The Cold War Frenemies: A Relationship Built on Self-Preservation

Looking back on my earliest recollection of the Cold War, I always thought it bizarre that the United States and USSR were engaged in such a tense (and potentially dangerous) standoff. They were allies during World War II, in both the European and Asia-Pacific theatres. It didn’t make sense to me that as soon as the war was over, that they would so quickly go from friends to enemies. However,… Read More »

Recent Public Policy That Will Shape the History of the Justice System

I have always been interested in how policy has influenced history within the justice system. Over the years I’ve covered a lot of policies, Supreme Court decisions, and legislative acts that have forever changed the way that the United States of America operates. However, possibly the most interesting of these was an article focused on criminal suspects within the justice system. In case you want to check it out: The Supreme… Read More »

The History of Epidemiology: Thank You Hippocrates and Girolamo

So I ran across an infographic the other day that was basically a breakdown of how Ebola spreads (created by the MPH program at USC). My first reaction to the infographic was “Ewww. That’s nasty!” My second was to wonder how they had figured all of this out. Well, the answer is “Epidemiology”. It’s gross. It’s weird. It’ll make you afraid to touch anything. And because I firmly believe in… Read More »

Where Babies Come From: A History of Childbirth

As nice as it may sound, the stork is not a central figure in delivering babies—nor do any DIY kits purchased from IKEA come into play. But this isn’t an article about ‘the birds and the bees,’ exactly. As interesting as that story is, what comes next—and how babies actually do arrive on the scene—has its own unique history. The story of babies coming into the world—like so much of… Read More »

Eyeglasses: The History Behind the Frames

Although the making of eyeglasses has a long and interesting history, no one is really sure who first discovered that curved glass could enhance vision. Somewhere between the years 1000 and 1250, simple reading stones were used by monks and scholars to magnify texts, making them much easier to read. These early stones resembled modern-day clear glass paperweights in the shape of a half-sphere. The First Glasses The first actual… Read More »