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Oldest stone tools raise questions about their creators

Nature

Aware of this controversy, a team led by Sonia Harmand of Stony Brook University in New York set out in 2011 to find tools older than 3 million years, at a site west of Kenya’s Lake Turkana.

Billy Joel, Charles Wang, Ben Shneiderman to get honorary degrees from Stony Brook

Newsday

Stony Brook University will award musician Billy Joel, Islanders owner Charles Wang and Ben Shneiderman, a computer scientist who pioneered the hyperlink, with honorary degrees at its 55th commencement ceremony next month, university officials said Monday.

World’s Oldest Stone Tools Predating Modern Humans Discovered In Kenya

Design and Trend

The area surrounding Lake Turkana has yielded many fossils relating to early human life. A team lead by Sonia Harmand of Stony Brook University in New York was behind the latest discovery.

People Are Aging More Slowly Than We Think

Science 2.0

Faster increases in life expectancy do not necessarily produce faster population aging, a counter-intuitive finding that came as a result of applying new measures of aging developed at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in order to project future populations for Europe out to the year 2050. Traditional measures of age simply categorize people as "old" at a specific age, usually 65, but previous research by Scherbov, Sanderson, and colleagues has shown that the traditional definition puts many people in the category of "old" who have characteristics of much younger people.

60 really is the new 50, scientists say

Today Show

In fact, 60 — even 65 (or, maybe more) — can be considered "middle-aged," according to population experts at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIAS) in Austria and Stony Brook University in New York…."We found that when the speed of life expectancy increase was faster, the new measures of aging increase more slowly," explains study co-author Warren Sanderson, a professor of economics and history at Stony Brook.

New High-tech Patches Can Deliver Vaccines Painlessly

Business Insider

Biomedical engineer Kasia Sawicka invented a painless alternative: a patch, called ImmunoMatrix, that can vaccinate patients without breaking the skin. "This technology can affect how vaccines are delivered, especially during pandemics," Sawicka says…As an undergraduate at Stony Brook University, she worked in a lab that stocked an extremely water-absorbent material called poly-vinylpyrrolidone. She found that this polymer (used in hairspray during the era of beehive hairdos) could pull water out of the skin.

An App That Hides Secret Messages in Starcraft Style Games

Wired

A group of graduate researchers at Stony Brook University in New York have built what they describe as a prototype tool for exploiting "covert channels" in real-time strategy games, the genre of desktop videogames that includes Starcraft, Warcraft, Shogun 2, and Company of Heroes. Their program, which they call Castle, is designed to encode secret messages into those multiplayer games’ communications with opponents and teammates across the Internet, translating emails, articles, and even web pages into the game’s commands and siphoning them to players who live in censorship regimes like China or Iran.

Do babies need to watch their calories?

Newsday

"The rationale behind the 19 calorie per ounce is based on studies looking at the amount of calories in breast milk," says Dr. Carolyn Milana, medical director of the newborn nursery at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital. The concept is that breast-fed babies tend to have fewer problems with obesity in childhood.

How Old Is Too Old To Be a Mom?

Yahoo News

Fifty is the general threshold for other fertility centers because "after this point patients are more likely to have health issues such as high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease, which can get worse during pregnancy and put the mother and baby in danger," James Bernasko, M.D., director of the maternal-fetal medicine division at Stony Brook Hospital/SUNY Stony Brook, tells Yahoo Parenting. Using a younger woman’s donor eggs (as almost all moms over 48 do, says Grifo) eliminates the risks of chromosomal damage, yet moms over 40 still have higher rates of complications such as preeclampsia and gestational diabetes, which can threaten their health and their baby’s health.

Bodacious Bras

Long Island Pulse

Bold, beautiful and bodacious bras are on display at the Charles B. Wang Center at Stony Brook University Hospital and come Thursday night, April 16, one of them could be yours. The Stony Brook University Cancer Center is hosting "Bodacious Bras for a Cure." The event features more than 20 creative bras, all of which will be auctioned off during the evening with the proceeds going to support programs for patients at Stony Brook University Cancer Center.

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