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Vision expert David Williams receives Beckman-Argyros Award

Vision expert David Williams receives Beckman-Argyros Award

August 11, 2015

David Williams, widely regarded as one of the world’s leading experts on human vision, received the $500,000 prize for his transformative breakthroughs in vision research and adaptive optics.

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Researchers find that Earth’s magnetic shield is 500 million years older than previously thought

Researchers find that Earth’s magnetic shield is 500 million years older than previously thought

July 30, 2015

Since 2010, the best estimate of the age of Earth’s magnetic field has been 3.45 billion years. But now the Rochester researcher responsible for that finding has new data showing the magnetic field is far older.

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First measurements taken of South Africa’s iron age magnetic field history

First measurements taken of South Africa’s iron age magnetic field history

July 28, 2015

Combined with the current weakening of Earth’s magnetic field, the data suggest that the region of Earth’s core beneath southern Africa may play a special role in reversals of the planet’s magnetic poles.

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Drawing a line between quantum and classical: Bell’s Inequality fails test as boundary

Drawing a line between quantum and classical: Bell’s Inequality fails test as boundary

July 21, 2015

The best guide to the boundary between our everyday world and the “spooky” features of the quantum world has been a theorem called Bell’s Inequality, but now a new paper shows that we understand the frontiers of that quantum world less well than scientists have thought.

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Babies’ expectations may help brain development

Babies’ expectations may help brain development

July 20, 2015

A series of studies with infants 5 to 7 months old has shown that the portion of babies’ brains responsible for visual processing responds not just to the presence of visual stimuli, but also to the mere expectation of visual stimuli.

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First-of-its-kind study to explore how family stress leads to cavities

First-of-its-kind study to explore how family stress leads to cavities

July 15, 2015

UR Medicine’s Eastman Institute for Oral Health has been awarded a $3.5 million grant that, for the first time, will scientifically explore how family functioning, stress, and parenting behaviors may lead to early childhood cavities.

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Funding aimed at fusion energy awarded to Laboratory for Laser Energetics, Sandia National Laboratories collaboration

Funding aimed at fusion energy awarded to Laboratory for Laser Energetics, Sandia National Laboratories collaboration

June 30, 2015

The award seeks to build upon recent successes of Sandia’s Magnetized Liner Inertial Fusion (MagLIF) concept. The concept uses a laser to heat fusion fuel contained in a small cylinder as it is compressed by the huge magnetic field of Sandia’s massive Z accelerator.

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How understanding GPS can help you hit a curveball

How understanding GPS can help you hit a curveball

June 22, 2015

Our brains track moving objects by applying one of the algorithms your phone’s GPS uses, according to researchers at the University of Rochester. This same algorithm also explains why we are fooled by several motion-related optical illusions, including the sudden “break” of baseball’s well known “curveball illusion.”

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$10 million grant funds center to study OCD

$10 million grant funds center to study OCD

June 4, 2015

A new research center, led by professor of pharmacology and physiology Susan Haber, will work to map the networks in the brain disrupted in patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder.

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