Manipulating Memory | NIH Director's Blog
NIMH Director Dr. Insel blogs about two new reports that may be moving the study of memory into a brave new world, where we can not only monitor memory but manipulate it. On the one hand, manipulating memory can mean improving recall for people with dementia or relieving the symptoms of PTSD or depression. On the other hand, manipulating memory with neurotechnologies raises thorny ethical issues.
Happy Labor Day, Mom | William Greider | The Nation
I know this sounds absurd--it is absurd--but for some odd reason Labor Day reminds me of my mother. She was a school teacher, and I think she would have a good laugh to learn that so-called "education reformers" are accusing school teachers of being too powerful and protected. My father, who was himself a long-time member of our local school board, would probably snort at the ignorance of highly educated experts.
The Book That Got Teaching Right | Samuel G. Freedman | The New Yorker
In the course of a few decades, I became separated from my copy of "Up the Down Staircase," Bel Kaufman's classic novel about a New York City schoolteacher. So after Kaufman died, in July, at the age of a hundred and three, I felt compelled to reread the book.
Police Department Fires Cop Who Called Ferguson Protestors 'Rabid Dogs' | TPM
A St. Louis-area police department announced on Thursday it had fired on officer who posted offensive comments online about people protesting the fatal police shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown.
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed's Army Lawyer Resigns, Alleges "Show Trial" | TalkLeft
Maj. Jason Wright, one of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed's lawyers in his military commission trial, has resigned from the Army, which terminates his representation. In an interview, he says the U.S. is guilty of human rights violations and creating a "show trial."
Reconnecting With the Very American Ideal That Labor Rights Are Human Rights | John Nichols | The Nation
History remembers, as should we.
Face-to-Face Conservation | NatGeo
"The phone calls always seem to be on a Sunday and 1000 kilometres (600 miles) away from here" Florian Weise tells me.
Let's hear it for citizen scientists! | Machines Like Us
Citizen science is booming in Australia, revealing previously unknown features of the continent and saving governments a ton of money.
Original here, easier reading above.
Science as Salvation? | Michael Saler | The Nation
Whether or not scientists are from Mars and humanists from Venus, the "two cultures" debate about the arts and sciences has never been down to earth. For decades we've endured schematic sparring between straw men: humanists claim that scientists are reductive, scientists find humanists reactionary.