I’m surprised it passed. . . .
Anytime you hear people talking about how dangerous and polluted and horrible life is in the United States, remind them of this:...
In an earlier post, I challenged readers to discuss the trans-fat ban by Montgomery County...
The BBC reports on the outcry over a reality show where a terminally ill patient will decide who gets one of her kidneys...
What was in last night's state of the union address?...
Methinks1776, a valued commenter here at the Cafe points out the 2/3 of the American people opposed the health care legislation. . . .
Though economics as a discipline arose in Great Britain and France at the end of the eighteenth century, it has taken two centuries to reach the threshold of scientific rationality...
Every century or so, a major flu pandemic (an epidemic with a global impact) occurs...
The roots of conservatism go back to philosophers of the 17 and 18th centuries, such as John Locke, David Hume, and Adam Smith...
In this podcast, Angus Deaton of Princeton University talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about his new book Great Escape: Health, Wealth, and the Origins of Inequality. Topics include causes of improvements in health during the past century, prospects of future improvements, and health care in the developing world.
Since the 16th century, the guiding principle of the science of toxicology has been that “the dose makes the poison.” In other words, toxicology tells us what quantity (dose) of a substance will cause harm.
Vaccination is one of the most important advances in public health in recent centuries. Hundreds of vaccines have all but eradicated many of the infectious disease scourges of the past. But outbreaks of Meningitis B (MenB) — which is caused by serotype B of a bacterium called Neisseria meningitidis, or meningococcus — on at least four college campuses during the past eighteen months show that more needs to be done.
This week on Uncommon Knowledge, host Peter Robinson mediates a discussion between PayPal founder and Stanford Professor Peter Thiel and Velocity Capital Management founder and journalist Andy Kessler on the state of technology and innovation in the United States over the past four decades. Thiel argues that, outside of computers, there has been very little innovation in the past forty years, and the rate of technological change has significantly decreased when compared to the first half of the 20th century. In contrast, Kessler asserts that innovation comes in waves, and we are on the verge of another burst of technological breakthroughs. Industries covered include education, medicine and biotechnology, as well as robots and high tech.
China has come to Africa. Can U.S. policy makers find ways to mesh, not clash, with Beijing’s interests? By Christopher C. Starling.
A new military command takes a broad, sophisticated view of the U.S. role in a neglected continent. Its job won’t be easy. By James J. Hentz.
Graying populations aren’t the economic time bomb we fear. Instead, think of better health and longer productive years. By John B. Shoven.
We don’t need a moratorium. We need to push the frontiers of medicine to cure more patients.
Matt Ridley, author of The Rational Optimist, insists that we humans must face the truth about ourselves—no matter how good it might be. An interview with Peter Robinson.
Goodbye to Norman Borlaug, who saved millions from starvation. By Henry I. Miller.
The Trump-loathing American left has spiraled out of control.