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Butterfly wings inspire air-purification improvements

first_imgIllnesses caused by air pollution are the third-leading cause of death in developing nations, and more than 5 million people worldwide die every year from air pollution exposure. Catalytic converters, the most widely used air-purification devices, convert the toxic gases and pollutants produced by fuel combustion into benign chemicals before the exhaust is released into the atmosphere. However, catalytic converters are very expensive because the catalysts required for the cleaning reactions are precious metals, which account for 70 to 90 percent of the cost of manufacturing the converters. Additionally, they are inefficient, because the precious metal particles are embedded randomly in the catalytic coating and, therefore, some never come into contact with the pollutants they’re meant to clean.Researchers at the Wyss Institute and Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) are developing a new type of catalytic coating that is inspired by the honeycomb-like nanostructure of a butterfly’s wing. This underlying structure creates channels through which air can flow unimpeded, and the precise placement of catalysts on the structure maximizes the efficiency of the catalysis reactions while decreasing the amount of precious metals needed by approximately 80 percent. These coatings can be easily integrated into the existing $20 billion catalytic converter industry, and their lower cost could extend the market for catalytic converters to home use in lower-income countries.,This work was supported by the National Science Foundation Designing Materials to Revolutionize and Engineer our Future program, the Integrated Mesoscale Architectures for Sustainable Catalysis, and an Energy Frontier Research Center funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Basic Energy Sciences.To read the full story, visit the Wyss Institute website.last_img read more

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Speaking up

first_imgEditor’s Note: This story is the second installment in a two-part series on Jenkins’ voice in these ongoing conversations in the Notre Dame community. This series is also the first of three similar “From the Office of the President” series on the Notre Dame presidency to appear in coming weeks. The dorms were deserted. The sun shone on an empty quad. But this summer, University President Fr. John Jenkins and his administration still showed up for work. They restructured the University budget and worked toward the school’s next 10-year strategic plan, which will be proposed in 2013. They planned events for this year’s Forum, dedicated in the midst of an election year to an open discussion of American democracy and political life. They filed a lawsuit against the federal government. For Notre Dame’s president, this work is about more than the day-to-day operations of a top university. It’s about being part of a conversation. “I think my deepest conviction is that we have to find a way to talk to one another in ways that are respectful and reasoned. … If I care about anything, if I have a voice for anything, it’s to find a way to give the past disrespectful, dishonest, acrimonious discussion [direction] toward constructive debate that is absolutely essential in a democracy,” Jenkins said. As the nation debates election issues and healthcare requirements, Jenkins has spoken up on behalf of Notre Dame. “We have a distinctive and a unique role in American life, and not only Catholic life but American life,” Jenkins said. After a summer of planning, Jenkins announced the topic for this year’s Forum – “A More Perfect Union,” a discussion of American democracy and the political system. The Forum discussions can be a tool to avoid cynicism during an election season, Jenkins said. He encouraged students to avoid “temptations to check out” and instead add their voices to reasoned debate. “I think Notre Dame students tend to be a thoughtful group and people of conviction, maybe not firebrands on one or another issue, but I think they can provide a thoughtful voice,” Jenkins said. The first Forum event of the year will be held Tuesday. Prominent leaders in the Christian and Jewish faiths will discuss the role of faith in political life in a panel discussion titled, “Conviction and Compromise: Being a Person of Faith in a Liberal Democracy.” Jenkins, a member of the Commission on Presidential Debate, said he hopes to see “reasoned and respectful” debate develop both at Notre Dame and nationwide. “It’s been a wonderful experience because it’s a committee composed of members, people from different political views,” he said. “It’s been tremendously inspiring to see them deliberate and to try to put on a reasoned debate, a fruitful debate, in this country. “Students, get involved. Get involved in a way that makes our political dialogue in this country more constructive, reasoned, [one that] better serves the common good of the nation.” This summer, Jenkins also added Notre Dame’s voice to the ongoing conversation about the Affordable Care Act when the University filed a lawsuit against the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The lawsuit, filed in May, challenged the constitutionality of the mandate that requires religious organizations to provide contraceptives as part of their minimum health insurance policies. “The fundamental issue for us is not the provision of contraceptives coverage,” Jenkins said. “The fundamental issue is the limit of the power of government against religious organizations in this country.” Jenkins said the University sent a public comment to the HHS in June to describe two or three alternatives to the current mandate. “Because there are alternatives, I don’t think the government has a compelling interest to force religious organizations,” Jenkins said. “That’s why we’re doing this lawsuit, to retain this fundamental commitment to take all reasonable steps to allow all religious organizations, religious institutions, the freedom to practice their religion in ways they see fit.” The federal government has moved to dismiss the lawsuit, but Jenkins said he feels the University’s case will be successful as it moves slowly through the legal system. “I saw a few headlines after we filed, ‘Catholic bishops, Notre Dame and 62 other institutions file lawsuit,’” Jenkins said. “That Notre Dame is picked out, and I don’t say this with arrogance, but it just shows I think people look to us for leadership on these issues. If I didn’t feel it was a fundamental issue, an issue of the limits of government as against religious organizations, I wouldn’t have done this.” As the administration worked this summer, a new face joined the members of the Main Building. Matt Storin, former editor of The Boston Globe and former associate vice president for news and information at the University, returned to Notre Dame in July to occupy a new position – chief communications executive. “I’ve heard this again and again, Notre Dame is a hidden jewel,” Jenkins said. “[New faculty are] so impressed and surprised by the quality of our education and the quality of our research. That’s good news on one hand, but it’s bad news. It shouldn’t be a surprise. … People just don’t know how good we are, and that’s our failure to tell the story of Notre Dame.” Jenkins said Storin will be responsible for helping the University’s communications reach a wider audience to attract new faculty to the school and promote Notre Dame research. “So how do we get that message out, how do we engage with the media, how do we tell our story?” Jenkins said. “Matt’s job is to kind of coordinate this and give us a compound strategy so we can be effective.” Storin will also help guide the communications office during controversial moments for Notre Dame in the media, Jenkins said. “I’m not trying to make us controversy-free,” Jenkins said. “But we do want to communicate effectively in the midst of controversies what we’re doing and why we’re doing it, so that is a very important part of Matt Storin’s job and our job here at Notre Dame.” In the year ahead, Jenkins’ office will continue to be busy. In 2013, the president will proposea new strategic plan for all colleges and departments at the University. The plan is rewritten every 10 years. Jenkins said the University is stronger “in just about every measure” than when the last strategic plan took effect 10 years ago. “I believe Notre Dame is poised at this time in its history to make some major advances in important areas. … We can’t be complacent, but we’re in a solid position.”last_img read more

