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Science

  • Explainer: How the COVID vaccines were developed so quickly

    The development of a new vaccine usually takes a decade. The discovery and research phase alone normally takes two to five years. The fastest vaccine ever created—for the mumps—took four years. The time it took to develop a vaccine for COVID-19 was less than a month. We may soon have a vaccine ready for widespread

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  • Where do our thoughts come from?

    An early childhood memory of mine is of sitting by a window on a rainy day, watching the drops splash against the pane. Like all normal children, I spent most of my life racing around. But at this particular moment, I was still, and my mind had time to drift. I remember a series of

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  • How would you counsel a couple curious about IVF?

    Imagine you're a pastor of a church, and a young, godly couple in your congregation comes to you after a prolonged season of infertility seeking your counsel on whether to pursue IVF (In Vitro Fertilization). What counsel would you offer them? Here’s how I would approach it: First, I would thank them for their confidence

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  • Apple, FBI, and Cybersecurity: The Basics

    Apple CEO Tim Cook’s letter about the FBI brought forth both emotional outrage and joyful fist-pumping from the tech community. It also has brought a very public spotlight to a conflict between two great problems that plague the modern era: security against threats and the safety of our personal data. The implications of this public

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  • Does Science Hate Philosophy?

    Bill Nye is not a professional scientist, but he does play one on TV. You could even consider Nye a method actor, given how seamlessly he can disappear into his “science guy” alter ego. He does it so well, in fact, that he has flawlessly picked up on a lesser known trait of contemporary professional scientists: A

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  • Two ways to make changes in our digital lives

    To the casual beachgoer, the best surfers make their highly technical sport look easy. After spotting just the right wave, these champions of the surf mount their boards and slice across the rolling sea with ease and precision, riding the wave with speed and full control until its breaking end. One key observation that is

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  • The Positive Opportunities of Technology

    Technology is all around us. Whether it takes the form of a smart phone, tablet, computer, or even the way we make coffee in the morning, it surrounds us daily. In the liturgy of life, from waking up in the morning to laying our head down at night, we are inundated with technology. This reality

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  • Vaccination and the Christian Worldview

    The discussion of whether or not parents should vaccinate their children has been going on in some circles for years, but recent outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases in the United States have brought the conversation to a fever pitch. As Ross Douthat has recognized, vaccine skepticism occurs on a spectrum and has a wide range of motivating

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  • 5 facts about vaccines

    Vaccines have proven to be one of humankind’s greatest inventions and the single most powerful and effective way of reducing disease and improving global health. Here are five facts you should know about vaccines: 1. When a critical portion of a community is immunized against a contagious disease (typically between 85-95 percent), the remaining members

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  • 3 reasons Christians should vaccinate with confidence

    The recent measles outbreak centered in California has brought up questions about vaccinations. You cannot turn on a traditional news source or social media outlet without seeing a related article about measles specifically or vaccination in general. In my pediatric practice, questions about vaccines come up frequently. Your Facebook timeline, like mine, is often filled

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