Science and Technology http://kbia.org en Biologist Says Promoting Diversity Is Key To 'Keeping The Bees' http://kbia.org/post/biologist-says-promoting-diversity-key-keeping-bees Every year, more than half of the honeybee hives in the United States are taken to California to pollinate the state's almond crop.<p>Biologist Laurence Packer says this illustrates both our dependence on honeybees to pollinate many plants people rely on for food and the devastating decline in the domestic honeybee population in recent years.<p>The loss of honeybees has been attributed to a variety of causes, from <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2014/04/30/308349393/smiting-the-mite-to-save-the-bees-and-the-crops-they-pollinate">nasty parasites</a> to the stress of being transported Thu, 10 Jul 2014 01:51:40 +0000 editor 55895 at http://kbia.org Biologist Says Promoting Diversity Is Key To 'Keeping The Bees' Plants Know The Rhythm Of The Caterpillar's Creep http://kbia.org/post/plants-know-rhythm-caterpillars-creep According to new research, plants can actually hear the sounds of insects chewing. A University of Missouri study is the first work to report that plants can recognize the sound of a predator through the vibrations of their leaves. To learn more, Robert Siegel speaks with Heidi Appel, senior research scientist in the Bond Life Sciences Center at the University of Missouri. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 22:13:00 +0000 editor 55808 at http://kbia.org City website gives Columbia renters data on energy efficiency http://kbia.org/post/city-website-gives-columbia-renters-data-energy-efficiency <p>The City of Columbia has added a new resource to its website to help renters make an informed decision on where to live and to increase energy efficiency. The site now allows users to search past electric and water usage and rates for Columbia rental units.</p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 13:06:16 +0000 Ashley Reese 55503 at http://kbia.org City website gives Columbia renters data on energy efficiency Columbia kids power up on solar science Saturday http://kbia.org/post/columbia-kids-power-solar-science-saturday <p>You might be surprised to find out that on many a Saturday in Columbia throughout the year, kids are getting up bright and early to take part in science-related activities.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">And, it's not even required!&nbsp; One of these events took place in late April when some Columbia Water and Light employees in conjunction with Columbia Public Schools helped about 15 students construct solar panels.&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 12:12:00 +0000 Gary Grigsby 53102 at http://kbia.org Columbia kids power up on solar science Saturday St. Louis Zoo joins group hoping to solve bee shortage http://kbia.org/post/st-louis-zoo-joins-group-hoping-solve-bee-shortage <p></p><p>The Saint Louis Zoo is joining a national coalition of commercial agriculture producers, conservation groups and seed companies working to address the dramatic recent decline of honeybees. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 13:25:57 +0000 Associated Press 55442 at http://kbia.org St. Louis Zoo joins group hoping to solve bee shortage Lawsuit Seeks To Save Solar Rebates http://kbia.org/post/lawsuit-seeks-save-solar-rebates The Missouri Coalition for the Environment and several solar panel companies have filed a lawsuit against the Missouri Public Service Commission in an effort to keep the state’s solar rebate program alive.<img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="Solar panels on top of the Dickmann Building on South Grand Avenue in St. Louis." data-attribution="Credit : Maria Altman / St. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 13:28:00 +0000 Maria Altman 55206 at http://kbia.org Lawsuit Seeks To Save Solar Rebates Ameren to install $145 million piece in reactor http://kbia.org/post/ameren-install-145-million-piece-reactor <p>Workers at Ameren’s Callaway Energy Center near Fulton will install a new, multi-million dollar piece of equipment later this year.</p><p>Ameren said it’s a nuclear reactor vessel head, which protects important parts of the reactor, and will be installed during a refueling outage in a few months. Barry Cox, Ameren’s Senior Director of Nuclear Operations, said the outage will come around mid-October.</p><p>The piece will replace a 30-year-old vessel head, which has been in use since the reactor opened back in 1984. Ameren said it invested $145 million in the new part.</p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 12:58:56 +0000 Collin Ruane 54988 at http://kbia.org Ameren to install $145 million piece in reactor MU researchers grow stem cells in pigs http://kbia.org/post/mu-researchers-grow-stem-cells-pigs <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For years, medical researchers have been searching for a way to study the effectiveness of stem cell therapies without testing them on humans. But it's difficult, and many problems pop up, including the fact that many animals reject the stem cell grafts or transplants.</span></p><p>MU researchers Dr. R. Michael Roberts and Dr. Randall S. Prather believe they've found the answer: The two have collaborated to create a genetically modified pig with an immune system that doesn't allow rejection.</p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 22:28:00 +0000 Ashley Reese 54838 at http://kbia.org MU researchers grow stem cells in pigs Gov. Nixon Launches New State Energy Plan http://kbia.org/post/gov-nixon-launches-new-state-energy-plan Gov. Jay Nixon signed an <a href="http://governor.mo.gov/news/executive-orders/executive-order-14-06" target="_blank">executive order</a> on Wednesday, officially launching the development of a comprehensive state energy plan.<img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="Gov. Nixon praised the Callaway nuclear power plant for its safety rating while speaking to reporters Wednesday. Thu, 19 Jun 2014 13:26:25 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 54813 at http://kbia.org Gov. Nixon Launches New State Energy Plan Obama Proposes Creation Of World's Largest Ocean Sanctuary http://kbia.org/post/obama-proposes-creation-worlds-largest-ocean-sanctuary President Obama unveiled a proposal on Tuesday that would create the world's largest ocean sanctuary south and west of Hawaii,<em><a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/obama-will-propose-vast-expansion-of-pacific-ocean-marine-sanctuary/2014/06/16/f8689972-f0c6-11e3-bf76-447a5df6411f_story.html?tid=sm_fb"> The Washington Post</a></em> and <a href="http://mtstandard.com/business/obama-to-create-world-s-largest-ocean-preserve/article_6b07fbae-1417-5026-be04-2972ff85e8ff.html">The Associated Press</a> are reporting.<p>According to the outlets, Obama intends to expand a sanctuary created Tue, 17 Jun 2014 14:57:00 +0000 editor 54683 at http://kbia.org Obama Proposes Creation Of World's Largest Ocean Sanctuary MU joins task on water quality of Mississippi River http://kbia.org/post/mu-joins-task-water-quality-mississippi-river <p><br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Researchers at the University of Missouri are working towards improving water quality throughout the Mississippi River and Gulf of Mexico.</p><p></p><p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 20:52:06 +0000 Lina Young 54330 at http://kbia.org MU joins task on water quality of Mississippi River Brewers Have Been All Bottled Up, But Now They're Canning It http://kbia.org/post/brewers-have-been-all-bottled-now-theyre-canning-it You may have noticed a trend clinking around on the shelves of your local liquor store: More and more fancy craft beer is showing up in aluminum cans.<p>For decades, canned beer was the stuff you bought cheap — the PBR or Natural Ice — bottom-shelf beer. Tue, 10 Jun 2014 20:15:00 +0000 editor 54318 at http://kbia.org Brewers Have Been All Bottled Up, But Now They're Canning It Innovative pavement helps solve drainage problem http://kbia.org/post/innovative-pavement-helps-solve-drainage-problem <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Columbia Public Works Department had a problem. There were too many employees for its small parking lot. Workers would park along the street, disturbing residents living close to the department. At the end of the parking lot was an underground cavity, which was used to drain water into local creeks and rivers in the </span>1980s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and has not been used since. But it was a good place to add onto the current lot, however there was a worry about drainage.</span></p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 19:53:23 +0000 Maureen Lewis-Stump 54027 at http://kbia.org Innovative pavement helps solve drainage problem Black bears moving farther north into Missouri http://kbia.org/post/black-bears-moving-farther-north-missouri <p>A group founded last month in Columbia is trying to educate Missourians about black bears. Tue, 03 Jun 2014 21:17:12 +0000 Associated Press 53993 at http://kbia.org Black bears moving farther north into Missouri New carbon dioxide limits could bring changes for coal-powered states like Missouri http://kbia.org/post/new-carbon-dioxide-limits-could-bring-changes-coal-powered-states-missouri <div style="margin:0;"><p><span lang="en-US"><font face="Calibri,sans-serif" size="2"><span style="font-size:11pt;"><font face="Arial,sans-serif">The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed the first-ever rules to cut carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants.</font></span></font></span></p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 13:49:18 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 53957 at http://kbia.org New carbon dioxide limits could bring changes for coal-powered states like Missouri Missouri Coalition for the Environment raises concerns about the Ameren Callaway Nuclear Plant http://kbia.org/post/missouri-coalition-environment-raises-concerns-about-ameren-callaway-nuclear-plant <p>Ameren’s Callaway nuclear plant near Fulton is in its 30<sup>th</sup> year of operation. It has a 40-year license and is in the process of getting it renewed by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, or NRC.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Missouri Coalition for the Environment is heading an effort to stop it from being </span>re-licensed<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p></p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 12:04:00 +0000 Bridgit Bowden 53906 at http://kbia.org Missouri Coalition for the Environment raises concerns about the Ameren Callaway Nuclear Plant New pavement helps solve drainage problem http://kbia.org/post/new-pavement-helps-solve-drainage-problem <p>The Columbia Public Works Department had a problem.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 30 May 2014 22:13:48 +0000 Maureen Lewis-Stump 53830 at http://kbia.org New pavement helps solve drainage problem As black bear population reaches about 300, researchers shift focus http://kbia.org/post/black-bear-population-reaches-about-300-researchers-shift-focus <div style="margin:0;"><p><span lang="en-US"><font face="Calibri,sans-serif" size="2"><span style="font-size:11pt;"><font color="black" size="4"><span style="font-size:14.5pt;">The Missouri Department of Conservation now estimates that the Show Me State’s black bear population is about 300. </span></font></span></font></span></p> Mon, 26 May 2014 13:20:16 +0000 Jacob McCleland 53534 at http://kbia.org As black bear population reaches about 300, researchers shift focus Building Columbia’s first net-zero energy house http://kbia.org/post/building-columbia-s-first-net-zero-energy-house <p><script async charset="utf-8" src="//cdn.thinglink.me/jse/embed.js"></script></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The house under construction at the corner of Ash and Sanford streets isn’t like its neighbors. Beyond the huge roof and shiny silver siding, <a href="http://www.thinglink.com/scene/508382095396044801">the house</a> is designed to produce energy as well as consume it.</span></p><p> Thu, 22 May 2014 20:27:39 +0000 Eliza Davidson & Jason Bredehoeft & Morgan Dzakowic 53386 at http://kbia.org Building Columbia’s first net-zero energy house MU included in EPA task force on water quality http://kbia.org/post/mu-included-epa-task-force-water-quality <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A task force established by the Environmental Protection Agency to curtail farmland pollution that flows into the Mississippi River has reached an agreement with 12 universities.</span></p><p>The EPA says states already collaborate with universities on local water quality research and agricultural programs but to date there hasn't been a formal process for sharing university research and ideas across the 12 task force states.</p> Wed, 21 May 2014 20:37:28 +0000 Associated Press 53326 at http://kbia.org MU included in EPA task force on water quality Helping hands for Missouri Monarchs http://kbia.org/post/helping-hands-missouri-monarchs <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Most of us are familiar with that icon of the insect world, the black and orange Monarch butterfly.</p><p> Wed, 21 May 2014 19:38:00 +0000 Gary Grigsby 51830 at http://kbia.org Helping hands for Missouri Monarchs Missouri tests sonic signals to alert distracted drivers [VIDEO] http://kbia.org/post/missouri-tests-sonic-signals-alert-distracted-drivers-video <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As Wednesday’s rush hour dies down on Interstate 70, Scott Campbell is merging onto the highway.</span></p><p>“Off like a herd of turtles,” he says.</p><p>Campbell is with Missouri’s Department of Transportation and he’s spending the night here with the maintenance team to repaint the yellow stripe in the fast lane. The caravan of trucks, with mounted signs, flashing arrows and bright lights, spreads out for more than a mile creeping along at 10 miles per hour. Even all these emblazoned alerts didn’t protect Campbell when was struck by a pickup on the job two weeks ago.</p><p> Thu, 15 May 2014 19:45:51 +0000 Kristofor Husted 52869 at http://kbia.org Missouri tests sonic signals to alert distracted drivers [VIDEO] Under The Microscope: Sonic signals as a traffic alert http://kbia.org/post/under-microscope-sonic-signals-traffic-alert <p></p><p></p><p>Farmers can expect more challenges, thanks to climate change. That’s according to a recent report released by the White House.