A snagged paddlefish at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Protecting Missouri’s imperiled paddlefish

BY CHRISTINE COESTER It is barely 6:30 a.m. on Friday morning and Bruce Drecktrah is on the water. He is here with two fellow snaggers, Terry Timmons and Stan Frank. They are the first of many this morning to drag fist-sized hooks through the waters of the Lake of the Ozarks, hoping to snag the American…

Image of a prawn. Courtesy of NSW.gov

Shrimp off-season

This video takes a look at Bradford farm off-season, before Tim Reinbott and David Brune start raising shrimp in June. Old McDonald had a farm with chickens, cows and pigs- not shrimp. There is a farm, however, that raises shrimp, but it is not like Old McDonald’s. Bradform Farm is a research and extension center for…

Jack Schultz and his assistant discussing the thoughts of plants.

Plants aren’t passive

BY CHRISTINE COESTER COLUMBIA, Mo.— The idea that plants are in a vegetative state might need to be re-evaluated. Unbeknownst to many, over centuries of natural selection, plants have developed ways of communicating and some researchers argue that plants are intelligent, capable of learning and remembering. Jack Schultz, director of the Life Sciences Center at…

The internal monologue of the habitual tanner

BY CHRISTINE COESTER Click for a creative tappable version of this story. A recent study at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, left researchers puzzled. Women understand the health risks that arise from indoor tanning, yet they continue to do so. The question then becomes, if young women understand these risks, why do they…

Journalists and scientists alike wait for Alan Alda to speak.

Getting beyond a blind date with science

CHICAGO — Journalists and scientists alike hugged the walls of the Imperial Ballroom at the Fairmont Hotel in Chicago to listen to actor-turned-professor Alan Alda speak Feb. 15. Candid and charismatic, Alda spoke for the 2014 AAAS Conference about the importance of communicating science. Throughout his lecture, Getting Beyond a Blind Date with Science, Alda shared…

Narwhals breaching among Arctic ice. 
Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

The New Normal

CHICAGO —The “new normal” means that climate change has irreversibly changed the Arctic. It means new predator-prey relationships, increased competition, crowded habitats and quickly transmitted diseases finding their niche in this still-evolving ecosystem. Scientists presenting at the 2014 AAAS conference in Chicago recounted enormous changes in the system, including massive under-ice algae blooms and loss of…