Entrepreneurs begin grappling with new patent priority

Should an entrepreneur protect an invention with a patent sooner rather than later? That’s the question that confronts innovators struggling to determine how recent patent law changes will impact their businesses. The America Invents Act, which went into effect in 2013, replaces a system that recognizes the first to invent with one that gives priority…

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SD Governor’s 8th Biennial Art Exhibition opens at South Dakota Art Museum

The South Dakota Art Museum hosts the South Dakota Governor’s 8th Biennial Art Exhibition, featuring works from 64 South Dakota artists, Jan. 25 to April 20. The showing, the first of four statewide, represents all regions of the state and a wide variety of art forms. The museum will host a free opening reception from…

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Council of Non-Profits Being Created in Brookings

When Dan McColley talks about non-profits, the word “together” comes up a lot.  As executive director and chief mission officer of Brookings Area Habitat for Humanity, McColley knows there are things Habitat does well for its clients, but sometimes there are things they need that his organization can’t provide.  That’s why he’d like all the…

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SDSU Gets New High-Performance Computer Cluster For Analyzing Genomic Data

When Xijin Ge learned South Dakota State University was not only going to add a high-performance computing cluster and a 100-gigabyte internet connection, he was excited. “I was like a kid in a candy store, just so excited about the speed in which I was going to be able to download and analyze genomic data,”…

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Security Operations Center launched at SDSU

Facing approximately 20 million cyberattacks each day, South Dakota State University’s Division of Technology and Security and other South Dakota Board of Regents institutions are under constant stress. That cyberattack total does not include spam or phishing emails, which exceeded 1.4 million in the first nine days of 2019. As a result, the South Dakota…

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Brookings artist creates unique jewelry

If there’s a symbol that especially spells South Dakota, it’s the ring-necked pheasant. People from all around the globe come to hunt the bird that brings big bucks to the state.  Now a Brookings woman has found a way to design hand-made jewelry that also has a distinct touch of the Mount Rushmore State. “I…

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American Freestyle Bullfighting coming to Brookings Feb. 22-23

This ain’t no bull.  The AFB Marquis Metal Works Tour American Freestyle Bullfighting is charging into the Swiftel Center Feb. 22-23 with 7 p.m. back-to-back bullfighting shows. Freestyle bullfighting is 40 seconds of nonstop, electrifying intensity, with the spotlight tightly focused on the bullfighter and bull performing in the center of the arena. Tickets go…

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Research fellowship helps microbiology student find career path

A summer undergraduate research fellowship has helped South Dakota State University sophomore Caroline Kincade figure out her career path. Through the Future Agriculture and Science Taskforce Research and Extension Experiences for Undergraduates (FAST REEU) fellowship program, Kincade worked on a project to understand how cells gain resistance to antibiotics under the supervision of Assistant Professor…

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Earn Cash for your Ideas

$2,500 in prize money to be awarded The twelfth annual Brookings Area Idea Competition is now open and taking entries from inventors, makers, innovators, entrepreneurs and anyone with a good idea, with the chance of winning a total of $2,500 in cash prizes. The 2019 contest, hosted by Brookings Economic Development Corporation (BEDC), encourages community…

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