November 8, 2017 1:55 PM
This Tuesday the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released draft guidance to help chain restaurants and groceries comply with a little-known provision within the Affordable Care Act that requires chain food locations to post calorie counts for all their menu items.
September 14, 2017 5:09 PM
Lawyers and allied interest groups have long enriched themselves at taxpayers’ expense. But usually, it has been by bringing lawsuits, not defending them.
The Ohio Drug Price Standards Initiative might change that. If passed by voters, it would give its sponsors taxpayer money to hire unnecessary lawyers, if the...
September 14, 2017 7:44 AM
Support for marijuana legalization in the U.S. is the strongest it has ever been. According to a CBS News poll this year, 61 percent of Americans think marijuana should be legal. Support is even more widespread for medical marijuana, with a...
August 25, 2017 10:22 AM
“The survival of our species has always depended on advances in agriculture.” So begins the narration for Food Evolution, a new documentary about genetically modified foods and the high-stakes global controversy over their use.
Astrophysicist and popular science educator Neil deGrasse Tyson provides the soothing, even-handed voice that takes viewers from a plant genetics lab in the United States to a banana farm in Uganda, showing viewers how genetic modification works and the very real problems around the world it is helping to solve.
March 14, 2017 11:22 AM
The Trump administration’s plan to cut government should include considerable effort to eliminate numerous research programs that peddle junk science to serve environmental special interests. I have already pointed out a couple of programs...
February 7, 2017 1:19 PM
Hans Rosling, the Swedish doctor and professor who saved countless lives in the world’s poorest countries (and gave TED talks), has died of pancreatic cancer. In December, Nature had an interesting feature with him, discussing his life’s work.
Rosling was an antidote to uninformed pessimism. As Nature...
January 30, 2017 4:10 PM
The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee votes Wednesday on President Trump’s...
January 18, 2017 12:52 PM
If all goes according to President-elect Donald Trump’s plan, the next Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will be Rep. Tom Price. While Price is perhaps best known for his opposition to the Affordable Care...
December 15, 2016 10:37 AM
The death rate increased 1.2% last year, and life expectancy fell in 2015, the most recent year for which data is available. Female life expectancy dropped from 81.3 to 81.2 years, and male life...
December 8, 2016 11:57 AM
In scarcely more than two dozen words, Article I, Section 1 of the United States Constitution lays out a singular idea at the root of any serious plan for Congress:
All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.
The Framers of the Constitution vested onto one institution, Congress...