One of my favorite quotes is, sadly, unattributable (at least as far as I’ve been able to find): “The cowards never started and the weak died along the way.” I first came across this in an explanation of why the American West is traditionally more of a bastion of rugged individualism than is the East […]
Tom Weller’s Science Made Stupid has my vote as one of the funniest books I’ve read. The only problem is that anymore it seems to be more of a description of Americans’ understanding of science rather than the lampooning of science it was originally intended to be. If trends continue, another two decades might see […]
What would you think about a simple genetic test that could tell you exactly how sensitive you are to radiation? Something, say, as simple as a cholesterol test that could tell you whether you are extraordinarily sensitive to radiation, exceptionally resistant to radiation damage, or pretty much normal – how great would that be?
How clean is clean? Does something have to be spotless to be considered “clean” or is it good enough to be “clean enough?” And, if the latter, how good is clean enough? Bringing the matter home – should I insist that my sons’ room be spotless continually, or can I tolerate a little bit of […]
How much contamination would you find acceptable on your daughter’s teddy bear? Would you let her snuggle up at night with a bear that had been decontaminated to the industry standard – with low, but detectable counts? Does the bear mean so much to her that you’d want to get it back even with higher […]
Earlier this week I was lucky enough to be asked to join a 1-day workshop on some legal aspects of responding to a radiological emergency, hosted by the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO – pronounced “natch-o” in case you’re wondering). There were a number of questions we discussed but much of […]