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8:43 am
Sun April 13, 2014

Total Lunar Eclipse

Phases of a total lunar eclipse.
Credit AP

Iowans can join others across North America to view an astronomical phenomenon very early Tuesday morning.  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…

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6:18 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

University of Iowa researchers behind Voyager I's big announcement

University of Iowa's Bill Kurth shows graphs of data from Voyager after the NASA announcement.
Durrie Bouscaren Iowa Public Radio News

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.

Iowa Public Radio’s Durrie Bouscaren caught up with the UI scientist who first realized Voyager had made it.

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.

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7:00 am
Thu January 31, 2013

"Sue the T-Rex" Comes to Iowa

IPR's Sarah McCammon stands in front of Sue the T-Rex. The dinosaur measures 12 feet tall at the hip. The replica will be on display beginning Feb. 2 at the Science Center of Iowa in Des Moines.
John Pemble IPR

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.

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.

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.

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4:11 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Bonobo Dies at Great Ape Trust

Panbanisha at the Great Ape Trust in Des Moines.
Credit Great Ape Trust

vA bonobo considered one of the best at communicating with humans has died at an ape sanctuary in Des Moines.  As Iowa Public Radio’s Clay Masters reports, the death comes at a time when the Great Ape Sanctuary is struggling to sustain funding.

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2:38 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Launch of Radiation Belt Storm Probes Delayed

Mohammed Alhadab/The Daily Iowan

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.  The Atlas rocket is now scheduled to lift off on Thursday.  River to River's Ben Kieffer speaks with Kletzing about the delay, and the project's eventual goals.

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3:47 pm
Sat June 9, 2012

Prehistoric Mammoth Bone Discovery

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.  The location of the farm is being kept confidential to protect the site. 

Science
5:30 am
Fri April 20, 2012

How do socialism, nationalism shape masculinity?

IPR's Sarah McCammon talks with Grinnell College student Cary Speck, who recently completed research in the Czech Republic about shifting views of masculinity.

Science and Technology
6:00 pm
Mon July 28, 2008

Indiana Bats: Part Two

Radio telemetry is used to track down an endangered bat and experts discuss their research. Part one is posted below.

Science and Technology
6:00 pm
Sun July 27, 2008

Indiana Bats: Part One

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.