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July 2012

New York Times (July 25)

Alone in the Void (opinion)
By Adam Frank

earth in spaceSometime this year Voyager 1, a probe sent from Earth 35 years ago, will cross a threshold no human-fashioned object has reached before. Passing through a sun-driven shock wave at the edge of the solar system, it will reach the icy dominions of interstellar space. Voyager is one of the fastest vessels we’ve ever blown out of Earth’s gravity well. Still, after three and a half decades of hyper-velocity spaceflight, it will take another 700 centuries for the craft to cross the distance to the nearest star.
Adam Frank, a professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Rochester, is the author of “About Time: Cosmology and Culture at the Twilight of the Big Bang” and a co-founder of NPR’s “13.7 Cosmos and Culture” blog.

U.S. News & World Report (July 30)

Abandoning PSA Screening Could Cost Lives: Study

“PSA testing, for all its pluses and minuses and all that … permits you to catch the disease earlier,” said lead researcher Dr. Edward Messing, chair of urology at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, N.Y. “These people are all going to die, they are going to die incredibly expensively and die miserably,” he said, referring to the many men whose diagnoses would be delayed by not testing. “I don’t know that all these people could be saved with PSA testing,” but many could, he added.  (Also Reported in: New Scientist, Fox News, CBS News, MSNBC, Mother Nature Network, Newsday, and others)

BBC News (July 11)

Covach Talks about the Rolling Stones on BBC

Professor and the Chair of the Music Department at the University of Rochester, John Covach, appears on BBC News to discuss the significance and the staying power of the Rolling Stones, who are celebrating the 50th anniversary of their first concert in London.

ABC News (July 11)

Predicting the Course of Alzheimer’s

Cindi Braud remembers well the date when her husband was diagnosed: May 29, 2009. For her, it was a devastating revelation. “The first year of his diagnosis, I literally called every single drug trial in this country,” she said. “Everyone said, ‘I am so sorry for his diagnosis, but he’s too young for our study.’” What they did learn from doctors was that Jon has a very rare form of Alzheimer’s that is genetically transmitted. Dr. Anton Porsteinsson, a geriatric psychiatrist at the University of Rochester Medical Center, says that for experts in the field, the data released today “brings together findings that up until now we have been patching together.”  (Also Reported in: Yahoo! News)