The increased awareness surrounding global warming and the increased demand of global energy supply over the last few years has got scientist in a frenzy to determine a way to produce a renewable energy source – and possibly halt pollutants. David Blersch, an environmental engineer at the University at Buffalo, is asking the question – could the large algae blooms that have been blamed for fish kills, beach closures and other problems that harm the Great Lakes and its tourism industry be a new source of bioenergy?
We may not be running out of energy resources, but the price of continuing with oil and fossil fuels as our primary energy source is a heavy one. Not only are our wallets taking a hit – our environment is also paying the price.
With the upcoming movie release of the second installment of JRR Tolkien’s critically acclaimed “The Hobbit” just upon the horizon – Stony Brook University scientists couldn’t have picked a better time to reveal Hobbits might be more than a literary creation. The classic work of fantasy featuring Hobbits, Dwarves, Elves and magic might be more true to life than we thought.
The intrigue that Stony Brook researchers have found themselves was prompted by an interesting set of remains that were discovered in Indonesia in 2003. The 18,000 year old remains were initially believed to be Homo sapiens affected with microcephaly, a neurodevelopmental condition marked by a small skull and minuscule brain. But as more and more research is done and measurements are taken, more researchers are believing that the species they nicknamed “Hobbits” must be closer to true than initially believed.
Chances are, someone you know has received an ultrasound exam – to get the first glimpse of their developing baby, or maybe to determine their risk of heart attack. An ultrasound works by sending out high-frequency sound waves which reflect off body structures. A computer will then receive these reflected waves and use them to create a picture that we see on a monitor.
Whatever the use, ultrasound is one of the most utilized forms of diagnostic imaging available today after X-ray exams. But unlike an X-ray exam, an ultrasound has no ionizing radiation exposure. So what’s next for ultrasound?
Today’s modern culture provides convenience, comfort, and efficiency. In one day, an American can buy a cart of any type of groceries they desire, order an item on the Web to be delivered that afternoon, and can video chat with a friend who’s stationed in Afghanistan.
The cost of this heavy activity, according to a Stony Brook University researcher, is your health. Packing in all of these activities in a day could mean less sleep for you.
Obesity in the United States is reaching epidemic proportions and the problem is growing, especially among teens. Here’s a shocking statistic: the rate of obesity in adolescents has tripled in the past three decades.
For humans, sharks have long been the source of fascination and fear. These top predators are fast disappearing; largely due to a fishing industry that takes more than 100 million sharks out of the oceans’ depths each year.
Why should we care? Well, sharks are actually a major part of the oceans ecosystem. They help keep populations of other fish and marine animals in check by hunting sick, injured, and dying fish so that populations stay strong and healthy.
Demian Chapman, an assistant professor at Stony Brook University, studies the oceanic whitetip shark, which was once the most common shark in tropical waters and is now one of the rarest. Continue reading