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Generating Möbius strips of light

Generating Möbius strips of light

January 29, 2015

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.

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New app would monitor mental health through “selfie” videos, social media

New app would monitor mental health through “selfie” videos, social media

January 29, 2015

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.

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Gambling monkeys have hot hands just like humans

Gambling monkeys have hot hands just like humans

January 29, 2015

A new experiment from the University of Rochester has found that monkeys, like humans, suffer from “hot hand” syndrome in gambling scenarios. The study, which was not conducted at a treetop casino where tuxedo’d monkey bartenders sling daiquiris, focused on three primates interacting with a computer program, which they controlled by shifting their eyes to the left or right.

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Distant exoplanet hosts giant ring system

Distant exoplanet hosts giant ring system

January 27, 2015

It is the first such structure detected around a planet beyond our Solar System. “You could think of it as kind of a super Saturn,” said Prof Eric Mamajek, from the University of Rochester in the US.

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Rings like Saturn’s, but supersized

Rings like Saturn’s, but supersized

January 26, 2015

Think you’ve seen big rings in our own solar system? Not even close. When the University of Rochester’s Eric Mamajek tells other astronomers about the object he and his colleagues discovered about 430 light-years from Earth, they tend to be skeptical–very skeptical.

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Gigantic ring system around J1407b much larger, heavier than Saturn’s

Gigantic ring system around J1407b much larger, heavier than Saturn’s

January 26, 2015

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.

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This planet’s rings make Saturn look puny

This planet’s rings make Saturn look puny

January 26, 2015

“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.”

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Behold a material so water repellent that liquid just bounces off

Behold a material so water repellent that liquid just bounces off

January 23, 2015

Two scientists at the University of Rochester, Chunlei Guo and Anatoliy Vorobyev, have created a metal surface that is so hydrophobic that it makes Teflon look like superglue by comparison.

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Laser-transformed metal so slick that water bounces off

Laser-transformed metal so slick that water bounces off

January 22, 2015

Water often damages metals, causing rust, wear and decay. Thanks to an innovative laser process, however, metal is getting its revenge.

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