| Dec 21, 2009
She has been old for so long that she can remember when the first graying hairs and the withering of her churned milk complexion seemed to matter, as if the obliteration of her youth signaled the end of something. That was 20 years ago. At 82, Helen...
| Jan 10, 2010
Despite the binary nature of his own neural wiring, each synapse an on/off switch, passing electrochemical messages from axon to dendrite, Jaron Lanier will be the first to tell you that the mind is not a digital device. We are analog creatures,...
| Jan 11, 2010
| 11:34 AM
When two weeks of climate negotiations finally wound to an overtime finish in Copenhagen, the goal of a new binding treaty to combat global warming still looked elusively far away. And, even for climate activists, the question was: "Is that so bad?"...
| Sep 13, 2010
President Obama's proposal to boost the research tax credit for businesses is widely seen as necessary to bolster American competitiveness in the global economy.
But even if the $100-billion plan is approved, it won't begin to address the fundamental...
| Sep 20, 2010
Back in the day, a runner hit the pavement wearing cotton shorts and a cotton T-shirt, and when things got hot, sweat turned those clothes into a big, wet, stinky mess.
Today, fitness clothing is all about nanoparticles that suspend moisture, compression...
| May 11, 2010
“Pop! The Invention of Bubble Gum”
By Meghan McCarthy
Paula Wiseman Books, $15.99, ages 4-8
You don’t have to wait until middle school to find good non-fiction. Meghan McCarthy takes a part of children’s lives that is so...
| Nov 5, 2010
Where Good Ideas Come From
The Natural History of Innovation
Riverhead: 326 pp., $26.95
Steven Johnson's "Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation" is misnamed. Natural history was pioneered by 18th century...
| Nov 5, 2010
| 4:01 PM
Technological innovation? Particle theory? Biomimetics? These weighty subjects are not just for experts. All published in 2010, these highly relatable reads explore places in the day-to-day where complex science is hard at work.
"The Amazing Story of...
| Nov 18, 2010
| 10:05 PM
Marcy McKenna was tired of the clutter that covered her bathroom spaces. So the Newport Beach mother developed the Styling Station, a fire-proof cabinet that can house all of a woman's electric beauty appliances in one small space.
Born to a family of...
| May 13, 2010
Across from me is Roberta Medford. We're sitting in front of an open window at her Montrose residence.
"What is it about atheists that people just don't like?" I ask.
"You would have to ask them that. I don't know!" Medford says with a good-natured...
| May 22, 2010
"Although nature commences with reason and ends in experience it is necessary for us to do the opposite, that is to commence with experience and from this to proceed to investigate the reason." — Leonardo da Vinci
Faith comes in many forms, I...