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For Climate Scientists, the Siberian Anthrax Outbreak Is a Sign of What’s to Come

August 4th, 2016  |  Source: PS Magazine

We don’t yet know what else lies buried within the Earth’s permafrostwhich is scary, because warming in the Arctic is accelerating.

If you’re a climate scientist, what happens when your dire predictions start coming true? The ongoing anthrax outbreak in Siberia is offering us a preview: What was once considered a future theoretical possibility — a re-animated deadly bacterium emerging from the permafrost — is now a reality.


With cannabis on the ballot, can Clinton and Trump cash in on the pot vote?

August 2nd, 2016  |  Source: The Guardian

A record number of legal marijuana measures is likely to increase the election turnout, but which candidate will it help the most? The answer is complex

The unprecedented number of cannabis measures on the ballot in November, including in two swing states, could complicate turnout in the 2016 presidential election, bringing out more voters, but not reliably for any candidate.


The Dark Side of Privacy: How ISIS Communications Go Undetected

August 1st, 2016  |  Source: PS Magazine

A trove of communications from ISIS plots and activity in Europe reveals a mix of direct control and improvisation and shows the crucial importance of encrypted tools. “Detonate your belt in the crowds,” one message declared.

After assembling suicide bomb vests for the attacks that slaughtered 130 people in Paris last November, Najim Laachroui went underground in his native Brussels.


US and Mexico's mass deportations fueled humanitarian crisis

July 28th, 2016  |  Source: The Guardian

Tide of vulnerable people fleeing violence in Central America preyed upon by criminals and corrupt officials in part due to inadequate asylum procedures

Mass deportations and inadequate asylum procedures in Mexico and the US have fueled a humanitarian crisis where desperate Central Americans seeking refuge from rampant violence are routinely preyed upon by criminal gangs and corrupt officials, according to a new report by the International Crisis Group (ICG).


How to Use Facebook to Increase Voter Turnout

July 27th, 2016  |  Source: PS Magazine

Reluctant voters respond to social pressure.

Reasonable responses to the current presidential election can range anywhere from hiding in the nearest closet to feeling a renewed determination to get your friends to the polls. Turnout, in all likelihood, will be the key to victory. So what’s the best way to get your like-minded but slothful buddies to fill out a ballot?


Roger Ailes slinks away from Fox News as the man who made American journalism meaner

July 22nd, 2016  |  Source: NY Daily News

In the same moment that bombastic television star Donald Trump ascended to the top of the news cycle and became the leader of the GOP, Roger Ailes, one of the Republican Party’s most powerful behind-the-scenes media masters, hit rock bottom.


VP Wannabe Newt Gingrich Still $4.6 Million in Debt

July 14th, 2016  |  Source: Daily Beast

If Donald Trump is the king of debt, Newt Gingrich’s last campaign’s balance sheet might make him a fitting prince.


Bush, Blair and the Chilcot report: the diverging fates of Iraq war orchestrators

Tony Blair has faced calls for impeachment for the 2003 invasion, while George W Bush has largely avoided responsibility, which published inquiry could change

As George W Bush celebrates his 70th birthday today, an occasion marked by a six-foot tall birthday card in the lobby of his presidential library in Dallas, he will have a rather unconventional present to enjoy: 2.6m words of the Chilcot inquiry report into the Iraq war.


Fear, Loathing and a Brutal Murder: How the Brexit Vote Unfolded

June 24th, 2016  |  Source: Bloomberg

The experts were wrong again. Even on the day of the referendum, traders and oddsmakers, pollsters and professors were forecasting a vote to remain in the European Union.

In the wake of a stunning decision to leave the 28-nation bloc, the nation is left divided in a way not seen since the 1980s. What was a very British question over a lukewarm relationship with Europe turned into accusations of lying, evocations of Hitler and rather un-British slurs. The government -- whatever its complexion -- will now have to nurse those wounds.




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