In the intervening decades, humanity has recognized that our own climb up the ladder of technological sophistication comes with a heavy price. From climate change to resource depletion, our evolution into a globe-spanning industrial culture is forcing us through the narrow bottleneck of a sustainability crisis.
Every New Year, along with the noisemakers and champagne, self-styled financial gurus make market predictions for the coming 12 months. Armed with the same data that other gurus use in opposing arguments, they come on television as talking heads, post articles online or consume print editorial space to pontificate about what the next year will likely bring investors.
Khalil Gibran Muhammad will deliver the University of Rochester’s 2015 Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Address on Friday, Jan. 23. The talk, which is free and open to the public, begins at 6 p.m. in the Strong Auditorium on the River Campus. Muhammad is author of Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime and the Making of Modern Urban America, in which he explored the roots of the popular conception of black criminality in America.
Wanted: Volunteers to test an experimental new AIDS vaccine that is needle-free. The catch? You have to be willing to stay locked up in your room for 12 days. The new vaccine comes in a capsule and it’s made using a common cold virus called an adenovirus, genetically engineered with a tiny piece of the AIDS virus.
Researchers hope that this oral vaccine will create a more robust immune response against HIV. Volunteer study subjects must be between the ages of 18 and 40, in good health and not infected with HIV; they will be paid up to $2,050 based on their level of participation.
The American Academy of Neurology has included a UR Medicine study among its picks for the most revolutionary research of 2014. The study found that a high dose of a common antidepressant drug significantly reduced agitation in Alzheimer’s disease patients.
Since the shootings in Paris, many are wondering whether an attack on US soil will follow. According to experts, many complex cultural and societal factors shape the likelihood of similar events. Emil Homerin is a professor of Religion at the University of Rochester. He says that in the wake of the terrorist attacks in France, people should resist the urge to draw immediate parallels here.
Scientists at the University of Rochester invented an actual cloaking device that will make objects disappear.
This is not a joke. You can buy a cloaking device for $49. The catch? It’s not wearable. The cloaking device consists of a series of four lenses that bend light around 3D objects so they appear invisible.