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Columbia is... INNOVATIVE

Sunday, January 16, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 10:57 a.m. CDT, Sunday, July 20, 2008

Innovative (In´e·va´tiv)

adj. 1. ahead of the times.

2. being or producing something like nothing done, experienced or created before.

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Experiments: Patty the pig looks up from her feeding dish Oct. 11 in her cell at an MU lab. The pig was named Patty because she was born the day after St. Patrick’s Day and also because her snout and hooves have a green glow. She is the result of an experiment in which Randy Prather, an MU distinguished professor of reproductive biotechnology, transplanted a gene into swine that gives their skin green pigmentation. “It’s pretty neat,” said research specialist Melissa Samuel, who helps manage the swine. “You’re not going to find them on your average swine farm.”

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Technology: SunTiger V, the solar-powered car affiliated with the MU College of Engineering, is parked at Grant Elementary School, where its team showed off the car Nov. 5. The solar panel has more than 3,000 gallium arsenide cells, which are more than 18 percent efficient. The car has a maximum speed of 72 mph and weighs about 425 pounds. SunTiger V placed sixth in the 2003 American Solar Challenge national competition. Brian Coalson, an MU junior electrical engineering student, said the vehicle drives “like a car with bad braking.”


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