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12:45 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Innovation: Western SD Hydrology Conference

Earlier this month the 13th annual Western South Dakota Hydrology Conference was held in Rapid City.  SDPB’s Charles Michael Ray sat down with three of the featured speakers to talk about water management, water rights and the idea of cloud seeding.  Guests include, Andy Detwiler a professor at South Dakota School of Mines --  Robert Hirsch a Research Hydrologist with the US Geological Survey and Rob Harmon The Presdient and CEO of Energy RM.
 

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1:57 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

Innovation: Ellen Currano

Ellen Currano
Credit Wyoming University

Ellen Currano has a joint appointment in Botany and Geology and Geophysics at the University of Wyoming. She received a BS in geology and BA in biology from the University of Chicago and PhD in geosciences from Penn State.

The last two years of her graduate career were spent as a pre-doctoral fellow at the Smithsonian Institution. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Wyoming, she was an NSF postdoctoral fellow at Southern Methodist University and an assistant professor of geology at Miami University (OH). 

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12:26 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

Innovation: Research On Oilseeds As New Cash Crop

Credit South Dakota State University

SDSU Research Professor Dr. William Gibbons  says oil seeds are a new major crop that can be grown in South Dakota.  The seeds can be pressed and used as biofuel in diesel engines and even in jet airplanes.  Current research shows the crop can work well in rotation with wheat and can benefit the environment.

Gibbons specializes in industrial microbiology at South Dakota State University.  He also serves as the Director of the South Dakota Oilseed Initiative.  The group of scientists study the possible use of oil seeds as a fuel source and possible crop for this region.

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9:54 am
Thu April 9, 2015

Innovation: Dr. Michael Cherry

Michael Cherry, PHD Louisiana State UniversityCredit LSU WebsiteEdit | Remove

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2:07 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

Dakota Midday: Apollo 13 - NASA's Successful Failure

Apollo 13 crew -- Fred W. Haise, Jr., John L. Swigert, Jr. and James A. Lovell, Jr.
Credit NASA

On April 11, 1970, Apollo 13 lifted off from Kennedy Space Center for what was to be the third mission to land on the moon. But within two days after lift-off, an oxygen tank exploded crippling the spacecraft and putting the crew in danger. Despite limited power, loss of cabin heat and shortage of drinkable water, the crew returned safely on April 17.

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Science
5:16 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Innovation: Dr. Steven Powell on Immunotherapy

Dr. Steven Powell, with Sanford Health discusses how researchers are looking at immunotherapy as a way to fight cancer.  Immunotherapy develops treatments to harness your immune system and use your own immune system to fight the cancer.

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Science
1:48 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Innovation: Dr. Keith Miskimins Discusses Cancer Research In His Lab

Dr. Keith Miskimins – Senior Scientist and Director of the Cancer Biology Research Center at Sanford Research.  His lab is currently looking at the Translation control of tumor suppressor protein p27Kip1 in normal and cancer cells.  p27 is an inhibitor of cell cycle progression that is commonly down regulated in cancer cells.

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Science
2:50 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

Dakota Midday: Cheyenne River Research Symposium

How can research help South Dakota’s tribal communities? That’s the question being addressed this week during a symposium in Eagle Butte. “Researching, Restoring and Rebuilding Our Oyate for a Longer Life” is the theme of the symposium. The event features presentations from researchers from Cheyenne River and beyond. It takes place on Wednesday, March 18 at Oglala Lakota College-Cheyenne River College Center.

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Science
7:14 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Innovation: Daniel Engebretson And Biomedical Engineering

Daniel Engebretson, PhD, is a physical chemist and is chair of the USD biomedical engineering program.  He’s also the head of the USD Graduate Education and Applied Research (GEAR) Center in Sioux Falls.  He  discusses the latest biomedical engineering research, the bioSNTR statewide efforts and collaborations with clinicians and industry.

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1:37 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Innovation: Sanford PROMISE Partners With Texas Instruments in STEM Education

TI-Nspire calculatorCredit google imagesEdit | Remove

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4:51 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Innovation: Dr. Gareth Davies And Dorret Boomsma

Dr. Gareth Davies, Chief Scientific Officer and Scientific Director at the Avera Institute for Human Genetics.  He was listed as a co-author in Nature, the international weekly journal of science for an article titled “Common Genetic Variants Influence Human Subcortical Brain Structures” which was released Jan.

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Science
11:29 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Innovation: Rapid City Stevens Team Goes to National Science Bowl

Stevens Science Teacher Lisa Weisbeck and the State Championship Team set to represent South Dakota in the National Science Bowl.
Credit Charles Michael Ray

A team from Rapid City Stevens High School will represent South Dakota at the National Science Bowl in Washington DC this April.

