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Stony Brook lands $20M for advanced tech centers

Newsday

Stony Brook University has landed $20 million in funding from Empire State Development to create a new Center for Advanced Technology in Integrated Electric Energy Systems and to finance its existing Center for Biotechnology for another 10 years, the university announced Tuesday. The new center will get $10 million to study how to improve the electrical grid.

FDA Calls Powdered Caffeine Unsafe

WSHU-FM, NPR affiliate

The Food and Drug Administration has sent enforcement letters to five dietary supplement companies that sell pure powdered caffeine. Many people use pure powdered caffeine as an alternative to coffee and energy drinks… With a recommended serving size of one-sixteenth of a teaspoon, said [Dr. William Lawson, a cardiologist at Stony Brook Medicine] that it can take only three teaspoons to fatally overdose and that people could have a heart attack after just one teaspoon. He said it would be impossible to ingest that amount of caffeine from coffee alone.

How to improve doctors’ bedside manner

CNN/Kaiser Health News

If patients feel their doctors genuinely care, experts said, they’re more likely to take medications and comply with recommendations. "Empathic care is a real intervention that has impact on patients’ adherence, whether they’ll come back to see the doctor or just skip town and go untreated," said Stephen Post, who directs the Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care and Bioethics at Stony Brook University in New York. And listening more carefully could lead physicians to pick up cues and details they might otherwise miss, and consequently prescribe better treatments.

Tiny Plants on Ocean’s Surface Help Build Clouds

Sci-Tech Today

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… Over the oceans, much of the cloud-forming particulate matter comes from sea salt that is propelled into the atmosphere by air bubbles that pop on the water’s surface — a phenomenon known as sea spray. "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.

The Big Idea: Near-death experiences

WNYW-TV, Fox5NY

Stony Brook University researcher Dr. Sam Parnia helped conduct the largest every study into near-death experiences. His study looked at 2,000 people worldwide who had suffered some kind of cardiac arrest. It found that more than 40 percent described some kind of awareness before their hearts restarted.

It Takes a Shipping Container to Feed a Campus

takepart

Students advocating for local, sustainably grown food to be served on campus may soon have a surprising new tool to leverage–one more commonly found at industrial sites than on verdant farms. That is, they will if a pilot project at Stony Brook University to grow hydroponic lettuce in a upcycled shipping container proves successful.

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

Newsday

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.

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