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One thing I like about Panama is that it doesn’t use Daylight Savings Time. It’s nice to have no stress or worries about switching forward or falling back. However, it seems like the chance to get rid of this inconvenience completely might soon come to fruition.

Frosted Flakes

Nebraska Volleyball Impressive in Skill and Athleticism Against Iowa | Volleyball | Corn Nation

The hitting numbers are impressive for Nebraska, there is no doubt they put on a hitting show. The scores demonstrate a clear and decisive win. Nebraska was better than Iowa in both skill and athleticism, as you would expect, but there were areas of concern all the same, and that is where our minds go tonight even after a solid win. Passing was well off the net for a majority of the match, and communication errors caused missed points.

Husker Center Kate Cain Talks About a Potential Return Next Season | Basketball | Hail Varsity

Her preference is to wait until the year is completely finished, then weigh the pros and cons of another year in Lincoln, making the WNBA wait. Coaches have respected that. “I’m not 100% certain on anything,” she said. “I think dwelling on the ‘if I stay, if I go’ type of scenario will just overall stress me out.”

Mailbag: Point Guards, Jersey Retirements, and…Yeah, that Oklahoma Thing | 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 Recruiting: The Importance of Camp Season Potentially Returning | Football | Hail Varsity

At this point in Frost’s tenure, it’s not enough to rely on the cavalry of newcomers to arrive and save the program. We’ve been here before all too many times and it hasn’t worked. It would be great if these newcomers hit the ground running and provided an immediate spark for the team. What is more important for Nebraska’s fortunes in the 2021 season is what happens with the returning players.

Padding the Stats: An Early Look at Nebrasketball Heading into the Spring | Basketball | Hail Varsity

“We’re going to have continuity next year with a good core coming back and with some great additions,” Hoiberg said after Nebraska’s season-ending loss to Penn State in the Big Ten Tournament. “That’s going to be important going into the season.”

Spring Setup: Is There a More Wide-Open Husker Position Than a Young RB Group? | Football | Lincoln Journal Star

The above group returns a grand total of 38 carries from 2020 to the field this spring, and that means opportunity abounds. Stepp is the logical candidate to be the front-man, considering his FBS experience. He’s a big, powerful player at 6-foot and 235 pounds. He’s also battled injuries in his college career.

The Huskers Are Well-Represented at the NCAAs — and They Look to Make Some Noise | Wrestling | Lincoln Journal Star

However, they also feel a sense of accomplishment in surviving the season without any COVID-19 scares compared with most of the Big Ten. Other top programs, including Iowa and Penn State, have had to stop activities. “We haven’t missed a dual,” Manning said. “A lot of teams in the Big Ten have, and I think it shows a lot about our team and their resiliency and perseverance.”

Bill Moos: Huskers ‘Exploring’ Ability to Play Home Nonconference Game in September | Football | Omaha World-Herald

The lack of early home games on NU’s 2021 schedule — helpful for recruiting, Moos said, and also Lincoln businesses — was one of the reasons Nebraska briefly considered getting out of its Game of the Century 50th Anniversary contest with Oklahoma for an eighth home game. NU plays just one home game — Sept. 11 vs. Buffalo — before October.

News From the Mothership

Huskers Set For Road Series With Hawkeyes | Baseball |

The Nebraska baseball team (5-3) heads to Iowa City, Iowa, this weekend for three games against the Iowa Hawkeyes (3-5) at Duane Banks Field. It will mark five games between the two teams in nine days after they split a pair of games last weekend at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn. The Huskers won, 4-0, on Saturday before the Hawkeyes won, 3-1, on Sunday.

Huskers Set For Two-Game Illinois Road Trip | Soccer |

For its final away games of the regular season, the Nebraska women’s soccer team hits the road to face Illinois on Thursday, March 18 and Northwestern on Sunday, March 21. The Husker’s game against the Illini will kick off at 2:30 p.m. (CT) from Champaign with television coverage by BTN.

Nebraska Heads to St. Louis for NCAA Championships | Wrestling |

After missing out on its shot to compete for a national title last season, the Nebraska wrestling team returns to the NCAA Championships this week to conclude the unprecedented 2020-21 season. The three-day event will consist of six sessions beginning Thursday morning at the Enterprise Center in St. Louis, Missouri.

Four Huskers Set For NCAA Championships | Swimming & Diving |

Nebraska swimmers Autumn Haebig and Audrey Coffey and divers Abigail Knapton and Sara Troyer will represent the Huskers at the 2021 NCAA Championships at the Greensboro Aquatic Center in North Carolina, March 17-20.

Lambrechts Named Big Ten Field Athlete of the Year | Track & Field |

At the Big Ten Indoor Championships in Geneva, Ohio on Feb. 27, Lambrechts shattered his previous shot put personal best with a gold-medal winning throw of 67-4 3/4 (20.54m) on his fifth attempt, which won the event by more than two feet. Lambrechts had never topped 20 meters before in his career, but both his fifth and sixth (20.47m) throws went well beyond 20 meters.

