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2:37 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Winning civic app to help families find local schools, childcare

First place winners, Scott Falbo (second from left) and Karl Newell (fourth from right) with competition judges.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

The winners of the AT&T Western New York Civic App Challenge were announced Thursday. The competition allowed smartphone app developers and entrepreneurs to tackle social and civic issues across the region through a competitive “virtual hackathon.”

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Science/Technology
10:01 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Wearable health monitor could prevent heart attacks

The wearable system, under development by Sentient Science and the University at Buffalo, includes electrodes that relay data to a sensor, which connects with a remote computer network.
Credit buffalo.edu

Just before putting on your winter coat, hat and gloves to go shovel yet another snowstorm a few years from now, you may first put on a special t-shirt which will monitor your heart and your health.

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Science/Technology
5:00 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Dueling app creators talk submissions for Civic App Challenge

Buffalo Open GIS
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

Mobile app designers are tackling social and civic issues across the region through a competitive “virtual hackathon.” The AT&T Western New York Civic App Challenge allows innovative thinkers and designers to create apps for cash prizes to make their ideas a reality. WBFO’s Ashley Hirtzel spoke to a few of the dueling app creators.

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Science/Technology
10:47 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Coffee war over single-serve cups heats up

Keurig is facing competition for its single-serve coffee cup technology.
Credit WBFO News

An unusual coffee war, that has been percolating, has now boiled over. A Canadian coffee roaster recently filed a lawsuit against American coffee giant Keurig over what it claims is an attempt to maintain a near monopoly and keep single-serve coffee prices artificially high. 

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Science/Technology
5:12 am
Mon October 6, 2014

UB research has a clear focus on drinking water

Jim Jensen is an Engineering Professor at the University at Buffalo.
Credit photo from the University at Buffalo

Across the world, there are problems with getting clean drinking water. At the University at Buffalo, a group of undergraduates is working with an engineering professor to provide clean water for a few pennies and no cost for fuel.

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Science/Technology
8:06 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Local plant's "dream car" featured on Science Channel show tonight

Chevrolet Corvette C7 2014
Credit Wikipedia

General Motors' Tonawanda plant will be getting some national attention tonight as the Science Channel features the Chevy Corvette engine it manufactures on the show "How It's Made - A Dream Car."


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Science/Technology
6:39 am
Mon September 29, 2014

WNY native plays lead role in Mars mission

Credit photo from NASA website

David Mitchell, a 1980 graduate of St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute, serves as NASA's lead project manager for  the MAVEN mission, which recently made its way into an orbit around Mars. Mitchell took time last week to share some insights with WBFO News.

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Science/Technology
5:12 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Nation's largest solar company to bring record jobs to Buffalo

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, Congressman Brian Higgins, Governor Andrew Cuomo and SolarCity CEO Lyndon Rive break ground at future site of SolarCity at RiverBend in South Buffalo.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

Governor Andrew Cuomo welcomed one of the world’s largest solar panel companies to the region Tuesday. The California-based business called SolarCity will build be the largest solar panel manufacturing plant in the Western hemisphere at the RiverBend site located in South Buffalo.

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Science/Technology
5:00 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Hackers to compete in civic app contest

Z80 Labs managing partner Dan Magnuszewski announcing the AT&T WNY Civic App Challenge.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

A major app competition was launched on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus Wednesday. The AT&T WNY Civic App Challenge aims to attract technology experts from the eight counties of western New York to create smartphone applications that will improve the quality of live in the region. 

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Science/Technology
2:20 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

New solar panels helping to power Amherst gas mart

Reid Group President Paul Quebral announced the installation of the solar array at Crosby's.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

Crosby’s convenience store unveiled 110 new solar panels at its location in Amherst Thursday. Canopy panels were installed above the gas stations fueling pumps, as well as on top of the store's roof.

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Science/Technology
9:05 am
Mon August 4, 2014

Erie County exploring idea of municipal broadband

Broadband internet connection.
Credit Xeni Jardin / Some Rights Reserved

A cheaper alternative may be on the way to the broadband internet services currently available in Erie County. The Legislature is going to explore the possibility of starting its own county-wide network.

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Science/Technology
9:30 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Amborella plant doubled its genome

Amborella plant
Credit Photo from UB Website by Sangate Kim

Around 200 million years ago, a flower changed its genes for unknown reasons and became the botanic ancestor of flowering plants today.  A research alliance from around the country, including a University at Buffalo professor, says the research solves a mystery familiar to Charles Darwin.

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Science/Technology
9:28 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Buffalo Zoo participating in toad conservation effort

Efforts are underway to repopulate the Puerto Rican crested toad.
Credit buffalozoo.org

The Buffalo Zoo has sent hundreds of endangered Puerto Rican crested toad tadpoles to Puerto Rico as part of a major conservation effort.

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Science/Technology
10:14 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Research & medical innovation under one roof

Inside one of the research areas at the Jacobs Neurological Institute.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Amazing life-saving medical procedures and research are happening in Buffalo's Medical Corridor.  Medical innovation and radical changes to healthcare procedures are underway through the combined forces of the Jacobs Neurological Institute, Gates Vascular Institute and the Clinical and Translational Research Center.

