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The idea behind "smart guns" is that only the registered owners of firearms are able to unlock and use them. The idea goes back to the 1970s, to a design that used a magnetic ring system that owners could match to their guns. The idea has evolved to use digital innovations. But even though the concept has been around a long time, smart guns still aren't on the market.

Dr. Ranjit Koodali is the Dean of the Graduate School and Professor of Chemistry at the University of South Dakota. He joins us each month to discuss the latest research in chemistry. We dicsuss nanomedicine and the versatility of materials contributing to this fast and emerging area of research to find novel solutions and cures for diseases. 

Students take the lead in campus mental health programs

Aug 8, 2018

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The demand for mental health treatment on college campuses is skyrocketing across the country, but schools are struggling to keep up. Students seeking out treatment often face obstacles such as stigma, long waiting lists, and a looming generational gap of mental health understanding. How can schools address this problem? Where do students fit into the solution?

A team at Stanford University has started using a genetic editing tool called CRISPR to identify the genes that make corals more heat-tolerant.

As the climate changes, warming oceans pose a huge threat to coral reefs. In 2016, nearly a third of the corals on the Great Barrier Reef died off. A quarter of all the fish species in the sea rely on corals for habitat, so die-offs aren’t just bad news for corals.

It's an obscure ocean current in a remote part of the world. But what happens to it as the planet and the oceans warm up could affect the lives of people everywhere.

That’s why Bob Pickart, a physical oceanographer from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution on Cape Cod, traveled to Ísafjörður, Iceland, in the middle of the harsh North Atlantic winter, planning to head into the teeth of some of the worst weather imaginable.

Muslim group welcomes probe of Minnesota student's suicide

Jul 31, 2018

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A Muslim advocacy group says it welcomes the Minnesota Department of Education's decision to investigate a school district's anti-bullying policy after a student's suicide earlier this year.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations requested the investigation after 15-year-old Jacob LeTourneau-Elsharkawy killed himself.

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An international team of scientists have found the first evidence of a source of high-energy cosmic neutrinos. This team includes researchers at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. Associate Professor of Physics Xinhua Bai and PhD grad student Emily Dvorak are working on research using the South Pole detector called IceCube.

Mars In The Night Sky

Jul 27, 2018
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The last weekend in July is the best opportunity to view Mars in 15 years. Saturn is also prominent in the night sky. NASA Planetary Scientist Dr. Geronimo Villanueva discusses how to spot the planets and shares what scientists are learning from images taken by the Hubble telescope. 

Sanford Researach Scientist Kristi Egland evisioned a "better way" to detect breast cancer while she was being treated for her own breast cancer. She developed a blood test that uses a patient's own immune system as a biosensor. The medical technology company Inanovate specializes in screening and analysis of proteins and will begin a clinical trial, collect and store blood samples as it works to validate the accuracy of the test. Rob Nelson, Chief Operating Officer for Inanovate says they will use a patented technology platform called the Bio-ID.

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Three young people whose lives have been forever changed by gun violence spoke out at this summer's Aspen Ideas Festival in Colorado. Kayla Schaefer and Olivia Wesch are high school students at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Ke'Shon Newman is a high school student in Chicago whose brother was shot and killed a few years ago. He's a youth leader of Bold Resistance Against Violence Everywhere (B.R.A.V.E.)

Something was not making sense.

The Montreal Protocol had been in effect for more than 30 years to rid the planet of products that emit chemicals called chlorofluorocarbons — or CFCs, as most people know them.

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FBI director Christopher Wray speaks at the Aspen Security Forum about Russian interference in US elections, and also says the Mueller investigation is not a "witch hunt."

He spoke in Aspen, Colorado on July 18th with moderator Lester Holt of NBC

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ws anCabot-Ann Christofferson is the Liaison and Deputy Director of the Majorana Project at the Sanford Underground Research Facility as well as an Instructor in the South Dakota School of Mines Chemistry and Applied Biological Sciences Department.

The Majorana Demostrator Collaboration Project began in 2010 with growing clean copper to build the experiment.

Cabot-Ann Christofferson is the featured speaker at this month's STEAM Cafe at Hay Camp Brewing Company tomorrow evening.

SDPB's Cara Hetland is underground at the 4850 foot level of the Sanford Underground Research Facility in Lead. This year marks 10 years of Neutrino Day. Connie Walter is the Communications Director for the facility.

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SDPB's Cara Hetland is underground at the 4850 foot level of the Sanford Underground Research Facility in Lead. This year marks 10 years of Neutrino Day. Mike Headley is SDSTA Executive Director and Laboratory Director.

