Ohio State redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) throws a pass in the first quarter of the game against Michigan on Nov. 25 in Ann Arbor. Ohio State won 31-20. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State led the conference with four members of the first-team All-Big Ten team, the conference announced Wednesday.Quarterback J.T. Barrett, center Billy Price and left tackle Jamarco Jones were all named to the All-Big Ten first-team by both coaches and the media, while right guard Michael Jordan was named first-team by the coaches and second-team by the media. Running back J.K. Dobbins was named to both second-team All-Big Ten teams. Right tackle Isaiah Prince was named third-team by both the coaches and the media.Tight end Marcus Baugh, running back Mike Weber, wide receiver Johnnie Dixon and H-back K.J. Hill were all named honorable mention All-Big Ten.Barrett finished second among Big Ten quarterbacks in all-purpose yards with 3,400 total yards, behind just Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley. His 42 total touchdowns leads all conference quarterbacks. His 165.0 passer rating is the highest in the conference. He has only seven interceptions this season. He was named to the all-conference first-team for the third time in his career.Price was a first-team All-Big Ten member last season as a right guard. Price leads the team with a 98.9 percent pass-blocking rate, according to CFB Film Room, and has allowed just one sack. He is a finalist for the Rimington Trophy, given to the nation’s best center.Jones was on the all-conference second-team last season. The senior has posted a 98.6 percent pass-blocking rate, according to CFB Film Room. He has been responsible for just two sacks allowed, two hurries and one quarterback hit.In between Price and Jones, Jordan also posted strong pass-protection numbers, allowing four sacks, three QB hits and five hurries. He has a 96.8 percent pass-blocking rate, according to CFB Film Room.In his first season at Ohio State, Dobbins has left a strong impact on the team. He is second in the Big Ten with 1,190 rushing yards behind fellow true freshman Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor, who has 1,806 yards. Dobbins’ average of 7.3 yards per rush lead all qualifying running backs in the conference. His seven rushing touchdowns are 11th-most in the Big Ten.Prince has been much improved from last season, recording a 97.6 percent pass-protection rating, according to CFB Film Room. He has allowed just six hurries and three hits.
CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, has produced the country’s first gold using a non-toxic chemical process in an effort to provide an alternative to cyanide and mercury to extract the yellow metal.The first gold is the result of early industry trials of CSIRO’s ‘going for gold’ technology and was produced in partnership with small gold miner Eco Minerals Research at a demonstration plant in the Western Australian goldfields town of Menzies.Cyanide is used in more than 90% of global gold production, but producers are facing increasingly tough regulations that prevent or restrict its use due to environmental and health concerns. In response to recent spills of toxic cyanide, several regional agencies in the US, South America and Europe have banned the use of cyanide for gold extraction. This new technology replaces cyanide with thiosulphate, a non-toxic alternative, and a simple process flowsheet.It could be a game-changer for Eco Minerals Research which has its sights set on becoming the first Australian producer to go cyanide-free. “The first gold is a major milestone in our progress towards becoming one of the world’s first green gold producers,” Eco Minerals Research Managing Director Paul Hanna said. “In close collaboration with CSIRO we’ve gone through the design, engineering and fabrication stages and set up a processing facility in Menzies, delivering the first gold pour in just 10 months, which is a fantastic achievement.”The CSIRO research team behind the innovation has already had commercial success with another tailored cyanide-free gold solution developed with Barrick Gold specifically for their Goldstrike mine in Nevada where it has been used for nearly four years to maintain production rates.The A$2.1 million demonstration project was made possible through A$860,000 in funding from the Science and Industry Endowment fund (SIEF) and an Australian Government Innovation Connections grant.“Science enabling industry and environment to be partners not competitors, exactly as envisioned in our market vision – turning commodities into higher value, uniquely Australian products,” CSIRO Chief Executive Dr Larry Marshall said. “It has been accelerated through CSIRO’s ON program, and could be a game-changer for small gold producers or those looking to get ahead of increasing market demand for greener commodities.“Early industry trials like this are critical to innovation and go to the heart of CSIRO’s mission to tackle big, real-world challenges and unlock a better future for everyone.”To reduce economic barriers to entry for small producers and help turn stranded gold deposits into production, CSIRO’s vision is to deliver the alternative process technology direct to mine sites via a mobile service.A typical cyanide-based processing plant costs around $30 million, whereas the new technology has a lower capital investment costing as little as $2-2.5 million to build.The picture shows lead scientist Paul Breuer holding up a 1 oz commemorative gold ingot from the first gold pour using CSIRO’s cyanide-free process.