Adult Stem Cells Continue to Work Miracle Cures

first_imgChalk up two more amazing successes for adult stem cells (not derived from human embryos, like the controversial ES stem cells):1. Blindness:  The BBC News reported that stem cells from the back of the eyeball might be able to restore sight to those afflicted with macular degeneration, a leading cause of blindness.2. Parkinson’s Disease:  EurekAlert reports that scientists at Thomas Jefferson University found a way to convert adult stem cells to dopamine-producing neurons.  This could lead to treatments for Parkinson’s disease and other diseases caused by a lack of dopamine.Vote for what works: vote for adult stem cell research.  Embryonic stem cell research – having no track record, no investors, and huge ethical concerns (see 10/21/2004 headline) – makes this vote a no-brainer.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Is Water Miraculous?

first_imgIt depends on your definition of miracle, but one professor thinks the word might aptly be applied to H2O.In “The Universe’s Most Miraculous Molecule” on The Conversation, Dr. Richard Gunderman, a professor at Purdue, can’t get over water’s many unique properties that support life.  It’s so remarkable, it seems to surpass nature.It’s the second most abundant substance in the universe. It dissolves more materials than any other solvent. It stores incredible amounts of energy. Life as we know it would not be possible without it. And although it covers more than 70% of the Earth’s surface, many parts of the world are in dire straits for lack of it. What is it?The answer, of course, is water. In some ways, water is one of the substances we know best, in part because it makes up 75% of our bodies. Every day we drink it, bathe in it, clean with it and use it to dispose of our wastes. Yet scientists are still striving to understand many of water’s remarkable properties, and the 21st century will force us to think about water like we never have before.Here are some the properties of water he finds intriguing:Hydrogen bonds cause water molecules to have high attraction to one another.Water’s high specific heat means it takes a lot of energy to warm it. This helps humans remove heat by perspiration.Water’s high boiling point compared to similar liquids keeps it in the range for life’s liquid requirements.Capillarity, due to the molecules’ attraction, allows water to rise in the vessels of trees with a pulling action.Surface tension allows some animals like water striders to walk on water.Water’s polarity makes it almost a universal solvent.“Even more remarkably, water is practically the only substance known to man that, as it cools from its liquid to solid state, actually expands.” Because ice is 9% less dense than water, ice floats, and, consequently, Earth does not freeze solid.Water is dynamic on Earth, continually evaporating, traveling over land, condensing, and flowing back to the seas.Water is dynamic in life, too, cycling between photosynthesis and respiration.Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific, by David CoppedgeGunderson, who teaches medicine, liberal arts and philanthropy, shares some additional facts about water that are interesting to know:All of Earth’s water could be contained in a sphere 860 miles in diameter.Water covers more than 70% of the planet, but 97% of it is in the oceans.70% of the Earth’s fresh water is bound up in glaciers and Antarctica, leaving only a tiny percentage accessible.Fresh water may become a more valuable commodity than petroleum in the 21st century.Hydrogen literally means “water maker.”Digestion of glucose produces 6 molecules of H2O.The glucose reaction occurs six septillion times per day in our bodies, but that doesn’t produce enough water for our needs.The surface tension of water is so strong that some premature infants cannot inflate their lungs without a surfactant to reduce it.Since a snowflake contains 10 quintillion water molecules, it’s understandable why no two snowflakes are alike.He ends with his “miracle” story:A saying often misattributed to Albert Einstein claims there are two ways to lead a life. The first is as though nothing is a miracle, and the second is as though everything is a miracle. Water is entirely natural, hugely abundant and so necessary to life that our cells are bathed in it. Yet it is also so remarkable that, as a physician and scientist, I regard it as little short of miraculous.The word miracle can mean different things, as C.S. Lewis explains in his book, Miracles.  Perhaps the greater miracle is that, while all other organisms simply use water, only human beings explore its properties and ponder its significance.It’s good to be reminded of this subject.  