FROM Adam Rogers
Is LA or San Francisco Leading the Way to the Future? Los Angeles was once America's economic success story, but its economy is now just 25th in the nation, while the San Francisco Bay Area is Number One. Why as San Francisco boomed while LA has bottomed out? We get several viewpoints.
Editing Your DNA: The Promises and the Risks Ever since scientists discovered they could tamper with genetic material, people have questioned whether the technology is too powerful and too dangerous to unleash on the world. Now, just in the last three years, new methods of DNA engineering are so precise, so fast, and so inexpensive, that it’s bringing this technology within reach of more scientists and entrepreneurs than ever before. Given the fraught debate over genetically modified foods, how will society deal with the sci-fi -- like prospects of species-specific bio-weapons, invasive mutant crops, or enhancing genes for qualities like beauty and intelligence?
A Scientific History of Booze The holidays are about a lot of things: Peace, togetherness, sharing, giving, and, of course, drinking. Between holiday parties and New Year’s Eve blow-outs (and maybe even a couple extra fingers of whiskey to help ease family tensions), plenty of alcohol will go down the hatch over the next couple of weeks. But before we reach for that candy cane cocktail, we talk with Adam Rogers, who’s been studying the science, history and sociology of alcohol for his book, Proof : The Science of Booze.
Is There Still a Future for Space Tourism? One pilot died and another one was seriously injured in the SpaceShipTwo explosion. What is an an acceptable price to pay for dangerous technology that will probably only benefit the ultra rich? Wired Magazine editor Adam Rogers recently explored that question in a piece called “ Space Tourism Isn’t Worth Dying For .”
Are Placebo Cocktails Enough to Get a Buzz? Adam Rogers is the author of the new book Proof: The Science of Booze. In the book he documents a University of Washington study that examined the placebo effect when it comes to drinking.
Proof: The History of Booze Throughout history, there’s a particular invention that proves a civilization has grown up: booze. Adam Rogers’ new book, “Proof: The Science of Booze” tracks the evolution of alcohol science from ancient civilizations to today. And Rogers busts up some popular alcohol myths - most of which revolve around hangover home remedies.
George Saunders: Lincoln in the Bardo (Part I) Lincoln in the Bardo dramatizes a grieving President Lincoln as he visits the grave of his beloved son Willie, who died at age eleven. In the novel, the buried dead believe they're not dead -- "they're sick and refer to their coffins as "sick boxes."
James Mangold on 'Logan' and fighting franchise fatigue Filmmaker James Mangold has been making character-driven dramas for more than 20 years, but lately, he's been in the X-Men superhero business. In his latest film, Logan, Hugh Jackman plays the slashing Marvel mutant one last time, so Mangold wanted to make something more nuanced than the usual comic-book movie.
Building homes near freeways, 'Rick Owens: Furniture' The White House wants to roll back fuel economy standards. Could that mean more air pollutants coming out of car tailpipes -- just as LA is seeing a surge of home construction along freeways? And a fashion world provocateur, Rick Owens, talks about designing furniture inspired by land art and brutalist architecture, and raising existential questions on the runway.