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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."

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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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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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

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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It will now be easier for Cincinnati State students to get four-year degrees from the University of Cincinnati.  

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Doctors at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center are freezing out certain kinds of cancers and precancerous lesions with a tiny camera, a catheter and a special kind of spray. Traditional forms of cryotherapy (using liquid nitrogen to freeze and eliminate harmful tissue) are very localized. truFreeze, new to UC Health, enables doctors to treat larger surfaces.

University of Cincinnati/Hankook

The South Korean based tire company, Hankook has just unveiled its latest tire at the Frankfort Auto Show, the iFlex. That tire may have ties to Cincinnati.

Many colleges and universities have embraced online learning and now offer a variety of courses students can take without ever entering a classroom. Now some universities are offering free online classes, called MOOCs, Massive Open Online Courses. Miami University Assistant Provost, Global Initiatives, Cheryl Young, Associate Dean of On-line Education at the University of Cincinnati Carl H. Lindner College of Business-Distance Learning, Dr. B. J.

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Each day people from Lima to Cincinnati get their drinking water from an underground river known as the Great Miami Buried Valley Aquifer. It encompasses about 136 square miles and contains 1.5 trillion gallons of water

In fact, 1.6 million people rely on water from the Great Miami Aquifer, including companies like Procter and Gamble and the region's growing number of breweries.

Richard Dube is Vice President of Brewing and Quality for Christian Moerlein and he knows a thing or two about needing water.

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