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Top spenders on Capitol Hill pay billions, receive trillions

Top spenders on Capitol Hill pay billions, receive trillions

November 17, 2014

All of this might imply that donors are the driving force on Capitol Hill, but David Primo, a professor of political science and business administration at the University of Rochester, doubts that. “The conventional wisdom out there is that businesses are going to Washington, writing checks and expecting big returns,” he says.

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Science offers new view of human survival hopes

Science offers new view of human survival hopes

November 15, 2014

Two American scientists have just sought to find a way of answering the ultimate global warming question: how long can any species last once it has discovered how to exploit fossil fuels and change the conditions under which it first evolved? In doing so, they have sidestepped the great challenge of astrobiology.

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Drawing strength from the gifts her mother left behind

Drawing strength from the gifts her mother left behind

November 15, 2014

Photo caption: Makia Green, 22, a senior at the University of Rochester, in St. Matthew’s Baptist Church in Harlem, where her mother taught Sunday school. Ms. Green, who lost her mother to cancer last year, is focused on finishing college, searching for a job and finding a place to live.

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Taylor Swift to Spotify: Blank Space or blank check?

Taylor Swift to Spotify: Blank Space or blank check?

November 13, 2014

These streaming sites pay nano-pennies to musicians, John Covach, popular music historian director of the Institute for Popular Music at the University of Rochester in New York and popular music historian, told the Monitor. Covach pointed to a recent blog post from a consortium of bands whose music is being streamed in which said they report royalties between $36 and $58 per month.

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Want to boost your brain power? A new study says video games are the answer.

Want to boost your brain power? A new study says video games are the answer.

November 13, 2014

Remember when you told your kids that spending too much time playing video games would make them lazy?

Now there’s a perfect comeback: Playing video games can actually make you smarter.

Really. According to a study published this month in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, playing fast-paced action video games can make someone a better learner.

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Could playing video games make you smarter?

Could playing video games make you smarter?

November 12, 2014

“Prior research by our group and others has shown that action gamers excel at many tasks. In this new study, we show they excel because they are better learners,” said Daphne Bavelier, a research professor in brain and cognitive sciences at the University of Rochester. “And they become better learners by playing the fast-paced action games.” Bavelier said our brains keep predicting what will come next – whether when listening to a conversation, driving, or even preforming surgery. “

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Woman to watch: Jane Possee

Woman to watch: Jane Possee

November 11, 2014

In 1975, when Jane Possee signed on to coach the University of Rochester’s women’s basketball and field hockey teams, the state of women’s sports was quite different than it is today. From the outset, Possee was determined to effect change. “When I started, there were very few (athletic) opportunities for women in the spring, other than tennis,” says Possee, now an athletic administrator. “So I started a women’s lacrosse team, which meant that I was coaching three different team sports.”

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Action video game lovers learn faster and better: study

Action video game lovers learn faster and better: study

November 10, 2014

Players of fast-paced action games like “Call of Duty” and “Titanfall” become better learners than those who play slower games, new research shows. The study, published in the journal the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, identified a “surprisingly broad transfer of performance enhancements” in subjects assigned to play several dozen hours of action games over nine weeks. “In order to sharpen its prediction skills, our brains constantly build models, or ‘templates,’ of the world,” explained the University of Rochester’s Daphne Bevelier in a news release.

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What aliens can teach us about global warming

What aliens can teach us about global warming

November 9, 2014

In the vastness of the universe, it’s very likely that other life forms have also evolved to an extent that they altered the atmosphere of their planets. If we looked at climate change as a predictable consequence of intelligent life — and a process that tends to follow specific patterns — we might be better equipped to figure out how to stop it.

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Banking on his artful business skills

Banking on his artful business skills

November 7, 2014

For nearly seven years, Jonathan Binstock barely felt the earth beneath his feet. Eventually, a desire to stay put led Binstock to the Memorial Art Gallery, where in July he was named director. Binstock succeeded Grant Holcomb, who retired in July after close to three decades in the position.

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