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Tokyo Electric to invest $18 billion in renewable energy over the next 10 years

first_imgTokyo Electric to invest $18 billion in renewable energy over the next 10 years FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:The renewable power unit of the nation’s biggest utility plans to spend more than ¥2 trillion ($18 billion) over the next 10 years to boost its green power generation by as much as 70 percent.The push by Tokyo Electric Power Co. Holdings Inc. (Tepco) comes as institutions in Japan are under increasing pressure to curb support for coal, both at home and abroad, and as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government seeks to bolster the role of clean power.The unit, Tepco Renewable Power, plans to help fund its new ventures through a green bond offering that may exceed ¥10 billion and is likely to come before March, according to President Seiichi Fubasami.Offshore wind and hydro generation are the unit’s primary focuses as it seeks to develop 7 gigawatts of green power capacity within the country and overseas in partnership with other companies.“To cope with climate change, we are moving toward a carbon-free society,” he said in an interview Wednesday. “Our target is to make renewable energy a main source of power.”Tepco Renewable Power currently has 170 renewable facilities with a total capacity of 9.96 gigawatts. Of the total, 9.91 gigawatts are from 165 hydropower plants, 30 megawatts are from three solar farms, and 21 megawatts come from two wind plants.[Aya Takada]More: Tepco plans ¥2 trillion green power push by 2030last_img read more

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Is Dubrovnik and our islands threatened by an ecological catastrophe caused by garbage from the sea?

