The Turbid Plaque

Life is complicated

Which contains more information: a five-minute video or a five-page document?

As anyone who's had to pay for excess cellular bandwidth knows, the video contains far more raw data than the text file. That doesn't mean it has more information, though.

What if the video shows someone reading a Dr....

Autumn has begun here in Massachusetts. The maple leaves are just starting to turn, days are getting shorter, and the house is full of wonderful aromas as we process the 50 pounds of apples we picked last weekend. It was a good year for apples.

Unfortunately, 2018 was also a good year for influenz...

Just in time for cocktail hour last Friday, the World Health Organization released a mammoth report on the health impacts of drinking. While reinforcing public health experts' image as Debbie Downers, the report lays out a compelling case for teetotaling. For those whose eyes have trouble focusi...

Sadly, it's never the wrong time to blog about polio. There's almost always a news hook. This time, it comes from Papua New Guinea, where a new outbreak of the disease has now reached the capital. As the depressing regularity of these kinds of events suggests, they're not freak accidents. They're...

The best time to think and talk about disaster management is when there's no disaster. Unfortunately, most folks in the media, and on social media, don't do that. Instead, we wait until a hurricane is bearing down on the coast or Ebola virus is breaking out, and then all start shouting at the to...

My article on antibody validation just appeared in Science, and is free to read online. Enjoy.