How to Reboot an Infected Nervous System

Nov 09, 2019

Yes, the world seems less trustworthy every day. Politics is corrupted, science is corrupted, the law is corrupted, etc. Worst of all, education and the news are corrupted, so we can’t even know what’s true. It’s like John Wanamaker said a hundred years ago, “I know 30% of my ad budget is...

The Triumph and Tragedy of the Data Scientist
Oct 25, 2019

The Triumph and Tragedy of the Data Scientist

Can a New Generation of Nuclear Reactors Help Us Transition to Renewables?
Oct 24, 2019

Can a New Generation of Nuclear Reactors Help Us Transition to Renewables?

How Science Got Sound Wrong
Oct 12, 2019

How Science Got Sound Wrong

The Growing Case for Banning E-Cigarettes

The Growing Case for Banning E-Cigarettes

Oct 01, 2019

Despite being marketed as cooler and healthier alternatives to smoking, a growing body of scientific evidence suggests that e-cigarettes should come with similar health warnings as regular tobacco products. Yet, while further research is needed to determine once and for all whether...

Our Personal Styles of Information Gathering

Our Personal Styles of Information Gathering

Sep 20, 2019

There are two kinds of people — and not just people. Rather, I should say, there are two kinds of sensory styles. This applies to animals, even to Roombas. Knowing those styles helps fix some common arguments. Think of sensory processing in general — the making sense of the world we...

Is Technology Neutral?

Is Technology Neutral?

Sep 06, 2019

At the climax of a “60 Minutes” segment on ethical technology design, host Anderson Cooper demanded suspiciously of Tristan Harris, “Is technology neutral?” While Cooper made the word “neutral” seem like a loaded challenge, the truth is that “neutral” is as neutral a word as can...

Why Addressing Social Factors Could Improve US Health Care

Why Addressing Social Factors Could Improve US Health Care

Aug 31, 2019

Health in the US is a tale of two starkly different realities. The better-off and well-connected are not only in a stronger position to receive care when they need it, but they also start off with advantages that have a tremendous effect on health — in housing, employment, stress levels, food...

10 Physics Tricks to Recover From Digital Decalibration

10 Physics Tricks to Recover From Digital Decalibration

Aug 23, 2019

This is a list of straightforward ways to feel better in the age of smartphones. This list can serve as a companion to an earlier edition of Tech Turncoat Truths listing how screens damage the human nervous system, and also to a peer-reviewed article making the same case. Here's the gist of...

South Asians Are Shaping the Future of Science and Technology

South Asians Are Shaping the Future of Science and Technology

Aug 17, 2019

Each year, the MIT Technology Review publishes a list of outstanding innovators under 35. They come from fields as diverse as biotechnology, robotics, artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, energy, the web, transportation, communications, materials and computer hardware. Their innovations are...

The Physics and Biophysics of Sound “Healing”

The Physics and Biophysics of Sound “Healing”

Aug 09, 2019

The fashionable intelligence at The New York Times has declared sound baths are everywhere, and it’s true. Well-educated people like myself now routinely spend a couple dozen dollars for a few hours in a quiet room listening to ringing gongs, thrumming bowls and shaking rattles....

10 Physics Reasons Why Screens Are Bad for Humans

10 Physics Reasons Why Screens Are Bad for Humans

Jul 26, 2019

Here are 10 interlocking reasons why using screens damages the human nervous system. The reasons are derived from basic mathematical principles of how matter and energy move in space and time. The gist is that the human nervous system, seen as a sensitive instrument, needs to calibrate itself using...

Learning from a Nobel Prize Laureate

Learning from a Nobel Prize Laureate

May 01, 2019

In this edition of The Interview, Fair Observer talks to Joachim Frank, the 2017 Nobel Prize laureate in chemistry. The Nobel Prize, the most prestigious in life sciences, is awarded annually to individuals who have made the most notable contributions to the fields of chemistry, physics,...

Croatia Values Science and Education

Croatia Values Science and Education

Feb 26, 2019

In this edition of The Interview, Fair Observer talks to Dragan Primorac, the former Croatian minister of science, education and sports. Croatia, the newest member of the European Union, has made enormous investments in science and academic research. In doing so, it has secured its place among...

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