around the date, but they quoted Dr. David Penney of the University of Manchester scratching his beard and saying, “It’s amazing to think that a single piece of amber with a single spider in it can open up a window into what was going on 20 million years ago.”  The date comes from the Miocene deposits in which the amber was found in the Dominican Republic.  Those deposits rank at 20 million years according to the evolutionary dating scheme.How could blood survive decay for 2000 years, let alone 20 million?  Suggested revision for Penney’s thoughts: “It’s amazing to think that a single piece of amber with a single spider in it does not open minds to the realization that 20 million years is implausible fiction.”    Let’s remind readers of the way evolutionists reason about fossils and dates.  How do you know this spider is 20 million years old?  Answer: it was found in a 20-million-year-old rock.  How do you know the rocks are 20 million years old?  Answer: because, stupid, it has this 20-million-year-old spider in it!(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Meanwhile, Back on the Dinosaur Ranch

first_imgSid Perkins went on a dinosaur hunt in Montana this past July, and wrote up his experiences for the cover story of the Aug. 26 issue of Science News.  It was more personal diary than science.  Perkins talked about the teamwork, hard work, and the occasional thrill of finding a fragment of bone that the leader would promptly interpret; e.g., “Murphy estimated that the meat eater had shed the fragment around 150 million years ago.”    Perkins wanted to describe to readers what goes on in the field in this kind of scientific research.  Captioned photos show the tents at base camp, a campfire sing, and workers swinging pickaxes or delicately examining small pieces of bone.  He described how the precious quarry is plastered and wrapped, how the species are identified, and how the tools of the trade (jackhammers and fine brushes, sketch boards and notebooks) are used.    Perhaps the only statement of notable scientific consequence appears inconspicuously in the middle of the narrative.  Perkins talks about how, during the winter, the site must be protected from harsh weather and the hooves of grazing cows.  He adds, “We also have to be careful not to damage the crumbly end of the bone that had been exposed to the elements before its discovery.”  Just earlier, a paleontologist estimated the sediments to be 150 million years old.There is very little difference between this journal and one that could have been written by a participant on a creationist dino dig (07/23/2003, 05/21/2002).  Both groups might have described similar emotions in sharing a sometimes monotonous, sometimes exciting adventure, learning teamwork, and feeling good about contributing to science.  The main differences would be the songs sung around the campfire – undoubtedly “Amazing Grace” at the creationist camp instead of the selection Perkins listed at the evolutionist camp, “Dead Skunk in the Middle of the Road” – and the dates.  The evolutionary paleontologists tossed around their millions of years without a qualm or objection.  Perkins saw himself, though, that the delicate, crumbly fragments of bone were easily damaged by footprints and weather.  Eyewitnesses on creationist digs in Montana have been stunned to find vulnerable dinosaur bones all over the surface.    We live in a world of constant change easily seen within our own lifetimes.  A hurricane or tsunami sweeps away a coastline.  A volcano buries an island or emerges from the sea.  Landslides open a new canyon.  Earthquakes rearrange the terrain.  Glaciers melt back for miles, and worldwide climate trends frighten the pundits.  These changes are the stories we tell our children, and written human records reveal a thousand more examples.  In spite of that, the paleontologists want us to believe that these dinosaur bones, some with soft tissue inside (02/22/2006), remained entombed within this formation for a duration exceeding all human recorded history by 37,000 times, enduring global tectonic changes, mountain building episodes, continental uplifts, climate fluctuations, floods and fire, only to crumble away now in an ordinary winter rainstorm or cow’s footstep.    You can choose to sing a song about roadkill and trust in theories vulnerable to being trampled underfoot.  Some look at the same data and sing, I once was lost and now am found, was blind but now I see.(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

RED Announces Two New 8K Super35 Cameras

first_imgRED puts their 8K Super35 HELIUM sensor in the EPIC and WEAPON. Here’s everything you need to know.All images via REDAfter announcing the HELIUM 8K sensor back in July, RED has been quick to add the sensor to a multitude of custom-built cameras for the likes of directors like Michael Bay. That sensor is now rolling out into the new RED EPIC-W and WEAPON 8K.Both new cameras are part of the DSMC2 form factor, and RED is sweetening the deal for current RED owners (and those on waiting lists) with the ability to upgrade to a new 8K sensor package. According to RED’s website, orders placed today will ship in 7-10 business days. RED EPIC-W 8K S35The RED EPIC-W 8K S35 sports the 8K Super35 Helium sensor and can capture 8K footage up to 30fps. The camera can also capture 4K up to 150fps, as well as 2K up to 300fps.Check out the camera and some footage in this video from RED.The RED EPIC-W will set you back $29,500 for the camera BRAIN only. To show off the modular camera body, RED put together this awesome stop motion video.RED EPIC-W 8K S35 Specs:8K Super35 Helium Sensor (35.4 Megapixel CMOS)16.5+ Stops Dynamic Range30fps at 8K Full Frame (8192 x 4320), 30fps at 8K 2.4:1 (8192 x 3456)30fps at 7K Full Frame (7168 x 3780), 40fps at 7K 2.4:1 (7168 x 3024)75fps at 6K Full Frame (6144 x 3240), 100fps at 6K 2.4:1 (6144 x 2592)96fps at 5K Full Frame (5120 x 2700), 120fps at 5K 2.4:1 (5120 x 2160)120fps at 4K Full Frame (4096 x 2160), 150fps at 4K 2.4:1 (4096 x 1728)150fps at 3K Full Frame (3072 x 1620), 200fps at 3K 2.4:1 (3072 x 1296)240fps at 2K Full Frame (2048 x 1080), 300fps at 2K 2.4:1 (2048 x 864)For more technical specs and to order the RED EPIC-W, check out the official page here.RED WEAPON 8K S35The other new upgraded package is the RED WEAPON 8K. This is the third configuration to the 8K WEAPON line — WEAPON 8K S35, WEAPON 8K W, and WEAPON 8K ANA.The WEAPON 8K S35 also carries the HELIUM 8K S35 sensor, where as the 8K W and 8K ANA use the DRAGON sensor. The WEAPON 8K is actually the same cost as the WEAPON 6K, which also carries the company’s DRAGON sensor — $49,500 for the BRAIN.From the very beginning, we’ve strived to not only develop the best imaging technology on the planet, but also make it available to as many shooters as possible. The WEAPON remains our premier camera — and now comes with the option to either go with the 8K HELIUM sensor or 6K DRAGON sensor. — Jarred LandWEAPON 8K S35 Specs:8K Super35 Helium Sensor (35.4 Megapixel CMOS)16.5+ Stops Dynamic Range60fps at 8K Full Frame (8192 x 4320), 75fps at 8K 2.4:1 (8192 x 3456)60fps at 7K Full Frame (7168 x 3780), 75fps at 7K 2.4:1 (7168 x 3024)75fps at 6K Full Frame (6144 x 3240), 100fps at 6K 2.4:1 (6144 x 2592)96fps at 5K Full Frame (5120 x 2700), 120fps at 5K 2.4:1 (5120 x 2160)120fps at 4K Full Frame (4096 x 2160), 150fps at 4K 2.4:1 (4096 x 1728)150fps at 3K Full Frame (3072 x 1620), 200fps at 3K 2.4:1 (3072 x 1296)240fps at 2K Full Frame (2048 x 1080), 300fps at 2K 2.4:1 (2048 x 864)For more technical specs and to order the RED WEAPON 8K, check out the official page here.last_img read more