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Unintended Consequences

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  Sometimes solutions can create new problems. I recently read that, after the Titanic sank in 1912 and cost the lives of over 1500 people, steps were taken to increase the safety of ships. The number of lifeboats required was increased dramatically. But sadly, as Edward Tenner suggests, the increase in lifeboats on the S.S.Eastland in 1915 made that ship... View Article

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Going Unnoticed

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  When I was in seventh grade I thoroughly enjoyed Sherlock Holmes stories.  I remember how impressed I was with the brilliance of Sherlock Holmes in Silver Blaze. In that short story, a race horse disappears and some sheep are found injured. Only Sherlock Holmes notices that the dog, which would ordinarily bark if a stranger approached the sheep pen,... View Article