Why NASA JPL's canceling of their open house is a...
Image courtesy of JPL This year has been a big year for NASA, especially for Angelinos. The Mars Curiosity rover had a wildly successful landing, and has even garnered them some YouTube fame. The Space Shuttle Endeavor took a walk of fame through the city and came to the California Science Center. In Spring 2014, The new Cosmos will be premiering on Fox with Neil deGrasse Tyson at the helm....
In light of the "Monsanto Protection Act"
Much ado has been made over the recent signing of spending bill H.R. 933. Tucked away in section 735 of the bill, the “Farmer Assurance Provision,” has become what opponents of the bill have termed the “Monsanto Protection Act”. Let’s take a look at this text and see what it says: Sec. 735. In the event that a determination of non-regulated status made pursuant to section 411 of the...
A Drop in the Ocean: An Interview with Media...
Image Credit: victoriavesna.com Victoria Vesna wants you to think about water. From installations to exhibitions to symposiums, Vesna has devoted much of her work to raising awareness about the many issues concerning water, people, and the environment. She is a professor in the UCLA Design Media Arts department and the founder and director of the Art|Sci Center. She has collaborated with...
I am in Las Vegas this weekend for the Blogworld New Media Expo. After an extended hiatus from blogging for research-related reasons as well as some unexpected dance projects, I am here at Blogworld trying to learn and getting ready to ramp up my content. There are some changes for this blog in the works, and I’m really excited about all that I have planned. And yes, part two of the...
Cap and Trade Got Ditched ... Because Voters... →
I want the world to be a better place. … What to do about what we...– Stephen Schneider. Climate Scientist|Activist Feb. 11, 1945 - July 19, 2010
I am excited about this piece on multiple levels. it’s art in real time (raw) it’s experimental, and based on fluids and other like systems (chaotic) it’s live creation it’s pretty. lights! sounds! And I appreciate how they explore the theme of creation that they are taking on. This look pretty damn sweet, guys.
future imperfect part one: ye olde future
This is part one of a three part blog series focusing on futurist movements throughout history. This installment will focus on the earliest movements, up to about the early 19th century. IN THE BEGINNING Early scientists and philosophers are certainly the forerfathers of futurism, and one of my biggest inspirations is Leonardo DaVinci. He is quite literally the definition of a polymath, or a...
Nooooooo, my dreams of chatting with E.T. are... →
If you need me, I’ll be crying in a corner with SETI.
coming soon: future imperfect
Most people who have known me for some time know that I have a love of steampunk. Besides being terribly pretty (I am admittedly a huge sucker for Victorian style) it presents a intriguing insight into how the past viewed the future, or in our case, today. It takes a highly creative mind to imagine realities and possibilities that do not yet exist, and even more so to base them on plausible...
Finally, an outfit that sings. Literally. →
evolution: occurring faster than you'd think →
solar plane completes first 24hr flight →
Although at this point it’s more a proof of concept and won’t be hitting the market any time soon, it’s still a rather amazing feat of engineering and solar power technology. Similarly, British intelligence and research company QinetiQ is planning a full two week flight of their robotic solar plane.
A Musical Message Discovered In Plato's Works →
I have often thought about the connections between math and the universe, particularly in the context of music. It has always been quite interesting to me that humans have such an emotional affinity with certain sounds and a distaste for others. This occurs not just within cultures, where emotional responses to music are trained, but on a world-wide level as well. In a sense, music is our way of...
Happy Birthday, Buckminster Fuller!
sparking a revolution
Recently I was an instructor for the UCLA SciArt Nanolab, a two week program for high school students which focuses on research, production and the creative process through a combined artistic / scientific perspective. It was a truly inspiring process in that I could see the clear potential in these students to come up with radical ideas which will shift the cultural paradigm. I did wonder,...
the creativity crisis →
“They’re quitting because they’re discouraged and bored, not because they’re dark, depressed, anxious, or neurotic. It’s a myth that creative people have these traits. (Those traits actually shut down creativity; they make people less open to experience and less interested in novelty.) Rather, creative people, for the most part, exhibit active moods and positive affect. They’re not...
Artists in Labs | Scientists in Studios →
are you a part of the third culture? →
The third culture consists of those scientists and other thinkers in the empirical world who, through their work and expository writing, are taking the place of the traditional intellectual in rendering visible the deeper meanings of our lives, redefining who and what we are. - John Brockman, The Third Culture: Beyond the Scientific Revolution