Stevens won the state competition beating out other schools in South Dakota -- now they go up against the best in the country.  

SDPB's Charles Michael Ray caught up with Stevens Science Teacher Lisa Weisbeck and two students on the winning state team --  Junior Rachel Fenenga and Senior James Donhiser.

To escape the noisy school hallways the three stepped into a quiet science storage room, filled with beakers and instruments…  

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Science
11:16 am
Fri February 13, 2015

Innovation: Dr. George Stefano Discusses Mitogenitics

Dr. George Stefano
Credit SDPB

  Dr. George B. Stefano is the Director of the Neuroscience Research Institute.  Dr.

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Science
4:16 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Cyanide Detection

Cyanide poisoning can kill within 30-minutes.  Having a quick, easy means of detecting exposure can save lives.  Brain Logue, associate professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at South Dakota State University, and his team have developed a sensor that will detect cyanide poisoning in less than a minute through a National Institutes of Health/Department of Defense grant.  The current clinical standard is a 24-hour lab-based test.  The new technology would be used by emergency rooms and first responders.  A post-doctoral student on the project, Randy Jackson explained that multiple prototypes

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4:06 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Cruciferous Vegetables And Cancer Metastasis

Dr. Moul Dey.
Credit South Dakota State University

Associate professor Moul Dey and her team have examined whether phenethyl isothiocyante, a dietary compound produced when people chew cruciferous vegetables such as watercress, broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower, can help prevent recurrence and metastasis of cancer.  Using cancer stem cells of human origin, they found that it may be effective as a dietary approach for preventing recurrence and metastasis and improving therapeutic outcomes for cancer patients.  Dr. Dey described her work and plans for future tests.

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3:55 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Strengthening Bridges

Nadim Wehbe
Credit South Dakota State University

Nadim Wehbe, director of the Jerome L. Lohr Structures Lab, said that testing has revealed that a new means of joining precast double-tee bridges can dramatically increase a bridge's lifetime.

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Science
1:46 am
Mon December 15, 2014

"Stubby" The Triceratops With Broken Horns

The broken horn of a triceratops being cleaned at the Black Hills Institute in Hill City.
Credit Black Hills Institute of Geological Research

If you want to know how many horns a Triceratops has just ask an average first grader—they will tell you, three.

But a nine foot long fossil skull of a Triceratops found in Montana is missing its third horn, normally found on the nose, and paleontologists at the Black Hills Institute of Geological Research are probing the mystery.

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Science - Wind Cave - Birds
12:57 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Christmas Bird Count At Wind Cave

Bald eagles are among the bird species seen during the annual Wind Cave National Park Christmas Bird Count.
Credit Courtesy Wind Cave National Park

Wind Cave National Park is hosting its twentieth Christmas Bird Count this Sunday. Although cold snowy weather canceled the event once in the past, the outlook for this year looks good.

It may feel like spring time today and tomorrow, but temperatures are expected to drop more than 20 degrees by Sunday morning. Notwithstanding, Wind Cave National Park biologist Dan Roddy says the annual Christmas Bird Count tends to be a “go” no matter what.

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4:59 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

DWU Grad Watches Orion Pacific Splashdown

The USS Anchorage in the Pacific.
USS Anchorage Public Affairs

NASA hopes to use the Orion Spaceship to travel to the moon and someday to nearby asteroids.  Last week the craft did a test orbit twice around the planet and then splashed into the Pacific Ocean where the USS Anchorage was waiting.

Dakota Wesleyan University graduate Genevieve Clark is Command Chaplain on the Anchorage.    She witnessed the retrieval effort of and provided an interview and these photos taken by Navy personnel.

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3:35 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Dakota Midday: NASA's Orion Spacecraft Launch

Dec. 4, 2014 -- At Space Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket stands ready to boost NASA's Orion spacecraft on a 4.5-hour mission. During the flight, Orion will orbit Earth twice, covering more than 60,000 miles and reaching an altitude of 3,600 miles on the second orbit.
Credit NASA

This morning’s scheduled launch of NASA’s next generation Orion spacecraft was scrapped, but officials will try again Friday.  No one will be aboard when it launches, but Orion is designed to take astronauts into deep space, including Mars. NASA wants to test the most risky systems before flying with a crew.

The last time a spacecraft designed for human travel left Low Earth Orbit was the 1972 Apollo 17 mission, which was also the last time astronauts walked on the moon.

