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Frosted Flakes: IT’S GAME WEEK! FINALLY!

At least I resisted the urge to use three exclamation points

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NCAA FOOTBALL: OCT 22 Purdue at Nebraska Photo by John S. Peterson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Are you excited?!?

We get to watch our beloved Huskers in a few days. The Buckeyes are a tough draw at any time of the season, but especially for a first game. For a Husker program that has excelled at making too many mistakes in recent years, first game screw-ups are likely to be even more costly against a high quality opponent.

Despite this, I can’t wait to see if Adrian Martinez returns to 2018 form or hangs on to 2019. I’m excited to see who gets carries behind Dedrick Mills. Watching Wan’Dale Robinson do Wan’dale things is also going to be a treat.

A few other questions I have are: What will we see out of the Blackshirts? The defensive line lost a lot of players to the NFL, but the depth leads one to hope that the front holds up well. The secondary is supposed to be a strength of the team. Will they be able to keep those OSU receivers in check?

What are you wondering about as we approach Saturday?

Frosted Flakes

Nebraska native wins Nobel Prize - NORTHEAST - NEWS CHANNEL NEBRASKA
Robert B. Wilson, who was born in Geneva and graduated from Lincoln High School, received the Nobel prize for economics.

Here are some quick takes on what we learned following Thursday’s Husker football practice.
A week ago at this time, there were some concerns about the overall health of Nebraska’s football team.

Wan’Dale Robinson Was Born for This: Journey of Family, Father & Son | Hail Varsity
You could say Wan’Dale Robinson was born for the journey he is now on. Greg Smith has more on the beginning of Robinson’s rapid rise.

Where Dicaprio Bootle’s Been, Where He’ll Go | Hail Varsity
Dicaprio Bootle’s hard work in the past portends a promising future. Erin Sorensen looks at where Bootle’s been and where he’s going in a story from the Hail Varsity 2020 Nebraska Football Yearbook.

Coach Lubick Talks About the Huskers Offense | Sandhills Express
“I love the personalities of the guys, how competitive guys are,” Lubick said. “Especially when people’s mindsets have been tested through this pandemic, they have really motivated the coaches, our players, because of their work ethic every day. Nothing has really rattled them. Very impressed with who they are as people.”

Husker Weekly Wrap: McCaffrey’s passion on display to peers
Warner can connect to the benefits the Husker redshirt freshman QB may have when he goes home to be around his dad, mom and brothers.

‘Barkley 2020’: Dog’s political signs make Nebraska neighborhood smile
Everywhere you turn, it seems, there are political signs. But soon a new kind of sign will be popping up in front of homes all over the Omaha-metro.

The world needs more Barkleys.

Smith Earns Minnesota Player of the Year Award - University of Nebraska
Nebraska’s Kate Smith captured a major award in her home state this week when the Minnesota Golf Association named her its 2020 Women’s Co-Player of the Year.

Sportsin’ Stuff Outside the 402/308

Niche Sports Are No Longer an Ivy League Admissions Plan - The Atlantic
It’s backfiring.

This article was amazing (not really in a good way). If all of these rich families are using sports to try and get their kids into Ivy League schools, why don’t they just pony up a large donation every year of junior’s life and /wink /wink on admission?

Black ex-Iowa football players seek $20 million, Kirk Ferentz’s firing
The Black players have legal representation and also want Iowa AD Gary Barta and assistant Brian Ferentz fired; Iowa says it’s rejecting the demands.

Purdue Boilermakers say football coach Jeff Brohm has presumed positive coronavirus test
Purdue announced Sunday that football coach Brohm had a presumed positive test for COVID-19.

Michigan football, and uncomfortable truth of Jim Harbaugh’s tenure
In 2014, Jim Harbaugh arrived in Michigan as a conquering football hero. But while he has elevated the Wolverines, he hasn’t won anything meaningful.

As a Husker fan, I can’t say we are in better shape than Michigan, but this is an interesting take.

Colts vs Bengals: 3 winners and 6 losers - Cincy Jungle
The Colts rally to win after the Bengals built a 21-0 lead.

Zac Taylor is now 3-18 as the Bengals head coach. Ouch.

More Noise and Other Disturbances

For women in military combat, new armor is matter of life and death
Five years after the Pentagon opened combat jobs to women, gear designed to fit them is being fielded. It's not just about comfort but life and death.

Bored with your flat pack furniture? - IKEA will buy it back | Reuters
People tired of their flat pack IKEA dressers, drawers, cabinets and tables will now be able to sell them back to the furniture retailer for resale in its stores as secondhand.

Recycling IKEA furniture...I never figured that stuff lasted long enough to be recycled.

Glowing brains, fish embryos and a snail tongue taste success in microscopy photo contest | Live Science
Prizewinning images in the 2020 Nikon Small World competition combine art and science in stunning examples of microphotography.

Do we live in a simulation? Chances are about 50–50. | Live Science
Gauging whether or not we dwell inside someone else’s computer may come down to advanced AI research—or measurements at the frontiers of cosmology

I believe Dear Leader Jon has been telling us this for years.

City Keeps Mysterious Plaques on Park Benches Because People Are Loving the Hilarity
Calgary moved quickly to remove prank bench plaques installed anonymously in Bowmont Park. Then the public demanded them back.

What is an algorithm? How computers know what to do with data
A close look at how you decide what clothes to put on in the morning can help you understand how computers work.

Meet the zeptosecond, the shortest unit of time ever measured | Live Science
Scientists have measured the shortest unit of time ever, the time it takes for a particle of light to cross a hydrogen molecule.

Those funky cheese smells allow microbes to ‘talk’ to and feed each other | EurekAlert! Science News
Researchers found that bacteria essential to ripening cheese can sense and respond to compounds produced by fungi in the rind and released into the air, enhancing the growth of some species of bacteria over others. The make-up of the cheese microbiome is critical to flavor and quality of the cheese.

Customers prefer partitions over mannequins in socially-distanced dining rooms
Restaurants around the world were forced to shut down their dining rooms. Some reopened at limited capacity with creative solutions to enforce social distancing guidelines, including utilizing mannequins. Others were more conservative and opted to place plastic or glass partitions between tables. But which socially-distanced dining room do consumers prefer?

Wearable Biometric Sensors Printed Directly on Human Skin without Heat | Technology Org
Wearable sensors have come a long way, indeed – from smart watches and electrodes to bendable devices for precise tracking and comfort. Now, taking the technology a step further, an international team of researchers introduce a technique that makes it possible to print sensors directly on human skin

Another Week - Another Poop Article

OK, colon article. Close enough.

All-terrain microrobot flips through a live colon - Purdue University News
A rectangular robot as tiny as a few human hairs can travel throughout a colon by doing back flips, Purdue University engineers have demonstrated in live animal models.

Predicting the Next Plague

Pus caterpillars with stings like a 'scorching hot knife' are turning up all over Virginia | Live Science
Pus caterpillars have among the most venomous stings of any animal in the United States. And they're having a boom year in Virginia.

Then There’s This

Overzealous profanity filter bans paleontologists from talking about bones | Science | The Guardian
A virtual conference was thrown into confusion when the platform hosting the event came with a pre-packaged ‘naughty word’ censor

You’ve heard of the butt fumble. How about the butt-ception?!?