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Sometime in the spring of 1936, a thief walked up the stairs of a royal building in the heart of the ancient city of Persepolis and pried off a chunk of a 2,500-year-old parapet. It was a carved stone relief of an imperial soldier carrying a spear and shield, the limestone curls of his beard and hair beautifully rendered. For thousands of years he had been guarding his staircase in Persepolis, a magnificent center of the Persian Empire built around 520 B.C. After Alexander the Great pillaged the...
The University of Chicago and Queen's University Belfast today concluded Global Conflict | The Human Impact in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Hosted by The Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts at the University of Chicago and The Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice at Queen's University Belfast, the conference saw leading voices engage in two days of conversation focused on strategies for resolving violent conflict and reducing...
From Montreal to Mount Washington, heat records are being broken this summer in places not accustomed to sweltering temperatures. Studies have found that unusually hot weather is linked to lower economic output in countries around the world. Although several factors—from poor crop yields to heat-related illnesses—probably share part of the blame, there is also a more fundamental variable at play: When we get hot, we find it difficult to work. “Because human physiology is the same whether you...
In 2026, the Large Hadron Collider at the CERN laboratory in Geneva, Switzerland will begin its next phase, probing the mysteries of the universe through collisions of its most intense beams to date. But each year, the High-Luminosity LHC (HL-LHC) will generate billions of gigabytes of data—up to 100 times more data than was required to discover the Higgs boson. Meeting those immense data demands and enabling new discoveries will require innovative software and computing approaches for data...
From the air pollution crisis in India to the opioid epidemic in the United States, students at the University of Chicago are confronting some of the most important challenges facing people today. Such social impact projects here and at universities around the world will receive critical new support starting in October when UChicago hosts the Clinton Global Initiative University . The transformative experience brings together more than 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students, including 150...
Deep in Antarctica, at the southernmost point on our planet, sits a 33-foot telescope designed for a single purpose: to make images of the oldest light in the universe. This light, known as the cosmic microwave background, or CMB, has journeyed across the cosmos for 14 billion years—from the moments immediately after the Big Bang until now. Because it is brightest in the microwave part of the spectrum, the CMB is impossible to see with our eyes and requires specialized telescopes. The South Pole...
The El Niño/La Niña pattern in the Pacific Ocean is notorious for its long-distance effects on weather as far away as Africa and the Midwestern United States. But climate experts also know of several other such patterns, known as “teleconnections,” and believe that there are many more to be discovered. The new TRIPODS+Climate project, a collaboration among the University of Chicago, University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of California-Irvine, will develop novel data science tools to...
The largest liquid-argon neutrino detector in the world has just recorded its first particle tracks, signaling the start of a new chapter in the story of the international Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment. DUNE’s scientific mission is dedicated to unlocking the mysteries of neutrinos, the most abundant (and most mysterious) matter particles in the universe. Neutrinos are all around us, but we know very little about them. Scientists on the DUNE collaboration think that neutrinos may help...
The University of Chicago will host more than 1,000 students from across the country and around the world together with global leaders and policy experts for the 11th annual Clinton Global Initiative University meeting. The event, which will take place Oct. 19-21, engages the next generation of leaders and social entrepreneurs to help them make a positive impact in communities worldwide. Students will gather to discuss and develop ideas and proposals to address some of the most pressing social,...
For students attending the Clinton Global Initiative University, there was a simple question for Chelsea Clinton: What advice would you give your college-aged self? “I wish I had more time for the awe and wonder,” said the vice chair of the Clinton Foundation, speaking at an Oct. 20 event at the University of Chicago. “And I think I would have, if I had asked for help more quickly.” Sitting next to her parents, President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, during the...