If you live in the United States, you’ve probably come across a county, city, street, park, school, shop, or restaurant named for Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette (1757-1834), the most ...
When We’re Looking for Something We Want to Discover, We Can’t Find It
Mas Subramanian is a solid state materials scientist at Oregon State University. He has 56 patents and is best known for his accidental discovery of a new shade of blue, “YInMn blue,” during work to create compounds that might improve …
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United by Patriotic Spirit, Divided by Trump, the Border City Could Become a Battleground
If you wish to inspect the front lines of the conflict between Donald Trump and California, head for San Diego.
Yes, it’s true that the Golden State’s fight against the president has so far taken place in the courts and in cyberspace. And, sure, challenging The Donald’s legitimacy is not a mere local pastime but an all-consuming ...
Economic Necessity Gives Hope That the Global Climate Agreement Will Endure
The United States is out of the Paris Agreement on climate change, and the Trump administration says we will burn coal and fossil fuels if we like, and no one will tell us otherwise.
The United States, we are told, will have a burst of economic growth, now that it is unshackled from an agreement that required (suggested is more accurate) our nation to do too much while other countries did not do enough. Hours after the announcement, Vice President Mike Pence stated on Fox News that this was “for American ...
The Tech Industry Says It's Helping Us Shape the Future, But Our Clicks Could Entrap Us
A: Test me all night, baby.
No, really. Sign me up to be the subject of A/B testing. I’d even be willing to sign a blanket consent form, right now, so that all of Silicon Valley’s biggest brains can test me for the purpose of improving the human ...
In a State Overrun with Coachella Clones, Small and Local Beats Big and Corporate
You heard it here first: The next bubble to burst in California, perhaps even before Silicon Valley and real estate, just might be the festival bubble.
The festival economy is growing so fast that it runs the risk of overheating. Even ...
To Fix It, We Need Big Donors. More Trees Would Be Nice, Too.
Riddle: When is a miracle also bound to be a disappointment?
Answer: When the miracle is a project of the state of California.
A case in point is the recent opening of the Los Angeles State Historic Park, an event that contains many miracles. ...
Princeton University sociologist Mitchell Duneier explains what the Nazi ghetto can teach us about contemporary ghettos. Understanding how the word "ghetto" moved from Europe to America and through the centuries can help us better understand ...