Amazon has donated $500,000 to support STEM programs for underserved youth in Rochester, NY. The funds were split between the Rochester Museum and Science Center (RMSC) and the Greater Rochester Afterschool & Summer Alliance. Simeone Banister, President and CEO of the Rochester Area Community Foundation, emphasized that such investments are crucial for preparing young people […]

Four volunteers, part of NASA’s Crew Health and Performance Exploration Analog (CHAPEA) mission, have emerged after spending over a year in a Mars simulation environment at Johnson Space Center in Houston. The team, consisting of Kelly Haston, Anca Selariu, Ross Brockwell, and Nathan Jones, lived in a 1,700-square-foot 3D-printed habitat from June 25, 2023, to […]

The Buffalo-Rochester-Syracuse tech hub has been awarded a $40 million federal investment to support Upstate New York’s goal of becoming a leading semiconductor center. The “NY SMART I-Corridor Tech Hub” is one of 12 Tech Hub winners nationwide. This funding will be used to enhance workforce training programs at Monroe Community College, close supply chain […]

Medical schools in the U.S. are facing challenges in increasing the number of Black doctors, particularly after the Supreme Court’s 2023 ruling against affirmative action and subsequent anti-diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) legislation in several states. This is especially problematic in states like Mississippi, where nearly 40% of the population is Black, but only 10% […]

Denmark will become the first country to impose a carbon tax on livestock emissions starting in 2030, targeting cows, sheep, and pigs to reduce greenhouse gases, particularly methane, a potent contributor to global warming. The tax aims to cut Danish greenhouse gas emissions by 70% from 1990 levels by 2030. Initially, farmers will pay 300 […]

China has successfully returned the first-ever samples from the far side of the moon, marking a significant milestone in lunar exploration. The Chang’e 6 mission, which landed on this remote part of the moon earlier in June, utilized a satellite for communication due to the lack of direct line-of-sight with Earth. The mission collected samples […]

The University of Rochester School Medical Center and Rochester School of Nursing have announced a three-year extension of their UR Nursing Scholars Program, now continuing through the summer of 2027. This initiative offers a tuition-free education in the Accelerated Bachelor’s in Nursing program. Due to the extension, an additional 300 scholarships will be available to […]

Less than two months before the Paris Olympics, water in the Seine River has shown unsafe levels of E. coli, according to test results from early June. Heavy rains in Paris caused contamination levels to exceed safe limits for bacteria such as E. coli and enterococci. Despite this, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) remains confident […]

Billionaire philanthropist Tom Golisano has donated $50 million to the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) to establish the Golisano Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Institute. This is the largest single gift in the university’s history and Golisano’s most significant donation. The new institute will consolidate URMC’s programs and services for individuals with intellectual and developmental […]

This summer, the East Coast may see the arrival of the giant Joro spider, Trichonephila clavata, originating from East Asia. Known for their striking yellow and blue-black colors, these spiders have stirred concerns about an invasion in New York City and New Jersey. Female Joro spiders can grow up to four inches and spin large, […]

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