Mapping the Cat
If animals could speak, the dog would be a blundering outspoken fellow; but the cat would have the rare grace of never saying a word too much. ~ Mark Twain

If animals could speak, the dog would be a blundering outspoken fellow; but the cat would have the rare grace of never saying a word too much. ~ Mark Twain

Understanding the genetic map of cats can easily bridge our understanding of human genes and diseases.

Today, on Mizzou Spotlight on Science, host Nathan Hurst looks at a project called “99 Lives,”  University of Missouri research that will map the genetic sequence of 100 cats.

 

 

The Origin of Human Migration to North America
“Evolution could so easily be disproved if just a single fossil turned up in the wrong date order. Evolution has passed this test with flying colors.”  ~ Richard Dawkins, evolutionary biologist

“Evolution could so easily be disproved if just a single fossil turned up in the wrong date order. Evolution has passed this test with flying colors.” ~ Richard Dawkins, evolutionary biologist

The dates and migration routes for Paleo-Indian migration are still being debated.

Today, on Mizzou Spotlight on Science, host Nathan Hurst discusses a University of Missouri research team that questions a newer theory about early migration to North America.

Sweet Pepper – Garden Color and Spice
"The love of gardening is a seed once sown that never dies" ~ Gertrude Jekyll, influential British horticulturist (Photo by the National Garden Bureau)

“The love of gardening is a seed once sown that never dies” ~ Gertrude Jekyll, influential British horticulturist (Photo by the National Garden Bureau)

Many different types of peppers can be grown in Missouri vegetable gardens. Among the most popular are the sweet bell and banana types. This warm season vegetable should not be planted in the garden until there’s no danger of frost. Peppers are normally harvested in the immature green stage for use in relishes, salads, for stuffing, and for flavor in many cooked dishes.

Today’s guest is David Trinklein, horticulture specialist for University of Missouri Extension.

 

 

Growing Sweet Peppers in Missouri

Gaillardia – Drought-Tolerant Color in the Garden
Gaillardia - Mesa Bright Bicolor (Photo by the National Garden Bureau)

Gaillardia – Mesa Bright Bicolor (Photo by the National Garden Bureau)

Gaillardia is a perfect addition to a Missouri garden. They bloom heavily from summer through fall, don’t mind the heat, and get by with much less water.

Give gaillardia full sun, good air circulation and well-drained soil and it will thrive. If you have clay soil, you will need to amend it. Wet feet will make it impossible for gaillardia to survive the winter.

Today’s guest is David Trinklein, horticulture specialist for University of Missouri Extension.

Gaillardia - Mesa Yellow (Photo by the National Garden Bureau)

Gaillardia – Mesa Yellow (Photo by the National Garden Bureau)

Coleus – Garden Color Without Flowers
Coleus - Electric Lime

Coleus – Electric Lime (Photo by National Garden Bureau)

Plant breeders have made sun-tolerant improvements to coleus and the popularity of this long-time favorite is growing. No longer is coleus relegated to the shady parts of your yard. With proper watering the new sun-fast coleus can thrive in blistering sun.

 

2015: Year of the Coleus

Coleus - Color Blaze Series - Dipt in Wine (Photo by National Garden Bureau)

Coleus – Color Blaze Series – Dipt in Wine (Photo by National Garden Bureau)

Coleus -   Redhead (Photo by National Garden Bureau)

Coleus – Redhead (Photo by National Garden Bureau)

 

Teaching English to Young Children
“With languages, you are at home anywhere.” ~ Edmund De Waal , author and artist (Photo by Patrycja Cieszkowska)

“With languages, you are at home anywhere.” ~ Edmund De Waal , author and artist (Photo by Patrycja Cieszkowska)

The Nigerian proverb, “It takes a whole village to raise a child,” also holds true when helping young children learn English as a second language.

Today, on Mizzou Spotlight on Science, host Nathan Hurst discusses the importance of family members, teachers and peers in improving bilingual skills in young children.

 

 

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Age and Driving
“Americans will put up with anything provided it doesn't block traffic.”  ~ Dan Rather (Photo by Kimberly Appelcline)

“Americans will put up with anything provided it doesn’t block traffic.” ~ Dan Rather (Photo by Kimberly Appelcline)

Losing the ability to drive can have a profound emotional and psychological effect on seniors. But, does that hold true for elderly households where one partner can no longer drive while the other partner still can?

On Mizzou Spotlight on Science, host Nathan Hurst takes a closer look at elderly driving.

 

 

 

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Special Enrollment Created for Taxpayers Surprised by Affordable Care Act Penalty
A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor's book.  ~ Irish Proverb (Photo by Vangelis Thomaidis)

A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor’s book. ~ Irish Proverb (Photo by Vangelis Thomaidis)

The 2014 tax year was the first year that people with no health insurance had to pay a penalty. Because there were so many caught off-guard, a special enrollment period was opened to help people get health coverage for 2015.

The penalty for not having health insurance, or an exemption, last year was $95 per adult and $47.50 per child (up to $295 for a family) or 1.0% of family income, whichever is greater. The penalty for not having health insurance, or an exemption, this year will be $325 per adult and $162 per child (up to $975 for a family) or 2.0% of family income, whichever is greater.

Everyone who does not have an exemption needs to purchase health insurance to avoid paying a penalty when they file their 2015 taxes next year.

Today’s guests are Graham McCaulley and Brenda Procter. Both are associate professors of finance for University of Missouri Extension.

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Affordable Care Act Marketplace

University of Missouri Extension Health Insurance Education Initiative

Poison Proof Your Home
What dangers are hidden under your kitchen sink? (Photo by Jon Lamb)

What dangers are hidden under your kitchen sink? (Photo by Jon Lamb)

If you do a quick inventory of the chemicals in your home, I bet the list is long. Toilet bowl cleaners, medicine, cosmetics, tile cleaners, bathroom deodorizers, mouthwash, mothballs, nail polish remover, bleach and ammonia are found in the kitchen and bathroom of most homes. More than 90 percent of poisonings occur in the home and most are preventable if you can keep poison away from tiny fingers.

 

 

Today’s guest is Kandace Fisher-McLean, housing and environmental design specialist for University of Missouri Extension.

 

Poison Safety

Hazardous Look-A-Likes in a Child’s World

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Healthcare Reform and Your Taxes

 

Sickness comes on horseback but departs on foot.  ~ Dutch Proverb, sometimes attributed to writer William C. Hazlitt

Sickness comes on horseback but departs on foot. ~ Dutch Proverb, sometimes attributed to writer William C. Hazlitt

Now that healthcare reform is the law of the land, you might wonder how it will affect your taxes.Whether your income is high, low or in-between, when you file your income taxes this year you will asked about your health insurance in 2014.

 

Today’s guest is Andrew Zumwalt, assistant professor of finance for University of Missouri Extension.

 

 

Missouri Taxpayer Education