Bioterrorism: Under the Radar

Bioterrorism: Under the Radar

May 22, 2014

If someone were to ask, “On a scale of one to ten, what do you think is the chance that you will experience a bioterrorist attack during your lifetime,” how would you respond? A three? A five? A seven? Living in an average-sized city in the Midwestern United States farRead More

The Allure of Technocrats

The Allure of Technocrats

July 15, 2014

In The Living and the Dead, Paul Hendrickson’s gripping portrait of Robert McNamara and the war he helped shape, the former Secretary of Defense is shown most effectively through the eyes of those he most affected: A Quaker man who was driven to self-immolate on the Pentagon lawn, a helicopterRead More

Chasing Darkness: Kicking Our Love of Light Pollution

Chasing Darkness: Kicking Our Love of Light Pollution

July 3, 2014

In the relative stillness of night, the ground shook, and the world seemed to come apart at the seams. Street lights came crashing down as the sinews of the earth buckled, compressed, and then split, ripping apart tarmac and concrete with terrifying ease. A few minutes shy of five inRead More

The Neglected Link Between Climate Change and Women’s Rights

The Neglected Link Between Climate Change and Women’s Rights

June 3, 2014

“It is now more dangerous to be a woman than to be a soldier in modern conflict.” This pronouncement by Major General Patrick Cammaert, a former commander of UN peacekeeping operations in Africa, is especially meaningful in the context of climate change. Because of their less efficient adaptive mechanisms, developingRead More