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Renowned expert to describe breakthroughs in data science

Renowned expert to describe breakthroughs in data science

February 27, 2015

Eric Horvitz, director of Microsoft Research, will show how breakthroughs in the new field of data science are solving previously intractable problems in clinical medicine, public health, transportation, disaster recovery, and many other areas.

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New self-stretching material developed at University of Rochester

New self-stretching material developed at University of Rochester

February 16, 2015

Although most materials slightly expand when heated, there is a new class of rubber-like material that not only self-stretches upon cooling; it reverts back to its original shape when heated, all without physical manipulation.

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Curious monkeys share our thirst for knowledge

Curious monkeys share our thirst for knowledge

February 12, 2015

Monkeys are notoriously curious, and new research has quantified just how eager they are to gain new information, even if there are not immediate benefits.

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E-cigarette vapors, flavorings, trigger lung cell stress

E-cigarette vapors, flavorings, trigger lung cell stress

February 10, 2015

Emissions from e-cigarette aerosols and flavorings damage lung cells by creating harmful free radicals and inflammation in lung tissue, according to a new URMC study.

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An extra protein gives naked mole rats more power to stop cancer

An extra protein gives naked mole rats more power to stop cancer

February 4, 2015

Naked mole rats are small, hairless, subterranean rodents that have never been known to get cancer despite having a 30-year lifespan. A new protein discovered by biologist Vera Gorbunova may help explain why.

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FDA approves breast imaging system

FDA approves breast imaging system

February 4, 2015

After more than a decade of development and data-gathering — including breast scans on nearly 700 women and 79 patents issued — the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the Koning Breast CT breast-cancer imaging system invented by a Medical Center professor.

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Generating Möbius strips of light

Generating Möbius strips of light

January 29, 2015

A collaboration between researchers from Canada, Europe, and Rochester has experimentally produced Möbius strips from the polarization of light, confirming a theoretical prediction that it is possible for light’s electromagnetic field to assume this peculiar shape.

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New app would monitor mental health through “selfie” videos, social media

New app would monitor mental health through “selfie” videos, social media

January 29, 2015

In a paper to be presented this week at the American Association for Artificial Intelligence conference in Austin, Texas, computer science professor Jiebo Luo and his colleagues describe a computer program that can analyze “selfie” videos recorded by a webcam as the person engages with social media.

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Can omega-3 fatty acids combat COPD?

Can omega-3 fatty acids combat COPD?

January 27, 2015

The National Institutes of Health have awarded $1.6 million to Rochester researchers to study a group of compounds derived from omega-3 fatty acids and their ability to combat inflammation caused by cigarette smoking, which can lead to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD.

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Gigantic ring system around J1407b much larger, heavier than Saturn’s

Gigantic ring system around J1407b much larger, heavier than Saturn’s

January 26, 2015

Rochester astronomers, along with colleagues at the Leiden Observatory in the Netherlands have discovered that the ring system that they see eclipse the very young Sun-like star J1407 is of enormous proportions, much larger and heavier than the ring system of Saturn.

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