</p><p>Iowa State University professor Gene Takle co-authored the chapter on agriculture in the 2014 National Climate Assessment. He says expected changes in humidity, precipitation and temperature may produce more extreme weather events.</p> Thu, 15 May 2014 19:26:11 +0000 Kristofor Husted 52994 at http://kbia.org Under The Microscope: Sonic signals as a traffic alert Solar energy industry rallying to keep rebates http://kbia.org/post/solar-energy-industry-rallying-keep-rebates <div style="color: rgb(40, 40, 40); font-family: 'Segoe UI WPC', 'Segoe UI', Tahoma, 'Microsoft Sans Serif', Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: normal; margin: 14pt 0px;"><font face="Times New Roman,serif" size="3"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><font face="Verdana,sans-serif" size="2"><span style="font-size: 8.5pt;">Missouri's</span></font><font face="Verdana,sans-serif" size="2"><span style="font-size: 8.5pt;">&nbsp;</span></font><font face="Verdana,sans-serif" size="2"><span style="font-size: 8.5pt;">solar energy industry is rallying to resurrect a popular rebate program created by a 2008 renewable-energy ballot initiative that was curtailed when the state's largest utility said it had to cease participation to avoid rate increases capped by the voter-approved law.</span></font></span></font></div><p> Mon, 12 May 2014 21:25:19 +0000 Associated Press 52830 at http://kbia.org Solar energy industry rallying to keep rebates Medical sciences company plans construction of radioisotope facility in Columbia http://kbia.org/post/medical-sciences-company-plans-construction-radioisotope-facility-columbia <p>An Oregon-based medical sciences company announced this morning a multimillion-dollar plan to build a radioisotope production facility in Columbia.</p><p> Thu, 08 May 2014 22:23:50 +0000 Anthony Del Fiacco 52654 at http://kbia.org Medical sciences company plans construction of radioisotope facility in Columbia Under the Microscope: Climate change, food security and turtles http://kbia.org/post/under-microscope-climate-change-food-security-and-turtles <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The White House released a new climate change report Tuesday. It predicts threats to agriculture including severe weather, more pests and greater demands for water and energy. Harvest Public Media’s Amy Mayer reports.</span></p> Thu, 08 May 2014 21:00:43 +0000 Kristofor Husted 52645 at http://kbia.org Under the Microscope: Climate change, food security and turtles Conservation dept. needs extra hands for turtle research http://kbia.org/post/conservation-dept-needs-extra-hands-turtle-research <p>The Missouri Department of Conservation is searching for help to track the state's turtle population. Interested biology enthusiasts would help trap and release turtles in the water at the Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area south of Columbia. The department needs between two and three dozen people who don't mind getting messy in the name of science.</p><p>Eagle Bluffs manager Vic Bogosian says the information gathered during these turtle round ups are crucial to ensuring the continued well-being of the animals.</p> Wed, 07 May 2014 21:21:39 +0000 Grant Suneson 52605 at http://kbia.org Conservation dept. needs extra hands for turtle research Universities turn food waste into compost http://kbia.org/post/universities-turn-food-waste-compost <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Food waste is something we all produce, but don’t like to think about. That’s why several large universities in Missouri are turning food waste from dining halls into compost.</p><p> Tue, 06 May 2014 12:52:26 +0000 Bridgit Bowden 49592 at http://kbia.org Universities turn food waste into compost Unlocking prairie secrets from a sod house http://kbia.org/post/unlocking-prairie-secrets-sod-house <p style="margin-bottom: 12px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif; line-height: 15px;">&nbsp;</p> Thu, 01 May 2014 22:28:00 +0000 Jackie Sojico 52209 at http://kbia.org Unlocking prairie secrets from a sod house Under the Microscope: Asian carp, monarch migration http://kbia.org/post/under-microscope-asian-carp-monarch-migration <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Water experts in the Midwest are worried about Asian carp. They say the invasive fish are taking over U.S. waterways -- the Mississippi River and its tributaries like the Illinois and Missouri Rivers, where they out compete native fish.</p><p>But as Jacob McCleland reports for Harvest Public Media, river watchers at their wits end have found new hope. And it lies on dinner tables in China.</p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 22:29:00 +0000 Kristofor Husted 51904 at http://kbia.org Under the Microscope: Asian carp, monarch migration