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My generation of scientists, and those before us, were trained to stay in the lab. To publish in scientific journals. We learned to speak the language of science. A language that would show other scientists – we get it. We are now part of this somewhat exclusive community. To move into the public area was […]

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Below is a collection of images from scientists who marched somewhere in the country on January 21, 2017. I had asked for a photo and a few words. Thank you to all who contributed. It’s nice to be in such good, positive company, these days. Feel free to send your photo and thoughts, and I […]

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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. Like here in the New […]

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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 […]