Did the full moon and high tide have anything to do with the the massive landslide yesterday on Whidbey Island in Washington State? #whidbeylandslide Not only was there a full moon on March 27, but an extremely high tide of 8.9 feet (the record tide height for this spot is 9.8 feet) peaked at 4:44 a.m. — […]
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 […]
Walking around Baltimore’s newly developed East Harbor yesterday, I was appalled by the slurry of bottles, plastic, and detritus floating in the water alongside the boardwalk. I wondered how this lone duck could stand it. Then I realized, with some relief, that the bird was swimming free and clear of the trash — which was […]
My article about the new rapid diagnostic test for leprosy is now up on Slate.
The nation’s librarians have kindly made a list of delicious and demanding reads from the science division. Which of these books have you read and loved? I found Moonwalking with Einstein fascinating and fun, and I reread The Double Helix every couple of years. #books
A bench? A pedestal? This clunky piece of furniture is a kind of medical lazy Susan — a rotating examination table from the leprosy colony on the island of Culion in the Philippines. Children born and raised within the colony, which opened in 1906, were regularly placed on this table and examined from almost every angle for […]
In case you missed it, Sunday was World Leprosy Day, which was started as a PR gimmick almost 60 years ago back when everyone thought sulfa drugs were about to bring an end to this chronic mycobacterial infection. Didn’t happen, thanks to mutations of genes and political agendas. But there is good news on the […]