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Politics over science

The U.S.-China trade war seems to be never-ending. Not reaching the daily headlines, however, are the several ways this war is seeping into

August 20, 2019

Progess on telescope calls for wider view

The major astronomy story of the last month has been about the planned construction of a new telescope, the Thirty Meter Telescope, and the

August 6, 2019


A recent, splashy story in the New York Times has probably started the backlash against self-driving cars. The story claimed that the techno

July 30, 2019

A cloud of smoke

Occasionally, I get a feeling I have no idea why some social media exist. I felt that way about Twitter after reading a crazy study last wee

July 16, 2019

Judicial imbalance

The Supreme Court finished its session last week and issued several important decisions. The one I cared most about involved gerrymandering.

July 2, 2019

Kitty littered

Some studies are too fun not to share. I first read about this one in a short blurb in the journal Science, where I suspect the editors also

June 18, 2019

Let science, not courts, judge chemical safety

In the past year, three lawsuits have been decided about the most common herbicide in the world. The chemical involved is glyphosate, althou

June 4, 2019

Zipping through traffic

Like a lot of Fort Wayne, I drive downtown along Jefferson Boulevard every morning. Because of construction near Parkview Field, the rightmo

May 21, 2019

Community update

Camps “THE WORLD BELONGS TO YOU: A PASSPORT TO YOUR FUTURE IN HEALTHCARE”: 8:30 a.m. to 3:10 p.m. June 11 and 12; University of

May 20, 2019

Setting standards

Caster Semenya has won several gold medals, both at the Olympics and World Championships. She competes in the 400-, 800- and 1500-meter dash

May 7, 2019

Wonder of discovery

Last week the first image of a black hole was released. I had been following the team's progress for the past several years, so I was excite

April 16, 2019


Best climate route is already at hand Christer Watson is spot on in his April 2 column, “Mockery won't change climate change realitie

April 9, 2019

Part of the problem

The Green New Deal bill was recently debated and defeated in the U.S. Senate. The defeat was not a surprise. Although there are significant

April 2, 2019

Proven benefit

Several local news organizations, including this paper, recently reported that the Allen County Jail has introduced video calls. In the news

March 19, 2019

IT as part of GDP

In 2017, information technology was 5.4 percent of the U.S. economy. Back in 1987, it was 4.6 percent. If that small change strikes you as s

March 5, 2019

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