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In the mystery of positrons, dark matter is leading suspect

In the mystery of positrons, dark matter is leading suspect

November 16, 2017

Scientists at the HAWC Gamma Ray Observatory have ruled out two pulsars as the source of an unexpectedly large presence of positrons in our corner of the galaxy. Could they come from something more complex and exotic: dark matter?

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History under a microscope

History under a microscope

November 13, 2017

The Future(s) of Microhistory symposium brings prominent historians to Rochester to discuss one of the most influential methodologies in their field in the last few decades.

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Quantum magic makes quick work of measuring frequency

Quantum magic makes quick work of measuring frequency

November 8, 2017

Using the strange rules of quantum mechanics, researchers were able to put a quantum bit in a superposition of two different energy states at the same time in order to speed up the accurate measurement of frequencies.

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What makes Pulitzer Prize–winner Laurel Thatcher Ulrich curious?

What makes Pulitzer Prize–winner Laurel Thatcher Ulrich curious?

November 8, 2017

In a 1976 journal article, Ulrich coined a phrase that has become ubiquitous: Well-behaved women seldom make history. The Humanities Center hosts the feminist historian, who will speak about writing and micro-histories.

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William Riker Prize in Political Science goes to MIT’s Acemoglu and Chicago’s Robinson

William Riker Prize in Political Science goes to MIT’s Acemoglu and Chicago’s Robinson

November 7, 2017

The long-time collaborators and co-authors of Why Nations Fail were honored by the University’s Department of Political Science for their work toward essentially building a new theory of political economy.

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Thinking about time

Thinking about time

November 3, 2017

Spring forward. Fall back. On two Sundays each year, as we move in and out of Daylight Saving Time, time itself suddenly starts to seem a little arbitrary. Every discipline in the University has its own way of constructing and thinking about time.

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Time’s ticking as ‘Doomsday Clock’ scientists meet

Time’s ticking as ‘Doomsday Clock’ scientists meet

November 3, 2017

As the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists meets to evaluate scenarios for man-made catastrophe, Rochester scientists worry current risk levels are “way too high.”

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Fed expert calls Jerome Powell an “excellent nomination”

Fed expert calls Jerome Powell an “excellent nomination”

November 2, 2017

Following President Trump’s nomination of Jerome Powell to succeed Janet Yellen as chief of the Federal Reserve, Narayana Kocherlakota noted his approval of the selection.

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Rochester chemists find new means to ‘block’ cancer cell growth

Rochester chemists find new means to ‘block’ cancer cell growth

October 31, 2017

A pathway that enables embryonic cells to develop into different organs can be reactivated by cancer cells. A cyclic peptide has been found that can block the activation of this pathway, and is also less likely to trigger resistance in cancer cells.

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Dustin Trail wins award for studies of early Earth

Dustin Trail wins award for studies of early Earth

October 26, 2017

The assistant professor of earth and environmental sciences has been selected as the recipient of the 2017 Mineralogical Society of America Award, a major honor in the field.

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