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Scientists show you how to make an invisibility cloak (sort of)

Scientists show you how to make an invisibility cloak (sort of)

September 24, 2014

Physicists have figured out the optical parameters for a magic trick they characterize as a kind of “invisibility cloak” — and unlike most magicians, they’re only too willing to show you how it’s done. “We just figured a very simple way of doing that can just be using standard lenses, and things that we normally find in the lab,” physics professor John Howell said in a video explaining the setup.

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What the marshmallow test really teaches about self-control

What the marshmallow test really teaches about self-control

September 24, 2014

Some critics claim that a 2012 University of Rochester study calls the Marshmallow Test into question. Children in a reliable environment (where they could trust that the delayed reward would materialize) waited four times longer than children in the unreliable group. Were the kids in your test simply making a rational choice and assessing reliability? And wouldn’t that factor be outside the scope of the original Marshmallow Tests?

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East High students lay out wishes for future

East High students lay out wishes for future

September 24, 2014

There will be plenty of changes at East High School next year, when the University of Rochester takes charge — important enhancements in structure, curriculum and social support that experts at the Warner School of Education believe will help improve performance at the troubled school.

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University of Rochester establishes college prep centers for minority high schools

University of Rochester establishes college prep centers for minority high schools

September 22, 2014

Minority University of Rochester graduates and students are brought in to tutor high school students and serve as role models. Seeing that their tutor stems from the same neighborhood or background sends a strong message to urban students.

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6 reasons to start working out outside

6 reasons to start working out outside

September 21, 2014

Exercise itself is sure to reinvigorate you when you’re feeling sluggish, but fresh air can boost the effect. A 2009 study from the University of Rochester found that just 20 minutes outside can rev you up as much as a cup of coffee, The Telegraph reported.

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UR Press celebrates 25 years

UR Press celebrates 25 years

September 20, 2014

None of the more than 600 books that the University of Rochester Press has published over the years can be found on bestseller lists. But that doesn’t make the UR Press — or for that matter most other university presses — any less important in the dissemination of knowledge, even though this form of specialized publishing is facing hard times.

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Strength of leadership

Strength of leadership

September 19, 2014

When he selected Bradford Berk M.D. to take the reins at the University of Rochester Medical Center in 2006, UR president Joel Seligman described his choice as “a great research scientist (who also is) a superb strategist, who can lead UR’s clinical enterprises.” The past eight years have proved him right.

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Berk to step down as URMC CEO to head new research institute at UR

Berk to step down as URMC CEO to head new research institute at UR

September 18, 2014

University of Rochester Medical Center CEO Bradford Berk M.D. plans to step down at the end of this year to establish and head a new UR research organization, the Rochester Neurorestorative Institute, officials said Wednesday.

The university has named Mark Taubman M.D., dean of the School of Medicine and Dentistry, to take over as medical center CEO.

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Wilmot Cancer Institute receives $18.5 million grant

Wilmot Cancer Institute receives $18.5 million grant

September 18, 2014

The National Cancer Institute has awarded an $18.5 million grant to the University of Rochester’s Wilmot Cancer Institute, officials said Thursday.

Marked for the institute’s Cancer Control and Survivorship program, the five-year grant will fund a study of cancer-related side effects.

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Fracking wells tainting drinking water in Texas and Pennsylvania, study finds

Fracking wells tainting drinking water in Texas and Pennsylvania, study finds

September 15, 2014

The researchers, who hailed from Duke, Ohio State, Dartmouth, the University of Rochester and Stanford, traced the presence of noble gases in the methane that emerged in peoples’ houses in fracking regions in Pennsylvania and Texas to distinguish between gas from natural seeps and drilling sites. Noble gases like helium, neon, and argon “stick” to natural gas and move with it, unchanged, as it passes through different layers of earth.

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