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Science offers hope during dark times

Thu, 21 Jan 2021

American science has not only remained solid through recent crises but also provided a path out of the darkness, Rochester astrophysicist Adam Frank writes for NBC News.

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Laser Lab scientist honored for fusion and plasma research

Thu, 14 Jan 2021

Dustin Froula received the Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award, one of the most respected awards given by the US Department of Energy, for his research.

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A new era in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence

Mon, 04 Jan 2021

If trends continue, "the search for intelligence in the universe may finally escape the giggle-factor," writes University of Rochester astrophysicist Adam Frank in a Washington Post op-ed.

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Nobel Prize laureate remembered for groundbreaking research on neutrinos

Fri, 13 Nov 2020

Rochester graduate Masatoshi Koshiba ’55 (PhD), who died November 12, received the 2002 Nobel Prize in Physics for detecting and measuring subatomic particles known as neutrinos.

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Quantum engines? Entanglement as fuel?

Thu, 15 Oct 2020

It’s still more science fiction than science fact, but perfect energy efficiency may be one step closer due to new research by Rochester physicists.

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Room-temperature superconductor? Rochester lab sets new record toward long-sought goal

Wed, 14 Oct 2020

University physical scientists synthesize new superconducting material, developing a process that may help ‘break down barriers and open the door to many potential applications.’

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Rochester leads effort to understand matter at atom-crushing pressures

Mon, 10 Aug 2020

The University is the host institution for a NSF-funded national collaboration to explore ‘revolutionary states of matter.’

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How to view Comet NEOWISE

Fri, 17 Jul 2020

Work by Rochester researchers will help make a space-based infrared telesecope—the kind that detected Comet NEOWISE—even more precise.

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New data about asteroid surfaces will help explorers touchdown safely

Fri, 17 Jul 2020

Using sand, marbles, and mathematical modeling, Rochester researchers from across departments worked to improve the accuracy of data collected from the surfaces of asteroids.

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Faculty recognized as AS&E data science fellows

Thu, 02 Jul 2020

Physicist Gourab Ghoshal and electrical and computer engineer Gonzalo Mateos received alumni-supported fellowships to use data science in exploring their fields.

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