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.
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.
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.”
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.
“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.
Developed by a team at the University of Rochester’s Human-Computer Interaction Group, the system is called Rhema, and it works by recording a speaker, analyzing the volume and rate of the recorded words, and immediately displaying recommendations for changes.
But some questions about the night sky have straightforward answers, even if what those queries return remains pretty mind-blowing. “How many stars are up there?” spills out easily for anyone standing under the night sky. “Are there more stars than grains of sand on a beach? Are there more stars than people who have ever lived?” (essay by astrophysics professor Adam Frank)