In spite of Its “Healthy” New Image, McDonald’s Is a Healthcare Concern

In spite of Its “Healthy” New Image, McDonald’s Is a Healthcare...

Like other corporations, McDonald’s relies on public relations strategies to take indirect paths into our consciousness. Visual: JC Gellidon/Unsplash Stepping into a McDonald’s in Dublin, the front window is covered with little yellow cut-outs of children’s hands. Donation boxes are displayed prominently on the countertop when you order. By donating €1 ($1.13) with your Happy…
Regardless Of Advances in Self-Driving Innovation, Complete Automation Stays Elusive

Regardless Of Advances in Self-Driving Innovation, Complete Automation Stays Elusive

More than 50 years ago, efforts began to increase automation in trains. But decades later, humans still remain in the loop. Visual: DuKai photographer/Getty In the visions of techno-utopians and techno-pessimists, the coming decades are filled with taxis, 18-wheelers, and family automobiles all driven by computers. This, despite the fact that today’s self-driving vehicles still…
In spite of Obstacles, the Seed Library Motion Is Growing

In spite of Obstacles, the Seed Library Motion Is Growing

Until the early 1800s, U.S. farmers either saved seed from their own crops or obtained it through personal networks. Visual: Wikimedia Commons Thanksgiving may be uniquely American, but its core spirit was exported from harvest festivals stretching back for millennia. Its essence is being grateful for what one has, while noting a duty to share…
3 Years Later On, We’re Still Facing the Guinea Worm

3 Years Later On, We’re Still Facing the Guinea Worm

The global effort to eradicate Guinea worm has largely focused on providing people with clean drinking water. Visual: Ron Waddington / Flickr The road to Ngangoli Tounia felt like a bridge to the end of the earth. To the left, a drop marked the bank of the Chari River in southern Chad — languid near…
Actually Sustainable Meals Means Realizing The place It’s From

Actually Sustainable Meals Means Realizing The place It’s From

Our demand for soy comes at the expense of important natural habitats, particularly in Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay, where more than half of the world’s soy is produced. Visual: Wikimedia Commons Our food is eating up the world’s tropical forests, thanks to growing global trade in agricultural commodities from tropical countries. Land for agricultural production…
Penalty: What Is It Great for?

Penalty: What Is It Great for?

Given the complexity of punishment, it’s improbable that the phenomenon has a single evolutionary explanation. Visual: Hulton Archive/Stringer, Getty Images Imagine someone gets caught cheating at a poker game. What’s next? After the accusations and denials, the cheater usually suffers some form of harm — confiscated winnings, ridicule, maybe ostracism. Perhaps justifiably so: most people…
When an FDA Judgment Suppressed Fecal Transplants, I Performed My Own.

When an FDA Judgment Suppressed Fecal Transplants, I Performed My Own.

To treat stubborn gut bacterial infections caused by Clostridium difficile, some patients have performed their own fecal microbial transplants. Visual: BSIP/UIG via Getty Images I’d had intestinal distress before, but never like this. I was excreting not just waste, but blood and bits of my colon’s lining — up to 30 times per day. My…
The 3 Big Health Issues at Stake in Tonight’s Elections

The 3 Big Health Issues at Stake in Tonight’s Elections

Voters this year have told pollsters in no uncertain terms that health care is important to them. In particular, maintaining insurance protections for preexisting conditions is the top issue to many. But the results of the midterm elections are likely to have a major impact on a broad array of other health issues that touch…
We Let Tech Business Frame the Argument Over AI Ethics. That Was an Error.

We Let Tech Business Frame the Argument Over AI Ethics. That...

The ethical and social implications of Artificial Intelligence remain uncertain. Visual: Glen Carrie / Unsplash Artificial intelligence, or AI, is proliferating throughout society — promising advances in healthcare and science, powering search engines and shopping platforms, driving driverless cars, and assisting in hiring decisions. With such ubiquity comes power and influence. And along with the…
Checking Out (and Comprehending) Scientific Literature Isn’t Easy. Here’s a Guide to Assist.

Checking Out (and Comprehending) Scientific Literature Isn’t Easy. Here’s a Guide...

Research has found that scientific literature across disciplines is getting more complicated. Visual: Mockaroon/Unsplash Reading scientific literature is not for the faint-hearted. It’s dense, and very often full of foreign terms and ideas. VIEWPOINTSPartner content, op-eds, and Undark editorials. It also assumes a basic understanding of the discipline in question. I can’t imagine that many…
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