When Robert Provine first decided to study laughter a little more than two decades ago, he developed a very simple protocol: He would invite people into the lab, present them with videos of the best comedy sketches available, and record their laughter. It didn’t work.
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Hello & Goodbye
The word “endangered” has allowed humans to feel detached from the effects we are having on other animals.
WSGR’s Norviel has this IP advice for synthetic biology startups
“Biology is messy,” Vern Norviel, a partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati says. “And that drives everything in the biotech world.”
The open road
If it wasn’t for the curved roof or the large steering wheel and driver’s seat in the front, Rob and Robing Schannep could be standing in a luxury apartment in Brooklyn.
Three e-commerce insights from the holiday season
Originally published for Affirm.com on January 17th, 2019.
Mind the gap
The commonly cited statistic that women make 7 cents for every dollar earned by a man feels antiquated and from a different time.
Synthetic biology and the brain: Bryan Johnson and Ed Boyden on The Neobiological Revolution
The second day of SynBioBeta 2018 started off in a big way, with NEO.LIFE founder Jane Metcalfe moderating the keynote fireside chat “Neuroscience and synthetic biology: The neobiological revolution.”
On solving the brain: Ed Boyden and the new neuroscience
On Ed Boyden’s Twitter feed, you’ll find a picture of him with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Boyden, wearing a blazer, no tie, and glasses, holds up a Petri dish as Trudeau, sleeves rolled up and tie loosened, leans in to examine the sample.
Can outdoor festivals shed ‘environmental disaster’ label and go green?
It’s almost 2 a.m. at Lightning in a Bottle, a music festival in Bradley, Calif. The Portland, Ore.-based DJ, Emancipator, is playing his last hypnotic beat and the final headliner, Zhu, just finished an intense electronic set.
Why scientists are infiltrating music festivals
Sheena Cruickshank stood in front of a crowd of millennials in flower crowns and harem pants.