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Dinosaur fossil with long feathers gives insight into prehistoric flight


A four-winged, meat-eating dinosaur with long tail feathers apparently glided through the air, and its fossil is providing new insights into prehistoric flight, scientists reported Tuesday.

Plumage aplenty: fossil found of ‘four-winged’ feathered dinosaur


It was built sort of like a biplane but probably did not fly as well, if at all.
Scientists on Tuesday described a fossil of a strange dinosaur that lived in China 125 million years ago which was covered in feathers, looked like it had two sets of wings and may have been able to glide.

Building a Better Battery at BNL and SBU

Long Island Business News

Brookhaven National Laboratory and Stony Brook University are teaming up to search for a green version of the Holy Grail – a method to efficiently store energy generated by renewable sources, making alternative energies more useful. The bridge between the two institutions in this case is Esther Takeuchi, a researcher and professor at SBU and chief scientist at Brookhaven National Laboratory’s Global and Regional Solutions Directorate. Takeuchi’s mission is to build a better battery, and to help she recently received a $10 million award from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Frontier Research Center.

Adélie Penguin Census Shows Seabirds Are Thriving

Wall Street Journal

For the first time, researchers have counted all the world’s Adélie penguins–a sprightly seabird considered a bellwether of climate change–and discovered that millions of them are thriving in and around Antarctica. Rather than declining as feared due to warming temperatures that altered their habitats in some areas, the Adélie population generally is on the rise, the scientists said Thursday. "What we found surprised everyone," said ecologist Heather Lynch at Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, N.Y., who led the penguin census. "We found a 53% increase in abundance globally."

Ash Borers and a Deluge of Data

New York Times


"NASA Launching Satellite to Track Carbon" (June 30) mentions that the Orbiting Carbon Observatory will take about 100,000 useful measurements a day, but fails to address how the data will be analyzed. Understanding our earth is of critical importance, and the unwavering support from the Obama administration is undoubtedly invaluable. However, are we fully prepared to engage the torrential flow of data from such satellites?

There is a whole field of data science that is emerging to help process and organize the huge and complex data sets just like that produced from this new satellite. However, even as private companies are creating new jobs for such expertise, universities in the United States are not yet prepared to produce people with such skills.

Therefore, in addition to funding rocket science, the Obama administration should encourage research and funding of data science to get the most out of the massive amounts of data that such multimillion-dollar space missions would produce.

You Quan Chong
Steven Jaret
Stony Brook, N.Y.
The writers are Ph.D. candidates at Stony Brook University.

Stony Brook University President Honored at Hamptons Heart Ball

Dans Papers

Samuel L. Stanley Jr., the Stony Brook University president, was the Distinguished Leadership Honoree at the 18th annual Hamptons Heart Ball on June 28.

Hookah Smoking Popular Among Well-Heeled Teens: Survey


While American teenagers have increasingly been saying "no" to cigarettes over the past decade, almost one in five high school seniors now say they have smoked a hookah pipe, a new survey shows.

Every American needs ‘the critical thinking skills of a journalist,’ university says

Stony Brook University in New York teaches a course in "news literacy" to students based on the idea that "every student in America should acquire the critical thinking skills of a journalist."

Study finds highly sensitive people’s brains work differently


A recently published study by Stony Brook University psychologists has revealed there are underlying neurological processes behind highly sensitive people’s reactions to emotional images.

Two Stony Brook University students help revive their community’s civic associations


In recent interviews David Viana and Edward Schmidt — both of whom attend Stony Brook University, though they never met until last week — said they hope to preserve their communities.