Tag Archives: human

Achoo misinformed?

When flu is on the rise, so too is the quantity of information and misinformation spread about in coffee shops, school cafeterias, or online. Kids tell their friends that the vaccine is lethal, and websites warn of government conspiracies. (I know, mild stuff compared with the fake-news and falsehoods flying around the airwaves.) Aside from […]

In science we trust?

My first response to the recent NYT article about the sugar industry’s complicity in making fat, rather than sugar the focus of our nutritional ire is duh. My second is again? This is why people distrust science. Read the article. It’s sadly nothing new or surprising.

Cancer, the ultimate renegade?

“We have met the enemy and he is us.” Walt Kelly, Pogo comics I have been writing about resistance to toxic chemicals. And though I have plenty of posts on other stuff, I have shied away from cancer, even though one of the biggest problems with treating cancer is resistance. Yet it is difficult to […]

Brady holding a handful of salamander eggs

A selection from: Unnatural Selection

Below is an excerpt from a piece I wrote pulling together some of the research on contemporary evolution in vertebrates for an interesting new magazine, AEON, focusing on ideas, culture and sciences, hope you enjoy it! In the hemlock and oak forests of northeastern Connecticut, Steve Brady stood thigh deep in black muck and scooped […]

Evolution: it’s humanly possible

When discussion turns to the rapid evolution of resistance in response to toxic chemicals, inevitably someone has to ask, “So, what about us? Can we evolve our way out of this mess?”  Years ago, one might have responded with a smart remark about microbes and mosquitoes inheriting the earth. Now, as we enter a new […]