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BioGenerator sets open house to celebrate new digs for entrepreneurs-in-residence

In InnovationSTL

12:29 pm on Tue, 11.12.13

BioSTL's BioGenerator organization is on the move as its entrepreneurs-in-residence find a new home in 4,300 square feet of office and conference space in an old automobile factory. The blossoming program, which helps BioGenerator's portfolio companies to get off the ground, continues to pay dividends within the growing biotech community.

McCaskill claims victory in FAA decision to allow broader use of electronic devices on planes

In Washington

11:31 am on Thu, 10.31.13

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., is claiming some of the credit for the Federal Aviation Administration’s announcement that it will allow expanded use of portable electronic devices – but not cell phones – on commercial airplanes. McCaskill chairs the Senate Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and has been lobbying for the change for years.

Low flow: Nevada official to speak here on water issues

In Science

6:46 am on Thu, 10.31.13

Water conservation and management are issues increasingly on the minds of leaders in urban areas across the U.S. and the world. On Nov. 7, St. Louisans will have a chance to hear from Pat Mulroy, general manager of the Southern Nevada Water Authority, as she speaks on the drought-induced crisis that necessitated changes for governments and individuals in Las Vegas.

Most of Missouri's native bees are thriving

In Science

6:49 am on Tue, 10.29.13

Most native bees in natural habitats are doing well for themselves and for the plants that depend upon them. Unlike the honeybee, originally imported from Europe, native bees have not been afflicted by colony collapse syndrome. The bumblebee, which is critical to the pollination of tomatoes and blueberries, is an exception to the overall healthy status of native bees.

New marker -- used with new goggles -- let surgeons see cancer in new (infrared) light

In Science

6:37 am on Tue, 10.15.13

A newly created biomarker that binds to cancer cells and "lights up" the tumor under infrared light, coupled with specially designed goggles, may revolutionize cancer surgeries. The goggles  help surgeons to see clearly where cancers begin and end so that they don't have to rely so much on how something feels or looks. Washington University surgeons will test the goggles later this month.

Chief details police plans for drones over St. Louis

In Backroom

11:38 pm on Wed, 10.09.13

St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson predicts that within 18 months, the city will have at least one small drone patrolling the skies. It could track stolen cars and help police “apprehend felons who flee from us, and do so safely,’’ the chief said. But the drones won't be armed, he said.

For Carrington, the future of plant science is digital and data-based

In Science

5:47 am on Mon, 10.07.13

As president of the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, James Carrington played a big role in making the independent research institution an integral part of St. Louis’ plant science community. But Carrington isn’t dwelling on present accomplishments. Instead, he’s looking to the future of a field – which he says is becoming more digital and data-based.

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Conference of American nuns will mull response to Vatican charges

In Nation

7:55 am on Fri, 08.03.12

Meeting in St. Louis next week, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious will have its first opportunity as an assembled group to consider what to do after the Vatican issued a mandate for change this spring. It calls on the conference to reorganize and more strictly observe church teachings.

The 'free' Zoo

In Commentary

7:51 am on Tue, 05.22.12

When a family of four goes to the St. Louis Zoo, they can be forgiven for not knowing it will cost them $60, $72 if they park. If they can't pay, the alternative is to tell the kids they can't do what kids do at the zoo.

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House sends Boeing incentive bill to Nixon

In Economy

12:55 pm on Fri, 12.06.13

The Missouri House easily passed legislation aimed at attracting production of the 777x, a move that wraps up a legislative special session that saw little suspense and few surprises. The bill now goes to Gov. Jay Nixon, who has strongly supported the legislation.

Gandhi inspired Mandela on South Africa's 'Long Road to Freedom'

In World

10:10 am on Fri, 12.06.13

Nelson Mandela, who died Thursday at the age of 95, was a towering moral figure of the 20th century -- along with Mahatma Gandhi. It was no coincidence that Gandhi and Mandela, whose paths never crossed directly, both embarked on their campaigns against discrimination in South Africa. It was when Mandela won election as South Africa’s first black president that Gandhi's influence became apparent.

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Regina Carter brings jazz and therapy to Children's Hospital

6:36 am on Mon, 12.09.13

One night, the violinist is taking bows before a standing ovation at Jazz at the Bistro. The next afternoon, some of her audience may have trouble standing, but the kids in the playroom at Children's Hospital were no less appreciative. “Jazz is medicine personified," according to a doctor who brings in the jazz musicians.

Encore: Dead before death

In Performing Arts

12:58 am on Fri, 12.06.13

For years , the author was certain he would never come to appreciate The Grateful Dead, let alone be a Deadhead. But little by little, he's come around. He talks about his conversion and relates a real evolution: by a musician who went on to play with the Schwag, a Dead cover band.

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Schlichter honored with St. Louis Award

In Region

4:57 pm on Tue, 12.03.13

The attorney has founded Arch Grants, which brings together nonprofit philanthropy and commercially viable opportunitiesto fund new business startups, and Mentor St. Louis, which finds adult mentors for elementary students in the St. Louis Public School System. He was the driving force behind the state's historic tax credit program.

BioGenerator sets open house to celebrate new digs for entrepreneurs-in-residence

In InnovationSTL

12:29 pm on Tue, 11.12.13

BioSTL's BioGenerator organization is on the move as its entrepreneurs-in-residence find a new home in 4,300 square feet of office and conference space in an old automobile factory. The blossoming program, which helps BioGenerator's portfolio companies to get off the ground, continues to pay dividends within the growing biotech community.

Ambassadors aim to soften rough landing for St. Louis immigrants

In InnovationSTL

6:34 am on Fri, 11.08.13

The St. Louis Mosaic Project is set to hold an orientation for its new ambassadors -- dozens of foreign and native-born volunteers who aim to help make the community a more welcoming place for those from other nations. Participants will be expected to do everything from visiting local restaurants serving international cuisine to having dinner with an immigrant to the area.

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Innovation and entrepreneurial activity are on the rise in St. Louis, especially in bioscience, technology and alternative energy. The Beacon's InnovationSTL section focuses on the people who are part of this wave, what they're doing and how this is shaping our future. To many St. Louisans, this wave is not yet visible. InnovationSTL aims to change that. We welcome you to share your knowledge, learn more about this vibrant trend and discuss its impact.

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Regina Carter brings jazz and therapy to Children's Hospital

6:36 am on Mon, 12.09.13

One night, the violinist is taking bows before a standing ovation at Jazz at the Bistro. The next afternoon, some of her audience may have trouble standing, but the kids in the playroom at Children's Hospital were no less appreciative. “Jazz is medicine personified," according to a doctor who brings in the jazz musicians.

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