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Chicago Symphony Orchestra to Extend Creative Consultant Contract with Yo-Yo Ma

204A60B1D-03E1-0030-E5A1583091BD42AC.jpg(CHICAGO)-Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) Zell Music Director Riccardo Muti and Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association (CSOA) President Jeff Alexander announce a two-year contract extension for world-renowned cellist and educator, Yo-Yo Ma, who has served as the organization's Judson and Joyce Green Creative Consultant since the position was established in 2010.

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Award-winning biologist offers fresh hope for species resurrection

d-haussler-cheetahAnd there’s a selfish reason to save species too: How does the naked mole-rat live so long, and cancer-free to boot? Prof. David Haussler, recipient of the 2015 Dan David Award, tells Haaretz.

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Wikipedia founder supports Israel, but keeps site neutral

Visiting Tel Aviv to get prize for role in ‘information revolution,’ Jimmy Wales says he aims for facts about Israeli-Palestinian conflict to overwhelm bias

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TEL AVIV (JTA) — In 2003, two years after the website was founded, the editors of Wikipedia faced a dilemma: How should they refer to the part-fence, part-wall Israel was building along the West Bank border?

The article’s first iteration — published amid the bloody Second Intifada, or Palestinian uprising — called it a “security fence” and focused on Israeli support. Within a half-hour, another editor added a sentence about a United Nations condemnation. Later that day, the phrase “apartheid wall” appeared, using the Palestinians’ preferred term.

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Wikipedia founder takes on censorship: Free information is key to functioning democracy

Jimmy Wales (Wikimedia Commons)Wikipedia founder, in Israel to receive Dan David prize, warns that we must not leave behind the people who are still subject to oppressive regimes.

The information revolution has changed the face of the world. Knowledge is no longer shared exclusively with the strong and powerful as a tool of control, but widely distributed, acquired and shared globally by the general public. The Internet has become the most fundamental means to achieve and distribute current information, while increasingly diminishing unfair restrictive domination...

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Wikipedia co-founder, genome project leader among recipients of Dan David Prize

The co-founder of Wikipedia and the leader of the Human Genome project were among the six recipients of the annual Dan David Prize at Tel Aviv University Sunday evening.

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The co-founder of Wikipedia and the leader of the Human Genome project were among the six recipients of the annual Dan David Prize at Tel Aviv University Sunday evening.

“Once again we are welcoming in Tel Aviv some of the greatest contributors to the advancement of humanity – this year in fields that are connected to the way we gain knowledge and share information,” said Ariel David, the son of the late Dan David and a board member of the Dan David Prize and Dan David Foundation.

Each year, the Dan David Foundation awards $1 million in each of three categories – past, present and future – which is then divided up among the recipients within each grouping.

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