Here are a few more examples illustrating why the imitation of nature is one of the hottest trends in science.Make Like a SnakeSnakes typically crawl with a side-to-side wiggling motion. Can a snake crawl through a tunnel? “University of Cincinnati biologist Bruce Jayne studied the mechanics of snake movement to understand exactly how they can propel themselves forward like a train through a tunnel,” reports Science Daily. It was that curiosity that led to the headline, “Snake research could advance robotics to move through narrow tunnels after a disaster.” Curiosity – Observation of design – Imitation of design. That seemed to be Jayne’s reasoning process. What he found was a new superpower in nature that inspires imitation.Snakes are known for their iconic S-shaped movements. But they have a less noticeable skill that gives them a unique superpower.Snakes can crawl in a straight line.Straight-line or ‘rectilinear’ motion has been observed, but not studied in detail till now.When the snake inches forward, the skin on its belly flexes far more than the skin over its ribcage and back. The belly scales act like treads on a tire, providing traction with the ground as the muscles pull the snake’s internal skeleture forward in an undulating pattern that becomes fluid and seamless when they move quickly.The snake’s muscles are sequentially activated from the head toward the tail in a remarkably fluid and seamless way.Readers can ignore the superfluous Darwinese that asserts dogmatically, “Snakes evolved from burrowing ancestors.” What follows is Lamarckian, anyway. Jayne’s colleague Steven Newman claims that since straight-line movement is efficient for burrowing ancestors, it must have evolved. Funny that slithering in a straight line didn’t happen with gophers or badgers.What’s more important is the inspiration for future intelligent design research: “Newman said robots that can harness a snake’s rectilinear motion could have profound applications.” Jayne and Newman both seem more fascinated by the observations of “amazing contortions” these animals can make. They have 4 modes of locomotion: serpentine, concertina, sidewinding and rectilinear.“They move in so many fascinating ways. Is that because they have such an incredible diversity of motor patterns that the nervous system can generate?” he said.“Even though all snakes have the same body plan, there are fully aquatic snakes, snakes that move on flat surfaces, snakes that move in a horizontal plane, snakes that climb. They go everywhere,” he said. “And the reason they can go everywhere is they have so many different ways of controlling their muscles. That’s pretty intriguing.“Make Like a StingrayMore inspiration for robotics comes from an unlikely source: the stingray. Phys.org reports happenings in UCLA labs:UCLA bioengineering professor Ali Khademhosseini has led the development of a tissue-based soft robot that mimics the biomechanics of a stingray. The new technology could lead to advances in bio-inspired robotics, regenerative medicine and medical diagnostics.What caught the professor’s attention was the simple body design of these graceful swimmers. But the outward simplicity is deceptive; underneath are muscles, nerves, and all the other requirements for life. Khademhosseini ‘s soft robot is a very cheap imitation that cheats by borrowing some of the ray’s own cells:The 10-millimeter long robot is made up of four layers: tissue composed of live heart cells, two distinct types of specialized biomaterials for structural support, and flexible electrodes. Imitating nature, the robotic stingray is even able to “flap” its fins when the electrodes contract the heart cells on the biomaterial scaffold.Even so, he says, “The development of such bioinspired systems could enable future robotics that contain both biological tissues and electronic systems.”Make Like a BirdFixed-wing aircraft are crude compared to the flexible, dynamic wings of a bird. Korean engineers are playing catch-up, testing prototypes of aerial vehicles that can fly freely with independently-controlled wings. Before announcing their latest development, they first criticize today’s planes and helicopters in Science Daily‘s coverage:Aerial vehicles in a typical category have main wings fixed to the body (fuselage) in an integrated form. Shape of main wings, namely airfoil, produces lift force, thanks to aerodynamic interaction with air, and achieves commensurate energy efficiency. Yet, it is difficult for them to make agile movements due to the large turn radius. Banking the aerial vehicle that accounts for eventual turn comes from the adjustment of small ailerons mounted on the trailing edge of the wings.Aerial vehicles in another typical category gain thrust power by rotating multiple propellers. They can make agile movements by changing speed of motors rotating the propellers. For instance, pitch (movement up and down along vertical axis) down for moving forward with quadcopters is executed by increased