Tag: Arts and Sciences

Mapping the optimal route between two quantum states

Mapping the optimal route between two quantum states

July 30, 2014

As a quantum state collapses, it will follow a path known as a quantum trajectory. In a new paper featured this week on the cover of Nature, scientists have shown that it is possible to track these quantum trajectories and compare them to a theory, recently developed by University of Rochester physicists, for predicting the most likely path a system will take.

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Women feel threatened by ‘the lady in red’

Women feel threatened by ‘the lady in red’

July 14, 2014

In a new study, psychology graduate student Adam Pazda found that women believe that other women who wear red are more sexually promiscuous and were less likely to introduce their husband or boyfriend to a woman wearing red.

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Monkeys also believe in winning streaks, study shows

Monkeys also believe in winning streaks, study shows

June 27, 2014

Humans have a well-documented tendency to see winning and losing streaks in situations that, in fact, are random. Now in the first study in non-human primates of this systematic error in decision making, researchers find that monkeys also share our unfounded belief in lucky streaks.

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Protein anchors help keep embryonic development “just right”

Protein anchors help keep embryonic development “just right”

June 12, 2014

Findings on the cellular-level regulation of proteins called histones by lipid droplets, or “fat depots,” shines light on chromosome production – and possible manipulation of that process.

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Joanna Olmsted steps down as Dean of Arts and Sciences

Joanna Olmsted steps down as Dean of Arts and Sciences

May 7, 2014

Joanna Olmsted will step down as dean of the School of Arts and Sciences on July 1 after two decades of University leadership.
“Joanna has contributed immeasurably to the progress that has been made in strengthening arts, sciences, and engineering, and we are hugely in her debt,” says Peter Lennie, provost and the Robert L. and Mary L. Sproull Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering.

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Experiment on earth demonstrates effect observed in space

Experiment on earth demonstrates effect observed in space

April 30, 2014

Streaming jets of high-speed matter produce some of the most stunning objects seen in space. an experiment by French and American researchers using extremely high-powered lasers offers experimental verification of one proposed mechanism for creating them.

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Biologist Vera Gorbunova to lead 5-year project on longevity

Biologist Vera Gorbunova to lead 5-year project on longevity

April 23, 2014

A $9.5 million grant from the National Institute on Aging will support research into the factors responsible for longevity in various species of long-lived rodents, with the goal of developing treatments to improve the aging process in people.

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Andes mountains formed by ‘growth spurts’

Andes mountains formed by ‘growth spurts’

April 21, 2014

Scientists have long been trying to understand how the Andes and other broad, high-elevation mountain ranges were formed. New research by Carmala Garzione, professor of earth and environmental sciences, provides an explanation.

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First 3-D image of structure below Sierra Negra volcano created

First 3-D image of structure below Sierra Negra volcano created

March 5, 2014

Home to some of the most active volcanoes in the world, researchers now have a better picture of the subterranean plumbing system that feeds the Galápagos volcanoes.

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