first_imgAt first, this may not be such important news for some, but it is certainly extremely important for the future of our tourism, and especially for Dubrovnik as well as our islands.For many years, the coast of Dubrovnik has been facing an ecological catastrophe caused by an enormous amount of garbage and floating debris, most of which originates from Albania and during strong south winds and heavy rains is applied to the port of Dubrovnik and the Croatian islands of Korcula, Mljet, Sipan, Kolocep, Lastovo. , Vis, Solta, the Peljesac peninsula and the southern part of the Croatian Adriatic.And so unfortunately this year again we have ugly scenes of garbage in the sea in Dubrovnik, which came from Albania. The people of Dubrovnik immediately went into action and started the cleaning action, which is certainly commendable and great, but I wonder if we really don’t care about this problem and why we don’t deal with it systematically and strategically? The solution is certainly not to clean the garbage from the sea every year when it already comes to Dubrovnik, the cause of the problem needs to be solved.If tourism is one of our main strategic branches, and Dubrovnik and our islands certainly are, then we must care about strategic development and sustainability. I don’t know why something negative should always happen to us first, and only then should we react. Unfortunately, even when it is too late, apart from short-term promises and reactions in the context of firefighting, there is no quality and long-term solution.Yes, this is a picture of Dubrovnik suffocating in the garbage / Source: HRT http://vijesti.hrt.hr/420817/akcija-ciscenja-smeca-na-dubrovackim-plazamaŠuica: An ecological catastrophe threatens Dubrovnik and the Croatian islandsIt is good that we have finally put at least a little pressure and are talking publicly about this problem, but it is certainly not enough. Thus, Dubravka Šuica, Member of the European Parliament, asked the European Commission and the European Environment Agency to react urgently due to the huge amount of waste that arrived from Albania. Although it has repeatedly asked the European Commission for measures due to the ecological catastrophe threatening the Adriatic, the amount of waste caused by the south wind on the Dubrovnik coast this weekend motivated MP Suica to warn the Commission and the European Environment Agency once again. “Given that the existing regulations are insufficient to regulate marine litter, and a closed sea like the Adriatic is threatened by an ecological catastrophe, I appeal to the Commission to take urgent measures to save the Dubrovnik coast and the rest of the Adriatic.. ”Emphasized the head of the Croatian EPP delegation Dubravka Šuica in her question.Certainly the pictures of garbage in Dubrovnik or our islands are not good, and tourists are not interested in who and why, but they are left with that ugly picture in their heads. Also, this problem is not from yesterday, but to date we have not been able to solve it or at least deal with it responsibly and strategically. If we can’t solve the problem at the source already, maybe we can intervene at sea before the garbage reaches Dubrovnik. Can we set up some floating dams or ships collecting garbage before it reaches the shore or maybe some third solution?Floating garbage collection floating platform solutionPerhaps one of the solutions that Boyan Slat, then 19, came up with three years ago and delighted everyone with the idea of ​​a floating platform that cleans the ocean of garbage. Namely, it is a project Marine Litter Extraction as a radical solution for cleaning the sea of ​​debris. The system consists of floating barriers instead of nets, which would catch the waste, but they are harmless enough for plankton and other marine life. Large areas can be covered, and the platforms are completely self-sustaining, with the help of solar energy, waves and sea currents. According to calculations, the system is profitable, so it would not be unusual if we soon saw something like this on the surface of the ocean. The entire project has been under development for three years and is currently in the testing phase in the North Sea.Can we be the solution? I don’t know, but we can certainly open a dialogue with the founder of the Marine Litter Extraction project and see what our options are. Of course if we want to, because many organizations in the World are dealing with this problem, we just have to open our eyes and start dealing with solving it. We have to care until it’s too late. There is certainly a solution, but we need to deal with all the challenges from the professional side and open dialogue, and that means strategic planning and development, which is so lacking in Croatia.Garbage islands in the oceans       This year is a semi-annual expedition he led Charles Moore in the Pacific Ocean revealed the dire consequences of ocean pollution. They discovered an ‘island’ of rubbish, consisting mainly of non-degradable tiny plastic, which is larger than the surface of Texas and extends in breadth and depth. Take some time and try to research online to figure out what the size of the problem is. Garbage islands float across the oceans and that’s a reality, not a figment of someone’s imagination, unfortunately.Is the Adriatic suffocating in plastic or is it just an illusion? The problem of