Penn State ends Wisconsin’s post-season cinderella run

first_imgIn one of the most unanticipated post-season streaks in program history, the Wisconsin volleyball team fell to Penn State 3-1 (19-25, 24-26, 25-20, 23-25) in its second national championship appearance in Badger history.Wisconsin was the lowest seeded team to reach the NCAA finals in the tournament’s championship match between two Big Ten teams.Although Wisconsin couldn’t stop Penn State’s string of 24 consecutive wins, Wisconsin won its first set against Penn State this season after being swept by the Nittany Lions twice during the regular season.With a first year head coach, freshman setter, and six fruitless post-season spells coming before the 2013 season, head coach Kelly Sheffield said not many people believed the twelfth-seeded Badgers would be playing for a national crown except for those in the Badger locker room.“It’s always hard when you end your season on a loss,” Sheffield told UW Badgers. “I think everybody out there saw a team that just wasn’t happy to be playing in this match. You know, there were a lot of emotions in the locker room. This team, they expected to win. They played to win. They expected to win. I know probably not a whole lot of people thought that we had a chance to do that. But our players did.”With Wisconsin leading 23-20 in the fourth set, Penn State won five consecutive points to secure its sixth national championship in program history.The Nittany Lions dominated the first set 25-19, hitting an efficient .350 attack percentage with 19 kills to the Badgers’ .152 hit percentage.The start of set two did not fare much better for Wisconsin falling behind 1-6, with Penn State serving well and constraining Wisconsin to a more improvised offense. Wisconsin battled back with aggressive offense from its middle blockers, junior Dominique Thompson and freshman Haleigh Nelson, earning a set point at 24-23.However, two costly Badger service errors late in the set helped Penn State to take a 2-0 lead. Wisconsin finished the match with six service errors and two service aces, while Penn State committed 12 service errors with six aces.Pinned against a 2-0 deficit, Wisconsin was quickly down 1-5 in set three. But the Badgers fought back to an 8-8 tie and ripped an 8-0 run in the set to take a 17-12 lead, eventually taking the set 25-20.Wisconsin out-blocked the top blocking squad in the nation by posting 14 total blocks, with freshman middle blocker Haleigh Nelson finishing one shy of her career high with nine blocks of her own.Thompson led Wisconsin in kills with 16 at an attack clip of .315, and junior outside hitter Deme Morales followed with 15 kills.Both Morales and freshman setter Lauren Carlini, who posted 39 assists and seven digs, were named to the NCAA All-Tournament Team.Senior libero Annemarie Hickey led all players on defense with 26 digs. Junior outside hitter and sophomore defensive specialist Taylor Morey finished with 14 and 10 digs respectively.Penn State was led by the NCAA tournament’s Most Outstanding Player and Big Ten Setter of the Year Micah Hancock. The junior filled the stat sheet with 48 assists, 16 digs and five kills.The Nittany Lions had three players reach double-digit kills, including senior outside hitter Ariel Scott, who led all players with 21 kills, and senior middle blocker Katie Slay who had 14 kills and posted a .481 hitting percentage.The Badgers finished the season with a total of 28 victories – the most wins the program has collected since its first season with an NCAA finals appearance in 2000.last_img read more

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Clippers’ Doc Rivers jokes reporting LeBron James on the NBA ‘snitch hotline’

