Past Mistakes

Tax Breaks

Should the taxpayers cover the cost of rescueing daredevils?

Knot a Problem

Bad Blood

Is the FDA still justified in preventing men who've had sex with men from donating blood?
At the University of Chicago Scavenger Hunt each year, there's a blood drive where teams can earn points for donating.

Name Game

Why are girls and women not given the title "Junior," "II," etc.?
Why are girls and women not given the title "Junior," "II," etc., when named after their mothers, as boys are when named after their fathers? I've never come across a woman with this sort of suffix on her name.

Sucked In

Black holes and singularities, oh my!
Recently, my friends and I argued about what would happen if a singularity were to suddenly appear in the center of a room.

Head South

Is the incidence of multiple sclerosis increasing?
It seems almost everyone I've spoken with in the past few years has a family member or friend with a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis. What's going on here? Is the incidence increasing?

Meta Meds

OK, Cecil. Sixteen years ago, at the end of a column about whether zinc lozenges cure the common cold, you wrote: "Today you don't hear much about vitamin C as a cold cure.

On Target

Are you more likely to be killed by a police officer than by a terrorist?
I keep seeing a stat saying Americans are eight times more likely to be killed by a police officer than by a terrorist. How does this data break down into black, white, Hispanic, and Asian-American?

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