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University of Rochester creates 3-D cloaking device

University of Rochester creates 3-D cloaking device

December 8, 2014

After months of media attention, researchers from the University of Rochester’s Institute of Optics (USA) have published their design for a low-tech broadband cloaking device from common lenses.

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Seeing red

Seeing red

December 5, 2014

But the symbolism of the color red also permeates our lives in more subtle ways. In fact, research has shown that it may have the power to influence our psyches, desires, and behaviors. Conversely, though, red has also been linked to “avoidance motivation,” or a heightened desire to avoid failure. In a 2007 study, Andrew Elliot, a psychology professor at the University of Rochester, administered exams bound in different-colored packets.

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Human foetus cells injected into baby mice to create ‘supermouse’

Human foetus cells injected into baby mice to create ‘supermouse’

December 4, 2014

Researchers at the University of Rochester Medical said it was like ‘ramping up the power’ of the mouse brain, because human cells are so much more advanced. They found that mice with the human brain cells had memories that were four times better than their siblings who did not have the injections.

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Mice implanted with human brain cells become smarter

Mice implanted with human brain cells become smarter

December 2, 2014

It turns out that a type of cell found in the human central nervous system that had previously been thought little more than a sort of “housekeeper” cell is actually really important for cognitive function. How did we learn this? A team of researchers used them to create mouse-human hybrids.

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Skipping sleep is career suicide

Skipping sleep is career suicide

December 1, 2014

We’ve always known that sleep is good for your brain, but new research from the University of Rochester provides the first direct evidence for why your brain cells need you to sleep (and sleep the right way).

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How long can Earth’s technological civilization last?

How long can Earth’s technological civilization last?

November 30, 2014

A new study has provided a deeper insight into what could be the average lifetime of species like humans, who are extremely technologically advanced.

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Toptica: German firm at center of optics world

Toptica: German firm at center of optics world

November 30, 2014

German-based Toptica Photonics could brag about all the global scientific and industrial applications for its precision lasers, including those by a dozen Nobel laureates in physics. “We have the best right here in Rochester,” President Mark Tolbert said.

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Area women’s basketball overview

Area women’s basketball overview

November 25, 2014

The University of Rochester usually rules the roost known as local Division III women’s basketball. Nine NCAA Tournament appearances and three Final Fours speak to that. UR figures to be improved, but so do St. John Fisher and Geneseo in what figures to be a highly competitive race to be the top team in the Rochester area. Here’s a look at local college women’s basketball for 2014-15.

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FDA doesn’t ban morcellation

FDA doesn’t ban morcellation

November 24, 2014

The husbands of two Rochester-area women who died after their undetected uterine cancer was worsened by morcellation said the Food and Drug Administration lacked courage Monday for not banning the procedure after months of deliberation. “It’s very, very sad,” he said. “I would have thought the FDA had the courage to stand up and help women. Now more women will suffer tragic death as result of a government agency that has failed to do the job they are employed to do.”

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UR’s Joanna Scott finds novel in family history

UR’s Joanna Scott finds novel in family history

November 22, 2014

Joanna Scott set out to write a family biography. But two years of researching her great-grandfather’s mysterious disappearance led her to more questions than answers, a possible new twig on her family tree — and, ultimately, to last month’s release of her new novel, De Potter’s Grand Tour.

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