Change in table tennis rule

first_imgUntil October 1, coaches were restricted by the rules of the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) in the amount of advice they could give to their players during matches. Some of those restrictions were lifted on October 1.Now, in addition to coaching before matches and during time-outs, players can receive advice when the ball is out of play.The previous restriction constrained coaches to cheering from the sidelines and encouraging players in between points. The more crafty practitioners sometimes used hand signals, often pre-coded, to circumvent the old rules. Those who were caught were subject to ejection.One famous case involved the current head Chinese men’s coach, Liu Guoliang. Liu, World and Olympic champion as a player, was ejected in Tianjin, China, at the 2005 World Championship.Apparently, in the opinion of the umpire, he was coaching outside the provisions of the rule. He was coaching Ma Lin in a difficult match against Petr Korbel of the Czech Republic.The new provision has debuted at the men’s table tennis World Cup currently being played in Berlin, Germany. At first glance, coaches are not behaving differently than before October 1. Until then, they were only able to advise their players before matches, between games and during 60-second time-outs. Each player is only allowed one time-out per match.Judging from the play in Berlin, it does not appear that coaches are giving advice after every point as the change allows.The ITTF decided on the change at its board meeting at the 2015 World Championships. The introduction follows tests of the new regulation in some leagues around the world, including in Germany.last_img read more

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‘I want to help you’: Umpire’s chat with Kyrgios at US Open raises questions

first_imgLATEST STORIES It all seemed like an impromptu intervention for the mercurial Kyrgios, right out there on Court 17 at Flushing Meadows, and it raised questions about whether Lahyani overstepped his duties as someone who’s primarily there to keep score and keep order. Kyrgios went from trailing by a set and a break at the time to wresting control of the match — setting up a third-round showdown against Roger Federer — by coming back to beat Pierre-Hugues Herbert 4-6, 7-6 (6), 6-3, 6-0.“This was not his job,” Herbert said, adding that he thinks Lahyani should be sanctioned in some way. “I don’t think he’s a coach, he’s an umpire, and he should stay on his chair for that.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’The U.S. Open’s referee and chief umpire were reviewing what happened, as was the Grand Slam Board. Chair umpires are never made available to the media, but tournament referee Brian Earley said Lahyani explained that he left his perch “to make sure he could communicate effectively” with Kyrgios in a noisy arena.According to Earley, the official said he wanted to check whether Kyrgios needed medical attention and to warn the player that Lahyani “would need to take action” if the “seeming lack of interest in the match continued.” DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced What there’s never been a doubt about, however, is Kyrgios’ talent and ability to entertain — when he puts his mind to it. He burst onto the scene by stunning Rafael Nadal as a teenager at Wimbledon in 2014, and he owns a victory over 20-time major champion Federer, too.After reaching the third round by defeating Benoit Paire 7-5, 6-4, 6-4, Federer criticized Lahyani for going to talk to Kyrgios for as long as he did, and from as close as he did.Normally, a chair umpire leans over from his or her post to speak to a seated player during a changeover.“I don’t know what he said. I don’t care what he said. It was not just about, ‘How are you feeling?’ ‘Oh, I’m not feeling so well.’ Go back up to the chair. He was there for too long. It’s a conversation. Conversations can change your mindset. It can be a physio, a doctor, an umpire, for that matter,” Federer said. “That’s why it won’t happen again. I think everybody knows that.”It was, to be sure, the most conversation-worthy topic on Day 4 at Flushing Meadows.Past U.S. Open champions Novak Djokovic and Marin Cilic won, while 2006 titlist Maria Sharapova played Sorana Cirstea of Romania in Thursday’s last Ashe match, and two-time finalist Caroline Wozniacki was also in action at night.Three seeded men departed earlier, with No. 12 Pablo Carreno-Busta, a semifinalist in 2017, stopping in the fifth set of his match with a leg injury, while No. 14 Fabio Fognini lost to John Millman 6-1, 4-6, 6-4, 6-1, and No. 23 Hyeon Chung was beaten by Mikhail Kukushkin 7-6 (5), 6-2, 6-3. The 11th-seeded woman, Daria Kasatkina, was eliminated by Aliaksandra Sasnovich, but 2016 champion Angelique Kerber, 2017 runner-up Madison Keys and two-time Wimbledon champ Petra Kvitova all won.Djokovic wasted a third-set match point and was pushed to a fourth before defeating American Tennys Sandgren 6-1, 6-3, 6-7 (2), 6-2.“I just lost it mentally,” Djokovic said about his issues in the third set. “Those things happen, I guess. I’m not happy with the way I lost that concentration and composure there.” Silver lining Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs View comments Nick Kyrgios, right, of Australia, shakes hands with Radu Albot, of Moldova, after Kyrgios won their first round match at the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)NEW YORK — Nick Kyrgios was losing big at the U.S. Open on Thursday, and barely even trying. Didn’t move while so-so serves flew by for aces. Casually put groundstrokes into the net. Double-faulted without caring.The crowd began booing. The chair umpire, Mohamed Lahyani, decided to intervene. In an unusual sight for Grand Slam tennis, Lahyani clambered down out of his seat during a break between games, stood with hands on knees, and spoke with the 30th-seeded Kyrgios, saying, among other things, “I want to help you.”ADVERTISEMENT During an occasionally confrontational and sarcastic exchange with reporters, Kyrgios laughed at the suggestion that he had received coaching or a pep talk from Lahyani.“I mean, like, I don’t have a coach. I haven’t had a coach for, like, years. Of course he wasn’t coaching me. Like, what are you talking about?” Kyrgios said.“He said he liked me. I’m not sure if that was encouragement. He just said that it’s not a good look,” Kyrgios said about his chat with Lahyani. “Look. I wasn’t feeling good. I know what I was doing out there wasn’t good. I wasn’t really listening to him, but I knew it wasn’t a good look.”Kyrgios, a 23-year-old Australian, has run into trouble in the past for not giving his all during matches, even drawing a fine and suspension from the ATP men’s tour in 2016.As Herbert put it: “Just sometimes he’s mentally not here.”ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardlast_img read more