speed of two rear rotors and unchanged or decreased speed of two front rotors. Rotor represents revolving part of motor. However, they are even less energy-efficient, owing to the absence of lift force created by wings.Could you get both benefits in one craft? Yes, by making like a bird. Although discussion of the new “Nsphere drone” with independently-controlled wings doesn’t mention birds, the connection is obvious. This new drone achieves new levels of “energy efficiency, swiftness and speed” beyond current aircraft designs (think falcons). You might see something like it delivering your future Amazon.com packages, they say. Not carrier pigeons?Make a MuscleNational Geographic reports on progress in making “artificial muscles” that act more like real muscles, and are becoming cheaper to manufacture. “Turning to nature, the University of Colorado Boulder scientists set out to engineer a lifelike muscle that was cheap, flexible, and strong.” Their product takes inspiration from the hummingbird, the elephant, and the octopus. While they want to make soft robots that are more lifelike, the test products have nowhere near the complexity of living muscle. They can just move under the intelligent direction of engineers.Give Biomimetics the Seal of ApprovalIn a final case, Phys.org reports that Korean scientists have used 3-D printing to imitate the whiskers of pinnipeds, a group of semi-aquatic mammals that includes seals and sea lions. As we shared 12/08/17, sea lions have “unique whiskers that help them catch even the fastest fish” (The Conversation). These whiskers—the longest of any animal—inspired the scientists to use them to make an underwater vortex sensor that uses “soft robotics” technology.“This paper is a wonderful example of bioinspired soft robotics. The authors have used observations of a natural system to build a materials-based sensor that can be used on underwater robots for better positional control, navigation, and object detection,” says Editor-in-Chief Barry A. Trimmer, PhD, who directs the Neuromechanics and Biomimetic Devices Laboratory at Tufts University (Medford, MA).The new sensor gathers analog data from the artificial whiskers, then digitizes it for a microcontroller.Support biomimetics. It’s improving the world in countless ways. Let’s rid the world once for all of scientifically useless Darwinian storytelling, with all its evil baggage. The science of the future is here by imitating nature’s superlative designs. (Visited 349 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
18 August 2009 The South African government has reiterated its commitment to ensuring the safety of all visitors and football fans during the 2010 Fifa World Cup. Speaking at the 2010 National Communication Partnership conference in Johannesburg on Monday, Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele said the government would pull out all the stops to uphold South Africa’s event security reputation during the 30-day tournament. “The safety of our people and our visitors is non-negotiable,” Ndebele said. “For the past five years the issue of security was perhaps the most consistently voiced issue by the international community. While some of it could be attributed to a fear of the unknown, such concerns must be attended to.” He said South Africa’s law enforcement agencies were constantly improving on their capacity to secure major international events. “Our law enforcement agencies have proven their might to create secure environments during the Confederations Cup and past major events hosted by our country. They will continue to improve on their capacity to deal with incidents of crime, and will be ready to neutralise any potential threat.” National police spokesperson Vish Naidoo told the conference that South Africa’s event security record spoke for itself. “We have our systems in place, and we take the safety of our visitors and locals very seriously,” Naidoo said. Ndebele said the World Cup offered South Africa numerous opportunities, one of which was to forge national cohesion. “The World Cup offers an opportunity for the igniting of passion and national pride amongst South Africans. It calls for the unity of our people regardless of colour or creed because, indeed, working together we can do more,” Ndebele said. “The event also provides us with a chance … to kick-start our way out of the current economic recession.” Source: BuaNews / South Africa 2010
