The Limitations of Science: Everything and Nothing

As your humble science columnist, I have spent the past two-plus years writing about the successes of Science and the empirical method. These triumphs have helped answer difficult questions about our past, present and future. Throughout the thousands of words I’ve written in this space, which I’ve been both lucky

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Wrinkles in Time: A Reflection on the Pluralities of the Present

Arguably the most famous work by acclaimed surrealist painter Salvador Dalí is his 1931 painting The Persistence of Memory, a foreboding composition that features melted clocks scattered over a dark landscape. The painting is often erroneously described as a tribute to Einstein’s special theory of relativity. Dalí was an enthusiast

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Writing Code and Printing Life: A Look into the Future of DNA

The year 2014 was a good one for Austen Heinz. Cambrian Genomics, his modest start-up of 11 employees, raised $10 million in investment money. For a small company, Cambrian has nailed down contracts with some big-time partners, including pharmaceutical companies GlaxoSmithKline (2013 revenue = $38 billion) and Roche (2014 revenue

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GMO A Go-Go: Understanding the Science Behind Engineered Crops

In case you missed the state’s headlines over Fall Break, the Los Angeles City Council passed a resolution Oct. 21 prohibiting the cultivation of genetically modified (GM) seeds in Los Angeles.  While that may seem like welcome news against the backdrop of the media’s obsession with the Ebola-ISIS-Putin Axis of

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