University of Cincinnati

Public Health
2:28 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

UC study may help treat diabetes, fibromyalgia

That old saying, "you hit a nerve" may have to go out the proverbial window.

A researcher at the University of Cincinnati has proved something called Merkel cells are what actually allow us to sense touch.

Pain researcher Jianguo Gu made the discovery by studying hair follicles in rat whiskers.

The results could help doctors treat or prevent diabetes, fibromyalgia and certain pathological conditions.

The study's findings are published in the April 15 edition of the scientific journal, Cell.

Focus on Technology
2:00 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Making solar panels better and cheaper

This is a solar cell made of polymers and graphene, an option that appears to be cheaper and more flexible.
Ann Thompson WVXU

A solar panel is typically made up of lots of silicon cells that together form a circuit. The electrons zip through the panels to create electricity in a very efficient manner. But what if scientists could create the same efficiency in a different material that was cheaper?

Fei Yu, a University of Cincinnati doctoral student in materials engineering, is studying how to make polymer solar cells more efficient. Right now their performance is well below the most efficient silicon solar panels.

Why polymers:

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University of Cincinnati
11:04 am
Mon March 3, 2014

UC launching safety ambassadors

Credit University of Cincinnati

The University of Cincinnati is stepping up efforts to improve safety around its main campus.

Block By Block Safety Ambassadors will fan out in neighborhoods surrounding University Heights. The idea is to improve safety and security in high foot-traffic areas. Crime around the UC campus has been making students and neighbors increasingly uneasy during the past year.

In a release the university says:

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Focus on Technology
6:00 am
Wed February 5, 2014

The sky's the limit for UC drone researchers

UC's UAV hovers on campus.
Ann Thompson WVXU

 The Cincinnati Fire Department is looking into the possibility of using drones in the future. The city is partnering with the University of Cincinnati to test, what promises to be, a turn-key system.

The whirr and the sight of this small quadroter freezes University of Cincinnati students in their tracks as they stare at it in subzero temperatures.

Graduate Student Bryan Brown says, “Oh yes, every time we do this we have about 10 people stop and they’ll come up and take videos, especially when it’s warmer.”

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Focus on Technology
2:00 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

UC testing water for fracking contamination

This fracking plant, Utica East Ohio Buckeye Midstream is in the midst of an expansion and close to where Amy Townsend-Small is testing water
Ohio EPA

One of the still hotly contested debates over fracking is whether the practice of extracting trapped gas underground contaminates drinking water. Researchers at the University of Cincinnati are using an expensive machine to determine whether, at least in eastern Ohio, any contamination is naturally occurring or from fracking.

There's no shortage of negative publicity when it comes to fracking. Take the 2010 documentary "Gasland."

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