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Hubble telescope celebrates 25 years in space

Hubble telescope celebrates 25 years in space

April 23, 2015

ADAM FRANK, BYLINE: Then NASA launched the Hubble Space Telescope. Once the high-def images of multi-hued interstellar clouds and swirling galaxies began landing on magazine covers, I didn’t need to justify astronomy to my aunt, or anyone else, for that matter. Measured in terms of raw discoveries, Hubble is the most successful scientific instrument in history.

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One way business schools attract black students: with black students

One way business schools attract black students: with black students

April 22, 2015

Simon has a lower profile than the Ivy League behemoth (Yale), but it boasts something unusual among American MBA programs: a large cohort of black students.

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$1 million gift to transform UR Library

$1 million gift to transform UR Library

April 21, 2015

Evans and Susanna Lam have committed $1 million to the River Campus Libraries to establish the Evans and Susanna Lam Library Revitalization Fund. The fund will support the modernization of the patron services area in Rush Rhees Library, which will be named Evans Lam Square.

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Nanoparticles to prevent tooth decay; looking to put dentists out of business

Nanoparticles to prevent tooth decay; looking to put dentists out of business

April 20, 2015

We’re never at a loss for toothpaste choices, but we may see the addition of “With Nanotechnology!” advertised on the tubes in the future. Researchers from the University of Rochester and University of Pennsylvania have designed drug-releasing nanoparticles to protect the teeth from bacterial damage and decay.

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‘Scientific wonderland’ expected as spacecraft approaches Pluto (+video)

‘Scientific wonderland’ expected as spacecraft approaches Pluto (+video)

April 18, 2015

Be careful what name you pick; you’ll have to live with it, cautions Eric Mamajek, an astronomer at the University of Rochester. With help from astronomy students, he and 10 colleagues from the US, Mexico, and France shipped a proposed naming scheme to the IAU early last year and posted the proposal on line two weeks ago.

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April 18, 2015

At a time when the civil rights struggles of the 1950s and 1960s changed the face of America, Sidney Poitier was probably the most visible black actor in the movie industry. In a new book, The Poitier Effect: The Melodrama and Fantasies of Reconciliation, University of Rochester professor Sharon Willis maintains that while Poitier’s films provide a lens for viewing the possibilities of improved race relations, this perspective doesn’t tell the whole story.

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Is freezing your eggs worth the cost?

Is freezing your eggs worth the cost?

April 17, 2015

The study shows that “if a woman invested in having a genetically related child at age 40, egg banking at least once at age 35 is a cost-effective approach,” said Dr. Wendy Vitek, an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

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Bryant: 5 experiments kids can do at UR on Saturday

Bryant: 5 experiments kids can do at UR on Saturday

April 16, 2015

I have never made elephant toothpaste. Nor have I had the opportunity to use a robot arm, turn water into blood, or freeze anything in liquid nitrogen.
So I am hoping that they let parents participate at Family Science Day at the University of Rochester this Saturday.

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A sneak peek into the new Golisano Children’s Hospital

A sneak peek into the new Golisano Children’s Hospital

April 15, 2015

Even before construction is complete, that is evident almost when you step off the elevator onto one of the hospitals eight floors. Every floor is based on a theme from the wildflowers you would see in a grassy field to skyscrapers on the higher floors. The pictures and murals aren’t high on the walls at adult eye level, but in places where a three-year-old could see.

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Coming up on Connections: Tuesday, April 14th

Coming up on Connections: Tuesday, April 14th

April 14, 2015

In our second hour, the best television theme song ever might be the score for House of Cards, and the composer is an Eastman grad who is coming back to Rochester. Jeff Beal is responsible for the haunting score that has captivated the binge-watching House of Cards crowd (including the host of Connections).

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