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Restaurants near Stony Brook University

Newsday

The hunger for knowledge has drawn a combined 40,000 students, faculty and other staff members to Stony Brook University, an institution devoted to feeding minds in areas such as astronomy, psychology and theater arts. Not surprisingly, that population also gets hungry for something good on their plates. These days, they’re being fed by an increasingly diverse and interesting assortment of eating spots. "Through my years at Stony Brook, I have seen that options are expanding," said senior Briceyda Landaverde. "It’s exciting to know that you can go to different places both on and off campus."

Why Did Homo naledi Bury Its Dead?

Nova/PBS

"Mortuary ‘rituals’ wherein pinheads regularly dispose of corpses makes a better headline than ‘we don’t yet have a clue,’ " William Jungers, a paleontologist at the State University of New York, Stony Brook, told National Geographic.

Physics and Sports: Dr. Chang Kee Jung

SDPB Radio/NPR, South Dakota

Interview with Dr. Chang Kee Jung, Research Coordinator with the Long Baseline Neutrino Facility and associated Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment and professor of physics at the Stony Brook University… Jung says that many spectacular sports feats can be explained using basic physics concepts. Jung was also called upon several times to discuss the "Deflategate" controversy.

SBU lands $20M for energy, biotech centers

Innovate LI

Two Empire State Development awards totaling $20 million will propel Stony Brook University into the future of biotech and energy efficiency. The first award, totaling $10 million over 10 years, will be used to create a new Center for Advanced Technology in Integrated Electric Energy Systems. The second, also for $10 million over 10 years, will support SBU’s existing Center for Biotechnology. Both awards come through NYSTAR, the state economic development agency’s science, technology and innovation division. Stony Brook University President Samuel Stanley called the investments in the centers for advanced technology "a tremendous shot in the arm for Long Island and New York State."

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.

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