This Plant Beats the Venus Flytrap for Speed

first_imgThe waterwheel plant, an aquatic species with a snap-trap faster than the Venus flytrap, is different enough to challenge evolutionary speculations.Most people have heard of or seen the Venus flytrap, one of nature’s most remarkable plants. In a split second, its leaves snap shut around any insect unlucky enough to touch its trigger hairs twice. But have you heard of the Waterwheel plant? Look at its picture in Science Daily reproduced from a press release at the University of Freiburg. Smaller than the Venus flytrap, with traps only 3mm in length, it boasts a much higher snapping action—ten times faster than the Venus flytrap. It was named the Waterwheel because its spokes stick out from the center with a trap on each end. From a water flea’s perspective, it should be called the Ferris Wheel from Hell.An article on the BBC News shows how the waterwheels are arranged along a stem, and says that the plants, though rare, are native to Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia. Being the only other known plant with snap traps, is it related to the Venus flytrap by evolution?Credit: Plant Biomechanics Group.The Venus flytrap (Dionaea muscipula) and the far less known aquatic waterwheel are the only carnivorous plants with snap traps. While intensive research on the Venus flytrap has been going on for a long time, the ten times faster underwater snap traps of the waterwheel have so far been little studied. The team led by the Freiburg biologists has now deciphered the underlying movement principle using experiments and computer simulations. The researchers found that the waterwheel snaps shut its trap, which is only three millimetres in size, by actively changing the internal pressure in the cells of the leaf, which leads to the midrib bending, and also by releasing internal prestress, which apparently results in an acceleration effect. The Venus flytrap, on the other hand, employs a hydraulic mechanism to change the curvature of its leaf halves which results in rapid trap closure. Although both plants share many similarities, the mechanics of the traps differ considerably. This finding may not only help understanding the development of snap traps from an evolutionary perspective, but also the adaptation to different habitats – in a terrestrial habitat with the Venus flytrap, under water with the waterwheel.The Waterwheel plant was the subject of two scientific papers this month. The first one, by Westermeier et al. in the Proceedings B of the Royal Society, reports on “How the carnivorous waterwheel plant (Aldrovanda vesiculosa) snaps.” The authors claim that their study of the mechanical trap of the Waterwheel plant “contributes to the question of how snap-traps may have evolved” but, since the paper is behind a paywall, we cannot analyze their arguments here. It appears from the press release, though, that there are significant differences between the two snap-trap species: differences in—Habitat, one terrestrial and one aquaticSize, one hand-size and the other made of trailing stemsGrowth habit, one upright and the other trailingMechanics, one employing hydraulics and the other internal pressure in the cellsSpeed, the Waterwheel being ten times fasterThere is no evidence the two plants are related. “It is thought that the waterwheel and the flytrap may share a common ancestor,” Mary Halton says in the BBC News article. “However there is no fossil evidence for what this ancestor might have looked like.”“This is one of the main questions in the carnivorous plant community,” says Dr Simon Poppinga, an author on the study.“Snap traps evolved only once in plants. There are two different mechanisms. Which one was first?“The second paper focuses on the design of the Waterwheel plant to come up with a biomimetics application: “Flectofold—a biomimetic compliant shading device for complex free form facades,” by Körner et al. in Smart Materials and Structures. Illustration from Curtis’s Venus flytrap, drawing from Botanical Magazine by William Curtis (1746–1799)Smart and adaptive outer façade shading systems are of high interest in modern architecture. For long lasting and reliable systems, the abandonment of hinges which often fail due to mechanical wear during repetitive use is of particular importance. Drawing inspiration from the hinge-less motion of the underwater snap-trap of the carnivorous waterwheel plant (Aldrovanda vesiculosa), the compliant façade shading device Flectofold was developed. Based on computational simulations of the biological role-model’s elastic and reversible motion, the actuation principle of the plant can be identified. The enclosed geometric motion principle is abstracted into a simplified curved-line folding geometry with distinct flexible hinge-zones. The kinematic behaviour is translated into a quantitative kinetic model, using finite element simulation which allows the detailed analyses of the influence of geometric parameters such as curved-fold line radius and various pneumatically driven actuation principles on the motion behaviour, stress concentrations within the hinge-zones, and actuation forces. The information regarding geometric relations and material gradients gained from those computational models are then used to develop novel material combinations for glass fibre reinforced plastics which enabled the fabrication of physical prototypes of the compliant façade shading device Flectofold.Readers may wish to score these two papers on their scientific value. The first one does produce original knowledge on the plant’s mechanics, but ends with a just-so story about evolution. The second paper yields a practical application that could improve our lives.Darwinian storytelling is so useless. Give it up, researchers! We don’t need an “evolutionary perspective” on everything. Give us the facts, and make something useful from what you learn to help your fellow human beings.(Visited 409 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Play Your Part to make SA better