garbage in the seas and on the beaches is not a problem of some distant and other world destinations there, but it is also present on the Adriatic, in our backyard.If you think this is not our problem, you are very much mistaken. The most beautiful sea in the world, as we often boast, also has its “islands” of garbage. In collaboration with the Association for Nature, Environment and Sustainable Development Sun and the Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries, a three-minute video was recorded showing how many problems people have on the islands and beaches of the Adriatic every winter and spring. Our beautiful sea, we have only one, and one is the planet Earth. “Marine litter is a huge problem, both economically and health, ecologically, aesthetically and touristically. Unfortunately, plastic never disappears, it just breaks down into smaller and smaller pieces, it enters all the pores of the environment. Eventually if we continue like this, it will happen to us that we will eat plastic from the sea that we throw away”Said Mosor Prvan, biologist of the Association for Nature, Environment and Sustainable Development Sunce.Take a few minutes of your time and just look at the “drop in the ocean” of garbage problems on the Adriatic. This is unfortunately a reality, not some crazy hypothesis or conspiracy theory.The invasion of plastics is rapidly turning our seas into the largest landfill in the world, endangering marine animals and ending up in the food chain after plastics are crushed in the sea and turned into microplastics. Microplastics that we consume because it is found in fish, without us even being aware of it. In the Mediterranean, plastic remains have been found in small fish, seabirds, sea turtles and whales. Scientists estimate that 1455 tons of plastic are already floating in the Mediterranean, with an average density of one piece per 4 square meters, making the Mediterranean one of the most endangered marine areas.This year, Greenpeace Croatia activists in the sea in front of the famous Saplunara beach on Mljet said that there are already 1455 tons of plastic in the Mediterranean, which makes the Mediterranean one of the most endangered sea areas. “Beach cleaning is necessary, but not a solution in itself. Shredded pieces of plastic are almost impossible to remove. It is a pity that due to a few seconds of one-time use of plastic, we are permanently polluting the sea that we love so much and the animals that live in it. The islands are the most beautiful part of our coast, and tons of plastic float on them every year. It is time to understand that the problem needs to be addressed by the cause, that is, that we urgently need to change habits and get rid of disposable plastic. For example, nylon bags, straws, bottles and plastic cutlery are very easy to replace with environmentally friendly alternatives. ”  said Mihaela Bogeljić from Greenpeace Croatia.They say that the South Dalmatian islands, where residents, volunteers and visitors struggle with plastic all year round, are particularly affected, and the area of ​​the Mljet National Park is no exception. “On Mljet, Vis, Lastovo, Šolta and other beautiful islands that are laid parallel to the coast, or with the direction of the main sea current and with the direction of blowing south, a huge amount of waste is stranded. The vast majority of this is plastic, which fragments over time and remains in the sea as a microplastic for hundreds of years.. ”Emphasized Hrvoje Čižmek, President of the Society for Marine Research – 20000 Miles, an association of scientists who, in partnership with Greenpeace, documented the seabed around the Mljet National Park.At first glance, the situation in Croatia is not fabulous, unfortunately we have not yet developed awareness of the problem of pollution of our natural resources, which we can witness when we just look at the communal equipment on the beaches. Also, if you walk along the beaches, rocks and other coastal landscape we can often see various remains left by careless guests on the beaches. The question is this: If we care about sustainable development, then we must invest additional resources and financial resources for the daily cleaning of beaches, utilities as well as in the education of our guests. We must first respect ourselves and our environment, so that our guests can respect us, ie our environment.Just one trash can is not the solution to the problem. Croatian tourist workers as well as tourist destinations must first work on their consciousness and only then turn to prevention and education of guests. The only solution is strategic development, responsible and sustainable tourism. This is our responsibility, open your eyes and act until it is too late.Croatia is known for its clear sea and beautiful nature, there are solutions, and whether it will remain so in the future depends only on us – the people.Related news:THE “BLUE BAG” PROJECT FROM THE ISLAND OF KRK AS AN EXCELLENT EXAMPLE OF PRESERVING THE CLEANLINESS OF THE SEA GREENPEACE CALLS LEADING TOURIST COMPANIES TO LEAD CROATIA’S TRANSITION TO RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCESVJERAN PIRŠIĆ, ECO KVARNER: THE FUTURE OF CROATIAN TOURISM LIES IN SUSTAINABLE TOURISM WHERE NATURAL RESOURCES, BUT ALSO NATURAL OPPORTUNITIES OF A CERTAIN ENVIRONMENT WOULD BE RESPECTED IN THE FIRST RIGHTlast_img read more

