Congress: Let’s Have Another Thalidomide!


One of the most infuriating aspects of the Trump Administration’s roll-back of federal regulatory powers is the implied assumption that those laws and regulations exist for no reason. That’s dangerous nonsense. Those laws were passed in response to real, serious risks. The major revisions to the Food and Drug Administration laws and regulations in the…

Missing Mass: No WIMPs Here. Try ADMX?


WC has written before about the two mysteries confronting astrophysics: dark matter and dark energy. It turns out that visible matter – the stuff we can detect with existing astronomy equipment – accounts for only about 5% of the apparent mass of the universe. The other, missing mass is a mix of dark matter –…

Playing Jenga™ with Our Survival


Have you ever played Jenga™? Players take turns removing wooden blocks at a time from a tower constructed of 54 blocks. Each block removed is then placed on top of the tower, creating a progressively taller and more unstable structure. You win by being the last person to remove a block without collapsing the tower. You…

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, Issuing a Fatwah

Watching Secretary Zinke Sabotage Science


WC didn’t think that his opinion of Department of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke could sink lower. Wrong. On December 28, 2017, Zinke, through Ass’t Secretary Scott Cameron, issued a fatwah that all Department of the Inerior Grants for more than $50,000 – every meaningful grant – will be screened by a bureaucrat named Steve Howke…