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4:16pm

Sun December 14, 2014
Science

Looking behind the paint, Cornell professor finds hidden patterns

Originally published on Thu December 11, 2014 8:45 am

Two beta-radiographs of prints on handmade paper at the Morgan Library and Museum. A computer program developed by a Cornell University professor is helping to find patterns in the paper's makeup.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

It’s a rainy late fall day in New York City and the Metropolitan Museum of Art is crowded. Even Walter Liedtke, one of the museum’s curators, has to vie for viewing space. As he tells the story of a once debated Rembrandt painting, he has to shuffle to the side to make room for some patrons.

"I can’t really see it on the surface, but in X-rays there’s been a lot of discussion as to whether this picture was longer on the bottom," he described, before being interrupted.

Studying the weaves of the canvas is done by shooting x-rays through the layers of paint and exposing what’s behind the image most only glance at on the wall.

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10:15am

Fri June 20, 2014
Science

Playing youth sports a sign of career success?

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Earning a varsity letter in high school for playing sports will mean better jobs and increased philanthropy later in life. That's the consensus of new research from Cornell University.

Two coinciding studies looked at the success of people who played a sport in school. The first asked potential employers and co-workers to look at extra-curricular activities of potential hires.

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9:38am

Thu August 22, 2013
Health

New study links excessive copper intake to Alzheimer's

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Copper is an important aspect of proper nutrition, and vital for us to maintain a healthy body. But upstate researchers have concluded too much copper in our diet could be a contributing factor in the onset and progression of Alzheimer’s disease.

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6:30am

Tue August 13, 2013
Health

Digital tools helping to keep off the "Freshman 15"

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It used to be the "Freshman 5." Now it’s the "Freshman 15." But students going off to college this fall now have new digital tools available to help them stay healthy.

On-demand digital health information being provided by colleges seems to be helping control those extra pounds undergraduates can put on.

Dietician Colleen Dour evaluated the effectiveness of a computer-based wellness program in a study for Syracuse University. The program focuses on wellness and body image, rather than dieting.

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1:19pm

Wed June 5, 2013
Higher Ed

Second round of SUNY 2020 Challenge Grants awarded

A group of central New York public colleges is among the winners of the governor's second round of the SUNY 2020 Challenge Grant program.

The state's College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Upstate Medical University and Onondaga Community College in Syracuse and SUNY Oswego teamed up for the program.

They were awarded $15 million to start an institute of environmental health and medicine.

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