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The Catalyst for Unsung Science

In 2016 Google Doddle paid homage to Mary Seacole.  Until then, I had no idea who she was, or her contribution to history. But I quickly found it. Born in 1805 in Kingston, Jamaica, Seacole was a brave pioneering nurse during the Crimean War who helped care for wounded soldiers on the battlefield. She was known to have personally risked her life on the frontline to tend to the sick and the injured. Her reputation in her day rivaled that of Florence Nightingale.  Mary Seacole’s life story inspired me to start a short-lived blog called Unsung Science. I wrote about little known stories and personalities whose contribution to science and medicine had been overlooked. In each case, their achievements had…

Is your VPN secure?

Most people – including VPN customers – don’t have the skills to double-check that they’re getting what they paid for. A group of researchers I was part of do have those skills, and our examination of the services provided by 200 VPN companies found that many of them mislead customers about key aspects of their user protections.

Reflections from a Nobel winner: Scientists need time to make discoveries.

It is understandable that people want to know how it affects them. But as a scientist, I would hope society would be equally interested in fundamental science. After all, you can’t have the applications without the curiosity-driven research behind it. Learning more about science — science for science’s sake — is worth supporting.

Why hurricane forecasters can’t ‘politicize’ storm warnings even if they wanted to

Every forecaster I have ever worked with – military or civilian – wants to get predictions right. And even if they wanted to shade the forecast one way or another to support some agenda, it would be impossible to do it in today’s networked world.