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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.

WBFO'S Eileen Buckley talks with John Bordynuik, founder of JBI, Inc. in Niagara Falls, N.Y.

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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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Science/Technology
9:58 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Teaching creativity and innovation for Biomedical research

Dr. Leonard Epstein, SUNY Distinguished Professor (left) and Dr. Steven Fliesler, Meyer H. Riwchun Endowed Chair
Credit Photo from UB Website

A two-day workshop hosted by the University at Buffalo kicks off today called Conversations in the Disciplines. As WBFO's Eileen Buckley reports, the workshops are designed to inspire creativity and innovation in the Biomedical Sciences, an important component in gaining grant dollars for research.

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Science/Technology
5:00 am
Wed April 17, 2013

3D simulator targets need for improved forklift training

Jeffrey Williams on a forklift
Ashley Hassett WBFO

Every year in the United States forklift-related accidents kill around 85 people and injure nearly 20,000 more, those numbers have created demand for better training techniques, including a new 3D simulator developed in upstate New York.

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Science/Technology
9:56 am
Tue March 26, 2013

New window coating aims to shield sun's rays

Professor Sarbajit Banerjee holding "Smart Window" coating sample
Ashley Hassett WBFO

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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Science/Technology
10:50 am
Wed February 20, 2013

UB researchers test earthquake vulnerability of NYC buildings

An unreinforced masonry wall on the left, compared with a reinforced wall on the right.
Credit Ashley Hassett/WBFO News

Researchers at the University at Buffalo conducted earthquake simulations Tuesday to test the vulnerability of unreinforced masonry buildings, typical in New York City. 

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Science/Technology
9:34 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Zimbabwe minister of science & tech visits UB

Heneri Dzinotyiweyi, Zimbabwe minister of science & echnology development visits UB Center of Excellence
WBFO News by photo Mike Desmond

The University at Buffalo has major partnerships with universities in Zimbabwe. That country's minister of science and technology development visited UB's Center of Excellence Tuesday.  WBFO's Mike Desmond was there to speak with the leader.

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Canadian sports doctor eludes charges at home
9:54 am
Sat April 14, 2012

Sports doctor to the stars free of charges in Canada

The Canadian doctor who faced charges in the US of smuggling drugs and human growth hormone across the border has been cleared of charges up north.

Canadian authorities have issued a stay against Dr. Anthony Galea, the sports doctor known to have treated Alex Rodriguez, Tiger Woods and other high-profile athletes.

Galea was given a year of unsupervised release in US courts and faces no prison time.
 

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Local
1:14 pm
Thu April 12, 2012

Freeze warning for most of region; more crop damage

Cherry Trees
Photo from Singer Farms, Appleton, NY

The National Weather Service has issued a freeze warning for much of the region.  It is posted for Erie, Niagara, Chautauqua, Genesee and Orleans counties from midnight Thursday to 9 a.m. Friday.

The greatest coverage of freezing and subfreezing temperatures is expected overnight.  Temperatures will dip into the upper 20’s away from the Lakes to the lower 30’s along the Lake Shores.

This will once again have an impact only the already budding fruit trees and other sensitive vegetation.   

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Science
11:33 am
Mon March 12, 2012

Researchers use light filters to help heal wounds

A rainbow-colored grating, about 25 millimeters wide, under sunlight. Enlarged microscope images show the graded surface.
Courtesy photo SUNY Buffalo

Why some wounds heal quickly and others don’t sometimes baffles doctors.

Now, new research at the University at Buffalo uses special light filters to find answers.

Thin slices of plastic, known as “rainbow polymers,” reflect certain wavelengths of light. Depending on what color a polymer is designed for, researchers can employ the technology for a number of uses because it identifies an object's "true color."

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Science
3:17 pm
Wed January 25, 2012

Ground breaking cardiac surgery comes to WNY

Janice Savey (from Olean) and Robert Cecchini (Tonawanda) were the first two patients in Western New York to successfully undergo a new cardiac surgery procedure, implanted aortic valves. They joined Dr. Vijay Iyer and his surgical team Wednesday

Ground breaking cardiac surgery is being conducted right here in Buffalo.

A team of surgeons at Buffalo General Hospital last week successfully implanted a Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement in two patients who suffered from aortic stenosis, a disease that affects the valve between the left ventricle of the heart and the aorta, the largest artery in the human body.

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Science
10:52 am
Tue January 6, 2009

Meet the Author with Kenneth R. Miller

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Science
3:03 pm
Thu December 19, 2002

Human Interference, Nature to Blame for Sinking Homes

Buffalo, NY – Soil problems have been blamed for severe damage to about 200 homes in affluent subdivisions of Amherst. But geology experts and one town official say the problem may be at least partly human interference.

Amherst Town councilmember Bill Kindel says the calls and complaints keep coming. Amherst Town officials are scrambling to answer the concerns now of about two hundred homeowners who say their houses are falling apart. And he says that could mean damages in the millions. But safety may be an even bigger concern.

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