Stories about Science

How Big Philanthropy undermines democracy

I have never believed that Big Philanthropy was the solution to economic inequality. The very, very rich give money to organizations and institutions that either bestow honors on them...

Movies: ‘Around the Sun’ makers bring mumblecore teachings to a château

A visit to London planted the seeds for the romantic sci-fi drama Around the Sun, which opens a run in the Roxie Virtual Cinema on Fri/31. The trip brought...

Rob Eshelman-Håkansson, journalist and activist, dies at 47

Rob  Eshelman-Håkansson, a fearless journalist, former legislative aide to Matt Gonzalez, and organizer with the Housing Rights Committee, died July 15, 2020. He was 47 years old. It’s hard to...

New Music: Compilation recalls the greatness of Om Records’ city synthesis

Better go grab yourself a burrito and Jarritos before you sit down to assess the money behind today's electronic music. According to the Ibiza Music Summit's last business report,...

‘She Represents’ teaches teens the good, bad, and infuriating of women in politics

Large, wild quantities of joy and a smattering of acute frustration were involved in writing my first book, the YA title She Represents: 44 Women Who Are Changing Politics...

COVID is devastating the US economy—while the very rich get very richer

My poor puppy hates the fireworks. They’re loud and unpredictable. There are many theories, some of them pretty out there, as to why so many explosions are happening this...

Screen Grabs: Cinema’s future in doubt, but these world classics endure

Movie theaters (drive-ins aside—who’d have imagined they’d get a comeback?) remain closed for the time being, their re-openings TBD in the Bay Area and many other parts of the...

ULTIMATE PRIDE GUIDE 2020: The protests, the parties (online), the poignant posters

I've stayed in all Pride Week so far—and I'm already exhausted! Well, I was, until putting together this list of recommendations. Most of them can be done at home...

Bandcamp Day picks: Support these great California artists directly

Music fans spent $7.1 million dollars the last time Bandcamp waived its 15% sales fee, on Friday, May 1st That's a new daily record for the locally-based site, and...

How Cuba is succeeding in the fight against COVID

One morning along a street with cracked sidewalks and houses with fading paint, Dr. Liz Caballero and two medical students stopped at every door in that part of Havana's...