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Science/Technology
5:00 am
Fri November 29, 2013

Mind-controlled robots no longer science fiction

Brain Controlled Interface or BCI device.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO News

Researchers at the University at Buffalo are studying how mind-controlled robots can be utilized in the manufacturing sector. The team is also working to make the technology more affordable for companies.

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Science/Technology
5:01 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Hackathons fertile ground for world's big innovations

University at Buffalo hackers Mack Ward (left) & Nathan Burgers (right)
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO News

A number of Buffalo college students have been coming away with some of the big prizes at recent computer code writing contest known as “hackathons.” As the popularity of hackathons continues to grow, observers are assigning a lot of value on the codefests, while others question whether the work coming out of them is relevant to the general public.

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Science/Technology
4:00 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Grant to help develop advanced lasers used in drug R&D

CEO of HWI Eaton Lattman, UB President Satish Tripathi, Vice President of Research and Economic Development at HWI Alexander Cartwright.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO News

The National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded the University at Buffalo a $25 million Science and Technology Center grant Wednesday.

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Science/Technology
3:35 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Solar energy helping to power Lockport convenience store

The new solar panels will account for 20% of the store's energy needs.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

Energy from the sun is now being used to help operate a Niagara County convenience store.

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Science/Technology
12:00 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Researchers work to develop wireless internet underwater

UB researchers work on Internet underwater system.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO News

University at Buffalo researchers are developing an underwater internet system. The wireless network aims to improve the detection of tsunamis and potentially save civilian lives.

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Science/Technology
4:30 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Transportation grant to help make national roadways safer

Adel Sadek
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO News

Researchers at the University at Buffalo have been awarded funds to continue a program that is working to improve roadways across the country. The $1.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation will help researchers collect ‘big data’ that can help deal with a range of transportation issues.

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Education
4:54 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Buffalo State celebrates the opening of new Technology Building

SUNY Buffalo State College's Technology Building.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO News

Buffalo State College officially opened its state-of-the-art Technology Building, Thursday. The facility cost $36.5 million to build and was paid for through the SUNY Construction Fund.

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Science/Technology
5:00 am
Thu August 22, 2013

WNY Conference provides support to computer programmers

The computer programming language Ruby
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO News

A conference aimed at providing support to computer programmers is coming to Buffalo. The Nickel City Ruby conference will bring people from around the world to discuss the perils and pleasures of the open-source programming language called Ruby.

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Science/Technology
8:49 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Historic architecture improved with new technology

Terracotta being formed out of clay by hand
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO News

A western New York business is creating terra cotta architectural features with the help of the latest technology. The objects are an important element in restoring and maintaining historic buildings and building new ones.

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Science/Technology
5:00 am
Tue August 13, 2013

Floating USGS lab continues monitoring of Great Lakes

Mark Rogers showcasing the technology on the "Muskie"
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO News

The Great Lakes Fishery Commission estimates that more than 40 million people in the US and Canada depend on the Great Lakes for food, drinking water and recreation. A state-of-the-art research vessel the “Muskie” is currently making its way through Lake Erie collecting data samples for the US Geological Survey.

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Science/Technology
4:53 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Clean energy company converting Crayola markers into fuel

A Niagara Falls manufacturer that converts waste plastic into clean liquid fuel is teaming with art supplies brand Crayola to recycle old markers.

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Science/Technology
9:30 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Sound as a therapeutic device

Tomas Henriques, assistant professor of music & director of Buff State's Digital Music Ensemble, in the WBFO studio.
Credit WBFO News photos by Eileen Buckley

SUNY Buffalo State College professor is using digital music and sound as a therapeutic device.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says it is being used for physical and cognitive therapy.

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Science/Technology
9:00 am
Fri July 12, 2013

NYS praised for its investments in nanotechnology at global conference

Advanced Manufacuring
Credit Argonne National Laboratory

Several New York State economic development agencies have joined forces with the Buffalo Niagara Enterprise under the marketing umbrella ‘NY Loves Nanotech’. The collaboration aimed to gain support for the region's semiconductor industry during a global nanotech conference in San Francisco.

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Science/Technology
5:00 am
Tue June 25, 2013

Nationwide research project enlists public to help collect data

The 'CrowdHydrology' measurement site at Tifft Nature Preserve
Credit Ashley Hassett / WBFO News

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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Science/Technology
6:00 am
Wed June 19, 2013

International organization empowers women to code

Chapter leader of Girl Develop It in Buffalo Elena Moiseeva
Credit Ashley Hassett / WBFO News

An international non-profit organization Girl Develop It or GDI works to help empower women through technology particularly by training them to write their own software. WBFO’s Ashley Hassett recently spent time with a couple of upstate women coders.

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Science/Technology
2:00 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

National sensor company relocates to Buffalo

A Sentient scientist demonstrates the "Digital Clone" technology in helicopters.
Credit Ashley Hassett / WBFO News

A national software and sensor company has relocated to western New York. Sentient Science moved from Idaho into the historic Butler Mansion in Buffalo to work with the University at Buffalo’s material science program.

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