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December 31, 2014

It appears that science isn’t so silly after all. What is perhaps silly is the short-sightedness that puts immediate frugality before long-term gain. Criticism of ‘wasteful’ science fails to see the big picture. And what is really silly is the storm of viral hysteria surrounding stories such as these. Some people read the headline: “Scientists waste money on monkey gambling” and find the accusation of wastefulness a little too easy to accept.

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Researchers find protein that could control weight loss and lead to radical new treatments for obesity

Researchers find protein that could control weight loss and lead to radical new treatments for obesity

December 29, 2014

Researchers have uncovered a protein they say controls how the body produces fat cells. ‘We believe that weight gain is not necessarily just a result of eating more and exercising less,’ said lead author Richard Phipps of the University of Rochester. ‘Our focus is on the intricate network involved in fat cell development.’

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A provocative new way to think about dementia

A provocative new way to think about dementia

December 29, 2014

Just about everything you think you know about Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias is wrong. And because the conventional wisdom is so off-track, so are the ways we—both family members and professionals—respond to those with dementia. That’s Dr. G. Allen Power’s provocative message.

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Transgender military veterans at greater risk of suicide

Transgender military veterans at greater risk of suicide

December 28, 2014

Based on data gathered from the VA National Patient Care Database from 2000-2009, researchers determined that while the suicide death rate among veterans with transgender-related diagnoses was higher than for veterans in general, it was similar to the suicide death rate for veterans with serious mental illness such as depression or schizophrenia.

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Long unseen, treasures have a new spotlight

Long unseen, treasures have a new spotlight

December 25, 2014

Descendants of the suffragist Rachel Foster Avery preserved letters and photos that she exchanged with Susan B. Anthony, along with some family china printed with suffragist slogans. In August, American Eagle Auction & Appraisal Company and the Super Auction planned to sell the collection as separate lots in Ann Arbor, Mich. The University of Rochester persuaded the companies to call off the sale.

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Most hated Christmas songs: Retail workers fess up

Most hated Christmas songs: Retail workers fess up

December 23, 2014

Toronto holiday workers and popular music experts weigh in on why certain festive tunes get on our nerves. In a highly unscientific survey of employees at stores throughout downtown Toronto, the Star explored what festive songs have become the most annoying for people working long hours during the annual Christmas rush.

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Why care about astronomy?

Why care about astronomy?

December 22, 2014

It’s true that astronomy has few practical applications and yet somehow its advances benefit millions of people across the world. Work itself is inherently valuable and it is somehow connected to our very existence. It stands alone and not as a path toward a paycheck or a practical application. Countless studies show just this.

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Connecting the Sibley/Watson dots

Connecting the Sibley/Watson dots

December 22, 2014

The story of Emily Sibley Watson (1855-1945) is being told again in timeline form on the website of Rochester’s Memorial Art Gallery, the institution she founded in 1912. A work in progress and a labor of love, the timeline brings clarity to a saga that can seem too tangled to unravel.

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Institutions strive to reach millennials in digital age

Institutions strive to reach millennials in digital age

December 21, 2014

Kyle Psaty, a 30-year-old professional who moved to Pittsford from Boston less than two years ago, wants to develop roots here. As the product marketing director at Brand Networks, a software firm, Psaty is very attuned to digital technology and had a chance last month to give some friendly advice to the new director of the Memorial Art Gallery, Jonathan Binstock.

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Top 10 techs that exploded in 2014

Top 10 techs that exploded in 2014

December 19, 2014

Up until this year, most researchers had some success cloaking parts of the light spectrum not visible to the human eye. They found a way to hide a 3-D object from magnetic waves, cloak sound, hide metal objects from a magnetic field and make an entire city impervious to the seismic waves from an earthquake.

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