Monthly Archives: February 2017

So, what the heck is NASA good for anyway?

Originally printed in the Batesville Daily Guard “Why do we need a space program? We got problems on Earth we need to worry about.” Thus is the most repeated, and probably most uninformed, statement against having a government-funded space program

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Yes, measles is a ‘big deal’

Originally published in the Batesville Daily Guard The handful of measles cases reported in Memphis last week has re-ignited the never-ending online debate about whether to vaccinate or not. Pro-vaccine and anti-vaccine folks keep recycling the same arguments about whether vaccines

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Chemtrails don’t make any sense

Originally published in the Batesville Daily Guard I really don’t get why the chemtrail theory persists. But I’m going to blame it on a mix of social media and celebrity endorsements. The latest of those endorsers is Walker, Texas Ranger himself,

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Originally published in the Batesville Daily Guard When you look up at the sky at night, you see the moon, stars and the occasional red-beacon of a plane flying over head. But also up there, close to Earth but just out

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‘Killer’ robots can save lives

Originally printed in the Batesville Daily Guard When Micah Xavier Johnson opened fire on police in Dallas after what had been a peaceful protest, killing five officers, he created a night that would live in infamy for many years to

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#Confusion

Originally published in the Batesville Daily Guard I think we are now all aware of hashtag activism, or hashtivism, now. Whether it be #Occupy, #blacklivesmatter, #bluelivesmatter, #Kony2012, etc. They’ve worked their way into the public consciousnesses and only those who manage

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Golden rice may be Vitamin A jackpot

Originally printed in the Batesville Daily Guard   Ever hear of Vitamin A?   Sure you have, it’s up there with Vitamins B, C, D, E and K as being essential to a healthful life. Vitamin A plays a critical role

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