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When temperatures drop, newly-discovered process helps fruit flies cope

When temperatures drop, newly-discovered process helps fruit flies cope

July 21, 2014

Rochester biologist Michael Welte and his team made their discovery while studying the internal mechanisms of the egg cell of the fruit fly, known as Drosophila. What keeps the assembly line functioning—based on the new research—is a protein called Klar.

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Bend in Appalachian mountain chain finally explained

Bend in Appalachian mountain chain finally explained

July 18, 2014

Rochester researchers now know what causes the bend in the otherwise straight line of the Appalachian Mountains, and this new understanding of the region’s underlying structures could inform debates over the practice of hyrdrofracking.

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Women feel threatened by ‘the lady in red’

Women feel threatened by ‘the lady in red’

July 14, 2014

In a new study, psychology graduate student Adam Pazda found that women believe that other women who wear red are more sexually promiscuous and were less likely to introduce their husband or boyfriend to a woman wearing red.

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Beth Olivares appointed dean for diversity initiatives in Arts, Sciences & Engineering

Beth Olivares appointed dean for diversity initiatives in Arts, Sciences & Engineering

July 14, 2014

As dean, Olivares will serve as the senior strategist on student and faculty diversity, responsible for providing a vision and a strategy to help AS&E administration proactively create an inclusive environment.

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Women wearing red are viewed as more sexually threatening by other women

Women wearing red are viewed as more sexually threatening by other women

July 14, 2014

Wearing red doesn’t only draw attention from members of the opposite sex, it can provoke sexual rivalry in women, researchers say. A new study claims that a woman wearing red sets off “mate-guard” impulses in other women, and that a woman is less likely to introduce a woman wearing red to her boyfriend or spouse.

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The strange social science of the color red

The strange social science of the color red

July 13, 2014

“I don’t think it’s the case that women who wear red are always advertising sexual interest,” says Adam Pazda, a social psychologist at University of Rochester who led the study. “But there is evidence that people make judgments about other people in general based on clothing. You can see how color might easily fit into that.”

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Women see other gals dressed in red as sexual threat

Women see other gals dressed in red as sexual threat

July 11, 2014

So that lady in red stirs up passion in men — “dancing with me, cheek to cheek … the beauty by my side,” as the Chris DeBurgh song goes.

But how does her dress color affect the women around her? A recent study from the University of Rochester with collaborators from Trnava University in Slovakia and the Slovak Academy of Sciences say not so positively.

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Monkeys also believe in winning streaks, study shows

Monkeys also believe in winning streaks, study shows

June 27, 2014

Humans have a well-documented tendency to see winning and losing streaks in situations that, in fact, are random. Now in the first study in non-human primates of this systematic error in decision making, researchers find that monkeys also share our unfounded belief in lucky streaks.

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Celebrating 59 Days of Independence

Celebrating 59 Days of Independence

June 23, 2014

In their 59 Days of Independence project, artist and senior lecturer Heather Layton and Brian Bailey ‘09W (PhD) invite people around the world to celebrate the independence of countries other than their own. “By recognizing someone else’s independence, you’re showing that you care about his or her well-being in the same way you care about your own,” says Layton.

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When it comes to learning numbers, culture counts

When it comes to learning numbers, culture counts

June 20, 2014

The findings of a new study suggest that number learning is a fundamental process that follows a universal pathway. However, the timing of the process depends on a child’s environment.

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