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4:24 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Researchers Continue to Expand Corn Potential

Credit SDSU Extension

When farmers first arrived in Dakota Territory, they assumed the growing season was too short for corn and it was planted as a sod crop. But an agronomist writing in a 1909 report said that men who once scoffed are now buying South Dakota farms on which they expect to grow corn. That year, farmers in the state planted over two million acres of corn with a harvest of 65 million bushels.

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3:52 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Scientists Investigate Dark Matter In The Black Hills

Richard Gaitskell, Professor of Physics at Brown University
Credit SDPB

In honor of Neutrino Day, this week's Innovation broadcast live from a mile undergroud at the Sanford Underground Research Facility. Scientists from around the country and the world gather there to investigate the mysterious building block of the universe: dark matter.  

  , and UC Berkley grad student Mia Ihm explained the LUX experiment, which uses the most sensitive dark matter detector in the world. Alan Poon and Wenqin Xu of the Majoranna Project also explained the underground construction of a new double beta decay detector.

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Science
3:50 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Is This The Center Of The Universe?

Joel Primack and Nancy ellen Abrams
Credit SDPB

Neutrino Day keynote speakers Joel Primack and Nancy Ellen Abrams believe we are at the center of the visible universe...and so is everything else. Primack is a professor of physics and astrophysics at the University of California Santa Cruz, and Abrams is a writer with a B.A. in history and the philosophy of science from the University of Chicago.

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Science
3:47 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

The Future Of The Sanford Underground Research Facility

Sanford Underground Research Facility Lab Director Mike Headley and Communications Director Connie Walter
Credit SDPB

On the eve of the 7th annual Neutrino Day, Sanford Underground Research Facility lab director Mike Headley discussed the future of the lab, which includes the next generation of dark matter research. Communications director Connie Walter also shared what visitor's can expect from Neutrino Day. Among many other attractions, the free event features the Journey Museum planetarium, tours of the underground lab and a space school musical.

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Science
2:41 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

NOAA Teacher At Sea Program

Spencer Cody aboard the NOAA Ship Pisces.

Spencer Cody, a grade 7-12 science teacher in Hoven, recently returned from two weeks in the Gulf of Mexico with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Teacher at Sea program. While at sea, Cody studied the population of reef sea life and kept track of what different populations of fish are doing along the continental shelf. Cody also blogged during his time aboard the NOAA Ship Pisces. His blog can be seen here. It includes photos and videos.

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Science - Guinness - Reptiles
5:17 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Reptile Gardens Makes Guiness Book

There's more to the Reptile Gardens than creepy, crawly things - such as this camera-shy but very vocal parrot in the botanic gardens
Credit Photo by Jim Kent

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 most people across the country might consider us as “Small Town, U.S.A.”, many of our “places” are world-class. Today we visit a Black Hills institution that just made it into the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest in its class.

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Science
3:36 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Sanford Doctor Writes On Kindness In Medicine

“Bringing Kindness to Medicine” author Dr. Jerome Freeman
Credit Sanford Health

Dr. Jerome Freeman is a practicing neurologist and chair of the Department of Neurosciences at Sanford School of Medicine. Dr. Freeman believes medicine is rich in science and technology, but all too often its marvelous powers are accompanied by a clinician's calm detachment rather than the soft touch of human kindness. Dr. Freeman's book "Bringing Kindness to medicine: Stories from the Prairie" illustrates the power and importance of kindness through real-life stories from his years practicing medicine in South Dakota.

  

  

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Science
1:28 am
Mon June 2, 2014

Sanford Lab Fits Particle Physicists 10-Year Plan.

The Sanford Lab in Lead, SD.
Credit Amy Varland

Officials at the Sanford Lab say a new report put out by a group of particle physicists bodes well for the future of research in Lead.
 
The report issued by a panel of experts to the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy outlines a 10-year strategic plan for particle physics research in the United States.

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Science
2:07 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Engineers And Scientists Abroad

Some students at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in Rapid City have found they can have an impact on the world before they receive their diploma.  Since the fall of 2006, members of the student organization Engineers and Scientists Abroad, or ESA, have taken the expertise and training learned in the classroom to such countries as Chile, Suriname, Haiti and Bolivia.  Carl Holloman is a sophomore who was part of an ESA team that went to Peru in March.  Tony Kulesa is a graduate student who leaft for Mongolia Monday.  Karl Gehrke visited with the students last week.