first_img Clippers’ Paul George: ‘If I make shots, this series could be a little different’ Inside the NBA’s beefy, 100-page safety plan for policing the bubble in Orlando, Florida, is an option for anonymously reporting social-distancing violations, or as Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie termed it in an interview with Bleacher Report’s Taylor Rooks: “The snitch hotline.”Montrezl Harrell said he’s definitely gonna pass on that option.“C’mon now,” he said on a Zoom video conference with reporters Wednesday. “Do I look like a player that has used that hotline?”Harrell might have no interest in tattling, but the Athletic’s Shams Charania reported Wednesday that the tip line has received multiple calls of players breaking the league’s safety protocol – or, apparently, for being annoying. Game 4 photos: Luka Doncic, Mavs shock Clippers in overtime During the league’s initial quarantine period last week, someone tipped off security about some “thumping” in a hotel, according to a report by Chris Hayes during an NBA on TNT segment, when he said a security guard went to investigate “and who opened the door? It was Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler, drenched in sweat with practice gear on from head to toe. He was dribbling a basketball throughout his room the whole time.”Clippers Coach Doc Rivers joked Wednesday that there might be reasons other than safety to put in a call.“I turned in LeBron (James) yesterday,” said Rivers of the Lakers’ superstar. “I’m turning in Pop (Spurs coach Gregg Popovich) today. I’m trying to turn all these guys in. I think it’s phenomenal. We’re going to be the only team left when I’m done with this hotline thing.”More seriously, Rivers said he appreciated the NBA’s effort to do everything it can to minimize mask and social distancing violations inside the bubble before the official resumption of the league on July 30, when the Lakers and Clippers are scheduled to play each other. After all, on Wednesday, the Florida Department of Health reported 10,181 new positive coronavirus cases, as well as 453 new hospitalizations, with a positivity rate of 13.59% for new reported cases compared to those tested.“I don’t think it’s a problem at all,” Rivers said of the line. “I think it’s good. This is not some normal thing. COVID obviously, it’s not only that you can get sick but you can get other people sick, and so this is very important for all of us. We want to do our jobs. So I think having a hotline, I guess that’s why they’re calling it, I guess that’s important.” Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 center_img As much as he’ll miss his family in Alabama, Green said he had no reservations about joining the Clippers in Orlando, where they’ll chase the organization’s first championship.“Just happy to be back with my teammates,” he said. “Pretty much a no-brainer for me to come out here and fight with my team.”Ivica Zubac, Landry Shamet and Marcus Morris Sr. are the only other Clippers who have not been documented as being in Orlando. Rivers was coy when asked when they’re expected to arrive: “I don’t even know to be honest. I don’t check. To be honest, JaMychal walked in and surprised the hell out of me. So, because they’re in quarantine and stuff, you don’t ever know.” For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory JaMychal Green joinsThe Clippers welcomed back JaMychal Green on Wednesday, when the 6-foot-8 power forward practiced with the team for the first time since the NBA suspended the season March 11. Green arrived in Orlando a couple days after his teammates because of the death of his 100-year-old grandmother, Ruth Green, on July 3.“I’m going to miss my kids, my girlfriend, and just my family, period,” Green said via Zoom. “My son, he just turned 1, so it was great spending time with him the way I did, so I’m definitely going to miss him … My grandma died, so I had to go home just to be around my family.”Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Reporter Misuses “Irreducible Complexity”

