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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Imprisoned by outdated technology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

Seeds of disc-ord

I play Ultimate Frisbee. As I am now in my 40s, it is pretty easy to get injured. I have had my share, specifically with my ribs, ankle and

March 20, 2017

Orange dragon aloft at festive dance

For Fort Wayne’s Dorothy Kittaka, the 2017 edition of the FAME Festival on Saturday at Grand Wayne Center was only a bit short of bein

March 18, 2017

Letters to the editor

Outmoded thinking on automotive travel I read the Feb. 22 letter from John Anderson about Pete Eshelman’s Tesla. I believe Anderson r

March 11, 2017

Troubling times for Hoosier health

The Indiana House recently passed a bill adding requirements for doctors who perform medical abortions. There have been several drafts of th

March 6, 2017

A great idea, conservatively speaking

There was a proposal by some conservatives that may have gotten lost in the political shuffle of the last two weeks. The proposal would help

February 20, 2017


Inspiring observation I have been a fan of Christer Watson’s columns since they first appeared. His column of Feb. 7 (“Competen

February 17, 2017


The last two and a half weeks have been crazy. It’s hard to know what to expect out of the current administration. I hesitate a bit to

February 6, 2017

Cheating death daily

Every once in awhile, I run across a way to measure something that strikes me as terribly clever. Several years ago, I heard a talk by UK pr

January 16, 2017

A pet theory

Pet health care: It’s not something I think much about. I’m not sure I’ve even seen a vet hospital from the inside. Howeve

January 2, 2017