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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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Huge Saturn-like planet found lurking in space could offer clues to how moons are formed

Huge Saturn-like planet found lurking in space could offer clues to how moons are formed

January 29, 2015

The planet, known as J1407b, was discovered in 2012 but scientists have just completed a detailed study of data about it. The research shows that there are 30 rings around the planet. But between those rings are gaps, which indicate that satellites or exomoons have formed between them.

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Gambling monkeys have hot hands just like humans

Gambling monkeys have hot hands just like humans

January 29, 2015

A new experiment from the University of Rochester has found that monkeys, like humans, suffer from “hot hand” syndrome in gambling scenarios. The study, which was not conducted at a treetop casino where tuxedo’d monkey bartenders sling daiquiris, focused on three primates interacting with a computer program, which they controlled by shifting their eyes to the left or right.

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Distant exoplanet hosts giant ring system

Distant exoplanet hosts giant ring system

January 27, 2015

It is the first such structure detected around a planet beyond our Solar System. “You could think of it as kind of a super Saturn,” said Prof Eric Mamajek, from the University of Rochester in the US.

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