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Senators urge FDA to halt consideration of genetically engineered “frankenfish” as a food

Senators urge FDA to halt consideration of genetically engineered “frankenfish” as a food
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Eight senators call them “frankenfish” and are asking the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to halt its approval process for the genetically engineered salmon—an approval the could land the first GE animal on a dinner plate near you. The fish, produced by AquaBounty Technologies, come from embryos that have been sterilized in Canada before being […]

Saving the Republican Party

Saving the Republican Party

While the Tea Party has reenergized the Republican base in a very big way on national, state and local levels, there are some members of the Grand Old Party who are worried that it is losing its way. This is particularly true with the rising generation of young adults who rarely register Republican and overwhelmingly […]

Brain on Trial: researcher reevaluates how guilty criminals are, based on their brains

Brain on Trial: researcher reevaluates how guilty criminals are, based on their brains

David Eagleman recounts the crime case: On August 1, 1966, Charles Whitman, a well-liked family man, stabbed his wife and mother to death and then went on a shooting rampage at the University of Texas in Austin, killing 13 people and wounding 32. The night before, he wrote a suicide note, “I don’t really understand […]

Jack Larson on director James Bridges

Jack Larson on director James Bridges

James Bridges was a reclusive and respected film director best known for such seminal films as The Paper Chase, The China Syndrome and Urban Cowboy. Bridges rarely gave interviews over his lengthy career, but he did share a productive artistic relationship with his life partner of 35 years, Jack Larson. Larson is a revered writer […]

Are you gluten intolerant? Probably not.

Are you gluten intolerant? Probably not.

Walk down any aisle at a health food store like Whole Foods and you’ll see “gluten free” written in big letters on a wide range of products from spaghetti to cookies. The gluten free diet seems to have exploded, but only a relatively small percentage of the U.S. population (about 1 percent) actually has a […]

Comic book writer Grant Morrison on ‘Supergods,’ his history & philosophy of superheroes

Comic book writer Grant Morrison on ‘Supergods,’ his history & philosophy of superheroes

In 'Supergods,' comic book writer Grant Morrison talks philosophy, his own personal story and traces the history of comics. He likens the life of comics to life in general. Morrison argues that, in the modern era, comics have finally grown up. He spoke with KPCC's "AirTalk." Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

“Hobbits…foolish…deceiving…radical Republicans who don’t represent mainstream America”: nevermind the names, Tea Party is in control

“Hobbits…foolish…deceiving…radical Republicans who don’t represent mainstream America”:  nevermind the names, Tea Party is in control

It’s been blasted by the likes of Sen. Harry Reid, the majority leader of the U.S. Senate, to Sen. John McCain, the Republican nominee for president in 2008. They’ve been called “hobbits,” “foolish,” “deceiving, even bizarre” and un-American. Call them all of the names that you want but the reality is clear—the Tea Party is […]

Are you one of those “creative types?”

Are you one of those “creative types?”

No matter what the medium, artists of all kinds rely on their innate creativity to produce their content and set themselves apart from the pack. But even the most tenured professionals have moments in which they are unable to successfully draw from their personal creative wells. Whether it’s a musician who can’t find the right […]

Computer-brain: biology inspires binary

Computer-brain: biology inspires binary

The most powerful computer on the planet would need 8 ½ minutes to simulate less than ten seconds of normal human brain activity. That same computer will consume 1.4 million watts of energy, while the brain will consume about ten. These are the numbers researchers at Stanford were facing when they decided to design a […]

Is the U.S. too politically correct for its own good?

Is the U.S. too politically correct for its own good?

Juan Williams was fired from NPR for saying during an interview that he felt anxious when he saw people in Muslim dress getting on his airplane. The firing became a public relations nightmare for NPR, but it gave Williams a platform to talk about how he thinks partisan ideology and political correctness stifle an honest […]