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Nobel Laureate Dr. Susumu Tonegawa with MIT scientists Xu Liu and Steve Ramirez create false memory in a mouse

Posted by AC Team - on Friday, 26 July 2013

Nobel Laureate Dr. Susumu Tonegawa with MIT scientists Xu Liu and Steve Ramirez create false memory in a mouse
A team led by Nobel Laureate Dr. Susumu Tonegawa, including scientists Drs. Xu Liu, Steve Ramirez, Pei-Ann Lin, Junghyup Suh, Michele Pignatelli, Roger L. Redondo and Tomas J. Ryan have reported in the journal Science that they have created a false memory in a mouse, a monumental discovery which sheds light on how such memories can form in human brains.  For the full report click here to the story by James Gorman of the New York Times. Dr. Tonegawa is the founder of the Picower...

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U.S. Senate apologizes for decades of anti-Chinese discrimination

Posted by AC Team on Monday, 31 October 2011

Nearly 130 years after it voted to ban Chinese immigrants from entering the United States, the U.S. Senate expressed its regrets Friday for that law and decades of racial discrimination against Chinese Americans. Click here for the full story.

ABC picks up sitcom from journalist Lisa Ling

Posted by AC Team on Saturday, 29 October 2011

Journalist Lisa Ling has developed a new sitcom, which has been picked up by ABC.

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Thousands flee Bangkok fearing breach of river banks

Posted by AC Team on Friday, 28 October 2011

Tens of thousands flee Bangkok fearing beach of river banks. Click here for the full story.

Bangkok District Evacuates - River levels continue to rise in Thai capital.

Posted by AC Team on Thursday, 27 October 2011

 

Bangkok residents were urged to flee the rising floodwaters, which have already forced the closure of Bangkok's Don Muang airport and the evacuation of flood victims who have taken refuge there.

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Heeeere’s Johnny! Hanging out with Mr. Depp by Ben Fong-Torres

Posted by Ben Fong-Torres on Thursday, 27 October 2011

Heeeere’s Johnny!  Hanging out with Mr. Depp    by Ben Fong-Torres

I strolled onto the stage at U.C. Berkeley’s Wheeler Auditorium after the screening of The Rum Diary, faced about 700 people and said, “Hello, I’m Johnny Depp.”

It was like being a Beatle. They knew full well who I am not, but unleashed a blend of screams and squeals, along with laughter. They could afford to be good-natured, because they knew that the real Johnny Depp was in the house.

The Rum Diary is his latest film, and it’s based on an early novel (circa 1960) by his late buddy Hunter S. Thompson. Depp, who portrayed Dr. Thompson in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas had planned to produce The Rum Diary with him, but Hunter took his own life in 2005. Depp made it a personal mission to get this film completed.

Now, he was in Berkeley. He’d chosen to screen the film for students rather than the usual mix of media and radio contest winners. Cal offered tickets to film, English and journalism majors. Apparently, the great majority of students in those fields are female and Depp devotees.

Anyway, the publicists for the film asked me to moderate the Q&A with Johnny, and, of course, I agreed. We’d never met, but we have several bonds, and he told me of a few more. There’s Hunter, of course, from Rolling Stone days in the 70’s and beyond. And there are the Doors. I wrote a book in 2006 that was meant to be partnered with a documentary. The book beat the film by about four years, but the documentary featured narration by…Johnny Depp.

Backstage, he told me that he was a fan of my book on Gram Parsons, Hickory Wind, and knew that Keith Richards (his dear old dad in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies) had wanted to produce a film about Parsons.

On stage, once the screams died down, he, along with Bruce Robinson, The Rum Diary's writer and director, fielded a couple of questions from me, and then we invited...

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