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Science
2:32 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Space Exploration For U.S. Still Limited

Tom Durkin, Deputy Director of the SD Space Grant Consortium

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin took to Twitter Tuesday (4/29) to show his feelings about the United States' most recent sanctions. Rogozin tweeted: "After analyzing the sanctions against our space industry, I suggest that the USA bring their astronauts to the International Space Station using a trampoline." Rogozin's reaction is a dig at the most recent sanctions leveled by the U.S. in response to the Ukraine crisis.

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Science - Mammoth - Expansion
1:46 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Mammoth Site Plans Expansion

More than 100,000 people visit The Mammoth Site each year.
Credit Courtesy of The Mammoth Site

The Mammoth Site is one of the premiere tourist attractions in Hot Springs, bringing in some 100,000 visitors each year. These numbers have more than outgrown the facilities available for those who flock to Southwestern South Dakota from around the world to learn about the state’s ancient history.

Plans are underway to construct a 5000-square foot facility to provide more educational space for paleontology enthusiasts and, hopefully, more tourism income to the Hot Springs community.

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Science
1:25 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Farmers And Soil

Jeff Hemenway, Soil Quality Specialist for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Paul Hetland, a farmer in Mitchell, joined the program to discuss the science and technology with what farmers will do with soil to make it more productive.

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Science
1:22 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Climate Change

Dr. John Stamm with the United States Geological Survey in Rapid City spoke with Charles Michael Ray about his presentation at the annual Western South Dakota Hydrology Conference earlier this month about climate change. To view the final draft of the April 2014 IPCC report, go to: http://mitigation2014.org/report/final-draft.

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Science
1:18 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Anniversaries For Landsat 7 And 8 Satellites

Landsat 7 Satellite

This week marks the 15th anniversary of the Landsat 7 satellite and the first anniversary of images coming from Landsat 8. Jim Vogelmann, Research Ecologist for the U.S. Geological Survey Center for Earth Resources Observation and Science, joined Innovation to discuss the satellites and what they've done for science.

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Science
1:30 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Refurbishing B-1 Bombers

Last month the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and Ellsworth Air Force Base signed an agreement formalizing a relationship for collaborative projects such as the application of a revolutionary research technology to refurbish aging bombers. The university's partnership with Ellsworth has already helped return four B-1s to service and could save the military millions of dollars.

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Science
1:30 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Don And Carmen Meyer Center Of Excellence

Michael O'Keefe, VP Business Development Avera St. Lukes, discussed the launch of the Don and Carmen Meyer Center of Excellence that will house the Avera Cancer Institute in Aberdeen.

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Science
1:27 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Walking Forward Program In South Dakota

Dr. Daniel Petereit, Department of Radiation Oncology at Rapid City Regional Hospital's Cancer Care Institute, and Principal Investigator of Walking Forward, and Dr. C. Norman Coleman,  Associate Director and Radiation Research Program Senior Investigator for the National Cancer Institute, based in Bethesda, Maryland, joined Innovation host Cara Hetland to discuss the Walking Forward program in South Dakota as well as the efforts to take lessons learned world-wide.

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Science
1:38 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

New Efforts For Rural Entrepreneurs For Improving Communities

Scott Meyer, Brofounder of 9 Clouds

Scott Meyer is the brofounder of 9 Clouds, a digital marketing and education firm that improves the digital literacy of businesses. He writes and hosts the Digital Homesteading blog and podcast focusing on growing rural business and community. His most recent book, Navigating Social Media: A Field Guide, provides strategies and tutorials for using social media effectively for business. Learn more and join his band of digital homesteaders at 9clouds.com/blog. Meyer talked about new efforts to teach rural entrepreneurs how to improve their communities.

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Science
1:32 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Computer Course At DSU Without Keyboard Or Mouse

Dakota State University Professor Chris Olson developed a series of voice narrated tutorial videos for the DSU online course, Introduction to Computers. The course consists of 13 voice-narrated tutorials that align with a chapter in the textbook. Olson's online course targets those who have access issues or disabilities along with their rehabilitation counselors. He teaches the user how to leverage the power of the voice recognition software, Dragon Naturally Speaking, to create word processing documents, slideshow presentations, spreadsheets, databases and web pages.

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1:25 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Research Papers Published On Netherlands Twin Genetics Study

Dr. Gareth Davies, Scientific Director, Avera Institute for Human Genetics and Dr. Erik Ehli, Research Scientist, Avera Institute for Human Genetics, joined Innovation to discuss the latest research papers being published on their work with the Netherlands twin genetic study.

