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UR laser lab eyes military, energy uses

UR laser lab eyes military, energy uses

November 9, 2015

Imagine if your car were made of a material that could repel rain, the droplets bouncing and flying away before they could start to rust your hood or freeze to the roof.

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An autumnal reprieve

An autumnal reprieve

November 6, 2015

Students enjoyed an unseasonably warm week in November, taking full advantage of the sunshine.

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Can ‘superhydrophobic’ material end de-icing, scraping car windshields in winter?

Can ‘superhydrophobic’ material end de-icing, scraping car windshields in winter?

November 5, 2015

Most Upstate New York residents keep a snow and ice scraper in their car six months out of the year. But could that become a relic of the past someday?

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$2.6 Million grant funds study of early sex differences in human health, disease

$2.6 Million grant funds study of early sex differences in human health, disease

November 5, 2015

Sex differences in human health and disease are well-documented. Recent animal studies suggest that these sex differences may begin in a mother’s womb.

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Study: Brain’s immune system could be harnessed to fight Alzheimer’s

Study: Brain’s immune system could be harnessed to fight Alzheimer’s

November 4, 2015

When activated to fight inflammation, the brain’s immune system plays a role in the removal of amyloid beta, which scientists believe play a major role in the disease.

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Can humans hear distance?

Can humans hear distance?

November 4, 2015

A new paper says that our brains can detect and process sound delays that are too short to be noticed consciously. “Much of the world around us is audiovisual,” said Duje Tadin, associate professor of brain and cognitive sciences at the University of Rochester and senior author of the study.

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State renews CEIS’ status; center to receive $9.2M in funds

State renews CEIS’ status; center to receive $9.2M in funds

November 3, 2015

The Center for Emerging and Innovative Sciences at the University of Rochester has been renewed by New York State as one of its Centers for Advanced Technology. It will receive $9.2 million in funding over the next 10 years, officials said.

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Is it moral to explore, and colonize, Mars?

Is it moral to explore, and colonize, Mars?

November 3, 2015

There are many thought-provoking moments in the new movie The Martian. But unspoken, behind the film, is a truly profound question about humanity’s next steps into the solar system.

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UR center makes the photonic match

UR center makes the photonic match

November 2, 2015

This technology being developed by Harris Corp., which could potentially take pictures of anyone at an airport, is at least a few years away from being implemented. And it requires researchers with an expertise in optics, photonics and imaging science.

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Amateur musicians find their harmony with Westchester Winds

Amateur musicians find their harmony with Westchester Winds

November 1, 2015

On both occasions, Mr. Carbone, a graduate of the Eastman School of Music, tackled “Fnugg Blue,” a challenging piece by the Norwegian composer Oystein Baadsvik that required him, among other feats, to adapt the hip-hop vocal technique of beatboxing to the tuba mouthpiece.

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