I’ve contended for years that, until we learn to work with and even mimic the economies of the natural world (biomimicry) rather than wield the bigger-hammer nature-be-damned approach, we will continue to make a mess of things. The holy grail to me has been for mankind to be able to harness the chemistry in which light energy can be converted to other forms of energy with no waste. Plants have done it for hundreds of millions of years. It’s called photosynthesis. And in the …

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The argument, by chance alone, and reinforced by the unblinking faith of Carl Sagan, holds that among billions and billions of stars, there has to be more quasi-intelligent star-stuff in the cosmos than what resides inside the human cranium. To which I offer a resounding: maybe. Maybe not. But IF, after decades, then centuries and millennia of letters in a bottle sent off into space to propagate our fervent hope that we are not alone, someone answers. What would our first communication say to …

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I had a flashback the other day. I was carried back to the month I spent on clinical rotation with the burn unit in a University of Alabama Medical Center hospital as a physical therapy student. Thankfully, I don’t remember a lot of specifics, but do recall this one pitiful black women whose boyfriend left her, so she set herself on fire. Her burns were extensive and she suffered them–and the pain associated with trying to move her and dress her wounds (most of …

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