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Nebraska profs developing drone to collect water

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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A team led by Nebraska university scientists has won a grant to develop aerial drones that could collect water samples from lakes, streams and ponds.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture grant of more than $956,000 is for three years. The team is headed by Carrick Detweiler and Sebastian Elbaum, who are professors of computer science and engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. They're working with experts from the University of California, Berkeley.

Amy Burgin is an assistant professor with UNL's School of Natural Resources who is working on the drone project. She says the drone could open new opportunities in water study.

She says the team wants to send the drone "to places that humans can't necessarily get to."

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