When it comes to innovation, sometimes there’s a breakthrough idea right around the corner. And other times, you find it 6,500 miles away. The latter was the case for scientists at the University of Michigan who were looking to resolve issues with their solar-panel technology. Specifically, their challenge was to create solar-tracking panel designs that were more efficient and resilient. “The issue with conventional trackers is that they typically use large, heavy panels,” said Aaron Lamoureux, lead author of a study that resulted from their work and a doctoral student in Michigan’s materials science and engineering department. “To rotate them
Michigan is set to take on Northwestern in a Big Ten showdown at 3:30 p.m. ET Saturday on BTN/BTN2Go. [ MORE: Week 6 scoreboard | Week 6 previews | Polls: Pick Week 6 winners | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Latest polls | Power Rankings | Bowl Projections | Player Rankings | Q&A: Shilique Calhoun | Big Ten Mailbag | Leonte Carroo reinstated | BTN to air No. 1, No. 4 & No. 13-No. 18 this week ] So, we ask, who will you be rooting for? Check out the photo at the top of this post.
There are four remaining unbeaten teams in the Big Ten heading into Week 6 of the college football season: Iowa, Northwestern, Michigan State and Ohio State. All four teams are 5-0, and all four are ranked in both the AP and Coaches Poll. How long will that last? No. 13-ranked Northwestern faces a stiff test this weekend in a matchup with No. 18 Michigan at noon ET on BTN/BTN2Go. Iowa plays host to Illinois (4-1) on Saturday, while Ohio State hosts Maryland (2-3) and Michigan State will travel to Rutgers (2-2). BTN.com Senior Writer Tom Dienhart and Web Editor Sean
Wisconsin will be the next Big Ten school to make a major apparel move. The University of Wisconsin-Madison announced a long-term partnership with Under Armour during a press conference on Friday afternoon. Wisconsin Athletic Director Barry Alvarez and Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank announced a new 10-year partnership, which is set to begin July 1, 2016. Under Armour will exclusively design and supply the footwear, apparel and accessories for training and game-day uniforms for all 23 of the University’s men’s and women’s varsity athletics teams. “The University of Wisconsin is an institution built on the highest values of academic excellence,
What’s better than having a front row sit to the best Big Ten football game this weekend? How about being able to watch the players and bands warm up prior to the game? Thanks to our exclusive Field Pass cameras only available with BTN2Go or via our YouTube page, Big Ten fans will get an early live look at both Michigan and Northwestern players warming up before Saturday’s game at 3:30 p.m. ET on BTN. This Field Pass link is also the same link you can use to watch the game live on BTN2Go. The YouTube stream will expire before the game and
This morning on our show “Big Ten Football & Beyond,” our panel discussed the latest out of Maryland where the school said Randy Edsall will coach the Terrapins at top-ranked Ohio State amid reports that he will be fired. “Randy Edsall is our head football coach and he’ll be on the sidelines Saturday against Ohio State,” the school said Thursday in a statement. Maryland is 2-3 overall and 0-1 in the Big Ten this season, the 57-year-old Edsall’s fifth at the school. He’s 22-33 overall at Maryland after going 74-70 in 12 seasons at Connecticut. After the game at Ohio
The first full slate of Big Ten games looms with all 14 teams in action vs. one another in seven contests. Top billing: Northwestern at Michigan on BTN/BTN2Go. Can NU remain perfect as it treks to play the white-hot Wolverines? Also, Illinois can show it’s legit by winning at unbeaten Iowa. And Wisconsin visits Nebraska with both teams desperate for success. Here are some hard takes on this Saturday’s action. 1. My pal Mike Huguenin of Gridironnow.com—a site devoted to SEC coverage–compares this year’s Ohio State squad with the 2009 Florida team that finished 13-1 and ranked No. 3. Each
The Penn State football team got a funny surprise in a recent team meeting and it led to plenty of double-takes. Penn State Homecoming Grand Marshal Keegan-Michael Key, a Penn State alumnus, showed up to impersonate Penn State football coach James Franklin during squad meeting, and it’s hilarious. Watch it all unfold in this clip from Penn State. After getting a few tips from Franklin himself, Key donned his coaching gear and made the perfect entrance to the team’s meeting room. He nailed the quote of the day, the handshake, and the overall delivery, and the players laughed through the
USAToday has its coaching salary data base out, and the updates are interesting. Also, Rutgers hasn't forgotten what Michigan State did last time. And Northwestern has lost four consecutive games to Michigan - does that streak end this weekend? Dive into Friday's headlines leading up to Saturday's games.
During football and basketball games, BTN LiveBIG will spotlight notable examples of research, innovation and community service from around the conference. In-Game stories will provide more background on these features, and the opportunity to view the videos again. It happened more than seven years ago, but it’s still fresh in the minds of Iowa City residents. In the spring of 2008, torrential downpours melted a thick snowpack, which saturated the soil and filled reservoirs to their limits. That, in turn, caused the Iowa River to burst its banks. The river’s waters rose to record levels, inundating Iowa City and the