Please consider downloading the latest version of Internet Explorer
to experience this site as intended.
Tools Search Main Menu

Tag: Arts and Sciences

An extra protein gives naked mole rats more power to stop cancer

An extra protein gives naked mole rats more power to stop cancer

February 4, 2015

Naked mole rats are small, hairless, subterranean rodents that have never been known to get cancer despite having a 30-year lifespan. A new protein discovered by biologist Vera Gorbunova may help explain why.

Continue Reading

Massive alien ring system is much larger than Saturn’s, and may contain exomoons

Massive alien ring system is much larger than Saturn’s, and may contain exomoons

February 1, 2015

Astronomers this week announced yet another mind-boggling finding: a ring system which orbits a distant giant planet has been found to be much larger and more massive than Saturn’s ring system, the best known example in our own Solar System.

Continue Reading

Rochester choreographers receive Lillian Fairchild Award for commitment to community

Rochester choreographers receive Lillian Fairchild Award for commitment to community

January 30, 2015

The Department of English has named N’jelle Gage and Guy Thorne of FuturPointe Dance the recipients of the 2014 Lillian Fairchild Memorial Award.

Continue Reading

Huge ring system surrounds newly discovered exoplanet

Huge ring system surrounds newly discovered exoplanet

January 30, 2015

A pair of astronomers recently announced that they have discovered a celestial body outside of our solar system that they refer to as a “Super Saturn”. That’s because the object is surrounded by a ring system that’s 200 times as large as those that circle Saturn. Dr. Eric Mamajek from the University of Rochester is one of the astronomers who made the discovery.

Continue Reading

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.

Continue Reading

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.

Continue Reading

Huge Saturn-like planet found lurking in space could offer clues to how moons are formed

Huge Saturn-like planet found lurking in space could offer clues to how moons are formed

January 29, 2015

The planet, known as J1407b, was discovered in 2012 but scientists have just completed a detailed study of data about it. The research shows that there are 30 rings around the planet. But between those rings are gaps, which indicate that satellites or exomoons have formed between them.

Continue Reading

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.

Continue Reading

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.

Continue Reading

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.

Continue Reading