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Nerds Forum with @joshzepps

Nerds Forum with @joshzepps

September 30, 2014

Could this be the invention that every Harry Potter fan has been waiting for? Nerds the world over are going gaga for a so called invisibility cloak. It uses lenses to make light pass around an object so it looks like it isn’t there. To tell us about the breakthrough we have the creator of the invisibility cloak, Professor John Howell with the University of Rochester. Can you talk us through how this works?

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The invisibility cloak you’ve been waiting for

The invisibility cloak you’ve been waiting for

September 29, 2014

Everyone from Harry Potter to working physicists are fascinated with cloaking devices. Now, researchers at at the University of Rochester have used simple, inexpensive, off-the-shelf components to hide objects in the visible spectrum of light. In other words, now you see it; now you don’t.

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This discovery brings us one step closer to Harry Potter’s invisibility cloak

This discovery brings us one step closer to Harry Potter’s invisibility cloak

September 28, 2014

It’s like a very small invisibility cloak made of glass. Researchers at the University of Rochester seem to be taking the words of science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke’s to heart: “any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”

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‘Cloaking’ device uses ordinary lenses to hide objects across range of angles

‘Cloaking’ device uses ordinary lenses to hide objects across range of angles

September 25, 2014

Scientists have recently developed several ways—some simple and some involving new technologies—to hide objects from view. The latest effort, developed by physics professor John Howell and graduate student Joseph Choi, not only overcomes some limitations of previous devices, but uses inexpensive, readily available materials in a new way. “This is the first device that we know of that can do three-dimensional, continuously multidirectional cloaking,” said Choi.

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Scientists show you how to make an invisibility cloak (sort of)

Scientists show you how to make an invisibility cloak (sort of)

September 24, 2014

Physicists have figured out the optical parameters for a magic trick they characterize as a kind of “invisibility cloak” — and unlike most magicians, they’re only too willing to show you how it’s done. “We just figured a very simple way of doing that can just be using standard lenses, and things that we normally find in the lab,” physics professor John Howell said in a video explaining the setup.

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Parasitic DNA stops “jumping” when protein takes charge

Parasitic DNA stops “jumping” when protein takes charge

September 23, 2014

Biology researchers Vera Gorbunova and Andrei Seluanov report that the “jumping genes” in mice become active as the mice age when a multi-function protein stops keeping them in check in order to take on another role. A protein called Sirt6 is needed to keep the jumping genes—technically known as retrotransposons—inactive.

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Symposia, exhibit, opera look behind the veils of Salomé

Symposia, exhibit, opera look behind the veils of Salomé

September 23, 2014

The story of Salomé has been recreated in popular culture for more than 2,000 years. On Oct. 8-11, her evolving role in religion, society, and the arts will be explored in a two-day symposia and series of events titled The Veils of Salomé, at both the River Campus and the Eastman School of Music.

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Artists with class

Artists with class

September 17, 2014

Since 2005, University of Rochester professors and new media artists Leila Nadir and Cary Peppermint have created numerous collaborative projects under the title EcoArtTech. The duo deals in the kind of interdisciplinary art-making which is less about tangible aesthetics than about creating what they call “interventions.”

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Acclaimed author’s new novel steeped in family mystery

Acclaimed author’s new novel steeped in family mystery

September 16, 2014

As a child, professor and noted author Joanna Scott played with figurines collected by her great-grandfather, Armand de Potter. After unearthing a trunk filled with diaries and documents, Scott realized her great-grandfather wasn’t the man he seemed. This disquieting discovery became the basis for her new novel, De Potter’s Grand Tour.

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Comparative literature professor explores concept of ‘the sublime’

Comparative literature professor explores concept of ‘the sublime’

September 12, 2014

Robert Doran looks at the intense interest in the “sublime” as an aesthetic concept — distinct from and even surpassing “beauty” — in his forthcoming book The Theory of the Sublime from Longinus to Kant.

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