Rohit Sharma scored an unbeaten 68 as India overcame a shaky start to notch up an easy four-wicket win over the West Indies in the first One-Day International of the five-match series at the Queen’s Park Oval here Monday. Score | PhotosIndia had won the T20 match against West Indies on Saturday.Chasing a modest 215-run target, Rohit anchored the Indian innings and together with captain Suresh Raina (43) raised 80 runs for the fifth wicket to guide India home in 44.5 overs after the visitors lost their first three wickets for just 61 runs.Rohit’s unbeaten knock came off 75 balls during which he struck three fours and a six while Raina scored his 43 from 50 deliveries with the help of four boundaries.At the top, opener Shikhar Dhawan (51 off 76) notched up his maiden half-century and guided the chase initially to help India’s cause.Leg-spinner Anthony Martin (2/39) was the best bowler in action for the home team while pacer Ravi Rampaul also snarred two wickets but gave away 58 runs in the process.Earlier, Ramnaresh Sarwan and Marlon Samuels scored hard-earned half centuries as West Indies struggled to score a modest 214 for nine.Opting to bat, West Indies witnessed a wobbly start to their innings as they lost their first three wickets scoring just 59 runs in 18.2 overs.But Sarwan and Samuels then paired up to resurrect the innings with a 82-run fourth-wicket partnership that came of 118 balls.While Sarwan’s 56 came off 94 balls and was studded with only five boundaries, Samuels took 75 deliveries to score his 55. He hit three fours and two sixes.advertisementThe stand between Sarwan and Samuels was the only silver lining in the West Indies innings as the hosts scored 73 runs in the last 12 overs losing as many as six wickets.Down the order, Dwayne Bravo tried his bit to up the scoring rate with a 20-ball 22 while opener Kirk Edwards (21 off 45) was the next best scorer for the Caribbean side.For India, off-spinner Harbhajan Singh relished at the low and slow Queen’s Park Oval pitch with figures of three wickets for 32, while Praveen Kumar (2/37), Munaf Patel (2/47) and captain Suresh Raina (2/23) shared six wickets among them.Coming onto bat, the Indians found it difficult to bat with fluency on a sluggish Queeen’s Park Oval wicket and against the niggardly line of West Indian bowlers, especially leg-spinning duo of Martin and Devendra Bishoo, who conceded only 76 runs from their 20 overs and picked up three wickets between them.West Indies skipper Darren Sammy was an excellent foil to his spinners and it was only the depth of India’s middle order which gave them a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.Openers Parthiv Patel (13) and Dhawan (51) had smoothly moved to 29 runs by the sixth over when a smart throw from Dwayne Bravo at mid-on found the former short of his crease at the batsman’s end.Virat Kohli (2) aimed a lordly drive at an away going delivery from Ravi Rampaul and nicked a straight forward catch to Carlton Baugh behind the stumps as India slumped to 34 for two.Badrinath then under-edged a cut off Bishoo into the gloves of Baugh to leave India in testy waters at 61 for three.Dhawan and Rohit then soldiered on to bring up the hundred of the innings, which also was the moment to celebrate the former’s maiden ODI fifty.Dhawan appeared to have got carried away by the occasion as he slogged-swept Martin from outside the off-stump to hole out to Lendl Simmons at deep midwicket.Dhawan played a useful hand of 51 off 76 balls with three fours and a six.Rohit and Raina then played like seasoned campaigners and first layed the foundation of their stand and then slipped into top gear to gallop towards the target.Rohit reached his half century with a gorgeous backfoot drive off Martin into the covers in the 39th over and ensured he stayed till the end to take India past the finishing line in the 45th over.Raina, on the other hand, thrived under pressure and batted with authority to make 43 from 50 balls.The West Indies fought gamely but they didn’t have enough runs on the board to stretch the visitors.Earlier, the West Indian batsmen failed to rotate strike for most part of their innings and could score only 70 runs from the 20 overs of frontline Indian spinners — Harbhajan Singh and Amit Mishra.Even the part-time bowlers, Yusuf Pathan, Raina and Virat Kohli conceded only 54 runs from the fifth bowler’s quota to strangulate the West Indian innings.Despite some early play-and-miss and a dropped chance in the slips, the hosts found themselves tottering at 28 for two by the eighth over after electing to bat.advertisementOpener Lendl Simmons was on naught when he was reprieved by Rohit Sharma off Munaf in the first slip, but despite the life he scored only six runs before an over-hit was caught by Harbhajan off Praveen at mid-off. .Young prodigy Darren Bravo departed in the very next over when he drove at a moving delivery without much foot movement and this time the thick edge was well-accepted by Rohit in the lone slip.West Indies then began the long haul of recovery as painfully slow Kirk Edwards (21) and Sarwan dropped anchor for the next 11-odd overs.But Edwards departed next as he pulled too early at a slow delivery from Harbhajan and a leading edge went high up in the air for Virat Kohli to accept in the slips.It made the score 59 for three in the 19th over but there was no break in the tempo as Sarwan and Samuels buckled themselves up for the long, hard and boring grind.The crowd was thrilled when Samuels made the most of a free-hit against Kohli