State of the Art

Going Solar

Author(s): Art Johnson
Going Solar 150 150 IEEE Pulse

Since 2008, the solar-generating capacity in the United States has increased by 1,200%, and the Johnson household is now one more. Last spring, we had solar panels installed on the…

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Genetic Discrimination and Racism

Author(s): Art Johnson
Genetic Discrimination and Racism 150 150 IEEE Pulse

Discrimination seems to be an intrinsic trait inherent in our very being. We, as people, seem to be disposed to discriminate either for or against those who, for one reason…

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Should Bioengineering Graduates Seek Employment in the Defense Industry?

Author(s): Art Johnson
Should Bioengineering Graduates Seek Employment in the Defense Industry? 150 150 IEEE Pulse

They say that the difference between a mechanical engineer and a civil engineer is that the mechanical engineer develops weapons whereas a civil engineer designs targets. The implication is that…

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The Obvious Answer

Author(s): Art Johnson
The Obvious Answer 150 150 IEEE Pulse

In his book Everything Is Obvious: Once You Know the Answer, Duncan Watts posits that what we value as worthwhile is often determined by chance. He cites the case of the famous painting the Mona…

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Hands

Author(s): Art Johnson
Hands 150 150 IEEE Pulse

Hands are awesome. Hands are marvelous in every sense of the word and are as important to us collectively and individually as are our intellects. Hands are the difference between…

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The Fallacy of Genetic Selection

Author(s): Art Johnson
The Fallacy of Genetic Selection 150 150 IEEE Pulse

“Genetic elements … contribute to survival and reproduction of the organism. Those that do not are quickly weeded out by selection.” —Rob Dorit [1] This common statement, and ones like…

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Faith in Science

Author(s): Art Johnson
Faith in Science 150 150 IEEE Pulse

Skeptics deny the validity of religious beliefs, as if science is completely reasonable and only religion depends on faith. They ignore or deny that scientific beliefs also require faith in…

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