The Science of Sustainability

Nebraska Educational Telecommunications – NET – operates Nebraska’s state-wide public radio and television networks from its headquarters in Lincoln. On a weekly basis, 100 thousand Nebraskans listen to NET Radio, and 1 million tune in to NET Television.

NET is respected throughout the public broadcasting system for its creative capacity to produce major media initiatives. One of the top-tier public media organizations, NET regularly creates high quality documentaries for PBS, including its recent two-part documentary special Great Plains – America’s Lingering Wild which will be carried on PBS stations in the fall of 2013. NET embraces the role of public media to inform, enlighten, and enrich its communities. Its science focus is vital to Nebraska’s local and regional economies, its civic discourse, and future educational achievements. This approach, which is meant to reach multiple audiences, speaks to NET’s belief in the power of public media to inspire and educate. Tying together all of NET’s science productions, services and affiliations is the NET Science site: www.netNebraska.org/science

NET is a member of the Nebraska Virtual Partnership, formed to serve learners from preschool through high school, and to emphasize science, technology, engineering and math. The Nebraska Virtual Library will include digital learning objects produced by QUEST: www.net.pbslearningmedia.org

Fossil Burrows Shed Light on Great Plains' Roots

Fossil Burrows Shed Light on Great Plains' Roots

The Great Plains didn't evolve in a vacuum. Ancient rodents helped shape the ecosystem we know today. Fossil burrows are helping scientists figure out how.

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Drought Re-shaping the Cattle Map

Drought Re-shaping the Cattle Map

Cattle are leaving drought-parched pastures to go where the grass is greener and it could lead to long-term changes in the industry.

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Dating Drought in the Nebraska Sandhills

Dating Drought in the Nebraska Sandhills

Could the Nebraska Sandhills resemble the Sahara? They have before. Join QUEST as we explore dating and recreating drought in dunes.

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SkyTEM Aquifer Mapping

SkyTEM Aquifer Mapping

Watch how geologists are using SkyTEM, a flying high-tech rig, to detect and map underground fresh water reserves.

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Fire Returns to The Great Plains

Fire Returns to The Great Plains

Fire can be dangerous, but it's not always a bad thing. On the Great Plains, firefighters, ecologists, and ranchers are slowly trying to make fire a part of the region's ecosystem again.

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Omaha’s Farm on Wheels

Omaha’s Farm on Wheels

In this video, QUEST takes a ride with Truck Farm Omaha, an organization with an innovative method for teaching urban kids about growing food.

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Drought Risk Atlas Uses Past to Predict Future: A Q&A with Climatologist Mark Svoboda

Drought Risk Atlas Uses Past to Predict Future: A Q&A with Climatologist Mark Svoboda

A new tool promises to help decision makers and the public better understand and prepare for future drought.

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Beyond Plain Sight

Beyond Plain Sight

Explore unexpected imagery of the Great Plains and see how photographer Michael Forsberg is using timelapse cameras to reveal unprecedented views of how watersheds work.

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Getting Up Close with Cranes

Getting Up Close with Cranes

For decades, scientists have studied the annual migration of sandhill cranes through central Nebraska. A new project is using time-lapse cameras to capture and study crane behavior.

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What Is An Aquifer?

What Is An Aquifer?

This Infographic dissects an aquifer to help demonstrate the role of an aquifer in our everyday lives and why we rely on this body of water.

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Groundwater, Beneath the Surface

Groundwater, Beneath the Surface

View this animation that dives inside an aquifer and beneath the surface to see groundwater in action.

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The Groundwater Term Game

The Groundwater Term Game

Play the fun interactive game to check your groundwater knowledge!

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The Cost of Water

The Cost of Water

Bottled water costs more than you think! Click through the slideshow to see a comparison of costs.

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Farm Waste Fashionistas

Farm Waste Fashionistas

In this video, discover how a biochemical engineer in Nebraska is transforming corn husks into fibers for clothing. Could husk fibers rival cotton as a mainstay for textiles in the future?

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The Science of Measuring Snow

The Science of Measuring Snow

Much of the water flowing through the West starts as snowpack high up in the mountains. A complex system of remote and manual data collection helps water managers calculate how much water they'll have for the season ahead.

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Bison and Cranes Reunited to Support Habitat Restoration

Bison and Cranes Reunited to Support Habitat Restoration

Find out how the reintroduction of bison to a central Nebraska island can help restore habitat for flocks of sandhill cranes during their annual visit on the Platte River.

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Searching for Memories on an Altered Landscape

Searching for Memories on an Altered Landscape

While prairie is converted to cropland at a breakneck pace, one conservation biologist in Nebraska is finding an alternative way to jog the collective memory of the Great Plains landscape.

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Denimite: Discovering New Frontiers for Old Jeans

Denimite: Discovering New Frontiers for Old Jeans

A husband and wife team explore the potential for using recycled denim to create solid composite countertops, dashboards and other unexpected items.

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Reconstructing a River for Wildlife

Reconstructing a River for Wildlife

Pulling up vegetation, starting fires, and letting animals graze on riverbanks are just some of the steps being taken to improve habitat for migrating birds, including endangered species.

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Turning Contaminated Sites Into Wildlife Refuges

Turning Contaminated Sites Into Wildlife Refuges

One of the nation’s biggest wildlife refuges used to be a hotbed of military weapons production, and resulting contamination. It’s now been cleaned up and restored as an urban habitat refuge.

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