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Science, Health and Technology
5:48 pm
Fri March 23, 2012

Mexico ambulance service postponed

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An ambulance service in Mexico has halted construction on a new building because of what it is calling unfit infrastructure.  

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Science, Health and Technology
5:23 pm
Fri March 23, 2012

Zebra mussels found north of kansas city

puakrus flickr

The Missouri Department of Conservation says zebra mussels have been found in Smithville Lake, a reservoir north of Kansas City.

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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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Science, Health and Technology
5:00 pm
Thu March 22, 2012

Cost affects number of international workers hired by MU

Craig James Flickr

Columbia has long been a hub for science and innovation in mid-Missouri, and the international scholars associated with the University of Missouri have contributed a lot to that distinction. But the number of international scholars MU hires has been decreasing for the past five years. 

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Global Journalist
4:09 pm
Thu March 22, 2012

Microbloggers in China lose anonymity

When two high-speed trains collided on a bridge in southwestern China, the first report from the scene came from a victim, one minute later.  Her Twitter-style post ended with a dramatic cry for help.

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Science, Health and Technology
3:46 pm
Thu March 22, 2012

Missouri bill would ban implementation of health care reform

A Missouri House panel has endorsed legislation making it a crime for federal officials to attempt to enforce the 2010 federal health care overhaul in the state.

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Science, Health and Technology
4:58 pm
Mon March 19, 2012

A New Petition to Fund Youth Mental Health Services

A new petition is seeking to put in the Boone County ballot a measure that would contribute to funding for youth mental health services. KBIA’s Paige Sinker reports on this issue.  

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Science, Health and Technology
4:47 pm
Mon March 19, 2012

MU Animal Surgeon Hones Cartilage Storage Method

Medical patients awaiting joint transplants may soon have greater access to donor cartilage thanks to a new storage method developed by University of Missouri researchers.

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Science, Health and Technology
9:03 am
Mon March 19, 2012

Surgeon suing University of Missouri

The lawsuit against the University of Missouri amounts to $15 million.
File KBIA

An orthopedic surgeon who was hired by the University of Missouri to take over a position at a partner hospital is suing.

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Science, Health and Technology
8:55 am
Mon March 19, 2012

Report: Fourth of high schoolers smoke cigarettes

A report says one in four US high schoolers smoke first cigarettes before turning 18.
Sudipto_Sarkar flickr

One in four high school seniors smoke cigarettes.  That’s according to a new report from the U.S. Surgeon General’s office.

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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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Science, Health and Technology
5:38 pm
Thu March 15, 2012

MoChip to offer free services at Osage Beach

The Missouri Child Identification Program, better known as MoChip, will be taking free digital photographs, dental impressions, and scents for scent dogs to follow in the event a child goes missing. The information would then be put onto a small disk which can be loaded into the Amber Alert System in a matter of minutes. State Coordinator of MoChip, Nicholas Cichielo says the program has been successful in finding missing children.

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Science, Health and Technology
6:00 pm
Wed March 14, 2012

Environmental groups sue EPA to limit nutrient pollution

A coalition of environmental groups has filed two lawsuits against the EPA on Wednesday, March 14, 2012, seeking to limit nutrient pollution in the Mississippi River Basin and the Gulf of Mexico.
Christine Karim Creative Commons

A coalition of environmental groups has filed two lawsuits against the EPA, seeking to limit nutrient pollution in the Mississippi River Basin and the Gulf of Mexico.

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Science, Health and Technology
5:45 pm
Wed March 14, 2012

Nuclear Regulatory Commission holds meetings on Callaway reactor

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission held a pair of public meetings on Wednesday, March 14, 2012, to get feedback on the license renewal for the Callaway County nuclear reactor.
Ameren

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission held a pair of public meetings Wednesday to get input on the license renewal for the Callaway nuclear reactor.                

