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

USGS: Climate change impacts some river levels, but not in Midwest

By Paige Blankenbuehler COLUMBIA – The Missouri River was given an unfortunate diagnosis in June. Lower water levels were recorded at its source areas near Montana and may have been a result of… Continue reading

A Bitter Pill: Journos miss clues in health coverage

Never take information at face value Journalists miss important clues in early coverage of new drugs By Paige Blankenbuehler As a journalist on the healthcare beat, the reporting we do and the information… Continue reading

Study reignites debate: Is the energy drink, alcohol mix safe?

By Paige Blankenbuehler Outside, lines extend from the popular late-night bar, Roxys. Inside, patrons are often drinking heavily. On Thursdays, Roxys turns into the home of the “Bottomless Cup Night.” Columbia’s late-night crowd… Continue reading

Viruses as Vehicles: Finding what drives

This is an article written by my summer, editorial intern at the Bond Life Sciences Center. I assigned the story, supervised sourcing, all edits and photography. I’m pretty happy with the finished product.… Continue reading

Researchers flex new muscle in SMA drug development

By Paige Blankenbuehler Lauren and Claire Gibbs share contagious laughter, ambition and a charismatic sarcasm. Both are honor students at Shawnee Mission East High School in a Kansas City suburb. They also share… Continue reading

Diversity and coexistence in a 20-foot living tapestry

I recently assigned this story to my summer intern at the Bond Life Sciences Center. Turns out, the towering plant wall is a nod to diversity and coexistence — not unlike our research… Continue reading