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Houston Arboretum rolls out Science Spooktacular for families in October

Take heart, Houston families. Not all of our Bayou City Halloween celebrations are lost due to the pandemic.

The Houston Arboretum & Nature Center is rolling out a week-long event for children and families October 19-24 called “Science Spooktacular: A Week of Halloween Fun!” Science Spookacular is actually being held in lieu of the Arboretum’s popular ArBOOretum fall festival, which won’t happen in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Science Spooktacular promises a cool Halloween alternative for kids with activities ranging from spooky bedtime stories to creating slime in a fun science show in both virtual and socially distant on-site offerings.

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“While we are disappointed that we can’t welcome our usual crowds to the beloved ArBOOretum Fall Festival, we believe Science Spooktacular will be an excellent alternative, spreading out science education and the fun of

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Following The Science Difficult In A World Of Tradeoffs

“Follow the science” sounds like a wise course of action in the Covid-19 pandemic, or for climate change and a host of other difficult issues. Business leaders trying to anticipate government policy would do well to understand where science is taking politicians. But the simple mantra of follow the science misses the key lesson of economics: choices are about trade-offs.

We cannot have everything we want. That is a fundamental principle of economics presented in Chapter One of most textbooks, but it’s also true far afield from economics. If we want to spend more time with family, we have to give up time doing other things. If we want longer life expectancy, we have to give up some risky behaviors. That fundamental economics principle makes following the science impossible.

If we want fewer deaths from Covid-19, what do we have to give up?. It’s not just jobs and

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