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Remembering the Sounds of the World’s Most Iconic Deep Listening Pioneer: Pauline Oliveros

November 30, 2016 - Deep Listening is a creative, meditative practice developed by one of America’s most important composers of the 20th and 21st century, Pauline Oliveros, who served as distinguished research professor of music at  Rensselaer. Oliveros passed away on Nov. 24.

Rensselaer Team Is Finalist in $2.5 Million Amazon Alexa Prize

November 30, 2016 - A team from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has been selected by Amazon to receive sponsorship for competing in the inaugural $2.5 million Amazon Alexa Prize competition. 

The Ancient Atmosphere and Carbon and Nitrogen in the Earth’s Crust

November 28, 2016 - Carbon and nitrogen are central to life on Earth – life cannot exist without them, but an overabundance in the atmosphere imperils the life we have. 

Ten Years In - The Science of the World Wide Web

November 15, 2016 - We can look at the World Wide Web from the perspective of mathematics through network science, or the perspective of infrastructure through computer science; but to truly understand the interactions between technology and society found on the web, we need web science. 

Making Old Bones New Again – From Rensselaer to King’s College

November 14, 2016 - The director of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Center for Biotechnology & Interdisciplinary Studies (CBIS) will deliver the inaugural address today in a lecture series at King’s College London that honors a pillar of the biomaterials community.

Central Intelligence Agency Director John O. Brennan Addresses Rensselaer Audience

November 9, 2016 - Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute hosted John O. Brennan, director of the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), for a conversation on “Technological Change and National Security” with Rensselaer President Shirley Ann Jackson on Friday, November 4.

National Science Foundation Supports Completion of The Jefferson Project at Lake George Sensor Network

November 1, 2016 - With support from the National Science Foundation, The Jefferson Project at Lake George is poised to complete the most powerful aquatic monitoring sensor network in existence. 

Under Pressure – Changing Semiconductor Properties at Room Temperature, in the Open Air

October 27, 2016 - It’s a small change that makes a big difference. Researchers have developed a method that uses a one-degree change in temperature to alter the color of light that a semiconductor emits. 

Exploring the Art of Learning and Playing Music at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

October 26, 2016 - To raise the performance level of music ensembles, beginning in spring 2017, the Department of Arts  in the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences will offer private music lessons for instrumentalists and singers.

Nano-Decoy Lures Human Influenza A Virus to its Doom

October 24, 2016 - To infect its victims, influenza A heads for the lungs, where it latches onto sialic acid on the surface of cells. So researchers created the perfect decoy: A carefully constructed spherical nanoparticle coated in sialic acid lures the influenza A virus to its doom.