Technology Review has changed its editorial thrust. Innovation, not science and society, is now the focus (Editorial Jan/Feb, 1998). Readers of the magazine, however, are not uncritical enthusiasts for innovation as these comments show
Responding to an article on the merits of irradiation as a method of food preservation (Nov/Dec, 1997), David F. Doody, Pasadena, CA, wrote:
- ... Fresh food is alive--it has all its enzymes intact... Even if irradiated food is proven harmless, it still lacks the full chemistry of life that it had when it left the farm. Do we want to leave future generations with a cornucopia of fresh-looking, food-like objects that have been irradiated to death for the industry's convenience and profit?
While Bruce Berryhill, Eugene, OR, had this to say:
- Many readers are probably too young to remember when ripe produce could be purchased in a grocery store--it's been more than 20 years now. I bet the strawberries with a two-week shelf life (pictured on Page 30) taste like cleaning chemicals. Every time food is processed, nutrients are lost. Grow a garden. Raise some chickens. Eat fresh food.
And on a proposal for the construction of elevated bikeways (Nov/Dec, 1997), Stephen H. Kaiser, Cambridge, MA, commented:
- ... So now it's the bicycle's turn to blight the horizon with elevated structures. Will we ever learn?
As I understand the bikeway proposal, the Denver company wants to pump air through the tunnel at 25 mph to blow the bicycles along. If 25 mph is good, why not higher? If we increase the speed to 100 mph, we could do away with the bikes entirely and simply blow people through the tunnels at hurricane velocities.
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