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Science
8:35 am
Mon December 2, 2013

KSU Helps Develop Self-Sustaining Spacesuits

Kansas State University researchers are working on a spacesuit that could monitor astronauts' health and use body heat to power electronics.

A team of students and professors are working with a model space suit.

It's made of several layers of material, including metalized fabrics, to model the layers in suits that protect astronauts and keep them warm.

University researchers say batteries are too dangerous to place in a spacesuit's oxygen-rich environment, so the team is developing new energy harvesting methods to gather energy.

Crime and Courts
8:31 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Wisconsin Truck Driver Sentenced For Attack On Koch Website

The Wisconsin truck driver who joined a cyberattack on Wichita's Koch Industries will be sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court in Wichita.

Eric Rosol is charged with misdemeanor count of accessing a protected computer.

Prosecutors agreed in Rosol's plea deal to recommend a sentence at the low end of federal guidelines.

Koch's website was offline for about 15 minutes on the day of the attack in 2011.

The attack was organized by the hacking group Anonymous.

The parties agreed the direct loss to Koch was less than $5,000.

Economy
8:22 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Agreement Between U.S. and E.U. Could Lead To 7,000 New Kansas Jobs

A new report says Kansas could see about 7,000 new jobs if the U.S. and the European Union reach a free trade agreement.

The report estimates Kansas' exports to the E.U. would increase by 23.4 percent if a comprehensive agreement is reached.

Matt Keith with the Kansas Department of Commerce says Kansas had $1.8 billion worth of exports to the European Union in 2012.

That makes the E.U. countries Kansas' second-largest export destination, behind Canada.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Book Review: 'Go' Is A Great Introduction To Graphic Design

Credit Fletcher Powell / KMUW

Time and again we've been warned not to judge a book by its cover. But when you’re looking at one of the more than 1,000 book covers designed by Chip Kidd, it’s difficult to follow that advice. Especially when you understand the amount of research and planning that have gone into each of his cover designs.

So now, Chip Kidd has written a design book titled Go: A Kidd’s Guide to Graphic Design. Even though the title is a play on his name, it’s designed for “kids” ages 10 and up.

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Fri November 29, 2013

A Musical Life: Dustin Lentz

Dustin Lentz performs in a variety of Wichita-area musical projects, including Suns Over Blazmo and The Kind. He performs as Ray Manzarek in the Doors tribute band, Moonlight Drive.

My name is Dustin Lentz. I am a fulltime father, husband, musician.

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Politics
10:10 am
Fri November 29, 2013

Could The 2016 Republican National Convention Be Held In KC?

Kansas City is competing to be the site of the 2016 Republican National Convention.

The Kansas City Convention and Visitors Association says it's received its bid package from the Republican National Committee.

Officials from both Kansas and Missouri are still working out what the GOP will want from the host city as far as the number of hotel rooms and transportation requirements.

Several other cities, including Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, Cleveland and Detroit also have expressed interest in hosting the 2016 event.

Economy
10:09 am
Fri November 29, 2013

Senator Moran 'Getting A Grip' On Digital Currency Bitcoin

Kansas U.S. Senator Jerry Moran says he's still getting a grip on the implications of the virtual currency "Bitcoin."

Bitcoin has grown rapidly as a form of currency in the past few years.

Senator Moran serves on a subcommittee that deals with the banking aspects of national security and international trade and finance.

The panel met last week for its first hearing on Bitcoin, mostly to educate members about the currency and concerns surrounding it.

Commentary
5:00 am
Fri November 29, 2013

Tanya Tandoc: Holiday Relaxation

Credit Everyspoon / Flickr

The holidays can be extraordinarily stressful for even the most spirit-filled person. If you are the one doing the cooking, replicating a giant, fancy holiday meal can bring one to wit’s end, particularly if you just did another elaborate dinner at Thanksgiving.

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Music
5:00 am
Fri November 29, 2013

Moon Salt, Bros And The Spidernauts All Part Of New Spirit Of The Stairs CD

Spirit of the Stairs: (from left to right) Kyle Hupp, Ben Wells, Torin Andersen, Paul Anop
Credit Torin Andersen

This weekend marks the release of the latest CD by Spirit of the Stairs, Tronan Vs. The Spidernauts.

Whereas past releases from the all-instrumental group have clocked in around the hour mark, Tronan consists of only four songs—all recorded since the release of the group’s 2012 effort, Lambo Doors.

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World AIDS Day
5:00 am
Fri November 29, 2013

World AIDS Day: An Interview With Dr. Donna Sweet

Dr. Donna E. Sweet, KU School of Medicine, Wichita, will be the guest speaker at World Aids Day event this year.
Credit Aileen LeBlanc

A day of events for HIV/AIDS awareness will take place this Sunday in Wichita. It will coincide with the national World AIDS Day.

Dr. Donna Sweet of the KU School of Medicine has been at the front of the fight against AIDS for 30 years. Dr. Sweet sat down with KMUW's Aileen LeBlanc to talk about the current status of the disease, both nationally and locally.

According to Dr. Sweet:

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