America’s deadliest pest on its way to eradication

AUSTIN – Birth control for insects? It worked in the late 1930s to eradicate a deadly agricultural pest called the screwworm, and it worked again in this century when the screwworm showed up in the Florida Keys. The screwworm had not been seen in the United States for decades when it was found infesting endangered…

Biased bots: why A.I. might lead to injustice, and how to avoid it

Rather than worrying about some far-fetched doomsday scenario akin to Terminator or I, Robot, artificial intelligence researchers are concerned with the real-world dangers presented by modern A.I. In recent years, eminent scientists and intellectuals, including Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk, have warned of the existential risk entailed by developing advanced artificial intelligence. Artificial intelligence researcher Jennifer…

Amit Sood shares four-step guide to happiness

ORLANDO – Stress affects one in five Americans, sending many people to a therapist’s office to address the problem. But what if people could prevent stress on their own? That was the focus of the “Science of Stress” session at the Association of Healthcare Journalists conference on April 20, 2017 led by Dr. Amit Sood. Sood, a professor of medicine at…

Lead prevention policy: Where we stand

By Catherine Wheeler In the United States today, about half a million children ages 1-5 have high blood lead levels, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Though the number of children with lead poisoning has gone down in recent years, effective policies to prevent lead poisoning remain minimal. Current policy primarily focuses on what happens…