What should be the big issues of the 2008 presidential election?

Calvin Trillin:    Iraq.  I mean I think healthcare, but I think there’s been so much demagoguery on healthcare.  And that’s another way we’re falling behind, in fact.  I mean if you look at the, say, American automobile manufacturers, their cost . . .  I mean why is somebody’s healthcare tied to his job on the assembly line?  I mean it’s absurd.  But if you do something else, the talk is socialized medicine. 

But there is, you know, 46 million people I think I read last week, who have no insurance – no coverage at all – and actually don’t go to a hospital.  Or as the President said, they can go to an emergency room.  It would be interesting for him to try that one of these days – go into one of these emergency rooms late at night when your kid’s sick.  So I think that in those sort of things I think that should be a big issue, but I’m not sure that it will be.  Everybody’s been burnt on it I think. 


September 5, 2007

Why do journalists keep telling us who's going to win or lose? Is that really the point?

Meet the Bajau sea nomads — they can reportedly hold their breath for 13 minutes

The Bajau people's nomadic lifestyle has given them remarkable adaptions, enabling them to stay underwater for unbelievable periods of time. Their lifestyle, however, is quickly disappearing.

Wikimedia Commons
Culture & Religion
  • The Bajau people travel in small flotillas throughout the Phillipines, Malaysia, and Indonesia, hunting fish underwater for food.
  • Over the years, practicing this lifestyle has given the Bajau unique adaptations to swimming underwater. Many find it straightforward to dive up to 13 minutes 200 feet below the surface of the ocean.
  • Unfortunately, many disparate factors are erasing the traditional Bajau way of life.
Keep reading Show less

New study finds the egg may actually 'choose' the Sperm

Here's the first evidence to challenge the "fastest sperm" narrative.

Keep reading Show less

Scientists create a "lifelike" material that has metabolism and can self-reproduce

An innovation may lead to lifelike evolving machines.

Shogo Hamada/Cornell University
Surprising Science
  • Scientists at Cornell University devise a material with 3 key traits of life.
  • The goal for the researchers is not to create life but lifelike machines.
  • The researchers were able to program metabolism into the material's DNA.
Keep reading Show less