9:00 am
Wed December 11, 2013

‘Frankenfish’ clears regulatory hurdle in Canada

AquaBounty Technologies, Inc., recently got the green light from Canada’s environmental regulatory agency to commercially produce these eggs for its genetically engineered salmon at a hatchery on Prince Edward Island.
Credit Photo courtesy of AquaBounty.

A controversial genetically engineered salmon, known to its detractors as the “Frankenfish,” has moved a step closer to being sold on the U.S. market.

That’s because AquaBounty Technologies, Inc., recently got the green light from Canada’s environmental regulatory agency to commercially produce eggs for its genetically engineered salmon at a hatchery on Prince Edward Island. Previously the hatchery, which produces sterile female eggs, had only been allowed to operate as a research facility.

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8:17 am
Tue August 27, 2013

MU researchers receive funding for science teaching program

jeremy.wilburn Flickr

According to an article in the journal Science, 60 percent of teachers are “cautious” when teaching science. But the National Science Foundation has recently approved a grant that will help Missouri teachers build confidence on teaching the subject.

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3:13 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Scientists check Corn Belt waters for effects of ag runoff

One of the U.S. Geological Survey teams collecting water samples and checking cages for fish eggs in Missouri this summer: biologist Diana Papoulias, chemist Dave Alvarez, hydrologist Peter Van Metre, biologist Diane Nicks and toxicologist Don Tillitt.
Abbie Fentress Swanson/Harvest Public Media

Eleven miles northeast of Centralia, Mo., five U.S. Geological Survey scientists don waders and bright reflective life jackets to wade into Goodwater Creek. Plenty of fish live in the stream’s murky slow-moving waters, along with snakes, crayfish, mussels and snapping turtles. On this overcast morning, the team collects water samples and checks submerged cages of fathead minnows for eggs.

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Science, Health and Technology
8:35 am
Mon June 17, 2013

What sequestration cuts mean for Missouri scientists

(Sarah Skiöld-Hanlin/St. Louis Public Radio)

Originally published on Tue June 18, 2013 9:52 am

It has been just over three months since the federal spending cuts known as sequestration first took effect.

A handful of programs were spared — but not scientific research, which amounts to about $140 billion in annual government spending.

As St. Louis Public Radio’s Véronique LaCapra found out, at universities here in St. Louis, some scientists are worried about what the budget cuts will mean for their research — and for their students.

"I had to let go of some science."

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9:00 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Exploring our global food system at the Natural History Museum

“Our Global Kitchen: Food, Nature, Culture,” on view now at the American Museum of Natural History, explores how our food is produced, distributed and eaten.
Mansoor Khan for Harvest Public Media

Can a watermelon be grown in the shape of a square? What do Olympic athletes like Michael Phelps eat for breakfast? Which island nation produces the most lamb in the world? Consumers interested in pulling back the curtain on our food system will get these and many other questions answered at “Our Global Kitchen: Food, Nature, Culture.” The exhibition, on view now at the American Museum of Natural History, explores how our food is produced, distributed and eaten.

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Science, Health and Technology
9:14 am
Wed January 2, 2013

Rethinking ants: New Rolla research creates model to predict colony growth and survival

Credit Bulldog Pottery / Flickr

New research out of Rolla finds that larger ant colonies have an edge over smaller ones.

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Under the Microscope
7:59 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Telling stories about science

Graduate researcher Tabitha Finch looks at the utensils and machinery used for studying elephants in her laboratory.
Lee Jian Chung KBIA

The University of Missouri has awarded $25,000 to a group of scientists, journalists and other communicators on campus who want to make their research more accessible to the wider public. To do this, some graduate student researchers are looking to the art of storytelling to help describe their work.

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10:09 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Why is farmland so expensive?

A clod of soil and some corn from some of the priciest land in Missouri: Saline County.
Abbie Fentress Swanson/Harvest Public Media

On Friday, I left the rolling hills of Columbia, Mo., and headed northwest, to the flat farmland of Saline County. The purpose of the drive was to get a look at the priciest cropland in Missouri for a story I'm doing on how investors with no connection to farmland are increasingly interested in buying acreage in the Midwest. I had heard from farmers and real estate brokers that cropland values were at all-time highs in the Corn Belt, and incredibly many of the tracts of land are being paid for in cash.

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Science, Health and Technology
4:56 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

MU welcomes new clinical research center

The MU School of Medicine and University Hospital celebrated the completion of a renovation project and a new clinical research center.
Nicole Neidenberg KBIA

The hallway on the fifth floor merging together MU School of Medicine and University Hospital is not your average hallway. It’s the new clinical research center, a five million dollar multi-stage renovation project, giving scientists, doctors and patients a place to discover new treatment. 

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5:05 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

Improving science and math education

Watch the show and join the conversation on the Intersection website.

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