Latest Stony Brook University Stories

2008-07-16 06:00:28

By Rafer Guzman, Newsday, Melville, N.Y. Jul. 16--The crowd-pleasing Stony Brook Film Festival returns for its 13th year with 21 features, 14 shorts and a scheduled visit from Mary Stuart Masterson, who will be showing her directorial debut, "The Cake Eaters." Running from tomorrow through July26 at Staller Center for the Arts, the festival includes films from all over the globe -- Hungary, Germany, Taiwan -- and from right next door: "Phoebe in Wonderland," starring Elle Fanning, was...

2008-07-01 06:00:12

By DeTurk, William E Scott, Lisa Benz ABSTRACT Purpose: Physical therapists have engaged in cardiac rehabilitation (CR) and pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) for decades, but the extent of their current involvement in this practice area is unclear. This study surveyed directors of CR and PR programs on a statewide level to ascertain what type of provider is writing the prescription, which methods of exercise formulation are used, which outcome measures are used and their congruency with...

2008-04-15 00:25:00

Researchers from Oxford University and Stony Brook University have discovered an ancient water-dwelling mammal that had close ties to modern day elephants.The animal is similar to a tapir, a hoofed mammal that resembles a cross between a horse and a rhino."It has often been assumed that elephants have evolved from fully terrestrial ancestors and have always had this kind of a lifestyle," said DR. Erik Seiffert, co-author of the study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of...

2008-04-09 11:45:00

Venezuelan children involved in a recent study conducted by researchers at Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine were instructed to do something radically different from the advice of their parents: they were encouraged to eat candy. The candy contained fluoride-free BasicMints, a treatment developed by researchers at Stony Brook. BasicMints is a fluoride-free treatment that mimics a component in human saliva that neutralizes acids that can erode tooth enamel.Overall, 200 children...

2008-02-19 04:40:00

Paleontologists from University College London (UCL) and Stony Brook University in New York have identified a giant frog fossil from Madagascar, given the name Beelzebufo (pronounced bee-el-zeh-BOOF-oh), which means "Ëœthe frog from Hell'.The fossil is 70 million years old, and of a type once thought unique to South America, providing evidence for a new theory that Madagascar, India and South America were linked until late in the age of dinosaurs. The frog resembles today's living...

2007-04-15 09:00:00

By Delthia Ricks Scientists are suggesting a common cause for two seemingly unrelated events, the feminization of fish in Jamaica Bay, where the former 50-50 male-to-female ratio has all but disappeared, and enlarged breasts in young boys. The common factor: endocrine disruptors, chemicals found in detergents, cosmetics and other products of daily living that increasing numbers of scientists now believe play havoc with normal hormone activity. The chemicals' residues find their way into...

2005-06-08 12:15:00

LONDON -- Is 40 really the new 30? Everyone is getting older but in many ways people today act younger than their parents did at the same age. Scientists have defined a new age concept and believe it could explain why populations are aging, but at the same time seem to be getting younger. Instead of measuring aging by how long people have lived so far, the scientists have factored in how many more years people can still look forward to. "Using that measure, the average person can get...

2005-01-05 08:35:00

NSBRI -- A portable imaging device currently in development by the National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI) will produce clear, highly detailed pictures of bone and tissue, helping physicians manage bone health in space and on Earth. The Scanning Confocal Acoustic Diagnostic system, or SCAD, will enable doctors to determine the rate of loss and plan treatment options with the aid of high-quality images, taken noninvasively. Studies of cosmonauts and astronauts who spent months on...

Word of the Day
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.