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    3-Jun-2014 11:00 AM EDT

Article ID: 618519

Vanishing da Vinci

American Institute of Physics (AIP)

Leonardo da Vinci's iconic self-portrait, drawn in the 16th century, is vanishing as the work of art 'yellows' with age. By studying chromophores, the yellowing agents that form within cellulose during the oxidation process, a group of researchers has developed a nondestructive way to determine the state of degradation of ancient documents and works of art.

29-May-2014 10:00 AM EDT

Article ID: 618600

Smithsonian Snapshot: Deborah Harry, 1978

Smithsonian Institution

The cofounder and lead singer of the new wave punk band Blondie, Deborah Harry carved a path for female rockers with her good-meets-bad fusion of haughty detachment and streetwise style. This 1978 photo is part of the “American Cool” exhibition at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery through Sept. 7, 2014.

30-May-2014 10:00 AM EDT

Arts and Humanities


Article ID: 618078

Emmy-Winning Writer Chris Regan Tells Ithaca College Graduates to ‘Make People Laugh’

Ithaca College

Leaning more on the wit that helped him earn five Emmy Awards than the customary wisdom given to graduating seniors, comedic television writer Chris Regan suggested in his Ithaca College Commencement address that one of the most important things they could do in their lives is to try to make people laugh.

18-May-2014 2:00 PM EDT


Article ID: 617898

Will the Real Godzilla Please Show Up?

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Jason Jones, assistant professor of Japanese at UWM, says pop culture has helped to erase the more complicated character of the original 1954 Godzilla.

14-May-2014 10:15 AM EDT

Pop Culture


Article ID: 617862

Who’s Talking to Your Kids? Hispanics and Females Missing from Children’s Television Commercials

Ithaca College

Two Ithaca College professors of communications have found the ethnic diversity of actors in commercials aimed at children has apparently remained the same since the start of the 21st century.

13-May-2014 12:00 PM EDT

Pop Culture

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    7-May-2014 3:30 PM EDT

Article ID: 617203

i, Solo

Acoustical Society of America (ASA)

Musicians can now perform as the soloist with a full philharmonic orchestra from the comfort of their own living rooms, thanks to a new computer system that will be described in a presentation at the 167th meeting of the ASA.

2-May-2014 2:30 PM EDT

Article ID: 617441

Mysterious 150-Year-Old Writing in Rare Copy of Homer's 'Odyssey' Identified

University of Chicago

An Italian computer engineer has solved a 150-year-old literary mystery found in a rare edition of Homer’s Odyssey at the University of Chicago Library. The 1504 Venetian edition contains handwritten annotations in a previously unknown script. In hopes of cracking the code, the Library’s Special Collections Research Center publicized a $1,000 prize for the first person to identify the script, provide evidence to support the conclusion and execute a translation of selected portions of the marginalia.

5-May-2014 2:00 PM EDT

Arts and Humanities


Article ID: 617400

Which Heaven is “for Real?”

Baylor University

“Heaven Is For Real” contends the current movie by that name. But which heaven? Several versions of heaven are depicted in art, literature, music and pop culture — many of which don’t mesh with faith doctrines, says pop culture critic Greg Garrett, Ph.D., of Baylor University.

5-May-2014 10:00 AM EDT

Pop Culture

28-Apr-2014 11:00 AM EDT

Arts and Humanities

Article ID: 616420

Tipsheet: On Shakespeare’s 450th, U.Va. Faculty, Students Offer Views on the Bard

University of Virginia

William Shakespeare is such a studied and celebrated writer that it might seem there could be nothing more to examine about his work. But scholars are still hard at it as Shakespeare’s 450th birthday approaches on April 23.

14-Apr-2014 8:00 AM EDT

Social and Behavioral Sciences

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