first_img13 June 2011 Play Your Part is a national initiative by Brand South Africa, powered by the organisation forgood, to encourage all South Africans – from businesses to individuals, NGOs to government, churches to schools, young and not so young – to contribute to positive change in the country, to become involved, to simply play a part. Through our unique South African spirit of ubuntu and our innate creativity, we hope to bring together like-minded individuals, communities and companies so that we may all become active citizens. Play your part in giving someone a helping hand, donating time and resources, providing the know-how to start a business or an opportunity to kick-start a career. We all have our part to play, big or small. With the 35th anniversary of the Soweto uprisings approaching on 16 June, celebrate what South African youth have achieved. In 1976 they were young, today they are heroes. Everyone needs a hero. You are young now, whose hero will you be one day? Play your part and become that hero … because even heroes have to start somewhere. Play your part today and let us drive this initiative forward into the bright, promising future of South Africa our land.What’s forgood all about? Forgood is a home-grown social network that combines purpose with fun and rewards. The forgood community is made up of friends, groups and activities. Members create groups and activities that other friends on forgood can join. Connect with others near you or those who share your cause. Offer whatever you can: time, money, skills or resources. Get your good on and earn recognition and good points in our Give/Get programme. Once you’e earned enough points, you can exchange them for real-life rewards. Give vouchers to a group or an NGO – get movie tickets and or other goodies for yourself. We make giving fun for everyone. If you’re already involved in a social outreach project, or even if you just love helping others, create a profile for yourself, then create your group and get others to join your cause. Everyone who shares your cause and lives within 50km of your group will be invited to join you. How about if you really want to do something worthwhile, but don’t know where to start looking? Once you sign up, groups and activities will come looking for you, based on where you live and what you’re passionate about. Forgood gives you a real-time map of social action in your community, showing you which groups and activities are working for good right now on your local map. In time, you will find recycling points, HIV clinics, schools and other helpful places in your area. You can also read inspiring stories of good news happening on your doorstep. Or share your good news with us. Source: Brand South Africalast_img read more

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Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast — October 12, 2017

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ryan Martin 10-12-17Drier weather is here. It may not seem like it in parts of the state today, as lingering clouds and cooler temps don’t allow for the drier feel we have become used to over the past weeks and months. However, we have no new rain on the way, and we should see better chances of sunshien going forward, even by the end fo the dsay today. Full sun is on the way for tomorrwo and Saturday, with gusty winds emerging late tomorrow through Saturday and most of Sunday ahead of our next front. These winds, along with low humidity and near maximum evaporation rates, should allow for good drying tomorrow through most of the weekend.Our next system is still on the way for late in the weekend. We see the cold front holding off until very late Sunday afternoon to arrive. Then rains continue through the evening and overnight, finally exiting the state to the east as the sun rises Monday morning. Our rain totals this morning for the system are unchanged; we like rains of .25”-.75” over about 75% of the state. The map above shows the set up Sunday evening.Fantastic drying weather is in for next week. Initially behind the front on Monday we will be stuck with some cooler temps, similar to the air mass that came in behind our front earlier this week. However, that cooler air moderates and moves away rather quickly, and we see temps building through the rest of the week. Sunshine will dominate, and we will keep dry weather in all the way through next weekend. Our next frontal threat comes no sooner than the 24th. That system looks nice and strong, and will have the potential to bring up to three quarters of an inch for the 24th and maybe into the 25th, over 80% of the state. But, the 7-8 days ahead of it, we should be able to start seeing some movement back in the fields. By the end of next week, we think temps will be mostly above normal over the entire state.Late in the extended window, behind the front for the 24th-25th, we could see some significantly cooler air come in, and it may trigger better chances of frost over parts of Ohio, particularly north and west.last_img read more

