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Apr 16, 2014 — Parents often complain that smartphones keep their kids distracted from conversation. What happens when it's the other way around, when kids can't get their smartphone-glued parents' attention?
Apr 16, 2014 — A plan to replace imported oil with domestic natural gas has led to fuel shortages and long lines in Pakistan. A businessman has spent $500,000 of his own money to develop an affordable solar car.
Apr 16, 2014 — Air France and KLM have developed two gadgets — the eTrack and the eTag — that let you drop off your bag without checking it with an agent and track it during your trip.
Apr 15, 2014 — Amid controversy over the Heartbleed security bug, the White House clarified how U.S. intelligence agencies must handle such bugs. Bloomberg News cybersecurity reporter Michael Riley explains.
Apr 15, 2014 — Apple's Bluetooth-based customer tracking system, iBeacon, just got better, if you ask marketers. But privacy researchers aren't so sure.
 
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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.

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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.
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
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="http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Soho_c3_timelapse.jpg">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 sun.

The winter solstice (and the longest night of the year will occur on December 21. You can uncork your solstice party at 12:11 pm. But the earliest sunset of the year will be on December 9 at 4:20 pm.

Jupiter will be the brightest thing in the eastern sky after sunset. It will be crossing the constellation Gemini, and then will recross it in retrograde motion early in the winter.

Look for Venus in the southwest just after sunset near the moon until December 20. It will reappear in the morning sky starting in January.  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 development enterprise.

At an event in Lake Placid, Cuomo said the $35 million deal will stabilize and save jobs at the Saranac Lake-based nonprofit research center, and attract new investment that could bring hundreds of new jobs to the North Country.  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
With 85% of its approximately 2000 workers on furlough, the National Science Foundation is closed for business. The NSF building in Arlington, VA. Photo: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:NSF_building.jpg">NSF</a>

Shut-down hurts R&D economy

The federal government shutdown has impacted funding for a range of research and development sectors.

A senior analyst at the Information Technology and...  Go to full article
1980 eruption of Mt. St. Helens in Washington. Photo: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:MSH80_eruption_mount_st_helens_05-18-80-dramatic-edit.jpg">USGS</a>

Natural Selections: Predicting Volcanos

Database analysis shows that winter, in addition to its other woes, is volcano season. Martha Foley wonders why. Dr. Curt Stager points the finger at the Pacific Ocean, which...  Go to full article

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