Daily Archives: November 17, 2013


Volleyball ends its Regular Season With a Win on Senior Night

The No. 13 Colorado School of Mines volleyball team finished their regular season with a road game at Colorado Christian and a home game against UCCS. In their first match after claiming the regular season RMAC title, the Lady Orediggers could not keep their 15 match winning streak going against Colorado Christian (18-10, 16-6 RMAC), losing 3-0. The result was different on senior night as the Orediggers dispatched the pesky UCCS Mountain Lions 3-1.

Lady Orediggers Open their Season at the 30th Annual Al Kaly Shriners’ Classic

On Friday night, the Colorado School of Mines women’s basketball team opened their season on the road against Oklahoma Christian, and despite a seven point halftime lead, the Lady Orediggers lost a close one, 58-62.
After 10 minutes of game time, both teams were tied at 10 until No. 10 Laura Tyree made two straight buckets to give the Orediggers a five point cushion. The Lady Orediggers led by as many as nine points in the first half and held a seven point advantage (30-23) at halftime, but OCU scored the first four points of the second half to gain some momentum. For much of the second half, both teams traded points and with 11:35 to go, OCU took the lead at 37-36. The Orediggers tied the game up at 42, with 7:49 to play, but were never able to retake the lead down the stretch. The final score was Mines 58 and OCU 62.


The complicated history of modeling droughts

It is one thing to find some sense and order to the chaotic processes that dominate long term environmental catastrophes; it is another thing entirely to take these observations and throw them together into a model that can be used to better represent hazards at hand. While this monumental task takes teams of scientists working together, the presenter for this past week’s Van Tuyl lecture series, Dr. Christa Peters-Lidard of NASA Goddard, was at her best presenting on how everyone, herself included, helped to build models that will revolutionize drought modeling. Peters-Lidard, who got her Ph.D. at Princeton, acts as the chief physical scientist at NASA Goddard in the hydrological sciences laboratory. Recently the lab has been working to pull from the somewhat abbreviated physical data on droughts to build reliable models. Beyond simple drought modeling, her team has done their best to add in other variables, such as soil moisture, stream flow, and snow pack, to the mix. There were no punches held as Peters-Lidard announced that “drought is a high-impact hydrological event.” Within the past decade many areas of the United States have been affected by varying levels of drought, most notably the entire state of Texas and most of Southwestern United States.

Scientific discoveries this week: 11/18/13

Massive leaps in the world of quantum computation have been made, beating an unofficial world record. Researchers at Simon Fraser University maintained a quantum memory state at room temperature for 39 minutes, approximately 100 times longer than the last attempt made.
In a standard computational system, bits of information are sent through 1s and 0s. A quantum memory processes “qubits” of information which are able to exist as a one and zero at the same time. This allows for multiple calculations to be made simultaneously, exponentially increasing the power of information technology. Although 39 minutes seems like a short time, it is considered a huge step in the direction of a more permanent quantum computation system.

Headlines from around the world: 11/18/13

A suicidal gunman murdered an Iranian rock band. Gunman Ali Rafie charged through a Brooklyn apartment complex, murdering the three members of the indie rock band Yellow Dogs. Reports say that Rafie went through five magazines in his rifle before killing himself on the apartment roof. Friends of Rafie stated that he was kicked out of a different band, the Free Keys, which had close ties to the Yellow Dogs.

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