childhood, exploration, science

Experimentum Periculosum

Continuing with Hippocrates’ pithy philosophical statement, we find that experiment is dangerous. As I am working in a chemistry lab, I have to say that indeed, it is. Even tried and true methods will occasionally fail, and many use dangerous chemicals in the course of carrying out an assay. But yet, we continue. Safety is… Read More Experimentum Periculosum

science, science fiction

Let’s You and Him Fight: Autoimmune Disorders and Parasites

In a forum of smart folks I’m part of, a science fictional conversation came up: if we could terraform another planet, picking and choosing what species we’d put on it, why would we bother with parasites? People bandied around things they’d love to do without, like mosquitoes, poison ivy, ticks, fleas, and various disease-causing bacteria.… Read More Let’s You and Him Fight: Autoimmune Disorders and Parasites