Best Thing I’ve Read Today: Art Caplan

Best Thing I’ve Read Today: Art Caplan

With daily updates of the coronavirus infecting more and more people, let’s look back at a piece NYU professor Art Caplan (who used to make regular appearances on my radio show) wrote in 2016 predicting how Trump would handle a virus that started in China then...
Yes, It Is Rocket Science

Yes, It Is Rocket Science

I know I’ve been writing quite a bit about space lately (including my visit to the Kennedy Space Center and yesterday’s entry about the failure of Mars One), but there are two more things I have to mention. In the early 1980s, when the space shuttle...
Mars One, Earth Zero

Mars One, Earth Zero

In 2013, I interviewed Bas Lansdorp, who said he was launching an ambitious project to send humans to Mars by 2023 — on a one-way trip. I was intrigued by the idea, which he called Mars One. Some 200,000 people from around the world paid a fee to apply to be...
Road Trip: Kennedy Space Center

Road Trip: Kennedy Space Center

  Ever since I became fascinated by the space program in my youth, I have wanted to visit the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Last week, that dream became reality when Martha and I spent a full day there. I had no idea the KSC is so huge — two hundred...
Calling BS On CVS And CBD

Calling BS On CVS And CBD

CVS announced last week that, at more than 800 stores in eight states, it is now selling creams, sprays, and lotions infused with CBD, the nonintoxicating hemp component cannabidiol. This, along with the sale of similar products at many other outlets, seems to give...
Movie Review: “Apollo 11”

Movie Review: “Apollo 11”

My thought before seeing the new documentary “Apollo 11” was, “What can this possibly contain that I — a child of the Space Race and enthusiastic absorber of all things related to real human adventures in space — haven’t seen so...