Massachusetts Daily Collegian

Recycled garb: Your civic duty?

By Ashley Siegel

March 7, 2011

Filed under Env. & Tech.

When Steven Weinreb was laid off from his job in 2009, he never looked back. Rather than joining a growing number of Americans who found themselves in the unemployment line, Weinreb dreamt up a business plan: a shoe line with a conscience. Out of that idea, Civic Duty Shoes were born. ...

Study shows that not all smiles created equal

By Lily Hicks

March 3, 2011

Filed under Science & Technology

Researchers at Michigan State University are finding despite what employers and moms say, smiling may not always be the best option. A two-week study of 58 bus drivers in the Pacific Northwest found that smiling alone did not improve drivers’ moods – in fact, faking happines...

Creationism still exists in the classroom

By Nancy Pierce

March 2, 2011

Filed under News, Science & Technology

Despite a Supreme Court decision nearly 30 years ago barring creationism from being taught in science classrooms, a recent study has found that over 900 high schools in the United States still teach this theory in schools. Political Science Pr...

Oil from BP spill lingers off Gulf Coast

By Nancy Pierce

February 28, 2011

Filed under Env. & Tech.

At an annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington, D.C. Saturday, Feb. 19, scientists revealed that oil from last year’s British Petroleum (BP) Deepwater Horizon spill still remains...

IBM’s Watson comp. defeats humans on Jeopardy

By Tim Jones

February 17, 2011

Filed under Science & Technology

Watson, the super computer developed by IBM, recently dominated the game show, Jeopardy, in a three-day tournament Wednesday night, beating previous famous champions, Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter. A project over eight year...

Agricultural lectures held at Hadley Farm

By Meghan Connolly

February 14, 2011

Filed under Env. & Tech.

Over the weekend, Hadley Farm played host to a series of seminars providing information on various aspects of farming, which were run in conjunction with University of Massachusetts faculty. At the all-day event on Saturday, Universi...

UMass research gets ranked in nation

By Matthew M. Robare

February 9, 2011

Filed under Campus News, Science & Technology

The University of Massachusetts system ranked eighth in the nation in technology transfer income for fiscal year 2009, according to a survey by the Association of University Technology Managers and reported in Inside Higher Ed...

UMass professors help identify galaxy ‘protocluster’

By Melanie Muller

February 3, 2011

Filed under Env. & Tech.

Юрий/FlickrWork done by astrophysics faculty Grant Wilson and Min Yun has led to an intriguing discovery: a massive galaxy protocluster caught in its development only a billion years after the Big Bang. Wilson and Yun helped develop technology that led to this discovery as part of an international...

UMass Professor works on technology to help the blind

By Michelle Altman

January 26, 2011

Filed under Campus News, Science & Technology

University of Massachusetts Professor Aura Ganz is perfecting a program to advance the visually impaired’s quality of life. Ganz’s new technology will  provide a blind person with audio directions to destinations via a Bluetoo...

UMass works with Healthy Environment, Healthy Springfield

By Katie Landeck

January 26, 2011

Filed under Archives, Env. & Tech., Local News

Springfield is a far cry from being the healthiest environment in America, with an air quality rating of “C” from the American Lung Association and an asthma rate twice the state average. Kathleen Szegda, director ...

How a burger can destroy the planet

By Ashley Siegel

December 2, 2010

Filed under Archives, Environment

Two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions, on a sesame seed bun. The hamburger, literally a staple of so-called “American” food, could quite possibly be destroying the planet. Climate change, which could be one of the biggest pro...

Turn your six packs into gas, and other climate change tips

By Maggie Freleng

November 29, 2010

Filed under Environment

The door opens to what looks like disaster. On the left are boxes of unused books, VHS tapes, running sneakers and stray electronics. Dead ahead are thousands of plastic, glass and aluminum bottles and shredded paper. On the...