Guardiola wants €50m starlet as next City signing, Kane set for new Spurs deal?

first_imgHere are the top transfer-related stories in Friday’s newspapers…After signing Ilkay Gundogan, new Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is chasing a host of other targets having been giving an astonishing transfer budget which could exceed £250million. Former Bayern Munich boss Guardiola wants two centre-halves, two other defenders, a new goalkeeper and a host of midfield and attacking players. (Daily Mirror)And Guardiola’s next signing could be Aymeric Laporte from Athletic Bilbao with Manchester City ready to pay the €50m (£39m) release clause in the 22-year-old French defender’s contract. (Guardian)Dani Alves is considering a number of offers after it was confirmed he will leave Barcelona – including one from Manchester United. But his most likely destination is Paris Saint-Germain. (Daily Express)Tottenham Hotspur have offered Harry Kane a £100,000-a-week contract that will shatter the club’s wage structure and make him the highest paid player at White Hart Lane. Kane is close to agreeing the deal and is expected to put pen to paper after Euro 2016 as Spurs look to ward off sustained interest from Manchester United. (Squawka)Besiktas sporting director Gokhan Keskin has confirmed the Turkish club are targeting Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina. (Daily Express)West Bromwich Albion are weighing up a move for QPR defender Steven Caulker. The 24-year-old was on loan at Southampton and Liverpool last season and also has interest from Crystal Palace. Caulker though is not overly keen on a move to Palace and is willing to link up with Tony Pulis at Albion if they can agree a deal. (Daily Mail)Premier League champions Leicester City have begun negotiations over a new long-term contract with goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel. Leicester want to confirm Schmeichel’s future at the King Power Stadium before the start of the summer transfer merry-go-round. (Daily Mail)Arsenal are prepared to loan Calum Chambers out next season, provided they sign a new centre back. But Arsene Wenger will not sanction a permanent exit for the former Southampton believing he can still become a key figure for the Gunners. (Daily Mail)And Southampton are keen to get England Under-21s star Chambers back on a season-long loan. (Daily Mirror)Everton are set to land Ronald Koeman with a £7million-a-year double-your-money offer — and the promise of massive transfer funds. Goodison chairman Bill Kenwright is confident he will have Southampton manager Koeman in place by the end of the weekend. (Daily Mirror)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…?Shock Liverpool transfer news: Paris Saint-Germain plotting £45m move for Philippe CoutinhoChelsea and Liverpool set to lose out to Juventus in chase for French starletArsenal and Chelsea keen on Henrikh Mkhitaryan but Juventus leading battle for Borussia Dortmund starNapoli warn Arsenal and Chelsea off star defender Kalidou KoulibalyWest Ham transfer news: Carlos Bacca’s agent insists AC Milan hitman has not decided on futurelast_img read more

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Latest Moon Theory Needs an Invisible Goddess to Work

first_img(Visited 528 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Now they say that the impactor didn’t only spin off a cloud that formed the moon; it made a donut cooked up by a goddess.For decades, secular planetologists told us they had the answer to how the moon formed. After the Apollo missions falsified all three leading theories of the day (fission, capture, and co-formation), a new consensus view latched onto a new kind of impact theory: a Mars-sized object hit the Earth at just the right angle to almost obliterate the Earth, which re-congealed; the remaining debris formed the moon. It didn’t matter that the model had to be tweaked and re-tweaked numerous times (e.g., 9 April 2015). At least they had a standard story to tell the public. They even had a name for the mythical earth smasher: Theia.Just when you thought it was safe to go out and enjoy the moon on a romantic evening, they’re swapping stories again. “First the Moon, Then Earth: New Theory Reverses Formation Story,” announces Elizabeth Howell at Space.com. Now what? Is everything they told us backwards? Well, yes. Believe it or not, the moon came first! This is a “dramatically different way of forming the moon,” according to UC Davis professor Sarah Stewart and Harvard grad student Simon Lock.Credit: Illustra MediaEarth’s moon formed inside a cloud of molten rock, and may have done so before our planet itself formed, a new theory suggests.Scientists call such a cloud a synestia, a doughnut-shaped ring of debris full of molten rock that forms in the aftermath of a protoplanet collision. In this case, it would have been a massive collision early in our solar system’s history. According to the new theory, the moon formed within a few dozen years after the crash, as the synestia shrank and cooled. The Earth subsequently emerged about 1,000 years after the moon.Now we have to learn a new word, synestia. It’s not synesthesia, a weird psychological disorder that makes some people smell color and see sound. Well, maybe it’s like that. The word is pretty weird [cue Twilight Zone theme]:In 2017, Lock and Stewart modeled the chain of events that would occur after Earth-size rocky planets smashed into other large objects, carrying lots of energy and momentum with them. The predicted result was a doughnut-shaped disk, according to press materials released that year. Their name for the newly described object, synestia, comes from the prefix “syn-” (together) and the Greek goddess “Hestia,” who represents architecture and structures.Don’t think for a moment that she is the goddess of intelligently designed architecture. To the theorists, Hestia is a blind goddess of lucky accidents that leave no trace:Synestias haven’t been spotted in the sky yet, but the authors suggest that’s because the objects are relatively short-lived. After formation, they may persist for only a few hundred years. Synestias that formed gas-giant planets or stars, however, may last longer due to their larger size, the authors said.What would motivate secular astronomers to come up with such a fact-free, occult cause for the moon? Wasn’t the old theory good enough? No. It never was.“Getting enough mass into orbit in the canonical scenario is actually very difficult, and there’s a very narrow range of collisions that might be able to do it,” Lock said in a statement from Harvard University….Lock said that the synestia theory is better than the older impact theory. One reason is that it better explains why the moon and Earth have similar isotopes, or element types: because they formed from the same cloud of molten material.The moon is also bereft of volatiles, which are substances such as hydrogen that have a low boiling temperature.Hestia to the rescue. Sarah Stuart and Simon Lock champion her cause. They believe their model gets the elements right, and allows for a wider range of collision angles to get the donut to form. “You just don’t think of a satellite forming inside another body, but this is what appears to happen,” Lock says, as he returns to the drawing board to solve all the new problems his theory creates.If you want to see a drawing of a synestia, Live Science (an affiliate with Space.com), has one. The two theorists say more about the inadequacies of the old “canonical” model:“The new work explains features of the moon that are hard to resolve with current ideas,” study author Sarah Stewart, a professor of Earth and planetary sciences at the University of California, Davis, said in a statement. “The moon is chemically almost the same as the Earth, but with some differences. This is the first model that can match the pattern of the Moon’s composition.“Don’t overlook the caveat in the article: “One caveat to the new hypothesis: Synestias remain theoretical objects that have never been observed in the universe.”So are Greek goddesses. There is an intelligent design theory that fits the observations. And the Architect is a He, not a she.last_img read more

