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Tim Cortesi is a software engineer at a Downtown Binghamton company called Sonostics. At the company's offices in Binghamton's startup incubator, he sticks four small patches attached to wires onto the muscles around his knee.

“So we’ve got four sensors, each sensor has one accelerometer in it,” says Cortesi.

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Several faculty from the University at Buffalo were awarded funds through the SUNY Research Foundation. 

The SUNY Research Collaboration Fund was designed to connect researchers on campuses in New York State and give them a platform to share data and strengthen their ideas. This year the foundation gave out over $700,000 in grants with each individual program receiving nearly $100,000 to be used over two years.

One grant will fund a project that tracks non-medical prescription drug abuse in college students.

UB Senior Research Scientist Kathleen Parks says UB will be working with the University at Albany and Binghamton University to develop a survey about the prevalence of drug use.

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Ken McLeod is a professor at Binghamton University, specializing in bioengineering. The Innovation Trail's Matt Richmond interviewed Mcleod about startup economies and what makes Binghamton, or any city, a good place for them to flourish.

After the jump, an edited version of that interview.

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While the majority of us would be very happy to see out the summer without flies ruining our outdoor dining experience, one particular species of fly has provided the inspiration for a potential breakthrough in the technology of hearing aids. It's not just any old house-fly we're talking about, though.

Binghamton University engineering professor Ron Miles says this particular fly, called the ormia ochracea, is special because it’s as good as a human at locating the source of a sound.

“The female fly, when she’s pregnant and needs to have her babies, she listens for crickets to sing," says Miles. "And when she hears the cricket, she’ll fly to the cricket and have her babies and these maggots then burrow into the cricket and a few days later, they’ll emerge and leave a hollow shell.”

So the fly’s behavior isn’t pretty. The way most animals locate sound doesn’t work for ormia ochracea, and it's useful to know how this tiny parasite can locate its host.

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By day, Michael Sharp is a mild-mannered Binghamton University English professor. 

By night, he is the author one of the nation's most successful crossword puzzle blogs: Rex Parker.