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SC Campaigns Gear Up After Labor Day

September 8, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Aimee Crouch
vote button

This week, the country celebrated Labor Day, which for many is the official end to summer, but it’s also when campaigns across the country kick into high gear. Candidates running for office have two months to sway voters to their side. While Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump...

The Yarn Bombing of Main Street, Columbia

September 7, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Tabitha Safdi
Yarn Bombing in Columbia

Columbia's Main Street recently recieved a colorful makeover, compliments of area partners and a few artists. These Yarn Bombers covered the 1500 block of Main Street (between Taylor and Hampton) with the colorful stitching. "We can all relate to yarn. I think it reminds us...

[PODCAST] Conversations About Brain Health

September 7, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by P.A. Bennett
Brain Scans

This is the first in a series of conversations with researchers and scientists discussing best practices for staving off dementia and Alzheimer’s. My goal is to leave you with practical, everyday things you can do to help keep your brain healthier longer. In the coming...

What is Human Trafficking? Understanding this Crime in South Carolina

August 25, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Kaitlyn Park
blurred image of child behind a fence

“Human trafficking does present a threat in South Carolina,” says Marie Sazehn. Sazehn serves as an Assistant Attorney General who understands the crime and its implications. “A lot of times when people think of human trafficking, it is something they associate with big...

SC's Aerospace Industry Continues to Rise

August 24, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Aimee Crouch
airplane

A new study was released this week at S.C.’s Aerospace Conference and Expo that showed the industry continues to grow and has a $19 billion impact on the state. The South Carolina Council on Competiveness released an economic impact study that shows a $2 billion increase in...

Exciting Discoveries for Brain Health

August 24, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by P.A. Bennett
Brain Scans

Over the next several weeks, I’ll be focusing on what scientific research is telling us about preventing or staving off the onset of Alzheimer’s . This is an important topic, because while we may think of Alzheimer’s as an old person’s disease, Alzheimer’s may actually...

South Carolina Helps Flood Soaked Louisiana

August 19, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Aimee Crouch
food donations

Just as South Carolina was hit by historic flooding last year, the state of Louisiana has been hit with 6.9 trillion gallons of rain that has caused extensive damage; 4,000 residents remain in Red Cross and community shelters after being impacted by the flood, and thousands...

High Levels of Mercury Found in Several Fish

August 17, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Aimee Crouch
bass fish

South Carolina has many bodies of water used for recreation activities and one of the most popular is fishing. But, for those who like to eat what they catch, be warned, a large quantity of some fish aren’t good for you. S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control...

Student Mentor Urges Youth to 'Be All That They Can Be'

August 15, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by K. Young
Gordon sitting in front of a church window.

Robert Gordon understands the importance of having a solid support system while getting an education. While he was still a student himself, Gordon led his fellow North Middle/High School classmates to ensure they had just that. Since the eighth grade, Gordon acted as a...

Chimera, Part II by P.A. Bennett

August 12, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by P.A. Bennett
3 scientists in a lab, one looking through a microscope

Last week I wrote about chimeras, part animal, part human organisms created by scientists. A news story on National Public Radio (NPR) brought it to my attention. Seems the National Institutes of Health (the NIH) is ready to lift a ban on funding chimeric research. With the...

South Carolina's The Nickelodeon More Than a Theater

August 10, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by K. Young
The Sign at Nickelodeon Theater

Andy Smith understands the importance of having a safe space to get creative. He's the executive director of the Nickelodeon , South Carolina’s only non-profit art house cinema. The theater is located on Main Street in Columbia and has become an anchor of activity for the...

Epic Water Balloon Battle is Hoping to Bring History to Life in Columbia

August 10, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Tabitha Safdi
Man throwing a water balloon

South Carolina is famously hot for its warm temperatures this time of year and Historic Columbia wants to help folks beat the heat. Historic Columbia’s second annual Happy Hour Water Balloon Battle is from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 19 on the grounds of Robert Mills...

The Pros and Cons of Social Media

August 9, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by K. Young
Social Media

Across the state, families are preparing to send their kids off to college. For many students, school is only a few miles away, but for University of South Carolina sophomore Savannah Willis, it’s much farther. Despite this, Willis manages to find a way to minimize the...

Columbia Ranked Number 3 in New List

August 5, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Aimee Crouch
SC State House

For the second year in a row, Columbia was named one of the 10 Best College Towns by livability.com . The number 3 ranking was because of the numerous government jobs, healthcare industry, and Fort Jackson. It notes that not only does the University of South Carolina bring...

Chimera: What, Why? by P.A. Bennett

August 4, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by P.A. Bennett
Chimera

I’ve always thought I was pretty open-minded, but a story I heard recently on NPR had me yelling in the car, “Oh, no. That can’t happen.” It was a story about scientists wanting to commit something called chimera. What is chimera? The reporter on NPR described it as a gene...

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