Science

6:27am

Thu July 10, 2014
Weather

How the weather service decides if a tornado touched down

Erik Heden, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Binghamton, in East Syracuse.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

At least four tornadoes ripped through central and northern New York Tuesday evening. It's the National Weather Service that makes that determination if a funnel cloud touched down. It's a careful and calculated process.

Armed with a compass, camera and notepad and paper the next morning, meteorologists Erik Heden and Mike Jurewicz retraced a storm that roared through Onondaga County, knocking down trees and power lines.

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6:44am

Wed April 23, 2014
Science

Cornell synchrotron gets $100 million shot in the arm from NSF

http://www.chess.cornell.edu/

Cornell University’s state-of-the-art particle accelerator won’t face a loss of funding for the next few years at least. The National Science Foundation will spend $100 million to keep the synchrotron running.

Cornell’s High Energy Synchrotron Light Source, or CHESS, is one of only two of its kind in the United States. CHESS uses high intensity x-ray and radiation to test hypotheses in physics, biology, and chemistry.

The lab will now receive $100 million over the next five years.

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8:34am

Sun March 9, 2014
Science

Neil deGrasse Tyson discusses "Cosmos," Carl Sagan and today's scientific culture

Neil deGrasse Tyson.
Sarah Elliott Flickr

This Sunday, FOX Television Network is premiering a reboot of the late Carl Sagan's TV show "Cosmos." WRVO's Gino Geruntino spoke with the show's new host astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson in November about how the show differs from his other work, including as host of PBS' Nova ScienceNOW and his podcast "StarTalk."

GG: Do you think the new Cosmos will have the same flair that Nova ScienceNOW and StarTalk have?

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7:10am

Fri February 21, 2014
Science

Syracuse University Professor to research children with autism

A Syracuse University professor is beginning a study of the sensory issues many children with autism face.  More than 70 percent of autistic children have sensory issues, like extreme sensitivity to sound or light. 

Natalie Russo, of Syracuse University’s psychology department, says there isn’t much research on the issue and she’s hoping a study funded with a $2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health will find out how these issues fit in with a disorder that affects 1 out of every 88 children.

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4:35pm

Mon February 17, 2014
Science

Meteorology professors, students track weather patterns

Jake Mulholland OWLeS

While most of those living along the eastern shore of Lake Ontario and the Tug Hill Plateau have been cursing this winter and its seemingly constant snowfall, a group of researchers from 11 colleges, including SUNY Oswego, couldn't have been happier with the situation.

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8:34am

Sat January 11, 2014
Science

Experiment developed by upstate students heads to International Space Station

A water bear, or tardigrade
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High school students in upstate New York watched as a rocket carrying one of their science experiments was launched Thursday. Its destination is the International Space Station orbiting the earth over 200 miles above us.

Vicki Aman and Cheyanne Jeffrey are in their senior year at Rochester Early College International High School (RECIHS). The team is hoping their research will contribute to our growing knowledge of life in space.

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6:56am

Fri September 27, 2013
Science

SUNY ESF to house sophisticated new research equipment

The 600 MHz Nuclear Magnetic Resonance spectrometer currently housed at SUNY ESF.
Credit Ellen Abbott/WRVO

Biomedical researchers across central and western New York are getting a new piece of sophisticated machinery that will allow them to get a closer look at the way cells and proteins interact.

Officials announced a $2 million federal grant this week that will allow a consortium of six upstate colleges and universities to buy what's called an 800-megahertz nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer.  

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3:40pm

Thu July 25, 2013
Science

3D imaging could cut health care costs

3D printed knee joint created with 3D imaging technology using a patient MRI
Kate O'Connell/Innovation Trail

Upstate company Qmetrics has developed technology that can take medical images like MRIs and turn them into a three-dimensional image or model.

The technology has implications for lowering health care costs and increasing patient-specific treatments.

While X-rays and MRIs can be useful, surgery is still frequently required to look inside a joint, explains Qmetrics CEO Edward Schreyer. For example, keyhole surgery or arthroscopy is still used to see the extent of a knee injury.

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5:38am

Fri July 19, 2013
Science

How humans are "wired for story"

Humans are different from other mammals in many ways, but scientific evidence shows that one of the greatest distinctions is that the human brain is hard-wired to learn through storytelling. Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen, hosts of WRVO's health and wellness show "Take Care," spoke to writer Lisa Cron who wrote a book on why people crave and need stories.

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10:03am

Wed July 3, 2013
Science

Nationwide research project enlists public to help collect water data

Instructions for "CrowdHydrology"
Ashley Hassett/Innovation Trail

Mobile technology has created some new opportunities for citizen scientists to play an active part in research, especially with tighter budgets. Now a nationwide project is enlisting the public to gather up-to-date information on water levels.

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4:35pm

Wed June 19, 2013
Science

Secret to possible cancer resistance discovered by upstate researchers

Brian Vick/University of Rochester

Researchers in upstate New York have identified the chemical that leads to cancer resistance in laboratory animals: naked mole rats.

