Flat Earth believers: Are they for real?

August 17, 2017 Did you know that some people think the Earth is flat? Apparently there are, but I still have trouble believing it. Why? Because I just cannot believe someone is A) that stupid or B) that willing to deny reality and more than 2,000 years of evidence. Even when Columbus sailed the ocean blue, it was generally accepted by pretty much anyone that … Continue reading Flat Earth believers: Are they for real?

One microscopic step for man, one large step for mankind

August 9, 2017 Last Wednesday, the world got news of a breakthrough that will affect the future of not only medicine, but prenatal care as well: The first successful editing of human genes to repair a common and serious disease-causing mutation. The process, gene editing, has been talked about for years. It’s been not only the center of scientific discussion, but also great fodder for … Continue reading One microscopic step for man, one large step for mankind

If not Twitter, what else?

June 1, 2017 Ever hear of Twitter? If you haven’t, then I envy you. Though, I’d guess you’d be lost when every newscast makes at least one reference to the social media platform known for its 140 character limit and Donald Trump’s favorite mouth (or would it be finger?) piece. It’s the 140-character limit that has led Twitter to be called a “microblog.” Anyway, for … Continue reading If not Twitter, what else?

How possible is Star Wars: How’s that empire work again?

This is part four of a four-part series of columns written to mark Star Wars’ 40th Anniversary. Read Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3. Man, government in the Star Wars universe is confusing. Until the late 1990s it was pretty simple. The oppressive Galactic Empire, led by the Emperor and his righthand cyborg Darth Vader, controlled the majority of the galaxy and it fought with the Rebel … Continue reading How possible is Star Wars: How’s that empire work again?

How possible is Star Wars? Part III: Would droids leave humans without any work to do?

May 17, 2017 Anyone who has the least bit of familiarity with Star Wars knows that many of its most beloved characters aren’t flesh and blood. These characters, made of metal, are robots, or “droids” as they are called in the movies. While droids like C-3PO, R2-D2 and BB-8 may be created to serve humans, they also have self-awareness and a will to preserve their … Continue reading How possible is Star Wars? Part III: Would droids leave humans without any work to do?