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Red planet rover

A NASA rover on Mars, named Opportunity, was finally declared dead last week. It had been unresponsive for months. Scientists and engineers

February 19, 2019

Portrayal of disabilities on film sadly overlooked

Sometimes I feel inspired by something outside of science. I have been trying not to follow but am still actually following the movie awards

February 5, 2019

Warming to a plan

This coming spring or fall, a small experiment using a balloon will take place in the southwest U.S. The experiment will release a little bi

January 15, 2019

Government-industrial complex

I've read four different stories about telecom companies that tell a bit of a sad story. To me, that story is that these companies are being

January 2, 2019

No place like home for the horticulture

I'm in the process of revamping my yard (sewer problems, don't ask). Along with some work on my deck, we will probably be doing some new lan

December 18, 2018


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