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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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Science, Health and Technology
6:25 pm
Thu October 13, 2011

Under the Microscope: October 13th, 2011

Ozark hellbenders are a subspecies found only in Missouri and Arkansas.
Jill Utrup U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

This week on the show, we hear about salamanders, energy-saving techniques, and the strange, secret world of mushroom hunters.

Hosted by Kyle Deas.

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Business
6:35 pm
Thu October 6, 2011

Under the Microscope: October 6th, 2011

Rep. Bill White (R., Joplin) is introducing the end-of-life bill.

This week, we look at a bill that could take some of the uncertainty out of end-of-life decisions. Plus, will funding woes doom agricultural research?

Hosted by Kyle Deas

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Science, Health and Technology
8:29 am
Thu September 29, 2011

Under the Microscope: September 29, 2011

This week, we look at a video-game accessory that could prevent injuries among the elderly. Plus, Columbia College is getting a new science building.

Hosted by Kyle Deas.

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Science, Health and Technology
8:46 am
Thu September 22, 2011

Under the Microscope: September 22, 2011

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack in 2010
Flickr

This week, we sit down with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to discuss the American jobs act. Plus, advancements in ice-cream technology.

Hosted by Kyle Deas.

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Science, Health and Technology
9:02 am
Thu September 15, 2011

Under the Microscope: September 15, 2011

Flickr

This week, a food pantry that’s trying to offer healthier food to low-income families. Plus, an MU researcher tells us how quitting smoking may make you a happier person.

Hosted by Kyle Deas.

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Science, Health and Technology
9:10 am
Thu September 8, 2011

Under the Microscope: September 8, 2011

The Toxic Teens readjust their robot.
Kathleen Masterson Harvest Public Media

This week, we hear from a Washington University virologist whose made it his mission to combat bio-terrorism. Plus: robots!

Hosted by Kyle Deas.

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Science, Health and Technology
9:21 am
Thu September 1, 2011

Under the Microscope: September 1, 2011

This week, we take a look at the tricky link between farm policy and obesity. Plus, the State Veterinarian talks about what his office does – and why it’s important.

Hosted by Kyle Deas.

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Agriculture
12:00 am
Thu November 11, 2010

Under the Microscope: November 11, 2010

Members of the Missouri chapter of the Walnut Council took a hayride during their fall meeting on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2010 in Polo, Missouri. They viewed a number of different tree management techniques and learned about ideal conditions in which to grow.
Lauren Hasler

Thousand Cankers Disease could create a $850 million problem for the state of Missouri. MU’s John Faaborg uses tail feathers to track migrating birds on “Call of the Wild.”

Hosted By Rebecca Wolfson (Columbia, MO)

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