Category Archive: Science

May 18

‘Interstellar’ Trailer Thrills With New Visions of Space Travel

The full trailer for Christopher Nolan’s highly anticipated new film Interstellar was released this weekend, wowing critics and science fiction fans alike. Not only does the trailer offer important plot clues, including what prompts the human species to explore beyond the bounds of our galaxy, it shows leading actor Matthew McConaughey at the controls of …

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May 12

Up for Debate: Death Is Not Final

What happens to our consciousness the moment our bodies enter the throes of death? Are “near-death experiences” the result of misfiring neurons and synapses, or do they signify the consciousness–or soul–entering a new and fantastic realm of existence? A recent article in TIME highlighted an excerpt from The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons: The History …

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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 02

Science Bob on Jimmy Kimmel: Liquid Nitrogen and Hoverboards

Science Bob Pflugfelder is one of our favorite speakers, and last night he killed it on Jimmy Kimmel Live. The third and fourth grade science teacher brought down the house by creating a horn section with liquid nitrogen, a hoverboard, and by putting nitrous oxide in a giant test tube. Oh, my! A regular …

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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 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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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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Mar 31

If You Love COSMOS and Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Then You’ll Love COSMOS Science on Hulu

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Last night’s episode of COSMOS with Neil deGrasse Tyson was perhaps the best yet. Called “A Sky Full of Ghosts,” the segment covered everything from light to time to gravity, and their impact on the shape of the universe. Richard Dawkins tweeted in admiration,”Almost tearful with joy at being conscious in this scientific age.” If …

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