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Staten Island's "Bluebelt" Doesn't Fight Superstorms, but Plays Crucial Role in Managing Excess Rainfall

During an eerily foreshadowing talk I attended the week before Sandy came crashing ashore, New York City’s climate resilience advisor, Leah Cohen, assured the small attending audience that PlaNYC 2030, a tentative map for the city’s sustainable growth, outlined no such plans to “buy back” developed areas in the city—even those dangerously close to the water’s edge...

November 9, 2012 — Kathleen Raven

Achilles Had Only 2 Heels

Recently, I came across the headline “Scientists Find Achilles’ Heel of Cancer Cells”, describing the discovery of a histone deactylase (HDAC11) as a novel target for cancer therapies.

November 9, 2012 — Jalees Rehman

Occam, me and a conformational medley

The philosopher and writer Jim Holt who has written the sparkling new book “Why Does The World Exist?” recently wrote an op-ed column in the New York Times, gently reprimanding physicists to stop being ‘churlish’ and appreciate the centuries-old interplay between physics and philosophy...

November 8, 2012 — Ashutosh Jogalekar

Interlude: "Lateral Blasts of Great Force"

One of the most surprising aspects of the May 18th eruption of Mount St. Helens was the devastating lateral blast that ravaged such a large area. We'll be spending the next few posts on that subject...

November 8, 2012 — Dana Hunter

From the Holocaust to Thalidomide: A Nazi Legacy

I was attending World Federation of Jewish Child Survivors of the Holocaust and Descendants 24th Annual International Conference in Cleveland last week, when my aunt, herself a survivor, handed me a copy of Newsweek with a cover article, “The Nazis and Thalidomide: The Worst Drug Scandal of All Time." The story was prompted by the drug developer, Germany’s Grünenthal, unexpectedly issuing an apology to the victims of its teratogenic drug—babies who sustained life-long wounds inflicted by their drug more than 50 years earlier.I’ve written some about thalidomide previously, in my initial Clinical Trials for Beginners posts, (here and here)...

November 8, 2012 — Judy Stone

Jail for Ignorance

Insurance companies and casinos are among the richest industries in the world. Televised sporting events typically capture the largest audiences and are the most lucrative programing.

November 8, 2012 — Stuart Firestein

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