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PODCAST: Exclusive interview with Ray Kurzweil [MP3]

PODCAST: Exclusive interview with Ray Kurzweil [MP3]


Ray Kurzweil -- the guy who developed the world's first computer speech recognition programs, among about a billion other things -- has some pretty extraordinary...
By Carrie Battan  |  April 30, 2010

Plaques and Entanglements

I’m 25 years old and working overseas for a small human rights agency ...
Dr. Lovemonkey answers your questions
By DR. LOVEMONKEY  |  April 02, 2010
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The Bicycle Feat

In the corner of the lab of Shire Human Genetic Therapies in Cambridge, you'll find a guy with DEVELOPMENT SPECIALIST written across his lab coat, unassumingly purifying proteins.
Jungle Fever
By MARIANNA FAYNSHTEYN  |  February 19, 2010
Genetics, neuroscience, and optical camouflauge: The real science of Harry Potter

Genetics, neuroscience, and optical camouflauge: The real science of Harry Potter


"Harry Potter: The Exhibition" arrived at the Museum of Science in October, much to the delight of wide-eyed urchins, fantasy fans, and twenty-somethings who never...
By Emily Cataneo  |  December 21, 2009

Perfume, engineered from Dead Celebrities' DNA.


Back in 2007, My DNA Fragrance began its production of perfumes and colognes engineered from customers' genetic make-up. You swab yourself, send in the sample,...
By Maddy Myers  |  November 12, 2009

9. Levi Johnston

It's true that this barbaric puck slapping dingbat, who jammed his unsheathed stick in Bristol Palin's crease, made the last presidential race that much sexier. But now that his semen has manifested into an actual child who will further desecrate the ear
It's true that this barbaric puck slapping dingbat, who jammed his unsheathed stick in Bristol Palin's crease, made the last presidential race that much sexier. But now that his semen has manifested into an actual child who will further desecrate the earth with Sarah's genes, we're closing down the fan club. Bonus unsexy points for kicking her to the curb – even though as loyal Republican-haters, we thank him for illustrating all of our best arguments against social conservatism.
By Boston Phoenix Staff  |  March 26, 2009


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The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2

Like Sex and the City: The Movie, Sanaa Hamri’s continuation of the journey of a pair of jeans that magically fit four girls of disparate genes feels tailored for the small screen.
Disjointed, sketchy, and saccharine
By BRETT MICHEL  |  August 05, 2008
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The problem with the Pope’s new list of deadly sins

The pope recently declared obscene riches, pedophilia, and causing social injustice as three of the newest deadly sins.
Morality
By MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  April 02, 2008
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You light up my litter tray

Lines upon learning that South Korean scientists, by manipulating a fluorescent protein gene, have produced cloned cats that glow in the dark.
Could be verse: poetry ripped from the headlines
By JAMES PARKER  |  December 19, 2007
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Antidote to modern life

Finally, she says, “We have in our genes to eat bigos.” No matter where we’re from, I think we all do.
Bigos, the Old-World comfort stew
By LINDSAY STERLING  |  November 20, 2007
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Impossible dream

It wasn’t impossible to build Rapture at the bottom of the ocean, Andrew Ryan would say of his creation. It was impossible to build it anywhere else.
BioShock  plumbs uncharted depths
By MITCH KRPATA  |  August 28, 2007


If you gotta go

It’s Saturday night, and you’ve had a few drinks at your favorite bar.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  April 25, 2007
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It came from the sink

Drainage spawns a genetic mutation — part salamander, part fish, part . . . vagina dentata? — that emerges from the Han’s banks.
Bong Joon-ho stirs up the muck in The Host
By BRETT MICHEL  |  March 09, 2007
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Must warn others

It’s a cliché of bad novels and late-night movies that scientists and artists represent two extreme — and mutually exclusive — poles of objectivity and subjectivity.
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By RANDI HOPKINS  |  February 06, 2007
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The new tastemakers

It’s a cliché by now, but the Internet allows you to be whomever you want to be.
Does Pandora know you better than you do?
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  January 31, 2007

Furthermore

This article originally appeared in the January 12, 1982 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
Stork science and other balancing acts
By CARYL RIVERS  |  January 23, 2007


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Pandora's playlist

The best way of coming across new music? It’s when a likeminded pal rifles through your CDs and says “If you like this . . .” The internet radio station Pandora was built on this type of interaction, but takes it much further.
The founder of the internet radio station speaks at MIT
By IRENE DE VETTE  |  September 29, 2006
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Planned center wants food to stick around

GE Free Maine, a nonprofit coalition rallying against genetically engineered food, is one of a three agro-activist groups working to create a Maine Center for Food Sovereignty
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By SARA DONNELLY  |  September 06, 2006
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Breeding injustice

How “fit” is your family? Bloody July: In just one month, six different State Supreme Courts have ruled against gay marriage. By Michael J. Amico
In the face of recent setbacks in the courts, advocates of same-sex marriage should take a look at old-fashioned efforts to prevent the disabled from marrying
By MICHAEL J. AMICO  |  August 10, 2006
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Who’s your daddy?

In Harvard Square, the sun is shining and the street is packed.
Our correspondent gets a hand on what makes a man becomes a sperm donor
By DAVID ANDREW STOLER  |  August 09, 2006
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Clone wars

After a months-long drought of new releases for Xbox Live Arcade, Microsoft promised a new game every week for the latter half of the summer.
Clyde headlines a crop of new Xbox Live Arcade games
By MITCH KRPATA  |  August 08, 2006


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Pluots

Although fruit breeding is nothing new — clementines date back to 1902, and grapes are routinely bred for wine varieties — summer fruits have only lately been the beneficiaries of clever fruit geneticists.
Good breeding
By KATE COHEN  |  July 25, 2006
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Origins of a species

In her excellent theatrical pairing for Daniel Productions at the Players’ Ring, billed as   2 x 2 x 2 , director Liz Korabek juxtaposes two modern takes on the human quintessence.
At Players’ Ring, taking stabs at the human order
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  March 08, 2006