Elements of our lives undoubtedly impact not only what we read but how we read it. Growing up during the Gemini and Apollo programs left me with a continued interest in space-related topics. Later training in a “just the facts ma’am” approach to journalism tends to leave me feeling terms like “creative nonfiction” have more [...]
Imagine the proverbial search for the needle in the haystack. Fortunately, anyone searching knows what a needle is. Multiply the strands of hay billions of times and you’re approaching one of the haystacks in which those in search of extraterrestrial life are working. Yet their effort struggles with a fundamental question: How do you define [...]
It’s worthwhile taking a look at Wired.com’s piece and online picture gallery on the conversion of the Homestake Gold Mine to the Sanford Underground Laboratory, a physics lab that, among other things, will help look for so-called dark matter. It seems, though, that the science and uniqueness of the site left the reporter needing to [...]
Religion has been with us as long as there has been human civilization, if not longer. Conversely, for as long as there has been human civilization, religion has been a battleground, both real and theoretical. Even today we see it in fanatics killing those with whom they disagree or the advent of the so-called “new [...]
What has proved to be an ongoing controversy today had a major portion of what little legitimacy it had taken out from under it. The Lancet, a British medical journal, today “fully” retracted a February 1998 article linking the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccination to autism.
According to The Lancet‘s editor, it was “utterly [...]
Given developments in technology and other issues confronting the world, no one should probably be surprised. Yet considering the state of technoogy when it occurred, it’s a shame that even in the last decade the moon landing has lost some its shine.
According to a recent Pew Research Center survey, fewer people today list space [...]
Black helicopters — a symbol for conspiracy theorists and, for lack of a better term, wackos. Sadly, the U.S. has become a wellspring of goofy claims and theories and one of the more prevalent ones hit Sioux Falls this week.
Evidently, about 200 people showed up Thursday night to hear a Canadian physician, Dr. Andrew [...]
Looking at television and news stands, it sometimes hard to believe it’s the 21st Century. Recent polling shows that 44 percent of the American public believes in ghosts, another 36 percent believe in UFOs, and 31 percent believe in witches. Thankfully, books like Jo Marchant’s Decoding the Heavens: A 2,000-Year-Old Computer — and the Century-Long [...]
Regardless of your position on stem cell research, there’s one thing South Dakotans don’t have to worry about as a result of President Obama ending restrictions on federal funding for stem cell research. No money for or research using embryonic stem cells will be here.
Nearly 18 months before President Bush restricted funding for stem [...]