Archive for October 2007

Why I’m Voting Yes on Prop 1

Oct 25th, 2007 | By | Category: Transit

Proposition 1, the combined Roads-and-Transit package for metropolitan Seattle, provides a real conundrum for me. The sentiment in the Stranger’s ‘no’ endorsement rings pretty true to me: After road proponents realized they didn’t have voter support for a stand-alone roads package (a major roads-expansion proposal died at the polls in 2002), legislators in Olympia linked […]

“The Lingering Concequences of Nationalism-Socialism” or Thoughts on Science in Europe

Oct 19th, 2007 | By | Category: Embryonic Stem Cell Research

I’ve just returned from a week long trip to Germany (Düsseldorf and Dresden) for scientific meetings on stem cell research and regenerative medicine–the land of cheerful public artwork, amazing cab drivers and tear-inducing-good mass transit. How many hybrids did I see? Zero Some thoughts: I. Human embryonic stem cell research in Germany is under tight […]

Sputnik’ed Response

Oct 4th, 2007 | By | Category: Public Service

Sputnik orbited fifty years ago today–a tremendous accomplishment. But, let’s not mistake the meaning here. The Soviet Union’s launch of the first artificial satellite was both a fantastic technical achievement and a profound threat. If the Soviets could launch a new moon they could also hurl an atomic bomb across the globe. In the context […]