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Supermoon eclipse wows viewers

Many earthlings were treated to a rare sight last night, as a “supermoon” coincided with a lunar eclipse. It was a bad night to have clouds obscuring the view, as the last total eclipse that had these qualities occurred in 1982, and the next won’t happen until 2033. This lunar eclipse ticked many boxes for […]

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Everything you need to know about the Sept. 27 total lunar eclipse

If your skies are clear after the sun sets on Sunday, Sept. 27 be sure to head outside to see the total blood moon lunar eclipse that happens that night. This will mark the end of a “tetrad” of four total lunar eclipses spaced a half year apart that began back in early 2014. But, […]

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Back-to-School Health: The Tie Between Sleep and School Performance

It’s that time again: back-to-school. As I prepared to send my boys off to school, I had the opportunity to reflect on my role as a parent to school-aged children. My eldest makes a particularly difficult transition this year, moving from elementary school to middle school. The middle school years can be a tough time […]

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SLU professor changing Irish history

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Saint Louis University archaeologists are getting some high-tech help from drones and other gadgets. History professor Thomas Finan says drones, along with high-speed computer applications and mapping software, are combining with sensors that can collect multi-spectral image. For nearly 20 years, Finan has taken students on archaeological digs at a number […]

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Top Tech Toy

Bloxels, a toy that helps you create your own video games, is ranked among the best tech toys for 2015! The creator is Pixel Press, a St. Louis tech startup.

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Rare Supermoon-Lunar Eclipse Combo Coming This Month

Keep your eyes on the skies during the full moon later this month — because you could see something that hasn’t happened for more than 30 years, and won’t happen again for nearly 20 more. It’s a supermoon and a lunar eclipse at the same time, and it’ll be visible in much of the world on […]

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Where Does Climate Change Education Fit?

By: Steven Newton Climate change is the most urgent existential issue we face, yet education about climate change is often missing in action from K-12 schools. Every high school offers biology courses, but few offer earth science courses in which climate change would be a major topic. Why? A new report from the American Geosciences Institute […]

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7 Hobbies Science Says Will Make You Smarter

  For a long time, it was believed that people are born with a given level of intelligence and the best we could do in life was to live up to our potential. Scientists have now proven that we can actually increase our potential and enjoy ourselves in the process. We now know that by learning new skills the brain creates […]

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10 Years After Katrina, Louisiana Is Becoming A Model For Climate Resilience

By: Kate Sheppard  A decade after Hurricane Katrina devastated coastal Louisiana, forcing 1.5 million residents to evacuate and causing $100 billion in damage, the region is becoming a model for climate change adaptation planning — even if some people in the state still don’t want to say the “c” word. Louisiana’s governor, long-shot Republican presidential […]

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5 Little-Known Facts About Body Language That You May Not Know

“Actions speak louder than words.” Everyone has heard that expression before. But have you really thought about what it means? According to research, approximately 80-90 percent of the meaning of a message lies in the nonverbal part of it. That’s why it is so important to communication, and even more vital to understand the nature […]

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5 Green Myths You Probably Believe, Totally Busted

The current debate over the environment often reaches a fever pitch, which often can cloud the reality of what’s really going on. In partnership with NRG, the Huffington Post scrutinized five persistent myths concerning the environment, looking for truth behind the rumors. Myth 1: For a lot of environmental problems, it’s already too late. Truth: […]

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Cold And Snow Predicted By Old Farmers’ Almanac

Even places that normally don’t see wintry weather are set for cold hit, according to the old secret formula. CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Just when you thought you had gotten over last winter, be warned: The Old Farmer’s Almanac predicts it will be super cold with a slew of snow for much of the country, […]

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Let’s Talk About… Bees: Understanding the Roots of Social Life, September 2015

The social life in bees, the evolution of mechanisms that promote cooperation and the connection between socially responsive genomes and human health.