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UK signs up for Sanofi-GSK coronavirus vaccine

first_imgBoth companies voiced in a statement their commitment “to making their COVID-19 vaccine candidate affordable and available globally”.The vaccine candidate “has the potential to play a significant role in overcoming the COVID-19 pandemic, both in the UK and around the world,” said GSK Vaccines President Roger Connor.Sanofi predicted regulatory approval for the vaccine “could be achieved by the first half of 2021”.UK Business Secretary Alok Sharma, quoted in the statement, hailed the progress but noted “the fact remains that there are no guarantees”. “In the meantime, it is important that we secure early access to a diverse range of promising vaccine candidates, like GSK and Sanofi, to increase our chances of finding one that works so we can protect the public and save lives.”Britain has already secured access to 90 million doses of potential coronavirus vaccines in deals with biotech firms BioNTech, Pfizer and Valneva.The deals involve 30 million doses of a vaccine being developed by US pharma giant Pfizer and Germany’s BioNTech, and 60 million doses of another created by France’s Valneva.The government in London has also said it would purchase 100 million doses of a vaccine currently being trialed by Oxford University in partnership with AstraZeneca.”This diversity of vaccine types is important because we do not yet know which, if any, of the different types of vaccine will prove to generate a safe and protective response to COVID-19,” Kate Bingham, chairwoman of the British government’s vaccine taskforce, was quoted as saying.Britain has been one of the worst affected countries in the world since the outbreak began, with more than 45,750 deaths. Pharma giants Sanofi and GSK said Wednesday they have agreed to supply Britain with up to 60 million doses of a potential COVID-19 vaccine.The agreement covers a vaccine candidate developed by France’s Sanofi in partnership with the UK’s GSK and is subject to a “final contract”.Amid a global race to find a vaccine to halt the pandemic, Sanofi announced “ongoing discussions with the European Commission, with France and Italy on the negotiation team, and other governments to ensure global access to a novel coronavirus vaccine.”center_img Topics :last_img read more

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Lithuania’s INVL AM gets approval to merge second-pillar funds

first_imgINVL Asset Management, part of the Invalda Group and one of Lithuania’s biggest asset management companies, has been given the green light by Bank of Lithuania to merge six of its seven recently acquired MP Pension Funds Baltic and Finasta second-pillar funds.According to Invalda, following the acquisitions, the investment strategies and risk levels of a number of the companies were identical.The merger, preceded by a rebranding of five of the six funds into the INVL name, is due to be completed by the end of 2015.The new merged funds will be known as INVL STABILO II 58+ (the two former conservative, bond funds), INVL MEDIO II 47+ (medium equity) and INVL EXTREMO II 16+ (high equity). The numbers have been added to indicate the recommended age profile of the respective funds.Finasta’s low-equity fund is not part of the merger but will be renamed INVL MEZZO II 53+.The merger will shrink the number of second-pillar operators to six, with INVL in fifth place.According to Bank of Lithuania’s end-June data, of the 26 second-pillar funds, the MP plans had a 5.5% share (64,722) of the total membership and 5.4% (€109.5m) of assets.The respective figures for Finasta were 3.3% (39,100) and 3.5% (€67.6m).On the day of the merger, the accumulated assets of the funds’ participants will be converted, free of charge, into units of the new entities.According to Invalda, each member’s accumulated fund value will remain unchanged, although their number of units may change as a result of each current fund’s different values.Finasta and MP’s two former third-pillar funds are not being merged, but the four will likewise be renamed as INVL plans.INVL entered the Lithuanian pension market in September 2014 when it acquired three second-pillar and two third-pillar funds from Iceland’s MP Banki.In December, it acquired a 100% stake in Finasta Asset Management, including four second-pillar and three third-pillar funds, following up the next month with Finasta’s Latvian asset management operations.That acquisition marked Finasta’s return to Invalda, which in 2009 sold the company to Bank Snoras.Finasta, as a separate legal entity, was unaffected by Bank Snoras’s nationalisation by the Lithuanian government two years later and subsequent bankruptcy.last_img read more

