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Confessions of a Tone-Deaf Music Professor

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How’s this for a shock, horror headline: “Tone-deaf professor of Music at Liverpool University”. Can it be true? Well, up to a point, yes. It’s...


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  • A screen shows the New York Stock Exchange during the afternoon of Jan. 4 the first day of trading for 2016. Despite a rocky start to the year, analysts expect a better year than 2015. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

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  • A customer pays for goods while shopping at the Atlanta Farmers Market in Atlanta on June 6, 2015. Wage growth has been perhaps the job market's biggest weakness since the recession ended. Pay increases have been both slow and uneven, highly dependent on your field of employment and, for many, not enough to keep pace even with a slow-rising cost of living. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

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  • Canada’s financial establishment is about to be revolutionized by fintech—financial technology that puts loans, investment advice and a host of other services at the tip of a touchscreen. (The Canadian Press/Nathan Denette)

    Uber Banking: Fintech Aims to Revolutionize Financial Services in Canada

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  • The Treasury Department said Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015, that the government-backed retirement savings plan myRA, for “my IRA,” is now available nationwide. (Screenshot/myRA.gov)

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  • Princeton University mathematics professor Andrew John Wiles poses next to "Fermat's Last Theorem" written on a chalkboard in his Princeton, N.J., office Tuesday, Jan. 6, 1998. Wiles, 44, a native of Cambridge, England, was awarded the $200,000 1998 King Faisal International Prize for solving the 350-year-old mathematical puzzle that scores of mathematicians could not. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

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  • Dorothy L. Liggett  tosses her graduation cap into the air after receiving her belated high school diploma on her 93rd birthday on Wednesday, March 9, 2016, in Fairlawn, Ohio. She was joined by her children John Huston (left), Carol Weiner, Donald Huston, Diane Bailey and Jan Larkin for the celebration.  Liggett was a few weeks from graduation from Akron's North High School in 1942 when officials discovered she was married. Liggett and her late husband, John Huston, ran away to Kentucky to get married after her husband was called into the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. (Michael Chritton/Akron Beacon Journal via AP)  MANDATORY CREDIT

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