Tech to peek inside

Medicine was revolutionized in modern times by technologies that let doctors “see” inside their patients.  It began in 1895 with X-Ray[i] pictures (X-Rays) that revealed skeletal structures, the presence of bone fractures and solid objects in the body.  Improvements followed, but fundamentally new technologies and techniques took decades to emerge.  Medical ultrasounds[ii] began in the…

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The existential risks of historical ignorance

Press manipulation, hubris and the threat of nuclear conflict.  Citizens in a free society rely on news organizations to provide them with accurate information about their political leaders and their decisions, policies and initiatives. Journalists are in a tough spot because they generally have to be familiar with many topics and issues.  Foreign affairs, for…

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Cuba, nukes & reckless gambles

In 1958, my family was living in Cuba when a revolution clamoring for democracy and economic reforms overthrew dictator Fulgencio Batista. One group of revolutionaries led by Fidel Castro, his brother Raul and Argentinian doctor Ernesto Che Guevara became the “faces of the revolution,” particularly in the American press. They quickly leveraged their popularity to…

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