Best Thing I’ve Read Today

Best Thing I’ve Read Today

Derek Thompson writes about why you don’t have to worry about wiping down your mail or touching surfaces others have touched — because surface transmission of COVID-19 isn’t an actual threat — and that businesses that promote how well...
Grant Imahara

Grant Imahara

I was saddened to hear of the sudden death of former “Mythbusters” co-star Grant Imahara at age 49. Here’s a conversation I had with him on December 9, 2016, about that show and a new project he did with Kari Byron and Tory Belleci for Netflix. Among...
Still Not In It Together

Still Not In It Together

I have written several pieces based on the notion that, when it comes to COVID-19, we are not all in this together (here’s one, here’s another, and here’s yet another). They are mostly stories about people who reject information that doesn’t...
The Swedish Lie

The Swedish Lie

My neighbor recently took his car to a local service station for an inspection and was shocked to see that none of the employees — including the cashier — were wearing face masks. He asked why, and was told, “We don’t believe we need them...
Time To Reboot “Meteor”

Time To Reboot “Meteor”

Jonathan O’Callaghan wrote a story in the science section of the NY Times that began: If all goes to plan, in September, 2022, a NASA spacecraft, the Double Asteroid Redirection Test mission or DART, will slam into a space rock with the equivalent energy of...
A Herd Already Immune

A Herd Already Immune

We keep hearing that our society won’t be able to return to anything approaching normalcy until enough people are inoculated with an effective vaccine for COVID-19. The problem is the minimum milestone for achieving herd immunity is 70% of the population, and I...