A simulation image of two black holes merging into one. Photo credit: LIGO

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…

The "share basket" at Hickman houses whole fruits other students didn't want so anyone who remains hungry has something to eat. Photo by Taylor Malottki

Schools address plate waste using best practices

By Taylor Malottki Students at Hickman High School in Columbia lobbed softball-sized oranges across the cafeteria minutes before the bell rang releasing them to class. Thanks to poor hand-eye coordination, some of the oranges ended up rolling on the floor between the tangle of students’ legs. Handfuls of celery sticks and forests of broccoli were…

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…