Daily Archives: November 10, 2013

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Women’s Soccer Remains Unbeaten, Advances to RMAC Tourney Finals

In Golden on a cold Friday night, the No. 2 ranked Colorado School of Mines women’s soccer team kept their outstanding season going with a 1-0 semifinal win against Regis in the RMAC tournament. The women moved to 18-0-1 on the season and recorded their fourteenth shutout of the year advancing to the finals of the RMAC tourney as they look to claim their third consecutive RMAC tournament title on Sunday.

Cross Country Races to Nationals in Canyon, Texas

The Colorado School of Mines men’s and women’s cross country teams headed down to Canyon, Texas for the South Central Regional Championships and turned in spectacular results. The fifth ranked men’s team finished third out of 21 teams, losing only to No. 2 Adams State, and No. 1 Western State. The women’s team finished seventh out of 22 teams. Junior Derek Alcorn and Senior Andrew Epperson finished fifth and sixth overall respectively with times of 30:24 and 30:26 at the 10k distance.

An nspirational Tale

As a mines student, your calculator becomes one of your best friends over the years. Long nights of calculations, countless tests together…those white buttons and small colorless screens have been with you through the good times and the bad. Truth be told, familiarity has bonded you together in a relationship that can be taken for granted. The reliability and effectiveness of a calculator can be overlooked. That is, until tragedy strikes.

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Why Science Needs Communication

In the 1950s and 1960s, heroes such as Dr. Manhattan, Superman, and the Hulk captured the imaginations of the public with the subtle use of science to animate their backgrounds and spark the curiosity of the young and young at heart. Topics such as atomic physics and quantum mechanics were applied in new and exciting ways that could allow Dr. Manhattan to grow to ten times the size of a house or teleport throughout the universe. It was this sentiment in the general public that gave many an interest into the sciences and inspired many scientists. However, since then a paradigm shift has occurred. The general public seems uninterested and not quite as enthralled by the quirks of the nature of the world they live in. This shift away from an interest in the scientific world may be due purely to a shift in public interest, or it could correspond with the way in which science is being communicated.

Scientific discoveries this week: 11/11/13

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine recently released their discovery of a cutting edge DNA sequencing technique known as “HaploSeq,” which allows for DNA to be differentiated between maternal and paternal contributions. “The technique will enable clinicians to better assess a person’s individual risk for disease. It is potentially transformative for personalized medicine,” Bing Ren, scientist at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and lead researcher on the new sequencing technique. “In principal you could compare your genetic sequence to your neighbor’s and ask if you have any recent ancestors in common. With our technique we can study each individual and how they relate to other individuals. As we accumulate data from many individuals we can more precisely determine their relationships.”

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