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Under the microscope: exam study tips

Mallory Locklear May 15, 2014
As final exams are quickly approaching, “Under the Microscope” would like to provide a few research-based study tips to get you through the coming week.
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Under the Microscope: Alexander Krichevsky sheds light on new method of making plants glow

Mallory Locklear April 24, 2014
Few glowing organisms exist in nature. Until recently, glowing plants were the stuff of fiction, like the luminous plants seen in “Avatar.” Now, however, these plants are less science fiction and more fact.
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Under the microscope: scientists use bacteria to modify crops

Mallory Locklear April 15, 2014
Golden rice is a genetically modified crop. The difference between it and its standard rice counterpart is that small changes have been introduced that allow it to produce beta-carotene, the precursor to Vitamin A.
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Under the microscope: closer to origins of the universe

Mallory Locklear April 1, 2014
In January, “Under the Microscope” reported on the research of professor Neelima Sehgal in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. Sehgal and her team were searching for what are known as primordial B-modes with the aim to bring our understanding of the universe within a split second of the Big Bang.
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Under the microscope: vegetarian bats

Mallory Locklear February 25, 2014
Dr. Liliana Dávalos studies natural selection in bats by looking at skull features and bite forces.
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Under the microscope: snowflakes are not as symmetrical as pictured

Mallory Locklear February 18, 2014
Stony Brook has been hit with a tremendous amount of snow so far this winter. Whether you celebrate the snow days or curse the driving conditions and dirtying piles of snow, snow itself has a very interesting life story.
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Under the microscope: Ancient microwaves may shed light on the history of the universe

Mallory Locklear January 28, 2014
Dr. Neelima Sehgal, an assistant professor in the department of Physics and Astronomy, wants to understand the earliest moments of the universe. Specifically, she wants to know what happened within one second after the Big Bang—the event believed to have taken place 13.8 billion years ago and took the universe from a tiny, dense, finite point to the infinite cosmos of today. But studying events that took place billions of years ago is no small feat.
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Under the microscope: Studying turtle neurogenesis may aid research on human brains

Mallory Locklear November 21, 2013
Recently, Under the Microscope reported on work being done in the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior on neurogenesis, or the birth of new neurons. Work on this subject is also taking place in the Psychology Department in the lab of Alice Powers. Her studies come with a twist. While many in the neurogenesis field study mice, rats or primates, Dr. Powers studies turtles.
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Under the microscope: New brain cells important for memory retrieval

Mallory Locklear November 7, 2013
For many years it was believed that the human brain did not produce new neurons after birth, a process called neurogenesis. However, in the past few decades, researchers have discovered that distinct areas of the adult brain do produce new cells.
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Under the microscope: potential for former life on Mars

Mallory Locklear October 24, 2013
Are we alone in the universe? Some scientists are attempting to answer this question by exploring the closest planet most similar to Earth–Mars. There are two main ways of studying the surface of Mars. Rovers, like Opportunity and Curiosity, are currently operating on the planet. The other method is satellites. Dr. Deanne Rogers, assistant professor in the Geosciences Department at Stony Brook University, uses satellites to search for signs of past Martian life.
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Though gravity works to pull this paper toward the ground, it is easy to hold it at eye level because gravity is weak. (PHOTO CREDIT: MCT CAMPUS)

Under the microscope: a theory of everything

Mallory Locklear October 15, 2013
The field of physics has a problem. The general theory of relativity does a great job at describing gravity while the quantum field theory does an equally great job at describing electromagnetism and the forces that keep particles like protons and neutrons together.
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Under the microscope: Innovative heart disease treatment on the rise

Under the microscope: Innovative heart disease treatment on the rise

Mallory Locklear September 26, 2013
Headed by Dr. Luis Gruberg, a professor in the Department of Medicine and co-director of the SBU Heart Institute, a clinical trial is currently being conducted to study the dynamics of a potential new type of cardiovascular stent.
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