university at buffalo


Thu June 23, 2011

College student's website still growing after a decade

Alexander Levine, 22, is CEO of, a website he founded in 2001 that archives software.
Daniel Robison WNED

The storyline of most successful Internet entrepreneurs is predictable: they start out young with an idea that’s never been tried before. A Buffalo-area college student is no exception to that formula.

A new idea for old stuff is a website where you can download thousands of pieces of software for free. But they’re programs whose time has passed, so to speak.

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Mon June 13, 2011

A breathalyzer at every bar?

Ladybug Teknologies will use tablet touchscreens hooked up to a breathalyzer in bars. CEO Chris Montag (above) tests a prototype.
Daniel Robison WNED

A small company in Buffalo is trying to change the way people drink. Ladybug Teknologies envisions a future where breathalyzer kiosks are available in bars so patrons have the ability to check their level of intoxication before getting behind the wheel.

To hatch their idea, Ladybug officials have barnacled to a local business incubator.

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Wed June 1, 2011

Buffalo surgeons practice on robots - instead of you

Inside the viewfinder, surgeons-in-training see a magnified 3-D landscape where precise procedures can be simulated using surgical robots.
Daniel Robison WNED

It looks like an arcade game, with a 3-D, high definition screen and two arms to manipulate the action.  It's a visceral, bloody environment - where newbies can make their mistakes without killing anyone.

Meet RoSS, the Robotic Surgical Simulator.

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Thu April 28, 2011
Higher ed

University tailors majors to become a pipeline to local economy

A coterie of biomedical engineering students study a few weeks before finals. They're among the first to declare the new major at the University at Buffalo.
Daniel Robison WNED

As one of Western New York’s largest economic engines, SUNY’s University at Buffalo has spent heavily to invest in the health sciences and medical research the past few decades.

In fact, the demand for workers is so high, that local companies in those fields often hire from outside the region.  So UB is working to reverse that trend.

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Mon April 4, 2011

University at Buffalo researchers harness the tiny powers of nanomaterials

Manipulating materials on a nano scale has opened the door to a relatively new and trendy scientific field.
Brookhaven National Laboratory via Flickr

Simply put, nanomaterials are small: Think of a meter, as tall as an average third grader. A nanometer is one-billionth of that youngster’s height.

But that tiny scale allows scientists to level the playing field against other micro-menaces, like bacteria.

“The smallest bacteria is about 100 to 200 nanometers,” says Javid Rzayev, a chemistry professor at University at Buffalo.

Rzayev has developed nanomaterials that will filter out bacteria, letting water molecules pass through cleanly.

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