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Aug 23, 2014 — Researchers say they've produced octopus-inspired materials that can sense color and change accordingly. NPR's Scott Simon talks to John Rogers, professor of engineering at the University of Illinois.
Aug 22, 2014 — Cyclists may soon have a convenient way to discourage bike thieves, thanks to new designs that use parts of the bikes themselves as locks.
Aug 22, 2014 — The U.S. Copyright Office says a monkey's photo can't be copyrighted — by the person who owns the camera or by anyone else — because it wasn't taken by a human.
Aug 21, 2014 — Experts say the videotaped killing of journalist James Foley is part of a broader propaganda strategy by Islamist militants. The group, the Islamic State, has become a master of the video medium.
Aug 20, 2014 — A video that shows an American journalist being beheaded by extremist militants has sparked outrage, along with arguments over whether the images should be restricted online.
 
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Dragonflies and Damselfies
Todd Moe talks with investigators about how volunteers help study these colorful insects and their habitats. Photos by Vici & Steve Diehl.
The North Country's traditional above-ground electrical grid is vulnerable in winter weather. Photo: Joanna Richards
The North Country's traditional above-ground electrical grid is vulnerable in winter weather. Photo: Joanna Richards

How to keep the power on during a weather disaster?

New York is partnering with Clarkson University, National Grid, General Electric, SUNY Potsdam and other local businesses to design what's called a "resilient microgrid" for the Village of Potsdam.

The region is particularly susceptible to power outages during winter storms and flooding. The new grid would provide electricity to essential services, including the two colleges, Canton-Potsdam Hospital and National Grid's Potsdam Service Center.

Tom Ortmeyer is professor of electrical and computer engineering at Clarkson, and is one of the researchers that will lead the Clarkson team.

Martha Foley reached him at the annual meeting of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, in Maryland. He said the problem of supporting local services during disasters was high on the conference's agenda, especially the idea of "resiliency."  Go to full article
Researchers deploying a beam trawl from the U.S. Geological Survey research vessel Kiyi on Lake Superior. Photo: USGS

US Geological Survey commissions research vessel

OSWEGO, N.Y. (AP) The U.S. Geological Survey is launching the newest addition to its fleet of large research vessels on Lake Ontario.

A traditional commissioning ceremony is being held Wednesday morning at the Lake Ontario Event and Conference Center in Oswego. Suzette Kimball, acting director of the U.S. Geological Survey, will christen the vessel.  Go to full article
Utica College students Katelyn Briggs and Ryan Kelly work with their first cranium from the Butrint dig. Photo by Tom Crist

Student archaeologists continue an unlikely partnership

Earlier this summer, a group of college students from upstate New York spent three weeks studying bones at an ancient archeological site in southern Albania.

More and more American students are studying abroad, especially in shorter programs like this one. But according to the Institute of International Education, Albania is rarely their destination.

But this group was just the most recent class to take part in an unlikely collaboration between Utica College and a national park in this little known part of the world.  Go to full article
Invasive Eurasian watermilfoil in Saratoga Lake. Photo: Janice Painter, CC some rights reserved

Beating invasive water milfoil, year by year

New York state's first-ever Invasive Species Awareness Week is drawing to a close.

There's been a slew of public outreach and education initiatives - all to help...  Go to full article
SUNY Potsdam students use trowels and brushes to gently excavate soil and peel through layers of history along the Raquette River in Potsdam. Photo: Todd Moe

SUNY Potsdam students dig into history along the Raquette River

Student archaeologists excavating a site along the Raquette River in Potsdam have unearthed pieces of prehistoric Native American pottery, stone tools and part of a spear tip...  Go to full article
Susan Chan explains the specialized pollination performed by squash bees. Photo: Lucy Martin

What farmers and landowners can to to sustain bees

For years we've been hearing different reporting on a basic theme: A third of our food supply depends on bees and pollinating insects are in a serious state of decline. Most...  Go to full article
Summer solstice sunset at Stonehenge. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/houseofcards/1361466718/">Alex Clark</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

In the summer night sky: Solstice, aphelion, planets and skywatching events

The Summer Solstice is this Saturday, and there's plenty to see in the summer night sky. St. Lawrence University astronomer Dr. Aileen O'Donoghue joins Todd Moe for a chat...  Go to full article
Ubu Ale: an artisan brew from Lake Placid Craft Brewing. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/sabine01/3875859563/">Tricia G.</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY announces boost for hops research, wine tasting

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York is giving sales tax exemptions for winery tastings and funding for hops and malting barley research.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday...  Go to full article
David Gallant behind the display table at the MVFN annual meeting and supper. Photo: Lucy Martin

Retired naturalists pass on knowledge to kids

In Almonte, Ontario, a local organization called Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists offers a robust array of environmental activities with year-round programming. Offerings...  Go to full article
Martha and Curt at a recent Natural Selections call-in. Photo: Dale Hobson

Listen: Natural Selections climate change call-in

Climate change is in the news, from the recent update by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and its detailed report on national and local impacts, to the news of...  Go to full article

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