NASA Holds an Information Session to Talk About What’s Been Found on Ocean Worlds

April 14, 2017 – Who would have thought that the places to look for life other than here on Earth would be moons and dwarf planets located in the outer Solar System. NASA has ... Continue Reading →

The Math to Keep Global Mean Temperatures from Rising More Than 2 Degrees Celsius

April 3, 2017 – The world faces a daunting task over the next three decades taking us to 2050. By that date, if we are to stop the relentless climb in global temperatures caused ... Continue Reading →

The Challenge of the 21st Century – Reflections on 2,000 Postings to this Blog Site

March 28, 2017 – It has been seven years of writing, this journey of mine. Today marks the 2,000th entry to the site which I began back in October of 2009. I’ve enjoyed ... Continue Reading →

Can Genetic Engineering Cure Sickle Cell Anemia?

March 6, 2017 – In the March 2nd edition of The New England Journal of Medicine, an article entitled, Gene Therapy in a Patient with Sickle Cell Disease, describes the use of ... Continue Reading →

When Humans Chose to Farm They Picked the Wrong Staple Crops to Grow

February 18, 2017 – We think of the Neolithic or Agricultural Revolution as the defining beginnings of modern human civilization. With the rise of farming, humans moved from hunter-gatherers ... Continue Reading →

Where Saltwater and Freshwater Meet There is Potent Energy

February 17, 2017 – Ever heard of the salinity gradient? At Pennsylvania State University, civil engineers are working to develop a form of electrical power generation from where ... Continue Reading →

Armyworms on the March in Africa – Pose a Major Threat to Food Production

February 15, 2017 – One of the consequences of greater global integration is the spread of invasive species. In Africa, already feeling the impact of a drying trend associated ... Continue Reading →

China Spending Billions to Make Rain

February 14, 2017 – China tried rainmaking during its hosting of the Olympic Games in Beijing in 2008. Cannons fired silver iodide and dry ice shells into the skies around the ... Continue Reading →

DNA Adds X and Y to A,C,T and G in First Stable Semi-synthetic Organism

February 7, 2017 – Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) announced they had created a  stable semisynthetic organism in research appearing in the January 23, 2017 ... Continue Reading →

Unintended Consequences of Trump’s New Wall

January 26, 2017 – When you build a wall to keep out people you also create unintended consequences including changes to the environment, wildlife migration and water flow. In ... Continue Reading →