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Thinking Aloud: Geology 101?

June 11, 2015 by Darius  Last Friday, in Malaysia, an earthquake killed 18 people on a mountain considered sacred by many locals.  While such natural disasters are unfortunate, they happen.  More newsworthy is the fact that some Malaysian authorities claimed … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Afghan Poppy Farmers Say New Seeds Will Boost Opium Output”

“Afghan Poppy Farmers Say New Seeds Will Boost Opium Output” The Associated Press, May 5, 2015 http://bigstory.ap.org/article/629f0d31245c4533a3678b8c7176ca9d/afghan-poppy-farmers-say-new-seeds-will-boost-opium-output “It’s the cash crop of the Taliban and the scourge of Afghanistan — the country’s intractable opium cultivation.  This year, many Afghan poppy … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: Hubble Telescope’s 25th Birthday

Apr. 30, 2015 by Darius  Earlier this week, the Hubble Space Telescope celebrated its 25th birthday.  The Hubble has made huge contributions to our understanding of the universe.  It has also taken some amazing pictures, showing nebulas, galaxies, and other structures … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Ebola Drug Cures Monkeys Infected with West African Virus Strain”

“Ebola Drug Cures Monkeys Infected with West African Virus Strain” BBC, April 22, 2015 http://www.bbc.com/news/world-32424145 “An experimental drug has cured monkeys infected with the Ebola virus, US-based scientists have said.  The treatment, known as TKM-Ebola-Guinea, targets the Makona strain of the … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: Science Should Shape Sentencing

Apr. 8, 2015 by Darius In perhaps the least surprising news of the day, Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokar Tsarnaev was found guilty on all counts.  His defense never tried to deny his guilt, instead working to convince to jury to … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “In the Ointment: How an Insect Held Back a Continent”

“In the Ointment: How an Insect Held Back a Continent” The Economist, January 17-23, 2015, p.72 http://www.economist.com/news/finance-and-economics/21639588-how-insect-held-back-continent-ointment “Economic historians have long supposed that Africa’s historically low population density shaped its development.  Rulers struggled to exercise control over scattered populations, the theory goes. … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Biological Bad Luck to Blame in Many Cancer Cases, Study Finds”

“Biological Bad Luck to Blame in Many Cancer Cases, Study Finds” The Washington Post, January 2, 2015, p.A5 http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/biological-bad-luck-blamed-in-two-thirds-of-cancer-cases-researchers-say/2015/01/01/ddd4aa6e-91e9-11e4-ba53-a477d66580ed_story.html “Plain old bad luck plays a major role in determining who gets cancer, according to researchers who found that two-thirds of cancer … Continue reading

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