Category Archive: Culture

May 19

Brown v Board of Education: Separate and Unequal Schools in 21st Century America

Reflections on the 60th anniversary of Brown v Board of Education–the landmark Supreme Court ruling in 1954 that declared state laws establishing segregated schools unconstitutional–received a significant amount of coverage over the weekend. But it was Michelle Obama’s commencement address in front of a group of high school seniors, partly a policy speech and partly …

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May 07

Beauty in Numbers: Solving the ‘Unsolvable’ Riemann Hypothesis

What does it take to solve a 143 year-old mathematics problem? For the individual (or group) who can solve the Riemann hypothesis–a theory on the distribution of prime numbers that is of yet still unproven or refuted–the prize is a cool $1 million from the Clay Mathematics Institute. Along with the satisfaction of a cash …

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May 05

New York Ideas 2014 Live on!

Join on May 6 as we present New York Ideas 2014; a gathering of cutting-edge innovators with a simple goal: to draw out the strands of genius from leaders whose work and passions are changing our world. Taking place at the New-York Historical Society, New York Ideas 2014 will bring together over 600 thought …

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May 04

Star Wars Day: May the Fourth Be with You!


We’re pleased to join Star Wars fans around the world today in celebration of Star Wars day. This year’s festivities come on the heels of several announcements surrounding the upcoming production of Star Wars: Episode VII. Chief among the news is the new film’s cast will include Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher, the Luke Skywalker and Princess …

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Apr 30

God vs Science: Do We Have to Believe in One or the Other?

Do a quick Google search on the debate over “God vs science” and you’ll probably discover that the most heated arguments come to the conclusion that the two concepts are mutually exclusive. But do they have to be? A TIME op-ed post on religion took on the subject to explain why science doesn’t necessarily have …

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Apr 29

Now on YouTube – Cannabis: Medical, Recreational and Legal

CannabisChannel is delighted to announce today the launch of a new channel on YouTube, Cannabis: Medical, Recreational and Legal.’s Cannabis Channel will present compelling conversations and debates with experts in the cannabis industry, showcasing original videos from Studios and those drawn from such conferences and events as the Aspen Ideas Festival, Commonwealth Club, …

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Apr 25

Latest Mt. Everest Disaster Magnifies Danger for Climbers, Sherpas

The deaths of 16 ethnic Sherpas in an avalanche on Mt. Everest last week–the largest single-day toll in the mountain’s history–cast a dark shadow on this year’s climbing season. In the aftermath of the disaster, most Sherpas have left the mountain, leaving outfitters in limbo and casting doubt as to whether anyone will reach the …

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Apr 21

New York World’s Fair at 50: Is the Future Here Yet?

Fifty years ago, the 1964 New York World’s Fair opened in Flushing Meadows in the borough of Queens; a showcase of the consumer age and modernism as well as the strength of innovation–in particular, American innovation. Automakers displayed sleek new car designs, including the debut of the Ford Mustang. The Bell System introduced a videophone …

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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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