Focus on Technology

Ann Thompson

Researchers at the University of Dayton are helping the farming business figure out how to prevent spray drift, or the unintentional use of pesticides outside the target area. March 6, UD unveiled an EPA-approved low-speed wind tunnel, believed to be just the second on a U.S. college campus to hold that designation.

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A promising clinical trial co-sponsored by Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center is underway at Hoxworth Blood Center for bone marrow transplant patients. It uses their own blood to fight infection before their immune system is able to.

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Under a leafy litter, native wood and tree frogs are sleeping in a kind of frozen hibernation. Researchers hope chemicals in their blood that permit this suspended state can translate into a longer shelf life for transplantable human organs.

National Institute of Allergic and Infectious Diseases

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center is looking to increase the number of people participating in a clinical trial testing a new Ebola vaccine. It comes at a time when dozens of new Ebola cases are being reported daily in the Democratic Republic of Congo, as the deadly virus continues to spread.

The University of Cincinnati is looking forward as it celebrates its 200th birthday with virtual reality (VR) vignettes. Five real-life experiences are designed to transport the users to important times in the school's history, including drug discovery and civil rights advancements.

CES

Sensors and smart speakers were the stars at this year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) that wrapped up in Las Vegas over the weekend. But experts say greater connectivity puts users at risk of getting hacked.

ODOT

The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), DriveOhio and the City of Marysville are ramping up what will be the largest-ever connected vehicle project in the U.S.

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If a toy looks good on YouTube, chances are it will be all the rage. The video-hosting website plays a huge role in the creation and marketing of toys. In some cases the crazier the toy, the better. One Cincinnati toy company is taking full advantage of this trend, especially with its new creation: Chow Crown.

Duke Energy

Power companies, including Duke Energy, are putting their drones into action to survey damage from Hurricane Florence. The information they get helps develop a plan to get the electricity back on sooner.

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A Cincinnati company is pitching colleges and universities nationwide with a way to keep track of their students. It involves a long-range Bluetooth beacon and a downloadable app.

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Cincinnati karaoke bar Tokyo Kitty and The Brooklyn Barge in New York City are beta testing high-tech ways to order and deliver drinks. For Tokyo Kitty, on Race near Fifth Street, your cocktail is delivered by a robot.

California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Once badly burned bears from previous California wildfires are back in their habitat thanks to the healing power of fish skins. It was a University of California at Davis veterinarian who first tried bandages made from sterlized tilapia skins on the bears, the first-ever use on animals.

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Some lung cancer nodules are very small and undetectable until they grow larger, and that can signal a poor prognosis for the patient. Even if they are discovered at an early stage, finding them during surgery can be challening. But UC Health is seeing success detecting and marking the nodules with a procedure using radioactive material and a special probe that acts as a Geiger counter.

Wikipedia

Smart Cities around the world are at risk of getting hacked in everything from traffic control to flood prevention even as they spend $81 billion globally this year on data sensors to collect and integrate information. That's according to researchers from IBM Security and the data security firm Threatcare.

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A Tri-State emergency room nurse and her engineer husband are in the final stages of producing a potentially life-saving sensor and app. It would remind parents and caregivers there is a child in the backseat of a car, helping to prevent that child from potentially suffocating in the heat.

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The Kilauea volcano has been erupting since May, after a 6.9 eruption caused an earthquake that swallowed roads and homes and sent ash spewing 30,000 feet into the air. Researchers hope to determine the stability of the ocean floor near the erupting volcano in Hawaii, and so they've put a dozen seismometers on the ocean bottom this summer, with plans to retreive them in September. 

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Procter & Gamble says it plans to ramp up the number of robots it has to a total of 5,000 in the next five years. It now has 3,000, up from 1,000 in 2013. Managers say the reason for the robotic increase is due to advances in vision and gripping, as well as robots that can work alongside people.

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Using only bitcoin, 20 homes have been sold worldwide, and that number looks to get bigger. In fact, the Miami, Fla., real estate agent that brokered two of those deals, Stephan Burke, says cryptocurrency will make up 25-30 percent of real estate sales in five years.

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Finding a specific grave can sometimes take awhile, especially if you haven't been to the cemetery in a long time. Springfield Township's Arlington Memorial Gardens has a new option to help you find your way using GPS.

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Clinical trials are tentatively scheduled for 2020 at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center's new Center for Stem Cell and Organoid Medicine, where researchers are making miniature livers and pancreases, called organoids.

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