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The best alliance in hip-hop

Hip-hop has fought hard to carve out a space for itself in the classroom. Today, some savvy teachers are “dropping everything” to teach rapper Kendrick Lamar’s new album, the Hamilton soundtrack is worming its way into American history classrooms and a handful of colleges are offering a minor in hip-hop studies. Hip-hop has become an […]

Do we have a plan for asteroids heading towards Earth?

When the subject of planetary defense appears in the news, there’s the inevitable allusion to the box office hit Armageddon and some mention of the meteor that unexpectedly pierced through the skies over Chelyabinsk, Russia back in 2013.  It would seem as if these two examples are the only hooks with which to engage the […]

SciTech Now host visits Seattle

On June 3, KCTS Television in Seattle had an exciting opportunity to host an evening Tech Talk with Hari Sreenivasan in the high-tech South Lake Union neighborhood.  More than 50 tech-savvy friends and supporters of the station were delighted to have a chance to chat with the SciTech Now host. Throughout the evening, he shared […]

Finding the secret to happiness on our smartphones?

When so much of what we want and need can be procured on our computers, tablets and smartphones, perhaps it comes as little surprise that we’re entering an age of happiness apps.  And no, I’m not referring to Seamless, the food delivery app, or Tinder, arguably its equal in the realm of online dating.  Sharing […]

The next leap forward since mapping the human genome?

Last week, when news broke that scientists had mapped over a hundred epigenomes – an effort being hailed as the next leap forward since the sequencing of the human genome more than a decade ago – I was excited.  Thrilled, even, for the burgeoning field of epigenomics, which apparently is advancing at an unprecedented pace.  […]

What’s big data and why does it matter?

Perhaps it seemed a little curious last month when The Guardian, the first newspaper to break the NSA surveillance story, posted an online video entitled, “Why your data matters to us.”  Of course, when it says “data,” the British paper isn’t referring to readers’ phone records.  Still, the effort to collect their information – however […]

Want to do Thanksgiving by phone this year?

Brace yourself.  Thanksgiving has arrived, and every form of social media is about to be taken over by the foodie in all of us.  Soon enough, a good part of Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram will be flooded with photos of gooey pecan pie, marshmallow-topped yams, and bowls of every dimension spilling over with cranberry sauce and thick, creamy gravy.  Of course, no […]

The battle to reverse the symptoms of Alzheimer’s

In conjunction with our segment on Alzheimer’s, SciTech Now turned to the scientific community to learn more about the latest advances in the fight against the neurodegenerative disease afflicting as many as 5.2 million Americans.  We spoke with Dr. Paige Cramer, who along with her team at Case Western Reserve University, made headlines in 2012 […]