Is it time for moon laws? 1st private lunar landing emphasizes the need for new policy

There was an electric moment on Feb. 22, when Intuitive Machines’ Odysseus lander, a rectangular prism built atop several slender metallic legs, touched down on the surface of the moon.  Surely, moon landings are always a thrill. The descent of Japan’s SLIM probe (complications and all) was inspiring, India’s Chandrayaan-3 mission rippled voltaic moments of … Read more

Flimsy Antiabortion Studies Cited in Case to Ban Mifepristone Are Retracted

A medical journal has retracted two studies examining the safety of the abortion pill mifepristone after a federal judge in Texas cited them when ruling that the drug should be taken off the market. The studies, both retracted because of methodology problems and conflicts of interest, claimed abortions involving mifepristone are associated with an increased … Read more

Making Chemistry Safer Is Worth the Price Tag

Hazardous chemical spills like the one that happened in East Palestine, Ohio, last year when a train derailed, are the tip of the iceberg of our chemical pollution crisis. Scientists say we are rapidly approaching a “planetary boundary,” the point at which industrial chemicals are altering the “vital Earth system processes on which human life … Read more

We Need Gun Safety Ahead of Elections in the U.S.

February 15, 2024 4 min read U.S. elected officials must protect public health and the foundations of our democracy by limiting the intrusion of guns into politics By Tim Carey Trump supporters near the U.S Capitol, on January 06, 2021 in Washington, DC. Three years after the January 6 attack on the Capitol, the U.S. … Read more

The Legal Definition of Death Needs to Be Clearer

As a neurologist who specializes in critical care, I believe we need a clearer, more consistent legal definition of death. The Uniform Determination of Death Act (UDDA), the legal standard for death throughout the U.S., has deficiencies, particularly with respect to the description of death by neurologic criteria, aka brain death. This causes confusion and … Read more

Mandating ‘Conversion Therapy’ Is Mandating Abuse

In January the Florida Select Committee on Health Innovation approved House Bill 1639 (HB 1639), which dramatically restricts treatment for transgender individuals. If the bill becomes law, it will make it easier for insurers to refuse to cover gender-affirming care, will require those that cover gender transition to also offer policies that do not and … Read more

Cybercrime Security Gap Leaves People Who Aren’t Proficient in English Poorly Protected

February 12, 2024 4 min read Our research finds that language is often a barrier for people dealing with cybercrime issues and that it’s important to close this security gap By Fawn Ngo & The Conversation US People in the U.S. with limited English proficiency are particularly vulnerable to cybercrime. The following essay is reprinted … Read more

CDC’s Labs Are Making a Comeback. Now They Need Support

February 12, 2024 5 min read The pandemic early exposed weaknesses in CDC’s laboratories. Organizational and culture changes there are good first steps, but more must be done By Jill Taylor, Ewa King & Scott Becker Almost unnoted, the fourth anniversary of the beginning of the COVID pandemic in the U.S. passed in January. Missteps … Read more

Wildfire Science Gets a Boost from Worried Insurance Companies

CLIMATEWIRE | A small engineering team at a cavernous lab in South Carolina spends its days setting buildings, fences and bushes on fire — and studying what happens next. The research is for the U.S. insurance industry, which has suffered historic losses over the last decade in blazes that have leveled entire communities. The industry in … Read more

Beyond the Doom and Gloom, Here’s How to Stimulate Climate Action

February 8, 2024 4 min read A gloom and doom approach does not always spur climate action, it turns out. A new study tells you when it works and when it doesn’t By Madalina Vlasceanu & Jay J. Van Bavel A double rainbow appears during a monsoonal thunderstorm at Zion National Park, Utah. Another year … Read more