Germs, chocolate, hovercrafts, and goo

My son’s elementary school had its first science fair in many years, and it was a hoot. Never mind that the participants were crammed into an upstairs hallway while the gym (excuse me, “All-Purpose Room”) was booked for Lip Sync rehearsal. (Welcome to DC public schools!) The kiddos put a lot of work into their […]

Enterprise Sails Her Last Voyage

 The USS Enterprise, that is, not the Starship Enterprise, although as a child I often got them conflated since my father logged many months — years, actually — on “The Big E,” the first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, back in the 1960s and ’70s. Before returning to homeport at Naval Station Norfolk, Va., this week, the Enterprise […]

Fever Pitch

I heard Sonia Shah give a thought-provoking talk last night at Politics & Prose here in DC about her fascinating new book, “The Fever: How Malaria Has Ruled Humankind for 500,000 Years”. As she shows, the tendency of policy makers (and even scientists) to dither and overlook biological facts has aided the persistence of malaria […]