Anyone who has been outside and watched ants crawl by carrying leaves or balls of dirt or bits of food probably has realized that they are very strong creatures. Many of you have probably heard or read various figures saying that ants can carry X times their body weight with X being some rather large number. Previously scientists had believed that most ants could carry several hundred times their body weight. These estimations were made by watching what ants would carry but that isn’t a great way to determine the max amount that an ant can carry as it isn’t possible for scientists to know if the ant is carrying as much as it can or if it has no reason to carry more or if is just being lazy.
Researchers in the Ohio State Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering weren’t happy with these estimations of how strong ants were and set out accurately measure the strength of ants’ necks and to figure out what makes them so strong. Unfortunately you can’t just ask ants to pick up a set of barbells so the team lead by assistant professor Carlos Castro had to come up with another solution. Their solution involved approaching the problem in a way similar to determining the strength of a material, you stress it until it fails. The scientists started by using electron microscopy and micro-CT machines to get up close looks at the interior and exterior of the ants in order to learn about the structure of their necks. After anesthetizing the ants so that they wouldn’t feel anything, the team then glued the ants heads to a piece of material which was placed into a centrifuge. As the centrifuge spun, the heads of the ants were held in place while their bodies were drawn outward. The faster the centrifuge spun, the more force was placed on the neck of the ant. The team kept increasing the speed of the centrifuge until the ants’ bodies were ripped from the head; at this point the scientists noted the speed of the centrifuge and used that to calculate the force that the necks could withstand before failing.
The Buckeyes and Wolverines do battle in their only regular season meeting tonight in Value City Arena.
The game is scheduled to tip at 9:00 PM Eastern on ESPN. Stop by and say hi to all of your favorite Buckeyes tonight! Go Bucks!
The Boilermakers visited the Buckeyes this evening in Columbus for the return match of their two game series. Despite a slow start, and a bit of back and forth play, the game was all Ohio State as the Buckeyes secured the 67-49 victory. Surprisingly, LaQuinton Ross led the Buckeyes in scoring with 17 points, closely followed by Lenzelle Smith Jr. with 16. For the Boilermakers, Kendall Stephens put together 12 points off the bench, while AJ Hammons and Rapheal Davis both earned 11 a piece. The win gave the Buckeyes their third straight in Big Ten play.
Things started from a defensive perspective. Both teams demonstrated good movement against the offensive motion, and forced a number of turnovers early. The first points weren’t even scored until two minutes had elapsed, and Purdue was able to net the first three buckets of the game. The Bucks simply struggled to find good shots on the offensive end, and weren’t able to score until the fifth minute of the game on a Sam Thompson ally-oop.
The momentum changed in a hurry following the first TV timeout. The Buckeyes went on an 8 point unanswered tear to put together a 10-0 run and claim their first lead of the game. It was only ended by a Kendall Stevens three pointer after four minutes had ellapsed. Things had changed as the Buckeyes settled down in their attack, focused on getting the ball low against Purdue’s man defense. OSU also worked harder on the boards and began to balance the rebounding numbers.
With both teams locked into the game, they settled down into a steady back and forth battle. For the most part, it seemed that when one team was locked in defensively, so was the opponent. If one them started to pick up on the offensive end, it was reciprocated on the other end. That said, there wasn’t much in the way of offense through the first twelve minutes. The Boilermakers shot 5-20, while the Bucks hit only 7-18 by the third TV timeout.
Purdue returns the favor this evening, joining the Buckeyes in Columbus for a little Shooty Hoops action.
The game is scheduled to tip off at 6:00 PM Eastern Time on the Big Ten Network. Come chat with all of your favorite Buckeye bloggers and friends! Go Bucks!
Most everyone probably remembers the news that came out during the Christmas shopping season about the massive data breach at Target that resulted in the theft of credit card data of hundreds of thousands of people. This data breach resulted in renewed calls to do something to make credit cards and the information they contain more secure. This is a major, far reaching problem that potentially impacts everyone in the US and beyond but fortunately researchers in the Ohio State Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering are on the case.
The major problem with credit cards in the United States is that the vast majority of them rely on magnetic strips to store the credit card data. While this is an easy means of storing and transmitting the data to the terminal at the checkout, all you have to do is swipe your card, it isn’t very secure as the data on the magnetic strip is static and unencrypted. All a thief needs is a means to get the data that the terminal reads in and they have everything they need to use your credit card.
The need to find a more secure means of storing data on a credit card has been known for a while and most of the rest of the world has taken steps in this direction by moving to a ‘chip and pin’ system. Instead of storing the credit card data on a magnetic strip, the data is stored on a silicon chip that is on the credit card. To make a purchase you insert the card into the terminal which reads the encrypted data that is stored on the chip, you then enter a pin number in the terminal’s key pad to authorize and complete the transaction. Because the ‘chip and pin’ system allows for the credit card data to be encrypted, even if thieves steal the information from the terminal, the information is useless to them unless they have the means to break the encryption which is a much more difficult and resource intensive task.
The Buckeyes are playing basketball amid the cornfields against the Iowa Hawkeyes. The Hawkeyes got the better of the Buckeyes in Columbus a few weeks ago, and have generally found themselves above the disaster that has been the rest of the conference.
The Buckeyes and Hawkeyes will tip at 7:00 PM Eastern on ESPN. Stop by and chat with all of your favorite Buckeye bloggers and friends! Go Bucks!
After Wednesday night’s results, things looked pretty grim for the entire conference. Just three of the 12 teams possessed winning records in conference play.
Neither Ohio State nor Wisconsin qualify for that standard. Amazingly, both teams were #3 in the country at some point, and were undefeated in their first 15 games. Now, both teams lost to league “bottom dwellers” at home on Wednesday night. They are 1-1 over their last two games, and 1-4 over their last 5.
The slap-fight is scheduled to start at Noon on ESPN. Make sure to stop by and commiserate with all of your favorite Buckeye bloggers and friends. Go Bucks!