Health, Science, Environment

Science Education
5:14 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

New UMSL Undergrad Science Education Facility To Promote Interactive Learning

An artist's rendering of the new Science Learning Building, part of the University of Missouri-St. Louis Benton-Stadler science complex.
(Via University of Missouri-St. Louis)

The University of Missouri-St. Louis has begun construction on a new science teaching facility.

The four-story addition to the Benton-Stadler science complex will house laboratories, lecture halls, and a central meeting space for students and faculty.

The dean of UMSL’s College of Arts and Sciences, Ron Yasbin, says science education used to mean students going to lectures on campus, and then working through homework problems on their own, outside of class.

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Climate Change
5:00 am
Mon December 9, 2013

St. Louis Photojournalist Goes Under The Ice To Document Arctic Climate Change

German diver and marine biologist, Rupert Krapp, of the Norwegian Polar Institute, pumps his fists in victory after surfacing with plankton samples from under the ice at 82 degrees North, 500 miles from the North Pole.
(© Randall Hyman)

Randall Hyman is a St. Louis-based photojournalist and writer. For more than three decades, he has traveled the globe covering cultural and environmental issues.

Hyman recently spent four months in the Norwegian Arctic on a Fulbright project documenting climate change.

He told St. Louis Public Radio’s Véronique LaCapra that Norwegians are already feeling the effects of global warming.

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State Audit
6:30 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Audit Faults Mo. Department of Conservation For Overspending

These two bull elk were among the first to arrive at Peck Ranch in May, 2011. They were outfitted with GPS collars for tracking purposes.
Credit David Stonner/Missouri Department of Conservation

A report released on Friday by the Missouri auditor's office says the state continued to overspend on its elk restoration project, even after a 2011 audit found it was way over budget.

The current audit found the Missouri Department of Conservation spent close to $3.4 million to bring 129 elk into the state. Only an estimated 115 elk have survived.

But conservation department Deputy Director Tom Ripperger says those figures are misleading.

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Science
11:57 am
Fri December 6, 2013

This Is What It Feels Like To Be Dropped Off On An Iceberg Alone

St. Louis-based photojournalist and writer Randall Hyman prepares to jump onto an iceberg in the Barents Sea.
Credit (video capture/courtesy Randall Hyman)

Cold. Windy. Wet. Exhilarating?

St. Louis-based photojournalist and writer Randall Hyman recently got the opportunity to travel to the Norwegian Arctic on a Fulbright project documenting climate change.

During his trip, he got to do a little bit of, well, iceberg jumping:

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St. Louis on the Air
4:30 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Heart Health: When Should Medicine Be Prescribed To Lower Cholesterol?

(via Wikimedia Commons)

The FDA's proposed ban on trans fats and new heart disease prevention guidelines jointly released by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology have stirred up debate over best practices to improve heart health.

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St. Louis Zoo
3:42 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

It's A Bird! Saint Louis Zoo Welcomes Its Newest Addition

The Saint Louis Zoo's 17 day old Tawny Frogmouth gives a big smile for the camera!
(Saint Louis Zoo)

Updated Nov. 27 at 10:40 a.m. to correct two photo captions.

There’s a bird to be thankful for in St. Louis, but we’re not talking about turkey.

On Nov. 2, the Saint Louis Zoo welcomed yet another adorable addition, a fluffy Tawny Frogmouth chick.  Born to first-time parents, zoo keepers are taking extra precautions to ensure the chick develops properly.  

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West Lake Landfill
5:28 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Nuclear Policy Analyst: Radioactive Waste At West Lake Landfill Must Go

Radiation warning sign posted on the West Lake Landfill perimeter fence in Bridgeton, Mo.
(Sarah Skiold-Hanlin, St. Louis Public Radio)

A nuclear policy analyst is adding his voice to those of area residents, environmental advocates and local government officials who want radioactive wastes out of the West Lake Landfill in Bridgeton.

Robert Alvarez served as a senior policy advisor in the Department of Energy under the Clinton administration and is currently a senior scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies.

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Hydraulic Fracturing
5:22 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Public Comment Period Opens For Illinois 'Fracking' Legislation

Illustration of water cycle for hydraulic fracturing.
Credit (via U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is seeking public feedback on the state's first-ever regulations for high-volume oil and gas drilling.

The DNR published proposed regulations for hydraulic fracturing today, which begins a public comment period that will last until Jan. 3.

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Childhood Obesity
5:00 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Preventing Childhood Obesity: A Conversation With Wash U's Debra Haire-Joshu

(Via Flickr/InspiredHomeFitness)

Obesity has increased dramatically in the United States over the past several decades.

In Missouri, almost two-thirds of adults ― and more than a quarter of children and teens ― are either overweight or obese.

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Water Quality
2:30 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Missouri Approves Sweeping Revisions Of Clean Water Standards

Missouri's new clean water standards will protect tens-of-thousands of additional miles of rivers and streams.
Kelsey Proud, St. Louis Public Radio

Updated at 5:50 p.m. with quote by Sara Parker Pauley; updated at 3:41 p.m. with quote by Lorin Crandall.

The Missouri Clean Water Commission has approved a sweeping regulatory overhaul of the state's water quality standards.

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