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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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Science
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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Science
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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Science
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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Science
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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Science
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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Science
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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Science
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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Science
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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Science
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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Science
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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Science
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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