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Ohio State plans Dublin ambulatory care center

Ohio State University could be moving forward with another regional ambulatory facility in Dublin and the expansion of a digital textbook initiative to save students money when the school’s board of trustees meets later this week.Before the board for approval this week is the purchase of about 34 acres of vacant land on Route 33 and Shier Rings Road from the city of Dublin for a future ambulatory care center.The purchase is also scheduled to go before the Dublin City Council […]

Ohio State may expand cost-saving digital textbook initiative

Ohio State is looking to expand a digital textbook initiative that it hopes will eventually save students millions.This week, the university’s board of trustees is expected to consider a proposal to expand a program that was piloted to about 1,600 students from 12 courses this school year. If the expanded program is approved, it would reach about 11,500 students from 32 courses across nine colleges and departments.The program, called CarmenBooks, is expected to result in […]

Hong Kong serves as crossroads for criminal wildlife trade

HONG KONG — It was after dark on a Tuesday evening in December 2017 when the vans pulled onto Island House Lane, a placid side street of residential complexes and community garden plots in the suburban Tai Po district of Hong Kong.On the water, a speedboat was waiting. Men began unloading the vans’ cargo onto the beach.When officers from Hong Kong’s Customs and Excise Department arrived, the boats fled out to sea. Marine officers pursued them for two hours […]

Northern, Southern lights are dancers in the dark

Earth’s auroras — the Northern and Southern lights — are indisputably beautiful. But they are not mirror images.The cause of this north-south auroral asymmetry is the angle at which the sun’s solar wind and magnetic field approaches Earth.Earth has two magnetic poles, a north and a south. From these two poles, bunched-up magnetic field lines reach out into space as the planet travels on its orbit. Like fishing lines, they catch […]

Biology: Why is the dumb measles virus outsmarting those who refuse to vaccinate?

Totally preventable measles outbreaks are occurring in the Pacific Northwest and New York.Natural selection shapes the measles virus and its human hosts. Understanding that can help explain measles outbreaks that have occurred since 2000. That’s when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention declared measles eradicated in the United States.Viruses can’t reproduce by themselves. They outsource that task to unwitting host cells. Viruses, therefore, […]

The year's biggest supermoon will shine on Tuesday

The moon will reach its biggest and brightest point in 2019 on Tuesday.At 4 a.m. the moon will be in perigee, or at its closest point to the earth, which is known as a supermoon.The moon will be 221,681 miles away, which is close. Seven hours later, at 10:54 a.m. the moon will be full, according to the Farmer’s Almanac.It’s something you may not notice.There’s a 17 percent difference […]

Scholar has helped bring Leonardo and Galileo into the digital age

FLORENCE, Italy — Just Google “10 greatest geniuses of all times,” and it is highly likely that two of the names on that list will be Leonardo da Vinci and Galileo Galilei.Now, think about what you would do if you were put in charge of bringing their legacy into the 21st century, in all its complexity, as neither man can be reduced to one simple label, say “artist” or “astronomer.” Both were proverbial, intellectually omnivorous […]

Research, technology buildings planned for Ohio State's 'innovation district'

Ohio State University has big plans for a West Campus “innovation district,” including two new buildings supporting research and technology commercialization.The Ohio State Board of Trustees is expected to review the two projects, to be located west of Kenny Road and south of Lane Avenue, at its meetings next week.The first structure is the Energy Advancement and Innovation Building, intended to be a technology commercialization center for “smart energy systems, […]

Company brings STEM programs to schools, opportunities to students

Sprawled on the classroom floor, the students organized hundreds of tiny robot pieces into color-coded piles at Champion Middle School.They studied assembly drawings, the pages that show how all the components fit together. Guided by an experienced engineer’s expertise, they carefully locked the first Lego pieces into place.That doesn’t mean he was in the room, though.This school year, a Gahanna-based startup company called OASIS is educating hundreds of Ohio students […]

Company brings STEM programs to schools, opportunies to students

Sprawled on the classroom floor, the students organized hundreds of tiny robot pieces into color-coded piles at Champion Middle School.They studied assembly drawings, the pages that show how all the components fit together. Guided by an experienced engineer’s expertise, they carefully locked the first Lego pieces into place.That doesn’t mean he was in the room, though.This school year, a Gahanna-based startup company called OASIS is educating hundreds of Ohio students […]

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