The Five Lies of Fake Fat Science

I recently joined a boutique health service. My mom’s just gotten her fourth type of cancer and my dad can’t remember anything, and, like many who watch the horrific aging of their parents, I’ve been asking myself more and more, “How do I make sure this doesn’t happen to me?” Aging: I love it, and …

A Brief History of Mind Control

A few years ago, I dated a man who had been wrongfully imprisoned in a secret U.S. detention camp in Iraq. He’d been accused of terrorism by a co-worker, and then held and tortured for months by U.S. government employees, part of a protocol under the so-called war on terror.  A United States citizen, ex-Marine, …

I bet deathbed research is skewed

I haunt Twitter in my spare time these days like the ghost of procrastinating writers, and something I’ve noticed that pops up every few days or so is a tweet about people on their deathbeds. I bet deathbed research is skewed. For one, who is affording death beds and living to be an old age …

Happy Pi Day!

For those of you who may not celebrate Pi Day, or love eating pie but know little about its celebrated homonym, Pi, here’s the lowdown: The symbol for Pi is π. Pi is a mathematical constant that describes the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. It is equal to 22/7 or approximately 3.14159265. …