December 31, 2009
In this Dec. 18 photo, Willo O'Brien demonstrates Square on her iPhone in San Francisco. Willo is a designer and illustrator that uses Square for credit card transactions with her customer. Using a Square is pretty simple. Swipe a credit card through a slit on the cube's side, and it will read your credit card number, translate it into an audio signal and send it onto the iPhone, where it is encrypted. Software decodes the signal and the information is sent out over a cell phone network so the purchase can be authorized. Once the transaction goes through, the costumer's credit card data is deleted. Users can sign for purchases by writing with a finger on the iPhone's touch screen.
Willo O'Brien demonstrates Square on her iPhone in San Francisco. Using a Square is pretty simple. Swipe a credit card through a slit on the cube's side and it will read your credit card number, translate it into an audio signal and send it onto the iPhone, where it is encrypted.
Walter Bargen has served as Missouri's first poet laureate for two years. He is shown here in MU's Ellis Library.
December 30, 2009
A Columbia firefighter speaks with Deanne Calvert at a property owned by Calvert's brother in-law, Joseph Calvert, as fire crews work to put out a fire early Wednesday afternoon. Joseph Calvert, who lives in Springfield, rented out the property. The house had been vacant for a month.
Columbia firefighters cut ventilation holes into the roof of a home on Eastwood Circle early Wednesday afternoon. The home, owned by Springfield resident Joseph Calvert, had been empty for a month.
A SWAT team member, dressed in a camouflage suit, walks away from the scene of a police standoff Wednesday afternoon.
Members of the SWAT team search the second of two suspects apprehended after a police standoff Wednesday afternoon on Quail Drive. Columbia resident Cody Baker reported their location to the police.
This Oct. 26 photo shows Tshwane District Hospital pharmacist Nomvula Tshabalala, left unseen, holding HIV medication while explaining the dosage to a patient in Pretoria, South Africa.
This Oct. 26 photo shows Tshwane District Hospital pharmacist Nomvula Tshabalala, right, listening to an unidentified patient as she explains how to take medication in Pretoria, South Africa. The hospital is on the front lines of a new battle emerging in the fight against HIV in sub-Saharan Africa, home to two-thirds of the world's 33 million HIV cases. They once struggled with a lack of medicines to treat people, watching patients simply waste away, but now they wrangle with the consequences of good deeds gone wrong: The drugs that once worked so well are no longer working. Drug resistance rates have shot up from 1 percent or 2 percent to as high as 30 percent in just the past few years in Africa.
This Oct. 27 photo shows Patience Kweza examining Mashamaite, left, a 4-year-old boy recently switched to second-line drugs after becoming resistant to the first regimen as his unidentified stepmother looks on at the Tshwane District Hospital in Pretoria, South Africa. In sub-Saharan Africa, where the drugs only started arriving a few years ago, resistance is partly the unforeseen consequence of good intentions. There are not enough drugs to go around, so clinics run out and patients can't do full courses. The inferior meds available in Africa poison other patients. Misprescriptions are common and monitoring is scarce.
Fire damage extends to the exterior of a house on Dickinson Court from where Columbia fire officials think the fire originated. Columbia Fire Department officials said damages are estimated to be $150,000.
The remnants of a home gym that was destroyed in an early morning fire in a home on Dickinson Court are just a minor part of the damage caused by the fire. The Columbia Fire Department thinks the fire was set intentionally and that the home was burglarized.
This Aug. 24 photo shows Russ Kremer with one of his piglets on his farm in Frankenstein. Kremer, whose leg was gored by the tusk of a boar, ended up with a strep infection that two months of multiple antibiotics did nothing to heal. Finally, Kremer figured out the answer, it was flowing in the veins of the boar. The boar had been fed low doses of penicillin, which made it resistant to most antibiotics, and the drug-resistant germ passed to Kremer. The farmer was nearly killed by modern-day farming. And more and more, other Americans, many of them living far from barns and pastures, are similarly at risk.
This July 9 photo shows Craig Rowles of Elite Pork Partnership standing with hogs in one of his confinement buildings in Carroll, Iowa. Rowles gives his pigs virginiamycin, which he says has been used for decades and is not absorbed by the gut of the pig. He withdraws the drug three weeks before his hogs are sent for slaughter. He also monitors his pigs for signs of drug resistance to ensure they are getting the most effective doses.
This Aug. 24 photo shows piglets in a pen on a hog farm belonging to Russ Kremer in Frankenstein. The farmer was nearly killed by modern-day farming when he got a staph infection from a boar. And more and more, other Americans, many of them living far from barns and pastures, are similarly at risk.
Thomas Jackson, 6, sings with his Sunday School teacher Christine Martin at the Family Worship Center in November. The church's pastors and volunteers were willing to be trained to work with children with autism, such as Thomas.
Thomas Jackson, 6, and his sister, Malinda Jackson, 5, draw during Sunday school classes at the Family Worship Center. Their mother, Kimberly Matthews, decided on attending Family Worship Center because it fit well for Thomas, who is autistic.
Lydia Mattingley, 8, laughs as her grandmother Paula Mattingley paints her nose black at the Missouri Children's Museum on Tuesday. The museum has different stations in its layout, including arts and crafts, building blocks, a doctor's office and face painting.
Delaney Coyle, 3, paints a picture for her mother, Kristen, at the Missouri Children's Museum on Tuesday. "She's not a big painter at home, so it's fun to see her do something different here," Kristen said. "We're a fan of children's museums, so it's nice to have one here."