There’s a decrepit supertanker off the coast of Yemen — it’s another Exxon Valdez disaster just waiting to happen
In an era of bad news headlines, when we’re oversaturated with dismal news on wars, inflation, and an endless barrage of negativity, forgive me for piling onto the heap as I share one additional crisis you might not have heard much about.
The European energy crisis: A self-inflicted wound
Freeze or starve. That is the unimaginable choice many Europeans might face this winter. Sanctions meant to punish Russia for its unprovoked war in Ukraine are inflicting equal, if not more severe pain on Europe.
‘One wonders if America is a nation in decline.’ Can it still be fixed?
I am finding it increasingly difficult to scroll through most U.S. news platforms without feeling thoroughly exhausted. The political divide is deepening and the vitriol in the rhetoric is reaching toxic levels. Almost everyone, regardless of political affiliation, is either angry or depressed. I can’t help but feel that America is resting on a dam that’s about to burst.
If we could unify quantum mechanics with general relativity, it would change everything. That’s the modest goal of the newly-launched Quantum Gravity Institute
I barely took any science classes in high school, never mind physics. In fact, I was so disinterested in school, I’m not sure how I ever graduated. Four decades later someone gifted me the book, “The Fabric of the Cosmos”, by Brian Greene. I was hooked.
Selective empathy: An observation on classes of refugees
“These are people who are Europeans, so we and all other countries are ready to welcome them. In other words, this is not the refugee wave that we are used to, where we don’t know what to do, people with an uncertain past—are they terrorists?” These are the words spoken by Bulgaria’s prime minister, Kiril Petkov, in reference to the millions of Ukrainians who have crossed into neighboring countries since the Russian invasion began on February 24.