The only person known to have been cured of AIDS got a bone marrow transplant, so when two AIDS patients in Boston appeared to be free of the virus after transplants, scientists hoped they were cured, too. But the HIV virus has returned in both.
When bees disappeared from central China years ago, Chinese apple farmers had to pollinate by hand. Embarrassing — people doing bees' work, but then came the big discovery –- a surprise that still haunts the conservation movement. What if people outperform bees?
This week in The Hague, representatives from around the world met at the headquarters of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Wepaons. High on the agenda has been exactly how to dispose of Syria's chemical weapons. As NPR's Geoff Brumfiel reports, a plan to destroy them aboard a US ship is starting to take. It's ambitious, complex and it needs to work.
The notoriously short night's sleep many tired adolescents get isn't all about surging hormones and too much homework, according to a sociologist who looked at shifting sleep patterns from ages 12 to 15. Teens who report good relationships with family and schoolmates tend to sleep better.
Look inside most machines today and what do you find? Computer chips functioning mysteriously. Gaze at a 1920's Rube Goldberg cartoon and what do you find? Machines powered by hungry parrots and angry ladies. Will future tools stay inscrutable or become more Rube-like? Here's a guess.
Left-handedness has been linked to everything from early death to schizophrenia over the past 150 years. While the associations spark curiosity and sometimes concern, it's been difficult to draw solid scientific conclusions, one way or the other.
A computer game wants you to help survey the world's cropland. The hope is that the map will be used by organizations around the globe that are working with farmers to manage their crops better and get more out of each harvest.
You can't tickle yourself because you can't surprise your own brain. But could you do it if you could trick your brain into thinking you were someone else? Host Rachel Martin talks to professor Jakob Hohwy of Monash University in Australia to learn about his experiment with illusion and reality, and the rubber hand.
What would you pay for a fossil of two complete dinosaurs locked in what seems to be a fight to the death? An auction house put that question to the test with the dinosaurs, discovered in 2006 in the Hell Creek formation of Montana. It got an unexpected answer.
Forecasters expected the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season to be really busy — the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration told Americans to expect between seven and 11 hurricanes. But this year has been one of the quietest on record. Why were the predictions so far off?
Choreographer Elizabeth Streb pushes the boundaries of Newtonian physics--with dance. In her show Forces, dancers fly, fall, and collide in mid-air. No wonder the "action architect" has her share of scientist fans, among them, big-thinking particle physicist Lisa Randall.
Hermann Rorschach invented the ink blot test in 1921. Now, it is the second most widely used personality assessment. Friday marked what would have been Rorschach’s 129th birthday. KSMU’s Anna Thomas uncovers how his discovery has shaped the field of psychology.
A local climatologist says southwest Missouri has been in a warming trend since 1998. As KSMU’s Shannon Bowers reports, the findings show that temperatures over that span have been above normal 73 percent of the time.
Chances are, if you’ve been outside in the last few days, you’ve had to wipe a spider web or two off your face. You may have even seen spider webs flying through the air. KSMU’s Michele Skalicky talks to an entomologist to find out what’s happening.
If you go outside this evening away from city lights and look up, you just might see a shooting star. The Draconid meteor shower will peak just after nightfall. It’s one of two meteor showers this month. KSMU’s Michele Skalicky has more.
On Tuesday, under the new Affordable Care Act, often referred to as“Obamacare,” Americans can choose a new health insurance plan through an online marketplace, or “exchange.” The marketplace is expected to be cheaper than previous options, and cannot discriminate based on factors like pre-existing conditions. The two major health care systems in Springfield—CoxHealth and Mercy—are standing by, ready to answer questions about the marketplace…and to help get Missourians signed up. KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson has more.
A grant for nearly $400,000 has been awarded to professors at Missouri State University to begin research that will try to find a natural, therapeutic treatment for skin cancer. KSMU’s Anna Thomas has more.
Therapeutic horseback riding offers numerous benefits for a wide variety of physical and emotional issues. Randy Stewart takes us to the Springfield area's only accredited therapeutic equine center for the "Sense of Community" series.