MU scientist finds selflessness to be key to spirituality

Franciscan nuns practicing Christian centering prayer say they experience union with God. Buddhist monks deep in meditation describe seeing the true nature of reality. As they deflect thoughts about their own world, they feel themselves connected to something larger – to God, or to the cosmos. And as they move into this state of spiritual…

Yes, plants can hear: A peek into the life of Dr. Heidi Appel

By Marlee Ellison Nestled in a dim office in the Bond Life Sciences Center is a small tank of carnivorous plants–plants that consume insects. Heidi Appel tends to pitcher plants, “sticky traps” and Venus flytraps, their colors vibrant against damp soil. The fluorescent-green Venus flytraps lie in wait for an insect meal, stems extended and jaws…

Marshall Shepherd discusses climate, weather and “zombie theories”

By John Heniff “Weather is your mood, climate is your personality.” That was one of many gems that meteorologist J. Marshall Shepherd shared with his audience Mar. 19 as part of MU’s Life Sciences and Society Program symposium,“Confronting Climate Change.” The University of Georgia professor and director of the campus’ atmospheric sciences program enlightened the audience with…