University of Cincinnati

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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Crime and the minimum wage
2:03 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

UC study finds higher minimum wage doesn't equal less crime

Researchers at the University of Cincinnati say increasing the minimum wage won't lower crime rates.

When debating the idea of raising the minimum wage, proponents sometimes suggest doing so will cause a decrease in crime. But the team at UC says that's just not the case.

The researchers compared violent and property crime rates in the US from 1977 to 2012 to states that follow the federal minimum wage rate and states with a higher rate.

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Focus on Technology
2:00 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

UC students help track nuclear material

Dr. Henry Spitz: UC professor of nuclear and radiological engineering discusses nuclear forensics with students.
Ann Thompson WVXU

International nuclear weapons inspectors are preparing to get a closer look at two Iranian facilities long suspected of having the capability of producing nuclear weapons. An agreement worked out Monday, with the International Atomic Energy Agency, failed to gain access to one of the most controversial sites, the Parchin military site, southwest of Tehran. The New York Times reports:

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Neil Armstrong
2:08 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

UC signs NASA agreement, keeps Armstrong legacy alive

From left: UC President Santa Ono signs the NASA agreement with NASA's Tom Davis looking on.
Ann Thompson WVXU

UPDATE:

At a media unveiling Wednesday UC researchers spelled out the specifics of the agreement with NASA. The Space Act Agreement, signed with NASA's Ames Research Center in California, clears the way for collaboration in four key areas:

  • Intelligent Systems and Structures (unmanned aerial vehicles)
  • Nanomedicine and Biomedicine
  • Environment and Sustainability
  • Analytics and Cyber Security

UC students will also have access to the Ames wind tunnel, the largest in the world.

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GE Aviation
3:38 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Ohio's aerospace industry taking off with GE partnerships

Rendering of the new $100M combustion laboratory at GE
GE Aviation

GE Aviation and University of Cincinnati Research Institute (UCRI) have signed an agreement to collaborate at the new GE Aviation Research Center in Evendale and its three labs. GE says, "the scope of this agreement marks a first in Ohio between a leading aerospace company and a leading university research institute."

The labs making up the new research center:

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