Tag: Arts and Sciences
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.
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.
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. The ring system – the first of its kind to be found outside our solar system – was discovered in 2012 by a team led by Professor Eric Mamajek.
“This planet is much larger than Jupiter or Saturn, and its ring system is roughly 200 times larger than Saturn’s rings are today,” co-author Eric Mamajek, professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Rochester, said in a statement. “You could think of it as kind of a super Saturn.”
In the intervening decades, humanity has recognized that our own climb up the ladder of technological sophistication comes with a heavy price. From climate change to resource depletion, our evolution into a globe-spanning industrial culture is forcing us through the narrow bottleneck of a sustainability crisis.
Novartis, a multi-national pharmaceutical company based in Switzerland, honors two scientists each year who are “within 10 years of having established an independent academic research career in the areas of organic or bioorganic chemistry in the broadest sense.” The Novartis Early Career Award comes with a $150,000 grant over three years to continue the recipient’s research.
Scientists at the University of Rochester invented an actual cloaking device that will make objects disappear.
This is not a joke. You can buy a cloaking device for $49. The catch? It’s not wearable. The cloaking device consists of a series of four lenses that bend light around 3D objects so they appear invisible.
How about an IRL Invisibility Cloak? No, seriously, someone invented it. OK, so its not exactly a cloak. Its more like a series of four lenses that keep objects hidden from multiple angles. But it exists, it works and its kind of amazing.