UC Berkeley Neuroengineers consultants on movie ‘Transcendence’ with Johnny Depp

In an April 18, 2014, UC Berkeley press release, “Neuroengineers bring science cred, Berkeley feel to ‘Transcendence’ film” Sally Yang tells how and why Berkeley’s top research scientists became technical consultants for the new film, “Transcendence” which stars Johnny Depp in the role of the scientist, Will Caster. Director Wally Pfister, who won an Oscar …

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Fashion alert: Scientists say hipster beards may soon go out of style

Subject displaying the four levels of beard Barnaby J. Dixson University of New South Wales Men are sprouting beards everywhere. Did the economic crisis have something to do with it? Are razor blades and shaving foam too expensive? Is this just another hot indie rocker hipster trend? Scientists are saying that it may not be …

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NYC’s 36th Annual Village Halloween Parade 2009 ‘Terra Incognita’

Terra Incognito ‘hic sunt dracones’ This Halloween, the 36th Annual Village Halloween Parade will embark on its theme’s voyage to Terra Incognita: “hic sunt dracones.”  This cryptic inscription was engraved exactly 500 years ago in 1510, on the Lenox Globe, that sits within one of The New York Public Library’s private collections. Terra Incognita means …

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Neuroscientists discover Da Vinci’s secret: Is the Mona Lisa smiling or not?

Mona Lisa’s smile: It all depends on where you look According to Ewen Callaway’s article, Mona Lisa’s Smile a Mystery No More, in October’s New Scientist, neuroscientists have solved the mystery as to why some people see Mona Lisa’s smile and some don’t. Is she smiling or not? Neuroscientists at the Institute of Neuroscience in …

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