Science and Tech

9:40pm

Wed April 9, 2014
Science and Tech

Landfill Gas-Recovery System to Generate Electricity in Glasgow

Credit http://www.glasgow-ky.com/

Gov. Steve Beshear Wednesday announced funding to help create an environmentally friendly methane gas recovery system in Glasgow that will also save taxpayer dollars. The new system will harness the gas emitted from the Glasgow Regional Landfill and turn it into electricity.

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4:19am

Wed February 5, 2014
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Bill Nye, "The Science Guy" and Creation Museum's Ken Ham Face-Off

"Science Guy" Bill Nye makes a point as Creation Museum founder and CEO Ken Ham waits for his turn during Tuesday night's debate in Petersburg, Kentucky.
Credit Amy Harris

A crowd of hundreds braved snowy and icy weather to attend a much-publicized debate in Northern Kentucky Tuesday. Bill Nye the Science Guy and Ken Ham, the founder and CEO of the Creation Museum faced off over the topic, “Is Creationism a viable model of origins in today’s modern scientific era.”

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12:57pm

Tue February 4, 2014
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"Science Guy"Bill Nye to Debate Creation Museum's Ken Ham

Bill Nye, the Science Guy, and Ken Ham, founder of the Creation Museum debate Tuesday night in Northern Kentucky
Credit The Creation Museum

The debate over the belief in divine creation versus evolution will be played out Tuesday evening in Northern Kentucky. Bill Nye, the Science Guy, will face off with one of the most outspoken supporters of creationism

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6:19am

Mon March 18, 2013
Science and Tech

Digging Kentucky

There’s still a lot of ground to cover when it comes to archaeology in Kentucky.  Kentucky Heritage Council Archaeologist Nick Laracuente  says Kentucky excavations have been going on since the 1930’s.  But, he says only five to ten percent of Kentucky has undergone archaeological study.  Laracuente cites the distillery business as just one example.  “There were thousands across Kentucky and we have, what, 30 operating today, but remains of many, many more that could tells us a lot about what’s going on in that industry in the past.

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1:07pm

Tue October 2, 2012
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UK Physiologist Helps Identify Usher Syndrome Gene

A University of Kentucky physiologist has teamed with researchers from several institutions to report a novel type of gene associated with Usher Syndrome, a hereditary disease that causes individuals to lose both hearing and sight. The work of Gregory Frolenkov, associate professor at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, and others led by Zubair M. Ahmed from the University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, is being published in the November 2012 issue of Nature Genetics.

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1:30pm

Mon August 27, 2012
Science and Tech

And Mankind is Grateful...

Cheri Lawson WNKU Radio

A constant stream of people filed through Cincinnati’s Museum Center Sunday to honor the late Neil Armstrong and view a piece of rock he brought back from the moon. Kentucky Public Radio’s Cheri Lawson reports the Museum Centers’ Museum of Natural History and Science offered free admission yesterday and extended it through Labor Day in honor of Armstrong .

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9:38am

Wed August 22, 2012
Science and Tech

Kentucky Ground Zero for 2017 Eclipse

Scott Bain, physics professor at Hopkinsville Community College, displays the telescope he'll use Aug. 21, 2017, to watch a total eclipse of the sun. A spot northwest of Hopkinsville will be the best place on earth to watch the eclipse.
Tom Kane Kentucky New Era

At 1:24 p.m. CDT on Aug. 21, 2017, the sky will go dark for 2 minutes and 40 seconds and the stars will come out. The reason for that is, at that moment, a total eclipse of the sun will take place, and the best place to watch it will be just northwest of Hopkinsville, where the eclipse will last longer than anywhere else on earth. “We have been getting emails for five years about this, and we have five more years to go,” said Cheryl Cook, executive director of the Hopkinsville-Christian County Convention and Visitors Bureau. “People are already calling for hotel rooms, but the hotels don’t book that far out.”

