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Can cities change Earth’s evolution?

Can cities change Earth’s evolution?

March 3, 2015

But what if evolutionary change could operate much faster? What if evolution could dance to the same beat as something like ecology — the interaction of life with changing environments? (by professor of astrophysics Adam Frank)

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Why millennials are increasingly cutting the cord

Why millennials are increasingly cutting the cord

March 2, 2015

Mitch Lovett, professor of marketing at Simon Business School, says that most people are still watching many hours on a traditional TV format. “However, as options become better for the live events, the bundled ‘must-view-live’ and ‘happy-to-delay’ programming will be broken. This is on the horizon…”

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The white and gold (no, blue and black!) dress that melted the Internet

The white and gold (no, blue and black!) dress that melted the Internet

February 27, 2015

Duje Tadin, associate professor for brain and cognitive sciences at the University of Rochester, says it may be due to variations in the number of photoreceptors called cones in the retina that perceive the color blue. “It’s puzzling,” conceded Dr. Tadin. “When it comes to color, blue is always the weird one.”

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A wrong note sets the right mood In ‘House Of Cards’

A wrong note sets the right mood In ‘House Of Cards’

February 26, 2015

House of Cards returns to Netflix queues around the country on Friday, when every episode of the third season will become available to viewers. Once again, the Emmy-winning series about the Machiavellian machinations of Washington politics will be propelled by a distinctive score. That music is the work of composer Jeff Beal.

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Rochester Music Hall of Fame announces 2015 inductees

Rochester Music Hall of Fame announces 2015 inductees

February 25, 2015

Ron Carter is an American jazz double bassist, and one of the most recorded bassists in jazz history. The Michigan native studied at Eastman School of Music, where he played with the Eastman Philharmonia. William Warfield (d. 2002) was an internationally acclaimed bass baritone. Warfield was raised in Rochester and studied at the Eastman School of Music.

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Me, myself, and authenticity

Me, myself, and authenticity

February 25, 2015

The mainstream shift toward “I” and “me” in American pop music dates back at least half a century. The Beatles actually cut back on their use of first-person pronouns after earlier songs like “Ask Me Why,” “Love Me Do,” and “Please Please Me” in the early 1960s.

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Rochester Music Hall of Fame names five new inductees

Rochester Music Hall of Fame names five new inductees

February 25, 2015

Two big questions were quickly answered at Wednesday morning’s press conference introducing the fourth class of inductees into the Rochester Music Hall of Fame. No, there is not yet an actual physical home for the hall. And yes, Wilmer Alexander Jr. is still alive.

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Alaris, UR partner to digitize Susan B. Anthony letters

Alaris, UR partner to digitize Susan B. Anthony letters

February 24, 2015

Kodak Alaris Inc. has partnered with the University of Rochester to digitize a large collection of correspondence between suffragist Susan B. Anthony and her friend and colleague, Rachel Foster Avery. The collection’s workflow enabled scanning of 1,470 images, including some 50 photographs, in roughly 20 hours.

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Wives of the famous portrayed at MAG

Wives of the famous portrayed at MAG

February 22, 2015

The lessons of history are invaluable, but the stories can grow stale over time, the deeper meanings lost with each re-telling. A series of events at the Memorial Art Gallery on Sunday afternoon took aim at that problem by helping breathe new life into those stories.

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Star Buzzed Our Solar System during Human Prehistory

Star Buzzed Our Solar System during Human Prehistory

February 21, 2015

The red dwarf star, which has a mass about 8% that of the Sun and is orbited by a ‘brown dwarf’ companion, was discovered in 2013 in images recorded by NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) mission. It is relatively nearby, at about 6 parsecs (19.6 light years) away.

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