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I'm a retired psychologist and freelance writer focusing on science, technology and fact-based political and social commentary.

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Smilodon populator--one of North America's Pliocene saber-toothed cats, From InText
(22 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, August 1, 2020
Climate--we're turning the clock back 3.3 million years Two new studies add urgency to the climate-change crisis. One shows that there will soon be more CO2 in Earth's atmosphere than at any time in the last 3.3 million years. The second details the human and economic impacts of predicted sea-level rise and coastal flooding.
Series: Climate change (3 Articles, 3426 views)
Just a few tiny droplets . . ., From InText
(12 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, July 3, 2020
Going Coronaviral--Ignorance is not bliss when it comes to exponential growth We humans are great at dealing with slow, linear change, but terrible at understanding and coping with exponential change. This post presents the two key things we need to know.
Series: Pandemic (4 Articles, 5200 views)
Reconstruction of Neanderthal woman, From InText
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, June 20, 2020
A 38,000-year-old whodunit: What really happened to our Neanderthal cousins? Who or what did in our Neanderthal cousins 38,000 years ago? New research using a sophisticated supercomputer model fingers the likely culprits.
Series: Human evolution (1 Articles, 1637 views)
People wearing masks (and saving lives), From InText
(14 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, June 13, 2020
To mask or not to mask, that is the question New research from teams in the US and the UK identify wearing face masks in public as the most effective and least disruptive way to control the COVID-19 pandemic.
Series: Pandemic (4 Articles, 5200 views)
Like Macavity, Trump's not there, From InText
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, April 14, 2020
What didn't he know and when didn't he know it? In trying to understand Trump's dangerous and deadly mishandling of the coronavirus pandemic, his torrent of lies and inevitable blame-shifting lead to the question, "What didn't he know and when didn't he know it?"
Series: Pandemic (4 Articles, 5200 views)
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, March 27, 2020
What if we had a sociopathic narcissist as President in a time of crisis? This brief article explores what might happen if we somehow got a sociopathic narcissist as President of the United States, especially in a time of crisis.
Series: Pandemic (4 Articles, 5200 views)
The Whanganui River on New Zealand's North Island, From InText
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, April 17, 2019
New Zealand's answer to Citizens United--Grant Personhood to a River New Zealand was the first country to grant personhood rights to nature--in this case the Whanganui River. This bold step may be an important way to bring the law to bear on our present ecological and climatological crisis.
Series: Climate change (3 Articles, 3426 views)
Meandering polar jet stream, From InText
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, April 6, 2019
Something new to worry about -- Quasi-resonant Amplification People around the world have been experiencing extended periods of extreme weather--heat waves, drenching rains and floods, Arctic deep-freezes. These are caused or made worse by "quasi-resonant amplification"--huge, slow-moving meanders of the jet stream.
Series: Climate change (3 Articles, 3426 views)
Pollutants have a variety of health impacts, From InText
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, April 5, 2019
Ten percent of us have high concentrations of ten or more toxins in our blood This post reports on the work of epidemiologist Miguel Porta, demonstrating that ten percent of the population have high loads of ten or more toxins in their blood. The health implications are huge.
Series: What are we doing to our kids and ourselves? (2 Articles, 1843 views)
Factory smokestacks--one of many sources of pollutants, From InText
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, April 3, 2019
Impacts of pollutant "cocktails" on seemingly healthy people New research shows that the load of persistent organic pollutants that we all carry in our bodies--toxic cocktails--impact the metabolic health of even seemingly healthy people.
Series: What are we doing to our kids and ourselves? (2 Articles, 1843 views)
Robot arm with developing self image overlay, From InText
(34 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, April 2, 2019
Self-aware artificial intelligence? Coming soon to a robot near you The field of artificial intelligence is advancing explosively. AIs now outperform humans in many areas. What happens when an AI emerges that combines superhuman skills with self awareness?
Series: Artificial Intelligence (2 Articles, 4794 views)
Confiscated firearms, California, 2011, From InText
(17 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, March 31, 2019
Three kinds of gun laws save lives New research finds that universal background checks and other state laws identifying violent offenders and keeping them from buying or owning firearms are the most effective way to reduce the number of homicide victims.
Series: Guns, violence, gun control (2 Articles, 3061 views)
(22 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, December 9, 2017
Google's AlphaZero is now scary smart Google's DeepMind subsidiary has created a computer system, AlphaZero, that uses deep neural networks to train itself at superhuman speed. It recently taught itself to play chess, Shogi and Go at beyond-world-champion levels in less than one day. The implications of artificial intelligences that are far smarter than we are worrisome, and given how fast AI is developing and how fast its creations can learn new skills, urgent.
Series: Artificial Intelligence (2 Articles, 4794 views)
David Koch--worth $39.6 billion--the first to pitch in?, From ImagesAttr
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 6, 2017
How to pay for Trump's $54 billion defense spending increase--a modest proposal A painless way to pay for Trump's $54 billion safety and security budget boost.
Street Justice, From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, January 7, 2017
Due process vs street "justice" in the US Police in the US kill citizens far more frequently than police in other developed countries. This represents a kind of under-the-radar infliction of capital punishment without any semblance of due process. Police training, culture and the laws and procedures that govern police use of lethal force urgently need revision.
Series: Guns, violence, gun control (2 Articles, 3061 views)