Category Archives: Science

Jonas Salk: A Life

A book by Charlotte DeCroes Jacobs – Review by David Oshinsky in the New York Times – Nobody could recall a medical press conference quite like this one. On April 12, 1955, families huddled around radios, as if listening to the World Series or a championship … Continue reading

Posted in Science, Technology

Have Aliens Found Us? A Harvard Astronomer on the Mysterious Interstellar Object ‘Oumuamua’

By Isaac Chotiner of the New Yorker – On October 19, 2017, astronomers at the University of Hawaii spotted a strange object travelling through our solar system, which they later described as “a red and extremely elongated asteroid.” It was … Continue reading

Posted in Controversial, Science, Space travel, Thought-Provoking Analysis

Majority of Americans Believe It Is Essential That the U.S. Remain a Global Leader in Space

By Cary Funk and Mark Strauss of Pew Research – Majorities say the International Space Station has been a good investment for the country and that, on balance, NASA is still vital to the future of U.S. space exploration even … Continue reading

Posted in Pew Research, Science, Space travel

Potential super-Earth found nearby after decades-long hunt

By Nadia Drake of National Geographic Just six light-years away, a frozen world seems to be orbiting a small, dim red star. If it’s truly there, the alien planet would at least partly fulfill a fantasy decades in the making, … Continue reading

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This is the most sexist place in America. For women born there, it will have significant impacts.

Adapted from a story by The Washington Post’s Christopher Ingraham If you want to move to the least sexist state in America, then head to New Hampshire, according to an index of sexist attitudes developed by economists at the University … Continue reading

Posted in Children, civilization, Demographics, Education, Fairness, Families, Gender Gap, income, Marriage, Science, Thought-Provoking Analysis, United States, Washington Post