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Diagnostic Devices to Feature Super-Thin Filters

Diagnostic Devices to Feature Super-Thin Filters

November 12, 2012 | 0 Comments

DNA analysis and pathogen testing relies on filtration. These new membrane filters will be about 1,000 times thinner than the sponge-like filters used now, lending themselves to yet smaller, portable instrumentation for use in the field.

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‘Holy Grail’ of Hydrogen Fuel

‘Holy Grail’ of Hydrogen Fuel

November 8, 2012

Work by a group of graduate students and chemistry professors is advancing what is sometimes considered the “holy grail” of energy science: lowering the cost while increasing the output of sunlight-powered hydrogen-production systems. The solution: nanocrystals and nickel catalysts.

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How Do Blind Mole Rats Ward Off Cancer?

How Do Blind Mole Rats Ward Off Cancer?

November 7, 2012

Blind mole rats and naked mole rats—both subterranean rodents with long life spans—are the only mammals never known to develop cancer. Rochester biologists have now determined that the mechanism for fighting off cancer differs between the two.

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Small Defibrillator Tweaks Give Big Benefits

Small Defibrillator Tweaks Give Big Benefits

November 6, 2012 | 0 Comments

With a simple tweak, defibrillators – devices designed to detect and correct dangerous heart rhythms – can help people with heart disease live longer, and with a much better quality of life, than they do now.

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Knocking on the Door of Stem Cell Therapy

Knocking on the Door of Stem Cell Therapy

October 25, 2012 | 0 Comments

After decades of research in regenerative medicine, Medical Center scientists contend we are now on the threshold of human application of stem cell therapies for a class of neurological diseases known as myelin disorders – a list that includes conditions such as multiple sclerosis and cerebral palsy.

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Optical Society Celebrates Emil Wolf’s 90th Birthday

Optical Society Celebrates Emil Wolf’s 90th Birthday

October 24, 2012 | 0 Comments

A leading expert in the fields of coherence and polarization properties of optical fields, he is well known for collaborating with Nobel Laureate Max Born on the book Principles of Optics. First published in 1959, it is now in its seventh edition and widely used by students to this day.

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Rethinking Toxic Proteins on the Cellular Level

Rethinking Toxic Proteins on the Cellular Level

October 18, 2012 | 0 Comments

Histones are proteins needed to assemble DNA molecules into chromosomes. New research at the University of Rochester is causing a fundamental shift in the concept of histone balance and the mechanism behind it.

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Safety Harnesses Key to Prevent Falls while Deer Hunting

Safety Harnesses Key to Prevent Falls while Deer Hunting

October 17, 2012 | 0 Comments

The most common reasons for the falls were poor tree-stand construction or maintenance, loss of balance, alcohol use, fatigue and dizziness. Most of the accidents were preventable if hunters, who were all men between the ages of 15 and 69, had worn a safety harness.

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Brain’s Desire for Clarity Shapes Language

Brain’s Desire for Clarity Shapes Language

October 16, 2012 | 0 Comments

Many changes to language are simply the brain’s way of ensuring that communication is as precise and concise as possible.

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