What could be simpler and more familiar than water?  Yet Gunderson says that “scientists are still striving to understand many of water’s remarkable properties, and the 21st century will force us to think about water like we never have before.” Here’s a way we recommend scientists think about it like they never have before, or haven’t for a long time: intelligent design.Intelligent design explains things that would otherwise be miraculous. Consider just the order of letters in this article. The probability they would come together by natural causes to be meaningful is astronomically small, yet one person with a mind sitting at a computer can order them for a purpose. Similarly, the chance that unguided nature would so fine-tune a universe to permit the existence of a liquid with water’s properties is unthinkably remote. If the Creator, with infinite power and wisdom, made it to be inhabited, that makes sense.  Minds can achieve things that unguided nature never could. Minds, therefore, can explain miracles.Take a drink of fresh water; take a swim; hike through a forest, and as you perspire, observe the trees lifting water high into the air against gravity. Think about how for each of these common experiences, in a rational sense, you are experiencing a miracle. How amazing it is that they also produce pleasure. (Visited 137 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Champs defend Fish title in style

first_img5 October 2010Hank McGregor and Grant van der Walt retained their Hansa Powerade Fish River Canoe Marathon title on Saturday with a stunning come-from-behind victory over overnight leaders Len Jenkins and Matt Bouman, whose race imploded with a spate of small errors on the final stage.McGregor and Van der Walt started the 36-kilometre stage into Cradock almost two minutes behind the race leaders Jenkins and Bouman, and took the tactical gamble to shift McGregor to the front seat of their boat.“Grant was battling with fatigue after the World Marathon champs last weekend,” said McGregor. “So we decided that I’d drive the boat for the final stage.”Tigerish pursuitThey set off on a tigerish pursuit and cut into Jenkins and Bouman’s lead until they caught the leaders just above Marlow Chute, three-quarters of the way through the final stage. The two boats then raced side-by-side to the massive Cradock Weir that has so often defined the outcome of the race 15 minutes from the finish .With adrenaline coursing through their veins, McGregor and Van Der Walt won the flat-out sprint to the weir and shot the massive drop successfully before pinning their ears back for the final quarter-of-an-hour of rough water to the finish.Behind them Jenkins and Bouman also shot Cradock Weir successfully, but a popped splashcover that saw them taking on a lot of water, effectively scuppered any chances they might have had of winning the race.‘Brilliant’Despite being deflated and frustrated, Jenkins gave credit where it was due. “Hank (McGregor) and Grant (Van der Walt) were brilliant today and they fully deserve their victory,” he said.The last spot on the podium was decided by a ferocious tussle between German stars Max Hoff and Stephan Stiefenhoefer and the classy Czech Republic combination of Robert Knebel and Tomaš Slovak, with the Germans exploiting better lines in the final turn to edge to Czechs onto the inside of the river and off the podium.The race was a very successful one for visiting internationals, who scooped four of the top eight places, with expat Stephen Bird and his Aussie sprint team partner Jesse Phillips finishing seventh, and the energetic Frenchmen Loic Vinysale and Quentin Bonnetain eighth.Top fivePierre-Andre Rabie and new Dusi champ Andrew Birkett rounded out the top five and in the process won the under-21 title.Mark Mulder and Lance King started the race spectacularly, leading from the start at Grassridge Dam. However it ended in a double disaster for them on the final stage.They had powered their way up to sixth place before they swam at Cradock Weir, and then contrived to T-bone a rock in the Golf Course rapids, which damaged the nose of their boat and resulted in a second swim in five minutes that effectively cost them four places.Women’s raceThe women’s race fell predictably to the polished crew of Robyn Kime, last year’s K1 winner, and Eastern Cape Olympian Michele Eray.They started the final stage with an eight-minute overnight leader over Jen Hodson and Tiffany Kruger. By the end of the race they had inflated their advantage to 14 minutes, despite blemishes at