Category: Science & technology

Bloody science

Sod the scientific warnings – here’s why I’ll keep on running By Kerry McCarthy, Saturday 1 December 2012 06.00 EST   Bloody science. For a discipline that’s supposed to be all about accuracy and provable facts, you never know where you are with it. Barely a day goes by without the papers reporting a new …

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Fire from below

Mr. President, remember me? It’s Bill Ayers By Bill Ayers, Tuesday, Nov 13, 2012 02:00 PM CST   I have a backpack filled to overflowing with grievance and discontent, dissent and demand, as well as wild hopes and radical aspirations: end the wars and the drone strikes, slash the pentagon, fight for universal health care, …

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The tyranny of a metaphor

Heartbeat: My Involuntary Miscarriage and ‘Voluntary Abortion’ in Ohio By Tamara Mann, 11/01/2012 10:30 am   On June 19, the state of Ohio declared that I had a voluntary abortion. My rabbi and my doctors disagreed. I simply wanted to be pregnant. The ordeal began two weeks earlier; I was in stirrups. The sonogram technician …

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Memoir of the dying process

Hitchens’ “Mortality” evokes an unforgettable voice By Hussein Ibish,  September 11, 2012   Narratives about dying are among the least appealing genre of memoir. Whether first-person or narrated by some long-suffering beloved, it seems almost impossible to strike a tone that is sufficiently moving and engaging, while simultaneously avoiding the maudlin, predictable or downright dull. …

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They call it diabetes type 3

The Mind Thieves By George Monbiot, September 10, 2012   When you raise the subject of over-eating and obesity, you often see people at their worst. The comment threads discussing these issues reveal a legion of bullies, who appear to delight in other people’s problems. When alcoholism and drug addiction are discussed, the tone tends …

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Take that, cynical Facebook-meme purveyors

Go Ahead and Post That Liberal Rant on Facebook. You Might Change Someone’s Mind By Will Oremus, Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012, at 5:55 PM ET Thinking of posting a status update to let all your Facebook friends to know where you stand on the latest controversy over tax policy or immigration? Conventional wisdom: For the …

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Perhaps it is just nicer being nice

There’s no anxiety in morphine dreams By Harriet Walker, Sunday 19 August 2012   I have been sleeping in Technicolor this week, after another operation on my faulty leg – this time to remove  the titanium rod that has helped it heal so nicely and hoisted it back into a normal leg shape,  so that …

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