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Wolfie Tank to give Stony Brook students, staff, a taste of ‘Shark Tank’


It’s not easy to land an appearance on "Shark Tank," the ABC series that receives tens of thousands of applications each year from entrepreneurs hoping to pitch their ideas to investors. Students and staff at Stony Brook University, however, have another option: Wolfie Tank. The Nov. 2 event, named for Stony Brook’s mascot, the Sea Wolf, is modeled after the TV show and will give participants a chance to bounce business plans off seasoned entrepreneurs, who will offer feedback and advice.

Tiny plants on ocean’s surface help build clouds, research shows

Los Angeles Times

Microscopic plants that grow on the thin surface of the ocean can influence cloud formation miles above. The discovery, published this week in the journal Nature, gives scientists a better understanding of how clouds are made in some parts of the world. It also could improve their forecasts of how global warming will affect cloud cover… "Any time you have waves breaking anywhere on the ocean, you can get particles released into the air," said Josephine Aller, a professor at the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at Stony Brook University in New York who worked on the study.

Can Ice Clouds Start With Particles From Sea Spray?

Epoch Times

The research groups of Daniel A. Knopf and Josephine Aller, in the Institute for Terrestrial and Planetary Atmospheres in Stony Brook University’s School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, are working to unravel the complicated relationship among microorganisms in ocean surface waters, organic compounds in sea spray, and ice cloud formation, which in turn affects precipitation and climate.

Stony Brook’s new hydroponic ‘Freight Farm’ can grow up to 1,200 lettuce heads a week right on campus

Inhabitat New York City

New York’s Stony Brook University has become the nation’s first college to install a Freight Farm right on campus. The fully-operational hydroponic micro-farm, known as the "Leafy Green Machine", will be managed by university students who will use a toolbox of technologies such as cloud-synced growth data, live camera feeds and a smartphone app in order to hydroponically grow fresh greens all year-round.

New Homo Species Found

The Scientist

From deep inside a nearly inaccessible cave, researchers in Southern Africa excavated 1,550 bone fragments belonging to H. naledi–more hominin fossils than had been discovered in the previous 90 years of exploration in the region… William Jungers, chair of anatomical sciences at Stony Brook University in New York who was not involved with the study, cautioned against attributing too much meaning to the notion of intentional burial. "Dumping conspecifics down a hole may just be better than letting them decay around you," he said. Jungers added that there may once have been another, easier to access, entrance to the cave.

Competitive Schools With Rolling Admissions

U.S. News and World Report

Stony Brook University is listed as among the 11 highest-ranking National Universities with rolling admissions.

New Human Ancestor Elicits Awe–and Many Questions

National Geographic

Homo naledi sports a bizarre mixture of primitive and modern traits. It has a tiny ape-like brain perched on a body proportioned much like a small modern human; it has ape-like shoulders and torso, curved fingers for climbing trees–and a remarkably human foot. The mix hints at a species close to the origin of the genus Homo, between two million and three million years ago… Until the fossils’ age is known, some scientists say, their real value to science hangs in limbo. "Without a date, these fossils are more curiosities than game-changers," said William Jungers, a paleontologist at the State University of New York, Stony Brook. "Where they fit in the family tree will be influenced by their age–they’re a twig, looking for a trunk."

Homo naledi: New species of ancient human discovered, claim scientists

The Guardian

A huge haul of bones found in a small, dark chamber at the back of a cave in South Africa may be the remnants of a new species of ancient human relative… "If they are as old as two million years, then they might be early South African versions of Homo erectus, a species already known from that region. If much more recent, they could be a relic species that persisted in isolation. In other words, they are more curiosities than game-changers for now," said William Jungers, an anthropologist at Stony Brook School of Medicine in New York.

What Does it Mean to Be ‘a Real Man’?

The New York Times

Do you think American men — and maybe men elsewhere in the world — are confused about what it means to be a man? A professor at Stony Brook University does, and he has founded a Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities to study the problem.

New human species discovered


In their report, Lee Berger and his team describe 1550 fossils representing more than 15 ancient members of a strange new kind of hominin, which they named Homo naledi. (Naledi means "star" in the Sotho language spoken in the region of the cave.) It is the largest trove of fossils of a hominin ever found in Africa–and more await excavation at the site, 50 kilometers northwest of Johannesburg… "There is no doubt in my mind that this is a new species," says Fred Grine, a paleoanthropologist at Stony Brook.

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