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DAILY NEWS ONLINE: Rural ride share: Can smaller communities sustain the smartphone service?

June 13, 2017 | Science

It’s official: ride sharing is coming to the area. Politicians rejoice the long-awaited service that can bring a car to your feet with just a few taps on your smartphone. But in an area like the GLOW region — whose four-county population is less than the City of Buffalo and just greater than the City […]

Jewish Voice: Team Led by CCNY Analyzes Social Networking Behavior

May 19, 2017 | Science

New big-data analytics by a City College of New York-led team suggests that both an individual’s economic status and how they are likely to react to issues and policies can be inferred by their position in social networks.  The study could be useful in maximizing the effects of large-scale economic stimulus policies. A team led […]

MNN: Young cowbirds don’t how they’re really cowbirds until they hear this special song

May 19, 2017 | Science

Cowbirds are famous, or rather infamous, for a particular breeding habit: they don’t raise their own chicks. Instead, they wait until other songbirds aren’t looking and lay an egg in the nest, letting another bird family do the heavy lifting of parenting. But if cowbird chicks are raised by other species, how do they know […]

PHYS.ORG: Scientist identify key locations for spread of pin-tailed whydahs

May 16, 2017 | CUNY in the News, Science

Invasive parasites are a biological oxymoron. And yet, they are in our backyards! This study analyzes the case of a brood parasitic bird, the pin-tailed whydah (Vidua macroura) and its recent spread into the Americas! Biodiversity hotspots—or places with large numbers of species found nowhere else on earth—also tend to make suitable habitats for invasive […]

Riverdale Press: Lehman study breaks stereotypes about age

May 16, 2017 | Science

Age is nothing but a number. At least that’s what a collaborative study between two Lehman College professors has revealed. “Through the Lens of Age” is the name of a research project exploring the lives of older adults over the age of 65 involved in some form of art and creative expression. The project features […]

Science Daily: Physicists demonstrate photonic hypercrystals for control of light matter interaction

May 9, 2017 | CUNY in the News, Science

Control of light-matter interaction is central to fundamental phenomena and technologies such as photosynthesis, lasers, LEDs and solar cells. City College of New York researchers have now demonstrated a new class of artificial media called photonic hypercrystals that can control light-matter interaction in unprecedented ways. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/05/170505113904.htm

Medical Xpress: Study suggests genetic reason impaired skilled movements

May 5, 2017 | Science

Scientists report in Neuron the lost function of two genes prevents infant laboratory mice from developing motor skills as they mature into adults. Researchers also suggest in their study that people with certain motor development disabilities be tested to see if they have mutant forms of the same genes. In a study published May 3, […]

Science Daily: Religious people more likely to oppose reproductive technologies

April 27, 2017 | Science

As new and more effective human reproductive genetic technologies (RGTs) develop, people of faith are more likely to disapprove of these tools than nonreligious people, a new Rice University study found. Evangelical Christians are the most likely of any religious group to stand in opposition, the researchers found. The study examined how religious and nonreligious […]

PHYS.ORG: NASA balloon mission launches, with goal of breaking flight record

April 27, 2017 | Science

NASA on April 24 launched a football-stadium-sized, super-pressure balloon on a mission that aims to set a record for flight duration while carrying a telescope that scientists at the University of Chicago and around the world will use to study cosmic rays. Researchers from 16 nations hope the balloon, which lifted off from an airfield […]

Science Daily: Neural basis for parasitic cowbird’s secret password identified by researchers

April 20, 2017 | Science

If you are raised by other species, then how do you know who you are? Although heterospecific foster parents rear brood parasitic brown-headed cowbird chicks, juvenile cowbirds readily recognize and affiliate with other cowbirds. That’s because they have a secret handshake or password. Specifically, the “password” hypothesis helps explain this paradox of species recognition: Social […]