Why the brain forgets things on purpose, the ugliest fish in the world, and finding out how millennial you are. These discoveries and more after the jump.
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Obama Beats Record for Lowest Number of News Conferences
President Obama, who pledged to establish the most open and transparent administration in history, on Monday surpasses his predecessor’s record for avoiding a full-fledged question-and-answer session with White House reporters in a formal press conference.
From a 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Dissent
Last week the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals denied an en banc rehearing of the case United States v. Lemus, which dealt with a warrantless police search of a suspect’s home after he was arrested outside of it.
No Banker Left Behind
They do have a license to steal. There is no other way to read Tuesday’s report from the New York state comptroller that bonuses for Wall Street financiers rose 17 percent to $20.3 billion in 2009.
The Great Bipartisan Deception
Some cancer is too aggressive even for chemotherapy. The U.S. political system is infected with such a disease, and we may be witnessing the first death spasms.
How Millennial Are You?
Take our 14-item quiz and we’ll tell you how “Millennial” you are, on a scale from 0 to 100, by comparing your answers with those of respondents to a scientific nationwide survey.
Photoshop and Photography: When Is It Real?
In the March issue of Popular Photography magazine, the editor’s note, by Miriam Leuchter, is called “What Is a Photograph?” You’d think that, after 73 years, a magazine called Popular Photography would have figured that out.
Climate Change’s O.J. Simpson Moment
“In early 2009,” writes Bill McKibben in a soon-to-be-published new book, “just as Obama was getting set to unveil his energy plans, word came that 2,340 lobbyists had registered to work on climate change on Capitol Hill (that’s about six per congressman), 85 percent of them devoted to slowing down progress.”