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ABC News (March 28)

Eat a Lot of Beef? It May Affect Your Son's Sperm

The team at the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York studied data on the partners of 387 pregnant women in ?ve U.S. cities between 2000 and 2005, and on the mothers of the fathers-to-be. Of the 51 men whose mothers remembered eating the most beef, 18 percent had sperm counts classi?ed by the World Health Organization as sub-fertile. “The average sperm concentration of the men in our study went down as their mothers’ beef intake went up. But this needs to be followed carefully before we can draw any conclusions,” said Shanna Swan, who led the team. (Also reported by Baltimore Sun, Scienti?c American, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, Philadelphia Inquirer, UPI, MSNBC.)

Pittsburgh Post Gazette (March 26)

See the Good in Video Games

Daphne Bavelier and Shawn Green

Researchers at the University of Rochester published research recently suggesting that people who played video action games a few hours a day improved their ability to process certain visual information by 20 percent. They could read and interpret a standard eye chart a lot better than those who hadn’t been playing video games. (UPI, Fox News, MSNBC, Press TV Iran, Xinhua China, India E News, Keep The Doctor Away UK, BCS News, Washington Times,, Seattle Post Intelligencer, Centre Daily Times Pennsylvania, Star Tribune Minnesota.)

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Wall Street Journal (March 19)

Colleges Used to Ignore Their Students’ Business Aspirations; Now, They are Trying to Nurture Them

Adam Bates, the 31-year-old head of the student entrepreneurship club at the University of Rochester, in Rochester, N.Y., is launching a social- networking Web site this summer where users can build online family newsletters. He met his business partners at a “preseed” workshop on campus that pairs undergrads with M.B.A. candidates. His team also was assigned a coach, a local entrepreneur who helped them get a patent. “At the academic institutions there’s a broad community of people” to consult with, says Mr. Bates, who returned to school after being involved with a few other startups. “It’s very hard to go at most start-up projects solo.”

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