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Recapping the eclipse experiences of those who journeyed outside of Lawrence — and those who stayed behind

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 20:26:44 -0500

Even with overcast skies, eclipse observers in Lawrence generally tried to maintain a sunny attitude Monday as the big event — or lack of it — came and went.



Today's the day: What you need to know about the solar eclipse in Lawrence

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0500

Well, readers, the big day is finally upon us. Here’s some last-minute information on Monday afternoon’s solar eclipse to get you started:



Longtime amateur astronomer planned months in advance for St. Joseph eclipse viewing

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0500

It’s estimated that 7 million Americans will travel some distance to see Monday’s solar eclipse in its path of totality. Rick Heschmeyer is one of them, but the longtime amateur astronomer isn’t trekking too far, all things considered. Heschmeyer, representing the Astronomical Associates of Lawrence, expects he’ll share the experience with anywhere from 25,000 to 50,000 people Monday at Rosecrans Memorial Airport in St. Joseph, Mo.



Solar eclipse guide: Where to watch, how to watch, and why it's such a big deal

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0500

A little primer before Aug. 21's solar eclipse.



Professor invites public along for Friday's night-time spider walk at Clinton Lake

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 12:10:51 -0500

Dustin Wilgers wasn’t always so comfortable around spiders. Up until graduate school, when his study of the eight-legged critters began about 10 years ago, Wilgers even considered himself a bit of an arachnophobe. But, in the decade he’s spent getting to know them, Wilgers says he’s developed an appreciation for arachnids, and he wants to pass it on.



KU professor, Lawrence dentist team up to analyze Neanderthal teeth; results suggest evidence of primitive dental treatment

Wed, 05 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0500

David Frayer has been studying fossils excavated from a site in Croatia for about 20 years now, off and on. So, when the University of Kansas anthropology professor decided to revisit the grooves in one 130,000-year-old set of teeth during a recent trip to the Croatia’s Krapina Neanderthal site, he thought it best to bring in a fresh pair of eyes. More specifically, those of longtime friend and dentist Joe Gatti.



NASA picks KU alumna from more than 18,000 astronaut applicants

Thu, 08 Jun 2017 15:26:52 -0500

University of Kansas alumna Loral O'Hara has been selected by NASA as one of 12 astronaut candidates for 2017, NASA announced earlier this week.



Upcoming Kenneth Spencer lecture to explore relationship between bacteria and the world around us

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 11:37:46 -0600

This year’s annual Kenneth A. Spencer Memorial Lecture at the University of Kansas will feature a professor who’s made a career out of inspiring people to better appreciate bacteria.



KU’s $78.5 million EEEC designed to foster modern geology, petroleum engineering study

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0600

The outside of the new building going up at 15th Street and Naismith Drive on the University of Kansas campus will yield clues about what field of study is happening inside.



The birds and bees of ferns: KU professor's research proves mainstream science textbooks wrong

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0600

For 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.



Conference at Haskell explores how climate change affects American Indians

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 16:50:51 -0500

Indigenous 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.



Library to make contact with International Space Station on Friday

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0500

If 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.



Clear skies can’t lose: Where Kansans go to stargaze

Sun, 19 Jun 2016 19:43:31 -0500

Where 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.



Upcoming Kansas archeology field school open to public

Mon, 16 May 2016 12:41:12 -0500

The public has a chance to do hands-on work alongside professional and avocational archeologists through the upcoming Kansas Archeology Training Program Field School.



The beetle hunter: KU entomologist on quest to identify insects of Peru

Mon, 02 May 2016 00:00:00 -0500

Caroline 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.



Northwest Missouri prepares for 2017 Great American Eclipse

Sun, 20 Mar 2016 17:06:46 -0500

The “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.



KU butterfly expert: Monarch resurgence encouraging but habitat restoration must continue

Mon, 14 Mar 2016 00:00:00 -0500

This 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.



'Too cool for kids to ignore': KU engineering expo draws thousands to campus

Thu, 25 Feb 2016 15:56:09 -0600

The 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.



TV journalist's biography of Sally Ride reveals famous astronaut's life beyond the public eye

Wed, 24 Feb 2016 22:56:00 -0600

Sally 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.”



KU student earns scholarship to attend grad school at Cambridge

Fri, 12 Feb 2016 12:08:21 -0600

A 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.