and hoisted him over widish long on for six and then Sarwan steered and flicked Munaf for two consecutive fours to move past his half century.However, the stands fell silent when Sarwan edged an innocuous Munaf delivery down the leg side to Parthiv Patel behind the stumps.Samuels too reached his half century in stirring fashion with a powerfully hit six down the ground off Amit Mishra but after doing all the hard work he suffered a soft dismissal when a Raina delivery dislodged his stumps after hitting the inside of his pads.Samuels departed in the 42nd over with the West Indies scoreboard reading 177 for five.Harbhajan finished his final spell with two critical wickets of Dwayne Bravo, who was stumped by Parthiv and Carton Baugh (16) lbw while attempting a sweep.Raina then showed up West Indies batter’s complete ineptness against spin when he picked up two late wickets to leave the hosts gasping for breath.- With PTI inputs
Augustina Harker has avoided relaxing and playing with her partner and two children in the backyard for the past three summers because of the noise from a rail line used as a staging area behind her house in Winnipeg.“It’s like you’re inside of a factory,” Harker said, adding that the smell of diesel periodically penetrates her home. “It shakes the house when those cars are hitting together.”Harker and other residents of the east Winnipeg neighbourhood told a tribunal last year they hear valves releasing, engines throttling, trains braking and freight cars banging at all hours. “It’s an extraordinary disruption,” she said in an interview Friday.Harker may be able to take heart. The Federal Court of Appeal has dismissed a challenge by the Canadian National Railway Company to an earlier ruling that CN’s railway activity was too noisy for residents.The initial May 2017 decision by a Canadian Transportation Agency tribunal ruled “that the noise levels caused by CN’s operations constitute substantial interference” and “are not reasonable, as they cause an excessive impact on the residents.”The tribunal stated the agency may order CN to make “any change” to its operations that the regulator considers reasonable.Wednesday’s federal court decision dismissed CN’s application for judicial review on the grounds that questions of fact were beyond the court’s role as an appeal body in this case.Multiple Winnipeg residents living alongside the rail line near the Transcona Rail Yard told the tribunal in 2016 that CN has been using the area to hold and rearrange trains since 2015, when construction on an underpass — completed the following year — began.Robert Scott, who filed the complaint, argued the vibrations and noise have cracked home foundations, ceilings and drywall and caused sleep deprivation, high blood pressure, headaches and anxiety among the applicants.“The applicants provided an example of one incident…where a train idled with its engine revving up and down for over an hour before departing,” the tribunal’s decision reads.“The applicants state that when idle trains start to move, there are successive banging noises resembling explosions, as the boxcars slam into one another. The applicants state these noises also occur both day and night.”CN had argued it was “only causing such noise and vibration as is reasonable,” and requested the initial complaint be dismissed, the tribunal said.Companies in the story: (TSX:CNR)
At the end of March there were 664 properties of all types available for purchase through the Multiple Listing Service® in the Fort St. John region, down from 695 at this time a year ago. The Board said that employment opportunities from the increase in oil and gas activity and with the Site ‘C’ Dam has not translated into increased market activity. However, BCNREB President Court Smith stated that Fort St. John is not the only market in Northeast B.C. with a trend of lower inventory. “Many areas have been impacted by the prolonged winter weather. Most markets are seeing reduced sales activity and lower inventory over the same period last year,” said Smith.Smith added that overall, Northern B.C. continues to be a very affordable market compared to the rest of the province. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The B.C. Northern Real Estate Board released its sales results from the first quarter of 2018 which shows that while there were more home sales compared to the same time last year, that hasn’t translated to increased prices.The Board’s statistics show that 95 properties worth $31.1 million were sold during the first three months of the year. Of those homes sold, 55 were single-family dwellings, which is an increase over the 41 single family homes sold in the first quarter of 2017. However, the value of home sales in the first quarter of last year was $38.6 million. Single family homes continue to see a drop in value. The average price of a detached home last year during the first quarter was $410,623. This year, the average price was $340,968, nearly $70,000 lower.
