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Apr 24, 2014 — Hospitals in out-of-the-way places are making trade-offs as they adopt electronic medical records. Some are joining larger health systems, while others are searching for ways to go it alone.
Apr 24, 2014 — Google, Intel and others say they will now financially support the open-source software that encrypts much of the traffic on the Internet. The effort follows the discovery of a key security flaw.
Apr 24, 2014 — Tim Wu, a law professor at Columbia University, coined the phrase "net neutrality." He discusses how the Federal Communications Commission's proposed changes could affect the average consumer.
Apr 24, 2014 — Parents, cities and software companies have advocated or developed apps that block texts and calls when you're driving. But an Apple patent for locking phone functions could make a big impact.
Apr 24, 2014 — In this age of social media, is every negative experience a possible class action?
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Naturalist Curt Stager, co-host of Natural Selections and author of Deep Future, shares long-term perspectives on environmental change, past, present, and future.

Natural Selections: Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager discuss

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Dragonflies and Damselfies
Todd Moe talks with investigators about how volunteers help study these colorful insects and their habitats. Photos by Vici & Steve Diehl.
Jupiter and the four Galilean moons. From left: Europa, Jupiter, Io, Ganymede, Callisto. Photo: <a href="">Jeremy Stanley</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Jupiter and the four Galilean moons. From left: Europa, Jupiter, Io, Ganymede, Callisto. Photo: Jeremy Stanley, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

News of the cosmos: perihelion, Jupiter's moons and more

In the deep, deep of winter, we've lost our view of Venus, but we're gaining daylight. St. Lawrence University astronomer Aileen O'Donoghue reminds Martha Foley of the good news about spring: as ever after the Solstice, the new season is technically on the way.

And she notes some of the highlights of the January night sky. It's a great time to take a look for Jupiter in the east in the early evening. And with good binoculars, she says, you can see the four moons Galilieo found in January, 1610.  Go to full article
People have wondered how colors work for a long time, as shown by <a href="">Claude Boutet's 7-color and 12-color color circles</a>, from a publication in 1708.

Natural Selections: Seeing Colors

The notion that all colors mixed together make white can be disputed by any child who has made a stew of his paint set, but that is what a prism shows us. Dr. Curt Stager and Martha Foley talk about colors, and how they differ to different eyes.  Go to full article
Colgate professor Amy Leventer and Parishville-Hopkinton science teacher Glenn Clark are preparing to explore the Totten Glacier System in Antarctica next month. Photo:  Todd Moe

Parishville-Hopkinton teacher to study ice, environment in Antarctica

A North Country high school science teacher is preparing for a trek to Antarctica this winter to study climate change. Parishville-Hopkinton wilderness studies and biology teacher Glenn Clark is one of 17 teachers selected from across the country to work with the Arctic Research Consortium's PolarTREC program. He'll be living and working aboard an ice breaker from late January through early March of next year.

Todd Moe talks with Clark, and his mentor, Amy Leventer from Colgate University, about the trip to the Totten Glacier System on the eastern Antarctica coast -- one of the most remote, uncharted regions of the world.  Go to full article
Time lapse of Comet ISON's slingshot around the sun (white circle) on Thanksgiving Day. After the close encounter, not much was left. Photo: <a href="">NASA</a>

In the night sky as winter approaches

Astronomy Aileen O'Donoghue talks with Martha Foley about the late fall sky.

Comet ISON's anticipated big display fizzled after a too-close encounter with the...  Go to full article
From left, Clarkson University President Tony Collins, Empire State Development President Ken Adams and Trudeau Institute President and CEO Ron Goldfarb sign a memorandum of understanding Wednesday at the Lake Placid Conference Center. Photo: Chris Knight, courtesy <em>Adirondack Daily Enterprise</em>

Clarkson-Trudeau deal could foster a biotech "cluster"

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that the state will partner with Trudeau Institute and Clarkson University to create a "world-class" biotechnology research and...  Go to full article
Researchers at the ECBC look at results from human-on-a-chip testing.<br />Photo: ECBC

Really? Humans on a chip?

In a handful of labs around the U.S., researchers are creating human tissue from stem cells and using them for research, manipulating them to replicate the functions of human...  Go to full article
Comet ISON as seen by the Hubble Space Telescope in April. Photo: NASA

In the night sky: planets, stars, even a comet on the way

We're "gaining dark" as winter approaches. That's good news for astronomer Aileen O'Donoghue. There's just more and more time to get outside and see the stars and planets now...  Go to full article
"King of the eastern forest," an American chestnut in central Maryland in 1914. Photo: US Forestry Service

Bio-engineering the return of the American chestnut

The American chestnut tree was once known as the "king-of the eastern forest." It tree grew more than 100 feet tall and 6 feet across, and accounted for a quarter of the...  Go to full article
DEC fisheries technician David Gordon unsnarls fish from gill nets designed to catch a representative cross-section of the river's fishery. Photo: David Sommerstein.

Netting a snapshot of the St. Lawrence River fishery

Every year since 1976, state environmental technicians have set nets across the St. Lawrence River to see what fish they catch. The result is a sort of snapshot of the...  Go to full article
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Professor John Janssen. Photo by Chuck Quirmbach.

Great Lakes fish on a diet

Scientists say one way climate change is harming the Great Lakes is by warming the water too quickly in the spring.

That can decrease food for tiny creatures in...  Go to full article

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