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Rochester leads effort to understand matter at atom-crushing pressures

Rochester leads effort to understand matter at atom-crushing pressures

August 10, 2020

The University is the host institution for a NSF-funded national collaboration to explore ‘revolutionary states of matter.’

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Do aliens exist? Technosignatures may hold new clues

Do aliens exist? Technosignatures may hold new clues

June 18, 2020

Adam Frank, professor of physics and astronomy, is searching for “technosignatures,” or the physical and chemical traces of advanced civilizations, among the 4,000 or so exoplanets scientists have found so far.

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COVID-19 pandemic a ‘fire drill’ for climate change

COVID-19 pandemic a ‘fire drill’ for climate change

March 30, 2020

Like infectious disease researchers, climate change scientists have warned for decades that we are unprepared. Rochester astrophysicist Adam Frank says, “It’s time to wake up.”

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Adam Frank wins multiple awards for promoting public understanding of science

Adam Frank wins multiple awards for promoting public understanding of science

October 30, 2019

The University of Rochester astrophysicist recently received the American Physical Society’s 2020 Joseph A. Burton Forum Award and his latest book Light of the Stars was awarded the 2019 Phi Beta Kappa Award for Science.

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Rochester recognized as leader in high-energy-density physics 

Rochester recognized as leader in high-energy-density physics 

October 10, 2019

Three of eight national research grants recently awarded by the Department of Energy were given to researchers at the University of Rochester, which is home to the largest university-based DOE research program in the nation.

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How might we detect possible intelligent life beyond Earth?

How might we detect possible intelligent life beyond Earth?

September 28, 2018

“There’s so much to look at, and we’ve done so little of it so far,” Rochester professor of astrophysics Adam Frank told NPR’s All Things Considered.

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Book shines a light on co-evolution of planets and civilizations

Book shines a light on co-evolution of planets and civilizations

June 12, 2018

In Light of the Stars, astrophysicist Adam Frank poses big questions about alien civilizations, climate change, and what life on other worlds tells us about our own fate.

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Alien apocalypse: Can any civilization make it through climate change?

Alien apocalypse: Can any civilization make it through climate change?

June 4, 2018

Does the universe contain planets with truly sustainable civilizations? Or does every civilization that may have arisen in the cosmos last only a few centuries before it falls to the climate change it triggers? Rochester astrophysicist Adam Frank and his collaborators have developed a mathematical model to illustrate how a technologically advanced population and its planet might develop together, putting climate change in a cosmic context.

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We think we’re the first advanced earthlings—but how do we really know?

We think we’re the first advanced earthlings—but how do we really know?

April 16, 2018

Imagine if, many millions of years ago, dinosaurs drove cars through cities of mile-high buildings. A preposterous idea, right? In a compelling thought experiment, professor of physics and astronomy Adam Frank and director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies Gavin Schmidt wonder how we would truly know if there were a past civilization so advanced that it left little or no trace of its impact on the planet.

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Climate change for aliens

Climate change for aliens

September 7, 2017

For more than 50 years, the Kardashev scale has been the gold standard for classifying hypothetical “exo-civilizations” by their ability to harness energy. A team of researchers led by Rochester astrophysicist Adam Frank have devised a new system that takes into account the impacts of that energy use.

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