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Making his move

Making his move

December 9, 2014

Computer science major Francis Hinson ’16 says that chess is a game in which players improve through study, not just repeated play. His start-up, Chesscademy, which he founded with two other students, aims to make such instruction readily available and fun. (Photo: Josh Edelson/AP Images for Rochester Review)

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Seeing red

Seeing red

December 5, 2014

But the symbolism of the color red also permeates our lives in more subtle ways. In fact, research has shown that it may have the power to influence our psyches, desires, and behaviors. Conversely, though, red has also been linked to “avoidance motivation,” or a heightened desire to avoid failure. In a 2007 study, Andrew Elliot, a psychology professor at the University of Rochester, administered exams bound in different-colored packets.

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How long can Earth’s technological civilization last?

How long can Earth’s technological civilization last?

November 30, 2014

A new study has provided a deeper insight into what could be the average lifetime of species like humans, who are extremely technologically advanced.

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Allan Greenleaf named a fellow of American Mathematical Society

Allan Greenleaf named a fellow of American Mathematical Society

November 24, 2014

The AMS awards fellowships to recognize “members who have made outstanding contributions to the creation, exposition, advancement, communication, and utilization of mathematics.” Greenleaf is being singled out for his “contributions to inverse problems with applications to cloaking, as well as for service to AMS.”

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UR’s Joanna Scott finds novel in family history

UR’s Joanna Scott finds novel in family history

November 22, 2014

Joanna Scott set out to write a family biography. But two years of researching her great-grandfather’s mysterious disappearance led her to more questions than answers, a possible new twig on her family tree — and, ultimately, to last month’s release of her new novel, De Potter’s Grand Tour.

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Curt Smith talks about President George H.W. Bush | Part 1(video)

Curt Smith talks about President George H.W. Bush | Part 1(video)

November 19, 2014

Curt Smith joins us. Curt Smith is the author of the new book George H.W. Bush: Character at the Core. There’s a look at the book, and you got a brief glimpse at our friend, Curt, who joins us this morning from the University of Rochester where he is actively pursuing the melding of young minds in terms of English and presidential leadership and communications.

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Connections: George H. W. Bush’s new biography written by Curt Smith

Connections: George H. W. Bush’s new biography written by Curt Smith

November 19, 2014

Curt Smith, the author, lecturer, and former presidential speechwriter, is our guest this hour to talk about his new biography on President George H. W. Bush. Smith was a speechwriter for the 41st President of the United States. He’s written 16 books and was a speechwriter for, among other people, George H.W. Bush.

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How the search for aliens could save us from environmental collapse

How the search for aliens could save us from environmental collapse

November 18, 2014

It’s an open question as to whether or not climate change poses an existential risk to the human species, but it’s not looking good. But what if we could study other civilizations — alien civilizations — who have already dealt with these problems?

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Science offers new view of human survival hopes

Science offers new view of human survival hopes

November 15, 2014

Two American scientists have just sought to find a way of answering the ultimate global warming question: how long can any species last once it has discovered how to exploit fossil fuels and change the conditions under which it first evolved? In doing so, they have sidestepped the great challenge of astrobiology.

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