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Thoughts for Video Pros: Embracing the Amateur

first_imgIn this post, we share a few thought on why amateurs are here to stay…and why the professional community should embrace them.The word amateur refers to someone who does something without getting paid for it….however it has also more commonly been used to define someone doing something not very well. I’m a professional film editor because I get paid to edit and (hopefully) because I’m also good enough to be paid to do it. But the origin of the word amateur is actually from from the Latin word amator meaning ‘lover’. An amateur is someone who does it because they love to do it. They would do what they love even if they didn’t get paid to do it. As an editor I love to edit. I love what I do, getting paid is bonus (just don’t tell me clients that!)The Rise of the AmateurApple is a company that’s often accused of leaving their professional user base behind. “Where is the Mac Pro update” all professionals moan – releasing a powerful tower has come to symbolise their commitment to a pro user base after the fumbling of the FCPX launch.Interestingly Larry Jordan blogged early in April about a pre-NAB quote from an Apple source:The week before the 2013 NAB Show, I had an on-the-record comment from Apple saying that they have sold more Final Cut Pro X seats than they sold Final Cut Pro 7, which was part of Final Cut Studio (3). I was not given any more specifics than that. Why is this interesting?The bigger a user base gets the more a company has invested in keeping that user base happy. Amateurs like the idea that they’re using the same kind of software that the professionals use, but probably won’t invest the time (or money) it takes to get used to something like Avid Media Composer. By making FCPX more accessible to more people, Apple will need to continue to add features that the pros need for the kudos of a pro product, as well as maintaing a broader sales base. Adobe are also making it easier for amateurs to access their software with their Creative Cloud monthly app rental model.  Instead of shelling out over a grand for a full suite of professional creative software, its easy to give a project a go without the financial commitment. Whatever you think of FCPX the stats don’t lie, consumers are buying it and professionals are too. Phillip Hodgetts, creator of Sync-N-Link, reports more evidence of another tipping point.  Purchases of this professional video product for FCPX have surpassed previous sales of Sync-N-Link for legacy FCP versions.Why Pros Shouldn’t Fear the AmateurThe common insecurity among professionals is that this rising army of ‘kids with laptops’ will take away all the work – the “we don’t need a DIT, my nephew can do it” mentality. I think this fear is really unfounded for two reasons.First, the content most ‘amateurs’ are creating isn’t competing with the content that most professionals are creating. The video content explosion shows no signs of abating with an estimated $37 billion global video market in 2017. That’s a lot of pie to go around.  Professionals are typically given bigger budgets and more resources to create a higher quality of work.  The production value between amateur and professional video projects is obvious in most cases.Second, there is far more to being a professional than knowing how to use the right tools. Would you trust a teenager to be responsible for the safe guarding of the cumulative output of thousands of dollars worth of time and investment (your rushes) rather than an experienced and proven professional DIT? Probably not. Experience and expertise comes from years of practice that cannot be short-circuited by any number of free online tutorials. Professional levels of service, facilities and infrastructure are not to be sniffed at.Why You Should Embrace the AmateurImage source: FlickrSo as a professional, what should I do with these amateurs?We should embrace them. Embrace them because they represent a hungry, eager and cash ready community who are doing what they do not because they have to, but because they love to.What if you were to open up your shop after hours for short courses in teaching amateurs valuable tips and techniques in what you do? Or if you’re a rental house – hosting a day long saturday course where they can get hands on with professional equipment in partnership with a friendly supplier?Amateur may buy gear or equipment this is overkill for their needs….but they bought it and they want to know how to use it. Why not use this as an opportunity.  Be the teacher who shows them how.last_img read more

