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Alternate mechanism of species formation picks up support,  thanks to a South American ant

Alternate mechanism of species formation picks up support, thanks to a South American ant

August 21, 2014

A newly-discovered species of ant supports a controversial theory of species formation. “Most new species come about in geographic isolation,” said Christian Rabeling, assistant professor of biology at the University of Rochester. “We now have evidence that speciation can take place within a single colony.”

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The complex relationship between happiness and motivation

The complex relationship between happiness and motivation

August 18, 2014

Scientists Richard M. Ryan from the University of Rochester and Christina Frederick from the University of Southern Utah have taken an extensive look at the concept of subjective vitality as a reflection of well-being. Ryan and Frederick argue that subjective vitality is enhanced when the basic psychological needs for autonomy, competence, and relatedness are satisfied.

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Physicists map path of quantum particles for first time ever

Physicists map path of quantum particles for first time ever

August 11, 2014

“It’s a great breakthrough in terms of being able to monitor quantum systems,” Andrew Jordan, a physicist at the University of Rochester, who worked on the original theory, told Live Science. “We’re just scratching the surface of the kinds of physics permitted here.”

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Quantum particles take the road most traveled

Quantum particles take the road most traveled

August 6, 2014

Physicists have developed a way to isolate the wacky quantum world and peer into it in a noninvasive way; this allows them to map the path that particles are most likely to take when changing from one state to another. “It’s a great breakthrough in terms of being able to monitor quantum systems,” Andrew Jordan, a physicist at the University of Rochester, who worked on the original theory, told Live Science. “We’re just scratching the surface of the kinds of physics permitted here.”

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Particle measurement sidesteps the Uncertainty Principle

Particle measurement sidesteps the Uncertainty Principle

August 6, 2014

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Particle measurement sidesteps uncertainty principle

Particle measurement sidesteps uncertainty principle

August 6, 2014

Quantum mechanics imposes a limit on what we can know about subatomic particles. If physicists measure a particle’s position, they cannot also measure its momentum, so the theory goes. But a new experiment has managed to circumvent this rule—the so-called uncertainty principle—by ascertaining just a little bit about a particle’s position, thus retaining the ability to measure its momentum, too.

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Debut novel explores betrayal, brotherhood in the South

Debut novel explores betrayal, brotherhood in the South

August 5, 2014

Tough economic times can bring out the worst in people, especially when you mix in family, desperation, and the drive to get ahead in business. This is one of the messages in Bluff City Pawn, a new novel by professor Stephen Schottenfeld, which hits bookstores this week.

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What really stoked the spirit of 1776

What really stoked the spirit of 1776

August 4, 2014

Toward the end of his long life, John Adams famously defined the “radical change” that constituted “the real American Revolution” as the loss of “an habitual affection for England.” Well aware of how easily that revolution might have gone awry, he asked, Whence unity out of diversity? Thomas P. Slaughter, the most recent in a long line of talented men and women who have taken up the challenge posed by Adams, seeks an answer in a return to basics.

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