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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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Professor named to Forbes’ ‘30 Under 30’ in science

Professor named to Forbes’ ‘30 Under 30’ in science

January 23, 2015

Each year, Forbes Magazine lists the top 30 people under the age of 30 who have reached notable success in their chosen field. Elika Bergelson, a research assistant professor in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, was selected for the 2015 list for her work on the development of language in infants.

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Laser-generated surface structures create extremely water-repellent metals

Laser-generated surface structures create extremely water-repellent metals

January 20, 2015

Scientists at the Institute of Optics have used lasers to transform metals into extremely water repellent, or super-hydrophobic, materials without the need for temporary coatings.

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Wilmot Cancer Institute a destination in fight against deadly disease

Wilmot Cancer Institute a destination in fight against deadly disease

January 16, 2015

Four decades into the nation’s ‘war on cancer,’ the Wilmot Cancer Institute and its director Jonathan Friedberg prepare for the next era in the fight.

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