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Watch: Serena Williams knocks sister Venus Williams out of 2018 U.S. Open

Watch: Serena Williams knocks sister Venus Williams out of 2018 U.S. Open

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Sept. 1 (UPI) -- Serena Williams defeated sister Venus Williams in straight sets on Friday in New York, advancing into the round of 16 at the 2018 U.S. Open. "It feels good for the match to be over with," Serena told reporters. "Win or lose, it just feels that that's done." Serena won the 1:12 match 6-1, 6-2 in Arthur Ashe Stadium at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. She battles Kaia Kanepi on Sunday in the fourth round of the tournament. "I think it's the best match she has ever played against me," Venus said. "I don't think I did a lot wrong, but she just did everything right. Obviously at that level is definitely where she is going to want to stay during this whole tournament." No. 7 Elina Svitolina also beat Wang Qiang in straight sets. No. 3 Sloane Stephens beat Vict...
Waterwheel: Ten times faster than a Venus flytrap

Waterwheel: Ten times faster than a Venus flytrap

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Scientists have characterised the movement of the Venus flytrap's aquatic cousin in detail for the first time.The carnivorous Aldrovanda vesiculosa, also known as the waterwheel plant, snaps its "trap" shut ten times faster than the flytrap.As it is quite rare in the wild, the plant's mechanism has not previously been studied in great detail.It is thought that the waterwheel and the flytrap may share a common ancestor.However there is no fossil evidence for what this ancestor might have looked like."This is one of the main questions in the carnivorous plant community," says Dr Simon Poppinga, an author on the study."Snap traps evolved only once in plants. There are two different mechanisms. Which one was first?"A stressful lifeThe study, led by Anna Westermeier and Renate Sachse at the Uni...
Venus and Jupiter conjunction: Sky-watchers await dawn display

Venus and Jupiter conjunction: Sky-watchers await dawn display

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Jupiter and Venus will be visible to the naked eye close together in the sky before dawn on Monday.The planets will appear in conjunction in the south-east, just above the horizon, and may appear to look like one bright star. In the UK, the best viewing time will be 40 minutes before sunrise.Jupiter's four Galilean moons will also be visible to those with a telescope. Clear skies are needed - and forecast for much of England and Wales.Watch: The dog that orbited the earthThe astronaut who was told she would never go to spaceThe planets will be seen best by those in mid-northern latitudes around the world, including the UK and northern US.Observers will have to have an uninterrupted view to the south-east as the planets will be very low in the sky.You may also like: Let's block ads! (Why?) ...
Hong Kong Open: Venus Williams falls in second round

Hong Kong Open: Venus Williams falls in second round

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Naomi Osaka upended second-seeded Venus Williams in their second-round match at the Hong Kong Tennis Open on Wednesday. The 19-year-old Japanese player posted a 7-5, 6-2 victory to exact a bit of revenge from getting bounced by Williams in their Wimbledon match earlier this year. "I feel like even if I hit one semi-short ball she would come in and crush it, so I had to play really well," the 64th-ranked Osaka said of defeating the fifth-ranked Williams. The win comes on the heels of Osaka upsetting sixth-ranked Angelique Kerber at the U.S. Open. Williams benefited from a double fault by Osaka to earn the first break of the match, but the 37-year-old was unable to capitalize. Osaka rebounded with a flourish to claim the first set and rushed out to a 5-0 edge in the second before dismissing ...