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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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Scientists make metal surfaces water-repellent

Scientists make metal surfaces water-repellent

January 20, 2015

Two University of Rochester scientists have found a way of using powerful laser beams to make metal surfaces last longer and be more suitable for a wide range of practical purposes. “We change the nature of the metal surface so that they can repel water,” said Chunlei Guo, who is a professor of optics and physics at UR.

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Is a climate disaster inevitable?

Is a climate disaster inevitable?

January 17, 2015

In the intervening decades, humanity has recognized that our own climb up the ladder of technological sophistication comes with a heavy price. From climate change to resource depletion, our evolution into a globe-spanning industrial culture is forcing us through the narrow bottleneck of a sustainability crisis.

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Woman to watch: Jane Possee

Woman to watch: Jane Possee

January 16, 2015

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.

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Ignore the investing gurus in 2015 — and every other year

Ignore the investing gurus in 2015 — and every other year

January 16, 2015

Every New Year, along with the noisemakers and champagne, self-styled financial gurus make market predictions for the coming 12 months. Armed with the same data that other gurus use in opposing arguments, they come on television as talking heads, post articles online or consume print editorial space to pontificate about what the next year will likely bring investors.

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