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July-August 2009

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Racism’s Hidden Toll

Does the stress of living in a white-dominated society make African Americans get sick and die younger than their white counterparts? Apparently, yes.

Perfect Quiet

Searching for refuge — and, perhaps, health — in a sickeningly loud world.

Freeze! You’re Under Examination

Making sure people get health care when they leave prison saves taxpayer money and protects public health. It may even help them stay out of prison.

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Pay, Baby, Pay

Before the U.S. responds to “drill, baby, drill” campaign rhetoric with more offshore energy exploration, it should revise Reagan-era leasing and royalty rules that cost the Treasury billions.

 

Today’s Threat Level: Yellow, With a Chance of Phlegm

Miller-McCune magazine highlights current research that merits a raised eyebrow or a painful grin.

 

Everybody Into the … Um, Never Mind

Miller-McCune decides to wade into some recent studies regarding the summer season’s most popular yet problematic recreational facilities: swimming pools.

 

Freeze! You’re Under Examination

Making sure people get health care when they leave prison saves taxpayer money and protects public health. It may even help them stay out of prison.

 

A Flower Grows in West Africa

Are Liberia’s new steel and rubber concessions a sign of reform — or the exception that proves corruption still rules in resource-rich countries?

 

Germany’s Fine Failure

Feed-in tariffs grow green power but may fall victim to energy politics, German-style.

 

Perfect Quiet

Searching for refuge — and, perhaps, health — in a sickeningly loud world.

 

Indiana Jones and the Temple of eBay

The digital revolution lets antiquities forgers sell their ‘replicas’ worldwide, unintentionally undermining the black market in looted artifacts.

 

Solar System

Francisco DeVries invents a financing mechanism that makes rooftop solar affordable in Berkeley and other cities across California.

 

The Science of Good Government

The Obama administration talks a lot about making policy based on evidence rather than politics. A basic question remains unanswered: Which evidence?

 

The End of Impunity?

An upcoming PBS documentary shows how the International Criminal Court is changing the world’s approach to crimes against humanity.

 

Keystone Cops at the Police Lab

Compromised crime laboratories are a national scandal that can’t be set straight until the labs are independent of law enforcement.

 

Iran: From Axis to Ally?

A new book says that Iran’s leadership is opportunistic, not evil, and therefore open to imaginative American policy initiatives.

 

May It Diminish the Court

Hyperbolic attack ads from advocacy groups have diminished the popular esteem of the U.S. Supreme Court in the past, so as the campaign to place Sonia Sotomayor fires up, a little restraint is in order.

 

The Morals of Our Story

Our correspondents illustrate the difficulty of bringing left and right together.

 

Partisan Portfolios

You’d be surprised to see what congressional Democrats and Republicans own.

 

Racism’s Hidden Toll

Does the stress of living in a white-dominated society make African Americans get sick and die younger than their white counterparts? Apparently, yes.

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Earliest High-Altitude Settlements Found in Peru

Discovery suggests humans adapted to high altitude faster than previously thought.

My Politicians Are Better Looking Than Yours

A new study finds we judge the cover by the book—or at least the party.

That Cigarette Would Make a Great Water Filter

Clean out the ashtray, add some aluminum oxide, and you've (almost) got yourself a low-cost way to remove arsenic from drinking water.

Love and Hate in Israel and Palestine

Psychologists find that parties to a conflict think they're motivated by love while their enemies are motivated by hate.

How to Water a Farm in Sandy Ground

Physicists investigate how to grow food more efficiently in fine-grained soil.

The Big One

One company, Amazon, controls 67 percent of the e-book market in the United States—down from 90 percent five years ago. September/October 2014 new-big-one-5

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