SADANAND: Previewing Deep Impact
Rarely do I have a “For serious? That just happened?!” moment while reading the morning news, but last month’s meteor explosion in Siberia was pretty freaky.
SAHELI: The not-so-dreamy Dreamliner
Like many people, I find flying fairly stressful. No matter how many plane safety statistics I read, I can’t help finding turbulence incredibly disconcerting.
SADANAND: Fighting future Frankenstorms
In the aftermath of Frankenstorm Sandy, climate change — an issue that was completely ignored in all three presidential debates — has justifiably become a national concern.
SADANAND: Soda bans worth a shot
Bipartisanship in Congress may be a pipe dream, but it is alive and well in the Big Apple thanks to an impending soda ban which has united people of all political persuasions in anger. On Sept. 13, the New York City Board of Health almost unanimously approved Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s controversial proposal to ban sales »
SADANAND: Curiosity calling Earth
The recent passing of Neil Armstrong — by all accounts, a humble man in spite of his historic accomplishment — reminded me that if time travel were possible, I would immediately go back to July 20, 1969 to watch the moon landing. It is estimated that over 500 million people worldwide watched Armstrong’s walk on »
SADANAND: The king of the chickens
I have a confession to make: I’ve been writing regular science columns for the News for two years now and while I’ve written on many things that interest me, I have yet to write about my first scientific love: dinosaurs! I not-so-secretly look for opportunities to write about them, but have always opted not to »
SADANAND: What the frack?
Back in January, the Obama administration blocked construction of the full Keystone XL pipeline, which would bring oil from Canada to the United States. Oh, how times have changed. Last week, President Obama went to Oklahoma and in a rapid reversal — even for a politician — he declared he would expedite construction of the »
SADANAND: The drug shortage crisis requires intervention
As the 2012 presidential campaign continues, we’ll only hear more and more repetitive statements about healthcare coverage plans. Lost in the partisan debate about Romney-care vs. Obama-care is a very immediate health concern: drug availability. As of last summer, almost two hundred drugs crucial for treating infections and several types of cancer were in limited »
SADANAND: Neglecting science has its costs
My first reaction to Michael Magdzik’s Jan. 17 editorial lamenting the science distributional requirement was one of anger. The poorly constructed piece hammers home the worst Ivy League stereotypes of entitlement and grade grubbing, making this proud ’07 Yalie cringe. Magdzik criticizes science classes for being full of grade-addicted pre-meds but then hypocritically admits that »
Neutrinos breaking the ultimate speed limit
Only a few things in life are certain. One is that the Detroit Lions will always lose on Thanksgiving. Another is that nothing can move faster than the speed of light — or so I thought. Two months ago, a group of scientists in Europe claimed they had made neutrinos — a neutral, near-zero-mass subatomic »