Study Casts Doubt on Climate Benefit of Biofuels from Corn Residue
Published: April 21, 2014.
Released by University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lincoln, Neb., April 20, 2014 -- Using corn crop residue to make ethanol and other biofuels reduces soil carbon and can generate more greenhouse gases than gasoline, according to a study published today in the journal Nature Climate Change. The findings by a University of Nebraska-Lincoln team of researchers cast doubt on whether corn residue can be used to meet federal mandates to ramp up ethanol production and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Full Story »
More news from University of Nebraska-Lincoln
New Study: Roadside Bomb Blasts May Cause More Brain Damage Than Previously Recognized
Lincoln, Neb., June 9th, 2015 -- By accounting for a rush of blood to the head, University of Nebraska-Lincoln engineers have found that blast waves from concussive explosions may put far greater strain on the brain than previously thought. The researchers have authored a study examining, for the first time, how blood vessel networks affect the potential incidence of traumatic brain injury from improvised explosive devices that blanket combat zones throughout the Middle East.
Chemists Strike Nano-gold: 4 New Atomic Structures for Gold Nanoparticle Clusters
Lincoln, April 28, 2015 -- Arranging gold, atomic staples and electron volts, chemists have drafted new nanoscale blueprints for low-energy structure capable of housing pharmaceuticals and oxygen atoms.
Would You Rather Work for Megatron Or Optimus Prime?
Lincoln, Neb., April 27, 2015 -- New research by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Peter Harms shows there is more than meets the eye when it comes to the impact of Saturday morning cartoons. The research examines how fantasy-based stories -- specifically those from the popular 1980s "The Transformers" cartoon and movie -- can shape children's perceptions of what behaviors are associated with effective leadership. It also could provide a basis for workplace-training programs.
University of Nebraska-Lincoln, US Navy Develop Next-gen Temperature Sensor to Measure Ocean Dynamics
Lincoln, Neb., April 6, 2015 -- UNL engineers and the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory have designed a next-generation temperature sensor set to improve the measurement of oceanic dynamics that shape marine biology, climate patterns and military operations. The fiber-optic sensor can register significantly smaller temperature changes at roughly 30 times the speed of existing commercial counterparts, said co-designer Ming Han, associate professor of electrical engineering.
UNL Researcher: More Infectious Diseases Emerging Because of Climate Change
Lincoln, Neb., Feb. 15, 2015 -- The appearance of infectious diseases in new places and new hosts, such as West Nile virus and Ebola, is a predictable result of climate change, says a noted zoologist affiliated with the Harold W. Manter Laboratory of Parasitology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
UNL Drillers Help Make New Antarctic Discoveries
Lincoln, Neb., Jan. 21, 2015 -- Using a hot-water drill and an underwater robotic vehicle designed, built and operated by a University of Nebraska-Lincoln engineering team, scientists have made new discoveries about Antarctica's geology and biology. In addition to new observations about how Antarctica's ice sheets are affected by rising temperatures, the expedition also uncovered a unique ecosystem of fish and invertebrates living in an estuary deep beneath the Antarctic ice.
Study Puts New Perspective on Snake Evolution
Lincoln, Neb., Jan. 5, 2015 - Snakes may not have shoulders, but their bodies aren't as simple as commonly thought, according to a new study that could change how scientists think snakes evolved. Paleobiologists Jason Head of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and P. David Polly of Indiana University Bloomington found distinctions among snakes' vertebral bones that matched those found in the backbones of four-legged lizards.
Biologist Gains Insight into Genetic Evolution of Birds
Lincoln, Neb., Dec. 11, 2104 -- A University of Nebraska-Lincoln researcher has contributed to discoveries about bird evolution as part of a new study that sequenced the complete genomes of 45 avian species. Published Dec. 11 in the journal Science, the study found that avian genomes -- the complete archive of genetic material present in cells -- have exhibited surprisingly slow rates of evolution when compared with their mammalian counterparts.