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Taking a Bite from the Poisoned Apple

This post was co-authored by Natasha Bahrami, a foreign policy researcher, and Ali Arab, Ph.D., an assistant professor of statistics at Georgetown University. Last month, a young American woman was blocked from purchasing an Apple product at a local store in Alpharetta, Georgia. After overhearing her speaking Farsi, the second generation Iranian-American was informed that…

Real Men Don’t Love Newsies

Actor Jeremy Jordan signs my daughter’s program, as I stand crushed amongst hundreds of Newsies fans standing on tip toe begging for his attention (author’s photograph.) Don’t judge me, ok? My daughter and I shared Father’s day this year taking in the buoyant raucous joy of Newsies on Broadway. Real men don’t love Newsies, right?…

Ko Olina Beach (author’s photograph) Could Donald Trump and the Obama “birther” conspiracists be right? Some claim that President Obama is not an American because he was born outside of the U.S. Some begrudgingly acknowledge that he was born in Hawaii less than two years after becoming our 50th state but still characterize the President…

Class of 2012: You Need to Fail More

At my Commencement Speech to the Class of 2012 at Carteret High School this Thursday, I will deliver something like this: Class of 2012: You need to fail more …. take chances …. Reach. Let me explain. After hearing my bio, some of you might think of that person who has succeeded at anything. You…

Robot Boogie

Robots are now commonplace for cleaning carpets (random walk), remote sensing, even swarming. But robot boogie? Fun for some, profound for others. Thanks, MIT! At the beginning all the robots are waiting for my signal to start. While dancing, they are constantly synchronizing with each other, so if a robot lags behind they will wait…

Five Dinners with President Ahmadinejad

Dr. Jim Walsh     The imagination reels.  Five dinners with Iran’s President Ahmadinejad.  What would you discuss?  What would be your top questions? MIT alumnus Dr. Jim Walsh did just that, and will report to us via an interview on Monday, June 4 via a live chat.  From the announcement: My Five Dinners with…

Facebook shares at $4,000 each!

So it’s official. I now own a portion of Facebook, even if it’s a very tiny fraction of the some 240 million shares now on the market today, the initial public offering.

Hunter_de_Rat Scientists funded by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) organization are reportedly guiding Chinese officials towards their “very first non-animal test method for cosmetics ingredients.” Given that PETA is an organization not known for either ethics or science, I am deeply skeptical about whether this initiative, if true, would promote biomedical…

Beam me up, Scotty!

With 3D videoconferencing now a reality, teleportation – “Beam me up, Scotty” may be in our future!

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