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'Beautiful' Math May Make Us Emotional

It elicits reaction similar to great art

(Newser) - It may not have seemed possible in high school, but math can be beautiful, a study suggests—in fact, an equation can "activate the emotional brain," a researcher tells the BBC . His team scanned 15 mathematicians' brains as the subjects were shown 60 equations. Mathematicians were tasked with... More »

Former 2nd Lady Joan Mondale Dead at 83

Walter Mondale's wife avidly promoted the arts

(Newser) - Joan Mondale, who burnished a reputation as "Joan of Art" for her passionate advocacy for the arts while her husband was vice president and a US ambassador, died today. She was 83. Walter Mondale, sons Ted and William, and other family members were by her side when she died,... More »

Philly Orchestra Files for Backruptcy

Board cites large decline in audience, but musicians say move premature

(Newser) - The 111-year-old Philadelphia Orchestra is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, citing a "tremendous decline" in audiences. The orchestra, made internationally famous by such great conductors as Stokowski and Ormandy, has $46 million in operating costs this year, but is expecting just $33 million in revenues, reports the AP... More »

Redford Bringing Sundance to London

We're bring some American culture to the Brits, actor announces

(Newser) - The Sundance Film Festival will soon make its British debut, founder Robert Redford announced yesterday in London, where he also pleaded for continued funding for the arts. "You can't cut the arts because it enriches the culture," the 74-year-old actor said. "You can't, unless it is an... More »

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