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Better for him - and us

Tomorrow my family will be celebrating World Down Syndrome Day. It has been a little over five years since we celebrated my son Max's birth.

March 20, 2018

Elementary insight

I was putting my two sons to bed last week when my older one, in third grade, starting talking about the upcoming ISTEP tests. It was pretty

March 6, 2018

In stent results

Heart and circulatory system problems are common in the U.S. Heart disease, for example, kills about 600,000 a year in the U.S. When people

February 20, 2018

'Illusion of accuracy'

Most astronomers either work on using telescopes to make observations or using equations to craft new theories. I've heard this joke among a

February 6, 2018

Studies on teens present findings worth sleeping on

It has been a couple of years since Fort Wayne Community Schools rearranged its school start times. At the time, the main justification seem

January 16, 2018

Saturn's secrets

The year just passed saw the end of the Cassini satellite. It had a great run and ended in spectacular fashion, with both great drama and gr

January 2, 2018

Bitcoins: Are they worth all that effort?

Bitcoin is getting a lot of news coverage lately, mostly because its price has gone absolutely crazy.

December 19, 2017


Most people following tech news expect the Federal Communications Commission to repeal rules on net neutrality on Dec. 14. These principles

December 5, 2017

Halting harassment falls to us all

The wildfire-like spread of reporting on sexual harassment and sexual assault is both depressing and encouraging. I've been surprised how ma

November 21, 2017

The art of expression

Abuse of opioids has become an epidemic. Overdose deaths per year are greater than those of the HIV/AIDS epidemic peak in 1995. The day-to-d

November 7, 2017

Collision and coordination

As I write this on Sunday afternoon, the astronomy world is in a flutter. At 10 a.m. Monday, there will be an announcement – made by t

October 17, 2017

Healthy debate

Every time I read in the papers about vaccines, it seems to be some variation on people being worried about them despite overwhelming eviden

October 3, 2017

Construction woes flooding Houston

I live in the West Central neighborhood, a few blocks from the St. Marys River. When my wife and I were first looking at our house, we had t

September 19, 2017

Season of change

It is the start of a new school year. I love the activity around this season on a university campus. The hustle and bustle of students movin

September 5, 2017

Discarded eclipse glasses collected for 2024 return

Plans for the 2024 total solar eclipse are underway.

August 23, 2017

Put on glasses, marvel at mechanics of nature

The solar eclipse is coming next Monday. I am excited about seeing it. Astronomy events like eclipses are a reminder how we are all connecte

August 15, 2017

Head shots

I love watching a great pass in football. I'm a Packers fan, so Aaron Rogers to Jordy Nelson is especially beautiful. With the little that I

August 1, 2017

Science of addiction

I ran across two recent – and related – medical studies about the opioid epidemic. They both show how we are slowly making progr

July 18, 2017

Imprisoned by outdated technology

Last month there was an appeals court decision against the Federal Communications Commission. More precisely, it was against limits the FCC

July 4, 2017

Differing wavelengths

The next generation of wireless phone service is starting to be built. It is called 5G, for fifth generation. As with the four previous gene

June 20, 2017


President Donald Trump has announced plans to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement. For some reason, perhaps because

June 6, 2017

The trees of life

We've all heard that nature is good for our health. I've always taken such advice as probably good, but also probably hard to measure in any

May 16, 2017


There have been two international marches in the past couple of weeks, one about climate change and one about science more generally. People

May 2, 2017

By the numbers

The Supreme Court soon will hear a gerrymandering case from Wisconsin, Whitford vs. Gill. The state lost the case in federal district court,

April 18, 2017

Selling customer data won't lead ISPs to innovate

The House and Senate passed a bill last week about internet privacy. President Trump is expected to sign it into law. It has attracted a lot

April 4, 2017