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Frosted Flakes: Olympics, Artificial Hearts, and Brinicles

What are your thoughts about this upcoming football season?

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Football is almost here! Fall camp starts later this week for the Huskers. It will be here before you know it.

What are your thoughts about this season?

I think I have finally accepted just how bad some parts of this program had gotten. I also think I have typed that in my preseason observations the past two years and then went on to talk myself into how much progress has been made.

By Year Four of the Scott Frost regime, we were supposed to see a team that is playing mosly upperclassmen and an offense that was operating lightning fast. While there are more upperclassmen likely to start than in years past, we are instead watching a coach remake his offensive philosophy to stand up to the Big Ten. Instead of hurry up offense, we got hurry up flags and turnovers. Hopefully, we get a breakthrough in that area.

I’ve resigned myself to hoping for bowl eligibility.

You can remind me of that when I grab the Kool Aid and predict 8-4 in our preseason predictions roundtable.

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Frosted Flakes

Most Intriguing Huskers: No. 5, senior WR Samori Toure | National |
Nebraska coach Scott Frost didn’t exactly try to diminish intrigue in the 6-foot-3, 190-pound transfer wide receiver from Montana.

Allen sees trimmer, “super confident” Martinez heading into 2021 camp
If Adrian Martinez doesn’t play some top-notch ball in 2021, his veteran teammate will be among the most surprised.

The Weekly Rundown: Fall Camp week is here for Nebraska
Nebraska will open up Fall Camp on Friday. We start your Monday off with the Weekly Rundown Column.

Canadian medal hopefuls Humana-Paredes, Pavan start beach volleyball with easy win | CBC Sports
Under a scorching sun, brilliant blue sky and temperatures that soared above 38 C at the Shiokaze Park in Tokyo, Canada’s dynamic beach volleyball duo of Sarah Pavan and Melissa Humana-Paredes wasted no time taking it to their Dutch opponents.

Follow Keisei Tominaga in Tokyo - University of Nebraska
July 24 - Tominaga Lifts Japan to Victory in 3x3 Basketball


What if Olympic athletes went back to competing naked? - BBC Future
While modern shoes and athletic outfits offer some benefits to competitors, the psychological impacts of not wearing clothes would likely outweigh the physical effects.

2021 Olympics: Kevin McDowell gets best U.S. men’s triathlon finish
Kevin McDowell, 10 years after beating Hodgkin’s lymphoma, placed sixth in the men’s triathlon on Monday at the Tokyo Olympics.

Close to death 3 years ago, softball’s Sara Groenewegen now chases gold in Tokyo | CBC Sports
For 10 days in 2018, B.C.’s Sara Groenewegen was in a medically induced coma, hooked up to 15 tubes to keep her alive. Starting Wednesday, she will attempt to lead Canada’s softball team to a historic gold medal.

Tokyo Olympics Are The First To Pay Paralympian Medalists The Same As Olympians : Live Updates: The Tokyo Olympics : NPR
The USOC decision put them at parity with U.S. Olympians, who receive $37,500 for a gold medal, $22,500 for silver and $15,000 for bronze.

Pandemic Olympics endured heat, and now a typhoon’s en route
TOKYO (AP) — First, the sun. Now: the wind and the rain. The Tokyo Olympics, delayed by the pandemic and opened under oppressive heat, is due for another hit of nature’s power: a typhoon arriving Tuesday morning that is forecast to disrupt at least some parts of the Games.

Basketball shooting robot can’t miss, steals show during USA vs France
Team USA could have used the robot down the stretch. At halftime of France’s upset win against Team USA, a Japanese basketball shooting robot came out and took three shots — a free throw, a 3-pointer, and a half-court shot. And it couldn’t miss. Robots are taking free throws at the #TokyoOlympics. Automatic. —

Tokyo update: Simone Biles feels pressure; 13-year-old wins gold
Luka Doncic did his thing on the international stage while Team USA picked up more gold medals thanks to a skeet shooting sweep Monday.

More Noise and Other Disturbances

You can rent the world's first 3D-printed Airbnb tiny home
It's the first 3D-printed tiny home in Canada, and you can see it for yourself through Airbnb. Explore the Fibonacci House by Twente Additive Manufacturing.

Hoe no! Facebook snafu spells trouble for gardening group
Moderating a Facebook gardening group in western New York is not without challenges. There are complaints of wooly bugs, inclement weather and the novice members who insist on using dish detergent on their plants.

Ridiculous Reviews of Some of the Best National Parks | Travel | Smithsonian Magazine
A new book combines illustrations of the parks with laughably bad critiques from disgruntled tourists

First Total Artificial Heart Successfully Transplanted Into US Patient | IFLScience
A team from Duke University has performed the first transplant of this artificial heart in the US, potentially saving the life of a 39-year-old man with su

Seabed 2030 is mapping the world's entire ocean floor - Big Think
Seabed 2030 is mapping the world's entire ocean floor by 2030. This will finally map the half of this planet that remains uncharted. The effort depends on crowdsourcing, enlisting the help of even the smallest vessels. the result will be an open-source, detailed map of the seabed, which will benefit science, help manage fish stocks and much more.

US pilot thanks British man who guaranteed a happy landing
LONDON (AP) — U.S. Air Force Maj. Grant Thompson thanked a British photographer the best way he knew how - by ripping the flight patch from his shoulder and handing it to the man whose quick action last week ensured he landed safely after an engine in his F-15E Strike Eagle malfunctioned.

Cows Gone Wild

Cow catcher: rescuers use female to lure runaway bull that escaped slaughter | New York | The Guardian
1,500lb animal that escaped from Long Island farm is pursued with horses, lassos, tranquilizer gun – and a cow

Another Week - Another Poop Article

Why Do Marathon Runners Poop Their Pants? | Mental Floss
To be an endurance runner is to leave a trail of sacrifice behind you. Here's why marathoners sometimes get off to a runny start.

Then There’s This

The secret to the formation of brinicles – icy fingers of death - Big Think
Spectacular brinicles form under the ice of our planet’s coldest regions. Their formation resembles that of hydrothermal vents. The structures have been called “icy fingers of death” because of their ability to freeze living organisms.

Florida man in bubble-like vessel washes up on beach, sheriff says | Fox News
A Florida man washed ashore inside a bubble-like vessel on Saturday morning after an apparent attempt to walk on water.