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Winterbourne View Panorama ‘abuse’ hospital to close

first_img Share Share Tweet 15 Views   no discussions HealthLifestyle Winterbourne View Panorama ‘abuse’ hospital to close by: – June 20, 2011center_img Share Sharing is caring! Castlebeck will close Winterbourne View on Friday 24 June A residential hospital for vulnerable adults near Bristol where alleged abuse was secretly filmed by the BBC Panorama programme is to close on Friday.Castlebeck, which runs Winterbourne View, said the hospital would close on 24 June when the last patients would be transferred to alternative services.Patients at the unit were filmed by an undercover reporter posing as a care worker.The footage showed residents being pinned down, slapped and taunted.A spokesman for Castlebeck said the company had been working closely with families and carers, the NHS and social services “to ensure patients are safely transferred with minimum disruption to their lives”.After the programme was broadcast Castlebeck apologised and launched an internal investigation.A number of people have been questioned by police and released on bail following the programme and the government said it would carry out its own review of what happened.A serious case review into the alleged abuse at the residential hospital has been set for July.BBC Newslast_img read more

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Soulpuss wins fourth Testing the Best Calypso Show

first_img Share Tweet 21 Views   no discussions Share Sharecenter_img EntertainmentLocalNews Soulpuss wins fourth Testing the Best Calypso Show by: – July 11, 2011 Soulpuss at the 2011 Calypso Finals Competition. Photo credit: dominica-island.infoSoulpuss has been named the best performer at the Fourth Marriage & Engaged Encounter’s “Testing the Best” Calypso Competition which was held on Saturday evening at the Newtown Savannah.The show which included a  tribute to former calypsonian Roland “Spider” James featured ten finalists of the 2011 Calypso Competition who performed each others song.Soulpuss performed the Mighty Explosion’s song entitled “Volcano Ash” to beat a field of nine other finalists for 2011.Click here to listen to Soulpuss courtesy DBS Radio: Meantime reigning 2011 Calypso and Female Monarch ‘Tasha P’ placed second with her rendition of Mighty Lugars’s “Internet Children.”According to organizers the joy of the show is that the calypsonians have to learn another calypsonians song and perform it at the show and are  judged based on how well they can perform it.Dominica Vibes News Sharing is caring!last_img read more

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Danny West

first_imgDanny Joe West, 59, of Brookville died on Thursday, August 20, 2020, at his residence.Danny was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on November 13, 1960 to Maynard and Gladys Alsip West. He was a graduate of William Henry Harrison High School in Harrison, Ohio. Danny was disabled for several years and unable to be employed. He loved spending time with his family and helping his friends work on their cars.Danny is survived by his daughter: Rachel West of Brookville; his son: Andy West of Brookville; a grandson: Isaiah West of Brookville; a sister Bev Thompson of Harrison, OH; a cousin: Dennis Alsip of New Trenton; and several nieces and nephews. Danny was preceded in death by his parents; one brother and one sister.Cremation was chosen and there will be no public services at this time. A celebration of Danny’s life will be at a later date. Memorial contributions, in memory of Danny,can be made to Greater Vision Ministry Church ~ 18149 U.S. 52 ~ Metamora, IN 47030. The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home was honored to assist the family with the arrangements and to serve Danny’s family. For more information or to leave condolences or memories go to www.cookrosenberger.com.last_img read more