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Working with ARRIRAW – Creating Offline Proxies in DaVinci Resolve

first_imgHow do you turn your ARRI RAW files into ProRes proxies for your offline edit – for free?If you are working with 12-bit RAW files fresh from the Arri Alexa, you’ll  almost certainly want to transcode them into offline edit proxies to work with, and then online your finished project back to the full resolution RAW files for grading. DaVinci Resolve Lite is a great FREE program to use to perform this offline/online workflow with ease.You can use those ProRes proxy files in all of the major NLE. Of course you can transcode your proxies to MXF for Avid or create digital dailies in any other format you wish.Transcoding ARRIRAW to Pro Res with DaVinci ResolveBefore we begin, if you want to give this workflow a test for yourself you can download a 12-bit ARRIRaw .ari file from Convergent Design. This clip was recorded on one of their Gemini 4:4:4 units which is able to handle the massive data rates. To give you some idea of the file sizes, the 869mb download file unzips to 1.25 GB folder containing a 7 second video clip. The RAW file itself is an image sequence that looks like this.Step 1 – Fire up DaVinci Resolve Lite and bring you ARRIRAW media into the Media Pool. All you need to do is navigate to the ARRIRAW folder and drag and drop it into the Media Pool. In Resolve 10 an empty project will adapt itself to match your imported footage settings. In Resolve 9, you need to ensure your project settings are correct.Step 2 – Jump over to the Conform page and create a new timeline by clicking on the + plus button at the top left of the screen. The Master Timeline is a ‘stringout’ of all the media in the project.Step 3 – Jump over to the Color page. Here you can grade your footage to taste. One of the main benefits of shooting with RAW is that you can alter the camera’s metadata (such as Color Temperature and Exposure) from within your grading or dailies package. To do this inside Resolve, click on the Camera Raw tab in the Color page. Adjust this per clip for individual control or as a project wide setting to affect all your clips at once. Again in Resolve 10 there is a new sharpness debayer control along with Color Temp and Exposure.Step 4 –  As ARRIRAW is recorded as a Log-C image, your files will look grey and flat, which is what you want as it gives the colorist greater latitude to play with. You can add in contrast and saturation manually or you can simply add the 3D Rec 709 LUT that ships with Resolve, or create your own LUT from the ARRI LUT Generator site.Step 5 – Hop over to the Deliver page and set up your files for rendering out as proxy media. In this example set your Render To: Quicktime. Codec is: ProRes 422 (LT). Make sure Render Timeline As: Individual Clips is selected. Also make sure ‘use source filename’ is ticked too.Depending on the speed of your machine you will probably want to adjust the debayer settings to 1/2 for faster turn around of your offline proxies. In Resolve 10 you can find this in the Camera RAW tab under Decode Quality and Playback Quality. In the Render page you can select ‘Force debayer res to highest quality’ to get the best of both worlds – smoother playback but always best quality exports.Step 6 – Edit with your offline files in your NLE of choice and then export an XML file of your finished edit, ready to bring into Resolve.Step 7 -Create a new project and import that XML file into Resolve (Conform page > File > Import XML) and simply check the ‘Automatically Import Source Files’ box and point to your RAW files. You are now ready to grade your cut with your RAW files.Finding Out More About ARRIRAWYou can find out a lot more about working with both ARRIRAW and Pro Res 444 files shot on SXS cards on the official ARRI Alexa site, where you can download a raft of useful tools, simulators and look generators. There is even a free Arri pocket guide app for iPhones and iPads.You can also read up on how DaVinci Resolve handles RAW files on page 133 of the excellent free manual written by colorist Alexis Van Hurkman. I have also rounded up some great resources on understanding and working with all kinds of RAW files here.last_img read more

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Manganti game-winner lifts Adamson past UP

