Compiling a list here of all the tips, tricks and news we’ve covered at Consumer Reports this season on the perennial threat of vector-borne diseases – mostly so I can send one link instead of several to folks that ask. Will add to it as the season progresses: A Quick Guide to Mosquito & Tick … Continue reading My Day Job: Mosquitoes, Ticks, Diseases & Prevention.
(There were so many incredible pictures to chose from for this one. But I’m going with Einstein because: Hello, most beloved scientist of all time! Congrats on being right about everything!!!) I’m up in Springfield, Massachusetts working on a long-form piece about inner-city preschools, when a friend starts texting me a bunch of stuff on gravitational waves. I’m a bit … Continue reading Found: G-waves; hope for humanity
Pictured: me and my twin brother, just a few weeks old, synchronized napping somewhere in Medellin, Colombia. Not pictured: our legs and feet don’t even come close to filling out those onesies… I have an abiding interest in any and all research on the things our biological parents pass down to us — not … Continue reading News Roundup: Our Mothers’ Microbes
Lots of stuff right now on the nation’s growing “bad drug” (i.e. heroin) epidemic, which for some reason we’re treating as a new thing, and on the drug war as it’s playing out in Mexico. And I thought it’d be worthwhile to aggregate what I’m reading on the subject, and then juxtapose it to what I’m … Continue reading News Roundup: Good Drugs, Bad Drugs…
The New Yorker and Mother Jones both have longform pieces out this week on “the Columbine Effect” — that is, the tendency of would-be school shooters to draw inspiration and practical lessons from previous high-profile killings (of which there are, obviously, a growing number). And I think it’s worth comparing the two theses. The Mother Jones piece focuses on … Continue reading Two (wait, three) piece on the psychology of mass shootings
On October 27, 1885, some twenty people (plus a few reporters) gathered at the home of Dr. R.A. Gunn on East 22nd street in Manhattan for an inaugural meeting of the American Anti-Vaccination Society. The group’s stated mission: “arousing the public to the evils of vaccination.” Their key arguments: Vaccines are ineffective at preventing disease. Worse yet, … Continue reading The American Anti Vaccination Society (est. 1885)
Kim Tingley has a great cover story in the New York Times Magazine this week, on the slow crawl of mitochondrial gene transfer toward human trials. She does a good job of unpacking the science, and an even better job of probing the roots of our uneasiness with this prospective new therapy. The procedure involves … Continue reading On catch phrases and scientific controversy