Dominique Brossard was giving a speech on media and its relationship with the public attitudes toward scientific innovations. Photo by Heidi Li

Media as a messenger of science news

By Heidi Li COLUMBIA, Mo. — People who saw the two babies on the cover of TIME magazine might not think cloning is a terrible thing. It’s just an example of how the media influence the way we view scientific innovations, and now the internet has pushed that wave even further, according to Dominique Brossard, professor…

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…