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Earthquakes and the (non-)science of risk prediction

By:  Rebecca Cerio One of the more scientifically bizarre stories lately has been the conviction of Italian scientists and engineers in the L’Aquila earthquake trial.  To summarize, during a swarm of small earthquakes, a government-sponsored panel told the people of the … Continue reading

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Natural Gas: Another Day, Another Carbon-Based Fuel?

I found this post by James Hrynyshyn to be very thought-provoking on the issue of natural gas being better for the environment than coal.  Environmental scientists have been busy crunching the numbers on this, and several different points of view … Continue reading

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At the Crossroads: Who Should Bear the Costs of Health Care?

By:  Rebecca Cerio As the debt ceiling debate consumes the news, Medicare and Medicaid consume more and more political talk time.  The Baby Boomer generation is rapidly aging and beginning to draw on Social Security and Medicare.  Added costs of … Continue reading

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Portugal’s Drug Decriminalization Experiment

(Well, not really an experiment, as they’ve evidently decided that it was a good idea and look to keep it going.)  Perhaps oldish news, but I came across this this last month and found the data interesting.  An analysis of … Continue reading

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Harm Reduction vs. Criminalization: Drug Policy in the Balance

By Rebecca Cerio The War on Drugs has permeated US drug policy since the early 1970′s, paving America’s way to the dubious honor of having the highest incarceration rate in the world.  Yet despite this, drug addiction is still a … Continue reading

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