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How To Make A 3D Hologram With Stuff You Already Own

Feel like resurrecting Tupac in your own home? No problem.  U.K.-based tech enthusiast Mrwhosetheboss posted a now-viral tutorial on YouTube that shows how to turn any smartphone into a hologram projector. The video was inspired by another, very similar YouTube tutorial by American Hacker teaching his viewers how to watch 3D videos without wearing designated […]

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The Future of Security, Transportation, Food and Modern Medicine, August 2015

This edition of Innovations is loaded with new technology from facial recognition software to a camera that shoots 100 billion frames per second!

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The Perseid Meteor Shower Is About To Peak. Here’s How To Watch

Set your alarm clocks. The Perseid meteor shower, the annual celestial lightshow that Space.com com calls the most widely observed and dependable meteor display of the year, will peak tonight and early tomorrow morning. NASA says this year’s show promises to be more spectacular than usual. “If you see one meteor shower this year, make it […]

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The Mid-America Emmy nominations have been announced!

ST. LOUIS, MO – HEC-TV wants to thank and congratulate the nominees and nominations for this year’s Mid America Emmy Awards. We are honored to be the home of education, arts and culture in the St. Louis metro area. Congratulations to: Arts/Entertainment – Program Feature Segment Diggin’ the Smash: The Life of a Radio Icon Kara Savio […]

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GlobalHack outlines first civic project hackathon

St. Louis Business Journal — GlobalHack, the quarterly hackathon competition co-founded by LockerDome CEO Gabe Lozano, has detailed the first project under its new civic-focused strategy. Hackers who participate in the event — scheduled for Sept. 11-13 at the @4240 building in Cortex — will work with the Civic Tech for Social Impact Collaborative to […]

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Washington University scientists, landscape architects join forces to design green space in a city neighborhood

By Diane Toroian Keaggy Plywood covers the windows. Painted blue dots mark the doors. The bungalows of Bittner Avenue in the north St. Louis neighborhood of Baden will be torn down this summer, victims of chronic flooding. The demolition is another loss for Baden, a once-vibrant neighborhood with a shrinking tax base. Yet this close-knit community is determined […]

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E. Coli Used to Create Gasoline

E coli, a bacterium widely found in the human intestine, may one day fuel our vehicles!

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Tonight, Look For A Rare (But Not Quite Blue) Moon

Get ready for a very rare event tonight — a blue moon. But don’t expect to see a new hue. A blue moon, at least according to the modern definition of the term, has nothing to do with color. Instead, it simply means a second full moon in the same calendar month. As NASA explains: “Most […]

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Summer program at Harris-Stowe gives science students a boost

By Véronique LaCapra Of St. Louis Public Radio (St. Louis Public Radio) — Some incoming freshmen at Harris-Stowe State University are getting their first taste of college life — and a crash course in math and science. Every summer, the Academy for Science & Mathematics provides up to 25 students with free room and board […]

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15 podcasts that will make you smarter

  15. EconTalk Duration: Roughly an hour Hosted by professor Russel Roberts, EconTalk is the number one podcast for economics. With “clear and thoughtful conversations about economics”, the show brings the theory behind economics to situations and subjects that a wide variety of people can relate to. The show is usually a one on one […]

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Wash U researchers find potential new strategy in fight against antibiotic-resistant bacteria

By Michael C. Purdy Infections with one of the most troublesome and least understood antibiotic-resistant “superbugs” are increasing at alarming rates, particularly in health-care settings. But new research, published July 13 in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Online Early Edition, suggests it may be possible to rein in the spread of such […]

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Save the date: Examining Opportunity Gaps in St. Louis panel discussion

St. Louis Community College’s Workforce Solutions Group will present the 2015 State of St. Louis Workforce Report from 7:30 a.m. until 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5, in the Mildred E. Bastian Theatre at STLCC’s Forest Park campus, 5600 Oakland Avenue. Come join our discussion and hear about the latest workforce research. The conversation will be about […]

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Major Midwest flood risk underestimated by as much as 5 feet, WashU study finds

