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In the Monkey Cage, the Washington Post's political science blog, University of Nebraska-Lincoln political scientists John R. Hibbing and Elizabeth Theiss Morse, find that "stealth democrats" -- people who dislike debate and compromise tend to favor Donald Trump.
Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts has donated nearly $1.2 million to 127 candidates and political causes over the past decade, along with $986,000 he and his wife gave to his own 2014 gubernatorial campaign. His parents, Joe and Marlene Ricketts, also are significant political donors. University of Nebraska-Lincoln political scientists says personal wealth doesn't guarantee political victory, but it is an asset.
Science 360, the news service for the National Science Foundation, highlights assistant professor Liyan Qu in a video about her research. Qu has been awarded a CAREER grant to pursue a device that enables electrical transformers to accommodate variable energy sources.
Iowa native and noted climate scientist James Hansen was invited by Nebraskans for Peace to address the Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting about the risks posed by climate change. Don Wilhite, a climatologist with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and David Harwood, research director for the Antarctic research program at UNL, have both studied potential impacts of climate change. They describe Hansen as one of the most respected authorities on climate change.
After being forced to step down as an NFL concussion specialist in 2009, New York neurologist Ira Casson led a team of researchers and published a paper concluding that there’s little evidence of link between pro football and chronic brain damage. Those findings have been cited repeatedly by other researchers. Dennis Molfese, a sports concussion expert at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln describes the Casson study as “basically a waste of paper.”
Deep Space Industries and Planetary Resources, two companies determined to profit from a 21st-Century extraterrestrial gold rush, might be the equivalent of the mining barons of yore. Frans von der Dunk, a space law professor at the University of Nebraska, predicts the graduate adoption of international "customary" law, rather than ratified and policed international legislation, will be developed to govern extraterrestrial mining.
Carrick Detweiler, UNL assistant professor of computer science & engineering, talks on Arizona Science Desk program about a University of Nebraska-Lincoln project to use drones to help started planned burns.
Ponsi Trivisvavet, president of Syngenta Seeds, discusses the seventh annual Water for Food Global Converence, held at Nebraska Innovation Campus at the University of Nebraska-Lincon.
A quarter-section of irrigated farm land in Nuckolls County sold for $1.391 million, or $8,950 per acre, on April 20. It probably would have sold for more in 2015. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln reported that the value of pivot-irrigated land in 2015 is $8,725 per acre.
A team from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln set out to find a better way to start prescribed burns, which are beneficial to the environment and reduce the risk of uncontrolled fires. The Nebraska Intelligent MoBile Unmanned Systems (NIMBUS) lab, which develops drones for a variety of uses, came up with a system that enables a drone to drop ignition spheres on a pre-planned path guided by GPS.
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