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Encyclopedia Of Life Fosters Citizen Science

almost 5 years ago

When I was a kid, I was an avid reader of just about anything between two covers, but I had a special place in my heart for encyclopedias. Back in the days before cable TV came to rural burgs, when the few video games available were easily mastered and the home computer was still considered a ...


Henrietta Lacks: Life Everlasting?

almost 5 years ago

Henrietta Lacks, a thirty-one year old African American mother of five from Baltimore, died of cervical cancer in 1951. By the time she passed away, her cancer cells had been replicating themselves in petri dishes at a Johns Hopkins lab for months. Out of a portion of the tissue from her original ...


Politics In A Nation Of Television Watchers

almost 5 years ago

“We as a nation are television watchers. Not only do we learn about politics by watching television, but we are television watchers; who we are as humans is in part defined by the attention that we pay to the television.”  Roderick Hart  President Obama has had a long week. He has had to ...


How The Wrong Man Can End Up Behind Bars

almost 5 years ago

James Bain was convicted of kidnapping and rape of a 9 year-old boy in a field back in 1973. The DNA testing of crime scene evidence used to free him had not yet been developed. Bain’s conviction relied heavily on eyewitness identification, although the then 19 year-old Bain’s alibi contradicted ...


Carter Center Helps To Wipe Out Guinea Worm

almost 5 years ago

The Carter Center, the home base of ex- president Jimmy Carter, is best known for its peace summits and election observers. But the Atlanta based organization has used its ability to reach into the most remote areas of the globe to fight terrible afflictions like Guinea Worm disease. 20 years ago ...


Bankers In A Fog

almost 5 years ago

There was no small amount of irony in the fog that delayed the flights of the Wall Street bankers scheduled to meet with President Obama this morning. For many Americans, this particular band of corporate chieftains has been in a fog about the public’s perception of their recent return to ...


Not Enough "Moolah For Mortgages"

almost 5 years ago

It looks like bailout watchdog Elizabeth Warren is not afraid to tell our emperors that they are not wearing any clothes. "The program that Treasury has designed does not have the scope, the scale, or the permanence needed to deal with the foreclosure problem," she said Tuesday night on a ...