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Obama's Torture Photo Concern: Control Over Populace, Abroad and at Home

When Barack Obama says he will not comply with a federal court order to release photographs of U.S. Government torture, there’s a mystery in his explanation:

The publication of these photos would not add any additional benefit to our understanding of what was carried out in the past by a small number of individuals. In […]

I Didn't Choose Door Number 2, Monty; Now Let Me Tell You Why I Did.

A scientific coda to my unscientific pondering of human irrationality: At New Scientist, Lars Hall and Petter Johansson describe their program of research into explanations of choices after the fact. Hall and Johannson ask subjects to look at two faces and choose the one that is most attractive. Later on, Hall and Johannson ask subjects […]

Iron Fertilization Carbon Experiment Fails

Other scientists pointed out that previous iron fertilization experiments had shown some carbon sequestration, but that was only at a rate of one to two percent of the carbon involved in the process. […]