Given that Wall Street has turned the myths of Sherwood Forest upside down, the timing was perfect over the weekend for the seventh biennial meeting of the International Association for Robin Hood Studies at the University of Rochester. (Also Reported in: 13WHAM-TV, MPNnow.com)
Dr. [Vera] Gorbunova, who works at the University of Rochester, has taken a first step toward understanding the genetic basis of the mole rat’s surprising immunity to cancer. She and her colleagues have found that the rats’ cells have a double system for inhibiting irregular proliferation, compared with the single system in human cells. (Also Reported in: Science Magazine, Daily Mail, Science Daily, RT, PhysOrg, Scientist, Sustainable Suppers, Economictimes, Star News Online, 8WROC-TV, Popular Science, American Scientist, Science a GoGo, Mother Nature Network, Bionity.com, ABC News, UPI, BusinessWeek, Discover Magazine, Forbes.com)
Communing with nature not only lifts spirits, it helps people behave better, according to a study published this week. Psychologists at the University of Rochester conducted four experiments with 370 people who were shown computer images of either natural settings, such as landscapes and lakes, or man-made settings, such as buildings and roads. (Also Reported in: MSNBC, Baltimore Sun, Chicago Tribune, Huffington Post, The Standard, Kansas City Star, News Track India, China Post, Psych Central, Scienceline, G Magazine, 13WHAM-TV, YNN, Health.com, healthfinder.gov, The Argus Leader, KIVI Boise, WAFB, WXXI, YubaNet, Canada.com, and others)Engadget (October 29)
If there’s one thing we know about geeks, it’s that they hate having nothing to do. Bill Gates has filled his spare time collecting knighthoods and Harvard degrees, and Steve Sasson—inventor of the first, and assuredly biggest, digital camera—is now following in his distinguished footsteps. Sasson perfected a microwave oven-sized 0.01 megapixel prototype while working for Kodak way back in 1975, and has now been awarded an honorary PhD for his troubles from the University of Rochester.