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Wes Jackson talks agriculture for the future: Perennial polycultures

By Marlee Ellison Farmers tend to plant annual “monocultures,” or large areas that grow only one crop. That’s why there are so many expansive soybean fields in Missouri and corn fields in Colorado. Wes Jackson, president of the Kansas-based Land Institute, might have a better idea: “perennial polycultures.” Perennial polycultures involve the cultivation of more than one perennial species…

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Film Review: Life, Animated

By Lauren Puckett In the eyes of 23-year-old Owen Suskind, Disney movies are a window to the world. For Owen, who was diagnosed with autism at age 3, the movies help him understand emotions. They help him make friends. They even help him speak.  Screened at the True/False Film Fest in Columbia, Missouri this March, the…

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True/False Film Review: ‘Behemoth’

    By Kelsi Anderson COLUMBIA — The monster is hungry, and it must be fed. For low wages, millions of Chinese migrant workers risk their health and their lives toiling away in the dangerous, unregulated coal mines of Inner Mongolia. The black sedimentary rock is the energy that fuels China, the world’s largest consumer…

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Five MU faculty elected AAAS fellows

Careers involving pigs, stem cells, protein structures and a range of other research areas won five MU faculty members spots as 2015 fellows in the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world’s largest general scientific society. The award, which dates back to 1874, recognizes members of AAAS whose scientific work or work promoting…

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Film Review: Sherpa

By John Heniff Columbia, Mo. — The human body was not designed to climb Mount Everest. Danger comes from above in the form of avalanches and falling ice. Injury or death can come from below, too, as one wrong step can lead to a treacherous fall off the mountain. The probability of succumbing to high-altitude cerebral…