The fracking industry’s latest environmental bugbear is earthquakes, which can be caused by injecting a briney cocktail of wastewater produced in the fracking process deep into disposal wells. And a paper making the rounds this week, by a researcher from Columbia University, clarifies just how drastically a single wastewater injection well can rattle its surroundings.
It’s common knowledge that the United States is miles behind other developed countries in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education, and that our economy suffers from, as Bill Gates has put it, “a severe shortfall of scientists and engineers with expertise to develop the next generation of breakthroughs.” And we also know that the humanities are in a downward slide, in part because they’ve been eclipsed by the dire need to focus on STEM.
Now science wants to invade the liberal arts. Don't let it happen.
Science goes where it doesn’t belong.
South African entrepreneur Elon Musk, the Tesla founder who made his name by co-founding PayPal, unveiled plans Monday for a high-speed tubular transportation system called the "Hyperloop," which could shuttle passengers between San Francisco to Los Angeles in 30 minutes.
The new case for universal HIV screening
In March 3, at a conference in Atlanta, a 59-year-old needlepoint expert, former missionary, and specialist in pediatric infectious disease named Hannah Gay announced that she’d found a cure for HIV. In the fall of 2010, she’d started treatment on an infected baby girl in Mississippi, putting the newborn on what was envisioned as a lifelong course of antiretroviral drugs. But when the child dropped off those medications some months later (her mother stopped bringing her to the clinic), the virus never reemerged.
You’d think that sixteen years of Catholic education would’ve inured me to watching middle-aged adults freak out about sex. But even I’m a little frustrated by the media’s morally horrified preoccupation with youth “hookup culture.” (I’m looking at you, New York Times.)
The long history of sexist pseudo-science grows a little longer
In June, Psychological Science, an academic monthly that calls itself the "the highest ranked empirical journal in psychology," published a peer-reviewed article titled "The Fluctuating Female Vote: Politics, Religion and the Ovulatory Cycle." Lead-authored by Kristina Durante, an assistant professor of marketing at the University of Texas at San Antonio who has previously
Kibbitzing with Leon Wieseltier on scientism, threats to the humanities, and the highbrow/lowbrow wars.
An impassioned plea to neglected novelists, embattled professors, and tenure-less historians
A plea for an intellectual truce.
To the Editor: