Under the Microscope

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KBIA's weekly look at science, technology, and health in Missouri and beyond.

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Under the Microscope
5:05 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

How to be happy

Gary Robinson, a jeweler by trade, brightens the lives of some by doubling as an electronics repairman.
Scott Pham KBIA

On today’s show, we’ll hear about an unlikely place to get small electronics repaired, and learn more about the key to being happy.

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Under the Microscope
5:04 pm
Thu May 3, 2012

Taking a closer look at the bacon trend

cookbookman17 Flickr

On this week's show, we’ll hear from a pioneer in the field of sociobiology, and take a closer look at an emerging food trend.

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Under the Microscope
5:53 pm
Thu April 26, 2012

Rural doctor shortages and prenatal care

One-year-old Bryce Grawe sleeps in his crib at his family’s home in Macon, Mo. When he was born, doctors in Moberly thought his heart was abnormally large, but doctors in Columbia determined otherwise.
Marie French KBIA

On this week's show, we’ll debunk some myths about forensic science and learn how a rural doctor shortage affects some patients.

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Under the Microscope
5:50 pm
Thu April 19, 2012

MU project engages students through games

MU senior Max Smith, left, uses his smartphone to navigate around Columbia with senior Amanda Vanslyke. The students are particpating in the university's "REBOOT Mizzou" project, which teaches sustainable practices through a game format.
Matt Veto KBIA

This week, we'll take a look at games. We'll hear how one MU project is trying to engage young people through a futuristic competition. And stay tuned to the end of the show for a discussion of the science behind baseball.

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Under the Microscope
8:19 am
Thu April 12, 2012

Tracking an astronomical mystery

The caiman/puma monster-shaped mound is one of two figures from the 4,000 year old preceramic site of El Paraíso, in the Chilca Valley. The other, a condor, is partly visible in the upper left. The arrow shows the mound’s alignment to the Milky Way.
Photo courtesy of Google Earth Pro

For centuries people have lived and worked in a part of coastal Peru spotted with oddly shaped hills.  Most knew that the mounds were man made, but were they significant?  

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Under the Microscope
5:24 pm
Thu April 5, 2012

The risks of alcohol abuse

Kenn Wilson Flickr

This week, we’ll hear from one MU researcher about the risk factors for alcohol dependence, and hear about cancer prevention. 

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Under the Microscope
6:12 pm
Thu March 29, 2012

Fighting a disease in bats

US Fish and Wildlife Service Flickr

This week, we’ll hear about a devastating disease afflicting bat populations across the country, and learn about the hazards of ignoring the issue. 

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Under the Microscope
6:04 pm
Thu March 22, 2012

On early planting

Fiona Henderson Flickr

On this week’s show, we’ll hear why farmers and gardeners should hold off on planting early this year, and find out why MU is hiring fewer international scholars.

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Under the Microscope
4:28 pm
Fri March 16, 2012

The science of food

Shirley Corriher
Vanderbilt University Flickr

Food Sense: The 8th Annual Life Sciences and Society Symposium takes place this week at MU. 

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Under the Microscope
5:55 pm
Thu March 8, 2012

Technology in the classroom

A growing number of schools across the country are introducing tablet technology into the classroom.
Brad Flickinger Flickr

On this week’s show, we’ll talk about about exercise programs for minority populations, and hear about tablet technology in classrooms.

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Under the Microscope
5:33 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

Getting stuck in a food desert

Onega's business district was left without a grocery store when its old market burned down in December 2010.
Sylvia Maria Gross Harvest Public Media

On this week's show, we'll explore how some towns are dealing with poor access to affordable food. Plus, an interview with President Obama's principal environmental advisor.

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Under the Microscope
4:42 pm
Thu February 23, 2012

Discovering a comet

KBIA's Lee Jian Chung spoke with Fred Bruenjes, about his experience discovering a comet.
Kevin Dooley Flickr

If you go stargazing tonight, you just might see a faint little speck with a Missouri connection.

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Under the Microscope
5:33 pm
Thu February 16, 2012

What's in your food?

Daniel Castellano Flickr

 

On this week’s show, we’ll explore what's in our food, and hear from the director of a documentary that looks at the difficult choices involved with legalized, physician assisted suicide.

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Under the Microscope
5:00 pm
Thu February 9, 2012

Cleaning up the Missouri River

Last year, Missouri River Relief traveled across the state, cleaning up the river by barge.
Melanie Cheney Flickr

On February 2, the non-profit organization Missouri River Relief will host the Wild and Scenic film festival at the Blue Note in Columbia. Festival-goers can expect to see a variety of environmental and adventure films. One of those films, Big Muddy Clean Sweep, documents the organization’s trek across the state, cleaning the Missouri River aboard a barge.

Steve Schnarr is the program manager for Missouri River relief. We spoke to him about what it was like traveling across the state, his own connection to the Missouri River and what people could expect at the festival.

Under the Microscope
5:32 pm
Thu February 2, 2012

On food and phones

Author Michael Pollan spoke to St. Louis Public Radio's Veronique LaCapra.
Kris Krüg Flickr

 

On the show this week, we’ll revisit a report that tests the iPhone 4s’s ability to recognize accents, and hear from author Michael Pollan.

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Under the Microscope
5:17 pm
Thu January 26, 2012

Bridging the gender gap in math

Despite filling close to half of all jobs in the nation’s economy, women only make up 25% of the workforce in careers in science, math, engineering and technology.
woodleywonderworks Flickr

This week on the show, we explore gender differences in math achievement and performance.