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Toevlugt-Patentia NDC Incumbent Chairman promises accountability

first_img2018 LGE…says PPP Council did justice with little resourcesBy Shemuel FanfairWith less than 50 days to go before Guyanese across 80 Local Authority Areas (LAAs) head to the polls to vote in Local Government Elections, incumbent Chairman of the Toevlugt-Patentia Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC), Sahied Khan, has expressed great optimism about his party’s prospects of remaining in the driver’s seat.Incumbent Toevlugt-Patentia NDC Chairman, Sahied KhanAt the March 2016 Local Government Elections (LGE), the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) had unseated the then People’s National Congress (PNC) Council at the NDC. The PNC had been in the majority since the last local polls were observed in 1994, but were included under the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) coalition slate for the 2016 polls.Khan, who presented the PPP/C’s list at the Toevlugt-Patentia NDC Office in Good Intent, West Bank Demerara on Friday last, told the <> that once re-elected, the party would ensure that it has more engagements with residents in the various villages. Among these areas are Wales and its surrounding environs, which have been dealing with the fallout and economic impact from the Wales Estate having officially ended operations in December 2016.Khan outlined that if the Party is successful, the Councillors would continue to operate in an above-board manner.“I expect that we will win, because with the little that we have, we did justice. Our Party is focused on accountability, transparency. It is very hard to get 100 percent, but we can get close to it. We plan to have constituency meetings monthly, but that depends on the people’s turnout; but we are often available, as this is the only way that we can work for the best of the community, by hearing from them. They might have four or five issues, and you can’t satisfy all, but people feel satisfied when you meet with them,” Khan explained.The community representative has held the post for just over 2 years. However, Khan, who is elderly, indicated that he would be willing to allow a younger candidate to succeed him.“It is good to have new people, because, being there, you can be able to guide them. Nobody can be everlasting,” he told this newspaper.Among his objectives for the NDC, the incumbent Chairman is hopeful to work with fellow Councillors to eradicate improper garbage disposal in the villages. In some areas, it has been found that there is indiscriminate behaivour in this regard, but Khan stressed that to bring out the change that is needed, the people of the villages have to come on board with the NDC’s plans.“This is our main issue, and we need the help of the government of the day,” he commented on the garbage issue.Meanwhile, he said some persons have erected structures on State reserves, but he does not intend to pursue a confrontational approach to remove persons. Rather, he hopes to work with the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA) to reduce the time in which residents are awaiting Government-issued house lots. The objectives for development, Khan outlined, may seem ginormous to some; but, in his words, nothing much can be achieved without the rates and taxes which residents are required by law to pay.“We want to get people more on board with us, but if you don’t have the funds you can’t do many things with the little that we have. Half of the houses [in the NDC] are new houses, and they are not paying taxes; and of the remaining houses from before, only half are paying taxes. We don’t have no intention to raise taxes, since that would be from Central Government. We want to get more people on board to pay their rates and taxes. We also want people to purchase copies of Chapter 28:01 (Municipal and District Councils Act) to tell them about their rights,” Khan explained.last_img read more

