Health, Science, Environment

The Picture Show
12:42 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

A new species discovered ... on Flickr

Guek Hock Ping ZooKeys

Originally published on Sat August 11, 2012 6:05 am

One day in May of 2011, Shaun Winterton was looking at pictures of bugs on the Internet when something unusual caught his eye.

It was a close shot of a green lacewing — an insect he knew well — but on its wing was an unfamiliar network of black lines and a few flecks of blue.

Winterton, a senior entomologist at the California Department of Food and Agriculture, has seen a lot of bugs. But he hadn't seen this species before.

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Human Testing
6:51 am
Fri August 10, 2012

Opinion: exploring the ethics of human testing

"Vitruvian Man" by Leonardo da Vinci. (Want to learn more about this famous image? Check out a link to an NPR piece with more background under our story below).
(via Wikimedia Commons/Leonardo da Vinci, Galleria dell' Accademia, Venice (1485-90)

People are sometimes used as test subjects in scientific research – from clinical trials, to studies on the toxicity of pesticides.

The federal government is currently revising the regulation designed to protect human research subjects from harm.

Washington University law professor Rebecca Dresser wrote an article published in the journal Science, talking about some changes she’d like to see made. She spoke with St. Louis Public Radio's Véronique LaCapra.

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Air Pollution
5:48 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Report: Mo, Ill. still among top power plant air pollution states as emissions reduce

Ameren’s power plant near Labadie, Mo.
(Véronique LaCapra, St. Louis Public Radio)

Updated at 6:30 p.m. to add information on mercury pollution.

A new report released today puts both Missouri and Illinois among the top 20 states with the most toxic air pollution from power plants.

The Natural Resources Defense Council report ranked Missouri 15th and Illinois 16th nationwide, based on 2010 data from the Environmental Protection Agency, the most recent data available.

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12:38 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

The end of a lead-laced era: smelter to close after 120 years

Lead in text: 
As KBIA's Jacob Fenston reports, for 25 years, a Herculaneum, Mo. smelter didn't meet federal air standards for lead. Now, after decades of battling government regulators and angry parents, Doe Run is leaving town at the end of next year. Check out Fenston's story via the link below.
  • Source: Kbia
  • | Via: KBIA
Herculaneum, Mo., a small town on the bluffs above the Mississippi River, was always a company town. The company, Doe Run, is the largest lead producer in
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Coal Ash
3:20 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

Meetings on possible coal ash landfills at Rush Island, Meramec

A Google satellite image of Ameren's Rush Island power plant.
(via Google Maps)

Updated at 3:15 p.m. on Aug. 8, 2012:

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources will hold another public awareness session Aug. 14. This one will focus on the permitting process for a proposed coal ash landfill at Ameren's Meramec power plant near Arnold, Mo.

The proposed landfill site is located at 8200 Fine Road, approximately 3.6 miles southeast of the intersection of Interstate 55 and Route 141. Ameren is preparing a detailed site investigation work plan. The session is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at Rogers Elementary School, 7700 Fine Road in St. Louis.

Representatives of MDNR and Ameren will be available to answer questions.

Original story posted 5:53 p.m. Aug. 7, 2012:

The St. Louis-based utility company Ameren is proposing to build a coal ash landfill at its Rush Island power plant in Jefferson County, about 10 miles southeast of Festus.

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is holding a public awareness session tonight to describe the permitting process for the landfill.

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nuclear energy
7:36 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

NRC freezes nuclear power licenses until waste issues are addressed

Ameren Missouri's Callaway Nuclear Plant.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has put a freeze on issuing licenses for new plants and 20-year renewals for existing ones following a ruling by a federal Appeals Court.

The US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit ruled in June that the practice of allowing nuclear plants to store spent fuel rods on site doesn’t meet federal environmental standards.  The decision in essence bars the awarding of any new licenses until the industry begins addressing the problem of storing nuclear waste.

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All Tech Considered
4:44 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

New Moo-Bile App Helps Keep Cows Cool And Farmers Updated

Dairy cows feed at Heins Family Farm near Higginsville, Mo. Fans and misters keep the barns cool during this summer's record temperatures.
Scott Pham for NPR

Originally published on Mon August 6, 2012 5:44 pm

When it's hot and humid, you probably don't want to move much and aren't very hungry. The same goes for cows; but when they don't eat, farmers lose money.

Researchers at the University of Missouri think they can help avoid those losses. They've produced a new mobile app that can detect the threat of heat stress in cows using nothing more than a smartphone.

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The Two-Way
1:09 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

Spectacular: The descent of Curiosity as seen from NASA's Mars orbiter

The Mars rover Curiosity.
NASA/JPL/University of Arizona

Originally published on Mon August 6, 2012 1:24 pm

This photograph brings some perspective to the amazing feat of landing a small vehicle on Mars:

The picture was taken by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter just as the spacecraft carrying Curiosity deployed its parachute. The High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment at The University of Arizona, which released the image, explains:

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Mars rover Curiosity
6:39 am
Sun August 5, 2012

‘Curiosity’ reaches Mars tonight: Wash U researcher helps rover traverse red planet

With a body that's more than 9 feet wide and 9 feet long, the NASA Mars rover Curiosity is much bigger than the older Mars exploration rovers Spirit and Opportunity.
(Image courtesy of the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory)

Not long after midnight central time tonight, the rover known as Curiosity will land on Mars.

It will take the rover seven minutes to get from the Mars atmosphere to the planet's surface. But because it takes about twice that long for signals to travel from Mars to Earth, scientists won't know anything about the landing until after it's already over.

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Elk deaths
11:04 am
Fri August 3, 2012

Heat, stress of move likely led to deaths of reintroduced elk

Some of the elk before their reintroduction in 2011.

Kurt Schilligo contributed reporting for this story.

The record summer heat has probably contributed to the death of some of the elk herd recently reintroduced in the Missouri Ozarks.

The Missouri Department of Conservation says six female adults and four calves died in mid-to-late July. The mothers of two of the calves were among the dead females.

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