After Long Wavering, a Waiver

May 07, 2021

During last year’s presidential election campaign, candidate Joe Biden promised “absolutely” and “positively” to support the waiver of US patents to permit the unencumbered manufacture of COVID-19 vaccines in the rest of the world. Once Biden was elected, the words “absolutely” and...

Where India Went Wrong
May 05, 2021

Where India Went Wrong

For a Few Billion Dollars More
May 05, 2021

For a Few Billion Dollars More

It’s Time to Invest in Curiosity
Apr 29, 2021

It’s Time to Invest in Curiosity

Bill Gates and the Zero-Sum Vaccination Game

Bill Gates and the Zero-Sum Vaccination Game

Apr 19, 2021

The debate is raging once again about the true origin of COVID-19. Was it zoonotic, originating in a bat cave and then infecting exotic meat in Wuhan’s wet market as the majority of scientists claimed throughout 2020? At the approach of the November election, US President Donald Trump preferred...

Is India’s Vaccine Diplomacy a Good Idea?

Is India’s Vaccine Diplomacy a Good Idea?

Apr 02, 2021

In terms of numbers, India ranks the third worst after the US and Brazil when it comes to COVID-19 infections. At the time of publishing, the country has recorded over 12.3 million confirmed cases and more than 163,000 deaths. The BBC reports that India is facing a “severe, intensive” second...

Wealth Inequality Breeds Health Inequality

Wealth Inequality Breeds Health Inequality

Mar 24, 2021

In an AP article last December, Maria Cheng and Aniruddha Ghosal noted that, despite official optimism concerning the capacity of emerging vaccines to provoke the definitive decline of the COVID-19 pandemic, “the chances that coronavirus shots will be shared fairly between rich nations and the...

Why the US Return to the WHO Matters

Why the US Return to the WHO Matters

Mar 18, 2021

In compliance with major statements made repeatedly during his electoral campaign, US President Joe Biden, on his first day in office on January 20, signed two important executive orders — among 15 others, a record number — signaling the United States’ return to the international arena, to...

How Artificial Intelligence Can Slow the Spread of COVID-19

How Artificial Intelligence Can Slow the Spread of COVID-19

Mar 14, 2021

A new machine learning approach to COVID-19 testing has produced encouraging results in Greece. The technology, named Eva, dynamically used recent testing results collected at the Greek border to detect and limit the importation of asymptomatic COVID-19 cases among arriving international...

17 Physics Reasons Pole Dancing Benefits Humans

17 Physics Reasons Pole Dancing Benefits Humans

Mar 13, 2021

By some weird fluke, I may be the most famous male pole dancer in the world this month. Not by any means the best, strongest or most graceful. Maybe the oldest and certainly the most unlikely. Being the opposite of a typical pole enthusiast gives me the perfect stage, in brief, to sing the...

Who Would Bet on a Future Olympics?

Who Would Bet on a Future Olympics?

Feb 15, 2021

We didn’t suspect it at the time, but the 2016 Rio Olympics may have been the last ever summer games. There were clues. Until 2015, most of us hadn’t even heard of the Zika virus. First identified in 1947, it is transmitted by mosquitoes, typically causing asymptomatic or mild infection but...

What Explains the COVID-19 East-West Divide?

What Explains the COVID-19 East-West Divide?

Jan 29, 2021

COVID-19 has been ruthless in choosing winners and losers around the world. The obvious “losers” have been those countries led by right-wing nationalists: Brazil, India, Russia, the United Kingdom and (until recently) the United States. These five countries are responsible for more than half...

The Science of Rebuilding Trust

The Science of Rebuilding Trust

Jan 22, 2021

During his inauguration, President Joe Biden appealed to us, American citizens, repeatedly and emphatically, to defend unity and truth against corrosion from power and profit. Fortunately, the bedrock tensions between unity, truth, power and profit have newly-discovered mathematical definitions,...

How COVID-19 Stole Christmas

How COVID-19 Stole Christmas

Dec 23, 2020

Heinrich Heine is one of Germany’s most famous poets. He is best known for his poem, “Deutschland, ein Wintermärchen” (“Germany, a Winter’s Tale”) and for the first line of his poem “Nachtgedanken” (“Night Thoughts”), which has become what Germans call a “geflügeltes...

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