March 7, 1998 |
Cosmologist Stephen Hawking says technology won't be the only thing more advanced in the next millennium: People will be better too. "I don't believe science fiction like 'Star Trek,' where people are essentially the same 400 years in the future," the Cambridge University physicist said Friday night during a lecture in the East Room of the White House.
December 15, 1997 |
Eugenics is as close to a taboo as one can find in science today. Find someone who calls himself a eugenicist and you're likely to have found someone most people would call a kook. At the same time, there are plenty of geneticists, embryologists, fertility consultants, reproductive endocrinologists and genetic counselors. The federally funded Human Genome Project is methodically cataloging every nucleotide in every gene in our bodies. In vitro fertilization is a commonplace.
December 29, 1996 |
Needed: Quasimodo. Or anyone with stamina and a good sense of rhythm. Britain wants to ring in the millennium with a national peal of bells on Jan. 1, 2000. The call is going out for 10,000 volunteers to ring the country's 1,200 unused sets of chimes, most of them in churches belonging to the state Church of England. Some have been silent for a century.
June 23, 1996 |
Oh, how we snickered when we learned that most of the nation's computers would think it was 1900 when their internal Dayrunners hit the end of 1999. Red-faced IBM felt compelled to issue a proclamation that henceforth all its products would be "year 2000-compliant." Silly software nerds! They may be zillionaires, but we always knew they were too impractical to deal with reality.
April 28, 1996 |
They call Eddie Palmieri "the madman of Latin music," "the Miles Davis and James Brown of the genre" and "the Latin Thelonious Monk." Strong language. But not as over the top as it might seem for a virtuoso pianist-composer-bandleader and five-time Grammy Award winner who has been on a personal crusade for years to bring Latin jazz to the prominent position he feels it deserves. And he is neither fainthearted nor taciturn when he makes predictions about its future.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 26, 1995
President Clinton has proposed eliminating most vending machine sales of cigarettes, tighter enforcement of prohibitions on sales to minors and additional curbs on advertising as ways to reduce teen smoking, which is on the increase. JAMES BLAIR and MARY WENTZ spoke with smoker and non-smoker teens about the proposals.