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Researchers find that Earth’s magnetic shield is 500 million years older than previously thought

Since 2010, the best estimate of the age of Earth’s magnetic field has been 3.45 billion years. But now a researcher responsible for that finding has new data showing the magnetic field is far older. John Tarduno, a Rochester geophysicist and leading expert on Earth’s magnetic field, and his team of researchers say they believe the Earth’s magnetic field is at least four billion years old.

July 30, 2015

In the Headlines

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Earth magnetic shield is older than previously thought

The Earth’s magnetic field, which shields the atmosphere from harmful radiation, is at least four billion years old, according to scientists.

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July 31, 2015
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Suicide risk tied to women’s social connectedness

Among more than 70,000 women followed for almost 20 years, those who were the most socially connected were about 75 percent less likely than the least-connected to die by suicide.

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July 30, 2015
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Ancient huts may reveal clues to earth’s magnetic pole reversals

Patches of ground where huts were burned down in southern Africa contain a key mineral that recorded the magnetic field at the time of each ritual burning.

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July 28, 2015

Science & Technology

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First measurements taken of South Africa’s iron age magnetic field history

Combined with the current weakening of Earth’s magnetic field, the data suggest that the region of Earth’s core beneath southern Africa may play a special role in reversals of the planet’s magnetic poles.

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July 28, 2015
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Drawing a line between quantum and classical: Bell’s Inequality fails test as boundary

The best guide to the boundary between our everyday world and the “spooky” features of the quantum world has been a theorem called Bell’s Inequality, but now a new paper shows that we understand the frontiers of that quantum world less well than scientists have thought.

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July 21, 2015
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Babies’ expectations may help brain development

A series of studies with infants 5 to 7 months old has shown that the portion of babies’ brains responsible for visual processing responds not just to the presence of visual stimuli, but also to the mere expectation of visual stimuli.

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July 20, 2015

Society & Culture

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Jane McGonigal, world-renowned designer of alternate reality games, to speak

Jane McGonigal, an American game designer and author who advocates the use of mobile and digital technology to channel positive attitudes in a real-world context will speak to 200 elite high school students from 20 nations staying on the River Campus as part of the International Baccalaureate World Student Conference on Monday, Aug. 3.

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July 31, 2015
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College social life can predict well-being at midlife

A new 30-year longitudinal study shows that the quantity of social interactions a person has in their 20s—and the quality of the social relationships they have in their 30s—can benefit his or her well-being later in life. The study participants, now in their 50s, took part in the Rochester-Interaction Record (RIR) study as college students in the 1970s and again as 30-year-olds in the 1980s.

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July 23, 2015
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Winners of inaugural Tibetan Innovation Challenge announced

A Simon Business School team placed third in the Tibetan Innovation Challenge, a new intercollegiate social entrepreneurship business plan competition that aims to develop self-sustaining and replicable business ideas to alleviate the economic difficulties Tibetan refugees are facing.

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July 13, 2015

Photo of the Week

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Renovations at Interfaith Chapel

July 23, 2015

The Interfaith Chapel sanctuary is being renovated to accommodate an increasingly diverse religious and spiritual campus community. Updates include new carpeting, a handicap-accessible lectern platform, a hearing loop to improve sound quality for the hearing-impaired, and expanded seating for up to 500 people.

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Student Life

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19 African students learn college ropes this summer

Nineteen high school students from Africa are staying on the River Campus through Aug. 7 as part of a pre-orientation program designed to prepare them for college this fall. Three will continue their education at the University of Rochester this fall.

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July 31, 2015
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Recent alumni recognized for Rochester Youth Year commitment

Three members of the Class of 2014 have completed their one-year commitment to Rochester Youth Year, an AmeriCorps VISTA sponsored program that includes seven local colleges.

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July 29, 2015
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An active year as social issues prompt students to make their voices heard

Is student activism on the rise? In the past year, Rochester students led protests and vigils against police brutality; initiated a campaign, by students and for students, to tackle the problem of sexual assault; and forged an alliance with the movement for a $15 minimum wage and a union for fast-food workers.

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July 22, 2015

The Arts

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17-year-old virtuoso wins Young Artists International Piano Competition

Brian Le, 17, of Silver Spring, Md,, was awarded first prize in the Eastman Young Artists International Piano Competition Saturday, July 18, following a stellar performance of the first movement Allegro maestoso of Chopin’s Concerto No. 1 in E Minor.

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July 20, 2015
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University on the Fringe

From September 17-26, students, faculty, staff, and alumni from across the University — including the After Hours student a capella ensemble above — will participate in the 2015 First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival in downtown Rochester. Since its founding in 2009, the festival has doubled in size with more than 450 performances and more than 60,000 attendees.

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July 14, 2015
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New book explores images of world cultures in Western music

In his just-published book Music and the Exotic from the Renaissance to Mozart, musicologist Ralph P. Locke explores how peoples who were considered different from “us” (Europeans) were characterized in popular songs, instrumental works, oratorios, ballets, and operas.

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June 29, 2015

University News

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Rochester earns National Weather Service StormReady certification

The NOAA’s National Weather Service (NWS) has recognized the Rochester as a StormReady® university for its preparedness to handle all types of severe and potentially life-threatening weather. Rochester is the first private university in New York State to be certified StormReady.

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July 28, 2015
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Vice President Biden, Governor Cuomo announce that Rochester will be headquarters for nation’s newest manufacturing innovation hub

The University of Rochester is a key partner in a consortium that has won a national competition to advance U.S. photonics manufacturing capability. The new American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics (AIM Photonics) will be headquartered in Rochester, New York.

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July 27, 2015
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Renowned particle physicist Susumu Okubo dies

Okubo, a Rochester alumnus and faculty member since 1964, was internationally known for his groundbreaking investigations into the patterns and decay rates of fundamental particles and symmetries of the universe.

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July 27, 2015
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