CALGARY, A.B. – Calgary-based CEDA announced today that it has acquired Breakthrough Oilfield Services Ltd., which is based in Dawson Creek.Before the acquisition, Breakthrough was owned and operated by Derek Loomis. The acquisition is the second such merger involving a Dawson Creek-based company by CEDA in the past year. Last November, the company bought Joe Loomis Trucking which was founded by Joe Loomis in 2006.“The addition of Breakthrough Oilfield Services ties in well with our existing operations in the prolific Montney region and complements our core service offerings,” said Kevin Fleury, President and Chief Executive Officer of CEDA. “This acquisition strategically aligns with our vision for continued growth and expands our presence in this region,” Mr. Fleury added. CEDA said that Loomis and the rest of Breakthrough’s workforce will be joining the the company, which will also be adding Breakthrough’s pressure trucks, hot oilers, fluid haulers, tank trucks, hydro vacuum and combination vacuum units to its fleet.“We’re excited to join a successful and a growth oriented organization that can provide complementary service offerings to our existing client base,” said Derek Loomis. “The sale also provides our employees development opportunities within a larger organization.”
Southerly winds are pushing in warmer air from the south, and places such as Prince George and Vanderhoof have risen above freezing. Precipitation falling to the north along Highway 97, north of Prince George to Mackenzie as well as Communities near Fort St. James is likely falling as freezing rain.The warm air will push further north through the night and the freezing rain will transition to rain showers.Weather in the mountains can change suddenly resulting in hazardous driving conditions.ShiftIntoWinter.ca reminds drivers to know before you go. Adjust to winter driving behaviour and use winter tires and chains. For current road conditions, visit www.drivebc.caSee the full warning belowIssued at 2019-01-11 06:51 UTC by Environment Canada:Freezing rain warning issued for:Highway 97 – Pine Pass, B.C. (080030)Current details:Freezing rain is expected or occurring.Areas of freezing rain tonight.Precipitation falling through a relatively warm layer of air aloft and into sub-zero air near the surface is leading to patchy freezing rain through the area tonight. CHETWYND, B.C. – Environment Canada is calling for freezing rain Friday night in the Pine Pass.A freezing rain warning has been issued for the Pine Pass as strong southerly winds will bring warm air into the region. The warning says Prince George, Vanderhoof, the Pine Pass, Fort St. James and MacKenzie could see the freezing rain.The warm air will push further north through the night and the freezing rain will transition to rain showers. Road conditions are available at www.drivebc.ca.