Marlow Chute and Cradock Weir.The win was particularly significant for Eray. She became the first Eastern Cape paddler to win the region’s canoeing “major” since the late Daniel Conradie in 1997, and finally bagged the Hansa Powerade Fish title that has eluded her for a decade.JuniorsBrandon van der Walt and Ivan Kruger wrapped up an excellent race, taking the junior boys title with a solid 13th place overall.For the first time ever the world record entry of 72 K3s was recognised as an official class. Victory went to the Chalupsky family crew of brothers Herman and Oscar, paddling with Oscar’s son Luke Chalupsky.After racing in searing 40 degree heat on the long first stage, the race concluded with far milder Karoo weather for the shorter, easier final stage into Cradock.Despite numerous mishaps along the way, there were very few major medical incidents, with the medics reporting only a fractured cheekbone and a dislocated shoulder as major incidents.The event also saw the athletes themselves stage a fundraiser and awareness drive for the Cradock Cancer Care Unit by paddling in specially made pink caps, which raised close on R100 000 in a drive that coincided with the National Breast Cancer Awareness Week.RESULTSMEN 1. Grant van der Walt/Hank McGregor 04:43:26 2. Len Jenkins jnr/Matthew Bouman 04:45:01 3. Stephan Stiefenhoefer/Max Hoff 04:49:26 4. Robert Knebel/Tomas Slovak 04:49:27 5. Pierre-Andre Rabie/Andrew Birkett 04:54:07 6. Douglas Bird/Nicholas Burden 04:57:06 7. Stephen Bird/Jesse Phillips 04:57:27 8. Loic Vinysale/Quentin Bonnetain 04:58:06 9. Gavin White/Zaren Courtney 05:01:00 10. Mark Mulder/Lance King 05:02:32 WOMEN 1. Michele Eray/Robyn Kime 05:17:54 2. Jen Hodson/Tiffany Kruger 05:31:30 3. Abby Adie/Lindi-May Harmsen 05:34:12 JUNIORS 1. Brandon van der Walt/Ivan Kruger (U18) 05:06:55 2. Murray Haw/James Speed (U16) 05:21:3 3. Joseph Williams/Diviono Pieterson (U18) 05:30:58 SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Top 5 Web Trends of 2009: Mobile Web & Augmented Reality

first_imgThis week ReadWriteWeb is running a series of posts analyzing the five biggest Web trends of 2009. So far we’ve explored these trends: Structured Data, The Real-Time Web, Personalization. The fourth part of our series is on Mobile Web. We’re including Augmented Reality in this category, as we think it’s a key element of where the Mobile Web is heading circa 2009.In April we reported statistics from browser company Opera showing large growth on the Mobile Web. According to Opera, there was a 157% increase in usage of their Opera Mini web browser from March 2008 to March 2009. What’s driving that growth is devices like the iPhone, new mobile operating systems like Android, and hot applications like Augmented Reality.Editor’s note: This story is part of a series we call Redux, where we’ll re-publish some of our best posts of 2009. As we look back at the year – and ahead to what next year holds – we think these are the stories that deserve a second glance. It’s not just a best-of list, it’s also a collection of posts that examine the fundamental issues that continue to shape the Web. We hope you enjoy reading them again and we look forward to bringing you more Web products and trends analysis in 2010. Happy holidays from Team ReadWriteWeb!Apple Dominates Mobile Web, But Android on The Rise… We named Apple our Best Bigco of 2008, mostly due to the success of the iPhone and accompanying App Store. By most statistics, Apple is in a fairly dominant position in the Mobile Web. At the beginning of the year we reported data from AdMob (a leading mobile advertising marketplace) showing that Apple has a 48% market share of smartphone traffic in the United States. That figure doesn’t just come from the iPhone, but the iPod touch too.By June 2009, Apple’s share of smartphone traffic in the U.S. had surged to 64%. Perhaps more significantly though, Apple’s share of worldwide smartphone traffic had increased to 47%. This is important, because internationally other smartphones were utilized much more than in the U.S. before the iPhone arrived.However, Apple can’t afford to rest on its laurals. Google’s mobile OS Android has been making rapid progress. According to the latest Admob statistics available, for July ’09, requests from the Android Operating System increased 53% month over month and Android now has 7% worldwide OS share. The iPhone OS dropped slightly to 45% worldwide and 60% in the U.S. ConclusionClearly mobile devices are an increasingly important way to access the Web. Many of our readers have smartphones nowadays, a good proportion of them being iPhones or Android devices (our