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Scientists Still Puzzle Over Polar Ice

New research shows that glaciologists still cannot say for certain whether the Earth’s north and south polar ice is melting faster as the years pass.

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Don’t Judge a Magazine by Its Cover

America’s apparent outrage over the Rolling Stone cover featuring a photo of accused Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev reveals a great deal about this country’s insecurities and prejudices.

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Let the Light of Mandela Shine on U.S. Injustice

As the world celebrates Nelson Mandela’s 95th birthday, it is timely to reflect on his life, spent fighting for equality for people of color who long suffered under South Africa’s apartheid regime.

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A Big Tragedy and a Big Story: Race, Guns and Television

What happened in the killing of Trayvon Martin was a crime and the acquitted shooter, George Zimmerman, is no role model for anyone. I have no basis for judging him racist, but there is no doubt he was aggressively stupid. But for me, the moronic vigilante killer is not the issue. I think this story is about guns and television.

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Thawing the Senate’s ‘Deep Freeze’

For all the railing against dysfunction in the nation’s capital, very little had actually happened to overcome it—until this week. That’s why the agreement to begin putting an end to Senate filibusters of presidential nominees is a very big deal. It is an acknowledgement that the only way to stop political bullying is to confront the bully.

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How to Be a Rogue Superpower

From the time Edward Snowden’s first leaks came out, it was obvious he was in control of how much of the NSA’s secret world would be seen. But the Obama administration went after him anyway. No thought of future embarrassment stopped officials, nor possible resentments engendered by their heavy-handed pressure on numerous foreign governments.

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Antarctic Ice Loss Alters Ocean Ecology

Creatures that lived for centuries or longer undisturbed in the waters around Antarctica are having to cope with entirely new conditions as the ice retreats.

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Trayvon, George and the Perfect Crime: Reflections on the Zimmerman Trial

How did George Zimmerman and his lawyers secure a not-guilty verdict on both second-degree murder and manslaughter charges in the killing of Trayvon Martin? Although it’s tempting to answer that racism alone explains the trial’s outcome, digging a little deeper reveals an even more disturbing three-dimensional picture.

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Surveillance Blowback

For well over a century, what might be called “surveillance blowback” from America’s wars has ensured the creation of an ever more massive and omnipresent internal security and surveillance apparatus. Its future (though not ours) looks bright indeed.

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Sea Levels ‘Are Set for Continuing Rise’

Predictions of global temperature increase by the end of this century suggest that sea levels could rise by more than 2 meters, much higher than scientists had thought.

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