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Vaccines, Peter Thiel and the Fine Art of the Journalistic Hatchet Job

Ridvan Arda/Dreamstime”Peter Thiel Funds ‘Unethical’ Offshore Herpes Vaccine Trial,” blared a headline over at the DailyBeast. The single problem is that it’s false. The story is illustrated with a photoshop of venture capitalist Peter Thiel holding a menacing syringe. Even more damning, the editors added, “The Trump adviser is part of a group of wealthy […]

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Hurricane Harvey and the National Flood Insurance Fiasco

NOAATexans, watch out. An aftershock is following behind the catastrophic flooding produced by Hurricane Harvey in coastal Texas: The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is coming up for reauthorization. The main lesson that the public and policymakers ought to learn from Harvey is: Don’t build in flood plains, and especially don’t rebuild in flood plains. […]

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Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke Review Proposes Shrinking 4 of 27 National Monuments

wikimediaDepartment of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has sent a report to President Donald Trump in which he reportedly proposes to shrink the size of four of the 27 National Monuments he was asked to review. Specifically, Zinke is recommending that the area of Utah’s Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante and Oregon’s Cascade-Siskiyou National Monuments be […]

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White Nationalist Rally in Charlottesville Shut Down Due to Violence

Ronald BaileyCharlottesville, Va. – The white nationalist Unite the Right rally in my home town was dispersed after Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency in the wake of violent clashes between the neo-nazis, white supremacists, and other assorted alt-righters and Black Lives Matter, anti-fascist, and other counter-protesters. The white nationalists were attracted […]

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Transplant Organs from Gene-Edited Pigs; Milestone Achieved

Cloned pigs are a big step toward alleviating the shortage transplant organs Ronald Bailey|Aug. 10, 2017 4:21 pm eGenesisToday a team associated with the biotech startup eGenesis published an article in Science demonstrating gene editing techniques that allowed for the cloning of 15 retrovirus-free piglets. The breakthrough might one day soon allow for the use […]

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Trump Administration Withdraws Proposed Obama Ban on Compensation for Bone Marrow

The Office of Management and Budget has withdrawn a proposed rule banning compensation for hematopoietic stem cells. In other words, you can get paid when someone harvests stem cells from your bone marrow. Bone marrow transplantation is used to treat a variety of ailments, including aplastic anemia, sickle cell anemia, bone marrow damage during chemotherapy, […]

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