The Salt
5:31 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Tabasco And Beer-Flavored: Not Your Easter Bunny's Jelly Beans

Jelly Belly says its most popular flavors include the savory-sweet Buttered Popcorn and Very Cherry.
Meg Vogel/NPR

Originally published on Fri April 18, 2014 12:11 pm

This Easter, you can drown your sorrows in a glass of Jellybean milk — or with a pile of beer-flavored jelly beans.

The new twists are a sign that jelly beans are continuing their march to candyland domination. Americans buy 16 billion beans in the Easter season alone (mid-February until the actual holiday), according to the National Confectioners Association. The candy even has its own holiday on April 22.

Read more
Science and Technology
5:30 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Under the Microscope: Secret life of plants; changing dominant hands

Jack Schultz, director of the Bond Life Sciences Center at MU, leads a discussion on the “Thoughts of Plants.”
Credit Marissane Lewis-Stump / KBIA

When we think of plants, intelligence is usually not the first thing that comes to mind. But maybe plants are more than a decorative feature to our dining room table.

KBIA’s Marissanne Lewis-Thompson checked in with a monthly science conversation series in Columbia. This month’s topic: the secret lives of plants.

Read more
Science and Technology
5:29 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Training the brain to learn a new dominant hand

Scott Frey, PhD, discusses his research into how amputees learn to use a non-dominant hand, and how this research could help those suffering from disabilities following a stroke.
Credit Jacob Jones / KBIA

University of Missouri researchers are starting to uncover details about how the brain adapts to the loss or impairment of an individual's dominant hand. Dr. Scott Frey with MU's Department of Psychological Sciences has been working with amputation and stroke patients and his research may hold the secret to training the brain and the body to use a non-dominant hand. I recently say down with Frey to learn more: 

Can you give me a little background information as to what got you started with this research?

Read more
Science and Technology
5:28 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Intelligent plants? Researcher unravels mysteries of plant life

Jack Schultz, director of the Bond Life Sciences Center at MU, leads a discussion on the “Thoughts of Plants.”
Credit Marissane Lewis-Stump / KBIA

When we think of plants, intelligence is usually not the first thing that comes to mind. But maybe plants are more than a decorative feature to our dining room table.

On a recent Tuesday night, the sounds of restaurant chatter, music and the aroma of food fill Columbia’s Broadway Brewery. But in the middle of the crowd, on a wooden stool sits an ordinary green plant.

Read more
Politics
5:02 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Obama's Favorite County — At Least When It Comes To Giving Speeches

President Obama speaks during an April 7 visit to Bladensburg High School in Bladensburg, Md. It was his fourth visit to Prince George's County in as many months.
Aude Guerrucci-Pool Getty Images

Originally published on Fri April 18, 2014 12:11 am

Residents of Prince George's County, Md., might just get sick of hearing "Hail to the Chief." President Obama has visited this county to deliver policy addresses more than any other in his second term.

"Hello Maryland. It's good to see you," the president said enthusiastically in January at a Costco in Lanham, Md. "I love to get outside of the Beltway, even if it is just a few hundred feet away."

Read more
Education
4:56 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

MU researchers present work at Life Sciences Week

Scientists and researchers at the University of Missouri gather for the second poster session on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 as part of the 30th annual Life Sciences Week. Ginny Booker, marketing and communications manager for the Bond Life Sciences Center, hopes that collaboration will grow by allowing scientists to view each other's' work.
Credit Stephanie Kawula / KBIA

Nearly 300 scientists and researchers at the University of Missouri presented their work at the 30th annual Life Sciences Week.

Read more
Basketball
4:14 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Report: Mizzou's Frank Haith to become head coach at Tulsa

Frank Haith shown here during an exhibition game on Oct. 29, 2012, will be the next men’s basketball coach at Tulsa.
Credit Karen Mitchell

According to multiple reports on Thursday, Missouri coach Frank Haith has verbally accepted an offer to become the head basketball coach at the University of Tulsa in Oklahoma. 

Tulsa World had reported that Haith is a “very solid front-runner” and was expected to meet with Tulsa President Steadman Upham and athletic and athletic director Derrick Gragg. A short time later ESPN and CBSsports learned he has verbally accepted an offer to join Tulsa. 

Read more
Movies
4:12 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

A Story Of Torture And Forgiveness That Spans A Half-Century

Originally published on Thu April 17, 2014 7:06 pm

Transcript

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

And I'm Robert Siegel.

Read more
Around the Nation
4:12 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

The Ohio Snake Art That's Been Mid-Slither For A Millennium

The Serpent Mound in southern Ohio is 3 feet high and more than 1,300 feet long.
Courtesy of the Ohio Historical Society.

Originally published on Thu April 17, 2014 7:06 pm

In new installment of the Spring Break series, Noah Adams visits the Serpent Mound in southern Ohio. It's not a burial site; it's a massive, grass-covered effigy of a snake, created a thousand years ago.

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Transcript

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

Read more

Pages