science http://kcur.org en Balloon Launch Combines Space Exploration And A Treasure Hunt http://kcur.org/post/balloon-launch-combines-space-exploration-and-treasure-hunt <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For Bill Brown, the “father” of high altitude ballooning, it all started when he saw a documentary of a man who parachuted from 100,000 feet above ground.</span></p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 16:42:48 +0000 Christina Lieffring 57782 at http://kcur.org Balloon Launch Combines Space Exploration And A Treasure Hunt Photographer Captures Landscapes From Near Space http://kcur.org/post/photographer-captures-landscapes-near-space <p></p><p>This weekend, 'near space explorers' will be gathering &nbsp;in Hutchinson, Kan. for the annual Great Plains Super Launch. &nbsp;They are hobbyists who launch weather balloons and track their progress using GPS or HAM radio.</p><p>On Thursday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/central-standard"><em>Central Standard</em></a>, we talk with participant John Flaig who uses these balloons to take dramatic photographs from the upper reaches of the atmosphere.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p><p>John Flaig, <a href="http://www.nearspaceballooning.com/">near space photographer</a></p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 21:39:37 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton & Christina Lieffring 57232 at http://kcur.org How Human Sex Life Compares To The Birds And The Bees http://kcur.org/post/how-human-sex-life-compares-birds-and-bees <p></p><p></p><p>The publisher of <a href="http://www.penguin.ca/nf/Book/BookDisplay/0,,9780670785919,00.html?NATURE%27S_NETHER_REGIONS_Menno_Schilthuizen" target="_blank"><em>Nature's Nether Regions</em></a> begins the book summary this way: "What’s the easiest way to tell species apart? Check their genitals."</p> Tue, 06 May 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Steve Kraske & Danie Alexander 55273 at http://kcur.org How Human Sex Life Compares To The Birds And The Bees Sleep And Dreams http://kcur.org/post/sleep-and-dreams <p>We’re supposed to spend a third of our day sleeping, but often we fall short. And at times when we are lucky enough to sleep, it can be filled with thrilling or tormenting dreams. On today's Central Standard we look at sleep and dreams. We explore how to get to sleep, stay asleep and what your dreams can be saying about your emotional state.</p><p>Guest:</p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 13:52:24 +0000 Bill Anderson & Matthew Long-Middleton 51531 at http://kcur.org Using Science To Stop Violence http://kcur.org/post/using-science-stop-violence <p>An expert on the epidemic of gun violence that has gripped Kansas City and cities across the country for decades, says the issue has been "completely misunderstood."</p><p>In the second part of Wednesday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we talk with him about his method of viewing violence as an epidemic, a condition that can be reversed using "science-based methods."</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 19:44:21 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 51507 at http://kcur.org Using Science To Stop Violence St. Louis Students Forge Their Futures In The Galapagos http://kcur.org/post/st-louis-students-forge-their-futures-galapagos <p>Charles Darwin revolutionized science. His theory of evolution was based on careful observations of birds and other wildlife in places like the Galapagos Islands.</p><p>One thing that has been really slow to evolve is the gender mix in science. Men still dominate many scientific fields, just like they did in Darwin’s day, more than 150 years ago.</p><p>But gradually, more women are breaking in. I met up with two young women scientists in ― where else? ― the Galapagos. Here are their stories.</p><p><strong>Maricruz Jaramillo fulfills a dream</strong></p> Mon, 12 Aug 2013 17:36:04 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 41712 at http://kcur.org St. Louis Students Forge Their Futures In The Galapagos Getting The Particle-ulars Of The Higgs-Boson http://kcur.org/post/getting-particle-ulars-higgs-boson <p></p><p>The <strong>Higgs-Boson</strong> is said to be the<strong> key to understanding why mass exists</strong> and how atoms are possible. Some call it "<strong>The God Particle</strong>."</p><p> Mon, 15 Apr 2013 15:49:49 +0000 Beth Lipoff & Steve Kraske 35109 at http://kcur.org Getting The Particle-ulars Of The Higgs-Boson When Artificial Intelligence Meets Biology http://kcur.org/post/when-artificial-intelligence-meets-biology <p>Nanobots swimming in your bloodstream <strong>may not be the stuff of science fiction for too much longer.