This is a piece I wrote in June, 2015 for “Stony Brook Frontiers Magazine“, a graduate-student run STEM review magazine for middle school students. I had the idea to do an article on AI, as it is a technology that will become pervasive in the next few decades. AI/ machine learning is a good career path for young people, especially as many jobs are susceptible to replacement by AI.
Category Archives: Science communication
The chance that a child will have a severe reaction to the MMR vaccine is less than the chance they will die in 200 mile car ride
Backstory: Several weeks ago Newsday refused to publish a comment I posted on the article “Vaccine court protects ‘big pharma‘”. Having experienced this before (they have a very limited window to submit comments), I decided to rewrite the comment and submit it as an editorial. Recently I discovered it had been published. Unfortunately, the editor removed one of the key points from my piece, and also botched the grammar on the third line, so I am republishing the full piece here, with minor copyediting.
Or, “how microwaves actually work”
This is a short note on a misconception which I had and which I believe is widely shared.
As you probably know, microwave ovens are named after the type of electromagnetic radiation that they produce. Most microwaves produce radiation with a frequency of 2.45 GHz.
The misconception I had is that this frequency is tuned to one of the vibrational frequencies of the water molecule.