first_imgThe Falcons tied Far Eastern U at third place with a 4-2 record while the Maroons dropped to 3-3.UP had one second to either go for the win or shoot for the tie, but Manganti was again on the right spot to tap Jun Manzo’s pass away in the final inbounds play.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAdamson head coach Franz Pumaren breathed a huge sigh of relief after his team struggled to create distance from UP the entire game.“I guess we were lucky to win the game, the whole game we were struggling, we had a bad start, a flat start, and we made a lot of mental mistakes,” said Pumaren as the Falcons ended the first quarter behind UP, 25-19. MOST READ Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brazil is in; Argentina still fighting for a World Cup spot Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary “We were going through the motions and I guess is a good test on our part that in the crucial moments of the game we can survive a game like this.”Jerrick Ahanmisi had game-high 21 points, 17 alone in the second quarter, on 8-of-11 shooting while Sarr added six points and 16 rebounds.Paul Desiderio and Manzo had 19 points apiece to lead the Fighting Maroons while Javi Gomez De Liaño missed out on a double-double as he finished with eight points and 14 boards.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSean Manganti’s clutch tip-in lifted Adamson over University of the Philippines, 73-71, in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.With the scores tied at 71, Jerrick Ahanmisi and Papi Sarr misfired on their game-winner attempts but Manganti was there to grab the offensive board and score the putback with a second left on the clock.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Gameslast_img read more

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Pitchers Are Slowly Adapting To The Home Run Spike

For the past two years, baseball’s power surge has turned anonymous middle infielders into 30-home-run hitters and made power-happy rookies look like the second coming of Babe Ruth. The long ball has become so ubiquitous that it’s hard to recall that just three seasons ago, pitchers ruled the earth. In 2014, MLB was mired in a dead-ball era similar to the one it faced in the 1960s through early 1970s, when the league was forced to lower the height of the mound in pursuit of some offense.Today, regardless of where you place the blame (my money is on a juiced ball), baseball is on track to shatter nearly every dinger-related record. So in our third consecutive year of increasing offense, our attention now turns to the players serving up those homers: When and how will pitchers adjust to the fact that so many batters are launching shots over the fences?For a long time, the strategy for facing a slugger was clear. “The best way to limit slugging percentage was to throw down and away and off the plate,” said former MLB catcher and current Chicago Cubs coach John Baker. Baker played from 2008 to 2014, at a time when the bottom was falling out of the strike zone and offense was dropping with it. In 2013, 36.5 percent of throws crossed the plate less than two feet off the ground, and hitters racked up a slash line of just .210/.295/.298 against those pitches. Meanwhile, hitters did considerably better against pitches more than three feet above the plate: .210/.351/.348.Then the league adjusted. More recently, “the guys that are the best guys in the world right now all seem to have this [Mike] Trout-type low-ball swing,” Baker said. Nowadays, the same low pitches that once got hitters out are getting slugged at a rate 20 points higher than in 2013 (.212/.301/.321). While production high in the zone is still decent (.203/.351/.362), the gap between the two types of pitches has closed significantly.1Data is up to date through July 17, 2017. It seems as though a wave of young players entered the league with their swings geared to combat the knee-high strike, and that trend reduced the pitch’s effectiveness.But for every hole in the zone that the league’s batters close, another one opens. “It goes in waves, the pitching changes its philosophy, and the hitting changes up, and the pitching adjusts, and on and on,” Baker said. With batters adopting uppercut swings to generate loft even on low pitches, it stands to reason that pitchers could go even higher in response. Previous research has shown that when a fly-ball hitter meets a high strike, the result is often a popup or weak contact. I looked at the median height of all four-seam fastballs month by month to see whether pitchers are giving that strategy a try. By and large, hurlers have adopted the elevated approach. But the home run surge began in 2015, and fastball height only started increasing noticeably this July. Even as recently as 2016, when home runs were up about 15 percent compared to 2015, it appeared that pitchers were still aiming low in the zone. Complicating matters, the strike zone has been shrinking at the bottom. In the last few months, umpires have been more reluctant to call strikes down at the knees, bringing the strike zone closer to its 2013 height. It might be that pitchers are adjusting upwards in reaction to fewer low strike calls, rather than anything hitters are doing.There’s no question that the low-strike strategy is entrenched. “They’ve taught the same thing in pitching for a hundred years: Be down, and they hit the ball on the ground,” said Chicago Cubs pitcher Jon Lester. Lester has had an above-average ground ball rate over his career, but his ERA has spiked this season to 4.03. But pitchers across the league are giving up more runs this year, and as a result, Lester is on pace for similar levels of overall production (as measured by wins above replacement) as he generated last year. Because the dinger revolution seems to be affecting everyone equally, pitchers including Lester and Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw are seeing career highs in long balls allowed even though they’re matching their career norms in value. Cubs swingman Mike Montgomery pinned some of the reluctance to adjust on the evenness of the change across the league: “The thing is, it’s a fair playing field.”Lester said that he sometimes makes height adjustments for specific hitters, but only one or two guys per lineup. He declined to name an opposing batter who he would target this way, but said that his teammate Ian Happ might be a candidate if Lester ever faced his fellow Cub. Armed with better scouting reports than the public has available, pitchers might be revising their approach to deal with the home run surge on a player-by-player basis, in ways that wouldn’t move the overall median pitch height very much.While pitchers have been slow to expand the zone upwards, they have adjusted in other ways. Four-seam fastballs are usually the pitch of choice to generate pop-ups, since they naturally rise (relative to other pitches). Baker characterized MLB as moving from a “sinker/slider” league to “reverting back to the fastball/curveball game it was before.” The use of four-seam fastballs was declining for years until the home run surge began. Since September 2014 (the lowest point in the usage of four-seam fastballs), pitchers are throwing about 10 percent more four-seamers. In addition to leading to fly balls, heater usage is also associated with additional swinging strikes compared to sinkers. As allowing contact becomes increasingly dangerous for pitchers, it make sense that they’d aim to keep the batter from touching a pitch, which might be the surest way to limit the damage.There is no one-size-fits-all strategy to avoiding home runs. “Everything is specific to individual situations,” Baker said. A high fastball might work well against some batters, but it might also be the wrong move in some contexts. With the breeze blowing out at Wrigley, even a weak fly ball has a chance at making it over the fence, so the optimal pitching strategy varies from day to day.Still, the increase in home runs demands new tactics, even on windy days. Between the shifting strike zone, evolving hitting philosophies and changes to the ball, the league is challenging pitchers to adjust to several new factors at once. “That’s the fun part,” Montgomery said. “How are you going to be the one to adapt and survive?”If all else fails, they could just raise the mounds again. read more

