Daily Archives: April 20, 2014

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Baseball Sets Records with Sweep of Regis

With Saturday afternoon’s 6-4 win over the Regis Rangers at Jim Darden Field, the Oredigger baseball team set a program record for conference wins at 18. The Diggers are on a streak of success and have now won 15 of their last 20 games. The sweep of Regis brings their record to 20-17 overall and 18-12 in the RMAC. Mines took Thursday’s game 7-6, Friday’s 15-4, and Saturday’s doubleheader 6-2 and 6-4.

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Minds at Mines: What are you doing this summer?

With summer less than three weeks away, school becomes more difficult yet more important to focus on. Yet, the plans for the summer months can be a motivator to get through the last few midterms, projects, and homework assignments. Whether going on their departmental Field Camps, gaining experience on the job, or doing things for fun, Mines kids know how to have a great summer. This week Minds at Mines asked, “What are you doing this summer?”

Correction to “Opinion from GSG Representative”

This correction is intended to clarify some editing issues with my previous article from last week. The tittle “Opinion from GSG Representative” and subtitle of “GSG on SA Fee” was done last minute by the Oredigger Staff from my original title which can be found at oredigger.net. This was purely an opinion piece written by myself and it reflected my views. It was not nor has ever been my intention to represent all of GSG through this article. Unfortunately, this was not made clear in the new title and arrangement selected by the Oredigger and could be misconstrued as an official position when seen next to the opinion written by a USG voting member. Additionally, I would like to note between the transition from page 1 to page 3 the content of “The document “Institutional Plan for Student Fees”, amended by the Board in May of 2013″ was left out and I feel this reference is important for students to have.

Gas Hydrates, Methanogenesis, and Carbon Cycling at Continental Margins

Dr. Alberto Malinverno, an expert in quantitative marine geology, came from Columbia University to deliver a talk on a unique substance from the bottom of the ocean which could someday be an energy source for humanity… but which could also drastically worsen the effects of anthropogenic climate change. The substance is a clathrate, or gas hydrate – methane molecules trapped within the crystal structure of ice. Clathrates are unstable at surface pressure and temperature conditions, preferring low temperatures and high pressures. Because of these unique stability conditions, clathrates are found at depth in places where the temperatures are cold: in permafrost, and at the ocean floor near continental margins, where organic carbon in the sediments provides the methane.

Design of vascular-targeted carriers for optimal performance in humans: bringing blood cells and hemorheology into the game

On March 7, Mines hosted Dr. Omolola Eniola-Adefeso, the director of chemical engineering at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She spoke on vascular-targeted drug delivery – that is, the transport of medical drugs directly to the wall of the blood vessels at a specific point in the body, using a man-made carrier with a built-in drug-release trigger. The carriers are modelled after white blood cells.

Scientific discoveries this week: 4/21/14

Evanston, Illinois – Northwestern University scientists have discovered the material that is the best at converting waste heat into electricity. An interdisciplinary team, led by inorganic chemist Dr. Mercouri Kanatzidis, has found that the crystal form of tin selenide conducts heat so poorly that it is the most efficient thermoelectric material discovered. Tin selenide has a ZT metric (a ratio of electrical conductivity and thermoelectric power to thermal conductivity) 2.6. The group responsible for the discovery point to countless commercial uses for the information due to two third of energy input being lost to waste heat on average.

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