“The history of global health is littered with grand plans that never panned out.”

— #HillaryClinton, speaking last year about which grand plan: A) #PEPFAR Blueprint: Creating an AIDS-Free Generation. B) #Obamacare. C) WHO’s “Final Push Strategy to Eliminate #Leprosy as Public Health Problem” in 2003 D) WHO’s 1991 resolution to eliminate leprosy by 2000. E) The Anti-Leprosy Campaign of 1925 (renamed the Leonard Wood Memorial Fund in 1931). […]

The science behind defiance: when PopSci covered Gandhi’s charkha.

A footnote to the recent sale of Gandhi’s famous spinning wheel is that the one of the earliest known references to his practical tool of nonviolent civil disobedience appeared in the December 1931 issue of Popular Science. Mahatma Gandhi invented the portable teak spinning wheel, or charkha, which folded into a bundle about the size […]

The Great Molting Spot

  I could watch the Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal LiveCam all day, although the lack of audio is disappointing. The bulls’ guttural barking and bellowing and harrumphing as they slam their blubbery chests into each other and slinky-roll across the sand are calls of the wild that make your skin prickle. I tried to capture […]