Category Archive: Science

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: FORA.tv 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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Mar 26

If We Live in a Multiverse, How Many of “You” Are There?

The Big Bang breakthrough recently heralded by researchers at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics could prove to be one of the most important discoveries about the origins of our universe. Not only did the news suggest that our cosmos started with a bang and then continued to inflate–a theory first introduced by MIT physicist Alan Guth …

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Mar 18

Big Bang Breakthrough: Gravitational Waves Open New Window to the Cosmos

At the Amundsen-Scott South Pole research station sits a squat telescope called the Background Imaging of Cosmic Extragalactic Polarization, or BICEP2. From 2010 to 2012, BICEP2 peered into the sky around the Celestial South Pole as part of experiment to detect gravitational waves coming from the cosmic microwave background– thermal radiation that is assumed to be …

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Mar 11

Cannabis Britannica: A Curious History of Medical “Weed”

Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN’s resident medical correspondent, is doubling down on medical marijuana. Once a opponent of legal weed and a skeptic of medical therapies using cannabis and cannabinoids, Gupta spent a year interviewing medical experts, growers, and patients. He studied the effects of medical marijuana and observed its use in everything from alleviating pain to …

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Mar 04

Neil deGrasse Tyson Succeeds Carl Sagan in a “Cosmos” Reboot

Call it a long overdue changing of the guard. Neil deGrasse Tyson, the famous science educator and one-time nemesis of schoolchildren everywhere, is set to reboot a tour de force of scientific programming. In a 13-part series beginning this Sunday, Tyson will host “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey” and pick up where the visionary series hosted …

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Feb 27

Extinct Animal Species Set to Make a Mammoth Comeback

Is bringing a extinct animal back to life a really awesome idea? Or, would it have terrible unintended consequences? That’s just one of the questions in a fascinating article now appearing in The New York Times Magazine online edition called “The Mammoth Cometh.” Author Nathaniel Rich takes on the “de-extinction movement and explores the efforts of …

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Feb 25

Alan Alda Plays Matchmaker Between Science, Art

As a young boy, Alan Alda remembers what it was like trying to get answers to his science questions. No matter how hard he tried, he discovered it was difficult to extract clear answers from scientists that were accessible to everyone. One fact, in particular, always seemed to elude him: what makes a flame act …

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