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Ok, I’ve had it. Too many times on the news, I’ve heard something like this, “after all, 53% of white women voted for Donald Trump.” Or, “42% of women voted for Trump.”  WRONG. What they mean of course is the percentage of those who actually voted. But too often that part is dropped. Consider that only 59% of […]

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For the past couple of years, I’ve been wondering why the Vet can vaccinate our dog for Lyme, but the best our doctor can offer is a dose of doxycyline, ex post facto. Why is it, despite the spraying and tucking and checking out the nooks and crannies post-walk, a simple stroll on a glorious summer […]

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 I was hoping that maybe Trump’s anti-vax statements would be one of those things he backtracked on (I have in my head the little tune from Scrubs, Wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong,); but his recent ask, this one to Robert Kennedy Jr, a well-know anti-vaxxer who  maintains that the MMR vaccine causes autism (despite the overwhelming science), to chair “a […]

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It is no surprise that we humans have a powerful effect on Nature. Not just the very large footprint we leave behind on the landscape, ocean life, and the atmosphere – but on life it self. As we increasingly become aware of how quickly at least some species can evolve in response to our heavy-handed […]

Book Review. Below is an excerpt from my recent review of:Fake Silk The Lethal History of Viscose Rayon Paul David Blanc, Yale University Press.  The review first appeared in Science, 25 Nov 2016:Vol. 354, Issue 6315, pp. 977 In this slim, action-packed book, Paul David Blanc takes the reader on a historical tour that touches on […]

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Scientists, journalists, and citizens, we are all frustrated and at wits end trying to understand how a country that was once a leader in science and technology, can so quickly devolve into one those truth-challenged countries we used to scoff at.  We wring our hands, what to do? How can we help? But there are glimmers […]

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Scott Pruitt, EPA Administrator? The guy who will soon be in charge of protecting our air,water and land signed on to this statement as Oklahoma  Attorney General in 2014: “…This administration has given us plenty of opportunity to litigate those matters in regards to energy, the environment, and health care and that is what is driving […]