Between the Lines: Is Science Under Attack?
Feb06

Between the Lines: Is Science Under Attack?

The Trump administration’s order that all presentations and publications by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency be vetted by political appointees before their release to the public sent a shot of pain down my neck. Doug Ericksen, the EPA’s communications director during the transition, explained the policy in a Jan. 24 NPR interview. “We’ll take a look at what’s happening so that the voice coming from the EPA is one that’s going...

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Free Will Astrology: Jan. 5 – 11, 2017
Jan03

Free Will Astrology: Jan. 5 – 11, 2017

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Light, electricity, and magnetism are different expressions of a single phenomenon. Scottish scientist and mathematician James Clerk Maxwell (1831-1879) was the first to formulate a theory to explain that startling fact. One of the cornerstones of his work was a set of 20 equations with 20 unknowns. But a younger scientist named Oliver Heaviside decided this was much too complicated. He recast Maxwell’s...

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Back Talk: Not bigoted, just religious?
Dec19

Back Talk: Not bigoted, just religious?

Hey, Trump: Labor Secretary Should Champion Workers President-elect Trump just selected Andrew Puzder as his nominee for Secretary of Labor. Unfortunately, as the CEO of Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr., Puzder holds a record of opposing the economic agenda demanded by the majority of the American public. On Election Day alone, voters overwhelmingly supported minimum wage raises and paid sick leave in all four states where the issue was on the...

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News of the Weird: Radical Dentistry
Dec19

News of the Weird: Radical Dentistry

Radical Dentistry Radical dentistry was on display in November in London’s Science Gallery, where installations offered “art-science collaborations” — including Taiwan artist Kuang-Yi Ku’s “Fellatio Modification Project.” Former dentist Ku, complaining that textbooks on mouths tragically under-regard their value in sex, created (the ordinary way) a custom retainer for the client’s mouth but then added rubber “bumps” and “cones” and...

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Valley Advocate guide to what to do on New Year’s Eve
Dec19

Valley Advocate guide to what to do on New Year’s Eve

Still making plans for New Year’s Eve? Check out what’s going on in the area:   The Strange One’s Ball: A New Year’s Eve Spectacle Starring Bella’s Bartok Pearl Street Nightclub, 10 Pearl St., Northampton Come see what Pearl Street Nightclub is calling, “The greatest show on Earth … Probably.” The Strange One’s Ball is a line up of folk punk music, dancing, and circus-like theatrics. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $15 in...

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