While somewhat light on science, the recent New York Times Magazine cover story “The Hazards of Growing Up Painlessly” is a fascinating profile of Ashlyn Blocker, a girl who suffers from a rare, harrowing, and little-understood condition known as “congenital insensitivity to pain.” Although not mentioned in the article, one of the only other diseases that rob patients […]
Designers of the new generation of innovative playgrounds contend that these collaborative free-form environments are inspiring the world’s future problem-solvers. My 7-year-old has a different spin: “Yeeeeeaahhhhhh!!!” Here’s my write-up on Designwire Daily about Rockwell Group’s latest Imagination Playground — the centerpiece of the National Building Museum’s “Play Work Build” exhibition, which opened last week.
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 […]
“Science is too much coffee and Birkenstocks and bad hair, but that’s not what people want to hear.” That from bioethicist Debra Matthews, joking last night about the disconnect between the tedious work of sitting at a lab bench waiting for some cells to grow and then trying to get the public excited about the results […]
The Italians have come a long way since they imprisoned Galileo for heresy, but today’s absurd verdict goes too far, assuming scientists can predict the future. Galileo’s apocryphal muttering, “And yet it moves” takes on new meaning.
When I started covering sustainable design ten years ago, Marybeth Shaw of Shaw Jelveh Design was a wonderful sherpa. It was an honor for me to pen the intro to her new portfolio. You can read more and see photos on my website, laurafisherkaiser.com.
Take a good look. This is the only time in my life I will post a picture of my breast on the Internet. When I went for the dreaded and overdue mammogram, I decided to pop for the newish tomosynthesis procedure, which produces three-dimensional views of breast tissue. Can you tell which is which? The conventional […]