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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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Meet the star of TED 2020: a glass app that coaches you as you talk

Meet the star of TED 2020: a glass app that coaches you as you talk

March 31, 2015

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.

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How many stars are there?

How many stars are there?

March 31, 2015

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)

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UR dean receives White House award

UR dean receives White House award

March 30, 2015

A dean at the University of Rochester is one of 15 recipients of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring. Beth Olivares will receive her award at the White House later this year.

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Could a diet help shield you from Alzheimer’s?

Could a diet help shield you from Alzheimer’s?

March 27, 2015

While the MIND diet stresses the importance of plant-based foods, green leafy vegetables and blueberries, it does not push much consumption of fruit, fish, dairy or potatoes. One expert said he was intrigued by the findings.

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URs campaign reaches $1.2 billion goal

URs campaign reaches $1.2 billion goal

March 26, 2015

Wednesday evening, Seligman announced that the goal had been met 15 months ahead of its deadline. Seligman called reaching the $1.2 billion mark “a major milestone” in UR’s 165-year history.

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Daily Planet: Future Tunes

Daily Planet: Future Tunes

March 25, 2015

“I decided to bring people together to create something new, something interactive, something that would catch the audience’s attention.” David Heid is a grad student at the University of Rochester. A place where art meets science with supersonic results.

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