Writing my final Gaucho’s Guide column fills me with musings on the passage of time. As such, it’s only fitting that today we talk about time travel. Time travel logic is notoriously difficult to get right, and in fact, most writers don’t even try. The movie “Looper,” for instance, has [...]
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On Monday evening, UCSB Arts & Lectures hosted a lecture in Campbell Hall featuring prominent string theorist Brian Greene called “Explaining the Elegant Universe.” Greene is known for popularizing theoretical physics in his numerous written works and for his important contributions to the mathematical study of string theory. In the [...]
This spring, Steven Spielberg’s dino-adventure classic “Jurassic Park” will be turning 20, and Universal will be celebrating by re-releasing the movie in 3D. That’s all in anticipation of 2014’s “Jurassic Park 4,” which may finally be hitting the big screen after more than a decade in the place filmmakers call [...]
UCSB’s Neuroscience Research Institute recently acquired an innovative gene sequencer that is capable of sequencing the human genome — a task that used to take years — in a matter of hours. A gene sequencer allows researchers to work toward advancing medical development and biological research by determining the exact [...]
Last summer, “Prometheus,” the long-anticipated prequel to the “Alien” franchise, was marketed as a thought-provoking science fiction film. What we got was a classic sci-fi trope with some added references to actual scientific concepts, though some of them bordered more on pseudoscience and conspiracy theory than actual science. The film’s [...]