Science http://kufm.org en Hamilton's Rocky Mountain Labs researchers help crack a viral mystery http://kufm.org/post/hamiltons-rocky-mountain-labs-researchers-help-crack-viral-mystery <p>U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases scientists say a drug combination may prove useful in treating an emerging respiratory virus that's proven fatal outside the United States. Fri, 13 Sep 2013 19:48:02 +0000 Edward O'Brien 8268 at http://kufm.org Hamilton's Rocky Mountain Labs researchers help crack a viral mystery Warming water posing a threat to native trout http://kufm.org/post/climate-change-tipping-point-native-trout <p>Scientists are studying the effects of global climate change from the peaks to the valley floors in Glacier Park.</p><p>They’re also looking in the water.</p><p>Fisheries Ecologist Clint Muhlfeld with the US Geological Survey said native west slope cutthroat and bull trout are adaptable, they’ve been adapting to environmental changes for thousands of years.’</p> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 20:11:00 +0000 Katrin Frye 5427 at http://kufm.org Warming water posing a threat to native trout A changing climate impacting birds? http://kufm.org/post/changing-climate-impacting-birds <p>A new report finds a variety of birds are - and likely will be well into the future - facing significant climate-related challenges. Wed, 26 Jun 2013 20:24:35 +0000 Edward O'Brien 4497 at http://kufm.org A changing climate impacting birds? Getting older doesn't necessarily mean you have to feel old http://kufm.org/post/getting-older-doesnt-necessarily-mean-you-have-feel-old <p>A University of Montana professor appeared before the annual convention of the American College of Sports Medicine this week to discuss a study on a remarkable group of cyclists .<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Brent Ruby is the director of the Center for Work Physiology and Exercise Metabolism. Ruby and his colleagues research how people respond to various forms of stresses and how dietary and training strategies can help us better prepare to deal with stress. Ruby's a lifelong athlete who says he's always nurtured a passion for science.</p> Fri, 31 May 2013 17:35:02 +0000 Edward O'Brien 3243 at http://kufm.org Getting older doesn't necessarily mean you have to feel old In Yellowstone sometimes it's what they don't know that matters most http://kufm.org/post/yellowstone-sometimes-its-what-they-dont-know-matters-most <p>Scientists and others will gather in Yellowstone National Park for three days early next week to discuss what they know about the geothermal system in the Old Faithful area. The meeting will take place at the Old Faithful Snow Lodge, and will be open to the public.</p><p></p><p>In this evening's feature story, Edward O'Brien speaks with Yellowstone National Park Geologist, Dr. Hank Heasler(that's pronounced HESS'-ler), about this conference and what scientists know - or perhaps more to the point - <em>don't</em> know about the Old Faithful area's geothermal system.</p><p></p> Wed, 29 May 2013 20:15:10 +0000 Edward O'Brien 3129 at http://kufm.org In Yellowstone sometimes it's what they don't know that matters most Snowpack and NASA drought monitoring tool http://kufm.org/post/snowpack-and-nasa-drought-monitoring-tool <p>Members of the Clark Fork River Task Force met in Missoula this week to discuss water supply and climate condition forecasts for this year.&nbsp; In short the&nbsp; hydrologists,&nbsp; drought experts and others say the recent cool and wet spell has been an important counter-balance for the basin that's experienced several warm spells. Northwest Montana has plenty of moisture at the moment.&nbsp; Southwest Montana - just like last year - is most at risk for dry conditions this summer. Edward O'Brien speaks with <em>University of Montana School of Forestry and Conservation's </em>Dr. Wed, 29 May 2013 16:38:12 +0000 Edward O'Brien 3118 at http://kufm.org The genetic mutations behind breast cancer http://kufm.org/post/genetic-mutations-behind-breast-cancer <p><strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The actress Angelina Jolie's decision to have a double mastectomy as a way to prevent getting breast cancer, and her choice to make that decision public, have shed light on the rare genetic mutation she has that can cause breast and ovarian cancer. It has also prompted a flood of inquiries from women about the mutation - who's at risk, and what their choices are if they have it.To learn more, News Director Sally Mauk recently spoke with breast cancer surgeon Dr. Melissa Hulvat who is Director of the Bass Breast Center at Kalispell Regional Healthcare. Dr. Mon, 27 May 2013 18:18:53 +0000 Sally Mauk 3002 at http://kufm.org The genetic mutations behind breast cancer Chronic Wasting Disease Part II http://kufm.org/post/chronic-wasting-disease-part-ii-0 <p>As we reported yesterday, Chronic Wasting Disease continues its push towards western Wyoming's winter elk feedgrounds and Yellowstone National Park.<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; In part one of Edward O'Brien's feature interview, Dr. Bruce&nbsp; Smith explained the science behind CWD.<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; In short, it's a terrible, infectious disease that slowly saps the life from whitetail and mule deer, elk and even moose. There is no known vaccine or treatment, animals do not develop immunities to it and it's 100-percent fatal. Wed, 22 May 2013 17:10:15 +0000 Edward O'Brien 2789 at http://kufm.org Chronic Wasting Disease in Wyoming continues its push north and west http://kufm.org/post/chronic-wasting-disease-wyoming-continues-its-push-north-and-west <p>Chronic Wasting Disease is creeping closer to western Wyoming's winter elk feedgrounds and Yellowstone National Park.<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; A retired U.S Fish and Wildlife Service biologist says this is something the public and policy-makers must pay close attention to.<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Dr. Bruce Smith is a former senior biologist at the National Elk Refuge in Jackson, Wyoming and author of "Where Elk Roam: Conservation and Biopolitics of Our National Elk Herd." Tue, 21 May 2013 20:27:00 +0000 Edward O'Brien 2744 at http://kufm.org Despite increasing population, Feds want wolverine on endangered list http://kufm.org/post/despite-increasing-population-feds-want-wolverine-endangered-list-0 <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(55, 55, 55); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 24px;">Montana wildlife officials last week expressed their formal opposition to a proposal from the US Fish and Wildlife Service to list the wolverine on the Endangered Species List.</span></p> Wed, 15 May 2013 15:41:17 +0000 Dan Boyce 2459 at http://kufm.org Despite increasing population, Feds want wolverine on endangered list