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Frosted Flakes: The Mars Rover, Hedgehogs, and Weekly Honors for Husker Volleyball

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Diverse Terrain Types on Mount Sharp, Mars Photo by NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS via Getty Images

You may have noticed at times, but I am a bit of a science geek. I try not to go overboard, but sometimes I can’t help myself. Like now.

The Mars Rover, Opportunity, has been roaming the red planet for 14 years on a mission originally slated for 90 days. The rover has driven over 28 miles across the Martian surface, helped scientists learn some remarkable things about Mars and sent home spectacular images.

In June a dust storm that covered the entire planet caused the rover to shut down because it wasn’t getting enough sunlight to charge its batteries. The dust storm started to clear at the beginning of September and engineers have been trying to communicate with the rover.

All hope is not lost yet, but the longer the rover stays silent, the more likely it is that the dust storm was too much for the power reserves. If you want to keep track of the rover, follow the #OppyPhoneHome hashtag on twitter or follow the @MarsRovers twitter accounts.

(For what it’s worth, you can also follow the Curiousity rover at @MarsCuriosity.)

Frosted Flakes

The Lo-Down: The Woman Behind It All for Nebraska Volleyball | Hail Varsity
In her latest column former Nebraska All-American Lauren West sheds some light on one of the people instrumental in the Huskers success –– her mother, Wendy, the ultimate coach’s wife.

Huskers trying to reset and also stay the course in pursuit of first win | Sports |
The Nebraska football program is in a bit of a tricky spot.

Huskers react to Michigan loss, look forward to Purdue | Sports |
Nebraska’s blowout loss to Michigan over the weekend hurt in more ways than one.

Huskers’ Frost on Purdue: ‘We get a game that we can win’
Frost says home game against Purdue presents reeling Nebraska ‘a game that we can win’

Huskers Win 11th Straight | KTIC Radio
he No. 3 Nebraska volleyball team improved to 2-0 in the Big Ten with a 3-1 (25-18, 25-9, 21-25, 25-16) win against Michigan State in front of a crowd of 8,102 at the Bob Devaney Sports Center on Sunday afternoon.

Husker defense struggles in loss to Michigan | |
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The Nebraska defense showed improvement from last season in the first two games of the year.

Foecke, Hames Earn Big Ten Weekly Honors - - Nebraska Athletics Official Web Site
Foecke, Hames Earn Big Ten Weekly Honors

Nebraska Cornhuskers fans hope this really is the bottom
Cornhuskers partisans who traveled to Michigan to watch another loss tried to find some positives about the future under Scott Frost. It’s no easy task.

Performance consultant tees up advice for Cowboys kicker Brett Maher - Dallas Cowboys- ESPN
Andy Gillham helps Brett Maher with the mental approach to kicking, which Maher considers as important as the physical aspect of preparation.

Sportsin’ Stuff Outside the 402/308

California HS football team stops a QB kneeldown, scores game-winning TD -
How awesome is this?

How Kentucky football’s explosive (and physical) run game works -
The Wildcats are springing runners to go the distance.

Illinois Fighting Illini volleyball takes perfect record into heart of the Big Ten schedule
We started last week with six unbeaten volleyball teams, and by Sunday afternoon, we were down to three.

Athlete-Mom Confidential -- How the pros manage motherhood
espnW confidentially surveyed 37 professional athletes about the realities of becoming a mom during their careers.

Hannah Storm, Andrea Kremer to be first female duo to call NFL game |
Hannah Storm and Andrea Kremer will call 11 Thursday Night Football games for Amazon Prime Video.

More Noise and Other Disturbances

Transparent Loudspeakers and MICs that Let Your Skin Play MusicUNIST News Center | UNIST News Center
An international team of researchers, affiliated with UNIST has presented an innovative wearable technology that will turn your skin into a loudspeaker. This

There’s a planet exactly where Star Trek said Vulcan should be | Popular Science
Astrophysicists just found a planet orbiting the star HD 26965, 16 light years away from Earth. And it’s Vulcan.

Then There’s This

Robot Lawnmowers Are Killing Hedgehogs | WIRED
With grass-cutting robots growing increasingly popular in Europe, hedgehogs are more often getting trapped under their blades.