science en The Teenage Brain <p>The drama of mood swings, impulsiveness and bizarre behaviors during adolescence<br />can take a toll on both teens and their parents.</p><p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:30:33 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Sarah Boden 44058 at The Teenage Brain Money, Canoes or Oral Hygiene: Finding the Key to Happiness <p>According to research by the Gallup organization, North Dakotans are happier than Iowans. Or rather, they have a higher state of well-being.</p><p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 18:48:17 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Katherine Perkins 43459 at Money, Canoes or Oral Hygiene: Finding the Key to Happiness Richard Dawkins <p>Acclaimed evolutionary biologist <a href="">Richard Dawkins</a> returns to Iowa this Saturday.&nbsp; Dawkins will speak at <span class="st">Hoyt Sherman Place</span> in Des Moines at a ticketed event put on by <a href="">SecularityUSA</a>, which advocates for secularism in American government.</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 20:47:58 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Katherine Perkins 39011 at Richard Dawkins 'As Night Falls,' it's Time for David Skorton <p>David Skorton used to open his Iowa Public Radio jazz show like this, "As night falls over the river city and all of eastern Iowa, it's time for jazz."</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 21:08:59 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Ben Stanton 38643 at 'As Night Falls,' it's Time for David Skorton Murky Waters and Pi Day <p>Is winter almost over?&nbsp; And how has the long, harsh season affect Iowa's waterways and aquatic life?&nbsp; Also, the latest Quinnipiac <a href="">poll</a>, 2014's Cancer in Iowa <a href="">report</a>, Iowa's new tourism <a href="">ad campaign</a> and <a href="">Pi Day</a> at the <a href="">Science Center of Iowa Fri, 14 Mar 2014 19:15:33 +0000 Ben Kieffer, Sarah Boden & Ben Stanton 37564 at Murky Waters and Pi Day The Brilliance of Winged Rats <p>Many Iowans find the common pigeon, or <a href="">rock dove</a>, a pest and call them "winged rats." However, this bird's brain is deceptively clever.</p><p><a href="">Ed Wasserman</a> runs the <a href="">Comparative Cognition Laboratory</a> at the University of Iowa. Wasserman is world renowned for his work in animal intelligence, including proving that pigeons recognize individual human faces.</p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 21:19:33 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Sarah Boden 37112 at The Brilliance of Winged Rats The Teenaged Brain <p>The drama of mood swings, impulsiveness and bizarre behaviors during adolescence<br />can take a toll on both teens and their parents. Neuropsychiatrist and bestselling author <a href="">Dr. Daniel Siegel</a> says that there is a lot of misinformation about this developmental period.</p><p>“There are common myths that we all hear about…that are actually not only wrong, they’re misleading and in some ways they’re disempowering. &nbsp;So by learning the truths you can actually understand things as they actually are and then do something about them.”</p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 21:12:24 +0000 Ben Kieffer, Katherine Perkins & Sarah Boden 36873 at The Teenaged Brain 'Genius 101' <p>Dennis Reese guest hosts this talk with&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Dean</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>Simonton, a&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of California-Davis</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. &nbsp;Simonton was recently visiting the University of Iowa, and he describes his research as the "cognitive, dispositional, developmental, and socio-cultural factors behind eminence, giftedness, and talent."</span></p><p></p> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 17:58:35 +0000 Dennis Reese 34189 at 'Genius 101' Air Quality Concerns from Frack Sand to be Studied by UI Team <p></p><p>Researchers at the University of Iowa have received a $125,000 federal grant to study the effects of frack sand mining on air quality.</p><p>The rise in hydraulic fracturing in the US and Canada has created demand for silica sand, used in the fracking process. There’s currently just <a href="">one major frack sand mine </a>in Iowa’s Clayton County. But parts of northeast Iowa are rich in these sand deposits.</p> Fri, 29 Nov 2013 05:30:00 +0000 Sarah McCammon 32781 at Air Quality Concerns from Frack Sand to be Studied by UI Team Science Literacy in Iowa <p>Does drinking coffee prevent dementia? Will diet soda give you cancer?&nbsp; Science and health reporting is often misleading and confusing. Thu, 22 Aug 2013 19:51:06 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Sarah Boden 27903 at Science Literacy in Iowa Best and Worst Jobs of 2013 <p>For 25 years, has ranked the best and worst jobs. &nbsp; Their rating is based on physical&nbsp;demands, work environment, income, stress, and hiring outlook.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Host Ben</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>Kieffer talks with a few people that are on the best and worst lists. &nbsp;Find out what people in those jobs think about their ranking. &nbsp;It includes a Biomedical Engineer, an Oil Rig Worker, an Audiologist, and a Newspaper Reporter. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p> Fri, 10 May 2013 18:18:35 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Ben Stanton 20577 at Best and Worst Jobs of 2013 Politics Day: The Genetics of Politics <p>Political arguments can easily become heated and emotional.&nbsp; But what if your political rival has a genetic predisposition to view the world differently than you? &nbsp;On River to River, can politics be explained through biology?&nbsp; We hear two perspectives in that academic debate.&nbsp; We also talk with the chairs of the Iowa GOP and the Iowa Democrats about how they came to their beliefs.</p><p></p> Wed, 27 Mar 2013 20:46:44 +0000 Ben Kieffer 18355 at Politics Day: The Genetics of Politics "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 The Recruitment of Teaching & Science Education <p>Earlier this year, the director of the Iowa Department of Education unveiled 13 recommendations from the state’s Task Force on Teacher Leadership and Compensation. The goal - to improve education in part through getting better teachers. This hour we talk with several people about how to improve education in the state, including Linda Fandel, a special assistant for education to Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad. We’ll also hear from two faculty members at Iowa State’s School of Education about their national recognition for preparing science teachers.<br> Tue, 11 Dec 2012 19:13:49 +0000 Ben Kieffer 11861 at The Recruitment of Teaching & Science Education Could the 'Farmer of the Future' Be...A Robot? <p>There&rsquo;s always work to be done on the farm, but often it&rsquo;s the same work day, after day, after day. Parts of the job must feel a bit like an assembly line.</p><p>While it&rsquo;s impossible to automate farming like many manufacturers have automated their assembly lines, using robotic technology on the farm might not be so far off.</p><p>The biological and agricultural engineering robotics team at Kansas State University knows a thing or two about agricultural robots. They&rsquo;ve won national robotics competitions in each of the last five years.</p> Tue, 22 May 2012 12:27:55 +0000 Jeremy Bernfeld 1988 at Could the 'Farmer of the Future' Be...A Robot? Got Government Data? There's an App for That <p>You might have heard about the Drake Relays this weekend. Turns out there was another kind of relay going on - a race to make phone and computer applications - using government data.</p> Mon, 30 Apr 2012 12:36:56 +0000 Sandhya Dirks 710 at Got Government Data? There's an App for That Improving Science Literacy in Iowa <p>Rapid advances in science and technology have created a need for bright young scientists in the U.S., scientists who often come from other countries. On today&#39;s Talk of Iowa, we&#39;ll find out about efforts to ignite a passion for science in Iowa&rsquo;s kids. Charity speaks with Dr. Charles Miller about his efforts to start the Iowa Space Science Center and Brent Studer, who teaches astronomy at Kirkwood Community College.</p> Wed, 04 Jan 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Charity Nebbe 66 at