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Dustin Wilgers wasn’t always so comfortable around spiders. Up until graduate school, when his study of the eight-legged critters began about 10 years ago, Wilgers even considered himself a bit of an arachnophobe. But, in the decade he’s spent getting to know them, Wilgers says he’s developed an appreciation for arachnids, and he wants to pass it on.
KU professor, Lawrence dentist team up to analyze Neanderthal teeth; results suggest evidence of primitive dental treatment
David Frayer has been studying fossils excavated from a site in Croatia for about 20 years now, off and on. So, when the University of Kansas anthropology professor decided to revisit the grooves in one 130,000-year-old set of teeth during a recent trip to the Croatia’s Krapina Neanderthal site, he thought it best to bring in a fresh pair of eyes. More specifically, those of longtime friend and dentist Joe Gatti.
This year’s annual Kenneth A. Spencer Memorial Lecture at the University of Kansas will feature a professor who’s made a career out of inspiring people to better appreciate bacteria.
New building is slated for completion later this year
The outside of the new building going up at 15th Street and Naismith Drive on the University of Kansas campus will yield clues about what field of study is happening inside.
For decades biology textbooks have gotten fern reproduction all wrong — at least the part accusing the ancient plants of inbreeding. Ferns have not survived millions of years by sperm and egg from the same plantlet conceiving new plants, research by a University of Kansas professor shows.
Indigenous scholars and stakeholders from across the United States are convened at Haskell Indian Nations University this week for a conference on climate change. “Climate Changed: Reflections on Our Past, Present and Future Situation” is the title of the gathering of the Indigenous Peoples Climate Change Working Group, which was established 10 years ago at Haskell.
The public has a chance to do hands-on work alongside professional and avocational archeologists through the upcoming Kansas Archeology Training Program Field School.
She's also researched poison arrow beetles used by generations of Namibian bushmen
Caroline Chaboo, an entomologist, is an assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at Kansas University and a curator for KU’s Museum of Natural History. More specifically, she’s a beetle hunter, on a quest to catalog all the beetles of Peru and get everyday people excited about them, too.
The “Great American Eclipse” — a total eclipse of the sun — is expected to draw thousands of people to northwest Missouri when it darkens the skies in August 2017.
This winter’s big rebound of Mexico’s monarch butterfly population is good news, Kansas University’s resident butterfly expert says, but it hardly means we don’t need to worry about the monarchs anymore.
• History was made Wednesday in Lawrence, and it was all due to some winged visitors making their way through town. Princeton University professor and biologist Martin Wikelski is using radio transmitters to track the journeys of monarch butterflies in ...
In today's news: Wage, salary increase behind U.S., state averages in ’07; KU researcher detects missing link in spider evolution. In sports: Taylor named Big 12 Rookie of the Week
Expect clouds with a bit of drizzle this morning. Temperatures will rise this afternoon as the sun comes out. Expect a high in the lower 50s. Temperatures will reach nearly 60 degrees on Thursday with winds from the southwest, but ...
Natural History Museum curator Rafe Brown talks about KU's amphibian and reptile collection. The collection is one of the biggest in the country.
Rafe Brown, curator of herpetology at the Natural History Museum, discusses his most recent trip to the Philippines, where he collected about 400 amphibian and reptile specimens. He traveled there under a National Science Foundation grant to document as many species as possible of amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals, along with their parasites.
Ed Taylor is known as the father of Philippine herpetology, which is the study of reptiles and amphibians. Taylor spent his whole teaching career at KU while not out in the field. He discovered many species, a few of which are still housed in the Natural History Museum.
Southwest Junior High teacher Lisa Ball will spend two weeks in the Galapagos Islands as part of a Toyota International Teacher Program. She's part of a team of 24 teachers searching for environmental solutions.
It might be called the "Get Naked Room" but it's not nearly as much fun as it sounds. Just like surgeons, researchers at the K-State Biosecurity Research Institute have to follow a set of protocols before entering labs where they studied some of the most dangerous animal diseases in the world. Scott Rusk, director of BRI, explains the process that entails lots of showers and outfit changes.
Not just anyone can enter the labs where vials of dangerous animal diseases are studied. Before researchers can do work on these highly secured areas, the must first go through training. BRI Director Scott Rusk talks about what they have to learn.
State Representative Tom Sloan (R), Lawrence, has announced plans to introduce legislation designating the Xiphactinusas the state fossil. Kansas fossil hunter Alan Detrich gave Sloan a petition with 3,000 names in support of the designation.
A chamber that can produce hurricane-like conditions has found a permanent home in Lawrence. The chamber can be used to test new building materials.
A KU doctoral student earned a national award for his work in green chemistry. Madhav Ghanta, a 24-year-old student from India, was one of two people to win the award.
A Stanford professor and author spoke to students at Kansas University about the politics behind climate change Monday. Stephen Schneider believes science is a full contact sport.