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6 more sick workers medevaced out of Matthew’s Ridge

first_img– 2 patients tested positive for Leptospirosis– Matthew’s Ridge Hospital temporarily shuts downLess than two days after eight workers from the Bosai manganese mining site in Matthew’s Ridge were air-dashed to the city experiencing a “mysterious” illness with severe symptoms similar to those of the H1N1 virus (swine flu); six others were flown out of the area on Monday.Some of the workers boarding a flight en route to Georgetown on MondayIt is believed that the six workers were exhibiting similar symptoms. Those who were air-dashed to the GPHC on Saturday last have been transferred to the West Demerara Regional Hospital in Essequibo Islands-West Demerara (Region Three) and are expected to remain in an isolated area.Reports are that a medical team from the Mabaruma Hospital had been deployed to the Matthew’s Ridge area following reports that some persons were exhibiting signs and symptoms caused by contracting the deadly disease.Although the results of the tests that have been conducted on the men so far are yet to be revealed, Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence in a statement to the media on Saturday evening refuted claims that the H1N1 virus has led to the death of the Chinese national.In light of these phenomena, operations at the Matthew’s Ridge Hospital, Region One (Barima-Waini), have been temporarily shut down and the medical staff are presently working out of the community centre in that area.Some of the medical personnel at the Eugene F Correia International AirportGuyana Times was told on Monday that this latest development is due to the recent situation at the Bosai manganese mines. However, this undiagnosed illness has already claimed the life of one individual.A senior source told this newspaper that the Matthew’s Ridge Hospital has been evacuated to allow for fumigation of the facility since the medical staff are still to determine the cause of the sickness that the men experienced over the past week.However, there is some treatment of patients being done at the hospital, the source related.“It is somewhat like a quarantine tactic, because persons who have come into contact with those men, or may have done so are being treated there presently. However, other patients and the whole outpatient unit are at the community centre. This is to avoid persons from catching whatever those folks have been exposed to, and that’s good, because it is worrying that medical staff and the Ministry don’t even know what this is.”Although the results of the tests that have been conducted on the men so far are yet to be revealed, Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence stated that the public health specialists were still conducting “a battery of tests” to identify the virus blamed for the manganese miner’s death and the hospitalisation of eight others, including a solitary Guyanese who is an employee of the Guyana Manganese Inc (GMI) firm.According to the statement, the Ministry noted that “there is no determination (as yet) of what the ailment is but all the patients displayed similar symptoms including pain, fever, headache and respiratory distress”.However, days have passed and the Public Health Ministry is yet to conclude and publicise what the results of the tests are.At about 14:30h on Saturday, four ambulances filled with medical staff who were all suited up with protective gear arrived at the Eugene F Correia International Airport to receive at least eight males who had been transported from Region One after it was suspected that they may be infected with the H1N1 virus, usually referred to as swine flu here in Guyana.Some were seen coughing and needed assistance from the plane to the ambulances.When contacted on Saturday afternoon, Chief Medical Officer, Dr Shamdeo Persaud had said that it was too early to presume that the men have “swine flu, dengue, or any other deadly disease”.“It would be crazy to say they have this or that because tests have to be conducted before any disclosure is made in this regard. What I can say is that we received reports that these men fell ill in that area (Region One) and they had to be brought to the GPHC. We are doing tests but have to wait on results before pronouncing and as soon as we know what they have we will let the public know,” he explained.But even as the hospital is yet to diagnose the men, Regional Health Services (RHS) Director, Dr Kay Shako denied that the men are suffering from swine flu.Meanwhile, the public health officials have ruled out swine flu (H1N1), the Zika virus, Chikungunya virus, dengue and influenza A and B as possible causes of the recent spate of illnesses and death in Mathews Ridge.In an issued release to the media, it stated that thus far, there has been no evidence of person-to-person transmission of infection. It is noted that only persons who were directly exposed to one common area became ill.As of Sunday, March 31, a response team comprising the EPA, Surveillance, EH, doctors and nurses were dispatched to Region One to support the efforts taken in the region to address the illnesses.However, a decision was taken to transfer all the patients with acute respiratory illness, rash and fever to our tertiary institution, GPHC, where critical care can be provided should the need arise.While the specialists continue to work on the seven patients admitted on Saturday, results have shown that two patients tested positive for Leptospirosis, which is known to be spread by direct contact with rat urine or faeces.Further tests are being conducted locally and samples will be sent overseas with support from PAHO and the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) to get further tests done to rule out other possible infections.last_img read more