SDPB's Cara Hetland is underground at the 4850 foot level of the Sanford Underground Research Facility in Lead. This year marks 10 years of Neutrino Day. Ariel Waldman was an art school student who worked at an ad agency as a digital anthropologist and then got a job consulting for NASA. She is the global director of Space Hack Days. She demonstrates just how easy it is for everyday enthusiasts to contribute to scientific discovery.

SDPB's Cara Hetland is underground at the 4850 foot level of the Sanford Underground Research Facility in Lead. This year marks 10 years of Neutrino Day. Christopher Mossey is the Deputy Director for the Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility. He talks about the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment and what it takes to collaborate with scientists from more than 30 countries to get this experiment up and running.

Instructor Jaya Gantt, a recent graduate of USC, teaches 6th-grader Kenney Williams and other students at Girls Go for I.T. camp.
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During the last two weeks of June, the University of South Carolina's School of Earth, Ocean and Environment was home to Girls Go for I.T., a camp for middle school-age girls who are interested in learning about computer science and programming. South Carolina Public Radio's Laura Hunsberger and Clayton Sears went to USC's campus to see what the girls are creating and to talk with the professors who started the program, Dr.

Dr. Jack Shonkoff from Harvard’s Center on the Developing Child joined The World’s Rupa Shenoy at The Forum, at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, for a Facebook Live on June 28, 2018.

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Dr. Richard Schnee on Radon Reduction – associate professor and head of the SD Mines Department of Physics research related to radon reduction efforts in SURF and SNOLAB as laid out in this article.

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Michelle Gjerde is the Exectuve Director & Connector in Chief for the Zeal Center for Entrepreneurship. She's relatively new to the position and joins us now to talk about the accelerator program.

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Kyle Vandenhull – founded a year ago – wraps for sports vehicles, large commercial fleet vehicles, trailers, corporate wall displays and windows. Plans to expand vinyl offerings.

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Andrew Rogers – in home music lessons designed for children and young adults. Uses a unique teaching style that leaves students eager to learn more and has proven retention. Its mission is to deliver academic understanding of music theory in a fun approach by learning current songs. Currently ready to expand its team.

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Braden Bills – makes solar power as easy to use as a standard wall outlet – off-grid AC solar panels  - energy independence for camping, power sports, emergencies  and disaster relief.

Currently in design and pre-development stages looking for capitol investment

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Ruth and Steve Scherschligt – specializes in selling high performance racing parts to the drag racing market – formed only a month ago – it already is finding a niche as a knowledgeable and specialized dealer in the industry. Sells online www.feedthestripe.com  Owners have been involved in drag racing for more than 20 years and are bringing their wealth of experiences to online retail to better assist their customers in obtaining the right parts to maximize performance at amateur and professional drag venues.

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Conjtac is a newly formed entity but part of Vance Thompson ophthalmology.

Refractive surgery, like LASIK and other areas of vision correction (contact lenses, orthokeratology, myopia control) improve eye health….

Conjtac has patents around this ideology and are working to bring the intellectual property into production through regulatory approval and ultimately to the patients. Goal is to provide innovative solutions that will not only provide great vision but also improve the corneal health of the eye.

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Changing Rural Narratives: a Ground Level Conversation in Grand Rapids

By Tom Weber.

While #mprraccoon was grabbing the attention of the world for scaling a building in an urban center, a conversation in Grand Rapids, Minn. last week focused on foxes playing in the yard, loons calling in the evening, and other interactions with nature. The Great Outdoors, as we heard in an event at the Blandin Foundation, is a key reason why people choose to live in Grand Rapids.

Hands-on experience gives teachers leg up on bike safety

Jun 12, 2018

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Quick — how do you signal a turn on a bicycle? Teachers and school staff brushed up on that and much more Monday at a hands-on training meant to help more Minnesota students walk and bike to school.

The training, run by the organization Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota, gave the educators lessons and tips for teaching students the rules of the road when it comes to walking and biking.

Sherry Ott has been all over the world. Borneo, Mongolia, Nepal — she writes about travel for a living.

But Antarctica was different.

It’s “the closest you can get to leaving this planet," Ott says. “This was the first place ever that I had been where clearly people were not in charge.”

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White-nose syndrome has been spreading west and now its been discovered in bats in South Dakota.

Silka Kempema, Wildlife Biologist for South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks, and Kimberly Dickerson, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service White-Nose Syndrome Coordinator for the Mountain/Prairie Region, visit about what this means for the bat population and conservation.

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