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Flakes: Huskers Are National Champs

Husker men’s track wins a big honor, some free agent news in football, and your phone is listening for beacons.

Gallery: Armstrong Sets Record, Huskers Move to 2-0

Good Wednesday morning Corn Nation! This past Monday morning I woke up to this:

Seven hours later, it looked like this:

Even though the snow left quickly, the damage was done. We lost two calves to the cold, wet weather and have a third in need of antibiotics and extra care. We have been moving our calving date back a little every year to avoid the April blizzards, but a May 1 storm is really pushing it.

In Husker news, the men’s track and field team was named national dual meet champions by Track and Field magazine. Pretty cool huh?

Husker Men Claim Dual Meet National Title - - Nebraska Athletics Official Web Site
The Nebraska men's track and field team officially earned its first ever dual meet national championship as determined by Track & Field News magazine on Tuesday.

Corn Flakes

The softball team has climbed within 1 game of .500. Remember those 10 straight losses to start the season? They don’t either. While postseason play is still unlikely, this young team has righted the ship when things could have easily gone the other way.

NU softball completes sweep of Northwestern
The Nebraska softball team won both games of a doubleheader against Northwestern Saturday to complete a sweep of the Wildcats.

The baseball team has climbed into second place in the B1G, but 2-7 is a jumbled mess with several teams all bunched together. They need to keep putting up W’s to end up in consideration for postseason play.

Nebraska moves into second place after Sunday's Big Ten baseball action
Maryland lost again, which narrowed the gap in the Big Ten baseball standings

After reaching goal, Husker gymnasts want to raise the bar in 2018 | Gymnastics |
They were only a couple days removed from taking a step that hadn't been taken in 18 years.

Banderas felt most comfortable with Broncos, a team that keeps adding Huskers | Husker football |
The reasons stacked up for Josh Banderas to favor that offer from the Denver Broncos, the oft winning franchise that just won a Super Bowl 15 months ago.

Field beginning to take shape for U.S. world trials at Devaney Sports Center | Wrestling |
Following last weekend's U.S. Freestyle Open, the majority of the field has been set for the U.S. Freestyle World Team Trials, which will take place June 10 at the Devaney

Former Husker receiver Jordan Westerkamp earns tryout with Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Big Red Today blog |
Jordan Westerkamp is heading to a rookie mini-camp with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, joining the list of former Nebraska players taking the next step after going undrafted.

Whether it's in personality or potential, incoming Husker Damion Daniels always comes up big | Football |
NU coaches told the 17-year-old Damion Daniels — he turns 18 Aug. 31 — he has the tools and frame to play nose tackle in the team’s new 3-4 defensive

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Then There’s This

Female Dragonflies Fake Death to Avoid Males Harassing Them for Sex
REPRODUCTIONNATURE In order to avoid males of the species bothering them for sex, female dragonflies fake their own deaths, falling from the sky and lying motionless on the ground until the suitor goes away.

I have recently spent some time going through permissions on my phone and revoking all sorts of them I thought were unnecessary (seriously, most apps don’t need access to my camera, except “Camera”). I also watch pretty closely when I download new apps and don’t accept all the permissions they ask for. It is frustrating how much information is collected by apps purely for the purpose of feeding valuable data back to the developer. (Why do you think so many apps are free?)

Hundreds of Apps Can Listen for Marketing ‘Beacons’ You Can’t Hear | WIRED
So-called ultrasonic beacons are becoming even more popular with marketers. Here's how to shut them out.