3:50pm

Thu August 9, 2012
Science and Tech

Kentuckians Await Perseid Shower

The peak viewing period for the annual Perseid  meteor shower occurs this weekend.  But, it’s not the only time meteors make their mark over Kentucky.   Eastern Kentucky University physics professor, Marco Ciocca says that most of the time there is some material falling from the sky..  “On any given day there is all kind of stuff falling from the sky.  It falls all the time.  We see very few, because the majority burn before we can see anything and especially if they fall during the day.  I don’t know the numbers off the top of my head, but it’s not zero,” said Ciocca.

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10:34am

Wed June 13, 2012
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UK Develops Spray-On Concrete

Bill Estep

An ultra fast-drying, spray-on concrete developed at the University of Kentucky could be used to stabilize buildings damaged in terrorist attacks or natural disasters, but also has commercial uses, according to researchers. Officials demonstrated the product Tuesday at UK's Center for Applied Energy Research, which developed it in partnership with Minova North America, a company headquartered in Georgetown that supplies products to the mining and construction industries.

6:19am

Fri June 1, 2012
Science and Tech

Nuclear Technologies Clarified

Kentucky now has a law which clarifies the types of nuclear based technologies allowed in the commonwealth.  The legislation was signed into law Thursday by Governor Beshear.   It permits nuclear related industries to exist in Kentucky as long as electricity generated is not the primary aim.  The house bill allows industry development for nuclear assisted coal or gas conversion where electricity is not the primary output.  It also clears the way for re-enrichment of depleted nuclear tails, recycling or reprocessing of spent nuclear fuels and the processing of metals contaminated with radioactive materials.

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4:06pm

Tue May 29, 2012
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U of L Professors Receive Grant for Spinal Cord Research

Susan Harkema, a University of Louisville professor, talks about epidural spinal stimulation. Courier-Journal photo.

Two University of Louisville professors have received a $6.3 million grant to continue their work helping paralyzed patients restore movement by using electrical stimulation. The grant was awarded to Susan Harkema and Dr. Jonathan Hodes from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust. Last year, they received much acclaim when they published a study in the journal The Lancet "showing that the use of continual, direct, electrical stimulation of a patient's lower spinal cord using technology designed for pain relief can allow a person using a wheelchair to stand and bear weight," reports Laura Ungar for The Courier-Journal.

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2:43pm

Wed May 23, 2012
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KSP Unveils 3D Crime Scene Scanner

Sgt. Chad Mills of the Kentucky State Police Collision Analysis and Highway Safety Branch talks about the capabilities of the new Leica ScanStation C10 during a press conference at KSP headquarters.
Hannah Reel/The State Journal

Kentucky State Police revealed a 3D scanner that could cut crime and crash investigation times in half. Commissioner Rodney Brewer said the $65,000 scanner is the first of its kind in Kentucky, and has been used at nine crime scenes, including three from a murder-suicide in Powell County Tuesday night. The new equipment will also help during accident investigations by allowing roads to open more quickly after wrecks. Brewer said the time and personnel at a road accident could be cut by 40-50 percent.

4:29pm

Tue March 6, 2012
Science and Tech

UK Signs Agreement With Alltech

University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto and Alltech Founder and President Pearse Lyons Put Their Signatures To A "Master Alliance Agreement" For New and Ongoing Research Projects At UK UK Public Relations

The University of Kentucky has entered into a Master Alliance Agreement with Kentucky-based Alltech for a variety of research-related projects.  The pact allows even closer collaborations between scientists and researchers at the global animal health and nutrition company and their counterparts at UK. Scott Smith, Dean of the UK College of Agriculture, says the partnership signifies a new way forward for research.

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5:06pm

Mon March 5, 2012
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First Artificial Heart Implant in KY

Zack Poe, Kentucky's first Total Artificial Heart recipient, poses with the Freedom Driver, a portable driver that powers the heart.
UK Healthcare

Doctors in Lexington have successfully implanted an artificial heart, marking the first time the procedure was performed in Kentucky. The SynCardia Freedom Driver beats a steady rhythm that’s keeping 20-year-old Zack Poe alive. It powers the Total Artificial Heart doctors implanted in February. “The device is a polyurethane device. It has two pumps, each driven by its own drive line, and it has four mechanical valves," says Dr. Mark Plunkett, chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Kentucky.

