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Boy, Oh Boy, Do I Love Radiation! -- By Your Dentist

Steven Shehori | Posted 02.08.2016 | Comedy
Steven Shehori

Great to see you again! Wow, hard to believe it's been six months already. Time sure flies between check-ups, don't you think?

January Woes

Paola K Amaras | Posted 01.26.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Paola K Amaras

January is a time of renewal and regression, happiness and sadness, life and death. It's two-faced Janus, looking backward and forward. It's a time of...

American Casualties of the U.S. Nuclear Weapons Program

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 01.03.2016 | Politics
Lawrence Wittner

When Americans think about nuclear weapons, they comfort themselves with the thought that the vast, nuclear destruction of human life has not taken place since 1945 -- at least not yet. But, in reality, nuclear weapon-related destruction has taken place, with shocking levels of U.S. casualties.

Naomi Oreskes and Hypocrisy. Using the Same Tactics to Attack Nuclear Power That She Criticizes in Merchants of Doubt

David Ropeik | Posted 12.22.2015 | Green
David Ropeik

Naomi Oreskes is cherry-picking and distorting scientific evidence to cloud the public understanding of scientific facts to advance a political agenda.

FDA Wants To Ban Young Teens From Using These

AP | Anna Almendrala | Posted 12.18.2015 | Healthy Living

WASHINGTON (AP) — Anyone under the age of 18 would be barred from using indoor tanning equipment, under a federal proposal to help reduce skin...

70 Years Of Atomic Weaponry: At Least 33,480 Americans Dead

McClatchy DC | Mehreen Kasana | Posted 12.11.2015 | Politics

JACKSON, S.C. Byron Vaigneur watched as a brownish sludge containing plutonium broke through the wall of his office on Oct. 3, 1975, and began puddli...

ExxonMobil, Climate Change, and Merchants of Doubt. Big Companies Aren't the Only Ones Slinging Science Bullsh-t.

David Ropeik | Posted 12.02.2015 | Green
David Ropeik

When does "GMOS are unsafe" or "Vaccines are dangerous" or "Climate change isn't happening" go from advocacy to falsely yelling "Fire" in a theater? Has ExxonMobil crossed that line? Greenpeace? The organics industry?

Preserving Your Fertility After a Cancer Diagnosis

Dr. David Adamson | Posted 11.18.2015 | Women
Dr. David Adamson

Today's advances in medical treatment have helped more cancer survivors start or add to families. To optimize your results, work closely with your oncologist and consult a fertility specialist immediately - before treatment. That way, you can make the best decision for your health and your future family.

Troubleshooting Climate Change

Mike DeLeonardis | Posted 11.12.2015 | Green
Mike DeLeonardis

We now stand at a crossroads. However unintentional, humans are responsible for climate change. It is time we own up to that and deal with the problem in earnest. For what we do today will forever determine our future trajectory. Could this crisis be the impetus that moves us to the next stage of civilization or to extinction?

Decades After Chernobyl, Wildlife Thriving Inside Exclusion Zone

The Huffington Post | Nick Visser | Posted 10.05.2015 | Science

In a wide departure from the notion that Chernobyl's exclusion zone is an inhospitable, desolate tundra, researchers have found animal populations ar...

A Window Into Mars

Sheyna E. Gifford, MD, MA, MS | Posted 09.24.2015 | Science
Sheyna E. Gifford, MD, MA, MS

If this little device can bring a sky full of stars into my 8 foot by 3 foot bunk on simulated Mars, maybe the right sort of technology can allow the right sort of human to be at ease with few or no true windows to our future worlds.

A Nurse to My Own (Part I: Are You Okay?)

Sonja Mitrevska-Schwartzbach, BSN, RN, CCRN | Posted 09.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Sonja Mitrevska-Schwartzbach, BSN, RN, CCRN

Today I am feeling quietly concerned but calm. Yesterday I was motivated to overcome the challenge at hand. Tomorrow? Who knows. Every single day will be punctuated by a different emotion, a different version of the woman who I am.

