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Coming up on Connections: Tuesday, April 14th

Coming up on Connections: Tuesday, April 14th

April 14, 2015

In our second hour, the best television theme song ever might be the score for House of Cards, and the composer is an Eastman grad who is coming back to Rochester. Jeff Beal is responsible for the haunting score that has captivated the binge-watching House of Cards crowd (including the host of Connections).

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Can the Earth be conscious?

Can the Earth be conscious?

April 14, 2015

Right now, at this very moment, you are submerged in an invisible sea of information. … From wireless Internet to satellite TV, you are bathed in an endless stream of purposeful, intentional signal. essay by professor of physics and astronomy Adam Frank

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Plaque-busting nanoparticles could help fight tooth decay

Plaque-busting nanoparticles could help fight tooth decay

April 10, 2015

Nanotechnology might soon save you a trip to the dentist. Researchers have developed tiny sphere-shaped particles that ferry a payload of bacteria-slaying drugs to the surface of the teeth, where they fight plaque and tooth decay on the spot.

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Carbon’s importance to ocean life’s survival 252 million years ago

Carbon’s importance to ocean life’s survival 252 million years ago

April 7, 2015

A new study demonstrates for the first time how elemental carbon became an important construction material of some forms of ocean life after one of the greatest mass extinctions in the history of Earth more than 252 million years ago.

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Why doesn’t your butt fall through the chair?

Why doesn’t your butt fall through the chair?

April 7, 2015

Consider, for a moment, the chair your butt is resting on right now (or the floor, if you’re standing). It’s made of a squillion atoms right? And it’s all those tightly packed atoms/marbles that are holding your butt in the chair against the force of gravity, right? Well, actually, no. There is a tiny problem with the whole atoms-as-marbles picture.

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Wanted: a rise in prestige

Wanted: a rise in prestige

April 6, 2015

Andrew S. Ainslie, who became dean of the University of Rochester’s Simon Business School last July, is intent on raising the school in national rankings, and he doesn’t hesitate to say so. “If you don’t have a strategic goal,” he says, “you end up fumbling.”

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Lost at sea, found in fiction

Lost at sea, found in fiction

April 5, 2015

The portrait over the fireplace mantle had been staring down at Joanna Scott since she was a little girl. “I knew of him and knew he had disappeared at sea,” she says. “It really haunted me.” Much of what is known of this mysterious man is fabrication, a history he invented himself. Truth and his fictions collide in Scott’s latest novel, De Potter’s Grand Tour.

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Politicos make photonics push again

Politicos make photonics push again

April 2, 2015

Rochester’s Washington D.C. delegation is again throwing its political weight behind New York landing a federally created center for photonics manufacturing. The White House last year announced that through the U.S. Defense Department it would put $110 million toward creation of a high-tech Institute for Manufacturing Innovation with a focus on photonics.

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New York-led proposal among photonics finalists

New York-led proposal among photonics finalists

April 1, 2015

A partnership based in New York is a finalist for funding from the Department of Defense to develop of network of photonics research and training facilities.

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Behind the music: Conservatives and country music’s complex history

Behind the music: Conservatives and country music’s complex history

April 1, 2015

“There’s a very strong historical thing” that goes along with country music, says John Covach, a pop music historian and director of the Institute for Popular Music at the University of Rochester in New York.

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