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When Is It OK For Scientists To Become Political?

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The power of science and pervasiveness of technology puts scientists in a position of unique responsibility that can make political activism very slippery, says commentator Adam Frank.

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Why Can't Dutee Run?

Friday, October 10, 2014

Commentator Alva Noë says the decision to ban the Indian sprinter from competition suggests her fault is that she isn't "deficient" enough to count as female.

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Is Civilization Natural?

Friday, September 26, 2014

Commentator Adam Frank says if we're building cities that affect the entire planet, maybe it's time to starting thinking about how nature and cities can evolve together.

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3.7 Million Comments Later, Here's Where Net Neutrality Stands

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A proposal about how to maintain unfettered access to Internet content drew a bigger public response than any single issue in the Federal Communication Commission's history. What's next?

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If We Create Life, Who Will Control It?

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Commentator Marcelo Gleiser says the prospect of making living creatures is as exciting as it is terrifying — and the stakes are so high, that the discussion must be brought into the open.

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How Not To Teach Climate Change

Monday, September 15, 2014

If you want to promote green behavior, inducing fear and touting science isn't the way to go. Commentator Tania Lombrozo considers some recent lessons from the social psychology of climate change.

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Still Now, Should Lab Monkeys Be Deprived Of Their Mothers?

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Scientists have known for 50 years that taking baby monkeys from their mothers causes them trauma. Commentator Barbara J. King asks why the practice continues today.

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Your Favorite Sites Will 'Slow Down' Today, For A Cause

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Websites including Foursquare, Netflix and WordPress are taking part in Internet Slowdown Day to make a case for unfettered access to the Internet. The slowdown will only be symbolic, not real.

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Digital Guru May Need More Power To Remake Government IT

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Mikey Dickerson is the administrator of the new U.S. Digital Service. But it's still to be seen whether the former Google engineer's team will have enough authority to make wholesale changes.

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Morning Edition

Grappling With Trigger Warnings And Trauma On Campus

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Are trigger warnings a good idea when teachers ask students to consider material about emotionally wrenching topics? Anthropologist Barbara J. King says yes — in some cases.

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Immersion In Nature, Naturally, Can Be Risky

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Restorative for the spirit, hiking in the wild involves risks. Though commentator Barbara J. King's husband ran into trouble on the trail recently, she says increased public access is not the answer.

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On Net Neutrality, California Cares; Texas? Not So Much

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

A geographical analysis of comments to the Federal Communications Commission shows wide disparities on the issue of an open Internet.

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A Fascinating Look Inside Those 1.1 Million Open-Internet Comments

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

These cluster maps give us a two-dimensional look at the complex arguments Americans posted on the topic of net neutrality. One theme in the comments had to do with the American dream.

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Seeking A Saner Food System, Three Times A Day

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Commentator Barbara J. King says the book Farmageddon offers useful advice on how to take a stand against industrialized animal farming in the fight to forge a better future for our planet.

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Who Is Most To Blame For Climate Change?

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Climate change is a global problem. Some island nations face the prospect of disappearing beneath rising seas. Barbara J. King is surprised by how the people of the Marshall Islands see their plight.

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All Things Considered

Net Neutrality, Shall I Compare Thee To A Highway? A Showerhead?

Monday, July 21, 2014

Net neutrality can be an issue that's difficult to understand and difficult to explain, so the metaphor that's used to describe it is kind of important. See what neutrality is being compared to.

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All Things Considered

1 Million Net Neutrality Comments Filed, But Will They Matter?

Monday, July 21, 2014

The last time the FCC saw this much public interest was after the Janet Jackson Super Bowl wardrobe malfunction. But research shows comments aren't likely to sway the agency's policy decision.

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Recognizing The Illusion Of 'Homo Economicus'

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Market theory does not fully explain the economic choices we make. Commentator Wim Hordijk says we must also look to behavioral economics and evolutionary psychology to understand the economy.

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Morning Edition

FCC Extending Net Neutrality Commenting Time After Site Buckles

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Heavy traffic to the FCC's commenting site crashed it on Tuesday. That was the original deadline for the public to weigh in on a controversial Internet proposal. You now have until Friday to comment.

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Tech Giants Make Net Neutrality Case As Deadline Nears

Monday, July 14, 2014

The nation's top Internet companies are officially pressing for broad regulation to maintain free and equal access to the Internet.

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