first_img(Visited 60 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 A secular science reporter blundered twice about irreducible complexity and evolution.Natalie Wolchover, writing for Live Science, was explaining why evolution never produced wheeled animals.  Eyes, she said, are no problem for evolution: “Despite the complexity of the eye, it manages to evolve because each advance in its development offers some advantage…. From start to finish, a full-on eye can evolve in as little as 400,000 years, evolutionary biologists have estimated” she claimed, without naming names.  Wheels, however, are beyond the reach of natural selection.  Her authority was noted atheist, Darwinist and anti-creationist Richard Dawkins.  After describing how evolution might produce an eye in stages, she said:The wheel, on the other hand, is an irreducibly complex system: It must work perfectly to work at all.… The sophisticated carpentry required to fashion wheel-and-axle systems explains why humans didn’t manage to invent them until the Bronze Age….Evolution can only build body parts in stages, but because a rudimentary, nonrotating proto-wheel provides no benefit whatsoever to an animal, the process of wheel development is destined to never begin. “The wheel may be one of those cases where the engineering solution can be seen in plain view, yet be unattainable in evolution because its lies the other side of a deep valley,” the evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins explained in a classic 1996 article on the lack of bio-wheels in nature, published in The Sunday Times.Finally, consider this: Even if an animal could make a sudden leap across that valley and find itself in possession of the genetic blueprint for a perfect pair of wheels, how would it even grow them? To rotate freely, wheels cannot be attached to the axles that support the rest of the body. So without attachment points, how would living wheels receive nutrients and expel waste? As Dawkins put it, “The problem of supplying a freely rotating organ with blood vessels (not to mention nerves) that don’t tie themselves in knots is too vivid to need spelling out!”Michael Behe, the originator of the term “irreducible complexity,” defined it in his book Darwin’s Black Box (1996) as “a single system composed of several well-matched, interacting parts that contribute to the basic function, wherein the removal of any one of the parts causes the system to effectively cease functioning.”  He made it clear he was not speaking of a system that “must work perfectly to work at all” as Wolchover alleged.More egregiously, Wolchover failed to point out the wheels that do exist in nature: the bacterial flagellum, for instance.  When ATP synthase is included, every animal on earth is wheeled after all.  Wheels for locomotion, to be sure, do not exist in place of animal legs, but they would only be functional on hard, flat surfaces which are rare in nature – a fact pointed out in the response on Uncommon Descent.  That’s why in search and rescue attempts after earthquakes, the authorities generally rely on the systems designed for such environments: dogs and horses.Do you need more evidence that secular science sites like Live Science are involved in a concerted effort to spread misinformation, glorify Charlie, and sacrifice their integrity in their devotion to act as propaganda arms for the Darwin Party?  By contrast, CEH gives the best mouthpieces for Charlie their best shot, quoting them at length.  If Wolchover and her employer really wanted to report the subject honestly, they would have quoted Behe – maybe even given him a chance to respond – and not exposed so blatantly their ignorance of the arguments for I.C.  We’re waiting for Live Science and the other Darwin Party propaganda outlets to show they can do honest reporting about evolution.  What really takes the cake is Wolchover’s insistence that eyes are easy to evolve.  We would like Wolchover or her hero Dawkins to evolve a fly eye, as recently described on Evolution News.  Anything is easy for pseudo-scientists whose operating principle is to Imagine everything.last_img read more

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SA research network now online

first_img7 April 2008The South African National Research Network (Sanren) reached a significant milestone last week when the first four research infrastructure sites went live in Johannesburg, representing a major step forward in the creation of an information and communications technology platform for South African research.Teams from the Tertiary Education Network (Tenet), the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), the University of Johannesburg (UJ) and second landline operator Neotel have worked closely together to deploy the network.In a statement last week, Neotel said the network marked a key change in the research and development community in South Africa, and was set to place local research and development on par with the best in the world.The Sanren project is sponsored by the Department of Science and Technology and managed by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR) Meraka Institute, while Sanren is providing the network equipment and Neotel is providing the optical fibre circuit to ensure a high capacity backbone for the Johannesburg ring.Tenet currently secures internet services for South African universities and research institutions and provides operational services to Sanren, including national and international connectivity at the gateway, with operating costs being recovered by Tenet from the user institutions.“We are pleased that our participation in the Sanren project is contributing to the ultimate success of an initiative that is of national importance,” said Neotel Enterprise Services head Stefano Mattiello. “This is our contribution to the research and development community in South Africa.”Bandwidth key to development“Access to high bandwidth is key in world-class research and development,” said Meraka Institute project engineer Christiaan Kuun. “This translates to providing significant network capacity to research institutions in South Africa.”The research network is built upon the backbone of Neotel’s next generation network, which is flexible, scalable and custom made to the Sanren’s requirements.The four sites, which include the main campuses of Wits and UJ, as well as UJ’s satellite campuses in Bunting and Doornfontein, are on a shared 10 gigabits-per-second ring network, which connects them to each other and to a major gateway site operated by Tenet and hosted by Internet Solutions in Johannesburg.“Future plans are to make all Wits satellite campuses and the CSIR’s Johannesburg campus live at the same capacity,” Kuun said. “We also plan to upgrade the main campuses of Wits and UJ.”Research and higher educational institutions across South Africa will be eventually become connected to the Sanren as the network expands.“Tenet and the user institutions are delighted to work together with the the Department of Science and Technology and Meraka Institute on this exiting project that is reshaping research and education networking in South Africa,” said Tenet CEO Duncan Martin.SAinfo reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Football Fridays: SA marks the difference

first_img“We’ve seen World Cups in Germany and in England and in Korea … South Africa’s going to be different.” – Lesego Madumo chats to acting CEO Paul Bannister and other members of the International Marketing Council during a Football Fridays activation at The Zone in Rosebank, Johannesburg.Click arrow to play video.last_img

