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Local University Holds Active Shooter Training

WCBS New York

CBS2’s Jennifer McLogan has the story about UPD’s active shooter training from Stony Brook University. McLogan spoke with UPD Assistant Chief Eric Olsen who explained by giving tips and advice that can help save lives.

Experts: Amazon will compete with and invigorate LI tech scene

Newsday

Amazon’s proposed “HQ2” facility in Long Island City may make hiring tech talent  on Long Island harder and more competitive initially, but will create an expanded  job ecosystem that could make the region — including Long Island — a  technology powerhouse, business leaders said…Dr. Samuel L. Stanley Jr., president of Stony Brook University, which grants more degrees in engineering and applied sciences than any other university in New York State, said Amazon’s move is a step toward realizing the vision of a technology corridor from Brookhaven National Laboratory to New York City.

Fighting cancer with a passion to dance

Newsday

In the beginning of December 2016, I was 11 and was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, which is a type of bone cancer. I had a tumor in my left femur (upper leg) and was getting treated at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital.  The day after Christmas I started my first chemo treatment. After a few months of getting chemo in the hospital, I was told I had three options for surgery. The first one was to save the leg but basically do nothing in my life except walk and maybe swim. The second option was a full amputation. The third surgery is called rotationplasty — that’s when you have a full amputation, and since the bottom half of your leg is perfectly fine, they take that off and turn it 180 degrees and reattach it to the top of your leg. Your calf becomes your thigh, your ankle is your knee joint, and your heel is your knee. So you have a backward foot joint that helps you move. This surgery allows you to do basically anything you want.

Tooth Fossil Comes from the Tiniest Ape Every

Futurity

Researchers say the discovery offers important clues about the unexplained decline in diversity of apes during the Miocene epoch. At the beginning of the Miocene epoch, there were only a few species of monkeys, while there were a broad radiation of ape species ranging from 4 to 50 kilograms. Today, however, there are only a handful of ape species remaining. Precisely what caused the decrease in ape diversity and rise of monkey diversity is a mystery that paleontologists have been contemplating for decades, says James Rossie, professor of anthropology at Stony Brook University, but many suspect that direct competition between the two groups was to blame.

Researchers Use Facebook Posts To Screen For Depression

WSHU/National Public Radio

Scientists at Stony Brook University think it might be possible to use social media to look for signs of depression. They’ve built an algorithm that scans Facebook posts to find what they call “linguistic red flags.”

Earth’s Smallest Ape Weighed 8 lbs., Lived 12.5 Million Years Ago

Live Science

The remains of the smallest ape ever known to walk the Earth may have been discovered in the hills of Kenya, scientists say. Weighing around 7.7 pounds (3.5 kilograms), the ape lived around 12.5 million years ago in Kenya. While other species of small ape are known to have existed, this one may be the smallest, scientists wrote in a paper set to be published in December in the Journal of Human Evolution. Named Simiolus minutus, the new species is known from only three tiny teeth, one of which was discovered by James Rossie, an anthropology professor at Stony Brook University in New York, during fieldwork in Kenya’s Tugen Hills, in 2004. [In Photos: A Game-Changing Primate Discovery]

Stony Brook University unveils new state-of-the-art facility

Times Beacon Herald

Stony Brook University is stepping into the future when it comes to cancer research and patient care. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Nov. 1 to commemorate the completion of construction of the Medical and Research Translation building, where Stony Brook University Cancer Center will be the primary occupant. The eight-level, 240,000-square-foot facility features expanded state-of-the-art space that will be used by clinicians and researchers to discover new cancer treatments, educate students, create more space for patients and family, and more. The building is slated to be opened to patients in January.

Tiniest Ape Ever Discovered Hints at the Rise of the Monkeys

New York Times

A tiny fossilized molar found nestled in the sweltering shrub land of Kenya’s Tugen Hills belonged to what may be the smallest species of ape yet discovered, according to a new study. The newly identified extinct species, Simiolus minutus, weighed only about 8 pounds, or slightly less than an average house cat. Dwarfed by today’s gorillas, chimpanzees and orangutans, the miniature ape was possibly a casualty of natural selection, unable to compete with colobine monkeys that dined on the same leaves in trees some 12.5 million years ago. “They were trying to do what colobines were doing, which was foolish because no one had that same equipment,” said James Rossie, a paleoprimatologist at Stony Brook University in New York, referring to the monkeys’ digestive abilities. “They brought a knife to a gunfight and then found out the knife was a plastic picnic knife.”

Counting Penguins Isn’t Always Black and White

Wall Street Journal

Research published last week in the journal PLOS One concluded that a potential food shortage could cause Antarctica to lose up to 30% of its penguins…Today, about 12.8 million breeding adults nest in Antarctica, according to Heather Lynch, a statistical ecologist with the Antarctic Site Inventory, which has tracked penguin abundance for 27 years.

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