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June 2009

U.S. News & World Report (June 3)

Happiness Has Nothing to Do with Wealth

Wealth, fame and good looks may be a formula for anxiety rather than happiness, a new study suggests. Psychologists at the University of Rochester evaluated survey responses from 147 recent graduates, noting their achievements and their level of happiness over a period of two years. (Also Reported in: Yahoo! News, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, MSNBC, amNY, WXXI)

UPI (June 2)

Laser makes bulbs super-efficient

Chunlei GuoUniversity of Rochester (N.Y.) researchers said the laser creates a unique array of nano- and micro-scale structures on the surface of a regular tungsten filament. It’s those structures that make the tungsten emit light as bright as a 100-watt bulb, but consume less electricity than a 60-watt bulb. (Also Reported in: Science a GoGo, EE Times, Photonics Online, CleanTechnica, Energy Efficiency News)

Reuters (June 4)

Antidepressant curbs cancer-related mental ills

“Cancer and its treatment impact important areas of cognitive function such as attention and memory, which are essential to patients’ effective psychosocial functioning and quality of life,” Dr. Pascal Jean-Pierre, from the University of Rochester, New York and colleagues point out in a meeting paper. (Also Reported in: ABC News, Yahoo! News, National Post)

The Wall Street Journal (June 23)

diagram of heartImplants Found Effective in Patients With Mild Heart Failure

“We didn’t think there would be any difference in the mortality, and there was not, so all of the effect was in terms of the reduction of the development of heart failure,” said Arthur Moss, a cardiologist at the University of Rochester who ran the study. He called the results “strikingly positive.” The full findings will be released later this year. (Also Reported in: Bloomberg News, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Newsday, Science Daily and others)

U.S. News & World Report (June 4)

Scientists Create Metal that Pumps Liquid Uphill

Scientists at the University of Rochester have created a simple slab of metal that lifts liquid the same way trees pull vast amounts of water from their roots to their leaves hundreds of feet above the ground. Although the principle is the same, the speed at which the metal performs this feat would make nature envious. (Also Reported in: TCE Today, InTech, Softpedia, Scientific American, Science 360, India eNews, Red Orbit, Nanotechnology News, UPI)