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South Africa gold panners shine in Poland

first_imgBright Kagiso Malatjie competing in the traditional pan finals. Team SA in celebratory mood during the opening ceremony in Poland. (Images: SA Gold Panning Association) MEDIA CONTACTS • René Reinders  South African Gold Panning Association  +27 13 768 1060 or +27 84 755 7807• Marius Brummer  Pilgrims Rest Business Chamber  +27 82 780 7309 RELATED ARTICLES • Mines, headgear and the mind • Joburg: from mining camp to big city • SA’s junior mining vibrant • Team SA takes Bushmills trophy• Jock to grace SA screens againEmily van RijswijckAlthough the term gold panning evokes centuries-old images of dusty shanty towns and hopeful prospectors, the activity is still very much part of the new millennium – and even practised as a national sport in South Africa.The national team recently participated in the 2011 World Gold Panning Championships in Zlotoryja, Poland, and – although they did not return with prized nuggets – they won over Polish hearts during their stay, says Sibongile Nkosi, spokesperson for culture, sport and recreation in Mpumalanga province.South Africa fielded a squad of 32 members, among them Surprise Thulelo who was crowned junior champion in Italy in 2009. Despite not reaching the podium this year, more than 10 South Africans made it into the finals of the different panning categories, including that for proficient men and women.More than 150 panners from 22 countries – Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, UK, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the US – participated in the 2011 event.MEC for Culture, Sport and Recreation in Mpumalanga Sibongile Manana attended the competition and said the team gave it their all in the different categories.“We are extremely proud of the men and women who represented the country well at the championships.”Hosts in 2012South Africa will host the 2012 World Gold Panning Championships in Pilgrims Rest, as it did in 2005. Before kicking off this year’s event, the South African delegation showcased the country and its many attractions to fellow participants and spectators.A multicultural ensemble from Mpumalanga gave spirited performances of Shoshaloza and Impi, two traditional Zulu songs today strongly associated with sporting events, much to the delight of the 500-strong crowd.The delegation also used the opportunity to entice visitors to the province, which is one of South Africa’s prime tourist destinations.They highlighted popular spots like Pilgrim’s Rest, Blyde River Canyon and Kruger Park among other choice options available to local and overseas visitors.Manana said South Africa was excited about welcoming spectators to the 2012 championships.“Our people are waiting to share their hospitality with all of you. South Africa is ready for you. Wozani!” (isiZulu, meaning “come”).Italy and Sweden will be the host countries in 2013 and 2014 respectively.Competition panning Gold panning is a recreational sport with a strong family-fun component to it. Everybody can participate, from five- to 80-year-olds, says René Reinders, South African Gold Panning Association representative.The South African Gold Panning Association (Sagpa) was formed in 1997, and at the same time joined the World Gold Panning Association. The local organisation aims to promote and maintain the tradition of gold panning in South Africa.Sagpa also feels gold panning has great potential as an all-inclusive heritage activity, which can valuably contribute to nation-building and cross-cultural understanding.Working closely with the Mpumalanga Department of Culture, Sport and Recreation, Sagpa holds the annual South African National Championships, from which a team is selected to participate in international competitions.Reinders says the sport is gaining popularity steadily, with panning associations now represented in almost all nine provinces.“We are trying to build up participant numbers as we go along. It is a heritage activity which stays alive through these competitions and which we would like to continue to see taking place for years to come.”How to panParticipants receive a gold pan and a bucket full of sand in which a specific number of gold nuggets are hidden. The amount of nuggets in each bucket is only known to the judges. Participants enter pools of water and start washing the sand in search of the nuggets.The winner is the participant who finds the most nuggets in the shortest space of time. Panners are also penalised for lost nuggets.“Once participants step into the pool of water, they become very serious, often competing with their own, custom-designed boards which they swear by,” adds Reinders.In international competitions, panning takes place in several categories and also includes the use of various types of pans, such as the traditional klondike pan which was used by prospectors of old, the bateau pan which originates from Eastern Europe or the less-familiar wooden Japanese yurita pan.Pilgrims RestTaciturn Alec “Wheelbarrow” Patterson, the opportunistic prospector and discover of the first gold nugget in Pilgrims Creek in the 1870s, would probably have frowned upon these modern-day panning effortsPatterson was so nicknamed after he arrived at the Mac Mac digs near Sabie in Mpumalanga, at the time the only viable prospecting field in the area, accompanied only by his wheelbarrow in which he pushed his worldly belongings.As he was secretive and reticent, not much is known about the man, but it is believed he became so encumbered after he sold his donkey – because the animal had kicked him.Loner Patterson soon found the crowded Mac Mac site too much for his liking and decided to try his luck elsewhere. He opted for the small, tree-lined Pilgrims Creek, which eventually joins the mighty Blyde River. Here he struck gold.But it was another prospector, William Trafford, who is credited with starting the rush to Pilgrims Rest and for inadvertently naming the village that would spring up as a result.After following Patterson to Pilgrims Creek, he also found gold in the little stream and immediately registered his claim at the Mac Mac office of the Gold Commissioner.He is quoted as saying at the time: “Here a pilgrim can come to rest.”On 22 September 1873 Pilgrims Rest was officially proclaimed a gold field.Gold prospectors there first stayed in tents, but by 1876 most of these were replaced by more permanent structures of zinc and wood. These dwellings can still be seen today, almost intact, making Pilgrims Rest a favourite tourist attraction in Mpumalanga.A visit there is not complete without staying, or at least having a drink, at the rustic Victorian Royal Hotel. Pilgrims Rest also offers a nine-hole golf course, museums, tours and, of course, gold panning excursions.In 1986 the entire village of Pilgrims Rest was declared a national monument, a living tribute to South Africa’s gold-rush days of the 1800 and 1900s.last_img read more

