This Wood Won't Float, But It's Stronger Than Steel

February 7, 2018

(Credit: Nataliia K/Shutterstock) The question of how much wood a woodchuck can chuck may need to be reevaluated — new research published today in Nature reveals a process that can create wood with a strength-to-weight ratio stronger than most metals. Harder, Better, Stronger Many of the high-performance structural materials available today have at least one major drawback. Metals like steel may be strong, but they are also heavy and environmentally…

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Stokes denied request to use court back door

12:51 PM ET George Dobell Ben Stokes’ hopes of avoiding the spotlight when he attends court next week appear to have been dashed. ESPNcricinfo understands that Stokes, who is set to appear in Bristol Magistrates Court on February 13 to answer charges of affray, requested permission to leave the court via a back door in the hope of avoiding an anticipated media scrum. That permission has been denied, however, meaning…

February 7, 2018
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WCL Division Two: a step closer to the 2019 World Cup

3:00 AM ET In a five-division race that began at Jersey in May 2016, six evenly matched teams are entering the final turn at this week’s WCL Division Two tournament, hoping to be one of the first two to cross the finish line. A top-two finish earns them a spot at next month’s 10-team World Cup Qualifier in Zimbabwe, getting them one step closer to the 2019 World Cup in…

February 7, 2018
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At least 3 Eagles pass on White House visit

12:24 PM ET PHILADELPHIA – Safety Malcolm Jenkins, defensive end Chris Long and wide receiver Torrey Smith are among the players on the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles who will decline invitations to the White House if one is offered. “Going to the White House should be seen as an honor, and I believe it is an honor, but to me it has to be an honor with the right…

February 7, 2018
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Chapman, Seifert set for New Zealand debuts

11:40 AM ET ESPNcricinfo staff Batsman Mark Chapman and wicketkeeper Tim Seifert have been called up to New Zealand’s T20 squad as they aim to revive their tri-series campaign following the opening-match drubbing at the hands of Australia in Sydney. Chapman, 23, was born in Hong Kong and has played two ODIs and 19 T20Is for them but qualifies for New Zealand through his father. A left-handed batsman, Chapman has…

February 7, 2018
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Sources: Knicks to deal Hernangomez to Hornets

11:49 AM ET The New York Knicks are finalizing a deal to send center Willy Hernangomez to the Charlotte Hornets for Johnny O’Bryant and two future second-round picks, league sources told ESPN. Hernangomez had been unhappy with his role in New York. The 23-year-old is averaging 4.2 points and 2.6 rebounds in nine minutes per game. He played twice as many minutes per game last season and averaged 8.2 points…

February 7, 2018
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Mandhana, spinners smash South Africa to seal series win

3:00 AM ET ESPNcricinfo staff India women 302 for 3 (Mandhana 135, Kaur 55*, Krishnamurthy 51*) beat South Africa women 124 (Lee 73, Poonam 4-24, Gayakwad 2-24) by 178 runsScorecard Smriti Mandhana goes through the off side IDI/Getty Images Opener Smriti Mandhana smashed a career-best 135, and seamer Jhulan Goswami became the first bowler to 200 ODI wickets in women’s cricket, as India soared to a series win, with one…

February 7, 2018
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Can't Maintain Mercedes For Cost Of Maruti: High Court To AAP Government

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court today threatened to stay the AAP government’s move to procure 1,000 low-floor electric buses instead of standard-floor CNG buses, if it does not have an action plan to provide parking space for the vehicles. “Will these 1,000 buses fly in air,” a bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar asked the Delhi government and the Delhi Transport Corporation, after…

February 7, 2018
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Mumbai Indians appoint Malinga as bowling mentor

11:22 AM ET ESPNcricinfo staff Sri Lanka fast bowler Lasith Malinga has been named bowling mentor of Mumbai Indians ahead of IPL 2018. Malinga, who has had a long-standing association with the franchise, will join the support staff headed by his former captain Mahela Jayawardene and comprising bowling coach Shane Bond, batting coach Robin Singh and newly appointed fielding coach James Pamment. “It’s a great opportunity to be present with,…

February 7, 2018
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