By Gerry Everding As floodwaters surge along major rivers in the midwestern United States, a new study from Washington University in St. Louis suggests federal agencies are underestimating historic 100-year flood levels on these rivers by as much as five feet, a miscalculation that has serious implications for future flood risks, flood insurance and business […]

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Canadian wildfire smoke tinting moon and sun in St. Louis

Notice that haze? Well, that’s smoke and it’s getting thicker over the central United States.  The smoke is coming from wildfires in Alaska  and the Canadian provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan and being carried southward on upper level winds. Many noticed the red appearance of the moon overnight and the sun Tuesday morning. The particles of smoke in the […]

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NASA explains why June 30 will get an extra ‘leap second’

The day will officially be a bit longer than usual on Tuesday, 30 June 2015, because an extra second, or “leap” second, will be added. “Earth’s rotation is gradually slowing down a bit, so leap seconds are a way to account for that,” said Daniel MacMillan of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. […]

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Let’s talk about…Prairies, Conservation and Energy with Dr. Peter Raven and Rudi Roeslin

HEC-TV is proud to be the media sponsor of the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center’s Conversations Series. The latest conversation featured prestigious conservation and energy advocates discussing the role of prairies in conservation of natural ecosystems and their importance for production of next-generation biofuels. Featured panelists were Peter Raven, Ph.D., President Emeritus of the Missouri […]

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Workshop Over DSLR for Cinema

Midwest Filmmaker Workshops announce their fourth workshop in their inaugural series entitled, DSLR for Cinema. This day-long presentation will take place on Saturday, June 27, 2015 from 8:30 am until 4:00 pm at Bad Dog Pictures, located at 1501 S. Kingshighway in St. Louis, Missouri. The DSLR for Cinema workshop will feature the ins and outs of shooting for today’s entertainment and […]

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Opportunity rover’s science team picks St. Louis-related naming scheme for Martian crater

ST. LOUIS — NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity is exploring a Martian crater named the Spirit of St. Louis, after the aircraft that made the first solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic. The science team for the rover picks crater names from a list of “vessels of exploration,” including ships of sail and spacecraft as well as […]

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Facial Recognition Technology

Blue Line Security Solutions has developed facial recognition technology for security and surveillance, as well as consumer advertising and rewards programs.

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Brain Laser Treatment-Washington University Neuroscience Center

Unique laser treatment used for inoperable brain cancer without open surgery.

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Future of Space Travel, May 2015

Find out about Boeing’s new spacecraft, a St. Louis GlobalHack competition, a concussion sensor for athletes, 3-D printing technology and more!

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Fun Experiments To Do In Cold Weather

  Tired of being trapped inside all day during the winter, but building snowmen or making snow angels is getting to be a little too much of “been there, done that?” Never fear, we have some great science experiments that will make your time outside more enjoyable! Turn Boiling Water Into Ice In The Blink Of […]

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Special glasses help surgeons ‘see’ cancer

High-tech glasses developed at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis may help surgeons visualize cancer cells, which glow blue when viewed through the eyewear. The wearable technology, so new it’s yet unnamed, was used during surgery for the first time Feb. 10 at Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center at and Washington University School of Medicine. Cancer cells are notoriously […]

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Washington University’s Neurofibromatosis Center Is Changing Lives

Dr. David Gutmann bases his research into Neurofibromatosis on one question. Is it beneficial for the patient? Cordell Whitlock shows us whether this approach is successful.

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Laughing gas studied as depression treatment

By Jim Dryden ST. LOUIS — Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, has shown early promise as a potential treatment for severe depression in patients whose symptoms don’t respond to standard therapies. The pilot study, at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, is believed to be the first research in which patients with depression were […]

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Occupational sitting among women linked to obesity

Study finds association between sitting on the job and body mass index, particularly among diverse populations You might want to stand up for this. Occupational sitting is associated with an increased likelihood of obesity, especially among black women, independent of occupational and leisure time physical activity, finds a new study from the School of Medicine […]

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3-D Printing

3-D printing has given the world customizable, 3-D objects. Learn what 3-D printing is and how it works.

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