Tue May 15, 2012

IBM supercomputers speeding up MS research

Supercomputers at SUNY Buffalo use similar analytic strategies as IBM's Watson, the machine that won $1 million on Jeopardy.
Greyhawk68 via Flickr

Research into multiple sclerosis has accelerated rapidly in the last few years - and doctors in Buffalo are at the forefront.

Information about how MS progresses in patients has long been out there, but it wasn’t being synthesized or analyzed effectively.

Now, SUNY Buffalo is using a new supercomputer from IBM that can help researchers make connections between environmental and hereditary factors and how MS affects its victims.

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Wed March 7, 2012
Company Town

Thermal Gradient: A biotech firm fighting to take flight

Bob Juncosa, CTO of Thermal Gradient. The small device he's holding rapidly heats and cools DNA samples. The company's "amplification" technology is the foundation of Thermal Gradient's development work.
Zack Seward WXXI

Bob Juncosa has a passion for old airplanes.

"This is one of the models that I made," Juncosa says. "This is a 1915 Sopwith Pup."

Juncosa points to a photo on his smartphone. It's an old biplane built to quarter scale. It has a wingspan of about eight feet.

Asked why he builds vintage airplanes, Juncosa says it's pretty much the same reason he runs a biotech company.

"It's the challenge of 'No one's done that, now let's see if we can go do that,' " Juncosa says. The tricky part with both a biplane and a company, he says, is to "get it off the ground and make it work."

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Thu December 9, 2010

Windsor student explores local causes of childhood obesity

Kristen Mogenson and dog, Scooter learn how to use a microphone in Windsor, N.Y.
Emma Jacobs WSKG

Kristen Mogenson is the final winner of WSKG's essay contest on creating sustainable communities. She picked up a recorder and a microphone to explore Windsor, N.Y.'s  one-block downtown for factors contributing to childhood obesity. 

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Mon October 4, 2010

New study shows video games make you think faster

Playing video games has its benefits.
gnackgnackgnack via Flickr

Now there’s proof that playing video games has its benefits. According to a new study by the University of Rochester, video games can train people to make the right decisions faster. The research, published in Current Biology, shows that action video game players developed a heightened sensitivity to what is going on around them.

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