Why are we sending worms into space?

Why are we sending worms into space?

By Christopher Gaffney & Bethan Phillips Space launches are some of the most spectacular and nerve wracking events you can witness. And when you are actually involved in one, you realise just how much can go wrong. We are currently in Florida, nervously counting...
Is patriotism the solution to nationalism?

Is patriotism the solution to nationalism?

By Peter Henne Before the US mid-term elections in early November, US President Donald Trump gave a speech that cheered his supporters and alarmed his critics. Trump identified himself as a “nationalist” at an election rally, contrasting this with the “globalists”—a...
Is bigotry a public health problem?

Is bigotry a public health problem?

By Ronald W. Pies Over a decade ago, I wrote a piece for a psychiatric journal entitled “Is Bigotry a Mental Illness?” At the time, some psychiatrists were advocating making “pathological bigotry” or pathological bias – essentially, bias so extreme it interferes with...
Is democracy surviving in Trump’s America?

Is democracy surviving in Trump’s America?

By Paul Taillon The Democratic Party has taken control of the House of Representatives and then some. In the weeks after Election Day, the magnitude of the Democrats’ success has become apparent: it has flipped 40 Republican-held seats for a net gain of 38 seats, more...
Why aren’t there electric airplanes yet?

Why aren’t there electric airplanes yet?

By Venkat Viswanathan, Shanshank Sripad & William Leif Fredericks As electric cars and trucks appear increasingly on U.S. highways, it raises the question: When will commercially viable electric vehicles take to the skies? There are a number of ambitious...