Newly detected gravitational waves are window to the universe, LIGO spokesperson says

  By Lauren Puckett WASHINGTON, D.C – Colliding black holes have a heartbeat. It just took scientists 1.3 billion years to hear it. Fresh from the announcement Feb. 11 that researchers had detected gravitational waves, ripples in spacetime itself, a triumphant Gabriela González appeared at the AAAS Global Science Engagement in Washington, D.C. February 12. González, spokesperson…

8 must-see films at True/False

It’s that glorious time of the year again when the streets of Columbia, Missouri, transform from the hum-drum of everyday life into an ultra-spunky, art-filled mecca for documentary film fans. True/False Film Festival is right around the corner and there are plenty of reasons to get excited.

In Guinea, the ebola vaccine looks promising but answers are elusive

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Months after the start of an ebola vaccine trial, statisticians and scientists are still crunching the numbers to answer a crucial question: Does the vaccine work? World Health Organization medical officer Ana Maria Henao-Restrepo told an audience at the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s annual conference Friday, “I can’t answer that.” Such is…

Annual environmental film festival returns to Columbia

Missouri River Relief will be hosting another Wild & Scenic Film Festival focusing on a range of environmental issues Sunday afternoon at Windsor Auditorium of Stephens College in Columbia. The travelling film festival can be seen at more than 100 venues across the country. It’s Missouri River Relief’s sixth year partnering with the film festival to…

John Heniff

John is a junior studying arts and culture journalism at the University of Missouri. He grew up in Homer Glen, Illinois before enrolling at MU. In his previous journalistic adventures, he has worked for Vox Magazine, the Columbia Missourian, and ZouFeed.com. In his free time, he likes to listen to classic rock, watch sports with…