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Ohio State offensive lineman Demetrius Knox out eight weeks with broken foot

Demetrius Knox suffered a broken foot in practice and had surgery on Friday. He will miss eight weeks. Credit: Sheridan Hendrix | Lantern PhotographerThe Ohio State football team has been struck with numerous injuries this season, raising questions about the team’s depth. On Friday, an OSU spokesman confirmed for The Lantern that OSU redshirt sophomore offensive lineman Demetrius Knox had surgery and will be out approximately eight week.Eleven Warriors was the first to report the initial story.Knox was listed as the backup right guard to redshirt junior Billy Price heading into Saturday’s game against Rutgers.Knox is the second offensive lineman for the Buckeyes to go down with injury after junior-college transfer Malcolm Pridgeon suffered a knee injury in fall camp that is expected to sideline him at least until November.The 6-foot-4, 308-pound Knox was a four-star prospect in the 2014 recruiting class from Fort Worth, Texas, and saw time for the Buckeyes in the Bowling Green and Tulsa games this season.Knox broke his foot in February 2015, which forced him to miss all of 2015 spring practice. read more

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Softball Ohio State downs Wright State 141 in home opener

OSU softball players during a game against Penn State on April 6 at Buckeye Field. Credit: Lantern File PhotoThe No. 25 Ohio State softball team (19-7) played in Columbus on Wednesday for the first time this season after a 25-game road stretch and gave the home fans something to cheer about, downing Wright State 14-1 in five innings.“Words can’t explain how excited I was since I woke up this morning, knowing today was the home opener,” said sophomore first baseman Alex Vargas.Wright State took a quick 1-0 lead in the first after a wild pitch from OSU junior pitcher Morgan Ray scored Macey Gunther, but it was all Buckeyes from that point, thanks to a huge first inning highlighted by a grand slam from senior right fielder Alex Bayne.“We were ready to perform for (our fans),” Vargas said. “For us to keep our composure — especially on a big day like this — and perform, hit and score run after run after run, I think that just shows that we care to do well for our fans.”The Buckeyes scored nine runs on five hits in the first, forcing two pitching changes in the inning. Sophomore second baseman Emily Clark hit a two-RBI double while senior third baseman Anna Kirk, sophomore shortstop Lilli Piper and junior first baseman Ashley Goodman each had an RBI, giving OSU a 9-1 lead.“We were spraying the ball around the field, so it wasn’t like we were doing one thing,” said OSU coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly. “Emily Clark hitting the ball down the corner (to right field) and then (Alex) Bayne hitting a ball down left field — it’s just nice to see them hitting the ball where it’s pitched not trying to do too much and everyone chipping in.”The Buckeye lead grew in the third as OSU pushed across five insurance runs. Piper hit a two-RBI single while Clark hit a three-run home run to left center field to extend OSU’s lead to 14-1 after three innings.The big lead allowed the Buckeyes to empty their bench a bit in the later innings. OSU made six substitutions in the field, allowing some bench players to participate in the home opener, which meant just as much to the starters as it did the substitutes, Kovach Schoenly said.“The starters work side by side on the field with them in practice every day so they know how hard they work and it means a lot to them to see their teammates have success,” she said. “I don’t think there’s one starter that wouldn’t hand their bat over to give someone else a chance to be a part of it.”The Buckeyes return to Big Ten action on Friday when they begin a three-game home series with Rutgers (8-21) as they look to improve upon their 3-0 conference record. read more