</strong><br> Thu, 29 Nov 2012 00:00:00 +0000 Beth Lipoff & Steve Kraske 28229 at http://kcur.org When Artificial Intelligence Meets Biology Remember When Pluto Was A Planet?: The Half-Life Of Facts http://kcur.org/post/remember-when-pluto-was-planet-half-life-facts <p>A fact is something that actually exists; reality; truth.&nbsp; Until it isn't anymore.&nbsp; How does that happen? Thu, 30 Aug 2012 06:34:58 +0000 Brian Ellison & Danie Alexander 23679 at http://kcur.org Remember When Pluto Was A Planet?: The Half-Life Of Facts Fossil Facebook: Digitization of Fossils Going Public http://kcur.org/post/fossil-facebook-digitization-fossils-going-public <p>If some people are worried about pictures from freshman year surfacing on the internet, imagine this: a 290 million year old organism gets put on a publicly accessible database, from its specific location all the way to a picture from its deathbed.</p><p>Coming soon to your newsfeed:&nbsp; Fossil Facebook.</p> Tue, 26 Jun 2012 16:23:58 +0000 Charlie Upchurch 20023 at http://kcur.org Fossil Facebook: Digitization of Fossils Going Public Early Man And Mammoths: Linda Hall Exhibit Shows Human History http://kcur.org/post/early-man-and-mammoths-linda-hall-exhibit-shows-human-history <p>In the early 19th century, it was commonly believed that humans were a relatively new species, existing for only about 6,000 years. However, the discovery of human remains alongside stone tools and extinct animals began to change some minds in the scientific community in the 1840s, leading to the now-commonly accepted belief in human antiquity.</p> Thu, 21 Jun 2012 17:45:49 +0000 Charlie Upchurch 19463 at http://kcur.org Early Man And Mammoths: Linda Hall Exhibit Shows Human History Bobbing Continents Believed To Cause Changes In Biodiversity http://kcur.org/post/bobbing-continents-believed-cause-changes-biodiversity <p>According to a KU professor, we have evidence that periodic changes in marine biodiversity are tied to uplifting continents. Fri, 01 Jun 2012 12:25:29 +0000 Charlie Upchurch 18515 at http://kcur.org Bobbing Continents Believed To Cause Changes In Biodiversity Real Hobbits: Discovery of New Hominid Shows Diversity of Evolution http://kcur.org/post/real-hobbits-discovery-new-hominid-shows-diversity-evolution <p><strong>Matt Tocheri </strong>knows hobbits pretty well: he&rsquo;s been studying their wristbones for years.</p><p>Well, not quite hobbits, per se, but <em>homo floresiensis, </em>a hominid fossil discovered on the island of Flores in Indonesia, which at first glance appeared to be a small version of a modern human. However, researchers argue that these &lsquo;hobbits&rsquo; are in fact <em>h. floresiensis</em>, and make up a new branch of the human evolutionary tree.</p> Fri, 11 May 2012 20:18:51 +0000 Charlie Upchurch 17514 at http://kcur.org Real Hobbits: Discovery of New Hominid Shows Diversity of Evolution The Traveling Trunk Of African American & Latino Inventors http://kcur.org/post/traveling-trunk-african-american-latino-inventors <p>If you&#39;re a young black or latino student plotting your future, do you look up to athletes or entrepreneurs? Entertainers or innovators? Wed, 18 Apr 2012 19:39:26 +0000 Charlie Upchurch, Andrea Silenzi & Jabulani Leffall 16180 at http://kcur.org The Traveling Trunk Of African American & Latino Inventors The Race To Create The Best Antiviral Drugs http://kcur.org/post/race-create-best-antiviral-drugs If you've ever had a bacterial infection like staph or strep throat, your doctor may have prescribed penicillin. But if you've had the flu or a common cold virus, penicillin won't work. That's because antibacterials only kill bacteria, and both the flu and the common cold are viruses. So for illnesses like the flu, doctors prescribe antiviral drugs, which target the mechanisms that viruses use to reproduce.<p>"For example, there are antivirals for the flu that interfere with the virus as it tries to get out of its host cell," says science writer Carl Zimmer. Tue, 17 Apr 2012 16:37:00 +0000 editor 16104 at http://kcur.org The Race To Create The Best Antiviral Drugs War Of The Worlds: When Science, Politics Collide http://kcur.org/post/war-worlds-when-science-politics-collide Roger Cone is a microbiologist, not a politician. He struggles with a basic truth: For all the scientific acceptance of evolution, many Americans simply don't believe it is factually accurate.<p>And when Tennessee lawmakers passed a <a href="http://www.capitol.tn.gov/Bills/107/Bill/SB0893.pdf">measure</a> allowing teachers to question accepted theories on evolution and climate change in the classroom, Cone acted. Tue, 17 Apr 2012 16:12:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 16101 at http://kcur.org War Of The Worlds: When Science, Politics Collide