first_imgKatie Soderberg (left) knocked in four runs against Ohio State Saturday.[/media-credit]On Saturday afternoon, amid drizzling rain throughout the day, the Badgers were swept by the visiting Ohio State Buckeyes in heartbreaking fashion.The first game of the doubleheader was a relatively uneventful 10-0 victory for Ohio State because the struggling Badger offense couldn’t figure out Buckeye ace Kim Reeder, as she scattered six harmless hits across seven solid innings. Reeder improved her record to 18-3 for the surging Buckeyes who are now 35-6 and have won 11 games in a row.However, as has been the case all the year, the Badgers came out more mentally focused and physically prepared in the second game. And although they lost, the Wisconsin softball team played arguably their most complete game of the season.It began with starting pitcher Leah Vanevenhoven barely getting out of the top of first inning unscathed as she walked the bases loaded but battled to get the final out on a deep fly ball to the warning track. In the bottom of the second, the Badgers did something they have rarely done this season: scored in bulk.“I kind of figured we’d hit, that’s usually our mantra,” head coach Chandelle Schulte said. “We play to our opponent instead of to our own level.”Vanevenhoven helped her own cause when she legged out a force play to second before a diving stop by Buckeye shortstop Alicia Herron created a force out. With runners on first and second, seldom-used outfielder Ashley Hanewich hustled out an infield single, which loaded the bases for light hitting Katie Soderberg. With the bases juiced, Soderberg knocked a double into the outfield, scoring all three runs, giving the Badgers the early 3-0 lead. Those three runs were the most the Badgers have scored over their past nine games.“I knew my swing was feeling good going into today — I was ready,” Soderberg said.In the bottom half of the third, with Theresa Boruta on second base, Karla Powell struck out, but reached base safely on the dropped third strike. Boruta, who had been running the whole way, motored around third, scoring the Badgers’ fourth run while Powell cruised into second.“It was really nice actually [pitching with a lead] … It’s a shame we couldn’t come away with a victory” Vanevenhoven said.In the top half of the forth, a passed ball with runners on second and third would have allowed the No. 15 Buckeyes their second run of the game, but first-year catcher Dana Rasmussen quickly recovered the ball and was able to tag the runner out at home.In the bottom of the sixth, Soderberg came through in the clutch again. Runners on first and second with two outs, Soderberg roped a single that glanced off the pitcher and caromed into the outfield, scoring the Badgers’ fifth run.“It’s nice when anybody on our team starts with some big momentum, I think it can turn the game around,” Soderberg said.The top of the seventh began with a leadoff double followed by a two run home run by Ohio State’s Courtney Pruner, her eighth round tripper of the year. Vanevenhoven induced a deep fly ball out to speedy centerfielder Jen Krueger for the first out. After a single, triple, then strikeout, the lead had dwindled to one run, and up next for the Buckeyes was Sam Marder, a .389 hitter, who has 15 homeruns and 36 RBIs.Vanevenhoven’s first pitch to Marder bounced a few feet in front of the plate, allowing the runner on third to tie up the game before Marder grounded out to third to end the inning.“That’s the first complete game I’ve seen us play through ten minus the one,” Schulte said. “You’ve got to man up in those situations and we didn’t.”The game dragged on and eventually converted into an 11-inning marathon, with Vanevenhoven pitching the whole way. In the top of the 11th, the Buckeyes’ Rebecca Schultz knocked in Pruner, giving Ohio State a 6-5 lead it wouldn’t relinquish.“I’ve said this all year. It’s not really a moral victory, you know? I mean not when you should win,” Schulte said. “I think our kids are upset and they should be — they feel like they didn’t do something they should have done.”last_img read more

first_imgHuman hand ___________________ E. Blood preservative Sea snake ____________________ J. Shatterproof glass Arctic cod ___________________ B. Self-organizing robots Mollusks _____________________ C. Strong, lightweight building blocks Wrinkled fingers _____________ K. Camouflage materials Match the living thing with the technology being developed by imitating its design features. Answers:  1-G (New Scientist); 2-E (Science Daily); 3-J (Science Daily); 4-B (Live Science, National Geographic); 5-A (Medical Xpress); 6-C (Science Daily): 7-I (PhysOrg); 8-D (Science Daily); 9-H (PhysOrg); 10-F (PhysOrg); 11-M (Science Daily); 12-K (PhysOrg); 13-L (Science Daily)Now take the upper-division test.  It’s a work problem.  Go out into the yard and observe some living thing.  Find something interesting about its abilities.  Look into how its design makes it work.  