Under the Microscope

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Under the Microscope - Gistory Takes on Collaborative News

More and more companies, especially in the media, are trying to find new ways to attract millennials. And one former University of Missouri student is going directly to the source with her new journalism tech start-up, run by and for millennials.

Under the Microscope - MU Professor Ties Academic Stress to Football Injuries

MU Professor James Mann recently completed research that sheds more light on what we know about football injuries. The data was collected from the 2011 Missouri Tigers football team and reveals a new correlation between academic stress and football injuries.

Under the Microscope - MU Professor Ties Academic Stress to Football Injuries

Under the Microscope - In the Fields, a Search for Monarch Butterflies

The population of monarch butterflies has declined so dramatically in recent years that the iconic insect is being considered for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's endangered species list. In Nebraska and across the other areas of the Midwest, a stop on the monarch migration route, efforts are underway to determine the scope of the decline.

Under the Microscope - In the Fields, a Search for Monarch Butterflies

Under the Microscope - Library Gives Children Hands-On Experience with Circuits

The circuit science workshop in Columbia is one of Daniel Boone Regional Library's most popular regular events for kids. The workshop allows elementary school-aged children to play with Snap Circuits, a hands-on learning kit that helps illustrate how electricity works. On a recent fall afternoon, kids and their parents gathered at the library to make musical motion detectors, sound-activated switches and more. "Programming like this is more free-form, so they can be very creative," said Katie Long, a public service associate with the library's children's team. "There's less structure and rules that they have to follow."

Under the Microscope - Library Gives Children Hands-On Experience with Circuits

Under the Microscope - Athletic Trainers Increasing but Coverage Still Varies

From Friday night football games to Saturday volleyball matches, a new figure is taking a spot on the sidelines. According to a 2015 study by the Korey Stringer Institute, 70 percent of public secondary schools nationwide have access to an athletic trainer. That total is up from 1994 when only 35 percent of high schools reported having access to an athletic trainer.

Under the Microscope - Athletic Trainers Increasing but Coverage Still Varies

Under the Microscope - MU Study Finds Some Bees Evolve with Climate Change

Research shows that the Earth's warming climate can have a massive impact on many parts of the ecosystem, from the ocean down to the tiny bee. Recently, bees have been dying in increasing numbers due to environmental changes. Some sub-species, however, seem to be putting up a better fight than others.

Under the Microscope - MU Study Finds Some Bees Evolve with Climate Change

Under the Microscope - Laws Observatory Lends its Telescope Wednesday Nights

It's a clear Wednesday night, and visitors on top of the University of Missouri's Physics Building are playing the waiting game. A solar flare is about to appear in the night sky and everyone's heads are craned upwards. Suddenly, a satellite moves across the sky, becoming brighter and causing spectators to cheer. Although there isn't always a satellite passing by, visitors can take advantage of the Laws Observatory's rooftop view and telescope every Wednesday night from 8 to 10 p.m.

Under the Microscope - Laws Observatory Lends its Telescope Wednesday Nights

Under the Microscope - Farmers School Themselves on Soil Health to Revive Dying Dirt

Generations of tilling and planting on the same land have left the nation's soil in poor shape. And if farmers don't change the way they grow crops, feeding the future won't be easy. As farmer Jordan Shearer from Slapout, Okla., puts it, "we're creating a desert environment by plowing the damn ground."

Under the Microscope - Farmers School Themselves on Soil Health to Revive Dying Dirt

Under the Microscope - Five-Year Study Reassesses Missouri Deer Population

Researchers from the University of Missouri are working with the Missouri Department of Conservation on a five-year study of white-tailed deer in the state. The study's goal is to find the survival differences of deer living in north east counties compared to south central counties. The team of researchers are tracking the movements of deer using GPS collars in Nodaway, Gentry, Andrew, DeKalb, Wright, Texas, Douglas and Howell counties. Once the study is over, the Department of Conservation will use the data to reevaluate deer population management through strategies like hunting. KBIA's Michaela Tucker spoke with Jon McRoberts, the project coordinator and wildlife researcher at the University of Missouri, about the progress of the study as it approaches the end of its first year.

Under the Microscope - Five-Year Study Reassesses Missouri Deer Population

Under the Microscope - Officials, Farmers Prepare for Fall Bird Flu Outbreak Amid Ongoing Mystery

Farmers and agriculture officials are gearing up for another round of bird flu this fall, an outbreak they fear could be worse than the devastating spring crisis that hit turkeys and egg-laying hens in the Midwest, wiped out entire farms and sent egg prices sky-high. The potential target of the highly pathogenic avian flu this fall could be broilers, or meat chickens, as the outbreaks have been triggered and carried by wild birds, which will be flying south in great numbers this fall through several U.S. flyways.

Under the Microscope - Officials, Farmers Prepare for Fall Bird Flu Outbreak Amid Ongoing Mystery

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