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Ohio State mens soccer team sets program record with 7th straight victory

OSU junior forward Yaw Amankwa (23) kicks the ball during a game against Louisville on Sept. 29 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU won 1-0. Credit: Breanna Williams / Lantern PhotographerThe Ohio State men’s soccer team made school history by extending its winning streak to seven with a 2-0 shutout victory over Wisconsin on Sunday afternoon.The Buckeyes improved to 8-4-2 overall and 3-1-1 in Big Ten play while moving up to first place in the conference, while the Badgers fell to 3-9-2 on the season and 1-2-2 in Big Ten play.“I’m really happy for the guys, and so now to go into the record book as the team that has the longest win streak in program history is good,” OSU coach John Bluem said. “It’s a really good accomplishment for the players and I know it meant something to them today.”After losing two key players — sophomore forward Marcus McCrary and redshirt senior forward Kenny Cunningham — because of injuries, other members of the team stepped up to the plate to triumph over Wisconsin.OSU senior midfielder Kyle Culbertson and junior forward Christian Soldat were both instrumental to the win with a goal apiece.“We really do come together as a team and always fight for it,” Soldat said. “If one guy is not having a great day passing or a great day attacking, everybody else pumps him up and picks up the slack until he gets in his groove. It feels great having a team that’s always behind you.”After a rough couple of weeks, Culbertson was able to get it going for the Buckeyes when he scored the first goal of the game off an assist from junior forward Danny Jensen. Culbertson launched the ball into the back of the net in the 13th minute for his third goal of the season.Culbertson said although it was tough in the past couple of weeks for him, it was nice to see some of his other teammates step up and form a chemistry to keep the team rolling without his contributions.Soldat’s goal came in the second half when he knocked in a shot off the near post in the 65th minute, marking his third goal of the season. Jensen and junior forward Yaw Amankwa were credited for the assists.“Jensen gets the ball and I’m coming through and the ball slides to Yaw. I see him staring at the goal and I know he’s hungry for a goal too,” Soldat said describing the play. “I’m just screaming in my head asking for it. Luckily, it was on his left foot so he kicks it off to me and I just have an easy placement of the ball.”The Scarlet and Gray defense was another factor in the history-making win on Sunday. The Buckeyes’ defense was able to keep the Badgers away from the net to prevent Wisconsin from threatening for much of the afternoon. However, when Wisconsin did come close to scoring, OSU redshirt senior goalkeeper Chris Froschauer came out with the saves to keep the clean sheet.Froschauer had a total of three key saves on the afternoon, contributing to his fifth shutout of the season and third consecutive.Overall, shots were 13-8 in favor of the Buckeyes, who also held a 6-3 advantage in corner kicks.The Buckeyes, who have not lost since Sept. 11, will next look to extend the school-record winning streak to eight when they are set to host Cleveland State on Wednesday. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. read more

