Category Archives: Science

Welcome to Jurassic Park!

We all know the story . . . rich man buys an island, re-creates dinosaurs to open the world’s most fantastic zoo, dinosaurs escape, eat rich man.  Such may be  the case with the Ebola virus.  This deadly little critter,  … Continue reading

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Eugenics! It’s Not Just For Breakfast Anymore!

The term eugenics conjures visions of evil in today’s world.  Literally meaning “good birth” from the Greek words eu (good) and genos (birth), eugenics is study of improving the human race, particularly through selective breeding.  Images of the atrocities committed … Continue reading

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Let’s Talk Turkey!

With another pagan holiday on the horizon, taste buds across the U.S. are tantalized by the thought of Mom’s old-fashioned roasted turkey.  Children of all ages can’t wait to dig into piles of mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, stuffing, and juicy … Continue reading

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The Man in the Iron Mask!

It started with lower back pain.  The doctor and I concurred that it was probably a bulged vertebral disk, and the doctor prescribed steroids and analgesics to reduce swelling and quell the pain.  After a week, the pain became unbearable.  … Continue reading

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A Spark of Genius!

The early days of electricity always conjures images of a  wind-swept, rain-soaked Benjamin Franklin with kite and key, or a smug-faced Edison standing behind his famous incandescent bulb.  Other names pop up from time to time during “electrifying” conversations like … Continue reading

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Great Balls of Fire!

Fire is a fearsome thing.  The animal kingdom is confused and fearful of the all consuming entity; horses panic and run toward it, insects are suicidally drawn to it, and most creatures run or fly from deadly flames stricken by … Continue reading

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Die Letzte Zigarette!

Unlike eggs, cigarettes constantly lose ground decade after decade regarding their impact on your health.  Eggs are an “on again, off again” affair.  Eggs were good for you in the 1950’s, but bad for you in the 60’s, came back … Continue reading

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Requiem for the Rod of Asclepius!

Poet and playwright, William Congreve, wrote “Musick has Charms to soothe a savage Breast,” in the tragedy, The Mourning Bride, and although the author refers not to a physical part of the body, the quote seems timely considering the preventive … Continue reading

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One Man’s Dandelion Is Another Man’s Daisy!

The dandelion is a much misaligned little flower with a bad rap! In North America, it is one of the earliest plants to bloom in the spring, dotting lawns and landscapes with its bright yellow flowers. As beautiful as this … Continue reading

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The Dark Age of Modern Medicine!

We the people of the world are entering a dark age in the world of medicine.  The last and best known Dark Ages occurred between the end of the Roman Empire and the beginning of the Renaissance.  It was also … Continue reading

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