statistics prove this). And there is no shortage of mobile web applications flowing into the App Store and Android’s marketplace – not to forget Nokia and other prominent mobile manufacturers.What’s perhaps most encouraging however, is the entirely new class of mobile apps we’re seeing. Augmented Reality is the most obvious example. It’s been a big year for mobile, with much promise to come.ReadWriteWeb’s Top 5 Web Trends of 2009:Structured DataThe Real-Time WebPersonalizationMobile Web & Augmented RealityInternet of Things Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#Augmented Reality#Features#mobile#NYT#Trends#web Bigco Initiatives & Trendy StartupsAll of the big Internet companies have strong Mobile Web initiatives. We discussed Apple and Google above. Yahoo continues to push Mobile Web, which currently goes under the OneConnect brand. Microsoft has announced a number of mobile initiatives this year, including a mobile version of Microsoft Office and MySpace bringing its platform to Windows Mobile phones.Earlier this month Facebook announced a mobile expansion of their Facebook Connect platform. “Facebook Connect for Mobile Web” enables developers to add a Facebook Connect button to their apps in order to make them more social.Probably of most interest is watching the up and coming Mobile Web startups. We’ve had our eye on Brightkite for some time, but perhaps the trendiest startup right now is Foursquare. It’s a location-aware social app for the iPhone, but only available in a limited number of countries currently.Augmented Reality Augmented reality, the addition of a layer to the world on your mobile device, has been a very hot trend this year. As we noted in August, it is in everything from mobile apps to kids toys. Many people think that “AR” will soon be talked about by everyone the way they used to talk about “social media” and “Web 2.0” before that. That remains to be seen, but there’s no denying there is a lot of interest in AR right now.As we reported at the end of August, the AR apps are starting to flow into Android (the early leader in this space) and iPhone devices. We reported that the Paris Metro Subway was apparently the first AR-enabled app to be accepted into iTunes. Then came a new Yelp app with AR, which any 3Gs owner can turn on by shaking their phone. Presselite, the company that made the Paris Metro Subway app, followed up with a London Bus app for the App Store. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement richard macmanus Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Lightning Strikes Islanders, 5-4

first_imgNEW YORK — Brian Boyle delivered a hard hit and then took advantage of a lucky carom to get the Tampa Bay Lightning a big playoff win.Boyle scored at 2:48 of overtime to lift the Lightning to a 5-4 victory over the New York Islanders on May 3 for a 2-1 lead in their second-round series.Seconds before the Lightning’s rush on their winning goal, Boyle delivered a hard shoulder hit to the head of Thomas Hickey on the left side after the Islanders defenseman had sent the puck forward. No penalty was called on the play.The Lightning got the puck and were on an odd-man rush as Victor Hedman fired a shot from the left side that was wide. The rebound came off the boards and right to Boyle in front at the right side of the goal and he tapped it in for the win.“I thought I had it, but I just missed it,” Hedman said, “and Boyle was there and prepared for the rebound and stuck it in.”Boyle added: “It was a fortunate bounce.”Nikita Kucherov tied it in the final minute of regulation, and Ryan Callahan, Hedman and Vladislav Namestnikov also scored for the Lightning. Ben Bishop stopped 35 shots.Islanders coach Jack Capuano couldn’t believe there wasn’t a penalty called on Boyle’s hit on Hickey.“It’s a direct shot to the head. I mean (he’s) probably going to get suspended a game,” Capuano said. “Those are the type of hits we’re trying to eliminate from our game. … It’s frustrating because the play is right there. (The official) is looking right at it.”Lightning coach Jon Cooper disagreed with his counterpart’s assessment.“How many hits were in that game, 70, 80 hits?” Cooper said. “I would say there were 15 harder than the one Boyle was involved in. … To me, that was a mild hit compared to some of the banging that went on in that hockey game.”Josh Bailey, back after missing the first two games of this series with an upper-body injury, had two goals, and Nick Leddy and Cal Clutterbuck also scored for the Islanders. Thomas Greiss finished with 36 saves.Game 4 of the best-of-seven series is May 6.With Bishop pulled for an extra skater, Kucherov’s NHL-leading seventh goal of the playoffs evened it with 38.4 seconds remaining. Jonathan Drouin, who returned earlier in the period after taking a hard hit from Hickey in the second, was skating toward the goal line and sent a centering pass back to Kucherov, who fired it past Greiss for the fourth tie in the seesaw game.