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Engineering
Husker-developed surgical robot readies for space station test
August 5, 2022

A miniaturized robot invented by Nebraska’s Shane Farritor is on schedule to blast off into space to showcase its skills.

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Biochemistry
Research shows oilseeds’ potential for bioproduct creation
August 5, 2022

Plant science is opening up promising opportunities to create environmentally friendly bioproducts — fuels, lubricants and other products that substitute for petroleum-based ones. Researchers with the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources are exploring a range of innovative approaches.

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Center for Research on Children Youth Families and Schools
Multi-institutional study explores how students approach course work once class ends
August 5, 2022

A team of Nebraska researchers is leading a collaborative, multi-institutional project to explore undergraduate students’ strategies for completing out-of-class homework and what barriers they encounter.

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Biological Sciences
Early hunting, farming homogenized mammal communities of North America
July 29, 2022

Whether by the spear or the plow, humans have been homogenizing the mammal communities of North America for 10,000-plus years, says new research led by the Canadian Museum of Nature and the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

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Performance of crop-boosting bacteria may depend on delivery method
July 29, 2022

Soil bacteria may be the microscopic building blocks to greater crop growth and higher yields — while knocking down chemical fertilizer use — but University of Nebraska–Lincoln researchers recently found that more blocks do not always build taller towers.

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Misperceptions may increase problem drinking, dating violence among LGBTQ+ youth
July 28, 2022

As researchers strive to develop and expand affirming prevention and intervention efforts for sexual and gender minority youth, an ongoing project’s preliminary findings are bringing into focus the impacts of dating violence and problem drinking — and the strengths of LGBTQ+ youth.

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Team predicts climate impacts on herbicide runoff
July 28, 2022

Atrazine’s ability to control weeds has made it a popular herbicide in the United States, where it helps maximize yields of corn and sorghum. But the herbicide also poses environmental and health risks, with research establishing that it can curb local plant diversity and disturb hormone production in wildlife and possibly humans. Nebraska scientists are tackling the challenge.

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Husker researchers developing AI-based app to boost STEM grades
July 25, 2022

A University of Nebraska-Lincoln computer scientist is harnessing the power of artificial intelligence to help undergraduate STEM students improve their academic performance. His project will strengthen the pipeline of college graduates prepared for STEM jobs, the number of which in the United States is expected to expand by about 10% by 2030.

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Desert climate overtaking more of Central Asia
July 22, 2022

Rising annual temperatures and dwindling yearly precipitation across the mid-latitudes of Central Asia have extended its desert climate 60 miles northward since the 1980s, says a recent study led by the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

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Research strolling into further understanding energy requirements of walking in older adults
July 22, 2022

A collaboration between researchers from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s College of Engineering and the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s College of Education, Health and Human Sciences aims to hone in on the metabolic cost of different phases of the walking gait cycle.

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