Science & Technology

Christos Papadimitriou ‘Imitation Game’ honors my hero, Alan Turing, world-changer persecuted in his time

In 1936 a young man of 24 years took a long walk in the crisp air of the Cambridgeshire spring, and during that walk had an idea that changed the world. The idea was his answer to a question whose time had come: “What is a computer?”

The young man was … More >

Jeremy Adam Smith Thanksgiving Greatest Hits

Three years ago, the UC Berkeley Greater Good Science Center launched the Expanding the Science and Practice of Gratitude program, which supported 29 research projects and yielded dozens of articles and videos on the science of gratitude.

As Thanksgiving 2014 approaches, we thought we’d take the time to highlight some … More >

Gene Rochlin Flying blind(ly) into the future

The European airliner manufacturer, Airbus Industrie, recently took out a patent for an airliner design without the usual cockpit up front. Instead, the nose of the airplane would be more streamlined, to reduce air resistance, and the windows removed to save weight. According to the company, this would result in … More >

Gene Rochlin Why is an iPod like a Model T Ford?

As I mentioned in my previous blog (Beware of Geeks bearing Grifts), Apple seems to have greatly reduced its online support for the iPod. Several online bloggers have suggested that, in retrospect, the purpose of the iPod was not only to capture the earphone-music market, and to promote the … More >

Gene Rochlin Beware of Geeks Bearing Grifts

It seems as if the news media have become a wholly owned subsidiary of the internet technology complex (ITC) these days. No matter which seemingly outrageous new product or system is being put forth, it will become ‘news’ in print and online, unpaid advertising that assumes that all … More >

Ana Aceves Preparing for Univision: Bringing science education to Spanish speakers

For 10 weeks this summer, I was living my career dream. I was scripting and producing science videos for Univision Noticias, a Spanish news network.

For the past 40 years, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has organized the Mass Media Science and Engineering Fellowship. It sends students … More >

Dan Farber From germ theory to global warming, science denialism is beyond parody

If you’re inclined to doubt science, why not start with the germ theory of disease? After all, isn’t it implausible that illness, death, and even mass epidemics are caused by tiny invisible organisms that invade our bodies?

19th-century French scientist Louis Pasteur, as painted by artist Robert Thom

And what’s the … More >

Gene Rochlin Flying blind(ly) into the future

The European airliner manufacturer Airbus Industrie recently took out a patent for an airliner design without the usual cockpit up front.  Instead, the nose of the airplane would be more streamlined, to reduce air resistance, and the windows removed to save weight.  According to the company, this would result in … More >

David Presti Hail and farewell to a legendary Cal grad

Alexander “Sasha” Shulgin, renowned graduate of UC Berkeley, died on June 2, 2014, a few days short of his 89th birthday. Shulgin was born in Berkeley on June 17, 1925. Both his parents were teachers. He received his bachelor’s degree (1949) and his doctorate in biochemistry (1955) from UC Berkeley. … More >

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