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Frosted Flakes: Red Pandas, Change Fees and Boneless Chicken Wings

Three major US airlines waived change fees for domestic flights this week.

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Youngsters with the little pandas Photo by Guido Kirchner/picture alliance via Getty Images

The World Wildlife Federation describes the red panda as “slightly larger than a domestic cat with a bear-like body and thick russet fur. The belly and limbs are black, and there are white markings on the side of the head and above its small eyes. Red pandas are very skillful and acrobatic animals that predominantly stay in trees.

Red pandas are cute little fur-balls. Unfortunately there’s still a lot we don’t about them However, we do know they are an endangered species. Their natural habitat is slowly disappearing because the forests they live in are being destroyed by the logging industry.

They are native to Eastern Himalayas and southwestern China and they known to use their long, bushy tails for balance and to cover themselves in winter, presumably for warmth. Their life spans average 8-10 years in the wild and up to 14 years in captivity.

According to National Geographic “Females give birth in the spring and summer, typically to one to four young. Young red pandas remain in their nests for about 90 days, during which time their mother cares for them.”

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Men’s and Women’s Basketball Oversight Committees to Propose November 25th Start | Basketball | Corn Nation

The date is an interesting result as the one most heavily favored in a large scale survey of athletic directors reported last week was for a January start date with a limited non-conference schedule leading into a conference season. However, the Thanksgiving start date received the second-highest vote among power six athletic directors, and the previously scheduled November 10 start date was the second-most favored among all 258 polled.

Mailbag: Placing Wagers on a Reborn Fall 2020 Big Ten Season | Sports | Hail Varsity

Hail Varsity staff members Mike Babcock, Jacob Padilla, Greg Smith, Erin Sorensen and Brandon Vogel tackle your questions about the latest news in Husker Nation.

Nebraska Football Players’ Legal Battle With the Big Ten Continues | Sports | Hail Varsity

In a 23-page brief filed Monday by the Big Ten, the league called the suit a “fishing expedition” and asked that Lancaster County District Court Judge Susan Strong deny the player’s motion for limited expedited discovery and set an expedited briefing schedule on a motion to dismiss.

Fred Hoiberg Has Drill Where Players Attempt 100 Three-Pointers. One Huskers Made 86 | Sports | Omaha World-Herald

“I’ve been really impressed with the work ethic of this team,” Hoiberg said on the radio. Nebraska is now conducting full-team workouts after ramping up in smaller groups. “I just love their competitive spirit.”


If 2021 Become the Year of Travel, This is What Will Happen | Travel | Forbes

Many signs point to a quick rebound for travel in 2021. That’s because people will be making up for missed travel in 2020 and trying to use their travel vouchers, which expire soon. Travelers will have to time their trips carefully.

American, Delta, Alaska Follow United’s Lead and Drop Change Fees | Travel | Travel and Leisure

American Airlines is dropping change fees for domestic and short-haul international flights, including to Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean, for premium cabin fares and most main cabin fares, according to a press release. Basic economy fares, however, would not be included.

The Best Podcasts for Road Trips | Travel | Conde Nast Traveler

Downloading a good show before setting out for a road trip should be as routine as checking the pressure on your tires. Here are nine to get you started, whether you’re driving to a state park a few towns over or halfway across the country.

The Pandemic is Shifting How Students Study Abroad | Travel | Conde Nast Traveler

To understand how study abroad could change in the future, we interviewed more than a dozen administrators, educators, and students. These are their predictions for what lies ahead.

Qantas May Not Fly to USA Until Coronavirus Vaccine is Available | Travel | Lonely Planet

“The US, with the level of prevalence there, is probably going to take some time,” Qantas’ CEO Alan Joyce said at a media briefing. “It’s probably going to need a vaccine before we could see that happening.”

Why the French Love to Complain | Travel | BBC

In France, there are several words for “to complain”: there’s “se plaindre”, used for regular old complaining; there’s “porter plainte”, for complaining more officially. And then there’s “râler”: complaining just for the fun of it.

Why Are the Dutch So Tall? | Travel | BBC

A land of giants, the Netherlands is the loftiest nation on Earth: the average height of a Dutch man is 182.5cm; a Dutch woman 168.7cm. By comparison their American counterparts measure 177.1cm and 163.5cm respectively. It wasn’t always this way. A review of Dutch military records for a study published by the Royal Society of London found that in the mid-1800s, men in the Netherlands were actually among the shortest people in Europe.

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A Brief History of Mason Jars | Innovation | Smithsonian

In 1858, a 26-year-old John Landis Mason patented threaded screw-top jars “such as are intended to be air and water-tight.” The earliest mason jars were made from transparent aqua glass, and are often referred to by collectors as “Crowleytown Jars,” as many believe they were first produced in the New Jersey village of Crowleytown.

How Dogs and Cats See the World | Animals | Popular Science

Take a quick flash picture of your dog or cat and their eyes will light up in a way that’s equal parts cool and unnerving. That eerie glow comes from a layer of their eyes called a tapetum and it reflects light to let our furry pals see small amounts of light much more efficiently than our human eyes. In fact, our pets sense the world we live in much differently than people do.

The Dirty Secret Behind the West’s Coconut Fad | Food | Ozy

For 29-year-old Ricky Veraya, a coconut farmer in the northern Philippines island of Luzon, that boom in interest has a bitter taste — his income has shrunk by half over the past five years. Veraya painstakingly chops up hundreds of coconuts every day and heats them over an open, outdoor fire, sweating profusely and breathing in smoke. But he makes only 15 Philippine pesos, or 40 cents, for the hours-long work it takes to produce a kilo of copra, the dried kernel of the fruit from which coconut oil is extracted.

Why Predicting Our Future Feelings is So Difficult | Future | BBC

The Harvard University psychologist Dan Gilbert has found that when we consider events our cognitive processes favor the extreme, the first and the most recent. This is known as the “impact bias” and it also causes us to focus on the chief features of an event.

Solving the Decades-Old Mystery of the White Box That Fell From the Sky | History | Atlas Obscura

In 1962, in the woods outside Moncton, New Brunswick, around 160 miles east of the Maine border, David McPherson Sr. found a very large white box adorned with some very large lenses. It was attached to a parachute, so McPherson thought it might be an American spy camera, possibly launched by the Central Intelligence Agency.

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