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2:30 pm
Sun October 19, 2014

Study: Curiosity Influences Brain To Enhance Learning

The idea behind the study was to look at the role of curiosity in promoting memory.
Sharizah Flickr

Curiosity may kill the cat but it may also make it easier for people to learn new information, according to new research on what happens inside the brain when curiosity is piqued. The study was conducted by researchers from the University of California at Davis.

The findings were published online in the Cell Press journal Neuron. According to Dr. Charan Ranganath, professor at the UC Davis center for neuroscience and principal researcher in this study, the study showed that when curiosity is piqued, it activates the brain circuit related to reward.

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Harvest Public Media
1:35 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Farmers Gear Up For Record Harvest, Brace For Lower Prices

Nationwide, farmers are expected to harvest record-breaking amounts of corn and soybeans this year.
Grant Gerlock Harvest Public Media

U.S. farmers are bringing in what’s expected to be a record-breaking harvest for both corn and soybeans. But all that productivity has a big financial downside: plunging prices that have many Midwest farmers hoping to merely break-even on this year’s crop.

Farmers will haul in 4 billion bushels of soybeans and 14.5 billion bushels of corn, according to USDA estimates. Those are record-breaking numbers, made possible by producers planting more corn and soybean acres and near-perfect weather in the Corn Belt.

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Arts & Culture
5:42 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Cape Girardeau Is One Of Ten In The Nation Nominated For The 2015 Great American Main Street Award

Cape Girardeau's Main Street
Jami Black

Cape Girardeau has been selected as a semi-finalist for the 2015 Great American Main Street Award. According to a press release, the National Main Street Center recognizes exceptional Main Street communities whose successes serve as a model for comprehensive, preservation-based commercial district revitalization each year.

Cape Girardeau is one of ten Nationally Accredited Main Street communities from across the nation to be recognized as a semi-finalist.

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Agriculture
4:06 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Pumpkin Harvest Overcomes Bad Weather, Diseases and Insects

EranB Wikimedia Commons

This year’s pumpkin harvest was successful despite many obstacles.

Sarah Denkler is a horticulture specialist of Southeast Missouri. She works with farmers from eight counties in the region. She says many of the farmers had a healthy harvest that matured early. Other farmers lost some of their crops due to storms, insects and diseases.

According to her, this year’s weather was not ideal for growing pumpkins. At times it was too dry or there was too much moisture.

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Harvest Public Media
11:25 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Manufacturers Cut Food Waste To Build Bottom Line

Todd Scherbing, Smithfield Foods’ senior director of rendering, holds a tray of pituitary glands that are cut from hogs on the line in the Farmland Foods plant in Milan, Mo. Pituitary glands are used to make insulin.
Peggy Lowe Harvest Public Media

The long line of semi-trucks waiting to get in the gates of the Farmland Foods plant could simply wait around for a few hours to head back, fresh products on board.

The trucks are loaded with hogs from several confinement operations near this factory in Milan, a small town in northeast Missouri. Within just 19 hours, those pigs will be slaughtered, butchered and boxed into cuts that consumers see in the grocery store and in restaurants.

But that effort will use only about half of the animal.

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