Think of a technology that could imitate that design.  Warning:  This exercise may tempt you to chuck Chuck,* become an entrepreneur and make a lot of money.  “Observing the natural world can clearly lead to improved man-made designs” (Science Daily).*I.e., to abandon Charles Darwin.  This causes his defenders to up Chuck. Bone _________________________ G. Perching drone Cuttlefish ___________________ L. Genetic switchescenter_img Bacteria _____________________ I. Strong, lightweight structures RNA interference _____________ M. Energy-absorbing material Common household birds _______ A. Surgical robot Termites _____________________ D. Self-guided robot (Visited 63 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Cells ________________________ F. Underwater robot Honeybee _____________________ H. Synthetic fuellast_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Todd Hubbs, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics University of IllinoisThe evolving developments with tariffs between the U.S. and China continue to influence the outlook for soybean prices. The relationship between U.S. and competitor export prices along with the changing nature of trade flows merit monitoring during the 2018-19 marketing year.The implementation of tariffs on Chinese goods and the subsequent retaliation led to an adjustment of trade flows in world soybean markets over the last few months. As the tariffs, went into effect, a price gap opened between Brazilian and U.S. export prices. The gap continuously widened when comparing an index of soybean prices at the port of Paranagua and New Orleans prices since early June. The gap reached its broadest level in early September at approximately $1.90 per bushel difference. New Orleans prices came in near $8.50 per bushel. It is difficult to predict future changes in the spread between the two prices, but it directly relates to the tariff level in China on U.S. soybeans.The development of this price gap indicates the impact of tariffs on soybean markets and highlights switches in Chinese soybean buying this year. Brazilian soybean exports attained record levels in May with exports coming in at 453.7 million bushels. Soybean exports from Brazil continued to show strength through August with the Brazilian export pace exceeding the previous five-year average by 47.5% according to Brazilian export data. Meanwhile, the large drop in U.S. soybean prices led to a jump in soybean exports over the last quarter of this marketing year from the U.S.The USDA soybean export estimate for the 2017-18 marketing year currently sits at 2.11 billion bushels, an increase of 45 million bushels since the June estimate. An expectation of additional bushels added to soybean exports for the 2017-18 marketing year looks probable based on recent export reports. Census Bureau export estimates through July placed soybean exports at 2.051 billion bushels. Census Bureau export totals came in 56 million bushels larger than cumulative marketing year export inspections over the same period.As of Aug. 30, cumulative export inspections for the current marketing year totaled 2.068 billion bushels. If the same difference in export pace continued through the remainder of the marketing year, soybean exports would total 2.124 billion bushels for the 2017-18 marketing year, 14 million bushels above the current estimate. From August into early September, export inspections of soybeans averaged 30.6 million bushels per week. Low soybean prices encouraged exports to destinations other than China in the previous two months.A detailed look at July export totals by country, the first full month under the new tariffs, provides a glimpse of how trade flows appear to be adjusting. While Chinese imports fell by 10.7 million bushels from last July, numerous countries increased soybean purchases at the lower prices. Egypt, the European Union, and Taiwan saw the highest increases over last year at 10.9, 5.7, and 8.7 million bushels higher respectively. U.S. soybean exports to China typically reach the lowest levels of the marketing year in the summer and build strength as U.S. harvest progresses. A large pullback in Chinese demand for U.S. soybeans appears set to continue indefinitely. The growth in soybean exports around the world relies on the lower prices in place since June.A large amount of uncertainty surrounds soybean exports in the 2018-19 marketing. Currently, the USDA forecasts 2.06 billion bushels of soybean exports. Export sales for the next marketing year sit at 510.4 million bushels as of Aug. 30, down 54.8 million bushels from last year. Sales to China came in at 46.5 million bushels, down 80% from the same time last year. Stronger sales figures to Mexico, Canada, and Pakistan mitigated weaker sales totals. The ability for the rest of the world to make up for typical Chinese exports in the first half of the 2018-19 marketing year, when U.S. exports to China are at the highest levels, seems unlikely.The USDA reduced the Chinese soybean import forecast to 3.491 