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Top 10 techs that exploded in 2014

Top 10 techs that exploded in 2014

December 19, 2014

Up until this year, most researchers had some success cloaking parts of the light spectrum not visible to the human eye. They found a way to hide a 3-D object from magnetic waves, cloak sound, hide metal objects from a magnetic field and make an entire city impervious to the seismic waves from an earthquake.

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Researchers explain how our minds make sense through order

Researchers explain how our minds make sense through order

December 15, 2014

Rochester scientists say they have an alternative to the standard explanation for why order matters when the human mind processes information. Ting Qian and Richard Aslin explain that our tendency to detect patterns in data is built into our cognitive processes, even when it’s at the risk of overestimating the importance of such patterns. (photo by Flickr user redwoodphotography made available under CC BY-ND 2.0)

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Commonly prescribed drug for lower back pain not effective

Commonly prescribed drug for lower back pain not effective

December 12, 2014

A new Medical Center study shows that pregabalin — marketed under the name Lyrica — is not effective in controlling the pain associated with lumbar spinal stenosis, the most common type of chronic lower back pain in older adults.

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Study reveals how the human brain heals itself after surgical removal of brain tumor

Study reveals how the human brain heals itself after surgical removal of brain tumor

December 11, 2014

An interdisciplinary team of neuroscientists and neurosurgeons from the University of Rochester has used a new imaging technique to show how the human brain heals itself in just a few weeks following surgical removal of a brain tumor. The team found that recovery of vision in patients with pituitary tumors is predicted by the integrity of myelin–the insulation that wraps around connections between neurons–in the optic nerves.

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Decoding fat cells: Discovery may explain why we gain weight

Decoding fat cells: Discovery may explain why we gain weight

December 11, 2014

Medical Center researchers believe they’re on track to solve the mystery of weight gain – and it has nothing to do with holiday eggnog. They discovered that a protein, Thy1, has a fundamental role in controlling whether a primitive cell decides to become a fat cell, making Thy1 a possible therapeutic target in treating obesity.

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New imaging technique helps predict how vision recovers after brain tumor removal

New imaging technique helps predict how vision recovers after brain tumor removal

December 10, 2014

An interdisciplinary team of University neuroscientists and neurosurgeons has used a new imaging technique to show how the human brain heals itself in just a few weeks following surgical removal of a brain tumor.

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Mice injected with human brain cells get smarter, scientists say

Mice injected with human brain cells get smarter, scientists say

December 9, 2014

“It’s still a mouse brain, not a human brain,” says Steve Goldman of the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York. “But all the non-neuronal cells are human.”

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University of Rochester creates 3-D cloaking device

University of Rochester creates 3-D cloaking device

December 8, 2014

After months of media attention, researchers from the University of Rochester’s Institute of Optics (USA) have published their design for a low-tech broadband cloaking device from common lenses.

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Seeing red

Seeing red

December 5, 2014

But the symbolism of the color red also permeates our lives in more subtle ways. In fact, research has shown that it may have the power to influence our psyches, desires, and behaviors. Conversely, though, red has also been linked to “avoidance motivation,” or a heightened desire to avoid failure. In a 2007 study, Andrew Elliot, a psychology professor at the University of Rochester, administered exams bound in different-colored packets.

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Human foetus cells injected into baby mice to create ‘supermouse’

Human foetus cells injected into baby mice to create ‘supermouse’

December 4, 2014

Researchers at the University of Rochester Medical said it was like ‘ramping up the power’ of the mouse brain, because human cells are so much more advanced. They found that mice with the human brain cells had memories that were four times better than their siblings who did not have the injections.

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