A new device takes seconds to find tumors during an operation; Attorney General Eric Holder gives a speech that questions vigilantism in the wake of the Zimmerman trial and rebukes U.S. drone policy in the process; meanwhile, most Americans believe political parties are corrupt. These discoveries and more below.
On a regular basis, Truthdig brings you the news items and odds and ends that have found their way to Larry Gross, director of the USC Annenberg School for Communication. A specialist in media and culture, art and communication, visual communication and media portrayals of minorities, Gross helped found the field of gay and lesbian studies.
The China Syndrome
Readers will remember the China syndrome: the fear of a nuclear meltdown in the West, in which reactor components melt through their containment structures and into the underlying earth, “all the way to China.”
Unhappy Truckers and Other Algorithmic Problems
When Bob Santilli, a senior project manager at UPS, was invited in 2009 to his daughter’s fifth grade class on Career Day, he struggled with how to describe exactly what he did for a living.
Assessment: It’s the Law
If teaching a 300-plus person course isn’t enough work, faculty members who do so at Iowa’s three public universities have new duties starting this fall.
The Cool Sell of Guerilla Marketing
The most memorable thing about the 2002 science-fiction movie Minority Report was its depiction of advertising in a few decades—in particular the scene of Tom Cruise hurrying through a mall, besieged by holographic, interactive invitations to have a Guinness or use American Express, and asking him how he liked the tank tops he’d purchased at the Gap.
Three out of Four Americans Think Political Parties Are Corrupt
The U.S. institution Americans most widely view as corrupt is political parties, with three-fourths of 1,000 respondents describing the parties as “corrupt” or “very corrupt,” according to a corruption report released by Transparency International earlier this month.