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Roman tragedy illuminated in original Latin

Ghosts, sacrifices, visions –Seneca’s ancient tale of the aftermath of the fall of Troy, “Troades” (“The Trojan Women”), is a Roman tragedy in the grand tradition. On April 21 and 24 Cornell classics students will stage the play in the original Latin (with English supertitles).
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Study: Nearest exoplanets could host life

The closest earth-like exoplanets are bombarded by high levels of radiation, but Cornell astronomers say life has already survived fierce radiation, and they have proof: you.
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New book explores the meaning of being a human animal

Philosopher Laurent Dubreuil and primatologist Sue Savage-Rumbaugh explore the theoretical and practical dimensions of being human.
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‘Historian of water’ looks at Southeast Asia in podcast

“Water Connections,” a new episode of the “What Makes Us Human” podcast series, explores the critical role the oceans have played in Southeast Asia.
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Podcast explores role of forests in providing water

“The Need for Trees,” a new episode of the “What Makes Us Human” podcast series, explores the critical role trees play in the earth’s water cycle.
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Physicist to explain quantum entanglement in Bethe Lecture

The quantum laws governing atoms and other tiny objects seem to defy common sense, and information encoded in quantum systems has weird, baffling properties like “quantum entanglement.”

Physicist John Preskill will explain quantum entanglement, and why it makes quantum information fundamentally different from information in the macroscopic world, in the spring Hans Bethe Lecture, April 10 at 7:30 p.m. in Schwartz Auditorium, Rockefeller Hall.

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Dan Gaibel, LRC IT manager, dies at 45

Daniel Gaibel, information technology manager for the Language Resource Center (LRC) for 18 years, died March 30 of metastatic melanoma. He was 45.

“His love for people, cultures, technology, and music was evident in everything he did. We will miss him dearly,” said Angelika Kraemer, LRC director. She noted that according to Gaibel, "fortune favors the bold" and the glass was always full. 

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The hunt is on for closest Earth-like planets

A team of astronomers has created a catalog with the 1,822 stars that can be observed by NASA’s new Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), most likely to host Earth-like planets.
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Podcast examines the waterways of Venice

A new episode of the “What Makes Us Human” podcast series featuring Comparative Literature professor William J. Kennedy explains the influence of water on European Renaissance culture.
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Holocaust Memorial Museum curator to visit Ithaca

Historian Judith Cohen, Chief Acquisitions Curator of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) in Washington DC, will visit Ithaca March 24-25. The visit is hosted by the Ithaca Descendants of Holocaust Survivors and co-sponsored by Cornell’s Jewish Studies Program in the College of Arts and Sciences. Additional sponsors include Ithaca College Jewish Studies and the Ithaca Area United Jewish Community.
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AAAS panel examines field of science communication

Women make up the majority of the field of science communications (in some Cornell courses in the field, up to 90 percent), but until it became a professional field practitioners were more often male. “Science communication is now lower status, lower paid and has all the ghettoizing characteristics of other gendered professions,” said Professor Bruce Lewenstein at the recent Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Conference in Washington, D.C.

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'Ten Caesars' offers lessons from history's great leaders

Stepping into the shoes of a god isn’t easy, as historian Barry Strauss makes clear in a new book that traces the biographies of 10 of the men who succeeded Julius Caesar.
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Freedom on the Move launches database of fugitives from American slavery

This public crowdsourcing project is helping to digitize tens of thousands of advertisements placed by enslavers who wanted to recapture self-liberating Africans and African-Americans.
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Caesar’s death and life in Antiquitas podcast

The second season of the Antiquitas: Leaders and Legends of the Ancient World podcast, “The Death of Caesar,” launches Feb. 11, in a new collaboration with the Cornell Broadcast Studios. The season will feature interviews with experts who will illuminate the life and death of one of history’s most famous leaders.

 Doctoral candidate Jack Madden


Study probes effect of virtual reality on learning

The simulation, “Learning Moon Phases in Virtual Reality,” is part of a multi-phase research study to determine whether the compelling, immersive nature of virtual reality (VR) provides a better learning outcome than conventional hands-on activities. The study – which found no significant difference among hands-on, computer simulation or VR learning – is one of the first to look at the impacts of VR on learning.
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Mellon-funded Rural Humanities initiative launches

A new project will leverage Cornell’s position in central New York to reinvigorate thinking about and engagement with rural communities and landscapes.
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Psychologists solve mystery of songbird learning

Animal models give us insight into how humans learn language, but it turns out a favorite research model has been entirely misunderstood.
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Streaming chill vibes? Spotify data says the season is the reason

Are you a night owl? Do you live in the north? New research finds our music choices are influenced by time of day, season, and even gender.


Scientists tackle breeding challenges of land mine-finding rats

Thousands of people – many of them children – are hurt or killed by land mines each year, so finding these devices before they explode is critical.