Articles by Charles Matthew Rousseaux

The Little Act That Could

"Give me Steam" -- Peter Gabriel "Medicaid waivers." Like "Deficit Reduction Act," it's a phrase that goes right near the top of the doze-o-meter. Combine the two and you've got the equivalent of literary Lunesta. But push the pillow... Read More

Slouching Toward Socialized Medicine?

"Freedom/You've got to give for what you take" - George Michael Health care is hot. The status quo is not. And universal care is in the air. The three leading Democratic candidates are reaching out for the healing hands... Read More

Future's Bright, Gimme My Shades

I study nuclear science/I love my classes/I got a crazy teacher, he wears dark glasses...--Timbuk 3 The same concept -- perhaps aside from the loving the classes part -- could be said for NASA's STEREO mission, which is currently expected... Read More

Determined to Make a Deep Impact

"Life is so strange/ Destination unknown/ When you don't know/ Your destination" -- Missing Persons NASA spacecraft have seen a number of strange destinations over the years -- gas giants and small rocky worlds, the red seas of Mars and... Read More

Economies as Ecosystems

"He who plants a tree / Plants a hope." -- Poet Lucy Larcom Are economies ecosystems? The parallels are striking. The energy driving ecosystems ultimately comes from the sun, while the energy driving economies ultimately comes from another boundless... Read More

The Lame Duck that Soared

"I'm learning to fly." -- Tom Petty When the history of this lame duck Congress is written, historians may make little notes about the dustup over intelligence reform. However, their long memories are likely to record that, by funding... Read More

Opening an Age of Adventure?

"This is the dawning of the age of Aquarius, the age of Aquarius" It has been more than three decades since that era of Hair-raising silliness has passed. The tie-dyes to die for (if they don't kill you on... Read More

In the Beginning...

"I'm gonna soak up the sun. Gonna tell everyone to lighten up." -- Sheryl Crow NASA's Genesis probe has been soaking up the sun for the better part of the last three years, although it doesn't have much of... Read More

A Daily Dose of Freedom

There's always a couple of them waiting in the e-mail inbox in the morning. Sometimes there's a troop of four or five. Many of them appear to have been sent late in the afternoon Iraqi time -- a public... Read More

It Goes to Extremes

"Darling I don't know why I go to extremes / Too high or too low their ain't no in-betweens" -Billy Joel Scientists don't know why the planet Mercury goes to extremes, but they are anxious to find out. On... Read More

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