Under the Microscope

Thursdays at 5:20pm, Fridays at 8:21am

This week in science, health, and technology in mid-Missouri.



Under the Microscope
5:20 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

Numerous health problems disproportionately impact LGBT Missourians

vitualis Flickr

A wealth of factors are leading to poorer health outcomes within Missouri’s LGBT community.

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Under the Microscope
12:19 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

On hydroponic farming

Tomatoes from Garden Fresh Vegetables' hydroponic greenhouse in O'Neill, Neb.
Hilary Stohs-Krause Harvest Public Media

This week, we’ll hear how some farmers are using hydroponics technology to save on water, and revisit an interview with biologist Edward O. Wilson.

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Under the Microscope
5:05 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Staying energy efficient in Fulton

Judy McKinnon stands outside her energy efficient home in Fulton, Mo. McKinnon and her husband, Jim Stevermer, recently installed 16 solar electric panels on the roof.
Gina Cook KBIA

On this week’s show, we’ll learn about renewable energy in Fulton, hear about a new discovery in HIV research, and listen to a report on MU’s South Farm showcase.

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Under the Microscope
11:50 am
Thu September 20, 2012

Fly borne disease affects Missouri deer population

On this week's show, we'll hear about how the drought is affecting Missouri's deer population, and hear a profile from the Harvest Public Media series My Farm Roots.

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Science, Health and Technology
5:51 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

New study looks at gender differences in autobiographical stories

Adolescent women tend to have more elaborate and reflective autobiographical narratives, according to an MU study.
Flickr nataliej

This week, we’ll hear about gender differences in the ways that adolescents talk about themselves, and revisit an interview about happiness.

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Under the Microscope
7:20 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Show-Me Medicaid expansion? Missouri weighs the costs

Richard Freese sits in the waiting room of Family Care Health Centers in St. Louis. Freese is self-employed, servicing and selling industrial machines. But he says if he wound up hospitalized, he’d have no income – and no way to pay his bills.
Veronique LaCapra St. Louis Public Radio

When the US Supreme Court upheld the federal health care law in June, it ruled that states couldn’t be penalized for failing to expand their Medicaid programs.

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Under the Microscope
6:14 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Livestock producers want less corn in your gas

Corn being unloaded from a truck will begin the process of converting to ethanol at the Lincoln Energy Plant in Iowa.
Todd Post Bread for the World

Livestock producers are watching their feed costs rise with corn prices and taking their concerns to Washington D.C. The Environmental Protection Agency is under pressure from livestock groups and some rural lawmakers to curb corn prices and ease livestock producer worries by suspending the federal ethanol mandate.

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Under the Microscope
6:30 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

On genetically modified food and allergies

Genetically modified crops were introduced to the US 18 years ago.
Peter Blanchard Flickr

This week, we’ll see if there’s a connection between genetically modified food and allergies.

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Science, Health and Technology
9:22 am
Thu August 16, 2012

On human test subjects

Ether Dyson Flickr

This week, we'll hear about human test subjects, and talk about gender differences in math performance.

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Under the Microscope
5:57 pm
Thu August 9, 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
7:01 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Rethinking crop insurance

A parched corn field in Cass County, Illinois.
Adam Allington St. Louis Public Radio

This week, we'll hear a report about taxpayer subsidized crop insurance, and find out how a guano harvest could help some penguins.

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Under the Microscope
11:22 am
Fri July 27, 2012

Remembering Sally Ride

Linda Godwin is a former NASA astronaut that worked with Sally Ride.
Kris Husted KBIA

Former astronaut Sally Ride passed away on Monday after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

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Science, Health and Technology
6:39 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

On cancer

An image of cervical cancer cells.
Andres Pérez Flickr

On today’s show, we’ll have a look at cancer.

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Under the Microscope
5:36 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

On starting a startup

Photo courtesy of Listener Approved

This week, we’ll hear from the creator of a new start-up that aims to connect people with free music.

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Under the Microscope
5:30 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

On obesity and poor math performance

Sharon Drummond Flickr

On this week's show, we’ll revisit a story about iPad technology at Benton elementary school, and hear about a study that links childhood obesity to poor math skills in school.

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