Science & Technology

Beth Israel uses Google Glass for emergency care

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center announced Wednesday the expanded use of Google Glass to its entire emergency department, becoming the first hospital in the United States to do so. Dr. Steven Horng, who specializes in emergency medicine, launched a pilot program in December 2013 for the use of Google Glass, which incorporates a small, transparent screen over one eye, a high-resolution camera […]

BU trustees sue Apple, Inc. for patent infringement

BU trustees sue Apple, Inc. for patent infringement

Boston University officials are suing Apple, Inc. and several other smaller technological companies for patent infringement, BU spokesman Colin Riley confirmed. The Trustees of BU will serve as the plaintiff in the case, alleging that Apple officials illegally used and have continued to use a patent created by electrical and computer engineering professor Theodore Moustakas in 1997, according to a […]

Ultraviolet rays may cause premature skin aging, BUSM research finds

Whether naturally or artificially, tanning in ultraviolet rays has been proven by research to be a cause of premature skin aging, according to a new study by the Boston University School of Medicine. Despite the results, several BU students said they are already hesitant of the harmful effects of overexposure to UV rays. “Tanning is all caught up in a […]

Protesters oppose biolab as court proceedings continue

Protesters oppose biolab as court proceedings continue

Several protesters stood outside the John Joseph Moakley U.S. Courthouse Thursday as proceedings continued in a case challenging the National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories at Boston University, commonly referred to as the BU biolab. Inside the courthouse, a team of prosecuting attorneys argued that the National Institutes of Health risk assessment of the lab, which was released Jan. 2, did […]

IBM officials partner with Boston, BU to grow ‘smarter city’

Boston University officials are partnering with executives from IBM and the city of Boston to promote better technologies for urban energy efficiency. Officials hosted a series of panels on Wednesday titled “Smarter Cities: A Roadmap for the Future” at the BU Photonics Center, focusing on how technology is helping cities run more efficiently. “The purpose of this partnership was to […]

BUSM researchers address diabetic neuropathies with therapy

Boston University School of Medicine researchers have discovered a way to relieve those who suffer from diabetic neuropathies from associated pain, according to a BUSM press release. The researchers, in conjunction with the Veteran’s Affairs Boston Healthcare System, performed a study to examine the effect of cognitive behavioral therapy on people with type II diabetes mellitus, according to the Tuesday […]

Online courses may lead to lower grades than traditional courses, study suggests

Online courses may lead to lower grades than traditional courses, study suggests

As Boston University’s new Council on Educational Technology and Learning Innovation looks to increase BU’s education technology options, students taking online courses are more likely to achieve lower grades, according to a new study. Members of the CETLI emailed faculty Tuesday regarding future educational innovations at BU, said Associate Provost for Undergraduate Affairs Elizabeth Loizeaux. The email stated BU officials […]

Mass. recieves $960,000 from ineffective drug manufacturers

Massachusetts will receive about $1 million in settlement payments to resolve illegal drug marketing allegations against a Texas-based pharmaceutical company. The settlement, reached in December, is a $48 million agreement to be paid to 47 states by Healthpoint Ltd. and DFB Pharmaceuticals, Inc. after allegations arose that they illegally charged MassHealth and other state health care and Medicaid programs for […]

Two MIT professors given life sciences award, $3 million

Two MIT professors given life sciences award, $3 million

Two Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers were among the first recipients of the new Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences Wednesday, a new philanthropic venture which rewards scientists with a $3 million prize for contributing research focused on curing intractable disease and elongating human life. Dr. Eric Lander, and Dr. Robert Weinberg were both recognized and given the prize. Lander is […]

Menino announces clean energy ordinance

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino announced Friday that all large commercial and residential buildings in the city will now disclose energy usage in an effort to encourage investment in energy efficiency. The Building Energy Reporting and Disclosure Ordinance was filed with the City Council as a part of the city’s climate plan to reach greenhouse-gas reduction goals. Menino said this ordinance […]