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New Blue-Green Algae Found At Southampton Pond

Southampton Patch

New cyanobacteria blooms have been found in Old Town Pond in Southampton, officials said. Sampling performed by SUNY Stony Brook has confirmed the presence of new cyanobacteria blooms, more commonly known as blue-green algae, the Suffolk County Department of Health Services said.

These scientists want to make psychotherapy sessions much, much shorter


Here’s what it all adds up to: Mental health care simply isn’t reaching the majority of young people who could benefit from it in the United States. It’s estimated around 25 percent of people under age 18 have suffered with some form of psychological problem. And there’s been an increase in the number of teens with depression, anxiety, and who are suicidal. But only about a third of them receive any help at all. That’s the problem Jessica Schleider is trying to solve. She runs the Lab for Scalable Mental Health at Stony Brook University in New York, trying to find interventions to help fill the gaps that are as brief as possible, and don’t need to be administrated by a clinician. Think of it like therapy, but much, much shorter.

Two-dimensional chiral fluid mostly follows hydrodynamics theories

A team of researchers with members from several institutions in the U.S. and one in France has created a two-dimensional chiral fluid that mostly follows hydrodynamics theories. In their paper published in the journal Nature Physics, the group describes their fluid, many of its properties, and the ways it differs from other fluids. Alexander Abanov with Stony Brook University has published a News & Views piece in the same journal issue outlining the work done by the team.

More than Lyme: Tick Study Finds Multiple Agents of Tick-borne Diseases

Health Medicine Network

“Polymicrobial infections represent an important aspect of tick-borne diseases that can complicate diagnosis and augment disease severity,” says corresponding author Jorge Benach, PhD, Distinguished Professor at the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University. “Some of the polymicrobial infections can be treated with the same antibiotics, but others require different therapies, thus enlarging the number of drugs to treat these infections.”

Students collect diapers for babies at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital

News 12

Students in Suffolk spent part of their weekend collecting diapers for the babies at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital. Half Hallow Hills High School West students spent Sunday morning collecting diapers at the ShopRite store in Commack. The donations will go directly to Stony Brook Medicine’s Women, Infant and Children Program.

Building on sand: The effort to protect Long Island’s communities, beaches


Picture a washing machine. Now imagine nearly 50 million of them lining the 6.5-mile strip of white sand at Wantagh’s Jones Beach State Park, located just 35 miles east of Manhattan on a barrier island in the Great South Bay claimed by both Nassau and Suffolk counties. Henry J. Bokuniewicz, distinguished service professor at Stony Brook University’s School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, estimated that’s how much sand — 25 million cubic yards — Jones Beach has had poured on it since the 1950s.

Long Island-grown produce spotlighted at Food Lab conference


In the past few decades, eastern Long Island has been transformed into one of the country’s best wine-growing regions, and with a cornucopia of high-quality produce grown in a region previously home to miles of commercial potato farms, panelists at a Southampton food conference said Saturday. The fifth annual Stony Brook University Southampton Food Lab Conference focused on the Island’s crops and seafood, and the record attendance of about 150 people illustrated the interest in local products, said Geoffrey Drummond, Food Lab’s executive director and a longtime producer and director of television food shows.

“Ringing” Black Hole Proves Einstein Right Yet Again

Daily Heralds

Gravitational waves themselves have been detected regularly over the last four years, but decoding the properties of the object from the tones has so far not been done. So researchers from MIT, Caltech, Stony Brook University and Cornell University set out to do just that.

Long Island hospitals see spike in vaping cases as numbers increase nationally


Dr. Rachel Boykan, an associate professor of clinical pediatrics at the Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University, said there are several substances in e-cigarettes that could cause harm, including heavy metals like copper, flavorings that have been shown to cause respiratory irritation and tiny toxic particles in e-cigarette aerosol. Use of e-cigarettes is too recent to establish whether they may cause cancer in the long term, she said. Boykan said one reason for the popularity of vaping is that “I think in general the public, including teenagers, thinks it’s safe. That’s largely because they’ve been freely marketed as a safe alternative to cigarettes.”

Black Hole ‘Ringing’ Confirms Einstein’s Theory of Reativity


A new method allows researchers to detect multiple tones from a black hole ringing like a bell—something that most astrophysicists thought would not be possible for a decade or more.


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