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Ohio State mens basketball looks to build on 2game winning streak with

Junior guard Sam Thompson takes a shot during a game against Penn State Jan. 29 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost, 71-70.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorBig Ten basketball — especially this season — can mess with any team’s confidence because of the conference’s competitiveness.The Ohio State Buckeyes are no exception to difficulties and frustrations the conference can provide, having won their first two Big Ten contests before dropping five out of six.Now, OSU (18-5, 5-5) has won back-to-back road games against top 20 opponents — a 59-58 win against then-No. 14 Wisconsin Feb. 1 followed by a 76-69 victory against No. 17 Iowa Tuesday — and the feelings around the team have been a bit on the lighter side.“The mood is way better. I mean in the gym, we go to the weight room … the mood is better,” junior forward LaQuinton Ross said Friday. “In the locker room, everybody’s laughing, where like a week ago, you come in there and it’s sad in there. You can almost put on some gloomy music in there, it’s been real bad in there for us.”The two wins against ranked opponents on the road, though, has gotten things back to where they should be, Ross said.“I think winning — winning cures all,” Ross said. “We was down, we was at our lowest point this season when we lost those couple games, but I think right now, it’s looking good for us.”While the team’s confidence might be on the upswing, its coach doesn’t want the team to head into a Saturday matchup with Purdue (14-9, 4-6) with the attitude that just because the Buckeyes are returning home, a win is guaranteed.“The fact that you’ve won two games on the road and you’re coming home, I know in this league means absolutely nothing if you’re not ready to play at the level you need to play at,” coach Thad Matta said Friday. “There’s no rhyme or reason with why teams are winning right now. It’s just, ‘Hey, whoever plays best for that 40 minutes.’”OSU was able to hold off the Boilermakers, 78-69, in West Lafayette, Ind., Dec. 31, but had its hands full with sophomore center A.J. Hammons, who scored 18 points and snatched 16 rebounds. Hammons also blocked five shots, doing his best to clog up the lane.OSU junior center Amir Williams will likely shoulder the bulk of the responsibility of containing the 7-footer, but taking him out of the game is a team effort, Ross said.“He clogs up the lane. So we’re going to have to find ways to spread him out, get him out of there,” Ross, who scored a game-high 25 points in the win against Purdue on New Year’s Eve, said. “He’s a real big dude. So we gotta work on getting him off the block, and we also gotta give Amir help down there.”A big reason for the Buckeyes’ recent success could be the change in their starting lineup, as junior guard Shannon Scott has been replaced with junior forward Sam Thompson. Scott has come off the bench to average 10 points in the Buckeyes last two games, seeming to be more aggressive than before and give OSU another option offensively.“I think I got my edge back a little bit. I know coming off the bench gotta bring a spark to the team, so I feel like now that’s my role,” Scott said Friday. “And if I’m able to do that by being aggressive, I gotta keep doing that every game.”The Buckeyes have been able to finish off the two close victories on the road by making big plays down the stretch as well as hitting their free throws. That late game confidence for the Buckeyes was missing during their tough run of losses, Matta said.“We’ve been right there in every game that we haven’t won and shots haven’t fell for us in the timely fashion that we needed them to,” Matta said. “I’ve always told our guys and I’m telling them now in late game situations: Be as confident as you possibly can. Take and make a great shot. We’re perfectly fine with it.”Tipoff between the Boilermakers and Buckeyes is set for 6 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. read more

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