In their final home contest of the season, and Senior Night, the No. 2 Colorado School of Mines Women’s Soccer team faced off against Metro State in a battle of two of the RMAC’s best and the result was a 3-0 win. Now 16-0-1 on the season (13-0-0 RMAC), Mines is ranked number two in the nation, making it their highest ranking in school history. The win marks the thirteenth straight win, the twenty-third straight conference match without a loss, 31 straight unbeaten matches, and the thirteenth shutout of the year for the Lady Orediggers.
In a rough exhibition against NCAA Division I team Colorado, the Lady Oredigger basketball team fell 91-42 in Boulder on Saturday.
Saturday afternoon saw the Lady Orediggers volleyball team travel to South Dakota to take on Black Hills State and come away victorious, 3-0.
The No. 15 ranked Colorado School of Mines volleyball team beat Chadron State three sets to one and swept the season series. This was the twelfth straight win for the Lady Orediggers who improved to 19-4 on the season and 13-1 in the RMAC.
The Mines Women’s Swim and Dive team put on a good showing at their meet versus Western State on Saturday, as CSM individuals and teams combined to win seven of the thirteen events held. However, they ended up losing on total team scores 123-113.
The Colorado School of Mines men’s soccer team lost a heartbreaker in double overtime to Fort Lewis on Friday by a score of 5-4. Mines is now 10-5-1 on the year, and 8-5-0 in the RMAC.
This Saturday saw the Mines football team take on a Western State team that was surprisingly tough despite their 1-6 record coming into the day.
The solutions to energy use in the future beckon to be discovered by current researchers. Richard van de Sanden from the Dutch Institute of Fundamental Energy research spoke about the latest developments in utilizing chemical processes to convert raw power to usable, storable energy that can revolutionize the way human society consumes this valuable resource.
Many of the complex mechanisms of the human body still remain unknown to researchers. Specifically, the intricate details of protein synthesis linger as a mystery that beckons to be solved. Sriram Neelamegham and a team of researchers from the State University of New York at Buffalo are working on a project to decipher the formation of glycogens in the body; an important study that has several beneficial applications in the health care industry. At its core, the research focuses on examining glycans, which Neelamegham notes are, “functional components of the cell surface.” Glycogens are a type of sugar structure, similar to glucose. However, glucose is monosaccharide while glycogen is polysaccharide, being made up of multiple glucose molecules. Neelamegham emphasizes the use of the engineering perspective in this biochemical project, specifically to break down the chemical reactions that happen inside the cytoplasm of a human cell.
Within the next 50 years a Milky Way Supernova will be visible from Earth, according to astronomers at Ohio State University. Astronomers are nearly 100 percent certain that infrared telescopes will be able to detect and record a supernova in our home galaxy. However, odds are low, less than 20 percent, that such phenomenon would be visible to the naked eye.
Christopher Kochanek, professor of astronomy at Ohio State explained the significance of this revelation. “We see all these stars go supernova in other galaxies, and we don’t fully understand how it happens. We think we know, we say we know, but that’s not actually 100 percent true.” Because scientists will be able to detect this potential supernova in the Milky Way within a moment’s notice, they will thus be able to witness the very beginning of a star’s end, something that has never been done before.