Dogs discriminate emotion in human expression

By Taylor Malottki Editor’s Note: This article is from our Science for Kids series, aimed at children in grades 4-8. Have you ever wondered if your dog could tell how you felt? New research shows that dogs can tell whether people are angry or happy just from their facial expressions. Researchers in Europe –Vienna, Austria to…

Truly improbable research

BY SIDDHARTH VODNALA SAN JOSE, California – Did you know that when dogs defecate and urinate they align themselves with the north-south axis of the earth’s magnetic field? Or that people who habitually stay up late are, on average, more self-admiring, more manipulative, and more psychopathic than people who habitually arise early in the morning?…

Autonomous cars and the road to the future

BY SIDDHARTH VODNALA SAN JOSE, California –  A runaway trolley is rumbling down a track. A few hundred yards ahead, there are five people tied to a pole in the center of the track. You see the train heading straight in their direction. You see a lever in the station that can shift the trolley onto…

Comics, zombies, hip hop and … science?

 By Siddharth Vodnala SAN JOSE, California – Tom McFadden jumped up and down a chair as he rapped a line from a song about life (the biological characteristic, that is). “Is it living?” he chanted. “Is it made of cells?” the audience roared back. The surrealness is routine for the former Stanford science tutor turned…

True/False Film Review: The Chinese Mayor

By Guimel Sibingo As a film about the pollution crisis hitting China today, The Chinese Mayor leaves much to be desired. However, it succeeds in brilliantly portraying the struggles of Chinese politics and the people’s relationship to their government. The film follows the daily life of Geng Yanbo, then mayor of Datong, a city that was once the…

True/False Film Review: Of Men and War

By Rachel Zamzow Peering deep into the toll taken by post-traumatic stress disorder, Of Men and War offers an intense, heartbreaking and healing experience. The film, screened Sunday during the True/False Film Festival, follows a group of Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans as they undergo group therapy for PTSD. Though it takes place primarily in the hospital-like halls and…

True/False Film Review: Meru

By Sean Morrison Among a mountain of films at the True/False Film Fest this weekend, Meru is a must-see. The movie details the journey of three alpinists who take on the Shark’s Fin in Mount Meru, a formation in the Himalayas that is one of the most difficult climbs in the world. The 20,000-foot ascent took two tries for…