Category Archives: Science

Examples of Do-Good Drone

Adapted from NG (Jun 2017) Health-care Delivery (Rwanda):  Medical Centers in the hilly country can order emergency blood supplies by test message blood supplies by text message and receive them via drone within 30 minutes. Vulture Monitoring (Mongolia):  Drones watch … Continue reading

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Drones Assisting Aid and Service Organizations

By Nina Strochlic, (abridged from NG, Jun 2017) Drones were created as a tool of combat:  Militaries use them to spy and even to assassinate.  But as with so much military technology, unmanned aerial vehicles are becoming consumer items.  Recently … Continue reading

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History’s Seven Worst Ideas and/or Inventions?

According to a nonscientific survey of professionals by Paul A. Offit, the worst historic ideas and/or inventions are (extracted from NG, June 2017): 4,000 BC:  the Sumerians discovered “the plant of joy,” which gave birth to a class of drugs … Continue reading

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Parshall Proposal: LDS Gospel Topic Essays on Science

Somewhat hidden in the comments on keepapitchinin.org is an important suggestion by Ardis E. Parshall:  that LDS Church leaders provide a set of gospel topic essays on science and Mormonism.  Parshall’s OP was in reaction to some bogus “science” presentations … Continue reading

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History and the Nutritional Value of Alcohol

By Andrew Curry, Writer [1] People drank the stuff (alcohol) for the same reasons primates ate fermented fruit:  because it [made them feel good and because] it was good for them.  Yeasts produce ethanol as a form of chemical warfare–it’s … Continue reading

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Our Primate Ancestors and Alcohol Consumption

By Andrew Curry, Writer [1] From our modern point of view, ethanol has one very compelling property:  It makes us feel good.  Ethanol helps release serotonin, dopamine, and endorphins in the brain, chemicals that make us happy and less anxious. … Continue reading

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To Do Research or Not to Do Research

A few months ago, I road up to Rexburg ID with my son who was taking my granddaughter for the start of her freshman year at Brigham Young University – Idaho. One of the activities was the university president explaining … Continue reading

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