• New technology at Wash U maps human genome in days; large-scale studies now possible

    Updated: Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    The two 3-inch-by-1-inch glass chips held the unfathomable amount of genetic information contained in 16 human genomes. On Thursday, a technician placed the chips — called flow cells — in a new genetic sequencing machine at the Genome Institute at Washington University and closed the door. In just three days, the task will be complete. It’s mind-boggling given that it took scientists working all over the world more than 10 years and about $1 billion to first sequence the human genome, a feat declared officially complete in 2003. This ultra-fast sequencing machine, which hit the market last year, is only sold in groups of 10 — a system capable of sequencing 18,000 human genomes a year at just $1,000 to $1,500 per

  • Local students in state contest

    Updated: Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    On Wednesday two high school students who take automotive courses at High Plains Technology Center packed up their tools, loaded up in instructor Vic Terbush's truck and headed to a special automotive repair contest in Okmulgee. At noon on Wednesday, High Plains Technology Center Instructor Terbush was driving south and east with top students, Ross Meliza and Jacoby Newell. The two young auto mechanic students will participate today in the Ford and AAA sponsored Student Auto Skills Competition held at the OSU Institute of Technology in Okmulgee. The pair of students won the right to compete in the hands-on competition at because they scored highly on the written test, the first phase of the competition, Terbush said.

  • BRIEF: Students earn honors

    Updated: Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    A number of High Plains Technology Center students were honored this week for big wins after attending the annual Skills USA competition held in Tulsa, said High Plains spokeswoman Sandi Liles. Students involved in Skills USA have all won the right to compete through various tests and performance while in the classroom. Those who win are competing for thousands in scholarship money. Four students from the Services Careers Program, including Brayden Lowden, Brandon Hanson, Kiel Whisennand, Mikayla Kenny, won awards at the yearly skills competition. Lowden won 1st place in the Grounds Equipment competition and Hanson took 2nd in Grounds Equipment.

  • Wesleyan demos tech at St. Mary's

    Updated: Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    “It was really cool!” Mason Richards said Friday afternoon after removing the Oculus Rift 3-D goggles from his head. “I can’t even explain what it’s like,” he said before attempting to explain the experience. “It was a game but like no other game I’ve ever seen — it was in 3-D, and you could turn your head around and see everything around you.” Richards and other sixth-graders at St. Mary’s Grade School got a chance to try out the goggles during a visit Friday afternoon by Annie Hoekman, assistant professor of computer studies at Kansas Wesleyan University.

  • City of Salina to host electronic waste recycling event

    Updated: Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    Salina’s annual electronic waste recycling event, hosted by the city of Salina and Midwest Recycling Center, will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 2 at Salina South High School. E-waste is obsolete consumer electronic equipment that needs to be discarded. Computers, televisions, cameras, gaming systems, keyboards and microwaves can be counted as e-waste. Any device with a cord or battery will be accepted. Exceptions are smoke detectors, glass lamps, light bulbs, fluorescent tubes, alkaline batteries, PCB ballasts, thermometers and thermostats. Fees will be charged to recycle the following items: CRT monitors, $5 each; CRT televisions up to 27 inches, $15 each; CRT and projection televisions over 27 inches, $35 each; conso

  • Joplin High School's JET-14 celebrates 10th anniversary

    Updated: Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    Clay Connett admits he once tried to get out of the sports broadcasting class that he was mistakenly enrolled at Joplin High School. But he stuck with it, and it turned out to be a happy accident. The high school senior said he no longer can imagine a life without some form of broadcasting in it. "I just ended up falling in love with it," he said. Connett and several other students, staff and alumni gathered Friday afternoon at JHS to celebrate the 10th anniversary of JET-14, the cable television station through which students film and broadcast school district news, performances, sporting events and public service announcements.

  • Oklahoma City-area libraries offer help for job seekers

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    Workshops for job seekers will be offered in May at the Oklahoma City’s Downtown Library and at the Edmond Library.

  • Donation fund will honor outgoing Edmond school Superintendent David Goin

    By Steve Gust, For The Oklahoman | Published: Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    A donation grant fund has been started to honor Edmond’s outgoing school superintendent David Goin.

  • LaunchCode opening tech Mentor Center for underprivileged St. Louis youth

    Updated: Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    LaunchCode is opening a community ‘Mentor Center’ to provide coding skills and other technology education for underprivileged youth in St. Louis. St. Louis-based LaunchCode tapped Chicago coding bootcamp Blue1647 to assist in developing the Mentor Center, which is located at 4811 Delmar Boulevard in St. Louis’ Fountain Park neighborhood. The Mentor Center will occupy about 9,000 square feet of space that previously housed an unemployment office in a building owned by the state of Missouri. Megan Smith, the U.S. Chief Technology Officer, joined Jim McKelvey, LaunchCode’s founder, to make the announcement Friday afternoon.

