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5/28/2015 (Washington Post) Dinosaurs may have been warm-blooded after allYou may not know this, but the warm and/or cold nature of dinosaurs is...hotly contested. A study last year put dinosaurs solidly in-between cold-blooded reptiles and warm-blooded modern mammals, metabolically speaking. But by analyzing the same data, Stony Brook University Professor Michael D'Emic came to a different conclusion: Dinosaurs weren't wishy-washy when it came to body temperature regulation, they were just plain warm-blooded. His findings will be published Friday in Science.
5/28/2015 (News12) Harmful algae surfacing in Southampton"Typically, these events can go on all the way into the fall," says Christopher Gobler, of Stony Brook University. "We've had some events going all the way into November."
5/29/2015 (New York Times) Temperature's Rising: Expert Says Dinosaurs Were Warm-BloodedPaleontologist Michael D'Emic of Stony Brook University in New York took issue with the conclusion of other researchers last year that dinosaurs were neither cold-blooded nor warm-blooded, but had a metabolism somewhere in between.
5/29/2015 (Newsday) Shutterbugs program focuses on creativity for young cancer patientsOn Wednesday, the inaugural class of Pablove Shutterbugs, a group of 30 pediatric cancer patients who took photography classes either last fall or in the spring, will show its work at the Stony Brook University Cancer Center. Proceeds will go toward helping fund more five-week sessions.
5/27/2015 (Newsday) NOAA predicts below-normal Atlantic hurricane seasonEarlier, researchers at Stony Brook University, where a new prediction model has been developed, and Colorado State University forecast a below-average Atlantic hurricane season.
5/26/2015 (Southampton Press) Homeowners Pitch In $360k For Georgica Pond StudyThe research will be conducted by scientists from the Stony Brook University School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, who were already conducting water monitoring in the pond for the East Hampton Town Trustees. The scientists, led by Dr. Christopher Gobler's team of specialists on harmful algal blooms, will be looking at water conditions in the pond and attempting to identify what pollutants are feeding the algae blooms, what their source, or sources, are, and what can be done to tamp down their effects.
5/27/2015 (National Geographic) Listen: Lemur Calls Turned Into Beautiful Beatbox Jams Ben Mirin is up to the task. With help from primatologist Patricia Wright, the musician is putting together his own brand of beatbox music using vocalizations from many of the world's 103 lemur species. Mirin, a long-time birder, self-taught musician, and science journalist, introduced himself to Wright in 2014 at the Wildlife Conservation Film Festival. "When he told me he'd been using bird song in his music I thought, what a shame," said Wright, of Stony Brook University in New York. "Lemurs make much more interesting sounds!
5/26/2015 (News Tribune/Bloomberg News) Noah Smith: Death of genius John Nash and his beautiful ideasStony Brook University's Noah Smith writes: "We think of Nash as an economist, because he won the Nobel Prize in economics (in 1994). But, like people at the very top of many quantitative fields, he thought of himself as a mathematician. Nash's fatal car crash came just as he was returning from receiving the Abel Prize, a prestigious math award, for solving a thorny geometry problem back in the 1950s. Economics was just one more target for Nash's mathematical brilliance."
5/26/2015 (Hamptons.com) Billy Joel Honored During Stony Brook University's Commencement CeremonyLong Island's own Stony Brook University held their 55th commencement ceremony on Friday, May 22nd, honoring Billy Joel and Charles B. Wang with honorary degrees; Joel with a Doctor of Music and Wang with a Doctor of Humane Letters.
5/26/2015 (Newsday) Food conference comes to Stony Brook SouthamptonChefs, farmers, vintners, brewers, food purveyors, retailers and food media will gather at Stony Brook Southampton June 5 to 7 for the first "Edible Business" conference. Edible East End magazine has partnered with Stony Brook's The Food Lab culinary think tank to "discuss the path towards healthy regional food systems."
