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The future of photonics

The future of photonics

February 23, 2016

“We work on optical bio sensors,” said Dr. Ben Miller, a researcher at the University of Rochester Medical Center. He’s creating a sensor that can detect the presence of hundreds of viruses from a single blood sample, in real time.

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A do-it-yourself revolution in diabetes care

A do-it-yourself revolution in diabetes care

February 22, 2016

The first three days in the hospital were a blur during which the Costiks, engineers in Rochester, received a crash course in managing the basics of diabetes care.

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U of R develops new material shape memory polymer

U of R develops new material shape memory polymer

February 19, 2016

A University of Rochester professor and his team have developed a new material. It’s called a shape memory polymer and it’s capable of lifting 1,000 times its mass.

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This new shape-shifting polymer can lift 1,000 times its own weight

This new shape-shifting polymer can lift 1,000 times its own weight

February 17, 2016

Crucial to the development of the new material – which its inventors are describing as “plastic with a brain, and some muscle” – is the way it controls the crystallisation that usually occurs when the polymer is cooled or stretched.

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Signs of intelligent life

Signs of intelligent life

February 17, 2016

Though few adults in the room can resist oohing and aww-ing, little Amelia is not there to be fawned over. She’s there to work. Researchers at the UR’s Baby Lab want to know what she’s thinking, what she’s learned so far in her young life, and how she learned it.

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Shape-memory strand lifts 1,000 times its weight

Shape-memory strand lifts 1,000 times its weight

February 16, 2016

Unlike other elastic polymers, this one can be triggered at room temperature or just by human touch. In a video demo, the engineers stretched the material into a tight coil using tweezers. When the coil dropped into a human hand, it unfurled like magic.

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Rochester hospitals unite to defeat a common foe: c. difficile

Rochester hospitals unite to defeat a common foe: c. difficile

February 15, 2016

Four hospitals joined forces to beat back the debilitating bug, forming a C. difficile prevention collaborative. Six nursing homes that share patients with the hospitals and had a huge C. difficile problem of their own then formed a separate alliance.

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When doing everything right can go spectacularly wrong

When doing everything right can go spectacularly wrong

February 13, 2016

Well, it finally happened, that one-in-a-who-knows shot. Happened last Sunday in the Division III college game, University of Chicago at University of Rochester — a real college game, too, one that needs no moral compromise or postgame scrubbing to watch.

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University of Rochester scientists create ‘super polymer’ that can lift 1,000 times its mass

University of Rochester scientists create ‘super polymer’ that can lift 1,000 times its mass

February 11, 2016

Scientists at the University of Rochester have created a new type of ‘super polymer’ that could prove an extremely useful technology in the healthcare and clothing industries.

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Stretchable polymer reverts back to original shape when triggered by body

Stretchable polymer reverts back to original shape when triggered by body

February 10, 2016

If the trigger point can be lowered to a point where practical materials change shape when making contact with skin, it could mean big things for the medical world.

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