Themes Common to Chemistry, Biology and Society

It does not often occur to us that there are four common themes shared by chemistry, biology and human societies: unity, continuity, diversity and interaction. Unity There is unity in chemistry because all matter consists of atoms subject to nature’s four forces. With the intake of the appropriate energy, the electrons of any substance, and... Continue Reading →

How the Ju|’hoan Make Poison Arrows

When I was a child, my grandmother taught me how to make arrows from the softwood of a poplar, a tree that was abundant in the woods that we could step into from my backyard. Later in adolescence, biased from the movies that I watched,  I perceived arrows to be "primitive". It is another case... Continue Reading →

Economics Vs. Environment: A False Dichotomy

The false dichotomy of economics versus environment has long existed because it is unfortunately too easy to sweep health and environmental costs under the rug or to have government consistently pick up the bill for consequences of short-sighted "growth". Here's a letter sent to the Economist by former World Bank, senior vice president, Vinod Thomas,... Continue Reading →

Science Outreach: Two Ends of the Spectrum

Most readers are familiar with the term greenwashing in which certain companies use the jargon from the environmental movement on their label to boost sales. But meanwhile, with regards to packaging and/or manufacturing, they do not implement the ecological practices required to significantly cut waste and pollution. The worst form of science outreach is actually... Continue Reading →

A Dozen+1 Visions of the Future

Between 13 and 20 years ago, I made a combination of humorous and pretentious predictions. Typically, these ventures reveal one's biases more than they reveal the future. But I reprint them here because I hope you will find some of the writing full of, if nothing else, zest. 1.  In the last five decades of... Continue Reading →

Comments On Views of the Late Isaac Asimov

Like society in general, science needs a variety of both skills and viewpoints to survive. Some of its devotees have been ingenious experimentalists; others have devised elegant theories solely from their desks. Some combine both skills and manage research teams.  Many scientists, like natural philosophers of yesteryear, remain focused on providing humanity with insight into... Continue Reading →

Green Grass Without Synthetics

There are benefits to having grass in parks and residential properties. When taken care of, grass becomes a natural carpet on which one can easily rest, play or walk. But to keep Poa pratensis green and thus in a juvenile state requires an investment of energy, an amount that is exaggerated by our questionable habits.... Continue Reading →

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