billion bushels in the last WASDE report. Recently, the spread of African swine fever saw China indicate an even further reduction in soybean imports over the next year to 3.2 billion bushels, down 9.5% from last year. While decreased Chinese import projections may be optimistic, the prospect of substantial increases in U.S. and South American soybean production next marketing year under a lower export demand scenario would keep U.S. prices under pressure.The growth of the U.S. trade deficit to China in August and the high likelihood of another round of tariffs between the two nations makes a resolution of trade issues a low probability event for the near future. U.S. exports of soybeans jumped over the last quarter of the marketing year as lower prices spurred demand around the world. A large U.S. crop with lower export demand over the next marketing year set up a bearish picture for soybean prices.last_img read more

first_imgEverton, Crystal Palace move for Valencia striker Michy Batshuayiby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveValencia striker Michy Batshuayi is being offered a return to England.On-loan at Valencia from Chelsea for the season, Batshuayi has been told coach Marcelino wants him to cut short his loan this month.The Belgium international would prefer to stay, though the Guardian says two Premier League clubs are now in contact about bringing him back to England.Everton and Crystal Palace are both keen, while Olympique Marseille are also watching developments.For their part, Valencia want to move on Batshuayi to free up a loan slot for Marcelino’s squad. TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_img It is the mission of the Scout Association to develop good citizenship among boys/girls, forming their character, training them in habits of observation, obedience and self-reliance, inculcating loyalty and thoughtfulness for others, teaching services useful to the country and skills useful to themselves. Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen is encouraging more young persons to get involved in the scout movement.The Governor-General, who is the Chief Scout of Jamaica, pointed out that the valuable scout movement has helped to shape and to build character in the country’s young men and women for over 100 years.He was speaking at a public meeting of the Scout Association of Jamaica at the lawns of King’s House on Thursday (February 21).The Governor-General pointed out that young persons who participate in scouting activities “will be the better for it because the values that you will learn, the interactions that you have with adult mentors and you will be able to devote some time and energy to developing characteristics and skills that will last you for a lifetime”.“You learn through the scout movement to be trustworthy, you learn how to be loyal. You learn how to be helpful, how to be friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, how to be thrifty, how to be respectful,” he said.“These values are ones that everyone of us should live by and we would have a better Jamaica and a better world if we are all patriotic, honest, doing the best we can at all times, caring for others, working together,” he added.In the meantime, the Governor-General praised the leaders of the scout movement for contributing to an increase in membership.“[From] 2010 to 2012, we noticed that there was a decline in the membership of the scout movement but we have seen an increase… (I am) pleased to see us returning to seeing positive results in terms of our membership,” he said.Founded in 1910, the Scout Association of Jamaica aims to promote the development of young people in achieving their full physical, intellectual, social and spiritual potential, as individuals, as responsible citizens and as members of their local, national and international communities.It is the mission of the Scout Association to develop good citizenship among boys/girls, forming their character, training them in habits of observation, obedience and self-reliance, inculcating loyalty and thoughtfulness for others, teaching services useful to the country and skills useful to themselves. In the meantime, the Governor-General praised the leaders of the scout movement for contributing to an increase in membership. Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen is encouraging more young persons to get involved in the scout movement. Story Highlightslast_img read more