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12:10pm

Sun February 12, 2012
Science and Tech

Hundreds Compete in Science Fair

Saturday is a big day for nearly 700 Fayette County public, private and home school students participating in the 28th annual Kentucky American Water Science Fair at Bryan Station High. Fayette County Public Schools Science Contest Specialist David Helm, a twenty-year veteran of the science fair, says the event is an opportunity for kids to put what they've been studying into action.

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2:41pm

Thu January 26, 2012
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UK to Open New Hybrid Operating Room

The University of Kentucky will unveil its latest medical advance next month, as the region's first hybrid operating room opening its doors. The room merges state-of-the-art imaging technology able to render 3-D pictures of human anatomy in seconds with the latest surgical capabilities to produce a unique operating environment. Dr. Zwischenberger, surgeon-in-chief at UK HealthCare, says the result is a combination of the best ORs in the country.

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1:07pm

Mon January 9, 2012
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New EKU Library Serves Kentucky's 1st Responders

New library resources are now available for the commonwealth’s police officers, firefighters and other first responders.  It’s a new refurbished facility at Eastern Kentucky University.  A newly renovated Justice and Safety Library at Eastern Kentucky University features more technology and fewer hardback books.  The  refurbished center officially opens this week.  Justice and Safety Librarian Nicole Montgomery says 18 desktop computers and ten laptops were added.  Prior to the half-million dollar renovation, Montgomery says it was a traditional library.

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11:00am

Mon January 9, 2012
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Rubik's Cube Revival in a High-Tech World

Brenna Angel Kentucky Public Radio

This past holiday season, millions of people bought video games, iPads, and other high-tech gadgets. But many are still playing with a toy that's been around for more than 30 years: the Rubik's Cube. The puzzle that challenges players to align a single color on each side first went on the market in 1980. As Kentucky Public Radio's Brenna Angel reports, a new generation of players is pushing the limits of the Rubik's Cube using modern technology.

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4:06pm

Thu January 5, 2012
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Discovery of Parasitic Fly on Honeybees

The discovery of a parasitic fly on honeybees in California has given scientists new clues to colony collapse disorder, which has killed millions of bees. But it’s too early to determine whether the fly is affecting bees in Kentucky. For the past five years, numerous honeybee colonies have disappeared, and scientists aren’t really sure why. The discovery of a parasitic fly in California that makes bees fly zombie-like off into the night may provide some clues.

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2:17pm

Tue December 27, 2011
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Middle School Class Uses Social Networking

Ella Bowling's seventh grade science class has something to tweet about. It's their use of the popular social networking site, Twitter, in the classroom. Bowling, who teaches at Mason County Middle School, said she had heard about colleges and even the Kentucky Department of Education using Twitter in order to share information. Most of Bowling's students have cell phones and use Twitter or other sites regularly. "I know in the past we have been so afraid of using social media and have discouraged it," Bowling said in an email sent to MCMS coworkers. "But, it's like they always say, if you can't beat them, join them! Students are going to use social media so why not find a way to get them to use it for an educational purpose!"

8:31am

Tue December 6, 2011
Science and Tech

Tobacco Research Funding in a Smoke Free Environment

A veteran state lawmaker from a tobacco rich region is noticing more and more interest in making Kentucky communities smoke free.  Senator Joey Pendleton has represented a heavy tobacco growing area in western Kentucky for years.  He's gone to bat for farmers as they see dwindling income due to dropping cigarette sales.  Still, Pendleton sees a statewide anti-smoking trend.

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11:58am

Tue November 15, 2011
Science/Health

Corbin Considers Smoking Ban

Citing repeated requests from area business owners and the majority of people who voted for him in the last election, Corbin City Commissioner Joe Shelton made a motion Monday night for the city attorney to draw up an ordinance that would ban smoking in all public places within the city limits. When the motion was put to a vote, only one commissioner voted against it.

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9:07pm

Mon November 14, 2011
Science/Health

Elder Financial Abuse Examined

When planning for retirement, older Kentuckians need to be suspicious.  Too often their finances are devastated by a person they trusted.  Such financial abuse was the focus of a forum today in Lexington.  Among the participants in the day-long seminar was Mark Goodloe, who’s elderly parents live  in Lexington.  When it comes to managing their finances, Goodloe learned it pays to be skeptical.  “It’s going to be like an ongoing plan..estate planning…nutrition… exercise….all these plans have to be ready to implement,” said Goodloe.

