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Using light to separate good from bad in antioxidant therapy

Using light to separate good from bad in antioxidant therapy

May 15, 2015

Most dietary advice includes a plug for antioxidant-rich foods like blueberries and spinach. So why have so many antioxidant-based therapies failed in clinical trials? A $1.7 million National Institutes of Health grant to a junior investigator at the School of Medicine and Dentistry aims to find out.

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Defects in atomically thin semiconductor emit single photons

Defects in atomically thin semiconductor emit single photons

May 4, 2015

Until now, optically active quantum dots have not been observed in materials consisting of a single layer of atom, also known as 2D materials. Rochester researchers have shown how the 2D material tungsten diselenide can be fashioned into an atomically thin semiconductor that serves as a platform for solid-state quantum dots.

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Rochester team receives National Eye Institute grant for restoring vision through retinal regeneration

Rochester team receives National Eye Institute grant for restoring vision through retinal regeneration

May 1, 2015

The imaging system being developed at Rochester builds on work pioneered by David Williams, widely regarded as one of the world’s leading experts on human vision. Williams pioneered the use of adaptive optics technologies for vision applications.

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Medical Center start-up takes aim at memory, cognition problems

Medical Center start-up takes aim at memory, cognition problems

April 30, 2015

Medications are available to treat many of the symptoms of neurodegenerative diseases like multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease, but there is no drug that improves the memory and cognitive problems that often plague patients. A new start-up company, built around research conducted at the School of Medicine and Dentistry, hopes to change that.

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Beijing Olympics study links pollution to lower birth weight

Beijing Olympics study links pollution to lower birth weight

April 28, 2015

Exposure to high levels of pollution can have a significant impact on fetal growth and development. Late pregnancy is a particularly important period of fetal growth, and the study suggests pollution may interfere with this period of development.

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Generating broadband terahertz radiation from a microplasma in air

Generating broadband terahertz radiation from a microplasma in air

April 24, 2015

Researchers in the Institute of Optics have shown that a microplasma created by focusing intense laser pulses in air emits not only visible light, but also electromagnetic pulses at terahertz frequencies that can be used to detect complex molecules, such as explosives and drugs.

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25 years later: Fixing the Hubble Space Telescope

25 years later: Fixing the Hubble Space Telescope

April 24, 2015

Twenty-five years ago today, the Hubble Space Telescope was launched. The images it has been sending back to Earth for all these years have become iconic, and yet it came very close to being a billion dollar failure. One of the heroes who rescued Hubble from ruin and made it a great science success story is Rochester optics professor Duncan Moore.

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Energy and Water bill includes $68 million for Laboratory for Laser Energetics

Energy and Water bill includes $68 million for Laboratory for Laser Energetics

April 23, 2015

The FY 2016 House Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill approved by the House Appropriations Committee this week includes $68 million for the Laboratory for Laser Energetics, the same level as FY15, but $7.5 million above President Barack Obama’s request.

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Climatologist speaks on ‘Ice Melt, Sea Level Rise and Superstorms’

Climatologist speaks on ‘Ice Melt, Sea Level Rise and Superstorms’

April 17, 2015

James Hansen, adjunct professor at the Earth Institute at Columbia University and former director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies will speak on Monday, April 20, in Hutchison Hall.

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Chemist Michael Neidig awarded Sloan Fellowship

Chemist Michael Neidig awarded Sloan Fellowship

April 14, 2015

Michael Neidig, an assistant professor of chemistry, has been recognized as a “rising star” by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Neidig is one of 126 U.S. and Canadian researchers selected as recipients of Sloan Research Fellowships for 2015.

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