first_imgHAMILTON – Stelco Holdings Inc. is trading 11 per cent higher than its opening asking price on its first day of trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange.Stelco priced its initial public offering at $17 a share to pull in an expected $200 million. Its stock was up $1.90 at $18.90 in morning trading on the TSX.The Hamilton-based steel company says it plans to use the money for capital investments, pension payments, and to increase its offerings in specialized steel products.It wants to grow its offerings in galvanized steel, in part to regain a foothold in the nearby auto industry where it used to have a significant presence.The company says it could also invest in co-generation to reduce its reliance on Ontario’s high electricity costs, and thereby reduce operating costs in the power-intensive industry.Stelco’s history goes back to 1910 but in recent years has been beset by financial problems. It went into creditor protection in 2004 and was sold as a subsidiary to U.S. Steel Co. in 2007, then went back into creditor protection in 2014 before being sold to Bedrock Industries L.P. in late 2016.At the end of June, Stelco emerged from creditor protection under its original name, having eliminated $3 billion of debt and about $1.4 billion of pension and other retirement obligations.last_img read more

first_imgFORT NELSON, B.C. – The Government of Canada has announced that it will be investing in safety at the Northern Rockies Regional Airport.According to the Government, the $356,680 in funding will go towards the purchasing of a new grader which will be used to maintain the runways, taxiways, and aprons.Minister of Transport, Marc Garneau, says it is important to invest in airports in order to support economic growth and to maintain the safety for all users. “Our Government recognizes that local airports are major contributors to the economic growth and social well-being of smaller communities. In addition to supporting travel and tourism, local airports are key connectors for business, health care, social services, and emerging resource development sectors. These investments will improve access to safe, efficient and accessible air transportation options, and will help us deliver on our promise to build safer, healthier and stronger communities across Canada.”Funding for the Airport comes from Transport Canada’s Airports Capital Assistance Program.To date, the Federal Government has invested more than $11.7 million in ACAP funding for 15 safety projects at the Northern Rockies Regional Airport.To learn more about ACAP funding, you can visit the Government of Canada’s website.last_img read more

See more NBA predictions Things That Caught My EyePlayoff LeBron is hereLeBron James posted 45 points in Sunday’s win over the Indiana Pacers, with a further 9 rebounds and 7 assists. The Cavaliers will advance to face the Toronto Raptors, so if LeBron hopes to keep up his otherworldly performance now would be the time to do so. It’s not particularly clear if anyone else on the Cavs plans to show up, after all. [FiveThirtyEight]Ovechkin is the greatest to never make a conference finalAlex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals is by far the best forward — based on point shares through their age 32 season since 1987 — to have never once make a conference final. His postseason disappointment is in a lot of ways the result of a tough time closing out series — his Caps are 3-7 in game sevens. [FiveThirtyEight]Baker Mayfield to BrownsBaker Mayfield was drafted by the Cleveland Browns with the first overall pick in the NFL draft. As long as we’ve had data on QBR seasons, since 2004, Mayfield singlehandedly posted two of the six best seasons ever, and his quarterback rating of 92.1 in his final two seasons is the best of any quarterback in the set. On the other hand, he is going to Cleveland. [ESPN]Try out our interactive, Which World Cup Team Should You Root For?Barkley to NYCThe New York Giants are making a go of it and drafted Saquon Barkley with the No. 2 overall pick. This gives Barkely the fourth-highest paid salary among running backs in terms of average annual value. New York desperately needs a shot in the arm for the run game; they haven’t finished with a top-10 rushing season in eight years. [ESPN, ESPN]Jets to enjoy bakeoffWith their third pick in the draft, the New York Jets drafted quarterback Sam Darnold. This means that the Jets currently have five quarterbacks on the roster, including Christian Hackenberg, Bryce Petty, Josh McCown, Teddy Bridgewater and Darnold. For those of you unfamiliar with the sport, there can only be one single quarterback on the field at a given time, so this is far too many quarterbacks. [ESPN]Harden rolls over JazzJames Harden posted his sixth career playoff game where he scored 40 or more points in a win over the Utah Jazz. His 41 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists helped the Houston Rockets dispatch Utah 110-96 in the series opener. [ESPN]Big Number(s)53 percentWe have a bona fide favorite for the NBA title. The Houston Rockets are a 53 percent chance of winning the title, while everybody else combines for only 47 percent chance of taking the championship. It certainly appears their rivals for the title will be from either Toronto or Philly; they each have a respective 42 percent and a 37 percent chance of representing the East in the NBA Finals. [FiveThirtyEight]Leaks from Slack: gfoster:I don’t speak Italian. But this looks cool.AI Image Labandrea:Oh that is cool. You can tell something is cool when you’re impressed even though you don’t actually understand any of the words. Mama mia! Oh, and don’t forgetNew Orleans longreaad We’re launching a sports newsletter. 🏆  Join the squad. Subscribe Predictions NBA All newsletters read more

