Welcome to the official homepage and personal website of Kyle Kurpinski, author of How To Defeat Your Own Clone: And Other Tips for Surviving the Biotech Revolution. For those who don't yet have a copy of the book, head on over to Scribd for a sneak peak of the first chapter. I also contribute to Broken Secrets: an award-winning blog dedicated to "things you probably don't know but might find entertaining or useful." Check it out. You might just learn something new (and take a look at my archived articles here).
Chat with me at the California Academy of Sciences (January 22, 2013)
As part of the "Brilliant!Science" series at the California Academy of Sciences, Terry and I will be giving a lecture on the history and future of bioengineering. Join us on either Saturday or Sunday (Jan 26 and 27) to "Chat with a Scientist" and learn something new. We'll also be giving EKG demos, so you'll have a chance to see if your heart is beating (fingers crossed!).
Update (April 11, 2013): the video from our presentation is up and streaming!
Bioengineering: the ultimate conversation starter? (November 14, 2012)
Tonight I'll be giving a talk about the science of rebuilding and enhancing humans. Oh, and did I mention there will be beer? It's Nerd Nite SF #30, featuring lock-picking, organ transplantation, and an overview of the past, present, and future of building humans better.
If you've never been to Nerd Nite, you're missing out. Check 'em out on the 3rd Wednesday of each month for healthy dose of science and booze.
I Come From the Future (June 29, 2012)
Want to learn how make a microscope using only a laser pointer, copper wire, and a piece of tape? Of course you do. In the following video I demonstrate some basic laser-pointer microscopy for Annalee Newitz and Esther Inglis-Arkell, the hosts of io9's "We Come From the Future," and I explain how you can easily replicate the process at home. Skip ahead to 3:15 for the microscopy section.
Media Center Interview (June 23, 2012)
While we're not YouTube sensations just yet, Terry and I are slowly working to increase our web presence. Here's a recent interview we did at the Midpeninsula Community Media Center in Palo Alto. (Thanks to blip.tv for housing the original video file).
WonderCon 2012 (February 14, 2012)
Once again, Terry and I are headed back to WonderCon for our (now annual) "Real Science in Science Fiction" panel. The talk will include highlights from 2010 and 2011 (archived on the videos page) as well as new content from another year of pop sci-fi. WonderCon is in Anaheim this year, and we managed to snag a Saturday panel (woot!) on March 17. Check the schedule page for exact time and location.
Blog Review of HTDYOC (January 12, 2012)
A friend of mine from undergrad just posted a blog review of How to Defeat Your Own Clone, and it has one the nicest summaries that I have ever read, including an answer for anyone wondering if Clone is too intellectual for them:
"Answer: ten year-olds have the brains for this book. Well, brainy ten year-old brains. It is so well-articulated that the layperson should have no trouble with the scientific prose. It is written in such an intelligent way that the non-intelligent will feel brilliant!"
Thank you Heather! Reviews like that make me grin like a brainy ten year-old.