“It’s kind of apropos the way the whole thing worked out,” Cooper said. “(Drouin) gets hit the way he did, that was a thunderous hit. … It was pretty cool that he was the guy that set up the (tying goal).”Clutterbuck had given the Islanders a 4-3 lead with 8:37 remaining as he got the puck on a deflection of an outlet pass by the Lightning off the skate of the Islanders’ Casey Cizikas, and beat Bishop on the blocker side high and in off the crossbar.Bailey put the Islanders ahead 3-2 with his second goal early in the third period. The Lightning tied it nearly a minute later when Valtteri Filppula found Namestnikov in front and he snapped it past Greiss at 3:25.Hedman gave the Lightning a 2-1 lead at 8:10 of the second, and Leddy tied it with 6:10 left in the period.The Islanders outshot the Lightning 17-9 in the first and got on the scoreboard 7:55 in on Bailey’s first goal in 22 games. It was second time in nine postseason games that the Islanders scored the first goal in a game.Boyle nearly scored several minutes later, but was called for high-sticking as he deflected the puck out of the air and in.Tampa Bay tied it in the final minute when Callahan tipped in a shot by Alex Killorn on the power play with 34 seconds remaining.“We knew they were going to push in front of the home crowd and I thought we did a good job in the first of kind of weathering that storm,” Bishop said. “A couple too many chances, but we did a good job of limiting them and obviously that big goal going into the second tied 1-1 I think was huge.”(VIN A. CHERWOO, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Sports Super Developments

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) is affiliated with Sports Super, the superannuation fund designed for all participants within the Australian sports industry.TFA’s members are eligible to join Sports Super – the super fund that is as committed to Touch Football as you, and we invite you to find out more to see if this could be an appropriate superannuation program for you. Sports Super has low fees for all members, is secure and strong – part of Australia’s largest super fund, has a strong and consistent performance history, and is quick and easy to join. Unlike all other fund programs Sports Super pays part of your fees directly back into our great sport. This is a fantastic new revenue opportunity for the sport of Touch Football which will allow us to continue to provide first class training and development programs. Score now with a great, secure, low fee fund with proven returns that uniquely benefits the whole Touch Football community. You may also be able to make some significant super fee savings. TFA advises that interested members should seek independent financial advice. TFA does not represent or warrant current or future financial performance or returns. You should obtain your own independent financial advice on the product.To find out more about this opportunity, email [email protected] or visit the website A superannuation fee comparison between Sports Super and your existing arrangement can be provided upon request.last_img read more

Alexis Bledel Encourages People To Take Part On Election Day

first_imgTV star Alexis Bledel says her passionate belief in women’s rights is motivating her to get out and vote on Election Day this year.She’s speaking out on as part of the “Why I Vote” video series and says “I guess I just think about my mother and wanting her to make choices when she gets older that are fair and good choices for her health as well as the younger people in my family… I want them to be able to make choices that they feel are right for them and they can feel proud of. “Additional episodes feature: Celebrity trainer Jillian Michaels on marriage equality: “I appreciate the fact that people have the right to not like gays and lesbians, but the thought of the majority being able to dictate and control the equal rights of a minority is terrifying to me.” Watch the full video here. TV legend Marilu Henner on our food system “You would never make cheese from the breast milk of your next door neighbor but you are sucking from the teat of a cow you don’t even know…” Watch the full video here. Tom Arnold on what he’d tell Congress if he was President, “The first thing I would do as President is I would go over to Congress and say ‘listen guys, people aren’t really digging me, and they f****ng hate you guys. So let’s put some s**t together man! Let’s build something out there for those people who can’t stand us.” Watch the full video here.More at TakePart’s election news hub at read more