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Guardiola has vote of confidence for Wenger

first_img0Shares0000Guardiola believes the way managers are treated by the media and former players is disrespectful, and used Wenger as an example of this unacceptable behaviour.LONDON, United Kingdom, Mar 2 – Pep Guardiola has backed an experienced Arsene Wenger to ‘take the right decision’ for Arsenal.Manchester City recorded a second successive 3-0 win over the Gunners on Thursday night, following their League Cup success on Sunday. Wenger, who has long been under pressure from fans and critics alike, who feel the long-serving manager has overstayed at Arsenal, is suffering a fresh bout of pressure following a run of five defeats from their last seven games in all competitions.Speaking after his side comprehensively won at the Emirates, Guardiola voiced his support for the beleaguered Wenger.He said: “We play, we fight many, many times in Barcelona, a lot of times in Bayern Munich, a lot of times here in Premier League. A lot of times.“I can understand the situation. I know all the managers can be in that situation. He knows, he handles that situation. He has a lot of experience.“He knows the club, he knows the Premier League, he knows his players. And I’m sure he’s going to take the right decision, for the club, for him, for the players, for everybody.”Arsenal are currently sixth in the Premier League standings, ten points off a top-four spot.They are, however, in with a shout at Europa League success, but must overcome AC Milan over two legs in the last 16.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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House fire cause probed

first_imgVALENCIA – A fire that gutted a Valencia home and seriously burned three family members likely was caused by candles left burning after a Christmas party the night before, a sheriff’s fire investigator said Thursday. The fire, ruled accidental, started before dawn Tuesday in the dining room of the two-story Via Escovar home, where a team of nine investigators found the remnants of some 20 candles and charred shreds of a tablecloth, sheriff’s detective Ed Nordskog said. “Nobody will be able to tell 100 percent, but it started in an area where there were candles,” said Nordskog, who worked with a team composed of Los Angeles County sheriff’s and fire department specialists. “Candles are a huge culprit in a lot of fires.” Another possibility was an electricity overload – the house was filled with holiday lights and at one point the family used “borrowed” power from next door, Nordskog said. That, however, wasn’t likely, he said, noting that it’s rare for electricity to cause house fires. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake David Ewart, his three children and his parents were sleeping upstairs and were awakened by noise from the fire, perhaps glass cracking and things falling as flames roared through the downstairs, Nordskog said. “That’s normal in the course of a fire going along for several minutes,” he said. “They were very lucky. It could have been really bad, multiple fatalities.” The family escaped through a rear second-story window and onto a balcony. Ewart, his 81-year-old father Hugh Ewart and his son Michael, 15, were scheduled to undergo surgery on Thursday. The trio was in serious condition as doctors at the Grossman Burn Center at Sherman Oaks Hospital began the process of removing damaged skin. Two younger children and Ewart’s mother were treated for minor injuries. HOW TO HELP A blood drive will be held from 3 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Valencia Hills Club house, 24060 Oak Vale Drive, for injured members of the Ewart family. Information is available by e-mailing Linda Skvarna at nittanyls@aol.com. — Patricia Farrell Aidem, (661) 257-5251 pat.aidem@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Fans injured at Backstreet Boys concert in Oklahoma, 12 people hospitalised

first_imgAt least 14 people have been injured and transported to hospitals after trusses holding up the entrance to a resort where the Backstreet Boys were set to begin a concert in Oklahoma collapsed.An evacuation began at about 5pm when lightning was within four miles of the casino, WinStar World Casino and Resort said in a statement posted on Twitter.The luxury casino resort said around 150 people in attendance did not evacuate and when the storm hit with 70-80 mph winds – which caused the entrance trusses to collapsed on them. Current scene at #WinStarWorldCasino. My stomach is in knots. A pavillion collapsed in front of us on people waiting in line at the @backstreetboys concert. #oknews #BSB #okwx pic.twitter.com/7Km54rfbg7— Sydney Stavinoha (@SydneyStavinoha) August 18, 2018Two people have since been released from hospital – where 12 people have remained to receive treatment for their injuries.Backstreet Boys released a statement on their Twitter saying they will attempt to reschedule the concert at a later date.We never want to put our fans in harm’s way and with tonight’s weather and the injuries from earlier, we have decided to cancel the show and will attempt to reschedule. The most important thing is for everyone to get home safely and we will see you all very soon!— backstreetboys (@backstreetboys) August 19, 2018 Fans injured at Backstreet Boys concert in Oklahoma, 12 people hospitalised was last modified: August 19th, 2018 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Backstrret BoysInternational newsoklahomaUSAlast_img read more

