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Gambling monkeys have hot hands just like humans

Gambling monkeys have hot hands just like humans

January 29, 2015

A new experiment from the University of Rochester has found that monkeys, like humans, suffer from “hot hand” syndrome in gambling scenarios. The study, which was not conducted at a treetop casino where tuxedo’d monkey bartenders sling daiquiris, focused on three primates interacting with a computer program, which they controlled by shifting their eyes to the left or right.

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Distant exoplanet hosts giant ring system

Distant exoplanet hosts giant ring system

January 27, 2015

It is the first such structure detected around a planet beyond our Solar System. “You could think of it as kind of a super Saturn,” said Prof Eric Mamajek, from the University of Rochester in the US.

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Rings like Saturn’s, but supersized

Rings like Saturn’s, but supersized

January 26, 2015

Think you’ve seen big rings in our own solar system? Not even close. When the University of Rochester’s Eric Mamajek tells other astronomers about the object he and his colleagues discovered about 430 light-years from Earth, they tend to be skeptical–very skeptical.

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This planet’s rings make Saturn look puny

This planet’s rings make Saturn look puny

January 26, 2015

“This planet is much larger than Jupiter or Saturn, and its ring system is roughly 200 times larger than Saturn’s rings are today,” co-author Eric Mamajek, professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Rochester, said in a statement. “You could think of it as kind of a super Saturn.”

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Behold a material so water repellent that liquid just bounces off

Behold a material so water repellent that liquid just bounces off

January 23, 2015

Two scientists at the University of Rochester, Chunlei Guo and Anatoliy Vorobyev, have created a metal surface that is so hydrophobic that it makes Teflon look like superglue by comparison.

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Marking 50 years since ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’

Marking 50 years since ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’

January 22, 2015

The University of Rochester’s Institute for Popular Music is getting ready to mark 50 years since The Rolling Stones released “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.” We speak with director John Covach about the upcoming celebrations.

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Laser-transformed metal so slick that water bounces off

Laser-transformed metal so slick that water bounces off

January 22, 2015

Water often damages metals, causing rust, wear and decay. Thanks to an innovative laser process, however, metal is getting its revenge.

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Materials science: Out of the groove

Materials science: Out of the groove

January 21, 2015

Chunlei Guo and his colleague Anatoliy Vorobyev, physicists at the University of Rochester, in New York, have become experts in the way femtosecond lasers can be used to structure surfaces in just this way, ending up with these same properties.

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Laser-etched metal bounces water

Laser-etched metal bounces water

January 21, 2015

Physicists in the US have created metal surfaces that repel water to the extent that droplets bounce away. They sculpted the surface of small pieces of platinum, titanium and brass using a very high-powered laser. The materials “self-clean” because water droplets gather dust particles before they slide away.

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New amazing metal is so hydrophobic it makes water bounce like magic

New amazing metal is so hydrophobic it makes water bounce like magic

January 20, 2015

Scientists at the University of Rochester, New York, have created a metal that is so extremely hydrophobic that water bounces on it as if it were repelled by a magic force field.

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