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How action games can improve our visual skills

How action games can improve our visual skills

February 20, 2014

Believe it or not, playing this game could be a good treatment for lazy eye, according to preliminary research. At this year’s meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the University of Rochester’s Daphne Bavelier described her work on how video games affect the visual system.

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How stellar death leads to twin celestial jets

How stellar death leads to twin celestial jets

February 19, 2014

The mystery behind how a spherical star can produce aspherical nebula may have been solved, according to a new study. “Most stars in the universe die this way,” says the study’s lead author, Professor Eric Blackman of the University of Rochester in New York.

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Study: More ‘big-city bills’ fail

Study: More ‘big-city bills’ fail

February 17, 2014

Who rules in Harrisburg? One recent multi-state study suggests large, urban delegations are less effective at moving bills in their legislatures — and as the size of the delegation from a city grows, so does the potential for political infighting.

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Apprehensive, many doctors shift to jobs With salaries

Apprehensive, many doctors shift to jobs With salaries

February 14, 2014

Dr. Howard B. Beckman, a geriatrician at the University of Rochester, who studies physician payment incentives, said reimbursements for primary care doctors must be improved to attract more people into the field.

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Found! Scientific proof that RomComs can save your relationship

Found! Scientific proof that RomComs can save your relationship

February 14, 2014

In fact, viewing and discussing about five sappy flicks a month can be as effective as more intensive couples therapy, according to Ronald Rogge, associate professor of psychology at the University of Rochester and lead author of the study.

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Roadside bomb blasts’ effects on brain still a mystery

Roadside bomb blasts’ effects on brain still a mystery

February 13, 2014

“If someone is exposed (to a blast) and outwardly looks all right, what we don’t know is whether that blast is doing something to their brain, to their heart, to their lungs, to their liver, that is going to cause a problem down the line,” says Jeffrey Bazarian, a panelist and associate professor at the University of Rochester School Medicine and Dentistry.

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Nuclear fusion project takes key step in lab test

Nuclear fusion project takes key step in lab test

February 13, 2014

Scientists say they’ve taken a key step toward harnessing nuclear fusion as a new way to generate power. The sign of bootstrapping is “really a wonderful result,” said fusion expert Robert McCrory of the University of Rochester, who was not involved in the research.

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Movie date night can double as therapy

Movie date night can double as therapy

February 10, 2014

A University of Rochester study found that couples who watched and talked about issues raised in movies like “Steel Magnolias” and “Love Story” were less likely to divorce or separate than couples in a control group.

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The Beatles — why band will still be fab in 50 years

The Beatles — why band will still be fab in 50 years

February 8, 2014

By John Covach, of the Institute for Popular Music at the University of Rochester. This month marks 50 years since The Beatles made landfall in America. Had it not been for a very fortuitous convergence of events, however, Beatlemania might never have erupted.

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What makes a gift romantic?

What makes a gift romantic?

February 7, 2014

University of Rochester visiting professor Dr. Marie Joelle Estrada says the key is to give a gift that has personal meaning. It does not have to cost a lot of money. You could even make a nice dinner, but probably not macaroni and cheese!

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