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Connections: Science Roundtable

Connections: Science Roundtable

October 6, 2014

We check in with the research world’s biggest star, the naked mole rat. What are we learning about the science of aging, and curing disease?

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Rochester to compete for $200M in photonics funding

Rochester to compete for $200M in photonics funding

October 4, 2014

The Obama administration announced Friday that it would establish an Institute for Manufacturing Innovation on photonics, or the science of using light in everything from advanced manufacturing to transmitting data. The industry and related fields such as optics and imaging already account for an estimated 17,000 jobs in this region.

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Scientists shared vision for optics technology

Scientists shared vision for optics technology

October 3, 2014

Optical engineers Robert Hopkins and John Bruning were a generation apart in age. But when it came to transferring their work from the research lab to the marketplace, they were visionaries aligned.

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Scientists working on invisibility and other tech news

Scientists working on invisibility and other tech news

October 2, 2014

BBC Click’s Spencer Kelly looks at some of the best of the week’s technology – including how scientists at the University of Rochester are using a series of lenses to create a form of invisibility and plans to turn the game Tetris into a film.

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College Town is filling up

College Town is filling up

October 1, 2014

A quick drive around Mt. Hope and Elmwood avenues shows an area completely transformed as a result of the $100 million College Town project under way. The first retail opening in the 14-acre, mixed-use development will be the Barnes & Noble bookstore on October 17. The store will be the University of Rochester’s official campus bookstore, and also serve the general public.

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Nerds Forum with @joshzepps

Nerds Forum with @joshzepps

September 30, 2014

Could this be the invention that every Harry Potter fan has been waiting for? Nerds the world over are going gaga for a so called invisibility cloak. It uses lenses to make light pass around an object so it looks like it isn’t there. To tell us about the breakthrough we have the creator of the invisibility cloak, Professor John Howell with the University of Rochester. Can you talk us through how this works?

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A political attack on shareholder value

A political attack on shareholder value

September 30, 2014

Last week the Center for Political Accountability and the Zicklin Center at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School released the annual “CPA-Zicklin Index,” which ranks companies based on disclosure policies for political activities. Shareholders and executives may want to take note, though: A high ranking isn’t necessarily good for your company—or for you. Op-ed by David Primo, associate professor of political science and business administration

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The invisibility cloak you’ve been waiting for

The invisibility cloak you’ve been waiting for

September 29, 2014

Everyone from Harry Potter to working physicists are fascinated with cloaking devices. Now, researchers at at the University of Rochester have used simple, inexpensive, off-the-shelf components to hide objects in the visible spectrum of light. In other words, now you see it; now you don’t.

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This discovery brings us one step closer to Harry Potter’s invisibility cloak

This discovery brings us one step closer to Harry Potter’s invisibility cloak

September 28, 2014

It’s like a very small invisibility cloak made of glass. Researchers at the University of Rochester seem to be taking the words of science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke’s to heart: “any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”

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UR researcher on short list for Nobel winners

UR researcher on short list for Nobel winners

September 26, 2014

University of Rochester faculty member Ching W. Tang and a former Eastman Kodak Co. colleague have been named to a short list of likely Nobel winners for their work inventing the organic light-emitting diode.

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