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About Kinnari Shah

Kinnari Shah is an editor, writer, poet, lawyer and mother of two, whose (second) greatest joy in life is unearthing typos on restaurant menus. She received her English and French degrees from the University of California, Berkeley, and her law degree from the University of Michigan. In her spare time, she sings with the Oregon Repertory Singers and dreams of the lavender fields of Provence.

Articles by Kinnari Shah

Are Fetal Cells Actually Fatal Cells?

Motherhood is the gift that keeps on giving. But some of its gifts may be lethal. Basic human biology teaches that children share cells from both their genetic contributors. But during pregnancy, however, cells not only pass from mother to embryo through the placenta, but embryonic cells walk the placental pathway back to the mother. Science … Continued


Cholesterol Redeemed: The Egg is Back!

The nation’s top nutritionists have dropped another bomb in the never-ending shell game about what we should and should not eat. Cholesterol has taken its rightful place among the list of recently vindicated foods. Last year, it was fat. The British Medical Journal unraveled decades of low-fat dieting when it revealed that saturated fats were, … Continued


The 6th Extinction: Is It Underway Already?

Do you remember the loggerhead turtle and the bonobo? That’s a question our grandchildren may ask. Scientists expect to confirm a mass extinction — defined as a loss of 75% of species — over the next few centuries if current trends continue. There have been five mass extinction events in Earth’s history. In the worst, which … Continued


Obama’s Task Force Misses Deadline: Is it Too Late to Save the Bees?

In a recent letter to the White House, CEOs of leading environmental groups urged President Obama to take strong and swift action against insecticides that are devastating honey bee and wild bee populations, threatening the nation’s food supplies. These insecticides, called “neonics” or “neonicotinoids” are particularly lethal to bees, because “they poison the whole treated plant including … Continued


Robots Gone Rogue: Who Pays the Price?

Once upon a time, there were some baby bots. They were sweet and docile and did precisely what they were programmed to do. But fast forward some years, and these bots entered a more rebellious stage. Suddenly, their actions became less predictable, sometimes with very unexpected results. The Random Darknet Shopper is an automated online … Continued


How the Oculus Rift is Changing Virtual Reality

The virtual reality (VR) headset, as any gamer will tell you, has undergone a myriad of transformations over the years, some clunky, some sleek, but all sharing the common themes of disorientation and motion sickness, known in this context as simulation sickness. Simulation sickness is similar to motion sickness, except that your brain thinks you’re moving, … Continued


Facebook — Making the Virtual a Reality

What would it feel like to soar over mountaintops? Or travel to Paris in a blink of the eye? How about sitting courtside at Wimbledon? Or better yet, playing at Wimbledon? Imagine not just telling but sharing the experience with twenty of your closest friends. With Facebook’s recent acquisition of Oculus VR, a company specializing in immersive virtual reality (VR) technology, … Continued


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