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Up, up and away for science

Atmospheric science students use weather balloons to better understand non-summer thunderstorms

In a research and educational project to understand how non-summer thunderstorms are triggered by a process called elevated convection, Patrick Market, associate professor of atmospheric sciences at the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, will lie in wait for these cold and warm fronts to roll across Columbia, Mo.

Pigs, with a similar respiratory makeup to humans, are the new research models in fighting cystic fibrosis

Cystic fibrosis, an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of about 30,000 children and adults in the U.S., has been a difficult disease to study as there are no effective animal models that mimic the human condition. That changed recently because University of Missouri and University of Iowa researchers can now produce pigs born with CF that have the exact symptoms of a newborn human with the disease.

MU chef kicks things up a notch aboard ship

Life aboard a U.S. Navy ship can be grueling with deployments of up to eight months at sea. A great meal can help make life better for the sailors.Greg Chase, a 2007 graduate from the MU Hotel and Restaurant Management (HRM) program and former sous chef for the Walt Disney World Resort Polynesian Resort in Orlando, stepped in to support.

Ready for the next computer challenge?

Students investigate use of hand-held devices in education

Responding to a challenge by Apple Computer and AT&T, students from several University of Missouri colleges will form interdisciplinary teams to identify and design mobile device applications for education and journalism.

Wind farms generate power, revenue, say MU Extension specialists

University of Missouri Extension specialists say that there are excellent opportunities for sustainable wind power in northwest Missouri. Four wind turbines supply all the electricity for the small town of Rock Port in Atchison County. The city of just over 1,300 residents is the first in the United States to operate solely on wind power.

The recipe for success and fun in the kitchen

Two celebrity chefs share their enthusiasm for Midwestern cuisine

If there is a basic ingredient for success in the kitchen, the Kelly Twins say it is hard work, a fun attitude and a good education.

Growing rice where it has never been grown before

A Missouri research program may help better feed an increasingly hungry world

In an unexpected place, the Bootheel of Missouri, a research program that could increase rice production began just as the world was reading the shortage news. Using a system of watering familiar to Midwestern farmers, center-pivot irrigation, the study is looking to grow rice on land where it cannot now be planted. If successful, the project could significantly increase rice production.

A Dark and Fiery Day

Mystery of Infamous 'New England Dark Day' Solved by Tree Rings

Erin McMurry, research assistant in the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources’ Tree Ring Laboratory, and colleagues base their conclusion on tree ring records from fire-damaged trees around North America. In the International Journal of Wildland Fire, the researchers report that 1780 was a big year for forest fires in eastern North America, due in part to drought around the Great Lakes.