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Corn Flakes: UNL Is Saving Guacamole, 2016 Predictability and the “Nebraska Way”

Nebraska scientists are saving one of your favorite condiments. The “Nebraska Way” gets a solid definition and a quick note about how the football team could go 10-2. Or 2-10. Both are correct at this point.

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An Avocado
Guacamole is in danger! UNL to the rescue!
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True story - before my heart attack last August I hated avocados, and by association, guacamole. Now I love it. Not that I want to smear it all over me before bedtime, but before it was at gag level. Now I actually seek it out.

Peanut butter on the other hand... I want to rid the world of peanut butter. I used to like peanut butter. Anyway....

Researchers develop new DNA test procedure for avocado industry | UNL Today | University of Nebraska–Lincoln

In March 2015, Florida International University researchers asked UNL's Hendrik Viljoen, professor and department chair of chemical and biomolecular engineering, for help in expediting the diagnosis of laurel wilt disease, which has been killing avocado trees in the southeastern United States for almost 15 years.

Did you know that the state of Florida contains all the avocado trees in the world?
No? Well, I’m pretty sure that’s a lie, but look at this!

Since it entered the port of Savannah, Georgia, in 2002, the tiny redbay ambrosia beetle has spread and killed nearly 500 million trees.

That’s a shit-ton of trees. Nebraskans dealing with the the ash borers should be able to relate.

Whether you like guacamole or not, this is a pretty cool article about what’s happening at YOUR university... unless your alma mater is somewhere else, at which point you should be jealous.

UNL earns $20M award for partnership to improve crop productivity | UNL Today | University of Nebraska–Lincoln

The research uses a holistic strategy to study root and soil microbe interactions and to develop new biological tools to enhance crop performance.

I wanted to say something cute here, but I got nothing. I feel like I've missed a joke in here with "holistic strategy to study root and soil microbe interactions".



How's that?

Morrill Hall to host 'Archie's Late Night Party' | UNL Today | University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Archie and his fossil friends at the University of Nebraska State Museum are staying up late to explore science and natural history topics on June 24.

"Archie's Late Night Party," an all-ages event at the museum, will feature hands-on activities in fields such as astronomy, chemistry and zoology, from 6 to 10 p.m. in Morrill Hall, immediately south of 14th and Vine streets.

You all do know who Archie is, right?

This looks like a lot of fun.


FARMERS ONLY THIS WEEK. The Shutdown Fullcast this week covers the agriculturingest slate of teams we've covered yet, including:

Nebraska, a team that on further examination reveals itself to have absolutely no predictability whatsoever for 2016. None. Look at that schedule and find more than two sure wins or two sure losses in either direction. Do it and die.

There is no more truthful statement about what we face in 2016 than that which is in bold above. I haven’t taken a good hard look at 2016, but if you asked me right now, I’d say we’re going 10-2. Why? BECAUSE I’M A HOMER.

It is just as correct to think that we’re going to go 2-10. Why? BECAUSE WE LOST TO PURDUE LAST SEASON. WHAT MAKES YOU THINK ANYTHING HAS ACTUALLY CHANGED?

Think about it. One year ago Mike Riley was making everyone feel good about the direction of the program. We’d hired "the nicest guy in college football", and then we lost to Purdue. And Illinois.

What’s going on RIGHT NOW? Mike Riley is making everyone feel good about the program.

Both opinions are valid at this point.

Shatel: 'Special meeting' between rape survivor, Husker football team could help bring real change - Big Red Today - Husker Football News, Schedules And Videos

This was the man Tracy once said "I hated more than the rapists." The reason, she said, was you can rationalize what a rapist does because that’s who they are. But it’s hard to understand "a good man doing a bad thing."

I don’t like to compliment Shatel very much because of jealousy or envy (take your pick), but this is a good column.

LGBT SportsSafe Inclusion Program - - Nebraska Athletics Official Web Site

Keith Zimmer, Senior Associate Athletic Director for Life Skills/N-Club, said: "In my 30-year tenure serving the Nebraska Athletics Department and helping develop student-athletes, we frequently speak of the 'Nebraska Way', which has and always will be to treat every student-athlete with respect while embracing differences.

Look! There’s a solid definition of the "Nebraska Way". You thought it meant using a fullback and running the damned ball all the time, didn’t you?

Treat people with respect with embracing differences. What a concept, huh?

Nebraska's Decade-Plus of Mind-Melting Turnovers | Hail Varsity

Turnovers are one of those common stats that are used to point people in the direction of over- or undervalued teams in the summer. That’s based on the idea that turnovers are random and, over a large enough sample size, should even out.

A Young Athlete’s World of Pain, and Where It Led - The New York Times

Kosta Karageorge, an Ohio State wrestler and football player who hid concussion symptoms because he felt it was the manly thing to do, killed himself in 2014.

Is helmet communication coming to college football?

Coaches and administrators may have found common ground with the idea that their sport would benefit from the implementation of headset technology, which would allow communication between a coach and an individual offensive and defensive player during the course of a game.

Here are 150 Clevelanders who risked their lives to watch the Cavaliers parade -

These photos are bananas.

Baylor - From Different Perspectives

Big 12 asks Baylor to hand over 'all documents' related to sexual assault investigations

Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby sent a letter to Baylor interim president David Garland requesting "all documents" from the Pepper Hamilton law firm, which Baylor hired last fall to review the school's response to sexual assault allegations. The Big 12 board is demanding that Baylor give the league "unedited" information, including "any that has been conveyed orally," with only the names of involved students redacted. The Big 12 is also requesting that Baylor provide the conference with all of the school's internal documents pertinent to the investigation.

Big 12 Requests "Full Accounting" from Baylor of Sexual Assault Investigation - Our Daily Bears

The Big 12 Conference issued a statement today seeking disclosure of all information in Baylor's possession regarding the sexual assault allegations and investigation regarding the University.

Big 12 Conference reiterates request for ‘full accounting’ of circumstances surrounding Baylor scandal - Burnt Orange Nation

The conference says that the school has yet not responded to a request for transparency in late May.


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Minnesotans for Nebraska Golf Outing - July 25th

MN4NE will be having their annual golf outing on July 25th. Nebraska wrestling coach Mark Manning will be the speaker at the after-golf dinner. If you don't golf (I don't, but plan to get there for dinner), you can sign up for just the dinner. More information can be found in the attached PDF.

Who’s going?

Then There’s This:

'Seismic strain': Land around the San Andreas fault is rising and sinking, new earthquake research shows - LA Times

The region of the San Andreas fault between Monterey County and Imperial County hasn’t moved in a significant way in more than 150 years, and other parts of the fault have been accumulating stress for more than 300 years.


All them there high-rated recruits better be planning on getting their asses out of there! Nebraska is a fine place to go!

There are no earthquakes. The state is not about to slide off into the ocean, or be smashed by a giant tsunami when plates along the seafloor near the Aleutian Islands decide to act against humanity.

There is no problem with the oceans rising up and flooding everything because of global warming. No hurricanes. Lower chance of being wiped out by aliens; in every alien movie ever over what city does the big ass alien ship hover before the death ray destroys everyone? Los Angeles. Not Lincoln, Nebraska. Los Angeles.