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Because of the writer's error, the conversion between a pound and a kilogram was incorrect in a column by Christer Watson on Tuesday's Opini

December 5, 2018

Weighty matter

The kilogram will have a new definition next year. As is usual in such matters, this decision was agreed to by a committee. Within scientifi

December 4, 2018

Avoiding illiberal democracy

I am worried about our democracy. I used to think Americans mostly shared a common set of values. Those values included a commitment to demo

November 20, 2018

Law and order - and the 1%

It is Election Day. There are many issues, especially science-related ones, relevant to the elections. That is, of course, important to me.

November 6, 2018

Nobel achievement

The Nobel Prizes were announced a couple of weeks ago. I always enjoy hearing about the clever science during that week of the year. As is c

October 16, 2018

Courting compromise

For many people this week, watching or listening to the Supreme Court nomination hearings was painful. I don't have personal experience with

October 2, 2018

Internet alternative?

For the last couple of decades, Silicon Valley and the Democratic Party have been closely connected. More recently, however, progressive pol

September 18, 2018

The right prescription?

We are in the middle of the opioid epidemic. Solving this problem will take a combination of time and creative action. We shouldn't wait for

September 4, 2018

By the numbers

I admit it, I like boring reports. Nothing makes me as comfortable with an author as the feeling they have dived into the details of some su

August 21, 2018

A fix for tech laws

Last year I had a problem with my van's air conditioner. I took the van to a local mechanic (I hate taking the car to the dealership and avo

August 7, 2018

Contraception over intimidation

The local Planned Parenthood closed last week. An opinion piece in The Journal Gazette Sunday by Wendy Stein expressed many of my frustrati

July 17, 2018

Lack of leadership

What does it mean for a country to lead? Is leading actually a good thing? As the saying goes, the early bird gets the worm, but the second

July 3, 2018

Courting disaster

I used to love the federal courts. I thought it was the part of our government where ideas mattered most. Arguments were evaluated on their

June 19, 2018

Lessons of last battle

Ebola is back. I've read short news stories here and there, but this has not yet gotten the full attention of the international media. The

June 5, 2018

'On the shoulders of giants'

On March 20, The Journal Gazette published a column by Christer Watson (“Better for him – and us/Inclusion benefits Down syndrom

May 18, 2018

Room for doubt

I've spent the last couple of years avoiding a lot of political writing. Part of that avoidance is probably because I haven't liked the news

May 15, 2018


Nugent rhetoric unworthy of Foellinger stage I am writing to echo the sentiments expressed by Alan Candioto in a letter published April 21

May 9, 2018

A worthy idea -bank on it

Sometimes I read a number that just shocks me into thinking how different some people's lives are from mine. That happened to me last week.

May 1, 2018

You want a revolution?

Within the science and technology press, I keep reading stories about new developments in artificial intelligence. Neural networks, specifi

April 17, 2018

Significant sampling

Gun control is in the news again after February's Parkland, Florida school shooting. Somewhat famously, scientific research on the effects o

April 3, 2018

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