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Alexander Zwissler
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Science…well sort of...connecting the dots with measles
Boy this measles thing has really got my heart pumping again. In fact, it’s making me downright optimistic about our future.  Unlike the usual sciency news story, this one is clearly more than just a standard meme, a weeklong sensation soon to be washed ove...
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Science, Well sort of…fracking redux
I've been really agonizing over this one.  In fact a draft of this piece in various forms has been on my computer for several months, as I seem unable or unwilling to finish it.  For background, it’s been about a year since I completed my series on fracking...
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Science, Well sort of…fracking redux
I've been really agonizing over this one.  In fact a draft of this piece in various forms has been on my computer for several months, as I seem unable or unwilling to finish it.  For background, it’s been about a year since I completed my series on fracking...
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Science, Well sort of… what happens when you take a break from blogging
Writing this blog over the last three years has yielded many unexpected pleasures.  At the top of the list is the fact that some folks actually read it…stunning.  This was brought home to me recently when at least three of you seemed to notice that I hadn’t...
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Science, well sort of...the media experiment you can do at home
This will be really exciting. …Today we’re going to do a real life SCIENCE experiment! … OK, well sort of.  For those of you nice enough to have read my previous posts, you’ll recall I’ve often woven in the impact of the media on our perceptions of science ...
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Science, well sort of...pink slime is to fracking, as...
Jon Stewart is a genius … but you knew that.  On a recent show he weighed in on the whole pink slime thing, suggesting that instead of “pink slime” or “lean finely textured beef,” (its brand name) consumers should use the term “ammonia-soaked centrifuge sep...
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Science, well sort of...giant radioactive ants, fear, and the Bay Bridge
Gulp …  true confession time.  I have not driven a car over the San Francisco Bay Bridge since sometime in 1985.  This may not be a very remarkable statement other than the fact that during these 27 years I have lived in the Bay Area, on and off, for about ...
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Science, well sort of....possibilities that create reality
So often, both as individuals and as a society, we look to science for certainty. What does the research tell us, predict, confirm? How can we avoid the possible risks or ensure the potential benefits of any given innovation? In that quest for certainty, we...
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Science, well sort of...old signs made new on the web
Growing up in the early sixties, my little German grandmother would take me to San Francisco on most weekends.  We’d catch the N bus at High Street and MacArthur Blvd in Oakland and ride to the old Transbay Terminal.  There we’d usually jump on a 38 Geary s...
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