After mounting 26 shows pan India and internationally, Pune based artist Neena Singh is showcasing her artworks in an exhibition titled ‘Paridrishya – A solo exhibition of paintings’, at Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi from April 12-18, 2019.The exhibition was inaugurated on April 12, in the presence of art lovers and connoisseurs. Singh is an acclaimed artist best known for her series of paintings on Marble rocks. Ever since she made a move from Jabalpur to Pune she has been working on the series of ‘Dynasty of marble rock’ and has painted about 45 artworks in varying sizes. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainNeena Singh has a multifaceted personality being an artist par excellence, an art conservator, Chemist, teacher, and writer. She believes that art is not just a tool for information but it has to be envisaged as a catalyst to stimulate discourse and foster change in society. Talking about her artworks, the artist said: “I did not want my painting to be just a representation of a scene rather I wanted to represent the mood, emotions which I experience when associated with nature. I have used tonalism to express a sense of unity over diversity, tranquillity overactivity and spiritual over physical.” Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardThe artist reveals that among all the colours, blue dominates her palette, which she says is the colour of the sea and sky, and has a quality of cool expansiveness and openness.”Soft, soothing, compassionate and caring, blue is an introspective colour. But, the quiet character and poetic subtlety of blue can also be associated with melancholy and resignation,” she elaborates. In her works, she has used oil as the medium and has not hesitated to experiment with texture, colour and light extensively to express the grandeur of the marble rock jotting out of the beautiful Narmada, whose bluish-greenish water matching with the colour of the sky. The abstract mosaic of colour and texture lend a sculptural effect to the paintings. The artist believes that the eye never wearies of about the effect produced by the broken and reflected sunlight glancing from the pinnacle of white marbles reared against the deep blue sky. The brilliantly coloured cliffs and watching the seasons and the light change provided endless inspiration for her paintings. Taking inspiration of her art from the Narmada, Neena says, “Just before the Narmada passes through the gorge it plunges down from 100 feet height, it is a sight to behold and its roar is heard from a far distance. The mist created by water falling on hard rock creates visuals of smoke emanating from the river bed hence the name ‘Dhuandhar or Smoke Cascade’. Since my childhood, I wished to paint this scene and I am happy with the use of colour, texture, and form to create a visually stimulating image which depicts the spontaneity, rhythm, and flow of water.” The artist spent a great part of her life in Jabalpur, either at spiritual Gwarighat or adventurous Bargi Dam, followed by being enamoured by her sensuous flow at Bhedaghat. Over the centuries forces of nature has curved out strange structures on the marble cliffs and every rock narrates its story, and through the medium of paint, Neena has also expressed colour in all its beauty. Her paintings are directly connected to life and interact with the viewer because everyone connects to nature. In recent times, due to rapid technological developments, there is a gradual increase in the tendency to distance ourselves from the environment and culture. And, through her paintings, she attempts to reveal the beauty of nature with fresh, vibrant, colourful and poetic colours and motivates viewers to preserve it for the future.
Just about any way you slice it, the 2017-18 campaign was a trying one for Carmelo Anthony.Although Melo’s sole season with the Oklahoma City Thunder saw him reach the postseason for the first time in five years, he never achieved the same sort of individual success that teammates Russell Westbrook and Paul George did, posting career lows in scoring, usage, true shooting percentage,1He logged the worst true shooting percentage in the NBA among the 33 players who took 15 shots or more per game in at least 50 games last season. assists and win shares per 48 minutes. His playoff showing was a letdown at both ends of the floor, so much so that he rode the bench for long chunks of time during the last two games of Oklahoma City’s season. And once the Thunder made their first-round exit, Anthony bristled at the idea of accepting a bench role next season, saying, “That’s out of the question.”