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Health & Wealth Update
10:51 am
Wed March 14, 2012

Politicians tussle over health care for the blind

Governor Jay Nixon spoke with blind constituents after speaking in Columbia on Tuesday.
Jacob Fenston KBIA

Governor Jay Nixon told reporters yesterday that lawmakers in Jefferson City are trying to balance the state budget on the backs of some of the state's neediest: poor blind people. But members of the House budget committee said cuts to health care for blind Missourians are necessary to pay for higher education, which the governor wants to trim. 

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Science, Health and Technology
9:14 am
Mon March 12, 2012

MU researchers find possible key to longer electric car battery life

Researchers at the University of Missouri say they have found a new way to extend electric car battery life.
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A research team at the University of Missouri recently released a study that can improve the quality of batteries for electric cars.

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Science, Health and Technology
9:00 am
Mon March 12, 2012

Scientists say pesticide not fending off corn rootworm

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Insect scientists say biotech corn is losing its ability to fend off a major insect pest known as the corn rootworm.  The scientists say continued widespread use of genetically-modified corn will only make the problem worse.

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Global Journalist
6:03 pm
Thu March 8, 2012

Japan: One year after the devastation

 

Sunday will mark the one-year anniversary of the massive earthquake and tsunami that hit coastal Japan. 

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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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Science, Health and Technology
5:20 pm
Thu March 8, 2012

Benton Elementary brings iPads into the classroom

Teacher Denise Lasley uses an iPad at Benton Elementary School.
Lee Jian Chung KBIA

Columbia’s Thomas Benton Elementary School received 50 iPads at the beginning of the school year. The technology’s been used in classes such as Art, Music and P.E. KBIA’s Lee Jian Chung looked at how these tablet computers are being introduced into schools and whether or not it could replace the chalkboard.

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Science, Health and Technology
4:28 pm
Thu March 8, 2012

Missouri house passes bill to track prescription drug purchases

The Missouri House has passed legislation creating an electronic database to track prescription drug purchases. But the bill faces opposition in the Senate.

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Environment
9:11 am
Thu March 8, 2012

City takes aim at energy efficiency in rental units

Kelly Sims Flikr

The City of Columbia wants rental property owners to make their units more energy efficient. The city's first step is to find out just how efficient – or inefficient – those houses and apartments are.

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Health & Wealth Update
9:49 am
Wed March 7, 2012

Why 10,000 steps might save your life

John Thyfault, professor of nutrition and exercise physiology at the University of Missouri.
Jacob Fenston KBIA

Everyone knows exercise helps you lose weight, build up muscles, and fit in the swimsuit next summer. But why, exactly, does it lower your risk of diabetes? In this Health & Wealth update, MU researchers look into the relationship between inactivity and spikes in blood sugar that can lead to type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

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Science, Health and Technology
3:04 pm
Fri March 2, 2012

University of Missouri police offering self-defense lessons this spring

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The University of Missouri Police Department is offering lessons over the next three months on how to respond to an armed threat.

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Science, Health and Technology
5:41 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

New study shows it may be easier to utilize death penalty in Missouri

It may be easier to be sentenced to death in Missouri than in other states, according to a study released today.

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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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Science, Health and Technology
9:04 am
Mon February 27, 2012

Medicaid out-of-pocket costs rise under proposed state program

Changes in the state Medicaid program could affect as many as 24,000 Missourians.
File KBIA

Some low-income seniors and people with disabilities in Missouri could have to pay more out of pocket to qualify for Medicaid coverage under changes being initiated in the state program.

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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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Science, Health and Technology
2:58 pm
Thu February 23, 2012

UM System announces research recipients

Luis Jimenez, CEO of EternoGen, is one of the winners of the UM System's Enterprise Investment Program. Jimenez and Mark Lee, president CEO of CLB Horizons, were selected today, Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012.
Elizabeth Trovall KBIA

Today the University of Missouri System announced the recipients of a $600,000 investment in two university research teams. The money will be use to further commercialize and expand lab research, which could translate into economic growth in Missouri.

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Science, Health and Technology
9:23 am
Thu February 23, 2012

Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture gets $5,000 grant

The rising interest in eating locally grown food throughout the state has sparked the Missouri Department of Agriculture to begin a local food grants program. In its first year, the program has awarded a grant to the Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture.

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