Headed to Mars!

I've been a fan of the Mars missions ever since my uncle, Doctor Cosmo, turned me on to it from the first rover. He was a graphic designer (and jack of many other trades) and created an animation of the dancing baby on the pink planet.

A few missions later, I sat alone in my 1 bedroom apartment in Salt Lake after midnight to see the success of the Curiosity rover. I'm not ashamed to say I was brought to tears seeing the excitement of the engineers in mission control.

So I'm looking forward to the next one - MARS 2020. If you're an uber nerd, you can even get your own boarding pass and send your name to Mars. Not sure exactly what that means, but I got mine!

Science Literacy Revisited

Today, my brother posted a video of the (possibly) overrated Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau. In a press conference he is asked to explain the potential benefits of quantum computing.

Trudeau explained the differences in a very accurate and succinct manner, something we can be quite sure would have turned out differently if the same situation repeated itself further south.

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Transparency in Medicine

I've long had concerns with conflict of interest in medicine. It was a small factor directing me to chiropractic - this common complaint that medical doctors are in the pockets of the pharmaceutical companies, that they get treated to expensive dinners and luxurious weekend getaways for prioritizing a particular drug, or even prescribing it when not medically necessary.

The great secret is that chiropractors are just as subject to conflict of interest – perhaps to a lesser degree, or at least slightly lower earning potential.

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