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How do you bring a castle home with you?

Tue, 03 Dec 2019

How do you convey a 91,000-square-foot castle with more than 160 rooms on the Ghana coast, back to Rochester, so at any time you could take a virtual tour as if you were really there? Or study the castle’s structure brick by brick?


When laser beams meet plasma: New data addresses gap in fusion research

Mon, 02 Dec 2019

Rochester scientists at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics and their colleagues in California and France have directly demonstrated for the first time how laser beams modify the conditions of a plasma, addressing one of the challenges in the longstanding quest to achieve fusion.


Rochester cosmology group has all eyes on dark energy

Mon, 25 Nov 2019

Next year the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument, known as DESI, will begin to capture data from 35 million galaxies and 2.4 million quasars. And it’s the job of Rochester’s newly formed cosmology group to keep the telescope’s 5,000 fiber optic cables correctly aimed at their targets, ultimately creating the most detailed 3-D map of the universe ever made.


Rochester historian takes a role in preserving world cultural heritage

Wed, 20 Nov 2019

Peter Christensen, an associate professor of art and art history at the University of Rochester, has a new role as a juror advising the United Nations in its work designating UNESCO World Heritage sites.


When do alcohol-dependent mothers parent harshly?

Mon, 18 Nov 2019

New Rochester research makes considerable progress towards understanding what triggers mothers with substance use disorders to treat their children harshly, and how parents and medical care providers can predict parenting difficulties.


Six Rochester graduate students offered National Institutes of Health fellowship grants

Thu, 14 Nov 2019

Five graduate students from the University of Rochester Medical Center and one from the School of Arts and Sciences have been offered National Institutes of Health F31 fellowship grants to support their health-related research.


The US is fighting an unwinnable war in Afghanistan

Tue, 12 Nov 2019

In a New York Times video op-ed, Lyle Jeremy Rubin, a history PhD candidate at the University of Rochester, and four other American veterans argue that the nation's longest war is not winnable.


Spiders and ants inspire metal that won’t sink

Wed, 06 Nov 2019

University of Rochester researchers, inspired by diving bell spiders and rafts of fire ants, have created a metallic structure that is so water repellent, it refuses to sink—no matter how often it is forced into water or how much it is damaged or punctured.


Science meets art

Mon, 04 Nov 2019

Artist Allison Newsome recently approached Anne S. Meyer, an associate professor of biology, about incorporating Meyer’s sustainable, artificial nacre materials into a new art piece. The artificial nacre produced in her lab mimics natural nacre, also known as mother-of-pearl.


How much do we lie when sex is on the brain?

Fri, 01 Nov 2019

A new study shows the extent to which people will change their own opinions to conform to a stranger's, or lie about their number of past sexual partners, when the sexual systems of the brain have been activated.


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