The discovery could eventually lead to new cancer treatments and even the ability for cancer resistance in humans according to the authors.

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4:08pm

Thu May 16, 2013
Science

Research torpedo away: vehicle collecting data on Lake Ontario

Mike Satchwell from SUNY-ESF launches a research vehicle into Lake Ontario as Russ Miller from the University of Michigan looks on.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

A small cylinder armed with research equipment is bobbing through Lake Ontario this week. It’s collecting data from a seasonal temperature barrier known as a thermal bar.

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8:36am

Sat May 11, 2013
Science

Event showcases student innovation and creativity

"Taco Tape" inventor, Ruby Soudant, who is in the 4th grade
Ashley Hassett/Innovation Trail

More than 100 kids showcased their ideas at the 11th annual Western New York Invention Convention, held recently at Medaille College in Buffalo. It was created to promote creative thinking and encourage scientific problem solving.

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7:10am

Wed May 1, 2013
Science

Ammonium nitrate storage closely regulated in New York

The chemical responsible for the death of 14 people and injury of over 200 in West, Texas, is in wide use. Leaving many upstate New Yorkers wondering how ammonium nitrate is regulated in New York state.

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9:34am

Thu April 4, 2013
Science

SU among those chosen to be NASA competition sites

spaceappschallenge.org

Syracuse University is one of two upstate universities have been chosen as host sites for the international NASA space apps challenge. The challenge, taking place this month, brings together collaborators in 41 different countries to solve some of the toughest challenges facing space exploration and society.

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7:23am

Fri January 4, 2013
Science

2012 heat causes temperature records to fall

Twenty-three of 35 major Northeast cities set temperature records in 2012.
jovelstefan via Flickr

As far as weather measurements go, Syracuse crushed its old record for the warmest year ever recorded. Central New Yorkers dealt with the warmest temperatures in more than 80 years during 2012.

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4:10pm

Mon December 24, 2012
Science

New report finds future sea level rise will be significant

Long Island, New York was inundated with flood water and damage from Super storm Sandy.
DVIDSHUB Flickr

A report published Thursday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) finds that sea level increases over the next century will have significant impacts on coastal communities.

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3:55pm

Thu December 13, 2012
Science

New stem cell facility to be available to scientists statewide

The new facility is built as a 'clean room' with no outside contaminants allowed in
Kate O'Connell/Innovation Trail

A new facility in upstate New York is being touted as the ‘bridge’ from research to stem cell therapies that could potentially cure conditions like cancer, Alzheimer’s, and spinal damage.

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4:08pm

Tue December 11, 2012
Science

Study finds mercury levels dropping in Atlantic Ocean

Mercury levels among fish caught in the Atlantic Ocean are dropping, but it's not the same case for fish from the Pacific Ocean.

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4:04pm

Fri November 23, 2012
Science

Researchers try to individualize light therapy

As upstate New York heads into some of the darkest days of the calendar year, researchers at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy are trying to shed some light on our individual cycle of sleeping and waking known as the circadian rhythm.

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7:02pm

Mon October 29, 2012
Weather

Why some people ignore weather warnings

Credit Screen shot / Weather Underground

Just like the weather, human beings can be unpredictable.

With memories of overblown predictions regarding Hurricane Irene’s impact on the New York City area last year, some people aren’t taking Sandy that seriously. But this disconnect between forecast data and human behavior can be dangerous.

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4:45pm

Thu July 26, 2012
Science

Scientists uncover hidden history of polar bears

Scientists now believe polar bears have existed for over four million years, having endured many periods of climate change before.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Public domain

It all started with a fossil.

“We have this polar bear jawbone from the Svalbard archipelago in the North Atlantic,” says Charlotte Lindqvist, a professor at SUNY Buffalo and lead author of a landmark new study into the history of polar bears.

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7:01am

Sun July 15, 2012
Science

SU scientists say fireflies could be a light source

There's more to fireflies than a backyard light show.  Scientists at Syracuse University are working on a project that ultimately would put the insect's luminescense to use.

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5:11pm

Fri June 22, 2012
Science

State awards $2.4 million for stem cell research center

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute President Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson unveils the new Stem Cell Research Center.
Marie Cusick WMHT

Officials from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) cut the ribbon today on a brand new Stem Cell Research Center.

It's paid for through a $2.45 million grant from the New York State Stem Cell Science Program (NYSTEM) - a state agency dedicated to funding this kind of research.

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7:34am

Wed October 12, 2011
Environment

Dan Grossman on The Campbell Conversations

Dan Grossman is a freelance environmental journalist who has frequently appeared on public radio and the BBC, and has written for the New York Times, Rolling Stone, and Scientific American. He’s won a host of prestigious awards and been funded by many highly respected organizations—among them the Peabody award, the National Science Foundation, and the Fund for Investigative Journalism.

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