Sci and Tech

Carl Sagan was a pioneer celebrity scientist.

Move over, Britney – there’s a new kind of celebrity in town. American University's Declan Fahy explains the rise of the celebrity scientist, and why they're important to all of us. Read More...

Robots are getting emotional.

In science-fiction, you’ll encounter a lot of computers that can feel... HAL 9000, Deckard, WALL-E. But what about computers that can really sense your emotions? MIT Professor Rosalind Picard takes a look at this artificial-feeling future. Read More...

A rainbow of credit cards.

Are you paying the same price for a pair of sunglasses on Amazon as your friend? Maybe not. Dan Mongan tells us how companies are using big data to take as much of our money as possible. Read More...

A large pile of generic pills.

What's in a name (brand)? Professor Jeremy Greene takes a look at the complex history of “generic” medicine, and its impact on modern health care. Read More...

We all owe a big ‘thanks’ to Gordon Moore. Fifty years after he predicted an exponential rise in computing power – a theory known as Moore’s Law – Chancellor of the Chemical Heritage Foundation Arnold Thackray gives us a glimpse into the life of the visionary. Read More...

A mosquito, transmitter of malaria. Credit: Enrique Dans / Flickr Creative Commons

If GMOs in your grocery cart caused a stir, what will happen when they're buzzing around your own backyard? KPBS in San Diego’s David Wagner says get ready for the next big step in genetic rewiring: wild flies and mosquitos. Read More...

A pile of remote controls. Credit: Redjar / Flickr Creative Commons

The idea of turning a knob to change a channel has gone the way of the dinosaurs. But today’s point-and-click comfort didn’t arrive overnight. We can thank Eugene Polley and his enormous Flash-Matic for getting the ball rolling in 1955. Read More...

Earth from Space. Credit: BackgroundNow.com Staff / Flickr Creative Commons

If you think today’s travelers have reached the last frontier, think again. Arizona State Planetary Scientist Jim Bell explains how space startups will launch us into a new age of exploration. Read More...

The familiar sight of a traffic jam. Credit: Michael Gil / Flickr Creative Commons

Traffic isn't just bad for our moods — it's also hurting the planet. Daniel Gross delves into the underlying engineering behind traffic jams, and how cleaning them up will also reduce emissions. Read More...

The Einstein Memorial at the National Academy of Sciences

There was a time Albert Einstein couldn’t get a job teaching high school math. Biographer Walter Isaacson takes a look at Einstein’s remarkable life, and tells us why being an outsider and underdog might have helped him be even more of a genius. Read More...

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