Davis Dunavin

Last year, more than 200 listeners participated in two online studies where they were asked to see if they could tell the difference between music written by a human and music written by a computer program.

Yale's Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library is planning on putting more than 2,000 VHS tapes online by the end of 2016. And the archivists working to digitize them say even they don't know what's on them until they put them in a VCR and press "play."

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In New Haven, Connecticut, Yale University students are asking the administration to change the name of one of the school’s 12 residential colleges.

Calhoun College is named after John C. Calhoun, the seventh Vice President of the United States and a U.S. Senator. Calhoun graduated from Yale in 1804 before he eventually went on to public office, where he defended the institution of slavery as a “positive good.”

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Last summer, a team of scholars and scientists called the Lazarus Project started examining a map of the world made in Italy in 1491. It’s called the Martellus Map, named after its maker, Henricus Martellus Germanus, a German living in Florence. Martellus filled his map of the world with descriptions of what, then, were far-off places like Africa and Asia. Those words faded away centuries ago, but this team believed they could use an imaging technique to read them. What they’ve found may give historians cause to look at European history a little differently.

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When you look at distant galaxies through a telescope, you're looking back in time as well as space because it takes light so long to travel that far. So when Yale astronomer Pascal Oesch and his team looked through some of the most powerful and advanced telescopes ever built they were looking back 13 billion years, almost all the way back  to the Big Bang.