Readers Respond to the November 2021 Issue

STATES OF DISEASE “States vs. Health,” by the Editors [Science Agenda], explains how politicians in several states are trying to prevent the lifesaving work that public health officials are executing to protect the population by requiring masking and physical distancing. I agree with the presentation of the article and the position that the Editors take … Read more

Readers Respond to the October 2021 Issue

MUON MATTERS In “The Unseen Universe,” Marcela Carena describes apparent discrepancies between the observed behavior of muons—one of the three types of charged leptons—and calculations based on the Standard Model of particle physics. If the discrepancies for muons are real, I would also expect discrepancies for tau leptons. VAN SNYDER La Crescenta, Calif. As a … Read more

Readers Respond to the September 2021 Issue

ZERO-SUM SPACE? In “Lifting the Venus Curse,” Robin George Andrews writes about discoveries that expand our understanding of our close planetary neighbor Venus. Enormous sums of money are tossed about in that quest as if they were almost insubstantial. But explorations of outer space do more to satisfy our curiosity than advance the human condition … Read more