Science and Technology

5:10 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Another Earth in the Cosmos?

The Kepler vehicle backdropped by Earth's horizon and the blackness of space
NASA NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center

The Kepler mission may have lost two of its wheels, but data being mined from the mission has unearthed eight potentially habitable planets.

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Science and Technology
12:27 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Resolve to be a Better Homeowner

A worker sprays foam insulation in a home
Ellzabeth Bule Flickr

Home improvement expert Bill McAnally has some suggestions to help you be a better homeowner in 2015.

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Science and Technology
12:42 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Renewable Materials Research Gets Government, Industry Funding

These are some samples of bioplastic and biocomposite products developed at Iowa State University.
courtesy of Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites

With cellulosic ethanol now being produced in Iowa, researchers at Iowa State University hope to convert some of the by-products into useful renewable materials. 

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Science and Technology
7:23 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Facebook's Iowa Data Center Goes Online

Lighting a giant “Like” button to mark the opening of Facebook’s Altoona data center. From left, Facebook site manager Brice Towns, U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds, head of the Iowa Economic Development Authority Debi Durham, Altoona Mayor Skip Conkling, and Facebook vice president of infrastructure Thomas Furlong.
Credit John Pemble

When Facebook users "like" a photo or update their relationship status, some of that information will be stored in Iowa.

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River to River
4:32 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

The Significance of a 45,000 Year-Old Leg Bone

Neandertal skeleton (The man whose bone was found in Siberia was a human, not a Neanderthal, but had Neanderthal genes)
Paolo C. / flickr

A bone found on the banks of a Siberian river has yielded the oldest modern human genome yet recovered.

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Science and Technology
11:51 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Testing New Weather Radar Over the Rocky Mountains

Rockwell Collins Senior Systems Engineer, Gregory Koenigs, explains the advanced radar displays aboard the company’s experimental aircraft which is analyzing storm clouds in the flight path.
Photo by Dean Borg

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.  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.

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Science and Technology
8:33 am
Fri May 16, 2014

White House Climate Change Task Force Meets in Des Moines

Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie seated at a table at Cownie Furs, a Des Moines business he owns that's been in his family for generations.
Credit John Pemble / IPR

  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. IPR's Clay Masters talked with Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie about what those recommendations might look like.   

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Science and Technology
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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Science and Technology
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.

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. 

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.