When you're sick or injured aboard the International Space Station 240 miles above the Earth, you can't just catch an ambulance to the nearest hospital. But innovative new ultrasound equipment and techniques have given astronauts the ability to quickly diagnose injury and illness while consulting with doctors back on the ground. And now the same capabilities have been adapted to provide expert medical care for people back on Earth, not only in undeveloped regions far from medical facilities, but even for Olympic athletes and professional sports teams. Read how space station technology has traveled from orbit to the ends of the Earth in my article on the NASA International Space Station site.
Not getting enough sleep? You're not alone. But aside from just being an annoyance, it might actually put you at risk -- even to the point of life and death. I discuss the reasons why, along with some ways to get more Zs, in my feature "Chasing Slumber" in the September/October 2013 issue of Psychology Today.
Five-star generals aren't generally known for being scientific and technical visionaries. But one exception was Henry "Hap" Arnold, who not only shepherded the development of American military aviation technology from the Wright Brothers to the atomic age, but led America to complete air supremacy in World War II. Read his story in "Air Man: Hap Arnold and the Air Force" in the September/October 2013 issue of World War II magazine.
After more than forty years, the "war on cancer" remains far from achieving victory. Some researchers are calling for a new approach to the disease: abandoning the "war" in favor of a sort of modus vivendi based on an evolutionary approach. I discuss the new perspective in this essay in the June 2013 issue of WIRED.
One problem for spacecraft and aircraft flying at hypersonic speeds is keeping in contact with home. Find out what we might be able to do about it in "Beating the Blackout" in the July 2013 issue of Air & Space Smithsonian.
If you feel as if your life is ruled by the clock, you're absolutely right -- except the clock isn't on your nightstand, but inside your own body. That's the science of chronobiology, the subject of my latest article for Penn Medicine magazine.
And if you're in the mood for a little hard science, take a look at my latest web article for the Advanced Photon Source of Argonne National Laboratory.