• This Aug. 12, 2012, photo, taken at a research farm at the University of Nevada, Reno, and provided by the university, shows curly cup gumweed, a sticky cousin of the sunflower that is the target of research into efforts to use it to produce biofuels. UNR environmental sciences professor Glenn Miller and a team of scientists are in the second year of a four-year project funded by a $500,000 grant from the USDA. (Whip Villarreal/University of Nevada, Reno via AP)

    Nevada researchers trying to turn roadside weed into biofuel

    RENO, Nev. (AP) — Three decades ago, a University of Nevada researcher who obtained one of the first U.S. Energy Department grants to study the potential to turn plants into biofuels became convinced that a roadside weed — curly top gumweed — was growing along the road to the future.

  • Franklin hoping to speed up program development with win

    STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Processing expectations of fans who’ve grown tired of middle-of-the-pack Big Ten finishes is the hardest part of James Franklin’s job.

  • This undated photo provided by May Barakat shows Harvard University senior Neil Alacha, who was among 32 U.S. students named Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015, as a Rhodes Scholar to study at England’s University of Oxford. Inspired by his Syrian immigrant father, Alacha plans to pursue a master’s degree in modern Middle Eastern studies. He goes to Oxford in 2016, where he plans to widen his studies to examine whether Western notions of human rights are compatible with Islamic law. (May Barakat via AP)

    As Rhodes scholar, Harvard student to explore Syrian roots

    BOSTON (AP) — The honor of winning a Rhodes scholarship carries extra weight for Neil Alacha. It will help connect him to his Middle Eastern roots.

  • In this Friday, Nov. 20, 2015, photo, waves distort the reflection in an indoor wave pool and wind tunnel at the University of Maine in Orono, Maine. The university's new wind-wave basin is capable of simulating some of the worst conditions at sea at a 1:50 scale.  (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

    UMaine debuting ocean simulator to test sea-bound technology

    ORONO, Maine (AP) — Builders of everything from cruise ships and ports to oil rigs offshore wind turbines are tasked with the same question — will their work will be strong enough to stand up to the sea?

  • U. of New Mexico grapples with higher costs, no new revenue

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — University of New Mexico officials are looking at ways to bridge a multimillion-dollar gap in the budget.

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Tod Machover greets supporters after a rehearsal at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015, in Detroit. The DSO has teamed up with the international composer to create an original musical work designed to answer the question: “What does Detroit sound like?” The result is “Symphony in D,” a blend of melodies played by traditional orchestral instruments combined with everyday Detroit sounds collected, digitized, and translated into music via software developed by Machover. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

    MIT professor creates symphony featuring sounds of Detroit

    DETROIT (AP) — International composer, inventor and Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Tod Machover spent the past year contemplating the question: “What does Detroit sound like?”

  • In this Oct. 8, 2015, photo, Justin Pace reads along with classmates during a ninth-grade Teen Talk High School class at Carlmont High School in Belmont, Calif. Sex education in some American high schools is evolving beyond pregnancy and disease prevention to include lessons aimed at curbing sexual assaults. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

    High school Sex Ed teaching ‘Yes means yes’ rape prevention

    BELMONT, Calif. (AP) — This is the new look of high school sex ed: A roomful of teens, 14-year-olds mostly, is told that a girl and boy meet at a school dance. The boy drives her home. They kiss. What happens next, over the girl’s protests, leaves him confused and her crying, no longer a virgin.

  • New UCF athletic director always had an eye on the school

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The way his father tells it, Danny White has been keeping tabs on UCF for a while.