A diverse coalition of community-based, public health, science and conservation groups across the state launched a campaign this week to put 1 million more electric cars, trucks and buses on California roads within 10 years.
See the update at the end of this post about the cancellation of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz's appearance at UC Irvine Thursday due to the federal government shutdown. ORIGINAL POST, OCT. 1, 10:55 A.M.: United States Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz is a last-minute addition to the UC Irvine Scho ... More >>
Taping my show with the terrific film reviewer Peter Rainer of the Christian Science Monitor and KPCC's "Film Week" - and author of a new collection helpfully titled Rainer on Film: Thirty Years of Film Writing in a Turbulent and Transformative Time - I was happily affirmed in my sense that good wr ... More >>
Media Matters for America, the progressive watchdog counterpart to Accuracy in Media, takes issue with an Orange County Register editorial that uses the financial woes of nearly dead electric car company Fisker Automotive to argue against government investment in green technology: "Despite the incre ... More >>
I seldom listen to my own radio show, either because I'm dining with the fambly or grading student essays, but I recalled from weeks earlier enjoying my taped talk with Junot Diaz, and made a point of listening to last Wednesday night's excellent Bibliocracy interview with the MacArthur genius and P ... More >>
We've all got a ketchup bottle method, whether it's shaking the bejeesus out of it, pounding the damn "57" until our palms turn red or using a butter knife to scrape the stuff out. Or we opt for those squeezable plastic bottles, which become useless and gassy about three-quarters of the way through. ... More >>
Now we know Mighty Mouse's snack of choice. While testing the effects of yogurt on obesity, scientists at MIT made a pretty awesome discovery. Male lab mice that were fed yogurt had bigger testicles than non-yogurt-eating mice.According to Scientific American, the mice were divided into two gr ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And why are cholos always wearing white shirts, shoes and socks?
On this week's episode of Top Chef Masters, the masters went back to school and were blinded with science--edible science! For the elimination challenge, they were paired with scientists from UCLA, Stanford, MIT, and our Anteaters. The task: create a dish that uses a scientific concept, and prese ... More >>
A Reagan-era bacchanalia succumbs to soggy nostalgia in 'Take Me Home Tonight'
"Think Inside the Box: Platform Studies" is the topic of the next Center for Computer Games and Virtual Worlds Speakers Series presentation Friday at UC Irvine.Panelists are: Ian Bogost, associate professor of Literature, Communication and Culture at Georgia Institute of Technology; Nick Mon ... More >>
Flickr user Thor ArvidThe world thought Scrubs actor Zach Braff was dead yesterday for a few hours--suicide, they said. Turns out, it was just a Scrubs fan that had created a faker CNN page in 2007 that somehow resurfaced. In an age where someone's Wikipedia page is edited spookily quick to ... More >>
John Wayne and the Grey, er, Wild Goose: Greg Aragon reports that John Wayne's 1942 yacht, Wild Goose, remains a work horse tour boat for Hornblower Cruises & Events in the area and that the long dead actor's spiritual presence is aboard. (If dying doesn't change bad habits, I presume he's still in ... More >>
Movie of the Week: Sicko
The humbling effect of Quantizing Effects
UCI physics professor takes on Michael Crichton, global warming
The Second Civil War and Beyond
Boston, dude! Boston!
Airport foe goes from web page to printed page
Noam Chomsky looks at American foreign policy after Sept. 11
A utopian future and a dystopian now
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Are megamergers healthy for the industry?