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Alien apocalypse: Can any civilization make it through climate change?

Alien apocalypse: Can any civilization make it through climate change?

June 4, 2018

Does the universe contain planets with truly sustainable civilizations? Or does every civilization that may have arisen in the cosmos last only a few centuries before it falls to the climate change it triggers? Rochester astrophysicist Adam Frank and his collaborators have developed a mathematical model to illustrate how a technologically advanced population and its planet might develop together, putting climate change in a cosmic context.

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Understanding the biology of grief through dance

Understanding the biology of grief through dance

May 8, 2018

Erin Dong ’18 didn’t start dancing until she came to college. Now as she graduates with a double major in biology and dance, she is combining her two fields to explore how the body experiences both the emotional and physical aspects of grieving.

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‘Groundbreaking and transformative’ work at Undergraduate Research Expo

‘Groundbreaking and transformative’ work at Undergraduate Research Expo

May 3, 2018

“It’s students crossing boundaries between disciplines, asking questions, and coming up with innovative and exciting answers to the challenges that face us in the contemporary world.”

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Why does ice make that sound?

Why does ice make that sound?

April 27, 2018

What began as a “silly pastime” of tossing ice chunks down a borehole in Taylor Glacier, Antarctica, has led to a video with more than 8 million views and a collaboration between an acoustics expert and a climate scientist.

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Tiny microenvironments hold clues to ocean nitrogen cycle

Tiny microenvironments hold clues to ocean nitrogen cycle

April 20, 2018

A new Rochester study shows that nitrogen-feeding organisms exist all over the deep ocean, and not just in large oxygen-depleted “dead zones,” changing the way we think about the delicate nitrogen cycle.

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Scientists discover gene controlling genetic recombination rates

Scientists discover gene controlling genetic recombination rates

April 19, 2018

Some species have evolved to display far more genetic crossover than others, and scientists in Rochester have discovered a gene in fruit flies that is responsible for the evolution of these recombination rates.

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We think we’re the first advanced earthlings—but how do we really know?

We think we’re the first advanced earthlings—but how do we really know?

April 16, 2018

Imagine if, many millions of years ago, dinosaurs drove cars through cities of mile-high buildings. A preposterous idea, right? In a compelling thought experiment, professor of physics and astronomy Adam Frank and director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies Gavin Schmidt wonder how we would truly know if there were a past civilization so advanced that it left little or no trace of its impact on the planet.

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Collins, Betti receive new appointments at LLE

Collins, Betti receive new appointments at LLE

March 14, 2018

Gilbert “Rip” Collins and Riccardo Betti will help facilitate partnerships with the Laboratory for Laser Energetics and expand research in laser, high-energy-density, and fusion sciences.

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Rochester’s undergraduate math program is ahead of the curve

Rochester’s undergraduate math program is ahead of the curve

March 13, 2018

In 2017, nearly 10 percent of the total number of Arts, Sciences & Engineering graduates completed a math major, the highest percentage ever at the University, and one of the highest of any institution in the country.

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Professor studies complex brain networks involved in vision

Professor studies complex brain networks involved in vision

March 12, 2018

Farran Briggs, a new associate professor of neuroscience and of brain and cognitive sciences at the University of Rochester, studies how attention affects the brain’s ability to process visual information.

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