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BTN LiveBIG: Big Ten professors helping NASA look for life on other worlds

Coming out of the Enlightenment and Scientific Revolution of the 18th century, scholars understood two things their predecessors hadn’t known about the universe: It’s incredibly vast, and the Earth isn’t at the center of it. Together, these realizations started a new vein of inquiry in the sciences and beyond, one that boiled down to a single question — is there life out there? Finding the answer to that question has captured the human imagination ever since. Encounters with extraterrestrials have been featured in works from artists ranging from H.G. Wells to Steven Spielberg. And scientific programs to find life of any

Some fun numbers behind annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge

The matchups are out for the 2015 Big Ten/ACC Challenge, and now it’s time to look at some numbers from the event’s first 16 installments. [ MORE: Tom Dienhart ranks 2015 Big Ten/ACC Challenge games ] The most important number: The Big Ten, after losing the first 10 events, has not lost since 2008, going 4-0-2 during the span. A season ago, the Big Ten jumped out to a 6-1 lead en route to claiming an 8-6 series victory. Here are some more Big Ten/ACC Challenge numbers: Longest conference winning streak: Big Ten – 3 (2009-2011); ACC – 10 (1999-2008)

Penn State women top Virginia, advance to NCAA quarterfinals

No. 7 Penn State used 14 Emi Smith saves and a trio of hat tricks to beat No. 8 Virginia, 13-11, in an NCAA Second Round contest Sunday at Klöckner Stadium. [ MORE: View the official interactive NCAA bracket ] The Nittany Lions head to the NCAA Quarterfinals for the third time in four years under head coach Missy Doherty. “It was a great team effort today,” said Doherty. “I think Emi stood on her head today making unbelievable saves. Every game is different: sometimes our offense takes over, sometimes out defense takes over, today Emi kind of took over.

Breaking down the Big Ten's top 2016 NFL Draft prospects

We are one week removed from the 2015 NFL Draft, which means it’s already time to look ahead to next year. [ MORE: Big Ten stars take top three spots in ESPN’s mock draft ] As 2016 NFL mock drafts begin to emerge, it is clear that the Big Ten should be well-represented in next year’s three-day event. In fact, we have been tracking several big-name publication mock drafts, including ESPN’s, which had a total of nine Big Ten stars going in the first round. I teamed up with BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart to craft a list of who