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There’s a hidden connection between pi and quantum mechanics

There’s a hidden connection between pi and quantum mechanics

November 16, 2015

Physicists have uncovered a hidden connection between a famous 350-year-old mathematical formula for pi, everyone’s favourite irrational number, and quantum mechanics. At least one mathematician has pronounced the discovery “a cunning piece of magic.”

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University of Rochester students remember victims in Paris attacks

University of Rochester students remember victims in Paris attacks

November 16, 2015

University of Rochester’s Junior Samir LeSage’s lost one of his closest friends in the terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday. He spoke about the tragedy Sunday night on campus with his classmates.

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UR physicists in breakthrough finding

UR physicists in breakthrough finding

November 12, 2015

Two UR physicists, Steven Manly and Kevin McFarland, along with two post-doctoral researchers and a former graduate student are among the 1,370 physicists who this week were awarded the Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics for their work on neutrinos.

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Scientists look into hydrogen atom, find old recipe for pi

Scientists look into hydrogen atom, find old recipe for pi

November 11, 2015

A pair of quantum scientists calculating the energy levels of a hydrogen atom at the University of Rochester have discovered a 360-year-old formula for pi in their equations.

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Everything you ever wanted to know about pi, part 2: how pi connects to quantum mechanics

Everything you ever wanted to know about pi, part 2: how pi connects to quantum mechanics

November 10, 2015

I had planned for part 2 of this series about p to be about the classical area formula for the circle, but then something new came up. Well, by new I mean a new proof of something old, and it’s a surprising proof using physics.

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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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Smacking down the opposition

Smacking down the opposition

November 6, 2015

Kevin Meuwissin and Jeffrey Chopin, both at the University of Rochester, examine the tensions the Education Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA) creates for teacher candidates in New York and Washington.

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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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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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