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Not the SATs: Spartans outwit, outscore Wildcats

first_imgCHICAGO — Maybe the sine of the angle of trajectory was miscalculated. Or it could’ve been that the slight wind friction created from the United Center air conditioning wasn’t taken into account, in a thermodynamic sense.One way or another, Northwestern threw away their best chance at victory Thursday afternoon, falling 62-57 to Michigan State, when Jeremy Nash failed to connect with teammate Craig Moore who was no more than 10 feet away, without a Michigan State defender in sight.Having trailed for almost the entire game, the Wildcats finally had a chance to take control, holding the ball, and down three with just under 20 seconds to go, when Nash threw the ball away.”And then the last play, Jeremy did everything right. He was on Neitzel, he defended great, he rebounded the ball well,” Moore said. “I don’t remember if I called for the ball or not, but I kind of looked over at coach to see what he was doing, I looked at the clock and then the ball flew past my face.”Northwestern head coach Bill Carmody said there really wasn’t much that could be done.”What can you say, that’s part of playing basketball. Stuff like that happens,” Carmody said. “What are you going to say? We all wish it was different, but you’re playing basketball. I told the kid to keep his chin up. That’s all you can do.”Michigan State (22-10) now will gear up to play Wisconsin yet again, in a tiebreaker match for the season series.”We’re going to get ready for Wisconsin, looking forward to that,” Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said.Drew Neitzel made five of his seven 3-pointers and added six assists (without a turnover) to lead the Spartans, while Northwestern (13-18) was led by Moore and freshman Kevin Coble, who each poured in 15 points. In his final game, Wildcat legend Tim Doyle managed nine points, six assists and five turnovers, joining the likes of Magic Johnson and Isaiah Thomas in finishing the year with more than 350 points, 150 assists, 100 rebounds and 50 steals, becoming just the 14th player to achieve that feat.Down 10 with just 1:23 to go, the usually offensively challenged Northwestern exploded, drawing to within three with just seconds remaining, before Nash’s pass got away from him.”And yet, I’ll continue to say this, not to give Bill (Carmody) credit, but that team deserves some credit. They made some plays, they made some shots,” Izzo said. “Well, it’s hard to feel great and yet again, as I told my guys, Northwestern is a hard team to play against. I think it’s one of the harder teams to prep against.”Illinois 66, Penn State 60Penn State couldn’t have asked for a better beginning. Basically on the road against a pro-Illinois crowd at the United Center, the bottom-seeded Nittany Lions jumped out to a 13-2 lead in the opening minutes of their contest against the sixth-seeded Illini.However, it wasn’t meant to be that easy, as Illinois answered with a 16-1 run to take the lead, one they wouldn’t relinquish despite the best efforts of Mike Walker.”We needed somebody to make some shots,” Penn State head coach Ed DeChellis said. “We weren’t shooting the ball very well. Mike stepped up and made some big baskets for us, so we kept trying to get him the basketball, and he continued to make some shots for us down the stretch, which was very important.”Down by as many as 16, Penn State slowly chipped away at the margin, eventually paring the Illinois lead to just two with 1:38 left, with the help of an effective full-court press and the outstanding shooting of Walker, who made a Big Ten tournament record seven 3-pointers, en route to 22 points.Illinois was carried by the strong outside shooting of Chester Frazier, who made five 3-pointers and had 21 points. Warren Carter chipped in 19, while Shaun Pruitt was only a basket shy of a double-double, with eight points and 10 rebounds.”You scout guys all season long and you know they do one thing and then they come out and they play big,” Walker said. “[Frazier] stepped up. He’s a player in the Big Ten. He’s going to step up and make shots, and I think that was the difference.”Michigan 49, Minnesota 40Michigan head coach Tommy Amaker couldn’t say it better about his team’s 49-40 win over Minnesota Thursday:”It wasn’t a pretty game,” Amaker said.The Wolverines shot just 27 percent in the second half and coughed up a 15-point lead, but were still able to claw past the Gophers in the first round of the Big Ten tournament.The opening game of the conference tournament didn’t open with any fireworks, either. Minnesota missed its first seven shots, but then exchanged runs with Michigan before the Wolverines went into halftime 20-16.”Both teams were struggling to put it in the basket,” said Dion Harris, who led Michigan with 14 points. “We had to convert going into the second half.”The Wolverines held onto the lead after halftime as Michigan and Minnesota combined for the lowest point total in tournament history.Amaker was coaching as if his job was on the line. Despite a 20-win season, Michigan is on the bubble to make the NCAA tournament and needs a good run in the Big Ten tournament to secure a bid. However, he was not feeling the heat in the ugly game Thursday.”It’s not about me personally,” Amaker said. “It’s about our team and trying to see if we can advance in this tournament.”last_img read more

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