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12:56 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Deep Underground Gravity Lab Hunts Mystery Waves

Jamey Tollefson, Industrial Technician, and Tanner Prestegard, graduate student at the University of Minnesota, connect fiber optics for the seismometers on the 4850 level.
Credit Sanford Lab Science Liaison Director Jaret Heise / SDSTA

An array of seismographs positioned throughout the former Homestake Mine can detect earthquakes that happen on the other side of the planet.

The NSF funded research at the Sanford Lab aims to learn more about how earthquake waves travel through rock.

The research could also help scientists establish a next generation gravity wave detector.

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Science - Deadwood - Dinosaur
4:09 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Deadwood History Dinosaur Workshop

Head and neck of plesiosaur at Adams Museum.
Credit Courtesy Deadwood History, Inc.

If you’ve ever wondered what Loch Ness, Scotland and Deadwood, South Dakota have in common, you may be able to find the answer this weekend. The Adams Museum is hosting Deadwood History’s Dinosaur Workshop this Saturday where the main focus has a very famous cousin in the Scottish Highlands.

Sightings of a large water creature in Loch Ness considered to be an ancient – and extinct – plesiosaur have been circulating in Scotland since the seventh century. And though many doubt the existence of “Nessie”, there’s no question that a rare plesiosaur fossil resides in the Adams Museum.

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11:01 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Policies Must Change As Population Grows And Planet Warms

P.V. Sundareshwar
Credit Photo by Victoria Wicks

On this changing planet, temperatures are rising along with the population. The result is a greater need

for resources at a time when availability of food, water, and land are shrinking.

School of Mines and Technology Professor P.V. Sundareshwar has been serving as climate change advisor with the Africa bureau of USAID.

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3:16 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Step Aside Sue, Here Comes Spinosaurus

Workers at the National Geographic Museum in Washington grind the rough edges off a life-size replica of a Spinosaurus skeleton.
Credit Mike Hettwer National Geographic

Sue the Tyrannosaurus Rex discovered in South Dakota in 1990 was 40 feet long and one of the largest predatory dinosaurs. But a century ago, paleontologists found fossils of an even bigger dinosaur on the edge of the Sahara Desert, the Spinosaurus. The fossils were completely destroyed in a World War Two allied bombing raid, leaving the dinosaur something of a mystery and not as familiar as the T. Rex.

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Science - Badlands - History
2:52 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Badlands No Place To Live - But Many Visited

The Badlands "stripes" are layer upon layer of sedimentary rock formations and deposits.
Credit Courtesy Badlands National Park - Rikk Flohr

As South Dakota marks 125 years of statehood, SDPB is featuring stories that rediscover our identity and heritage through the people, places, and ideas that make this state unique. Although there are many arid areas across the country that bear the name, there’s only one “Badlands” National Park – and it’s located in South Dakota. We visited this former site of an ancient sea to learn more about the area the Lakota have called “Bad Land” for centuries.

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3:42 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Western South Dakota is a Goldmine for Paleontologists

Before miners and tourists came to western South Dakota, paleontologists were in the area digging up fossil remains of vanished creatures. In 1843 part of an ancient mammal's fossilized jawbone was found in the Badlands and the published paper on the find first started attracting the interest of paleontologists to the area.

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4:11 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

SDSU Research Facilities Promote Learning and Service

When entering the Animal Disease Research and Diagnostic Laboratory, a large window gives the public a view of what happens in the lab.  Inside, researchers run tests to diagnose animals. They determine if animals have a disease, like influenza or foot and mouth disease.

Russ Daly is a veterinarian with the SDSU Extension service. He says animal owners can send in samples or the animal itself to be diagnosed. Daly says this lab completes approximately 100,000 tests each year.

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4:40 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Ag Leader Discusses New Technologies for Future Challenges

NIFA Director Sonny Ramaswamy
Credit USDA

The director of USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture was in South Dakota last week talking with biotech scientists and ag faculty. Sonny Ramaswamy spoke at the 2014 Livestock Biotech Summit in Sioux Falls and a seminar and forum and at South Dakota State University in Brookings.

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4:35 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Biotech in South Dakota

Kevin Kephart, vice president for research and economic development at South Dakota State University
Credit South Dakota State University

Biotechnology experts from around the country are in Sioux Falls this week for the 2014 BIO Livestock Biotech Summit. Among the issues under discussion include genetic technology research and development, FDA regulations, and advancing health, food and industrial applications of animal biotechnology. The summit kicked-off on Monday with tours of South Dakota State University and Brookings area facilities. SDSU’s vice president for research and economic development, Kevin Kephart, joined Dakota Midday and discussed the work of SDSU in the biotechnology field.

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