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Dr. Know: Shallow End of the Car Pool

Do cars stuck idling in non-high-occupancy vehicle lanes actually produce more emissions than the HOV lanes save?


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Sitting in rush-hour traffic on I-5 to Vancouver got me thinking: Has anyone done a study to see...   More
 
Wednesday, June 6, 2012 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: A Microorganism by Any Other Name...

What is cryptosporidium, anyway?


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What is cryptosporidium, anyway? I know it can turn up in water, but that’s about it. I asked a friend who works in public radio, and she said, “It’s a parasite. It eats your body.” That d   More
 
Wednesday, May 30, 2012 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Snoop Out the Vote

Is it legal for election authorities to disclose who has voted and who has not?


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Recently, I was unnerved that a canvasser who called my house seemed to know that my roommate hadn’t voted yet. Is it legal for election authorities in Oregon to disclose to individual campaigns   More
 
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: A Swarm of Choppers

Why are there so many helicopters around the new light-rail bridge?


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Lately, I have noticed an increase in helicopters around the new light-rail bridge. The cops suggest asking the news stations, but no big news stories correspond to the time and place. Any idea    More
 
Wednesday, May 16, 2012 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Idling Thoughts

If idling causes pollution, why do we have to stop at lights before entering the freeways?


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On the drawbridges in Portland, there are signs telling you not to sit with your car idling because of pollution. So why do we have to stop at lights before entering the freeways, forcing thousand   More
 
Wednesday, May 9, 2012 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: All Sinked Up

What’s with all the sinkholes lately?


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I can’t help noticing there have been an awful lot of sinkholes opening in the ground lately. Are we under attack from some malevolent, subterranean menace? How long before the Earth swallows us   More
 
Wednesday, May 2, 2012 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: One-Screened Bandit

Does the Oregon Lottery tweak video poker machines to entice people to play?


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Does the Oregon Lottery manipulate video poker machines to be “looser” at certain times—like when Social Security checks come in...   More
 
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: A Welcome Climate Change

Is there a local upside to climate change?


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The nice weather got me thinking: Is there a local upside to climate change? If the weather changes everywhere, some places are bound to improve—why not us? I’m willing to sacrifice a few po   More
 
Wednesday, April 18, 2012 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: FOODday of the Dead

How do I stop FOODday?


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 How do I stop FOODday? I’ve tried phone calls...   More
 
Wednesday, April 11, 2012 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Mobile Misanthropy

If overpopulation is a concern, why have cellphone driving laws?


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Recently you wrote about the lives saved by the hands-free cellphone law. Since we’re overpopulating and running out of resources, shouldn’t we stop trying to reduce deaths with laws like th   More
 
Wednesday, April 4, 2012 MARTY SMITH
 

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