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NCS Playoffs: Red-hot St. Bernard’s ready for all-H-DN showdown against Del Norte

first_imgEUREKA >> With one quick strike after the next last week, the Crusaders announced their arrival to the Division IV football world in loud and impressive fashion.It just so happens that the Crusaders’ next opponent is one that they have already faced — and beaten — once before.It’s an all-Humboldt Del Norte League showdown at Mike Whalen Field tonight, as second-seeded St. Bernard’s makes the trip north to Crescent City to face No. 7 seed Del Norte in the quarterfinals of the North Coast …last_img

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A’s got major jolts from Fiers, Piscotty — now they must build upon that

first_imgOAKLAND — The A’s needed this when they arrived back at the Coliseum earlier this week, fresh off a nine-day, one-win East Coast swing that equaled the worst such trip for an MLB team since 2011 and dropped them to last place in the American League West.Oakland responded by taking two of three from Cincinnati, flashing signs of a turnaround and — thanks to Mike Fiers — even brilliance.Here’s a closer look at where this team stands as the Indians come to town:What rotation problem? …last_img

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Phoenix Did NOT Find Mars Life

first_imgA media snafu has NASA spokespersons rushing to deny that life has been found on Mars, reported Space.com.  For example, Live Science reporter Leonard David said that the White House has been alerted to the potential for new information about life on Mars based on findings from the Phoenix Lander.  The apparent secrecy has teased the press into thinking life has been found, when all an Aviation Week reporter had said based on his own inside sources was that instrument data has found something that “is increasingly compelling as another piece in the puzzle of life.”  The vagueness of the statement could imply good news or bad news.    The Space.com damage-control article hastened to explain that Phoenix is incapable of finding life.  The instruments can detect organic molecules, but not life itself.  The reason for caution at the NASA press briefing last week that announced the discovery of water ice (see U of Arizona press release) at the northern latitudes of Mars, where Phoenix set up base camp, is that the scientists want their findings to go through peer review and get published before getting scooped by the popular press.  It is normal procedure for findings to be embargoed by the press till formal publication.    Another Space.com article by Andrea Thompson explains what Phoenix is capable of detecting.  Organic molecules have not been found at equatorial latitudes because of strong oxidizing processes at work there.  One of the main reasons for putting a lander in the polar regions was the hope that organics could survive there.  Organics are not a sufficient condition for biology, explained a Johns Hopkins scientist.  “Just because there are organic compounds, doesn’t mean that that’s life,”    Leonard David said this reminded him of the 1996 to-do about a Martian meteorite that some scientists said appeared to show evidence for fossilized microbes.Update 08/05/2008 morning: Space.com and PhysOrg are now reporting that the chemical found may be perchlorate, a highly reactive oxidant that would be bad news for life.  The tests are inconclusive at this point.Update 08/05/2008 afternoon: In order to stem “speculation that has become rampant on the web,” reported Space.com, the Phoenix team is admitting perchlorate has been found, but spinning the story to say that it “may not be harmful to any potential life there and could in fact be a boon to it.”  The highly-oxidizing substance could be an energy source, for instance, and some life survives in Earth’s Atacama Desert in spite of the presence of perchlorates.  There is a slim possibility the perchlorate came from a solid rocket booster, but the team feels their readings from the Phoenix instruments show it was present in the soil samples.  PhysOrg printed a brief report, and later, BBC News and Science Daily denied a NASA cover-up.  They reiterated the latest spin that the discovery of perchlorate “was fascinating but made ‘life on Mars’ neither more nor less likely.”So they did not claim to find any organics, and they found a highly-oxidizing substance that would normally be toxic to life.  You’d think after so many years of bad news from Mars (02/18/2008, 01/09/2007, 01/28/2005) that Martian fever would be dead, but look at faith of the believers.  Phoenix could find one molecule of tailpipe soot, call it organic, and the press would go bananas.  Even if the soot turned out to be residue from the lander’s own thrusters, by then the media will have soaked it for all its evolutionary worth.  The Martian Meteorite story launched NASA’s revitalized Mars program and started the new “science” of astrobiology (04/17/2006).  Only later did we realize it was scientifically unfounded.  We’re all for exploring Mars but NASA had better find better reasons for going than titillating the public with false hopes and dubious inferences from questionable data.    Organics are to life what letters are to a book.  It’s not the presence of the letters, but the way they are put together, that signifies life.  When looking for life, don’t just follow the water.  Follow the instructions (12/30/2002).(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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