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Mon, 05 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0600For decades biology textbooks have gotten fern reproduction all wrong — at least the part accusing the ancient plants of inbreeding. Ferns have not survived millions of years by sperm and egg from the same plantlet conceiving new plants, research by a University of Kansas professor shows.
Thu, 22 Sep 2016 16:50:51 -0500Indigenous scholars and stakeholders from across the United States are convened at Haskell Indian Nations University this week for a conference on climate change. “Climate Changed: Reflections on Our Past, Present and Future Situation” is the title of the gathering of the Indigenous Peoples Climate Change Working Group, which was established 10 years ago at Haskell.
Thu, 08 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0500If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to eat and/or use the restroom in zero gravity, you likely won’t find out Friday, when the Lawrence Public Library is scheduled to make contact via ham radio with the International Space Station. Since confirming the date with ARISS (Amateur Radio on the International Space Station) officials last month, the library has received dozens of space-centric questions from the curious public, eventually narrowing the inquiries down to just 20.
Sun, 19 Jun 2016 19:43:31 -0500Where there are dark skies, you will find them. Stargazers, from casual novices to astronomers with heavy-duty telescopes, use warm summer nights to look up at the sky. The show features a diverse cast, with constellations and planets like Jupiter and Saturn making appearances.
Mon, 16 May 2016 12:41:12 -0500The public has a chance to do hands-on work alongside professional and avocational archeologists through the upcoming Kansas Archeology Training Program Field School.
Mon, 02 May 2016 00:00:00 -0500Caroline Chaboo, an entomologist, is an assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at Kansas University and a curator for KU’s Museum of Natural History. More specifically, she’s a beetle hunter, on a quest to catalog all the beetles of Peru and get everyday people excited about them, too.
Sun, 20 Mar 2016 17:06:46 -0500The “Great American Eclipse” — a total eclipse of the sun — is expected to draw thousands of people to northwest Missouri when it darkens the skies in August 2017.
Mon, 14 Mar 2016 00:00:00 -0500This winter’s big rebound of Mexico’s monarch butterfly population is good news, Kansas University’s resident butterfly expert says, but it hardly means we don’t need to worry about the monarchs anymore.
Thu, 25 Feb 2016 15:56:09 -0600The Kansas University Physics and Engineering Student Organization wanted to build and demonstrate a device “too cool for kids to ignore,” president Austin Feathers said. Their musical Tesla coil shooting out lightening bolts in tune with notes played on an electric keyboard seemed to do the trick.
Wed, 24 Feb 2016 22:56:00 -0600Sally Ride was world-famous for being the first American woman in space. But for all her publicity in that arena, Ride was a private person whose personal life was not widely known until after her death in 2012, said Lynn Sherr, the former ABC News journalist who covered and befriended Ride before her first space flight and recently published the astronaut’s definitive biography, “Sally Ride: America’s First Woman in Space.”
Fri, 12 Feb 2016 12:08:21 -0600A Kansas University student and Free State High School graduate has earned a prestigious international award, a Gates Cambridge Scholarship. Alex Kong, scheduled to complete his bachelor’s degree in pharmaceutical studies this semester, is one of 35 Americans to receive a Gates Cambridge Scholarship this year.
Tue, 02 Feb 2016 16:02:22 -0600Kansas University's Natural History Museum has been named the top natural history museum among public universities by Best College Reviews, KU announced this week.
Mon, 05 Oct 2015 20:47:09 -0500How old is the universe, and what is its ultimate fate? Do black holes really exist? Are there planets orbiting other stars? Since Steve Hawley graduated from Kansas University in 1973, many of the questions he asked as a student have been answered. By Mackenzie Clark
Mon, 28 Sep 2015 17:21:11 -0500Kansas University’s Monarch Watch effort is getting more than half a million dollars to enable a butterfly version of the old “teach a man to fish” proverb. The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation announced Monday that Monarch Watch would receive $527,154 for its “Building Tribal Capacity for Monarch Habitat Restoration” project, which will train seven American Indian tribes in Eastern Oklahoma — whose lands are beneath the monarchs’ spring migration flight path — in habitat restoration. By Sara Shepherd
Sun, 27 Sep 2015 00:00:00 -0500One of Kansas University’s Foundation Distinguished Professors will deliver his inaugural lecture on Tuesday.
Fri, 14 Aug 2015 00:00:00 -0500In 1996, James Gunn co-founded the Science Fiction Hall of Fame and, for several years, inducted others into it at the hall’s home base, Kansas University. The hall of fame moved in 2004 to a bigger national stage — the national science fiction museum, EMP in Seattle — and this summer Gunn himself was inducted. “It was a rather unusual and very surprising turn of events," Gunn said. By Sara Shepherd
Fri, 31 Jul 2015 00:00:00 -0500The annual meeting of the Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles kicked off Thursday at Kansas University. The university expects roughly 450 herpetology scholars from around the world to attend the conference, which runs through Sunday. By Sara Shepherd
Fri, 24 Jul 2015 00:00:00 -0500Kansas University’s aging science buildings have “major shortcomings” — major enough that the antiquated facilities could in the future cost KU its membership in the prestigious research institution club known as the Association of American Universities, KU Provost Jeff Vitter told the Kansas Board of Regents Thursday. Moving forward with constructing new integrated science buildings — as called for in the Campus Master Plan unveiled last year — is KU’s top budget enhancement request for fiscal year 2017. By Sara Shepherd
Wed, 22 Jul 2015 18:11:06 -0500Disagreement surrounds precisely when and via what path ancient humans took to the Americas. A Kansas University professor co-authored a study, published this week in the journal Science, that provides an answer based on years of genomic sequencing: Ancestors of present-day Native Americans came directly from Siberia, and they arrived here sometime in the last 23,000 years. By Sara Shepherd
Wed, 15 Jul 2015 17:34:58 -0500The heart-shaped feature on Pluto’s surface — which itself got a lot of love from Pluto-watchers worldwide this week — will be named for the Kansas University alumnus who discovered the celestial body. NASA on Wednesday released preliminary reports and images from Tuesday’s historic New Horizons spacecraft fly-by, which provided an unprecedented up-close view of Pluto. The New Horizons team also announced the feature informally known as the “heart” would be named “Tombaugh Regio” after Clyde Tombaugh, who discovered Pluto in 1930. By Sara Shepherd