A couple of weeks ago, Tu Youyou became the first Chinese national to win the Nobel Prize in Medicine "for her discoveries concerning a novel therapy against Malaria." (Tu had already won the Lasker Award a few years ago for the same work, and had described her work this way.) There were cheers and hopes that with the prize, more people would become aware of Traditional … [Read more...] about Turning a Nobel Prize to a Chinese for Artemisinin Into a Eulogy for Traditional Chinese Medicine?
For some time, I have been on a hiatus from the blog. That does not mean that I was tuned off from what's going on in the world. Despite my temporary leave of absence, I till end up devoting non-trivial amounts of time to corresponding over emails with friends ... and editors on this blog about current events. I was just about to send another email when I realized that … [Read more...] about Ideology and Facts
The Fall of the Berlin some 20 years ago is again on the mind of many. According to the NYTimes, "[t]he historical legacy of 1989, when the Berlin Wall fell and the cold war thawed, is as political as the upheavals of that decisive year." For many in the West, the events of 1989 represents the ultimate triumph of the West over East - of democratic, capitalistic liberalism over … [Read more...] about The Fall of the Berlin Wall on our Mind…