Science/Technology

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Tuesday marked the third “Measuring Day” for WNY STEM Hub’s Hand in Hand program. Three Western New York children and two more in Ghana were measured for 3-D printed prosthetic hands, which they will receive in October.


The Problems Plaguing Election Polls

Aug 2, 2019
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A University at Buffalo scientist was bestowed Thursday with the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). The award is the country’s highest honor for early-career researchers in science and technology.


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The U.S. flag was first planted on the Moon 50 years ago Saturday, July 20. And as WBFO's Chris Caya reports - the crew of Apollo 11 went out of their way to thank all of the American workers who made their historic journey possible.


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Inventions made within view of the Niagara Falls Airport not only helped the Apollo 11 astronauts land on the moon 50 years ago - but they also played a vital role in bringing the astronauts home. WBFO's Chris Caya has more on what some call the region's most important contributions to the Apollo program.

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The 50th Anniversary of the first Moon landing is coming up Saturday, July 20. WBFO's Chris Caya is taking a look at some of the local companies that played critical roles in the success of the Apollo program.


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Saturday, July 20, marks the 50th Anniversary of the first Moon landing. All this week, WBFO is taking a look at some of the local companies that played critical roles in the success of the Apollo program.


Medical students using VR
Madeline Little / WBFO News

Students at the University at Buffalo's Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences this summer are among the first to use a new technology to explore the human body.

Agatha Christie: From Pharmacist's Apprentice to Poison Expert

Apr 19, 2019

The following is an excerpt from A is for Arsenic by Kathryn Harkup. Listen to SciFri on September 24, 2015 to hear Harkup talk more about the influence of Agatha Christie and her novels.

There was a lot of disappointment among staffers at a Rochester high-tech company after an Israeli unmanned spacecraft crash-landed on the moon Thursday.

The local company is called Stamper Technology, and staffers there spent months putting together what is essentially a sophisticated time capsule, that was on board the small spacecraft built by a private organization from Israel.

Order from any number of Chinese takeout restaurants these days, and you may notice that many menus boast “NO ADDED MSG.” The label can also be found in supermarket aisles on snack foods or on packaged seasonings.

The labels are meant to ease consumers’ worries, because MSG, which is used as a flavor enhancer, has for decades been popularly linked to various health problems, such as headaches and allergic reactions. It's even been considered a factor in infant obesity.

Picture of the Week: DNA Bunny

Mar 12, 2019

The candy-colored bunny above looks good enough to eat, but it’s no Easter leftover. This is a 3-D-printed model of a microscopic, rabbit-shaped structure made entirely out of DNA. An enlarged picture of that tiny structure (which is 50 nanometers long) appears at left. Can you make out its cottontail shape? 

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As Buffalo endures severe cold and blizzard conditions, skeptics of climate change point to the weather and suggest it's proof that global warming is nothing more than hot air. Meterologists explained to WBFO why it's the contrary.

The following is an excerpt from Brain Storms, by Jon Palfreman. Listen to SciFri on September 18, 2015, to hear Palfreman talk more about Parkinson's disease.

The Octopus Whisperer

Jan 24, 2019

This article is part of a Science Friday spotlight about cephalopods. Get involved using the hashtag  #CephalopodWeek.

Target grades: 4th +

Content Areas: General Science, Mathematics

Topics: Experimental design, variation, variables

Time required: 60 minutes, including lollipop-licking time

Standards:

NGSS: Planning and Carrying Out Investigations

Picture of the Week: Cock-Eyed Squid

Jan 24, 2019

This activity is part of a Science Friday spotlight about cephalopods. Get involved using the hashtag #CephalopodWeek.

In the midst of “the twilight zone”—the ocean realm ranging from 200-1,000 meters below the surface—roams this small cephalopod.

Does Sound Affect the Way We Taste?

Jan 24, 2019

The next time you eat out in a restaurant, consider the sounds around you. Is there music playing? Just the gentle hum of other people’s conversations? Maybe it’s loud and booming, maybe it’s relatively quiet.

Whatever the acoustic atmosphere, it could be affecting how you experience the flavor of the food and drink you’re consuming, according to a growing body of research.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

It's a gene-editing technology which offers promise in both medicine and agriculture but also comes with serious ethical and moral considerations. University at Buffalo students are now getting hands-on training, and taking on the ethical questions, in what is known as CRISPR.


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After seven minutes of high anxiety - attempting to touch down a billion-dollar spacecraft on another planet after slowing it down several thousands of miles per hour can do that to your nerves - NASA's latest Mars spacecraft signaled its safe touchdown on the Red Planet. Now, InSight prepares to get to work learning more about the planet by scanning below its surface. A local astronomer says if there's water to be found on Mars, underground is where you'll find it.


Updated 5:37 p.m. ET

Facebook says that it has discovered a security breach affecting nearly 50 million accounts and that it's not yet clear whether any information was accessed or any accounts were otherwise misused.

The vulnerability that caused the breach was found Tuesday and was fixed on Thursday night, Facebook says. It was the result of bugs introduced into Facebook's code in July 2017. No passwords or credit card numbers were stolen, the company says.

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In September of 2017, Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico with 175 mph winds, cutting the island in half and unleashing torrents of rain and devastation. Now, almost a year later, Buffalo is helping displaced students rebuild their education while Puerto Rico is still rebuilding from the storm.


When artist Matthew Reinhart gets an idea for a children’s book, he scribbles a note to himself about what he wants the illustrations to do. Things like, “T-Rex head bites reader.”

“That's it,” Reinhart says. “I don't know how it's going to happen with all the engineering. I just know that’s what I want to happen.”

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Now that the Buffalo Museum of Science has restored its rooftop telescope and reopened its observatory, the public has a chance to use it. Beginning this week, scheduled viewing sessions may be arranged, weather permitting, by reservation.


Central NY drone corridor left out of national project

May 23, 2018
Payne Horning / WRVO News File Photo

The 50-mile drone corridor that the state is building in central New York will not be part of a new federal pilot program meant to accelerate drone integration into national airspace.

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A recent discovery at the Buffalo Museum of Science has the scientific community buzzing. A team uncovered a fully-intact elephant bird egg while digitally cataloging the museum’s oological collection.

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It’s 2017. What does a scientist look like?

If the first image that popped into your head was an older man with frizzy hair and a white lab coat, surrounded by bubbling test tubes, you’re not wrong — the Einsteinlike “mad scientist” is still a prevailing image in popular culture.

Book creates buzz about native bees of North America

Apr 19, 2018

When it comes to bees, honeybees get all the attention. But as a new book will tell you, honeybees are just one fraction of the many types of bees buzzing outside the collective consciousness of most Americans.

Researchers explore the fascinating biomechanics and neuroscience of bats

Apr 13, 2018

They are associated with dark caves, bloodthirsty vampires and one of the most famous superheroes of all time. But for all we know about bats, a lot is unknown to the general public — from how they fly and land to how they find objects in front of them.

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