Sun June 15, 2014

The science behind being 'hangry'

avlxyz Flickr

Find yourself impatient and lashing out at people? The solution, according to a recent study, may be in the kitchen.

This week on Take Care, Dr. Brad Bushman talks about the concept of "hangry," or being more angry and aggressive when you're hungry. Bushman, a professor of communications and psychology at Ohio State University, recently conducted a study on the subject that involved 107 couples and found that participants with lower blood glucose levels more frequently showed signs of anger.

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Tue February 11, 2014

Stem cell discovery sets science community abuzz

A researcher working at the University of Rochester Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Institute.
Kate O'Connell WXXI

The science community was buzzing this week with news of a breakthrough in stem cell research. Stem cells have the potential to transform into any tissue in the body, and are being explored as treatment options for trauma and degenerative diseases.

When we’re born, our cells are programmed to carry out a specific role. They automatically become muscle cells, skin cells, nerve cells, and that role can’t be changed.

But stem cells can be manipulated to become any kind of cell, offering the potential for regeneration in the body.

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Fri October 4, 2013
Regional Coverage

SUNY Oswego dedicates Shineman Center

The entire science center complex, on the east side of the SUNY Oswego campus.
Gino Geruntino WRVO

The Richard S. Shineman Center, a new science building on the SUNY Oswego campus, was dedicated on Friday, October 4. SUNY Oswego President Deborah Stanley presided over the dedication ceremony. Audio of the entire event is available below:

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Fri August 2, 2013

How do you like them apples?

SnapDragon apples
Kevin Maloney

After more than a decade of development, Cornell University has introduced two new apple varieties to upstate New York.

Previously known as New York one and two, the new RubyFrost and SnapDragon varieties were named Thursday and will be available to consumers as early as this fall.

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Thu July 25, 2013

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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Sun July 21, 2013

Neuroscience shows the brain is "wired for story"

Henry Bloomfield Flickr

Summer is the perfect time to dive into a good story. But did you know that stories are vital to the way the human brain learns? This week on “Take Care,” we talk to Lisa Cron, author of “Wired for Story: The Writer’s Guide to Using Brain Science to Hook Readers from the Very First Sentence,” about the science behind storytelling.

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Wed May 1, 2013

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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Tue March 26, 2013

New window coating allows sunlight but filters heat

Professor Sarbajit Banerjee holding the "Smart Window" coating sample.
Ashley Hassett/Innovation Trail

It’s a creation expected to reduce the cost of heating and cooling for homes and businesses. It took five years for University at Buffalo Professor Sarbajit Banerjee and his students to invent a window film that repels heat from the sun.

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Fri February 22, 2013

Researchers conduct first major earthquake simulation in New York state

An unreinforced masonry wall on the left, compared with a reinforced wall on the right.
Ashley Hassett/Innovation Trail

Researchers from the University at Buffalo conducted the state's first large-scale earthquake simulation on Tuesday to determine how prone unreinforced masonry walls are to quake damage.

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Mon February 4, 2013

Forget the groundhog, scientists predict an earlier start to spring

In a new paper, researchers from Princeton say spring may arrive up to 17 days earlier in U.S. forests in the coming century.
Credit Nicholas_T / via Flickr

The groundhog predicted an early spring this year -- and he isn't the only one.  Scientists now say that thanks to climate climate change, spring may arrive up to 17 days earlier in U.S. forests during the next century and that, could have an unexpected silver lining.

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Sat December 8, 2012

Optics & photonics Industry growing in upstate NY

The industry around the scientific fields of optics and photonics has a strong presence in upstate New York. Monroe County alone is home to around 50 companies working in the field that is behind things like lasers, smart phones, and the Internet.

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Fri August 10, 2012

New charter school proposed for Utica

A charter school in Syracuse is hoping to expand to another part of central New York. The school believes it can provide another option for children and parents.

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Mon August 6, 2012
Evolution & Religion

Reverend Michael Dowd on the Campbell Conversations

Evolution has been at the front lines of some of our most heated political and cultural conflicts. Speaking with Grant Reeher, Reverend Michael Dowd, the author of "Thank God for Evolution," has staked his claim on the proposition that evolution and science need to be married to our religion- and he's an evangelist about that idea.

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Thu July 26, 2012

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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Fri June 22, 2012

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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Tue June 5, 2012

NY makes moves to improve STEM education

President Barack Obama has proclaimed that STEM education is a national priority.  STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

New York state is looking at ways to improve the STEM education the state's children receive. This kind of education has  become more important in recent years, because that's where the jobs are. However, recent statistics show U.S. achievement in these skills lags behind much of Europe and Asia.

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