October 31, 2016
About a billion people lack the water needed to meet basic health and agricultural needs. Water-borne diseases cause nearly half of hospitalizations globally and kill millions each year. And aquifers around the world are being depleted. The lack of clean water fuels regional conflicts and threatens economic growth from California to the Middle East.
October 24, 2016
The CDC has expanded its count of Miami neighborhoods with verified local transmission of the Zika virus. As a result, pregnant women are taking precautions. Some have left the area. Others are donning hazmat suits.
October 17, 2016
The iPad and other tablets make up more than half of all personal computer sales, and their share of the market continues to grow. Consumer demand for new diversions drives innovation. This is especially true for video games. In fact, gaming is bigger than the movie and music business combined.
October 12, 2016
Policy wonks like Congressional Budget Office economists and former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan are starting to accept an important fact. The main cause of our current fiscal distress is the aging of the population and associated healthcare cost increases.
October 3, 2016
You may have seen recent headlines about the birth of a three-parent baby. The process used a technique pioneered by John Zhang of the New Hope Fertility Center in New York. While not the first baby born with genetic materials from three people, it was the first birth using unfertilized human eggs or ova.
September 26, 2016
This time of year, the weather is hot and often wet in South Florida where I live. I’ve acclimated, so I rarely notice the temperature or the humidity… except when tourists point it out. Right now, it’s the slow season: roads and store aisles are uncongested, and reservations are rarely needed at my favorite restaurants. That will change soon with the annual influx of Canadians.
September 19, 2016
The Keck Medical Center of USC recently released news about a patient who participated in a clinical trial of stem cells for treatment of complete cervical spinal cord injury. Included was video of Kris Boesen, a former quadriplegic, lifting a barbell above his head.
September 12, 2016
USC neuroscientists just announced truly historic news about BioTime’s (BTX) (*see disclosure within) stem cell platform. For the first time, a quadriplegic patient with complete injury to the spinal cord has substantially recovered.
September 6, 2016
If you needed proof that the educated, wealthy, and powerful are just as susceptible to myths parading as science as anyone else—the over-population hysteria is a perfect example. It’s not the only discredited social cause, but the focus on total population numbers distracts us from very real demographic problems. This puts the world on a path to economic disaster.
August 29, 2016
In the late 80s, Japan’s economy seemed unstoppable. Japanese investors acquired some of the world’s most famous masterpieces and a string of landmark US properties, including Rockefeller Center and Radio City Music Hall. Many science-fiction novels and music videos predicted permanent Japanese economic dominance.