Triple Helix Annual Conference

TTH 3rd Annual Conference: Hello fellow TTH leaders and members! Our annual conference to be held in San Diego, CA is coming up on Feb. 19-21. If you are coming, please be sure to register via the conference link on this page in order to be counted in accommodations and transportation! International will reimburse up to $150 per person for …

How Technology Betrays Us

Imagine this: you are a citizen of a country controlled by an oppressive regime.  There has just been an election, the first in your country’s history, to establish a new, publicly-decided leader.  However, the results are disclosed within hours, a nearly impossible feat given both the country’s size and its lack of organization.  You suspect that there was no real …

A Circadian Conundrum: Sleep and the Suprachiasmatic Nucleus

Insomniacs have it rough: imagine a long day of tedious work and activities after which you come home to even more chores.  Exhaustion finally sets in, and you are ready to collapse into bed, eagerly looking forward to those precious hours of sleep when you can finally rest your mind and body.  Yet, as the hours tick by on your …

How Do You Say “Dot Com” in Chinese?

Here you see two URLs, or internet addresses: <http://www.dhs.gov> and <http://www.dhs.gοv>. One of them is the homepage for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and one of them is not. Can you tell which one? Squint hard. Confused? You should be. But should you be worried? The first web address is the correct URL for the DHS homepage. The second …

Sweeter than Honey

For most people, bees bring to mind one of two things: delicious honey or nasty stings.  If someone were to tell you that a bee product was being used medicinally you might be inclined to think that it was a spoonful of honey for a sore throat or something equally benign. Recently, however, scientists have been studying the curative properties …

Guns, Germs, Steel, and An Alternative Explanation for Eurasian Hegemony

After 1492, Europeans were able to conquer and subjugate the people of the New World because of their access to gun technology, germs to which Native Americans were not immune, and steel manufacturing, a fact that few students of history question. But why wasn’t it the Native Americans with access to these fateful resources? Why didn’t they prevail over the …