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Oct212016 How Donald Trump's extremism could help down-ballot Republicans

Conventional wisdom in politics is that a popular presidential candidate boosts other candidates running under the party banner and an unpopular candidate hurts them. But University of Nebraska-Lincoln doctoral candidate Frank Gonzalez and his research colleague Jack Edelson, a doctoral candidate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison say their research shows something different can occur when the party nominee is an extremist.

Agri-View: Lynas tells of journey from GMO opponent to advocate

During a recent lecture at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, British environmental writer Mark Lynas told how his belief in the science of climate change led him to accept the science behind genetically modified crops. He became persuaded that GMOs could benefit the environment and humanity.

Smithsonian: Can resource scarcity explain human violence?

A California study of ancient burial sites indicates a lack of food and tools may be a key predictor of why violence breaks out among humans. Raymond Hames, an anthropology professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, is among professors commenting on the new study.

The Economist: Sexual cannibalism in spiders

In many species of insects and spiders, the females eat their partners after sex. Steven Schwartz, now of Gonzaga University, and Eileen Hebets of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, have studied why dark fishing spider males spontaneously die after mating, thus ensuring they are eaten. They found that spider offspring are bigger, more numerous and longer-lived than those whose mothers ate nothing or were fed crickets.

PBS NewsHour: Spoon-feeding crops to reduce fertilizer run-off

Nebraska and Iowa farmers discuss the steps they take to minimize water pollution from fertilizer run-off. University of Nebraska-Lincoln agronomy professor Richard Ferguson talks about a high-tech approach, "Project SENSE," to precisely apply fertilizer.

Akron Beacon Journal: Fall is here and so are spiders

University of Nebraska-Lincoln arachnid researcher Eileen Hebets says people tend to notice spiders more at this time of year because they've grown larger and their webs are more prominent.

Reuters: Bad eating habits can start in day care

Child health behavior researchers at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln find that some child care providers encourage clean plates in an effort to encourage a healthy appetite and to appease parents who want their children to eat. Such efforts, however, can contribute to eating problems later in life. The story appeared in numerous outlets across the nation, such as Business Insider, Yahoo! News, and the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Poets & Quants: Dean's Q&A with Nebraska's Donde Plowman

Done Plowman hadn't even started work yet as dean of Nebraska's College of Business Administration when she got word in 2010 that Nebraska was joining the Big Ten Conference. She describes it as a challenge and an opportunity for Nebraska to compete with Big Ten business schools.

The Washington Post: 'Angry and Personal:' New study examines link between social media and attacks on celebrities

Mario Scalora, who directs the Targeted Violence Research Team at the University of Nebraska, says that a new study analyzing 58 attacks on public figures between 1995 and 2015 confirms much of what those in the field have observed. A larger percentage of attacks target pop-culture figures and that the faux intimacy created by social media could be a contributing factor.

NET News: Eastern red cedar could threaten state education funding

An invasive tree threatens the productivity of Nebraska grasslands, including many state-owned lands managed by the Nebraska Board of Educational Lands and Funds. Those lands generate more than $50 million in annual revenue for the public school system. The tree species is native to Nebraska and is a popular choice for shelter belts and erosion control. University of Nebraska-Lincoln researchers have been developing tools to manage the specie's rapid spread, including drones that can be used to ignite prescribed burns.


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