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Researchers test new way to protect people from HIV

Researchers test new way to protect people from HIV

November 20, 2015

The Medical Center is testing a new method to prevent HIV that scientists hope will boost the development of an effective vaccine for the virus.

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NASA grant will explore impact of space travel on brain

NASA grant will explore impact of space travel on brain

November 12, 2015

Kerry O’Banion, professor of neurobiology and anatomy, has been awarded $1.8 million from NASA to study whether extended deep space travel places astronauts at risk for neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s.

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Discovery of classic pi formula a ‘cunning piece of magic’

Discovery of classic pi formula a ‘cunning piece of magic’

November 10, 2015

When most people think about pi, they associate the mathematical constant with arcs and circles. Mathematicians, however, are accustomed to seeing it in a variety of fields. But two University physicists were still surprised to find it lurking in a quantum mechanics formula for the energy states of the hydrogen atom.

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Rochester team among those awarded $3 million Breakthrough Prize for work with neutrinos

Rochester team among those awarded $3 million Breakthrough Prize for work with neutrinos

November 9, 2015

A team led by professors Steven Manly and Kevin McFarland was honored “for the fundamental discovery of neutrino oscillations, revealing a new frontier beyond, and possibly far beyond, the standard model of particle physics.”

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What ‘drives’ curiosity research?

What ‘drives’ curiosity research?

November 5, 2015

Scientists have been studying curiosity since the 19th century, but combining techniques from several fields now makes it possible for the first time to study it with full scientific rigor, according to the authors of a new paper.

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$2.6 Million grant funds study of early sex differences in human health, disease

$2.6 Million grant funds study of early sex differences in human health, disease

November 5, 2015

Sex differences in human health and disease are well-documented. Recent animal studies suggest that these sex differences may begin in a mother’s womb.

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Study: Brain’s immune system could be harnessed to fight Alzheimer’s

Study: Brain’s immune system could be harnessed to fight Alzheimer’s

November 4, 2015

When activated to fight inflammation, the brain’s immune system plays a role in the removal of amyloid beta, which scientists believe play a major role in the disease.

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Golisano Children’s Hospital debuts integrated PET-MRI

Golisano Children’s Hospital debuts integrated PET-MRI

October 30, 2015

Golisano Children’s Hospital this month became the first children’s hospital in the country to administer an integrated PET-MRI scan to a patient. The scanner combines two common imaging procedures into one, reducing radiation exposure to a minimum and allowing for a dual measurement of structure and metabolism.

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Can we unconsciously ‘hear’ distance?

Can we unconsciously ‘hear’ distance?

October 28, 2015

Because sound travels much more slowly than light, we can often see distant events before we hear them. That is why we can count the seconds between a lightning flash and its accompanying thunder. Now researchers in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences have shown that our brains can also detect and process sound delays that are too short to be noticed consciously, and that we use that information to fine tune what our eyes see when estimating distance.

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