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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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Consider a career in manufacturing as an MBA

Consider a career in manufacturing as an MBA

July 3, 2014

There’s been a shift in the country’s manufacturing industry, and MBAs may benefit from this change.

Business school students who graduated in 2014 were more successful at receiving early job offers in manufacturing, as well as health care, than those going into more traditional industries such as finance or consulting, according a June report from the Graduate Management Admission Council.

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Take part in East’s remake

Take part in East’s remake

July 3, 2014

After months of uncertainty about the struggling school’s survival, the plan for a foundational reboot of Rochester’s East High School came into less fuzzy focus Monday. It also sparked some nettlesome questions. The University of Rochester’s ambitious 64-page proposal to take the reins at East is a milestone that should not be marginalized. Such a deep partnership between public and private is remarkable.

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A Hard Day’s Night: from loophole to surprise hit

A Hard Day’s Night: from loophole to surprise hit

July 2, 2014

There are many surprising elements to the story of A Hard Day’s Night, however, not the least of which is that the contracts for the movie were signed before The Beatles had any hint of success in America, and that the movie itself was not initially considered the most valuable part of the deal. In fact, the entire project ended up paying off in unexpected ways, and far more richly and extensively than anyone involved in it at the start could have imagined.

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