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Classroom Technology/Brave New Brain/Codex Cardona/Peter May

Classroom Technology When the rest of the world thinks of California, technology is probably part of the image. But day-to-day reality in many public-school classrooms is at odds with that. California currently ranks among the lowest of the states in education technology use. There's a bill in the state legislature that aims to raise the level of technology used to deliver instruction in California public schools. Today on Insight, we'll talk with the author of the bill and some of the people who would be affected by it.

Brave New Brain Scientists have plenty in store for the human brain - treatments, cures and enhancements - and it's the subject of a new book by Sacramento science journalist and author Judith Horstman. The book is called "The Scientific American Brave New Brain." You'll meet Horstman and hear about the book.

A book launch party for Judith Horstman's "The Scientific American Brave New Brain" is from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 8th at Revolution Wines, 2116 P St., Sacramento.

Codex Cardona "The Search for the Codex Cardona" is a real-life academic detective story that unfolds over 25 years. The book's author is Arnold Bauer, a retired UC Davis history professor. The Codex Cardona he studies is a mid-1500s Mexican manuscript. It was brought to his attention in 1985. After years of work around the world, Arnold Bauer has answered many, but not all, questions about the mysterious Codex Cardona. You'll meet Arnold Bauer and hear about "The Search for the Codex Cardona."

Peter May The prolific crime writer Peter May is back in town with a new novel. It's called "Virtually Dead." Peter May is Scottish, but lives in France, and is perhaps best known for his detective novels set in China, where he's also spent a lot of time. We'll talk with Peter May about his work.

Peter May speaks at 7 p.m. today at the San Francisco Mystery Bookstore, 4175 24th St., San Francisco. Information: (877) 332-8979. He'll also speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 6th at M is for Mystery, 86 East Third Ave., San Mateo. Information: (88) 405-8077.

Monday, April 5, 2010
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