For all of ways we use the term "Epicurean," here's something strange: the original works of Epicurus himself have never been found. It's only through letters and quotations that we glimpse his work. But what if a library on a seaside villa contains the lost works of Epicurus -- and dozens of others?

When Mount Vesuvius buried Pompeii in 79 AD, it also buried Herculaneum. That seaside estate contained a library of many scrolls, and the volcanic ash preserved the scrolls... in a manner of speaking. They look like lumps of coal, but top scientists are desperate to find a way to either unspool them without destroying them, or to use new technology to peer inside. What might we find? How could we do it? What other ancient texts are begging to be read, if we can only figure out how? Our guests:

  • Brent Seales, professor and chair of the Department of Computer Science, and director of the Center for Visualization and Virtual Environments at the University of Kentucky
  • Roger Easton, professor of imaging science and director of the Laboratory for Imaging of Historical Artifacts at the Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Greg Heyworth, associate professor of English and Textual Science and director of the Lazarus Project at the University of Rochester


More women are adding terms like “coder” and “game developer” to their résumés, but the industry still has a long way to go to reach gender parity.

Last year, women made up 22 per cent of the game developer workforce, double the 11.5 per cent of females in the field in 2009, according to a recent study by the International Game Developers Association (IGDA).

But for women like Elizabeth Canas, the road to a career in technology was less traveled when she was growing up.

“I didn’t even know what technology was!” says Canas.

Food processing using high pressure instead of heat is coming to the Finger Lakes.

Cornell University and State Senator Michael Nozzolio have announced a $600,000 state grant that will allow Cornell University's New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva to purchase and install a state-of-the-art “Hiperbaric High Pressure Processing” machine.

Dean of the Cornell's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Kathryn Boor, says the equipment will ensure food safety for consumers worldwide.

That little camera on your phone? It’s a powerful tool. It can disrupt an event…or it can be a surprisingly good replacement for a much bigger, more expensive digital camera. We focus (no pun intended) on the ways a cellphone camera can be used for good and bad. Professional photographer Russ Lunn joins us to talk about how thoughtless use of phone cameras can make it hard to get good pictures of a wedding or a school play, and about some of the tricks he’s learned to make cell pictures look better. We’ll also talk with Steve Carter, organizer of Rochester’s local Instagram group called Explore Rochester, and with Ricky Figueroa, associate professor at RIT’s School of Film and Animation.

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RIT's Battery Prototyping Center was unveiled with a ceremonial ribbon cutting ceremony and tour. The facility will provide space and technology for academics and private businesses to develop new battery technologies.

Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul says she hopes someone in this facility will make a battery that helps her phone hold a charge.

"I would pay anything to not be scrounging around the floors of JFK and LaGuardia looking for a plug in the wall so I can talk to the governor."

Connections: Philae Probe; Net Neutrality

Nov 13, 2014

We’ll spend the hour deep in the worlds of science and technology. First, we talk about this week’s amazing landing of a probe on a speeding comet – then, we come closer to home with a conversation about Net neutrality. Should your ISP have control over what content you can access and how fast you can get it? We talk with our guests: 

Coming Up On Connections: Thursday, November 13

Nov 13, 2014
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First Hour: Landing a probe on a comet; net neutrality

Second Hour: The cost of child care

In the first part of the show, we call out for all 'makers' to take part in the Rochester Mini Maker Faire in November. Co-chair Dan Schneiderman joins us to tell us about the event, and who can take part (spoiler: anyone!). Then, Xanthe Matychak from the Ithaca Generator joins us to tell us what happens at the generator (spoiler: they make stuff!). 

In the latter part of the show, we're joined by Kara Miller of WGBH's Innovation Hub. We talk with Kara bout technology in education, our offices, and in the casino. 

Imagine RIT will draw thousands of people this Saturday, May 3, to the one-day innovation festival. So what are the innovations on display? We chat with Barry Culhane, Barry Culhane, chairman and founder of Imagine RIT and Heather Cottone, chair of programs for Imagine RIT.

We then talk with the following innovators who will present their works at the festival:

Sean Cooper, a student presenting a Motion Picture Science Holodeck

Colin Axel, a student presenting the Vehicle Hazard Detection and Alert System

Brendan Gordon, a student presenting Imagine Soap