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Our pick of the month

first_imgWoven magicArtt n Attire, a new store by designer and artist Shilpa Tibrewala brings for you a range of handpicked sarees, dupattas, lehengas and fabrics, sourced from weavers around the country.Simple yet elegant, this is for the modern woman who loves sporting Indian fabrics. At G- 14A, New No- 33,,Woven magicArtt n Attire, a new store by designer and artist Shilpa Tibrewala brings for you a range of handpicked sarees, dupattas, lehengas and fabrics, sourced from weavers around the country.Simple yet elegant, this is for the modern woman who loves sporting Indian fabrics. At G- 14A, New No- 33, 18th Street, Anna Nagar East Tel 8072045293last_img read more

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Bill addresses Facebook Google duopoly over online ad revenue

Citation: Bill addresses Facebook, Google ‘duopoly’ over online ad revenue (2018, March 9) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-03-bill-facebook-google-duopoly-online.html Rupert Murdoch wants Facebook to pay for news Explore further ©2018 The Mercury News (San Jose, Calif.) Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. The news industry, which has been pushing for the right to bargain collectively against tech giants that are eating up ad revenue, is cheering a new bill introduced this week. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The Journalism Competition and Preservation Act, introduced by Rep. David Cicilline, D-Rhode Island, would allow media outlets to come together to negotiate terms with Facebook, Google and other tech companies.”Our democracy is strongest when we have a free, open press that informs citizens, holds public officials accountable, and roots out corruption,” said Cicilline, who is on the House Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee.Facebook and Google—which the News Media Alliance is calling “the Duopoly—together account for about 70 percent of online ad revenue, according to different tracking firms. The News Media Alliance, which represents about 2,000 newspapers in the United States and Canada, including this one, puts that number at 73 percent.”We are grateful to Congressman Cicilline for his commitment to ensuring fair competition with the platforms and for his work to preserve quality journalism,” News Media Alliance President and CEO David Chavern said in a statement Wednesday. “Our industry depends on our ability to continue to invest in stories that report the truth and hold our public officials accountable.”Citing the power of Facebook and Google to affect online traffic to news sites, the bill would provide a 48-month safe harbor from antitrust laws so publications can collectively negotiate with online platforms. Some news executives have said it is hard for individual publications to even get an appointment to talk with the big tech companies.The bill also has the support of most other news industry associations, and more than 200,000 local and national news publications, according to Ciciline’s press release.Ciciline’s fact sheet says “The bill only allows the press to band together to negotiate with platforms on conditions so long as it directly relates to the quality, accuracy, attribution or branding, and interoperability of news.” It notes that publishers would not collude on price.Facebook and Google have not responded to our request for comment.The introduction of the bill comes as some big publishers have become more vocal about the power of the tech giants. News Corp. CEO Robert Thomson recently called on Facebook and Google to pay for news content, echoing the sentiments of founder Rupert Murdoch. Their calls for carriage fees, like those paid by cable companies to media companies, have raised the eyebrows of some public advocacy groups. read more

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