Technology

Simon Davies: Father of Internet Privacy

I met Simon Davies, the so-called “father of internet privacy,” two years ago in Rome, Italy.  I was on assignment for John Cabot University, taking photos and writing an article on the course.  Honestly, I expected another dry academic pitching his most recent publication. Davies opened by nonchalantly informing the audience that 95 percent of […]

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 […]

Volcanoes, the key to combating the climate crisis?

To be clear, I am no climate scientist and an environmentalist only in as much as I recycle my trash, donate any worn-out clothing, and walk the 3-mile commute to work.  But while my carbon footprint might be minimal in at least a few inconsequential respects, I am admittedly quite liberal with my AC usage, shameless […]

Dating today: love lives decided algorithmically

As I sat down to write this, I overheard two colleagues in the break room discussing the trials of modern dating. “How do people meet today?” asked one, almost rhetorically. With absolutely no hesitation, the other fired back what I — only a couple of cubicles over — had anticipated.  “Online.” Once heavily stigmatized as the […]

How old are you really?

Today’s blog post begins with a confession of sorts: as someone belonging to the millennial generation, I am perhaps unusually preoccupied with age.  And if we’re searching for some underlying explanation, it probably makes the most sense to take a look back at my parents.  For starters, my mom is nearly 3 decades younger than my dad, […]

What if museums decided to only exhibit reproductions?

We’re often led to believe that the arts have no place in the world of math and science and vice versa — an unfortunate and obviously absurd notion that many scientists, mathematicians, and artists would dismiss out of hand.  Perhaps slightly guilty of this view myself, I sometimes struggle to find concrete examples in which […]

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 […]

Our sense of smell: an untapped dimension of modern communication?

Vapor Communications of Cambridge, Massachusetts has announced the launch of oMedia as part of its latest campaign to revolutionize how humans communicate.  As the company’s name suggests, its products target the olfactory system, employing a variety of scents to enhance user experience.  David Edwards, the Harvard professor and idea man at the helm of Vapor […]

It’s a microbe’s world…we’re just living and dying in it

Our last post explored the significance of what is becoming something of a buzzword in today’s science news: the microbiome.  For those of you who missed it, here is the abridged version.  The human microbiome consists of vast communities of bacteria, fungi, and viruses living in and on the body.  Yes, you live to serve […]