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University of Cincinnati scientists have literally drilled down through the teeth of mammoths and mastodons to discover their habits in what’s believed to be the first study of its kind in the region.

UC paleoecologist Brooke Crowley borrowed some mammoth and mastodon teeth from the Museum Center with hopes of finding out where they lived and what they ate. The specimens, very small amounts of white powder from the teeth, were eventually sent to the University of Illinois for  testing.

The process

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UPDATE:  UC says the body was that of 20-year-old  Caleb Harrison Groves, a student at Cincinnati State.

University of Cincinnati police are investigating the discovery of a body Wednesday morning.

Spokeswoman M.B. Reilly says the deceased male apparently fell from the Calhoun Garage.

She says there is no evidence of foul play.

The still unidentified male was discovered about 4:00a.m. by somebody running on the track.

UC police hope to have more information later today.

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It's not exactly 'spy school' as some headlines are claiming but the University of Cincinnati is being recognized by the National Security Agency.

Four of the school's programs are now designated as Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations. UC is one of just 13 schools in the country to receive the designation.

Skybox

Peering down to earth from one satellite now and eventually 24, Google is expanding its view, and some say its influence in the universe.

In June Google bought Skybox Satellite for $500 million. Images from the high resolution satellite are updated daily and users with special software can zoom in on things like crops and construction or see how full oil containers are at a Saudi oil field.

Take a look at one such example where the Burj Khalifa skyscraper casts a shadow over Dubai.

  You'’ve probably heard the saying, “"Nobody likes a lawyer, until they need one.”" Joke writers and comics like to say there are too many lawyers, and in some cities in the United States, that is now the case. But in many parts of the country, people in need of a lawyer can'’t find one. This imbalance is causing legal system delays in some areas, while making it difficult for lawyers to find work in others.

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Except for a small sign the  "Innovation Collaboratory House" looks like any other villa at Maple Knoll Village. But walk inside and it's anything but.

Telehealth robots are in the sitting room and a Microsoft X-Box "Kinect" demonstration is in the bedroom. "Flo-bot" can manage congestive heart failure and do stroke intervention. "Little-bot" can ask you questions.

Other innovations:

  Computer-generated virtual environments have been commonly used in training programs for first responders, pilots, and members of the military. But they also have a wide variety of other potential uses, from industry to medicine. Joining us to discuss the educational and practical applications of virtual environments, 3D modeling and virtual reality software are Chris Collins, project manager at the University of Cincinnati Center for Simulations & Virtual Environments Research; Dr. Michael Richardson, associate professor at the UC Center for Cognition, Action, and Perception;  and Dr. Adam Kiefer, TEAM VR Laboratory director at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center’'s Division of Sports Medicine.

The University of Cincinnati and the University of Michigan are joining with Eli Lilly to research ways to treat and reduce chronic pain.

The newly created Midwest Pain Consortium aims to find what causes certain kinds of pain, like fibromyalgia, and seek out new drug and non-pharmaceutical treatments.

According to the Institute of Medicine, chronic pain affects 100 million Americans.

John Brackett, a retired history professor from U.C., has penned his first novel, Suffer the Little Children, a crime tale set in modern day Over the Rhine. He stopped by our studio to talk about this new career and his first book with Barbara Gray.

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