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Science
2:24 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Bee Care Tour Comes To Brookings

Credit Bayer

The Bayer CropScience 2nd Annual Bee Care Tour stops in Brookings on Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. at the McCrory Gardens Education and Visitor Center.  Honey bees and other pollinators play a vital role in the food supply with more than 25% of the nation's agricultural crops dependent upon pollination.  Bayer CropScience bee expert Sarah Meyers talked about this year's tour which engages attendees on the important role pollinators and seed treatment technology plays in creating a sustainable agriculture.

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Science
1:44 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Research Study Of Mild Alzheimer Patients

Researchers hoped a new compound treatment is a miracle drug to reverse the effects of Alzheimer's disease. But that's not the case for more advanced patients. So now they're looking at using the treatment on early onset of the disease. Dr. Bill Fuller with Avera Behavioral Health discussed the research study of mild Alzheimer patients.  To find out more about the study call Gail at Aver Behavioral Health at 605-322-3075.

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Science - Deadwood - Remains
2:50 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Discovering The Past Through Dental Fillings

Mandible and cranium remnants of human remains found in Deadwood having a panoramic x-ray taken.
Credit Courtesy Deadwood City Archives

As we move further into the second decade of the new millennium, advances in science, technology and medicine seem to occur almost every day. But for as much as we move forward toward the next “great new world”, shadows of our past continue to arise reminding us of our “roots”. 

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Science
1:38 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Neurological Function Study On Youth Football

Thayne Munce

Sanford Health recently released findings on a pilot study that looks at the effects of youth football on selected clinical measures of neurological function. Thayne Munce, PhD, National Institute for Athletic Health & Performance, talked about the results in the study on Innovation.

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1:31 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Youth Football And ACL Injuries

Judith Peterson

Judith Peterson, Physician Sport Medicine Rehabilitation, has been involved in a project to decrease ACL knee ligament tears in adolescent athletes in South Dakota. These severe injuries are a national epidemic and affect many South Dakota athletes and families. Peterson is presenting a lecture on this topic at the national meeting of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation October 5 in Washington DC. She joined Innovation host Cara Hetland to discuss this severe injury suffered on the playing field.

  

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2:44 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Identifying Deadwood Body

In 2012, the remains of a young man between the ages of 18-24 were uncovered during repair on a retaining wall behind a residential home.  The home was at the site of the original Deadwood cemetery which was later covered by houses and streets - the same cemetery where Wild Bill Hickok was first buried before being moved to Mount Moriah.  The young man was found with substantial dental work, unusual for the time, which may assist in identifying him and his ancestry.  Deadwood city archivist Mike Runge says the written records of those buried at the town's first cemetery may also shed light

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Science - Deadwood - Remains
12:16 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Investigating Deadwood's Century-Old Human Remains

Photo of Deadwood's first cemetery - where unidentified human remains have been found.
Credit Courtesy Deadwood City Archives

The town of Deadwood has developed a reputation in many areas over the years. It’s the place you go to find gambling in the Black Hills. It’s the place to go to find historical reenactments of the Old West. Many say it’s also the place to go to find the spirits of the dead. But it hasn’t been known as the place to go to find a skeleton in your backyard…until now. 

Today we visit the stomping grounds of Wild Bill Hickok and finds the remains of a former resident who – at the moment - has no name. 

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Science
2:19 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Impact Of Pine Beetles To Water Supply

SDPB's Charles Michael Ray interviewed South Dakota School of Mines researchers Jim Stone and Heidi Sieverding about new research on the impact of pine beetles to the water supply.

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2:17 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Cliff Swallow Research

Cliff Swallow

Dr. Charles Brown, Professor of Biology at the University of Tulsa, is researching on the behavioral and disease of ecology of birds. His long-term project (27 years) is among the longest running, continuous field studies on birds in North America. His focus on cliff swallows identifies the causes of group living and to understand why breeding colonies vary in size. Dr. Brown talked about what he's discovered so far.

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Science
2:11 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Sanford Imagenetics

Dr. Eugene Hoyme
Credit KDLT

Sanford Health recently announced a $125 million gift to fund the genomic initiative for internal medicine. The gift launches Sanford Imagenetics. Dr. Eugene Hoyme, President of Sanford Research, joined Innovation to discuss genetic testing for patients. For more information, go to: sanfordhealth.org/imagenetics.

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