Cyberknife Is Not Robotic Surgery

Dr. David Samadi | Posted 09.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. David Samadi

Patients diagnosed with prostate cancer must weigh their treatment options with their personal treatment goals. Regardless of therapy, strongly consider physician experience. Choose wisely: It is with the robot that a surgeon completes the surgery, not the robot itself.

Nuclear Disarmament: If Not Now, When?

Robert Koehler | Posted 08.06.2015 | Politics
Robert Koehler

The Marshall Islands lawsuits ask: If not us, who? If not now, when? These are the questions asked by those who have no choice. That means all of us should be asking them.

What the Survivors of Nagasaki and Hiroshima Have Taught Us About the Danger of Excessive Fear of Radiation

David Ropeik | Posted 08.10.2015 | World
David Ropeik

Michiko was 11 when the sky flashed a strange blinding white. It was 11:02 a.m., August 9, 1945. Moments later came the roaring sound and the heat and the powerful blast of wind, and then in the distance several kilometers away the young Japanese girl saw her suburban home.

Hiroshima: The Sickness of Nuclear Proliferation

Joseph Cooper | Posted 07.30.2015 | Books
Joseph Cooper

It was seventy years ago that human beings were first targeted with -- and annihilated by -- an atomic bomb.

Berkeley's Silly, and Harmful, Pandering to Fear of Cell Phone Radiation

David Ropeik | Posted 07.29.2015 | Green
David Ropeik

A recent decision by the Berkeley California city council offers some informative, and scary, lessons about how society struggles to intelligently reg...

15 Haunting Photos From Inside The Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

DL Cade | Posted 06.01.2015 | Arts
DL Cade

Urbex and photographer Iain Bolton offer us a haunting glimpse into the town of Pripyat, the nuclear city established in February of 1970 to support a nearby power plant you might have heard of... It was called Chernobyl.

Astoria Characters: The Be-Positive Being

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 05.18.2015 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Fast and furious, the rain falls. Brianna Mercado, wearing a shirt the color of sunshine, is intently watching it through the living room window. There's not a tear in her eyes. In fact, there's a serene smile on her face.

Ellen's Biggest (and Bravest) Fan Opens Up About Hospital Life, Junebug and Her Love of Chef Boyardee

Lauren Kruczyk | Posted 06.13.2015 | Impact
Lauren Kruczyk

I recently sat down with Briana for an in-depth interview, a plan we masterfully crafted through Twitter. We Skyped, as Briana was still in the hospital with a weak immune system--one week prior, on March 17th, she had had her second bone marrow transplant.

So You've Had Cancer and a Heart Attack -- What Now?

Bret Hoekema | Posted 05.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Bret Hoekema

I sat up and as much as I could, gathered the heart monitor's leeds to the side, and brought Aura's body sort of close to mine. I pressed her ear against my chest. We were speechless, so she might as well just listen to my heart, and I might as well just breathe.

'Yes, Virginia, There Is Life After Cancer' -- But First You Have to Go Through the Cancer

Ann Fry | Posted 04.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Ann Fry

As I started to approach that two-year mark, I noticed that my work was picking up, that my spirits were picking up, that my energy was indeed picking up. My hair had grown back in and I was indeed feeling like a full human being again.

Pareidolia in Politics: The Face of Faith's Corrupting Influence

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 03.28.2015 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

A big leap it is not from believing in god and the devil to believing in anything at all, including that the president is a radical Christian but also a Muslim and a foreign-citizen socialist who will take your guns away. Facts don't matter; we create a fictional order in the face of randomness and then call that real, and the chasm becomes ever wider.

The Comments A Cancer Survivor Doesn't Want To Hear

Rachael Yahne | Posted 03.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Rachael Yahne

Unfortunately, when the time comes to begin the intimate and sometimes awkward conversation of "I have/had cancer," it will produce mixed reviews. While the majority of feedback will be positive and supportive, the brash among us will offer slightly hurtful responses instead.

The True Meaning of a Superhero; Avenging Childhood Cancer

Jay Scott | Posted 02.21.2015 | Impact
Jay Scott

It is no secret that among my heroes, I count all children who have battled cancer; they face adversity throughout their journey and yet display a courage unlike any other I have ever seen.