Science and Technology en Testing New Weather Radar Over the Rocky Mountains <p style="margin-bottom: 0px; font-size: 15px; line-height: normal; font-family: Times;">Rockwell Collins is building advanced weather radar technology that analyzes storm clouds to provide aircraft pilots with predictions for hail, wind shear, and lightning threats in the plane’s flight path.&nbsp; The new radar, called “Threat Track Weather Radar” is built in the company’s Cedar Rapids and Decorah plants. Dean Borg travels hundreds of miles with engineers to see a demonstrate of this new technology in an experimental aircraft flying over the Rocky Mountains.</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 04:51:55 +0000 Dean Borg 43039 at Testing New Weather Radar Over the Rocky Mountains White House Climate Change Task Force Meets in Des Moines <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">National leaders, governors, mayors and tribal leaders met in Des Moines this week for a task force meeting that will make recommendations to the White House this fall.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">IPR's</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Clay Masters talked with Des Moines Mayor Frank&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Cownie</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;about what those recommendations might look like.&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Fri, 16 May 2014 13:33:10 +0000 Clay Masters 40723 at White House Climate Change Task Force Meets in Des Moines Total Lunar Eclipse <p></p><p>Iowans can join others across North America to view an astronomical phenomenon very early Tuesday morning. &nbsp;Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Iowa Steven Spangler says a total lunar eclipse will begin at one am and last for about an hour and half…</p><p></p><p></p> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 13:43:02 +0000 Julie Englander 39061 at Total Lunar Eclipse University of Iowa researchers behind Voyager I's big announcement <p>NASA has announced the Voyager I spacecraft, launched in 1977, has gone where no human-made vessel has gone before—interstellar space. And that discovery was made at the University of Iowa.</p><p>Iowa Public Radio’s Durrie Bouscaren caught up with the UI scientist who first realized Voyager had made it.</p><p>The frequencies showing that Voyager had left the outer reaches of the solar system were detected by a plasma wave instrument on board Voyager I, built at the University of Iowa in the 1970s. Research scientists including UI’s Bill Kurth regularly monitor the data.</p> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 23:18:37 +0000 Durrie Bouscaren 29012 at University of Iowa researchers behind Voyager I's big announcement "Sue the T-Rex" Comes to Iowa <p>A replica of a rare, 67,000,000-year-old dinosaur fossil is in Iowa for a little while. “Sue" the T-Rex was discovered in South Dakota in 1990.</p><p>The Science Center of Iowa is hosting a traveling exhibit about the dinosaur Feb. 2 to May 12. Workers have been busy this week setting up the replica of the towering fossil.</p><p>That’s where IPR's Sarah McCammon caught up with the Science Center’s exhibit director, Allison Shwanebeck, and Michael Paha of the Field Museum in Chicago.</p> Thu, 31 Jan 2013 13:00:47 +0000 Sarah McCammon 14281 at "Sue the T-Rex" Comes to Iowa Bonobo Dies at Great Ape Trust <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>vA&nbsp;bonobo&nbsp;considered one of the best at communicating with humans has died at an ape sanctuary in Des Moines.&nbsp; As Iowa Public Radio’s Clay Masters reports, the death comes at a time when the Great Ape Sanctuary is struggling to sustain funding.</p> Wed, 07 Nov 2012 22:11:57 +0000 Clay Masters 10451 at Bonobo Dies at Great Ape Trust Launch of Radiation Belt Storm Probes Delayed <p>NASA's launch of the Radiation Belt Storm Probes developed, in part, by University of Iowa Professor of Physics and Astronomy Craig Kletzing has been delayed.&nbsp; The Atlas rocket is now scheduled to lift off on Thursday.&nbsp; River to River's Ben Kieffer speaks with Kletzing about the delay, and the project's eventual goals.</p> Mon, 27 Aug 2012 19:38:34 +0000 Katherine Perkins 7012 at Launch of Radiation Belt Storm Probes Delayed Prehistoric Mammoth Bone Discovery <p>A prehistoric mammoth bone was discovered sticking up out of the ground on an Oskaloosa farm last weekend days after a heavy rain. Archeologist Marlin Ingalls of the Office of the State Archeologist says the femur or thighbone, which measures four feet, may be just the tip of a rare find.&nbsp; The location of the farm is being kept confidential to protect the site.&nbsp;</p> Sat, 09 Jun 2012 20:47:17 +0000 Julie Englander 2954 at How do socialism, nationalism shape masculinity? <p>IPR&#39;s Sarah McCammon talks with Grinnell College student Cary Speck, who recently completed research in the Czech Republic about shifting views of masculinity.</p> Fri, 20 Apr 2012 10:30:00 +0000 Sarah McCammon 599 at How do socialism, nationalism shape masculinity? Indiana Bats: Part Two <p>Radio telemetry is used to track down an endangered bat and experts discuss their research. Part one is posted below.</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2008 23:00:00 +0000 Rick Fredericksen 23407 at Indiana Bats: Part One <p>While most Iowans would scream when face-to-face with a bat, it was the bats doing most of the screaming in this radio expedition. We join researchers in the field as they conclude a remarkable 4-year study of the endangered Indiana bat.</p> Sun, 27 Jul 2008 23:00:00 +0000 Rick Fredericksen 23406 at