Salamanders: An abundant delicacy in local ecosystems

New study offers more accurate picture of the amphibian’s role in Missouri food chain By Paige Blankenbuehler The Missouri salamander only weighs about 4 ounces, but with a 1.88 billion population, forest critters… Continue reading

“Mutant seeds” blossom in the pollen research field

  By Paige Blankenbuehler   For some, the thought of pollen dispersed throughout the air might trigger horrific memories of allergies. But the drifting dander is absolutely essential to all life. Science has… Continue reading

Contrast: An environmental technician’s unlikely hobby

Doug Hardesty spends his days inside the USGS Columbia Environmental Research Center while maintaining his professional photography status and business By Paige Blankenbuehler COLUMBIA — It was 1976 in the middle of Missouri… Continue reading


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How it’s made: A BuzzFeed investigation

According to Alex Campbell, investigative reporter for BuzzFeed, a failed idea might just lead to your next great success. That was the case for an in-depth, investigative report on the disparity of sentences… Continue reading

Experiment in action

The experiment is working: An inside look at the BuzzFeed investigative team By Paige Blankenbuehler The next time you’re scrolling through 27 photos of cats that will make you want to melt into a… Continue reading

Inspiration to go international

There was a woman sitting behind me. Austere. Dark. Dressed in tribal African clothing. She immediately struck me — not as misplaced — but as exotic. She spoke few words, but each one… Continue reading

The only thing you need to read about Ebola today: An expert Q&A

By Paige Blankenbuehler News headlines seem to feverishly spread as if they were a pandemic of the brain. Ebola hemorrhagic fever has been the most talked about disease of the year, appearing in thousands of… Continue reading

“Perfect drug” for treat oxidative stress proves difficult to find

University of Missouri research characterizes a novel compound By Paige Blankenbuehler Your body has an invisible enemy. One that it creates all on it’s own called oxidative stress, long thought of as an… Continue reading

#Sciku: Science and wordplay

This collection of Science Haikus were inspired by the #sciku Twitter campaign by Popular Science, which highlighted a few science haikus from readers. As a response, I rallied some of the scientists at… Continue reading