“I think the player that they wanted me to be and needed me to be was for the sake of this season,” Anthony told reporters after his exit interview with the club. “As far as being effective as that type of player, I don’t think I can be effective as that type of player.”Anthony will reportedly sign with the Houston Rockets for the veteran’s minimum once he’s officially been traded to Atlanta (and then released). So with his career at a crossroads, his comments raise the questions: Can he still be effective at this point? If he can, what would that role look like?Considering the film, his numbers and the potential fit with his new teammates, Houston figures to be Anthony’s last, best hope for a situation in which he can be a productive scorer again.Much of that hope will be predicated on Anthony’s ability to play off of James Harden and Chris Paul in a more effective way than he did with Westbrook. In that regard, Anthony’s life may get easier this season. While Anthony certainly underperformed last year — and likely could have shown more willingness to accept a secondary spot-up role sooner in OKC — the fit with Westbrook wasn’t always ideal, either. One big reason for that: Westbrook, despite being a triple-double machine, isn’t always the most accurate passer.Westbrook drives to the basket more than any NBA player, using his blistering speed and leaping ability to get around and over defenders. (When he opts to make jump passes, he uses both skills at the same time.) But that often leaves him off balance as he tries to hit a shooter who’s already spotting up and in position for an open look. And it sometimes results in a pass being thrown at a shooter’s ankles, or up above his head, forcing a teammate like Anthony to take a split second to reposition himself or extend further than he should have to in order to get off a jumper.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/OffTargetPasses.mp400:0000:0003:29Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.On passes from Westbrook, Anthony hit just 34 percent of catch-and-shoot threes, down from the 36 percent that an average player would have been expected to make from those spots (based on defender distance, according to data from Second Spectrum).2It may be worth noting that Anthony also shot worse than expected from deep during the previous season off passes from Derrick Rose. Taken together, Anthony’s struggles with Westbrook and Rose may suggest that he isn’t as accurate a shooter when catching passes from highly acrobatic point guards who throw so many jump passes. By contrast, Anthony shot 41 percent on catch-and-shoot threes when fed by George, up from the 36 percent an average player would have been expected to make.“As a scorer, you want the ball in rhythm, where you can catch it and go right up and not have to alter your stance or your shot,” Anthony told reporters in March. “Any small thing — the pass could be off a little bit — [could be] a big difference between making a shot and missing a shot.”Westbrook commits more bad-pass turnovers (4.1 per 100 passes) than any NBA player, according to Second Spectrum. Then again, Harden (3.5) ranks No. 2 in the same metric, raising the obvious question of whether things would be any better for Anthony with the Rockets. But Harden and Paul — neither of whom is wildly athletic or reliant on speed — throw much different types of passes, and both are known for hitting teammates in the hands when they spot up.That pinpoint accuracy, paired with the abundance of open shots that Houston players get in the team’s wide-open offense, is the potential upside for Anthony with the Rockets. Still, there’s the issue of whether Anthony is willing to play off of the ball again. While the Rockets isolate even more than Oklahoma City does, Houston’s offense will be at its best when Harden and Paul are running the show, even if Anthony continues to view himself as a top-end scorer. Another potential problem: Anthony and Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni didn’t necessarily see eye-to-eye when they worked together in New York several years ago.Anthony’s defiant season-ending presser wasn’t very different from the one in which the Thunder introduced him, where he laughed off the suggestion that he could potentially come off the bench to stagger OKC’s scoring threats. And as obvious as it to NBA observers that Anthony isn’t anywhere close to a No. 1 option anymore, it’s not too surprising that he doesn’t see that for himself. He connected on 44 percent of his 2-point jumpers when tightly guarded last season (meaning a defender was standing within 2 feet of him), slightly better than the 42 percent he drilled four seasons ago, per NBA Advanced Stats. Translation: He can still hit tough shots.But in a way, even one of Anthony’s best attributes is somewhat problematic in nature. While teams will always be in search of players who can knock down an undesirable shot — especially in the playoffs — today’s NBA, with all the spacing it provides, prioritizes the notion of reducing such attempts. (This is particularly true in Houston, which led the NBA in wide-open 