The Future of Air & Space

Future of Air & Space
Lt. General Steven Kwast, Dr. Yvonne Cagle, Dr. Jennifery Byrne, and Diana Williams

“We went to the Moon as technicians; we returned as humanitarians.”
Edgar Mitchell, Lunar Module Pilot, Apollo 14

2016 NASCAR Tour

Group at NASCAR

“It’s not about faith in technology. It’s about faith in people.” —Steve Jobs

Another Night of Total Destruction

Night of Total Destruction

Superheroes smashing into buildings won’t do enough damage. An alien invasion probably won’t account for Will Smith saving the day. And robots taking over just feels overdone. So why must we worry about anyone else destroying our planet when we’re perfectly capable of doing it ourselves?

Science, Strategy, and Tactics of Naval Warfare

“Science, Strategy and Tactics of Naval Warfare” was the title of one of the most recent Exchange events held at The Great Company and moderated by screenwriter Will Staples (Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3). Guests fortunate enough to attend were treated to a panel of Navy experts who gave a wildly entertaining crash course on how the way their maritime vessels and state-of-the-art technologies are helping to keep our country safe on a daily basis.

Packing Your Bags for Interstellar Travel

“The Earth is the cradle of the mind—but one cannot eternally live in a cradle.” —Tsiolkovsky

While the Russian rocket scientist quoted above may not have lived long enough to witness humans leaving Earth for space, I imagine he would be quite pleased to know not only how far we have come but also just how close we are to finally being able to go where we once only dreamed. 

We Were Hacked!

As you may have noticed, our website was down for a while. We are back up and running, but yes, we were hacked. We decided to let you in on what happened and how to protect yourself—if you can—by talking to Ralph Echemendia, a world-renowned cyber security expert known as “The Ethical Hacker.” Echemendia helped The Science & Entertainment Exchange understand the hack and gave us advice on what we can do to keep ourselves safe. He’s currently working on a project that may help. We’ll keep you updated on it as he provides us with details!

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Hollywood Inspired Science

While Hollywood has been known to use ideas from the great minds of science as a springboard for its storytelling, scientists have also been enlivened by what they have seen on screen to think about their research in different ways.

"Movies blow the lid off of imagination and creativity and we need to do this in science," says Steve Ramirez, a neuroscientist and junior fellow at Harvard University.

Ramirez explains that many of the ideas that he explores in his research have been influenced by films that he watched. "I really love Chris Nolan movies, specifically, Inception," says Ramirez. "At the movie's core, Nolan is really asking a neuroscience question: How do we alter the contents of a memory?"



I was recently invited along with other entertainment executives, writers, and producers to spend the day at the Auto Club Raceway the weekend of a NASCAR race. I did not know much about NASCAR before arriving, but the energy was palpable. I arrived on a Friday morning with the main event taking place on Sunday, but already the parking lot was packed with excited fans.

Data, Digital Biology, and the 21st Century

On Wednesday, February 4, 2015, SoHo House hosted The Science & Entertainment Exchange for a tantalizing peek into the bleeding edge of Synthetic Biology: its relatively short past, its current state, and its future potential.

The Exchange welcomed Andrew Hessel, a researcher with Autodesk Inc.’s Bio/Nano Programmable Matter Group and the co-founder of the Pink Army Cooperative (the world’s first co-op biotech company), and Ed You, Supervisory Special Agent in the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI’s) Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs) Directorate, Biological Countermeasures Unit. James Peaco, the local WMD Coordinator for the Los Angeles Branch of the FBI joined later for the Q&A portion of the evening.