university at buffalo

Jason Briner

A new institute designed to tackle complex environmental issues across the globe has been launched in upstate New York.

This month, the University at Buffalo announced the launch of the RENEW (Research and Education in eNergy, Environment, and Water) program.

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Special mouth guards and helmets marketed to help reduce concussions may not actually provide any additional protection for football players a new report claims. The findings are from a 2012 study that followed 1,332 high school athletes during a season.

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin followed the football players in grades 9 through 12 at 36 high schools across the country. They compared players wearing custom-fitted mouth guards and helmets with those wearing off-the-shelf gear. Nearly 10 percent of the players they tracked experienced injuries during the season.

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The National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded the University at Buffalo a $25 million Science and Technology Center grant Wednesday.

The funds will allow UB to collaborate with several institutions across the country to develop new X-ray lasers utilizing bioimaging. Bioimaging is a branch of radiology that allows for information to be visualized in 3D and 4D.

Historic architecture improved with new technology

Aug 19, 2013
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A western New York business is creating terra cotta architectural features with the help of the latest technology. The objects are an important element in restoring and maintaining historic buildings, and building new ones.

The work done at Boston Valley Terra Cotta dates back to the late 1800’s. Their gargoyles, statues, and feature tiles they create can be seen on buildings like Grand Central Station, the Philadelphia Public Library, and the Poptahof in the Netherlands.

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It’s a creation expected to reduce the cost of heating and cooling for homes and businesses. It took five years for University at Buffalo Professor Sarbajit Banerjee and his students to invent a window film that repels heat from the sun.

“Smart Window” coating is a clear laminate that is easily applied to windows. Banerjee says the coating is made of a chameleon type material that lets in sunlight, but prevents too much heat from getting in.

“What happens is a phase transition and it goes from one form of matter to another in response to heat. So the closest analogy is that when you apply heat to ice it melts the water, but here it doesn’t actually melt to become a liquid. But this material changes structure very slightly and by switching from one phase to the other it either lets in heat or it blocks heat,” explains Banerjee.