Category Archive: Culture

Apr 18

Want to Upload Your Brain? How Johnny Depp’s ‘Transcendence’ Comes to Life

In his new movie Transcendence, Johnny Depp plays Dr. Will Caster– an artificial intelligence researcher whose consciousness is uploaded onto the Internet. Will, who becomes the target of luddite extremists, lays dying after being shot by a radiation-laced bullet. But with the help of a neurobiologist, his wife Evelyn (Rebecca Hall) transfers his brain to a supercomputer …

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Apr 16

Essential Viewing: Honors Autism Awareness Month

At the beginning of April, TIME published a round-up of its choice for the best longreads for Autism Awareness Month. The magazine called it “four stories about the disorder that everyone should read” which offer glimpse of what it is like for those individuals diagnosed with autism, as well as for the loved ones who …

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Apr 14

Generation Millennial Debate: Deserved or Deluded?

Not since “Generation X” have a group of young people come under such scrutiny. Millennials, the robust generational cohort born sometime between 1980 and the early 2000s are the research demographic du jour; under analysis of everyone from sociologists and economists to marketing executives and corporate recruiters. There are throwaway terms used to criticize Millennials, …

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Apr 10

Lens on the Front Line: the Perils of War Photography

The death of German photojournalist Anja Niedringhaus in Afghanistan last week was another sobering reminder of the perils of documenting conflict and war through photography. Niedringhaus, who won a Pulitzer Prize for her work during the Iraq War, was the only woman out of 11 photojournalists from the Associated Press who won in the breaking-news category in 2005. …

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Apr 08

Up For Debate: Millennials Don’t Stand a Chance

“How millennial are you?” That was the question leading into a 14-item Pew Research Center poll from 2010 on how close you were to identifying with the millennials– a demographic cohort that describes the generation born sometime after 1980 and up to the turn of the 21st century. Questions in the poll ranged from how …

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Apr 08

Fertility PlanIt LA 2014: Plan For the Family You Want

With approximately 46 million men and women struggling with infertility in the United States, or about 15 percent of couples according to the National Institutes of Health, Fertility PlanIt serves as a social media platform-turned-media company that addresses the needs that come with building a family. On April 4-5 at the Carnesale Commons on the …

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Apr 07

Celebrating National Beer Day

In honor of National Beer Day, we wanted to share some expert advice on the best way to pour and taste good ole honest brew. Dave McLean, owner and brewmaster of San Francisco’s Magnolia Pub and Brewery, explains how to enjoy great beer. “We usually mindlessly open our beers and pour them, and don’t think …

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Mar 31

Pot Goes Public: A Original Video Series

As America’s great experiment to legalize marijuana begins in earnest, the government, media, industry, and general public will seek to discover the economic, social, and health-related implications of what happens as pot goes public. Over the next year, Colorado and Washington, the first two states to end prohibition of marijuana and legalize it for public …

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Mar 27

How America Can Reinvent the War on Poverty

Have we lost the “War on Poverty?” In the fifty years since President Lyndon B. Johnson first announced a series of initiatives designed to help lift America’s most vulnerable, the results have been mixed. A report released by Columbia University in January shows that while poverty rates have declined overall since 1967, poverty is still …

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Mar 25

Tweet, Post, Link: How the Internet Makes It Easy to Shortcut Thinking

The remarkable power of the Internet to democratize knowledge has changed the very foundation of human communication. Have an idea? Tweet it. Capture a unique image? Post it on Instagram. Find a meaningful article or quote to share? Share it on Facebook. But our ability to quickly tweet, post and link via social media and …

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