The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Review

When the first preview for The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks came on mid-Big Little Lies binge, I was excited. This woman’s contributions to science are immeasurable, but not in the typical way. For those of you unfamiliar with Henrietta, let me introduce you. Her DNA, now known as “HeLa”, is responsible for thousands, if not millions, of scientific breakthroughs. You may be familiar with the polio vaccine, or gene mapping?  Her DNA is to thank. However, until recent years, her name was erased from the history books. Here’s the low-down on…

That Perfect Pair of Genes

Everyone has their idea of the perfect human being, blessed with perfect genes. Some will have an actor or actress in mind as that perfect specimen of what the human race can become, others an athlete, or someone in the military. But in reality, there is no such thing as THE perfect representation of the human form. In 2014, scientists determined that Puerto Ricans are as close as we are going to get to the perfect, genetic, human being, thanks to their ancestry. But is there such a thing as…

A Crystal Ball of Crime

Minority Report, the Tom Cruise mystery, crime film, was an entertaining interpretation of the Philip K. Dick short story, of the same name. It was all about fighting crime before it happened. Well, apparently, what was once science fiction, is becoming a reality. The Chicago Police department has developed a computer algorithm that has the power to see into the future and pick out potential criminals in every day society. Apparently, this had been going on for the last three years, under the public’s noses. These unknowing people, who are…

Your Body Is A Computerized Wonderland

I’ve always felt that I’ve been in the minority, not having a tattoo. Almost everyone I know has some kind of ink on their body. I admire good body art, but I guess I’ve never found the right kind for me. Until recently. A few months ago there was an article going around about circuit board tattoos. The innovation could not only be used for a cool light show on the skin, say, for a cyborg cosplay, but they could be utilized in the medical field to monitor patients regarding…

Do Lawyers Dream of Electric Sheep?

If you were feeling cocky that your job wasn’t going to be taken over by 1’s and 0’s, you may want to think again. About a week ago, the law firm, Baker & Hostetler, just “hired” an Artificial Intelligence, Ross, to be an attorney for their bankruptcy practice. I wonder if he’d ever dress up as an Holiday Armadillo for the office Christmas party. Every week we see something new happening with Artificial Intelligence and computers when it relates to the job market. Fast food restaurants have been responding to…

Translator – Do You Understand The Words That Are Coming Out Of My Mouth?

When traveling the universe, the Hitchhiker’s Guide to The Galaxy suggests the use of a Babel Fish to understand the vast alien languages you’d encounter in space. It’s just a tiny yellow leech you shove into your ear that allows you to understand everyone, through a series of complex biological and telepathic processes that would be much too complicated to write out, in it’s entirety, in this post. So, why is this important? Because it’s fake. But, The Pilot system is not, and Waverly Labs will be the company that…

Ctrl, Alt, Del Your Memories

It’s been awhile since I’ve written anything science or technology related, and all I can say, is that I forgot. I have the memory of a goldfish, that’s very selective on what’s worth remembering. For instance, I can quote Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and Spaceballs almost verbatim, or sing Rent or Wicked or Phantom of the Opera, the Sarah Brightman years, to off-key perfection, but I couldn’t tell you what I did on Tuesday. Today. The day I posted this article. So, suffice it to say that I found…

Love In The Time Of The Internet

How does one even begin to talk about love? In this social media obsessed world, it can sometimes feel like an age of cynicism, where people are always angry or self righteous. Where it’s acceptable to instill fear in other people. And we’re not talking about the Batman kind of fear, which would be cool, because it would be fear for justice, but the kind of fear that comes from…well, I’ll just stop right there. It’s not that kind of post. Despite all that nonsense, there’s a couple of things…

Never Too Old To Be Young

I find myself always in a hurry to get things done. Oh I, rush and rush, until life’s no fun. All we really have to do is, live and die, but I’m in a hurry and don’t know why. No words were ever truer, legendary country group, Alabama, but in actuality, I think I know why we’re in a hurry. Because time is short, or yolo, or whatever the new phrase happens to be. Time is always moving, we’re always aging, we’re never as young as we were yesterday, but…

So Intelligent, It’s Artificial

Artificial Intelligence is one of my favorite things to write about and talk about. It seems to be growing at an exponential rate, where AI continues to learn and mature. By now, it’s probably in it’s early pretentious teen phase, mad that they can’t go out to the mall to hang out with friends and sag their pants, or something to that nature, but smart enough to know better. I’ve always been old, since I was two, I have no idea what teenagers are do. But AI this past week…

Holograms Just Got Real

We are in the era of virtual reality, where goggles and headsets may be the norm, at least for a few months. Gaming, medicine, and science will be benefiting from the virtual transportation into another world. But that’s not the only reality out there. We also have augmented reality that Google tried to make popular through Google Glass, an heads up display that gave you info on on what was going on around you. It’s pretty much like having your phone be part of your eye, where you can see…

The Science of Being Thankful

Thanksgiving, a holiday that is not only self explanatory, but a great excuse to eat excessively while visiting with family that you either love or hate. Unless it’s with your friends that you love or hate, then you’ve got a whole different holiday that’s apparently called, Friends-giving. Which I’m surprised was not a thing when the hit TV show Friends was on the air. I mean, come on! It practically sells itself. But Thanksgiving is the big day where we celebrate the things we are thankful for, like the colonists…

Sphere Me, Mortals!

We can’t seem to escape space. Not only is there space all around us, and on our keyboards as a bar, and when balls are added, become a knock out Mel Brooks movie classic, but I’m also talking about outer space. NASA is discovering planets, getting better views of celestial bodies, and pretty much doing what the USS Enterprise would probably be doing right now (if it weren’t for the Borg), but all from the comfort of Mission Control, or their couch, whichever is most comfortable. This latest discovery, made…

Happy Birthday Neil deGrasse Tyson

A speaker of truth, a peddler of science, and master of the #WhenIWasYourAge tag. Neil deGrasse Tyson has been a gift to this planet since 1958. Artwork and cover photo by @paintingmouse We hope your day was splendid, good sir, and we hope for many more years of your wisdom!

Our Kids, The Future X-Men

  Looking good, plenty tight, tell me is there anymore room, for me, in those genes!? Ginuine may have been ahead of his time…no wait. Oh, GENES! Yes, genes, are basically the building blocks of the human being. They hold the traits from our parents that make up who we are. They can determine our hair color, our skin color, and our potential for getting disease or cancer. These genes hold the DNA, which in turns hold the blueprint of our potential futures. For decades, scientists have been studying genes…

Say Hello To Earth 2.0

  Just a couple months ago, NASA got a beautiful view of the planet(!!) Pluto, and it’s moons and cartoon shadows. As if that was not enough, NASA announced the discovery of planets much like Earth, also known as Class M Planets to the Vulcans. Thank you Mr. Spock. This means, that there is the potential for humans to go out into the cosmos and colonize other worlds, seek out new life and new civilizations, and boldly go somewhere that will take us decades, if not centuries to reach with…