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Van Persie hails Feyenoords fighting spirit in their win over Ajax

first_imgRobin van Persie praised Feyenoord’s fighting spirit as they produced an excellent display to dispatch fierce rivals Ajax 6-2 in Sunday’s Klassieker.Van Persie bagged a brace in the tie before Tonny Vilhena and Yassin Ayoub wrapped up the 6-2 win in style despite falling 2-1 behind early in the game.The former United forward, though, admitted his teammates were resolute as they went on to end a three-match winless run and score six goals against Ajax for the first time since November 1964.“A bizarre contest,” Van Persie, who urged more consistency from his team-mates, as cited by FourFourTwo“This match had everything. Goals, good football, passion, fight. I am proud of how we always came back.“Everyone fought for it. Our spirit was the deciding factor.Robin van Persie might want to rethink about retiring.He scored twice as Feyenoord thumped Ajax to dent their title hopes.👉 https://t.co/cUEeOa10GJ pic.twitter.com/nEawUIqIOp— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) January 27, 20192010 World Cup. Netherlands, Robon Van persie, Wesley Snieder, Rafel van de VartReport: Babel says ego’s cost Holland World Cup glory George Patchias – September 10, 2019 Former Liverpool winger Ryan Babel has spoken out about four big ego’s that cost the Dutch national team, their best chance of World Cup…“When it was at 3-2, I looked around me and I thought ‘this is very beautiful’. That passion and the belief that we would win, I had to absorb that.“I believe in these players. They can play so very well. It should only be more frequent and more constant, that is the aim.”The defeat leaves Ajax five points behind Eredivisie leaders PSV, and coach Erik ten Hag claimed his side cannot currently contemplate the title race unless their defence improves.“I am very grumpy,” he said. “I do not even want to think about the title race for the time being. We first have to turn this around.“We are not disciplined and not consistent enough. We started well, put Feyenoord under very good pressure, came 0-1 and therefore almost 0-2.“We have to realise what has made us great. We have shown good things to the ball, but football is more than just ball possession. We were teased today.”😅 Feyenoord’s first win in this fixture since October 2015💪 Their biggest win over Ajax since 1964😍 Highest scoring Der Klassieker since 1983Wow. 😳 #feyaja pic.twitter.com/DCTdM40JxN— Goal (@goal) January 27, 2019last_img read more

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European space company wants solar power plant in space

center_img (PhysOrg.com) — EADS Astrium, Europe’s biggest space company, plans to put a solar power satellite in orbit to demonstrate the collection of solar power in space and its transmission via infrared laser to provide electricity on Earth. $21 Billion Orbiting Solar Array will Beam Electricity to Earth Citation: European space company wants solar power plant in space (2010, January 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-01-european-space-company-solar-power.htmllast_img read more

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