Smith Named Big Ten Golfer of the Week | Golf |

Smith, a fifth-year senior from Detroit Lakes, Minn., fired a season-best three-round total of 215, including a two-under-par 70 in Tuesday’s final round at the English Turn Golf and Country Club. Smith, who earned four previous runner-up finishes as a collegian among her 28 career top-25 showings, claimed her first career title with a one-stroke win over Carlota Palacios from Tulane.

Roby, Dujakovich Named to All-Big Ten Teams | Gymnastics |

Two Husker women’s gymnasts were named to All-Big Ten Conference teams, as announced by the conference on Wednesday, March 17. Junior Kynsee Roby was named a First Team All-Big Ten selection, while senior Anika Dujakovich was announced as a Second Team All-Big Ten selection.


The Most Underrated Attraction In Every State | Travel | Travel Pulse

Nebraska: The Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer. After you’ve seen all the awesomeness of Omaha and Lincoln, head west to Grand Island and this fascinating museum. It’s dedicated to telling the story of the prairie pioneer and does a sensational job of immersing modern visitors into the world of the enterprising souls who carved out a life on the unforgiving Great Plains.

Vaccinated Americans Are Ready to Travel | Travel | Travel Pulse

A new study from Travel Leaders found that 85 percent said they have already been vaccinated or planned to get vaccinated when eligible. One in three respondents had already booked their next vacation, and 62 percent are planning to take their next vacation this year. Sixty-two percent also said that, if a country required visitors to be vaccinated in order to enter, they would be more likely to visit.

What Are Vaccine Passports and How Would They Work? | Travel | Conde Nast Traveler

The legitimacy of the documents is an important hurdle to clear. “There’s a pragmatic concern about vaccine passports, which is that if you’re particularly dealing with a situation where there are severe shortages as there are now, you have to worry about the potential for fraud and whether we will see forged certificates.”

Travel Insurance Companies Add Permanent Pandemic Coverage | Travel | Conde Nast Traveler

In a major shift in the industry, a growing number of insurance providers are adding policies that cover cancellations or delays due to illness, individually ordered quarantines, denied boardings, and other events caused by COVID-19 or future epidemics. Previously, only one type of insurance offered some measure of coverage amid an existing epidemic or pandemic: cancel-for-any-reason policy upgrades.

Mauritius is Providing Free Vaccines to Long-Term Visa Holders | Travel | Lonely Planet

Visitors holding the premium visa are eligible to receive their vaccinations free of charge, as well as residents of Mauritius holding a work permit, residence permit or occupational permit.

This Uninhabited Island Off Of Massachusetts is Littered With Bombs | Travel | Smithsonian Magazine

From 1943 to 1996, the island served as a bombing range for the US Navy. In spite of previous cleanup efforts, Nomans Land remains littered with unexploded explosive ordnance (UXO) that has rendered it closed to the public. But despite half a century of destruction, life has flourished on the island. And now, area residents are embroiled in a question that is at once philosophical and practical: what to do with Nomans Land.

The Rest

Why Mood is Shifted With the Sun | Psychology | Inverse

According to research published February in the Journal of Neuroscience, the answer links back to how daylight interacts with opioid receptors in the brain. Opioid receptors are known to be linked with brain emotional functions, Sun tells Inverse. Sunlight is also known to influence emotions and social behavior. This is why researcher Lihua Sun and his colleagues hypothesized sunlight and opioid receptor signaling were potentially coupled.

Will Daylight Savings Time Ever End? | Cities | Bloomberg

The European Union was set to stop changing its clocks in 2021, but things got complicated. In the U.S., meanwhile, senators propose a “National Sunshine Protection Act.”

The Dangerous Rise of the Supersized Pickup Truck | Vehicles | Bloomberg

As U.S. drivers buy more full-size and heavy-duty pickups, these vehicles have transformed from no-frills workhorses into angry giants. And pedestrians are paying the price.

Delete Most of Your Phone Apps | Privacy | Gizmodo

Around 75% of U.S. adults have more than 10 apps on their phone, while 25% have more than 30. That sounds like, if anything, a conservative estimate. Regardless, enough of us are drowning in apps to the point that Apple spent expensive engineering time on figuring out ways for us to manage it all. The simpler solution is to just delete every app you can live without.

Russia Sank a Neutrino Observatory Into the World’s Deepest Lake | Science | Engadget

Together, those sensors form the Baikal-Gigaton Volume Detector, the largest underwater space telescope in the northern hemisphere. It will help scientists study neutrinos. While one of the most abundant particles in the universe, neutrinos are also the smallest currently known to humans. They can also travel great distances without interacting with any other forms of matter.

A Hacker Got All My Texts For $16 | Cybersecurity | VICE

I hadn’t been SIM swapped, where hackers trick or bribe telecom employees to port a target’s phone number to their own SIM card. Instead, the hacker used a service by a company called Sakari, which helps businesses do SMS marketing and mass messaging, to reroute my messages to him.

Last But Not Least

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It’s March Madness! So much drama!