OSU junior forward Marc Loving (2) looks to deliver a pass while Penn State freshman guard Josh Reaves (23) tries to slow him down in a game in the Big Ten tournament on March 10 in Indianapolis. OSU won, 79-75. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorDespite being left out of the NCAA tournament field after seven consecutive appearances, the Ohio State men’s basketball team will still get a taste of the postseason.The National Invitational Tournament announced its 32-team bracket Sunday night, in which the Buckeyes (20-13, 11-7) earned a No. 3 seed.OSU is scheduled to take on sixth-seeded Akron (26-8, 11-5) in the first round Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. The Zips, who are making their first NIT appearance since 2012, won the Mid-American Conference’s regular-season title. They fell to Buffalo in their the conference championship game Saturday night on a last-second 3-pointer. OSU played Akron in the first round of the NIT in 1989, defeating the Zips 81-70. The first three rounds of the NIT, which is, essentially, a consolation prize for schools like OSU, are played at the campus sites of the higher-ranked team. The semifinals are slated for March 29 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, while the championship game is set for March 31 at 7 p.m. As the regular season progressed and the young Buckeyes continued to struggle to find their stride, it seemed like they were destined for the NIT. An upset win over then-No. 8 Iowa on Feb. 28 inflated OSU’s chances to take part in March Madness, but tallying just one win in the Big Ten tournament before being bounced by Michigan State on Friday night sealed the Buckeyes’ fate. Speaking to the media after his team’s 81-54 loss to the Spartans, coach Thad Matta said because of his team’s youth, he would welcome any opportunity to continue playing additional games.“We need practice, we need as much as we can get, there’s no question about it,” Matta said Friday night. This marks just the second time an OSU team coached by Matta will play in the NIT. The first time was in 2008, when the Buckeyes won five games en route to capturing the tournament title. Matta likened that team to this year’s squad because of the amount of freshmen on each roster. The current Buckeyes have six first-year players, while the 2008 team had five. “I think it paid dividends for them,” the coach said about the NIT for his 2008 freshmen.Redshirt sophomore guard Kam Williams said Friday it didn’t matter which tournament his team ended up in, or who they would play. “We’re just going to prepare for whatever comes next,” he said, later adding, “hopefully we get a better result.”OSU, which went 3-10 against teams that made the NCAA tournament, is the only team from the Big Ten in the NIT. As for the NCAA tournament, seven of the Buckeyes’ conference counterparts received berths, highlighted by Michigan State, which is a No. 2 seed. read more

Ohio State upperclassmen begin their fall camp. Senior wide receiver Dontre Wilson on the first day on fall camp. Credit: Jacob Myers | Assistant Sports Editor On Saturday, the 2016 Ohio State football team moved into their living quarters at the Hyatt in Columbus, just outside of the university, until all students move into campus on Aug. 20. On Sunday, the team hit the field for the first time this season officially inaugurating the fifth season under coach Urban Meyer.As has been tradition in the program, the freshmen practice in the morning with the upperclassmen practicing in the afternoon. The freshmen will join the rest of the team in practice on Monday. The team will practice at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center until Wednesday when they will head over to the fields at Coffey Road until Aug. 20. OSU will be back at the WHAC on Aug. 22 for the rest of the season.The Lantern was at the two practice sessions today taking in a few observations.Freshmen Michael Jordan (OL), Austin Mack (WR) and Antonio Williams (RB) practiced with the upperclassmen instead of the freshmen.New offensive line coach Greg Studrawa expects a lot out of his guys, including the freshmenAmong others, senior H-back Dontre Wilson was working the speed option with redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett. Meyer said at Big Ten Media Days that Wilson could be one of the guys in the backfield for OSUFreshman Nick Bosa looked sharp and polished despite recovering from ACL injuryNo clear cut first team in the four individual session the media watchedPlaying time will be tough to come by at wide receiver. Nine upperclassmen, including Mack and excluding H-backs, vying for playing time.Barrett and Burrow showed on-par, if not above average, velocity on throws 10-plus yards read more