Expert: 80% Likelihood That 2015 May Be Warmest on Record
Mar26

Expert: 80% Likelihood That 2015 May Be Warmest on Record

It is very likely that an unusually intense El Niño will headline the summer 2014 season–and because of that, make 2015 the warmest year on Earth in recorded history, according to experts. El Niño is a temporary increase in the surface temperature of the Pacific Ocean near the Equator, which causes fluctuations in weather patterns across the globe. It provokes deadly drought in some regions of the world, while flooding others...

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What do bitter temperatures do to the human body? (National Geographic)
Jan13

What do bitter temperatures do to the human body? (National Geographic)

U.S. Cold Snap: What do bitter temperatures do to the human body? SUNY Downstate Medical Center— The Polar Vortex which recently consumed much of the United States should not be taken lightly. With Wind Chills as low -50°F, frost bite can occur in under 5 minutes. Michael Lanigan, an attending physician in the Department of Emergency Medicine at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in New York City is asked about how the body responds to...

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Research: New Wireless Technology Could Put Your Body to the Test
Jul22

Research: New Wireless Technology Could Put Your Body to the Test

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...

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Research: Sleep Deprivation and Poor Dietary Choices
Jul08

Research: Sleep Deprivation and Poor Dietary Choices

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...

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Tracking the Endangered Oceanic Whitetip Shark
Jun24

Tracking the Endangered Oceanic Whitetip Shark

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...

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Improving Mammography Technology to Help Diagnose Breast Cancer
Jun17

Improving Mammography Technology to Help Diagnose Breast Cancer

One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. Although the survival rate is greatly improving — now over 80% (five-year) — there are a lot of improvements that may be done to help bring this to 100%. One way, according to researchers at the University at Albany, is to use a newly-developed imaging system that reduces false positives in order to provide more accurate diagnosis. Right now mammography is the...

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UB Faculty Awarded Grant by NFL Charities to Study Concussion Treatments
Nov02

UB Faculty Awarded Grant by NFL Charities to Study Concussion Treatments

University at Buffalo sports medicine researchers have been awarded $100,000 from NFL Charities to develop the most objective, scientific method of determining when an athlete who has had a concussion can safely return to play. NFL Charities, the charitable foundation of the National Football League owners, has awarded the 18-month grant to researchers at the Concussion Management Clinic in the Department of Orthopaedics, UB School of...

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PhoneLab Places UB at Center of Smartphone Research
Oct15

PhoneLab Places UB at Center of Smartphone Research

UB researchers are enlisting hundreds of students to build the world’s largest collection of smartphone users assembled for large-scale experiments. Dubbed PhoneLab, the network will help researchers build more powerful, secure and efficient smartphones and smartphone applications, improve wireless networking and educate students about mobile devices. While smartphone use is skyrocketing—Forrester Research says 1 billion people will...

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