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Under the Microscope
5:06 pm
Thu January 19, 2012

Breeding new grape varieties

Dr. Chin-Feng Hwang checks on a cluster of grapes that is a crossbreed between the disease-resistant Norton and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes.
Jennifer Moore KSMU

 

This week on the show: do you know what's living in your firewood? Plus, new cultivars could change Missouri's wine industry.

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Under the Microscope
8:02 pm
Thu January 12, 2012

The evolution of frogs

An illustration of a frog found in Carl Gerhardt's lab.
Rehman Tungekar KBIA

This week on the show: a former engineer calls for an investigation of the Callaway nuclear plant. Plus, new research may provide insight into how a species of treefrog evolved.

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Under the Microscope
4:39 pm
Thu January 5, 2012

The changing fast food menu

Chain restaurants will soon be required to list calorie information on their menu.
Grant Gerlock/NET News

This week on the episode: fast food chains may soon be forced to disclose health information on their menus. Plus, a surging student population places pressure on the mental health counselors at the University of Missouri.

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Under the Microscope
11:51 am
Thu December 22, 2011

Tracking the doctors, and the dollars

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This week in Under the Microscope, a special report: KBIA's JESSICA PUPOVAC goes looking for the doctors and the dollars – for information on local doctors who receive payments from pharmaceutical companies in exchange for promoting their products. 

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Under the Microscope
5:10 pm
Thu December 15, 2011

Lobbying for the health of Missouri's waterways

The entrance to the Ozark National Scenic Riverways. Environmental groups are petitioning to have a new management plan for the park.
Jimmy Wayne Flickr

This week on the show: why aren't the candidates for President talking about agricultural issues? Plus: environmental groups petition the National Park Service to take better care of Missouri rivers.

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Under the Microscope
5:40 pm
Thu December 8, 2011

Remaking school lunches

Food service workers set out Individual salads at a school cafeteria in Lincoln, Neb.
Clay Masters Harvest Public Media

This week on the show: your child's school lunches aren't likely to get much healthier anytime soon. Plus: why you should still get the flu vaccine.

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Under the Microscope
3:21 pm
Thu December 1, 2011

Getting stuck in a food desert

Onega's business district was left without a grocery store when its old market burned down in December 2010.
Sylvia Maria Gross Harvest Public Media

Rural America is losing its grocery stores. Many parts of the United States, and large swaths of rural Missouri, are now classified as ‘food deserts’, areas where residents lack access to affordable food.

But as Harvest Public Media's Sylvia Maria Gross reports, some small towns are finding creative ways deal with the problem.

Plus: Nancy Sutley is President Obama’s principal environmental advisor and the Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality.

Science, Health and Technology
4:36 pm
Thu November 24, 2011

Under the Microscope: November 24, 2011

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An accent ‘test-drive’ of the iPhone’s new digital assistant. Plus: at what age do babies start engaging in mind-reading? One MU researcher thinks she’s got it figured out.

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Science, Health and Technology
2:19 pm
Thu November 17, 2011

Under the Microscope: November 17, 2011

The Center for Disease Control says that Missouri is missing vital legislation to combat prescription drug abuse.
Pink Sherbert Photography Flickr

This week on the show: the University of Missouri sponsors the Suicide Prevention Week. Plus: Missouri is ill-equipped to deal with prescription drug abuse.

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Science, Health and Technology
3:05 pm
Thu November 10, 2011

Under the Microscope: November 10, 2011

Kansas farmer Jason Ochs still has to man his tractor to plant winter wheat. If an autonomous tractor were planting the wheat, Ochs would be free to attend to his corn and sorghum, and prepare for the winter freeze.
Eric Durban Harvest Pubic Media

This week on the show: a popular conservation program may fall victim to the 2012 Farm Bill. Plus, robot tractors.

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Under The Microscope
12:02 pm
Thu November 3, 2011

Under the Microscope: November 3, 2011

Brett O’Brien checks an ash tree branch for signs of infestation in a Columbia Parks and Recreation Department workshop.
Camille Phillips KBIA

This week on the show: do you know what's living in your firewood? Plus, new cultivars could change Missouri's wine industry.

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Agriculture
5:49 pm
Fri October 28, 2011

Army Corps Recieving Criticism on May Flood

At the fourth in a series of public input sessions Thursday night in Jefferson City, farmers and representatives of lawmakers shared opinions and criticism on how the corps handled the historic flooding last May, June and July.

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Under The Microscope
5:25 pm
Thu October 27, 2011

Under the Microscope: October 27, 2011

The aurora borealis, as seen from Norway.
Billy Idle Flickr

This week on the show: kids are spending more time in front of digital screens. Plus, the aurora borealis shows itself in the Missouri sky.

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Science, Health and Technology
5:22 pm
Thu October 20, 2011

Under the Microscope: October 20, 2011

Mariah Dreisinger is one of the student directors at MedZou

Hosted by Kyle Deas.

Chronic medical conditions are a huge problem for the homeless, unemployed, or uninsured. In an effort to address this problem, a group of University of Missouri medical students founded MedZou, a student staffed and managed medical clinic that provides free medical care to the uninsured. Though the clinic is a little ad-hoc – it sees patients in a donated meeting area a few nights a month – it provides the students with valuable practice and the patients with potentially life-changing care. KBIA’s Jessica Pupovac has this story.

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