Commentary Wisconsin Badgers loss is Ohio State Buckeyes gain as Big Ten

When Michigan State football wide receiver Keith Nichol hauled in quarterback Kirk Cousins’ Hail Mary pass in East Lansing, Mich., on Saturday night, the Wisconsin Badgers’ Bowl Championship Series title hopes may have come to an end. Back in Columbus though, Ohio State football’s hopes of appearing in the inaugural Big Ten championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis may have been revived. While it seems completely improbable, the truth is that the road to Big Ten title game looks like it once again leads through Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes currently stand at 1-2 in Big Ten play, which is merely good for fifth place out of six teams in the Leaders Division. Yet dates with three of the teams they trail — Wisconsin, Purdue and Penn State — still remain on OSU’s schedule. The other team ahead of them is Illinois, whom the Buckeyes upset on Oct. 15 and who now has two conference losses as well. The Badgers and Boilermakers each have one loss in conference play, meaning that if the Buckeyes can defeat both of them, they will each have two losses along with the Buckeyes, with OSU holding the tiebreaker. The wildcard is Penn State, who is undefeated in conference play, but is about to begin a brutal stretch after what was arguably a light start to its conference schedule. The Nittany Lions will host Illinois and Nebraska in the upcoming weeks, and then travel to the ‘Shoe on Nov. 19 and then to Camp Randall Stadium to play the Badgers on Nov. 26. Wisconsin hasn’t lost at Camp Randall since Oct. 17, 2009, and currently boasts a 14-game winning streak on its home field. If the Nittany Lions can survive that stretch and win 3-of-4 or even all of those games, they will be very deserving of a trip to Indianapolis in the first week of December for the conference championship game. For Penn State, a team that has been rotating quarterbacks all season, and lost to the only ranked team it faced — a 27-11 loss to Alabama on Sept. 10 — the Nits have their work cut out for them. After all of the turmoil that’s arisen this season for the Buckeyes, from the array of suspensions, to the quarterback controversy, to the blown lead at Nebraska, a little help from their other Big Ten teams and a clutch performance or two, OSU could have a chance to go to Indianapolis and compete for the Big Ten Title. Wisconsin senior quarterback Russell Wilson, junior running back Montee Ball and the rest of an angry Badgers team will have something to say about that, but with more than 100,000 fans behind them in the ‘Shoe next weekend, the Buckeyes will have an opportunity to shock the college football world. Kickoff for OSU’s Saturday game against Wisconsin is set for 8 p.m. read more

Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz on Ohio State They pose a lot of

Iowa running back Mark Weisman (45) rushes down the field during a game agianst Minnesota at TCF Bank Stadium Sept. 28. Iowa won, 23-7.Credit: Courtesy of MCTThrough its first six games, Iowa (4-2, 1-1) is the only member of the 125-team Football Bowl Subdivision who has not allowed a rushing touchdown yet this season. Ohio State’s 11th ranked rushing attack plans to put the Hawkeyes’ streak to the test.The chance to be the first team to reach the end zone on the ground against Iowa this season is “definitely an incentive” for the Buckeye offense, redshirt-senior center Corey Linsley said.“Coaches don’t need to say too much. They just put a piece a paper on our desk and say, ‘They haven’t allowed a rushing touchdown,’ and we kind of get it,” Linsley said.Iowa has one of the nation’s best defenses, ranking ninth nationally in total defense with an average of 290 yards allowed per game.“They’re in the top 10 in America and our kids know that,” OSU coach Urban Meyer said of the Iowa defense. “We’re working really hard. They’re good. They’re really sound.”Linsley said the matchup with Iowa’s defensive line will be the toughest opposition the OSU offensive line has faced all season.“They’re physical, they’re tough, they’re big,” Linsley said. “In terms of toughness, in terms of things that we preach and the values that we take, hold to, that’s what they’re about as well on the defensive line.”Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said he thinks the OSU offensive line will challenge the Hawkeye defense.“It’s going to be a tough matchup for us,” Ferentz said. “They look good. They’re big, tall, imposing guys. They look like an NFL line, and they (are) extremely well-coached.”Overall, Ferentz said OSU’s scoring offense, which ranks sixth in the FBS with an average of 46.8 points per game, is “extremely talented.”“Look at their offense, pick a position and try to find a weakness,” Ferentz said. “Good luck on that one.”The Hawkeyes are going to have to be prepared for numerous running threats from the OSU offense to keep their streak alive.Senior running back Carlos Hyde is expected to lead the Buckeyes’ rushing attack Saturday after rushing for 168 yards and three touchdowns against Northwestern Oct. 5.Additionally, senior running back Jordan Hall, who leads the Buckeyes with 69 rushing attempts, 427 rushing yards and eight touchdowns this season, is expected to be back on the field Saturday, Meyer said, after missing the game against Northwestern with a joint issue in his knee.“His first way of assisting the team will be on special teams and then he can certainly complement Carlos and be also involved in third downs,” Meyer said of Hall.As a passer, junior quarterback Braxton Miller has completed 49 of 75 passing attempts for 609 yards and six touchdowns with two interceptions this season. His ability to make plays passing the ball will make it tougher for the Hawkeyes to defend the run, Ferentz said.“They pose a lot of problems in a lot of different areas,” Ferentz said. “They can throw it very effectively … (Miller is) a great running threat, as is (Hyde) … It makes it tough to play defense. You can’t really tilt your team one way or the other.”Ferentz said he would like the game to be low-scoring but realizes other teams have been unsuccessful in keeping games that way against OSU.“I’m not a great fan of getting in shootouts any time,” Ferentz said. “I mean if we had a lopsided lead, that’d be OK, I wouldn’t mind that, but not many teams have done that to Ohio State in recent history. Trying to contain their offense, that’s going to be quite a challenge.”Linsley said it will be important for the OSU offense, who has outscored its opponents 126 to 28 in the first quarter this season, to control the tempo of the game from the beginning.“We’ve got to score right off the bat, and then after that, we got to manage the clock by running the football,” Linsley said.While OSU is trying to end Iowa’s six-game streak of not allowing a rushing touchdown, the Hawkeyes will be trying to end a streak that dates back to the start of the 2012 season. The Buckeyes have won all 18 of its games with Meyer as coach, and hold the nation’s longest winning streak.“They’re approaching 20 straight wins and you don’t do that by accident,” Ferentz said. “It takes more than just having good players … they’ve been very, very consistent. If you look at the rate they’re scoring points and they’re moving the football, that doesn’t happen by accident either.”Part of the challenge in Iowa’s effort to end OSU’s win streak will be the Buckeye defense, which ranks 15th nationally with an average of 326.2 yards allowed per game and 24th in the FBS with 19.2 points allowed per game.“We look across, we see a team that’s very, very talented,” Ferentz said. “That includes their defense. They got phenomenally gifted athletes on the back end, I think they’re playing well and certainly that’s the case with the guys up front too … it’s hard to find a weak spot on their football team.”Iowa’s rushing attack is led by junior Mark Weisman, who has rushed for 624 yards and three touchdowns on 126 attempts this season, and ranks 32nd nationally in yards per game. Weisman said that going against the Buckeye defense is going to be tough.“They have a great defensive line, great linebackers, good secondary,” Weisman said. “They’ve pretty much stopped every rushing attack this year, so it’s going to be a real tough challenge for us.”Another challenge OSU could present to Iowa is the environment of Ohio Stadium, where Saturday’s game is scheduled to be played at 3:30 p.m.“The ‘Shoe is just by nature, it’s one of the tighter, louder places I think in our conference,” Ferentz said. “We’ve been on the road a couple times this year … but we haven’t been in an environment like the one we’re going to be in Saturday and against an opponent like this, so that’s going to be another degree of difficulty.”If the Buckeyes extend their win streak to 19 games Saturday, they would tie the 2002-03 Buckeyes for the second-longest winning streak in school history. read more