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Scientists Find a Volume Knob for Emotional Memories

Steven Ramirez says you can save the Black Mirror references. He’s already heard his work compared to nearly every dystopian movie about memory—from the campy Total Recall and the shadowy neo-noir of Minority Report to the tragicomic heart-string-pulling of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. But when you visit Ramirez’s lab on the southern shore…

By NIKESHOE May 24, 2019 0

See You Yesterday Challenges the Meaning of Time Travel

Everyone knows the time-travel rules: Don't go back and meet your previous self; don't crush on your mom; and, as tempting as it is, don't try to kill an evil tyrant. Despite their obviousness, these tropes are still trotted out in most time-travel movies—including, most recently, Avengers: Endgame. See You Yesterday considers that history and…

By NIKESHOE May 24, 2019 0

Las Vegas Orders Up a Boring Company Loop

Since Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk joke-tweeted the Boring Company into existence two and a half years ago, the fledgling tunneling tech company has dug one (test) hole, in the parking lot of SpaceX’s suburban LA headquarters; participated in at least one high-profile press conference with the mayor of Chicago; promised Dodgers fans it…

By NIKESHOE May 24, 2019 0

How to Throw a Boomerang Like a Pro

Ever wonder what makes a boomerang fly? World champion thrower Logan Broadbent says it's pretty simple. "Basically the best way to think of it is that each wing is an airplane wing," he says. "The top side is curved and the bottom side is relatively flat and that shape allows the boomerang to generate lift.…

By NIKESHOE May 24, 2019 0

Big Tech: Breaking Us Up Will Only Help China

Over the past week, both Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg and former Google CEO Eric Schmidt made the same appeal to American nationalism, with differing degrees of subtlety: Breaking up Big Tech will only help China. It’s a politically expedient plea as calls for regulating tech intensify amid growing concern about China’s tech prowess…

By NIKESHOE May 24, 2019 0