5/21/2015 (WCBS-TV) Conservationists Race To Solve Mystery Of Long Island Turtle Die-OffScientists from Stony Brook and Cornell said water samples from the bays showed concentrations of Saxitoxin producing algae that was ten times above normal. They blame it on too much nitrogen.
5/20/2015 (NPR) Chipping Away At The Mystery Of The Oldest Tools Ever FoundA team led by scientists from New York's Stony Brook University discovered stone tools that are much older than that, in a desert area west of Kenya's Lake Turkana. The tools are now in a museum in Nairobi.
5/20/2015 (US News and World Report) Fewer US children and teens have severe mental problems and more are getting help, study findsSome people complain, "Oh my goodness, these poor little children are on these powerful drugs," said Dr. Gabrielle Carlson, a child and adolescent psychiatrist at Stony Brook University School of Medicine on New York's Long Island. "But most of the kids offered these drugs have big, powerful problems," and the real issue is finding more effective drugs and getting more kids the help they need, she said.
5/20/2015 (Washington Post) Stone tools may have been used before our genus came on the sceneThe tools, found at a site called Lomekwi 3 in northern Kenya, look pretty much like rocks to the untrained eye. But Sonia Harmand, co-lead of the study and Research Associate Professor in the Turkana Basin Institute (TBI) at Stony Brook University, says they show signs of something called "knapping." That's the act of striking one rock with another to produce smaller, sharper pieces of stone. And that makes these rocks very special, because it means they were probably intentionally-crafted tools.
5/20/2015 (National Geographic) Wrong Turn Leads to Discovery of Oldest Stone ToolsOn July 9, 2011, Sonia Harmand took a left turn instead of a right among the dry riverbeds that substitute for roads on the western shore of Kenya's Lake Turkana, and promptly got lost...Jason Lewis and Sonia Harmand, an archaeologist at Stony Brook University, were spearheading a team hunting for traces of human ancestral behavior in sediments millions of years old.
5/20/2015 (NBC News) Oldest Stone Tools Go Back 3.3 Million Years, Predating Our Species"When we first discovered the tools, we had to start re-examining who the potential makers were, and why they might have started making such tools at this new time," Jason Lewis, a paleoanthropologist at Stony Brook University's Turkana Basin Institute, said in a podcast provided by the journal Nature.
5/20/2015 (New York Times) Stone Tools From Kenya Are Oldest Yet Discovered"Immediately, I knew that we had found something very special," said Sonia Harmand, a research associate professor at Stony Brook University in New York, in a telephone interview from Nairobi. "I knew these were stone tools, and very old. It was very exciting."
5/19/2015 (Nature) Billion-dollar particle collider gets thumbs upA machine that would allow scientists to peer deeper than ever before into the atomic nucleus is a big step closer to being built. A high-level panel of nuclear physicists is expected to endorse the proposed Electron-Ion Collider (EIC) in a report scheduled for publication by October. It is unclear how long construction would take. The panel is the Nuclear Science Advisory Committee, or NSAC, which produces regular ten-year plans for the US Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Science Foundation. Its latest plan is still being finalized, but NSAC's long-range planning group "strongly recommended" construction of the EIC at a meeting last month, says NSAC member Abhay Deshpande, a nuclear physicist at Stony Brook University in New York.
5/19/2015 (All Things Considered on NPR) The Many, Many Acts of Jules FeifferJules Feiffer said, "And since I had to move somewhere, and I had been teaching at Stony Brook Southampton College -- I have lots of friends out there -- I started to look around there to live. And then I had to figure out what career I could have out here when theater -- because you can't write a play and not hear it. So the natural instinct was to pull together all of the forms that I had loved."
5/18/2015 (Wall Street Journal) Do You Cry Easily? You May Be a 'Highly Sensitive Person'The trait has its downsides. HSPs get worn out by too much stimuli. They can become easily hurt or offended. And they have been known to overreact to a situation. "They're processing information more thoroughly," says Dr. Arthur Aron, research professor at Stony Brook University in New York and a visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley. "So they are more easily overwhelmed."More News