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Science
11:44 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Let's Play Name That Sound... Of The Galapagos

A Galapagos mockingbird.
Credit (Véronique LaCapra/St. Louis Public Radio)

Our Véronique LaCapra's trip to the Galapagos Islands has allowed her to see - and hear - things she's never experienced before. Play a little game with us, will you?

This Galapagos mockingbird is pretty good at mimicking other things...

But it's not good enough to make these sounds:

What IS making those grumbling, crunching sounds (nevermind the birds)? And how about that "burp!"

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St. Louis on the Air
8:08 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Michelle Loyet Unravels The Mysteries Of Afterlife In Ancient Egypt

Mummy from "Lost Egypt: Ancient Secrets, Modern Science"
Saint Louis Science Center

The Saint Louis Science Center’s current exhibition Lost Egypt: Ancient Secrets, Modern Science has sparked an interest in the afterlife in ancient Egyptian culture.  Earlier this month, Michele Loyet, Adjunct Professor on Near Eastern and Egyptian Archaeology  at Webster University, spoke at the Science Center on the topic of mummification in Egypt.  She was Don Marsh’s guest on St. Louis on the Air to talk about the afterlife tradition in ancient Egypt.

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Special Projects / St. Louis on the Air
4:38 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

To The Galapagos! 'Following In Darwin's Footsteps' Begins

St. Louis Public Radio's science reporter Véronique LaCapra.
(St. Louis Public Radio)

St. Louis Public Radio's science reporter Véronique LaCapra sets off this week on a trip to the Galapagos Islands.

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Science
5:33 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Monsanto Researcher To Share World Food Prize

Credit (St. Louis Public Radio)

A Monsanto researcher is one of the winners of the 2013 World Food Prize.

Monsanto Chief Technology Officer Robert Fraley will share the international honor with Mary-Dell Chilton of Syngenta and Belgian plant scientist Marc Van Montagu.

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Washington University
3:02 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Washington University To Build New Research Facility

The new research facility will be positioned along McKinley Avenue, west of Taylor Avenue in St. Louis' Central West End neighborhood. The building design is by Goody Clancy, in association with Christner Inc.
Credit (Rendering courtesy of Washington University)

This summer, the Washington University School of Medicine intends to break ground on a new research facility.

The six-story, 138,000 square-foot facility is part of an ongoing effort by the university to encourage interdisciplinary research in biology and medicine.

The $75 million project is slated to house researchers involved in genetics, genomics and biological regeneration.

Washington University says the new facility will help replace aging laboratories with energy-efficient, flexible and open research space.

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The Salt
2:23 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

And The Winner Of The World Food Prize Is ... The Man From Monsanto

James Finley AP

Originally published on Wed June 19, 2013 2:41 pm

Ever heard of the World Food Prize? It's sometimes called the "Nobel Prize for food and agriculture," but it has struggled to get people's attention. Prize winners tend to be agricultural insiders, and many are scientists. Last year's laureate, for instance, was Daniel Hillel, a pioneer of water-saving "micro-irrigation."

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West Lake Landfill
6:16 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Lawmaker: Remove Radioactive Waste From Landfill

Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio.

A suburban St. Louis lawmaker is calling for the removal of nuclear waste from a landfill near Lambert Airport.

Underground smoldering at the Bridgeton Landfill has created a foul odor so strong that Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster sued the landfill owner, Republic Services.

Bridgeton Landfill is part of the larger West Lake Landfill. Another area of West Lake contains nuclear waste from the Cold War era.

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Science Research
4:30 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Sequestration Budget Cuts Hit St. Louis Scientists

Rachel Delston works with cancer cells in the lab at Confluence Life Sciences.
(Sarah Skiöld-Hanlin/St. Louis Public Radio)

It has been just over three months since the federal spending cuts known as sequestration first took effect.

A handful of programs were spared — but not scientific research, which amounts to about $140 billion in annual government spending.

As St. Louis Public Radio’s Véronique LaCapra found out, at universities here in St. Louis, some scientists are worried about what the budget cuts will mean for their research — and for their students.

"I had to let go of some science."

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Solar Aircraft
4:15 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Solar Plane To Depart St. Louis For Cincinnati Friday Morning

Solar Impulse will be making an additional stop in Cincinnati, Ohio (not shown).
(via Solar Impulse)

A solar powered airplane that landed in St. Louis last Tuesday is scheduled to depart early tomorrow morning [Friday].

This will be the 4th leg of the aircraft’s cross-continental flight.

Solar Impulse was originally scheduled to fly directly from St. Louis to Washington DC. But because of strong winds the plane will make an additional stop in Cincinnati to allow the team to rest and switch pilots.

The plane’s 12,000 solar cells power it by day while recharging batteries that allow it to fly at night.

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Science
9:53 am
Thu June 13, 2013

Natural DNA Cannot Be Patented, Supreme Court Rules

Originally published on Thu June 13, 2013 10:28 am

In a decision that could have broad-reaching effects on the future of science and medicine, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday that:

-- "A naturally occurring DNA segment is a product of nature and not patent eligible merely because it has been isolated."

-- But, synthetically created "strands of nucleotides known as composite DNA (cDNA)" are "patent eligible" because they do not occur naturally.

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