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Women wearing red are viewed as more sexually threatening by other women

Women wearing red are viewed as more sexually threatening by other women

July 14, 2014

Wearing red doesn’t only draw attention from members of the opposite sex, it can provoke sexual rivalry in women, researchers say. A new study claims that a woman wearing red sets off “mate-guard” impulses in other women, and that a woman is less likely to introduce a woman wearing red to her boyfriend or spouse.

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The strange social science of the color red

The strange social science of the color red

July 13, 2014

“I don’t think it’s the case that women who wear red are always advertising sexual interest,” says Adam Pazda, a social psychologist at University of Rochester who led the study. “But there is evidence that people make judgments about other people in general based on clothing. You can see how color might easily fit into that.”

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Women see other gals dressed in red as sexual threat

Women see other gals dressed in red as sexual threat

July 11, 2014

So that lady in red stirs up passion in men — “dancing with me, cheek to cheek … the beauty by my side,” as the Chris DeBurgh song goes.

But how does her dress color affect the women around her? A recent study from the University of Rochester with collaborators from Trnava University in Slovakia and the Slovak Academy of Sciences say not so positively.

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The science factory

The science factory

July 11, 2014

University of Rochester’s Laboratory for Laser Energetics is working on it. Like the space race of the 1960s, nations are trying to solve the problem of generating energy without continuing to endanger the planet.

Funded mostly by the U.S. Department of Energy to the tune of $70 million a year, more than 300 scientists and engineers shoot the lab’s two giant lasers dozens of times each week in various experiments they design, or for researchers who travel from around the country and even other countries.

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In small trials, 2 drugs go far in soothing symptoms of eczema and psoriasis

In small trials, 2 drugs go far in soothing symptoms of eczema and psoriasis

July 10, 2014

In four small studies, an experimental drug being developed by Sanofi and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals brought about a marked and rapid improvement in symptoms of eczema, including the telltale incessant itching, the researchers reported. “What is exciting is there is now the hope of a therapy that so far looks very efficacious and so far looks quite safe, very safe in fact,” said Dr. Lisa A. Beck, a professor of dermatology at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

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More evidence that Python is the best starter programming language

More evidence that Python is the best starter programming language

July 9, 2014

Philip Guo, an assistant professor of computer science at the University of Rochester, wrote on the Communications of the ACM blog about a study he recently undertook to quantify just how popular Python has become as a teaching language at the college level.

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The brutality of American punishment

The brutality of American punishment

July 7, 2014

By Joshua Dubler

For the reformers who dreamed it up back when our country was new, the penitentiary was to be an institution for quiet contemplation and personal repair.

Things didn’t turn out that way. The 2.4 million or so Americans currently in prison and jail are not there simply as punishment, but for punishment.

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Jonathan Binstock new director at MAG

Jonathan Binstock new director at MAG

July 7, 2014

Jonathan Binstock is the new director of the Memorial Art Gallery. He has taught at the University of Michigan and the University of Pennsylvania, and his curatorial career also included the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.

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Connections: Science Roundtable

Connections: Science Roundtable

July 7, 2014

It’s our monthly Science Roundtable. Our panel looks at the science of sound. From using ultrasound to re-engineer tissue, to the new Audio Music Engineering major at the University of Rochester, we’re exploring sound through a scientific lens.

Guests include: Laurel Carney, U of R professor of biomedical engineering; Mark Bocko, U of R professor and chair of electrical and computer engineering; and Diane Dalecki, U of R professor of biomedical engineering.

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Visits by nurses help at-risk moms, kids live longer

Visits by nurses help at-risk moms, kids live longer

July 7, 2014

The study of 1,138 young mothers was done in Memphis, Tenn., and began in 1990. Most participants were African-American, age 18 or younger, unmarried, unemployed, and did not have high school diplomas.

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