6.28.17 Science Speed Dating



Written by: Michael Levin

Our first date set the tone, dressed for the occasion. A suit with a turquoise shirt, silver hoops in his ears, pins on his lapel, and boots with flames coming up over the toes. The wine was chilled, the lights were dimmed, and the clock had started ticking. He spent…

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2017 Jet Propulsion Laboratory Tour



Written by: Carly Wray

“The fact that we don’t know how planets are formed is really depressing.” That is Dr. Randii Wesson talking, and he is saying it with a big smile. He is referring to a debate about whether planets begin as gas and collect solids or whether it is the other way…

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4.4.17 Science Speed Dating



Written by: Damien Bérubé

Last week, The Exchange held its popular Science Speed Dating event at Creative Artists Agency (CAA) and it was no ordinary speed dating! Starting at 7 p.m., seven scientists rotated among seven groups to make the most of 7 minutes to explain their life’s work. Suffice it to say, luck…

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The Science of “The Expanse”

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Written by: Meeri Kim

More than 130 years ago, a fusion-drive engineer from Mars tinkered around with his spacecraft, hoping to boost its fuel efficiency. Solomon Epstein took his pet project out for a test run, expecting to see a modest improvement. What happened next enabled the Martian colony to break free from the…

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Science Speed Dating



Written by: Yaou Dou

Attendees were separated into different rooms. Seven scientists rotate through each room, switching out every seven minutes, giving attendees a glimpse into compelling worlds. It is just like “speed dating,” but with a more intellectual kind of romance. Afterward, writer/director/producer Wendy Calhoun hosted an excellent Q and A session. Here…

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America’s Climate Change Policy Choices



Written by: Jamie Napoli

“It may be that the nation did not elect its first woman president last year,” said National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Deputy Executive Director for Communications Ann Merchant, “but we did, and we are very proud of that fact.” Ann’s opening remarks kicked off an evening featuring Marcia McNutt, the…

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Naval Aircraft Carrier Tour



Written by: Amy Brown

Recently, I was given the rare opportunity to spend a few days on a Naval aircraft carrier while it was out at sea. On the morning of November 8, I, and a handful of others who work in the entertainment industry, met at the North Island Naval Base in Coronado,…

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Science of the Marvel Cinematic Universe



Written by: Meeri Kim

Jon Spaihts, Screenwriter, DOCTOR STRANGE, was our MC for the night. Throughout its history, Hollywood has struck cinematic gold again and again with a simple yet irresistible concept: the superhero film. The idea of individuals — whether human, mutant, or extraterrestrial — that use their powers for good has escapism,…

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The Future Is Happening Now



Written by: Meeri Kim

Casey Handmer, Hyperloop One Instead of spending an hour on a cramped airplane — or plodding along in a car for six hours — what if you could get from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 30 minutes? Elon Musk of Tesla Motors and SpaceX fame imagined this very scenario…

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Science, in the Extreme



Written by: Meeri Kim

When Mike Libecki traveled to eastern Greenland last July, the famed adventurer had two missions in mind. First and foremost, he sought to summit the elusive Polar Bear Fang — an unclimbed granite monolith bigger than Yosemite’s El Capitan. This expedition would make for Libecki’s fourth attempt on the tower…

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