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Curious monkeys trade ‘prize’ for information

Curious monkeys trade ‘prize’ for information

February 13, 2015

Monkeys have such robust curiosity that they are willing to give up a surprisingly large portion of a potential prize in order to quickly find out if they selected the winning option at a game of chance, new research has found.

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UR joins national sexual assault prevention campaign

UR joins national sexual assault prevention campaign

February 10, 2015

The students’ concerns were evident in the words on the T-shirts worn by some of them involved in the It’s On Us campaign launched Tuesday at the University of Rochester. Emily Sumner’s T-shirt said, “Stop. Ask. Clarify,” in reference to the need of students to have a clear understanding of consent before entering into a sexual relationship.

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E-cigarette vapours can damage lung cells

E-cigarette vapours can damage lung cells

February 9, 2015

A new study by University of Rochester suggests that e-cigarettes are likely to be a toxic replacement for tobacco products. Emissions from e-cigarette aerosols and flavourings damage lung cells by creating harmful free radicals and inflammation in lung tissue.

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TODAY: New study links e-cigarettes to lung cancer (video)

TODAY: New study links e-cigarettes to lung cancer (video)

February 7, 2015

Dr. Natalie Azar reports on recent findings by researchers at the University of Rochester that prove e-cigarettes are not as harmless as they seem.

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Using social media to manage mental health

Using social media to manage mental health

February 6, 2015

Researchers at the University of Rochester are focusing on how social media messages can affect mental health. A new program using the camera on a smartphone or laptop can gauge stress levels for people as they use social media.

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Do naked mole rats hold the key to defeating cancer? Ugly rodents produce hybrid protein that prevents tumour growth

Do naked mole rats hold the key to defeating cancer? Ugly rodents produce hybrid protein that prevents tumour growth

February 5, 2015

The researchers hope it may now be possible to use this newly discovered protein to develop new treatments that can help stop cancers from spreading or even developing in the first place.

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Rock me, Maestro

Rock me, Maestro

February 2, 2015

Professional opportunities for classical and jazz musicians have declined precipitously in the past 20 years, but we still teach a curriculum focusing primarily on those traditions. I teach performance workshops for high-school rock musicians, many talented and accomplished, every summer. But they needn’t bother applying to America’s leading music programs.

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Massive alien ring system is much larger than Saturn’s, and may contain exomoons

Massive alien ring system is much larger than Saturn’s, and may contain exomoons

February 1, 2015

Astronomers this week announced yet another mind-boggling finding: a ring system which orbits a distant giant planet has been found to be much larger and more massive than Saturn’s ring system, the best known example in our own Solar System.

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Huge ring system surrounds newly discovered exoplanet

Huge ring system surrounds newly discovered exoplanet

January 30, 2015

A pair of astronomers recently announced that they have discovered a celestial body outside of our solar system that they refer to as a “Super Saturn”. That’s because the object is surrounded by a ring system that’s 200 times as large as those that circle Saturn. Dr. Eric Mamajek from the University of Rochester is one of the astronomers who made the discovery.

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Rochester named 1 of 3 finalists for integrated photonics institute

Rochester named 1 of 3 finalists for integrated photonics institute

January 30, 2015

The Department of Defense announced Friday that Rochester is one of three finalists in the running for millions in federal dollars to fund the nation’s first Integrated Photonics Manufacturing Institute. We already have the edge on them. We’ve had the edge on them for a couple generations,” said Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-25th District.

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