Karen A. Frenkel

Science and Technology Writer

Blogs on Science and the Arts for ScienceFriday.com

A review of the BBC documentary that details the history of mathematicians' quest to understand the seemingly random distribution of these numbers and the agony of this unsolved mystery.

A review of the lush BBC production hosted by Oxford Professor Marcus du Sautoy, who ably walks viewers through the proofs (and failures to find proofs) on the part of the world's greatest mathematicians. We also experience the towns and cities where these thinkers lived and found inspiration.

Cooper critiques our healthcare system via medical mannequins who "reside" in a fictitious clinic on a website. They blog and croon music videos about medical ethics and dilemmas patients and caregivers face. Pharmaceutical "sponsors" help get the message across.

The neuroscientist and Nobel laureate continues to explore the themes ellucidated in his 2007 book of the same name. Petra Seeger's film also depicts Kandel and his family's visit to Vienna, where he lived until age nine before World War II.

Ken Burns discusses the thrill of learning about science from a park ranger, science education, and what he hopes viewers, especially children, will take away from the series.

Charles Petit of MIT's Knight Science Journalism Tracker reviews my blog.

Magnetic Movie won the Imagine Science Film Festival's Nature Scientific Merit Award. But is the film a documentary about science or artistic expression? Here's what the filmmakers had to say.

The View, reimagined if it covered science. Hypothetical hosts discuss this October's women Nobel Laureates.

Between the Folds is a new documentary about origami, the Japanese art of paper folding––a gorgeous cinematic experience.

A review of a one-woman show by actress Emily Levine about her recovery from a serious illness––acromegaly.

A discussion of the portrayal of the female scientist in Ron Howard and Tom Hanks' new film, which is based on Dan Brown's novel about anti-matter.

Boys and girls attend Super Science Saturday and Science Cabaret at their New York CIty Upper West Side public school. In their cafeteria they handle organs of a human cadaver, name an Egyptian pigeon, hoola hoop against gravity, and more.

A new documentary invites you into a molecular biology lab and illuminates the risks and triumphs of three grad students and their principal investigator.

Let's Get Bookish About e-Readers and Study Them

Coverage of Alan Kay's speech (12/​9/​08) honoring Doug Engelbart upon the 40th Anniversary of the demo of the computer mouse, hypertext, and other features we take for granted today. Kay also analyzes what might have been, had Engelbart's full vision for computing been realized.

The concluding act of the opera about J. Robert Oppenheimer.

During which Mezzo Soprano Susan Graham Interviews Composer John Adams.

A review of Act One of John Adams' opera about the days just before scientists tested the atomic bomb in the desert in July 1945.

The holograms of correspondent Jessica Yellin and rapper Will.I.Am were fascinating and spooky. But should the technology be used to glam up reporters?

An account of Awards Night at the Imagine Science Film Festival. I discuss the criteria with Juan Carlos Lopez, Editor-in-Chief of Nature Medicine and a festival sponsor, and Darcy Kelley, Columbia University Professor of Neuroscience and a festival judge and advisor.

My first blog is a review of BLAST!, a documentary by Mark Devlin, in which astrophysicists struggle to launch their telescope from Antarctica.

Selected Works

Bloomberg.com, Bloomberg Businessweek, Businessweek.com
A company tackles the wasteful data center industry with a new business model.
The fashion industry goes tech in order to step up efficiency when it comes to ordering threads.
Hudl's software lets coaches edit athletes' plays and use them for training. But the company must psych out coaches from different cultures to learn how they train to win.
New-fangled milk crates designed for college students, with the incite of the crowd and made in the U.S.A.
Blue Microphones has expanded its reach, making mics for iPhones, iPods, and iPADs and any other USB device.
The University of Illinois engineering professor creates self-healing materials, and has successfully applied the idea to electronic circuits
Automating recruiting with anonymous job references
A textile company aims for sustainability.
Saving power for supercomputers, laptops, and now data centers.
A new smartphone app that suggests routes to drivers, saving them time and fuel.
"Our fundamental advance allows us to deliver devices that can provide cooling for refrigeration or waste heat recovery and efficiently convert it into power," says Phononic Devices Chief Executive Officer Anthony Atti.
Pressed for time, doctors are less and less amenable to face-to-face meetings with pharma reps. Viscira's biomedical computer animation reach tech-savvy MDs.
Tech from Plextronics Could Replace Lightbulbs, ’Do Away With iPads’
Essence Magazine
Influential Black women in tech and an entrepreneurial mother-daughter pair.
Creative Non-Fiction
An unusual gift, an unusual heritage
Memories, triggered by Hurricane Sandy, of storms of the past.
A true short story from and to Manhattan's Upper West Side.
ScientificAmerican.com
Is the Web a Threat to Creativity and Cultural values? One Cyber Pioneer Thinks So.
Troubled teens benefit from role-play in virtual worlds with their therapists.
FastCompany.com
Special imaging technology shows the devastation wrought by Hurricane Sandy.
Posthumous emails, videos, and animations.
KNO goes up against TOMS, asking to buy more, give more.
Kids use the kit, called Hummingbird, to build whatever they imagine.
Engineer and entrepreneur Karen Purcell highlights some of strategies for women in STEM in her book, Unlock Your Brilliance.
Email reminders help people keep track of their spending.
At-risk students thrive with a new style of learning.
An Interview with Encyclopaedia Britannica President Jorge Cauz.
The Murray/Jackson trial showcases iPhone forensics, experts comment on the state of the art.
Researchers find privacy breeches possible.
Interview
A 1989 interview with the late, titanic visionary while he was CEO of NeXT,Inc., in which he discusses the Mach OS, robotic manufacturing, mentoring employees, digital Shakespeare and Webster's...
U. S. News and World Report and InsideScience.org
Robotic camera technology inspires virtual exploration by students around the world.
Science Magazine and Science NOW
Scientists shoot gigapixel panoramas to make discoveries
Blogs
The First Conference on Computational Sustainability
Scientific American MIND
Scientists debate how synapses work
Scientific American
A New Algorithim Could Soon Vanquish Go Pros
The Village Voice
Three neurological studies reveal that traumatic memories of those near the site and bereaved children affect functioning of parts of their brains.
The New York Times
The making of the first fully computer-generated cartoon feature film.
Why online shoppers abandon their shopping carts.
Book Reviews
Two books look for answers in the lives of a few who succeeded.
Other Magazines
Technology Review
Book
Communications of the ACM