3-point tries last season.) So, ideally, a player will bring more to the table than simply making tough jumpers.And from that standpoint, it’s hard to see how Anthony would give the Rockets an upgrade over what they just lost in free agency, with Trevor Ariza and Luc Mbah a Moute both departing. Those wings were among the most skilled in the league on defense, and they were key cogs in the club’s ability to switch nearly every pick-and-roll action if it chose to.Plugging Anthony into the Rockets’ defense figures to mitigate a great deal of that advantage. In fact, Utah — in an effort to punish the Thunder for playing Anthony such heavy minutes — ran pick-and-rolls over and over during the teams’ first-round series, seeking to force Anthony into switches onto ball-handlers. The Jazz found success with that approach, scoring 1.22 points per direct screen when getting Anthony to switch onto a pick-and-roll ball-handler, per Second Spectrum. For context, Kevin Durant — who led the league in efficiency when handling the ball in pick-and-roll situations — averaged 1.15 points per direct screen set for him during the season.3Among offensive players who faced a minimum of 150 switches in direct pick-and-roll situations.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/MeloSwitches.mp400:0000:0001:26Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.With all that in mind, the Rockets’ defense — which helped lift the team into true championship contention last year — looks set to take a step back this season with Anthony in the fold. Houston can only hope to make up for it on offense, where it has a chance to unlock some of what made Anthony lethal at times with the Nuggets and the Knicks, in an earlier phase of his career.But one thing seems almost certain at this point for the Brooklyn-born Melo: If the 34-year-old can’t make it work in Houston, with a pair of passers as otherworldly as Paul and Harden, he probably can’t make it work anywhere.
Former Ohio State guard Mike Conley Jr. drives to the basket as Georgetown center Roy Hibbert defends during their NCAA Final Four game in Atlanta, Georgia, on Saturday, March 31, 2007. Credit: Courtesy of TNSThe Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame will add eight people — seven former athletes and one current coach — to the 418-person hall in the fall, Ohio State announced announced Wednesday morning.The eight-person class of 2017 will be inducted at a dinner on Oct. 6, and will be recognized at halftime of the Ohio State-Maryland football game the next day on Homecoming weekend.The seven former players who will be inducted include LeCharles Bentley (football), Mike Conley (men’s basketball), Tom Byers (men’s track and field), Chelsea Davis (women’s diving), Bryce Keough (wrestling), Christina Manning (women’s track and field) and Nancy Pearson (women’s swimming).Pete Hanson, Ohio State’s men’s volleyball coach since 1985, is the first coach to be inducted into the hall of fame since former Buckeyes football coach Jim Tressel in 2015. Hanson’s teams have won back-to-back NCAA championships. Last season, Ohio State had its 42-match win streak snapped, the third-longest streak in in NCAA men’s volleyball history.Bentley, the first Ohio State player to ever win the Rimington Award – given to the nation’s best center – is the 122nd member from the football program in the hall. The three-year starter was a consensus All-American as a senior in 2001.Conley, a point guard who played for Ohio State for one season before heading to the NBA, helped lead the Buckeyes to the 2007 NCAA Championship. He averaged 11.3 points per game and holds the record for most assists (238) and steals (87) by a freshman in Ohio State men’s basketball history.Byers, a mid-distance runner from 1973-1976, holds multiple school and meet records. The three-time indoor All-American in the 1,000-yard run owns the school record in the 1,500 meter run (3:37.50).Davis won the national championship in 2008 and was named the NCAA Tri-Diver of the Year. In 2010, Davis was awarded the Big Ten Medal of Honor. Only one other member of Ohio State’s women’s swimming and diving program has been awarded the award before.As a senior in 1951, Keough was the captain of Ohio State’s Big Ten championship-winning wrestling team. He won individual conference titles at 155 pounds in 1949 and 147 pounds in 1951.Manning, who ran for Ohio State from 2008-2012, in an 11-time All-American, 10-time Big Ten champion and two-time national champion. She holds school records in the 60-meter dash (7.23), 60-meter hurdles (7.91), 100-meter hurdles (12.68) and 400-meter relay (43.70).Pearson was an All-American swimmer in 1982 and twice was a Big Ten champion as a member of the 800-meter freestyle relay team.The hall of fame, which was created in 1977, includes 305 men and 121 women. Women weren’t inducted into the the hall until 1993.