Lead prevention policy: Where we stand

By Catherine Wheeler In the United States today, about half a million children ages 1-5 have high blood lead levels, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Though the number of children with lead poisoning has gone down in recent years, effective policies to prevent lead poisoning remain minimal. Current policy primarily focuses on what happens…

MU research team using robotics to study corn plants

By Catherine Wheeler With climate change looming, researchers are studying how factors like heat and drought affect corn plants so that farmers can weather changes better. In 2014, MU won a $20 million grant to study stress on corn plants, identifying how plants react to different kinds of stressors in the environment Gui DeSouza, a professor of…

William Souder talks Rachel Carson biography and tips for writers

By Catherine Wheeler On Jan. 24, PBS aired the documentary “Rachel Carson.” The film explored the life and career of the noted writer and scientist who helped to launch the environmental movement in the United States. It was familiar territory for author William Souder. In 2012, he published a biography of Carson on the 50th anniversary of her…

Aging Baby Boomers will need “age-friendly” cities

By Catherine Wheeler ORLANDO — Public transportation, access to health care, and walkability. Those are just a few things older Americans should consider when looking for a place to live. As the Baby Boomer generation ages, more people are thinking about how cities can meet the needs of older Americans. “Age-friendly cities” are cities that offer accommodations and…

The Big Electron radio show breaks down big ideas

By Catherine Wheeler Ever wonder how the iPhone touch screen works or want to know what the stages of cancer really are? Those are just some of the topics discussed on a local Columbia radio show, making science a little more understandable. The Big Electron on KCOU 88.1 FM makes science topics understandable for those do not have an…