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10:49pm

Sun November 13, 2011
Science/Health

Miraculous Recovery for Mason Co. Senior

Chrissy Tull with her mother, Patricia Tull.

In September, Chrissy Tull's family believed it was likely she would not be home for Christmas. At the time, the 17-year-old Mason County High School student was lying in a hospital bed at Cincinnati Children's Hospital in critical condition. A little more than two months after the accident that landed Tull in critical condition, she is back home with her family and attending school full-time. In her family's eyes, that makes Chrissy Tully a miracle. "She beat all the odds," said Tull's mother, Patricia Tull. "She's pretty much back to normal. It's a miracle."

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10:46pm

Sun November 13, 2011
Science/Health

Dog Detects Abnormal Blood Pressure

Beth Turmero checks her son Aiden's blood sugar as his labrador retriever puppy Piper smells the boy's fingers at the family's Madisonville home Thursday. Piper is a diabetic alert dog and she uses scent recognition to warn Turmero when Aiden's blood suga
Jim Pearson Madisonville Messenger

Piper, the yellow labrador retriever, starts to whine. This isn’t just typical puppy behavior — Piper is letting owner Beth Turmero know that her 3 1/2-year-old son Aiden’s blood sugar is not within the normal range. Aiden was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in August and receives regular insulin shots. Since he is so young, Aiden doesn’t have the vocabulary to say when his blood sugar is too low or high, so Piper does the job for him.

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2:42pm

Thu November 10, 2011
Science/Health

VA Adapts to the Newest Generation

Camp Nelson National Cemetery in Nicholasville.
Veterans Administration

Over the next 50 years, a sociologist says America’s newest generation of veterans could be as influential as the World War Two generation.  For example, Veterans Administration researcher Neale Chumbler says today’s disabled veteran demands a normal lifestyle and looks to the VA for support.

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12:57pm

Wed November 9, 2011
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Program Urges Smokers Switch to Smokeless Tobacco

In the smoker-heavy state of Kentucky, a cancer center is suggesting something that most health experts won't and the tobacco industry can't: If you really want to quit, switch to smoke-free tobacco. The James Graham Brown Cancer Center and the University of Louisville are aiming their new "Switch and Quit" campaign at the city of Owensboro. It urges smokers to swap their cigarettes for smokeless tobacco and other products that don’t deliver nicotine by smoke.

12:55pm

Wed November 9, 2011
Science/Health

First Confirmed Case of Influenza in Kentucky

Kentucky Department for Public Health officials are urging Kentuckians to get a flu vaccination after the season’s first lab-confirmed case of influenza was reported this week. The case was from Jessamine County.
DPH is reporting the results to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as part of statewide flu surveillance efforts. Kentucky’s flu activity is currently classified as "sporadic," the lowest level of flu activity.

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4:26pm

Mon November 7, 2011
Science/Health

HIV in Kentucky Since Magic's Announcement

It’s been 20 years since N-B-A star Magic Johnson revealed he tested H-I-V positive.  Over those two decades, the HIV-AIDS landscape in Kentucky has changed greatly.   Magic Johnson was proof, in a high profile way, that an early diagnosis of H-I-V positive didn’t always end in disease and death.   In the early-1980s, when AIDS was first identified, the mortality rate was virtually 100 percent in Kentucky.  In 2009, Fayette County H-I-V coordinator Sarah Alleyne says the mortality rate stood at five percent.  Alleyne adds early diagnosis allows for early treatments that keep H-I-V in check.

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10:28am

Mon November 7, 2011
Science/Health

Board of Health Discusses Hospital Merger Ideas

The Louisville Board of Health is continuing its deliberations on the pending hospital merger. The board held a public forum with officials from University of Louisville Hospital, Jewish/St. Mary’s Healthcare and Catholic Health Initiatives last month to clear up concerns that Catholic-led supervision would affect access and availability of care.

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