Category Archives: Science

The Measles Outbreak and American Anti-intellectualism

Ayn Rand wrote, “You can avoid reality, but you can’t avoid the consequences of avoiding reality.” As of February 20, 2015, 154 cases of measles were reported in 17 states and Washington D.C. These cases were traced to the Philippines, … Continue reading

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Ebola – The New Black Death?

Ebola. For those who are familiar with it, that word strikes fear into the heart. It is the name of a tropical disease, which has been back in the news recently due to an outbreak in several West African Countries. … Continue reading

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Mars and the Future of Humanity

Mars. The Red Planet. It has fascinated humans since antiquity.  It was discovered so long ago that there is no record of its discovery.  It is easy to observe, appearing periodically as a morning or evening star, when the sky … Continue reading

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A Mission of Gravity

One of the seminal novels to come out of the Golden Age of science fiction was a book by Hal Clement entitled A Mission of Gravity. It tells of the adventures of some inhabitants of the strange world Mesklin, whose … Continue reading

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Are We Lucky?

“I’d rather be lucky than smart!” This hackneyed adage is usually delivered sarcastically, in response to someone who just won the lottery, got the big promotion, or left the casino with a pile of cash. The implication is that, if … Continue reading

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Metabolomics, Elephants and Blind Men

A couple of weeks ago I attended the NIH Eastern Regional Comprehensive Metabolomics Resource Core (RCMRC) Symposium at the Research Triangle Institute, in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. This was an all-day event focused on the fascinating field of metabolomics. … Continue reading

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Non-prescription Pain Relievers

One of my favorite stories in American literature is a chapter in Mark Twain’s iconic classic, Tom Sawyer, entitled The Cat and the Pain Killer. It’s about Tom’s solution to a problem – his Aunt Polly has discovered a new … Continue reading

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