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Archives for April, 2009

Two-Wheeled Parkour

Oh I could do that.

Doctors and torture, cont’d

Earlier today I drew attention to a post by Questionable Authority on The Torture Memos, Medical “Professionals”, and the Hippocratic Oath. Says Mike, I cannot remember ever in my life being as ashamed of my country as I am at this moment. The contents of the memos are so insanely wrong that I’d like to…

Ed Yong examines how a simple writing exercise helps break vicious cycle that holds back black students. The Questionable Authority considers The Torture Memos, Medical “Professionals”, and the Hippocratic Oath. Jessica Palmer, in a healthy display of online media’s corrective power, tries to make clear that For the last time: that “Twitter is Evil” paper…

Who stands most at risk of PTSD? A new study of PTSD in US veterans of the current Iraq and Afghanistan wars suggests that you can identify the most vulnerable — soldiers who stand 2 to 3 times the risk of their peers — with fairly simple measures of mental and physical health.   The study,…

Psychologists, doctors, and torture

Vaughn Bell, looking at the recent reports on torture, finds unsettling information about the participation of psychologists and physicians: The Washington Post has an article exploring recently released ‘war on terror’ interrogation memos, showing that “psychologists, physicians and other health officials” played a key part in interrogations widely condemned as torture. It’s an interesting revelation…

“You couldn’t make this up: Cameras are being turned on the people paid to watch CCTV streams, to note which bits of surveillance footage they didn’t see.” via BoingBoing The beauty of sand, close up — a photo gallery at Discover. Robots as recruitment to science. “If you stick a robot–I don’t care if you’re…

One hopes there’s a good explanation for this somewhere: According to this AP story, the number of people collecting VA benefits for being POWs exceeds — by hundreds — the number of actual POWs ever held (much less still alive). From the AP: Prisoners of war suffer in ways most veterans don’t, enduring humiliating forced…

This report on Olympia Snowe’s position suggests he might (if he doesn’t get too many Democratic defectors). Snowe’s importance to Obama’s agenda was made clear in her support of the stimulus package — she was one of 3 GOP senators whose support allowed the bill to go through. It appears she supports substantive action on…

Kew Gardens (that is, the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew) is trying to collect and bank the seeds and pollen from 10% of the world’s plants — a nice 21st-century continuation of the stunning collecting effort that started in the 1700s and helped supply evidence, via Joseph Dalton Hooker, that proved crucial to Darwin’s theory…

TAPPED notes that the Times is getting aboard the education reform bus: THE TIMES ON EDUCATION REFORM. More evidence that the establishment is getting behind major reforms in how teachers are evaluated and paid: The New York Times editorial board today calls on Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and the Obama administration to hold states…