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Study: Atlanta is a hotbed of summer thunderstorms

Atlanta summers follow a predictable cycle: muggy mornings, sweltering afternoons, stormy evenings. Think thunder rumbles here more than elsewhere? You’re not imagining things. Atlanta “births” storms frequently, according to an analysis of 26,000 Southeastern storm starts.

Crowd lending: Groundfloor makes real estate investing accessible

When he wanted $275,000 to refinance the River Park Townhomes project in Woodstock, developer Rick Tuley didn’t go to a bank or a well-heeled investor. Instead, he approached Groundfloor, a company that enables individual investors—who chip in as little as $100—to finance private ventures.

The hunt for Atlanta’s friendly black coyote

Can Carmine's saga help change our minds about his species?
Squirrel Census

Welcome to Inman Park, home of the “Squirrel Census”

When Inman Park resident Jamie Allen was writing a short story about a dog obsessed with squirrels, it got him wondering how many of the fluffy-tailed rodents lived nearby. Of course, no one was keeping track, so he recruited some friends to help him take a count.
Coke

Coca-Cola debuts eco-friendly PlantBottle

So distinctive it can be recognized by touch, the Coca-Cola bottle was originally crafted from glass dyed “Georgia Green.” It just got greener: At the World Expo in Milan this June, Coke debuted its first 100 percent plant-based PET plastic bottle.
Gil Weinberg

How a Georgia Tech professor created a robotic drumming arm

A few years ago, Georgia Tech professor Gil Weinberg heard from local drummer Jason Barnes, who had lost his right arm. Weinberg’s team built a prosthesis that could hold not just one drumstick but two. After Barnes became an overnight sensation as one of the world’s fastest drummers, Weinberg then wondered, “Why not everyone?”
Ice Bucket Challenge

How an Emory researcher benefited from the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Last summer, as millions of people worldwide posted Facebook and YouTube videos of themselves taking part in the Ice Bucket Challenge in the name of raising funds and awareness for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, skeptics wondered if all that social media hype would translate into something tangible. Short answer: Yes.

Emory Proton Therapy Center opens, bringing a new-age tool to the battle with cancer

When the Emory Proton Therapy Center opened its doors on Thursday, it was already a symbol of triumph over challenges. The center—which provides proton therapy to treat cancer and is especially beneficial for treating tumors of the lungs, back and spine, and head and neck—is the first and only facility of its kind in the state. There are 29 other such centers in the United States and another 23 under construction or in planning stages. With five treatment rooms, Emory’s center is among the largest.

Emory researchers examine how virtual reality can treat veterans’ PTSD

Sometimes the best way to overcome a traumatic experience is to relive it. Researchers at Emory have been exploring ways that combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder could be tackled by using virtual reality.

Research news: A sod shortage, soil DNA, and direction-giving chimps

We don’t want to alarm y’all, but evidently there will be a Georgia sod shortage this year.

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