Articles by Russell Seitz

A Long Row To Hoe

Proposals for an alcohol-fueled end to dependence on foreign oil do not sit lightly on the American landscape. Can they fit within our borders at all? State Of The Union speeches tend to cross using figures with speaking figuratively, and... Read More

Space Jam

Not long after the Russians launched Sputnik, a gargantuan steel mushroom sprouted in the coal fields of West Virginia, well out of sight of Moscow's Washington embassy. Soon the acre-sized parabolic dish atop the tower began to pivot and scan... Read More

Photoshopping the Apocalypse: The Gods Are Angry with Michael Crichton

The gods are angry with Michael Crichton. "State of Fear" has left global warming only marginally cooler than tossing virgins in volcanoes or serving parboiled PETA directors as hors d'oeuvres. But what's really put Gaia on Prozac is seeing science... Read More

The Last Wave

Every winter, surfers gather on the North Shore of Oahu to try to ride Pacific combers even taller than the walls of water that swept the Indian Ocean on Dec. 26. Nobody surfs a tsunami, but some of the worst... Read More

"Send it, and We'll Figure Out How to Use It."

What could a soldier in Iraq possibly do with a slab of armor plate or bulletproof glass? More than a defense procurement bureaucrat in Washington; hence the wise words of General De Long, USMC, Ret. on MSNBC last week:... Read More

What If It Ended at the Beginning?

Some things end at their beginning. If cunning Odysseus had perished early on in the Iliad, we might be occupying Troy instead of Baghdad, and the Odyssey would never have begun. Last month Osama Bin Laden raised Islam's foremost... Read More

Armor and the Man

The arsenals of democracy contain more than arms. Beneath the fortified peak of Graz, overlooking the Marches of Hungary, southeast of Vienna, you will see a vast hall filled with all that once stood between Europe and the mighty... Read More

Terrorism in Ship Shape

Basking on New England's beaches this time of year, you'll find a few of the old cold warriors once tasked with thinking about the unthinkable. Even lying on the sand, they can point to how terror strikes where vigilance... Read More

The Catastrophic Jumping Frog of Calaveras County

In 1883, America's foremost hydrologist feared life on the Mississippi was nearing extinction. Judging by what silt had done since the Civil War, he averred the mighty waterway must have shrunk 99.9%, losing over a million miles in the... Read More

Pumping Iron

If there are a lot of fish in the sea, it's because a plant-based food chain feeds them. One day there may be more -- brace yourself for the shock of good news about the environment. Fish stocks may... Read More

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