  • World robotics competition draws adolescent inventors

    Updated: Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    ST. LOUIS • Back in August, three members of Barnwell Middle School’s robotics team came up with the idea of developing an app to help teachers incorporate reading lessons into other subject areas, such as science and math. On Friday, they and six other St. Charles County teammates were among about 17,000 students from across the nation and world competing in the FIRST Championship at the America’s Center and Edward Jones Dome. Their app was part of the competition. “The question was, ‘How can we improve education or learning?’?” said Sarah Zimmerman, a Barnwell eighth-grader, as she and teammate Riley Lawson demonstrated how to use the app on a smartphone. “We came up with this idea to help with cross-c

  • Review: Getting your Apple Watch? Here's how to use it

    Updated: Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Apple Watches have arrived to the first group of people who had ordered one two weeks ago. Those who haven't bought one yet will likely face a wait. Apple's retail stores won't have them, with the company taking orders over the Internet only — for delivery as late as July for some models. Although a handful of other stores are carrying them, quantities are limited — and you have to make it to the store. Maxfield in Los Angeles is carrying the watch, along with boutique and department stores in Paris, London, Tokyo and Berlin and authorized resellers in China and Japan. Whenever you get yours, get ready for a new way of interacting with your digital life. A better way? I'll need more time with the w

  • Sources: Apple signs lease for office building in Southwest Austin

    Updated: Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    In another sign of its expanding Austin presence, technology giant Apple Inc. has signed a lease for an entire 215,000-square foot Capital Ridge office building under construction in Southwest Austin, local real estate sources say. The seven-story building is being developed by Austin-based Riverside Resources and is rising on a bluff near Capital of Texas Highway (Loop 360) and Bee Cave Road (RM 2244). It is due to open in the second quarter of 2015. In a written statement to the American-Statesman, Riverside Resources said: "Capital Ridge is fully leased; however we are unable to disclose the name of the tenant." Colin Johnson, a spokesman for Cupertino, Calif.-based Apple, said the company had no comment.

  • Major gifts to benefit biomedical engineering at the University of Oklahoma

    Updated: Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    NORMAN — The University of Oklahoma will establish a new school of biomedical engineering — including construction of a new academic building and establishment of 12 new endowed positions — President David Boren announced Thursday. It will be funded by gifts totaling more than $30 million from Janet and Jim Gallogly, of Houston, and Peggy and Charles Stephenson, of Tulsa, and the Stephenson Family Foundation. The donations also will fund a $3.5 million endowment for graduate fellowships. OU's Air Force ROTC to leave historic building this summer “These two major gifts will provide the greatest infusion of new resources in the history of the College of Engineering,” Boren said in a news release.

  • YouTube turns 10: The top Oklahoma viral videos

    By Adam Kemp, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    Ten years ago this week, YouTube uploaded its first video. Since then millions of clips have been uploaded to the site, resulting in billions of views a day.

  • Make something at the Thinkery, Tinkering School, Mini Maker Faire

    Updated: Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    I have some amazing memories of building things growing up: bookshelves with my dad, a lamp that sort of worked in seventh-grade shop class, a marble track for an Odyssey of the Mind competition in ninth grade. What have my kids built lately? Not much outside the Minecraft world. “When I see kids making and using their hands, they are excited and engaged,” says Kami Wilt, director of the Austin Tinkering School and producer of the Austin Mini Maker Faire, which is for May 16-17 at Palmer Events Center. “They have a sense of pride and ownership.” Being a maker is empowering, she says. “It’s confidence-building. It’s such an amazing way to learn.

  • ATEMS students sunny about presenting senior projects

    Updated: Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    ABILENE, Texas - When Annika Breidenbach and Victoria Tarango needed to perform a yearlong project for their pre-engineering studies at the Academy for Technology, Engineering, Math and Science, they decided to be practical. The pair of seniors at the school weren’t looking to create something from scratch or improve on existing technology. They wanted to have an impact on the world and in a way they were sure to have success. So they installed solar panels on the roof of their teacher’s personal workshop. “We were asked what we’d want to change,” Breidenbach said. “With all the stories in the news about the environment, we wanted to know what we could do to lessen our impact.

  • BRIEF: UTEP to offer new engineering degree

    Updated: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    The University of Texas at El Paso will offer a new Bachelor of Science in construction engineering and management this fall. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board officially approved the program Thursday, according to a UTEP news release. The degree will fall under UTEP's Department of Civil Engineering. It will have a multidisciplinary approach, merging technology, processes and management skills required to engineer construction systems, according to the release. The curriculum will include courses in civil engineering, construction management, communication, cost estimating, safety, contracts, ethics and claims management.

  • Major gifts to benefit biomedical engineering at OU

    Updated: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    NORMAN — The University of Oklahoma will establish a new school of biomedical engineering — including construction of a new academic building and establishment of 12 new endowed positions — President David Boren announced Thursday. It will be funded by gifts totaling more than $30 million from Janet and Jim Gallogly, of Houston, and Peggy and Charles Stephenson, of Tulsa, and the Stephenson Family Foundation. The donations also will fund a $3.5 million endowment for graduate fellowships. “These two major gifts will provide the greatest infusion of new resources in the history of the College of Engineering,” Boren said in a news release. “They will strengthen the entire college and will put OU in the forefron

  • BRIEF: Clay County now offers a safe place to complete online transactions

    Updated: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    The Clay County sheriff’s office this week began offering a new public safety service: a secure spot for completing transactions arranged online. Buyers and sellers can meet in the lobby of the downtown Liberty sheriff’s office headquarters at 12. S. Water St. The space is electronically monitored 24 hours a day. The office is expanding on an idea initiated last year by the Liberty Police Department, said Lt. Will Akin, sheriff’s office spokesman. Liberty police, Akin said, acted after gunmen shot and seriously wounded a Liberty couple when they went to an arranged spot in southeast Kansas City to examine a car advertised on Craigslist. “We don’t want to wait until something like that happens here in our count

  • Contractor sentenced in Lifeline phone fraud

    Published: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    A contractor who helped an Edmond phone company and its owner defraud millions of dollars from the Lifeline phone program has been sentenced to federal prison for money laundering.