It Didn't Have to Happen

“Just as Icarus did not heed his father?s warning to stay away from the sun, NASA engineers ignored warning signs before and after liftoff that the shuttle was doomed to burn up when it re-entered the atmosphere. Like Icarus, they were guilty of hubris. | But the hapless engineers are not the only ones to blame. The entire shuttle program is corrupted by incompetence, arrogance, jingoism, and corporate greed. It…

Lethal Confusion

“Similar-looking drug brand names can confuse doctors, nurses and pharmacists, causing patients to get the wrong medicine…. A patient confusing lente with Lantus could end up with his or her blood sugar seriously out of whack. Doctors insist that errors like these can be corrected if caught early enough.|The simplest way of fixing the problem would be banning brand names. Generic names are more descriptive and less confusing.” Matthew Herper…

Oprah's Book Club: Back to the Classics

“Media mega-star Oprah Winfrey?s announcement that ?I‘m back in the business of recommending books?but with a difference,? drew a standing ovation from an audience of America?s leading publishers… [T]he new book club will focus on literary classics because ?I cannot imagine a world where the great works of literature are not read.? Her hope, she said, is that ?The Oprah Winfrey Show? will ?make classic works of literature accessible to…

PBS Kids Statement on "Mr Rogers"

“In this time of great sadness about Fred Rogers’ death, we understand that parents may be concerned about how to approach the Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood series and our Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Website with their children. We here at Family Communications have given this a great deal of thought and have talked with our colleagues in child development and mental health. We’d like to share our thoughts with you.” —PBS Kids…

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NASA's Worst Fears Realized

“Newly disclosed e-mail inside NASA showed senior engineers worried a day before the Columbia disaster that the shuttle’s left wing might burn off and cause the deaths of the crew, a scenario remarkably similar to the one investigators believe actually occurred…. After intense debate — occurring by phone and e-mail — the engineers, some supervisors and the head of the space agency’s Langley research facility in Hampton, Va., decided against…