Under the Microscope

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

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Under the Microscope
7:11 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Managing the Missouri River

Soybeans planted in previously flooded areas near the Missouri River in Atchison County, Mo., poke up through the silt.
Clay Masters Harvest Public Media

This week, we’ll hear about efforts to manage the Missouri River.

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Under the Microscope
6:23 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

On mid-sized farms

Eric Neill hopes at least one of his two sons – perhaps Carter, pictured with him here – will settle down on his mid-sized farm.
Frank Morris Harvest Public Media

This week, we’ll hear the final installment of Harvest Public Media’s Farmer of the Future series.

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Under the Microscope
5:47 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

On 'corporate' farming

Chris Boeckmann is a hybrid farmer who works with the large multinational corporations that control the agricultural markets, but also responds to increasing consumer demand for “natural” food.
Peggy Lowe Harvest Public Media

On this week's show, we’ll hear the fourth installment of Harvest Public Media’s Farmer of the future series, and hear about the bacteria that live in and on our bodies.

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Under the Microscope
3:15 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

On the future of sustainable farming

Cows stand on Dan Howell's farm in Marshall County, Kan.
Jessica Naudziunas Harvest Public Media

On this week's show, we’ll hear the third installment of Harvest Public Media’s Farmer of the future series, and revisit a conversation with author Michael Pollan.

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Under the Microscope
6:52 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

On robots and farms

This planting robot was the winner of a national competition. Three sensors allow it to determine where a field of crops ends.
Jeremy Bernfeld Harvest Public Media

On this week’s show, we’ll learn how robots could be used to assist farmers, and hear about an upcoming astronomical event involving Venus and the sun.

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Under the Microscope
5:53 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

On agriculture and immigration

Terry van Maanen bought Winding Meadows Dairy from his father in the '80s and has grown it to about 600 cows. He sells milk to Land O Lakes.
Kathleen Masterson Harvest Public Media

On this week's show, we'll hear about how immigrant populations are filling a gap in agricultural labor.

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Under the Microscope
2:16 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

Mid-Missouri hospitals work to provide psychiatric care

Emer­gency room nurse Chuck John­son enters pa­tient in­form­a­tion in­to a com­puter while eat­ing lunch in a nurses sta­tion at Callaway Com­munity Hos­pit­al.
Angela Case Project 573

The mental health care system is faced with diminishing resources, making it harder for people with psychiatric illnesses to find help. From police officers to school counselors, people outside of the system are working to fill the gaps. Project 573’s Angela Case explains how community hospitals are dealing with the problem, and takes you inside two units that provide this much-needed care.

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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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