Scientists have discovered that radiation from cellphones has affected the way our brains have evolved to function; newsrooms all over the country are downsizing and becoming digital in the process; meanwhile, Germany denies Edward Snowden asylum yet again, but this time wants to find a way to question him. 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.

Do Cellphones Weaken Our Ability to Fight Disease? Our brains evolved to keep us happy and healthy, then along came electronics.

Post Industrial Journalism: Introducing Newsroom Spaces and Places Post-Industrial Journalism is a concept that signifies journalism’s detachment from the traditional modes of production.

When Newsrooms Move Newsrooms, Is It About Decline or About Digital? Across the country, newspapers are leaving their old haunts and shifting to cheaper buildings — and taking the opportunity to reshape how their newsrooms look.

Is It Too Late to Prepare for Climate Change? Late last week, a Web site that claims that there is no scientific consensus on global warming published a leaked draft report on the impacts of global warming.

Faith in Markets? The Securities and Exchange Commission’s settlement of the insider-trading case with SAC Capital Advisors was just a slap on the wrist—a fine of $1.8 billion that still allows Steven A. Cohen to keep the bulk of his estimated $8-9 billion wealth.

Rather Not Invited to Join CBS Kennedy Coverage CBS News hasn’t invited Dan Rather back to participate in its 50th-anniversary coverage of the Kennedy assassination, but images of the longtime anchor who parted bitterly with the network will be a part of its upcoming documentary on how the story unfolded that day.

Are Photojournalists A Digital Casualty? It’s a Tuesday afternoon, and photographer Rob Hart lifts a glass of beer at the High Dive, a pub in Chicago’s funky West Town neighborhood.

No To Asylum, But Germans Want To Hear What Snowden Has To Say The chancellor’s spokesman on Monday took great pains to stress the need to avoid a break with Washington over allegations of the mass surveillance of German citizens by the US National Security Agency (NSA), and possibly even the tapping of Merkel’s mobile phone.

In Big Shift, India Heats Up and China Cools Off in U.S. Graduate Enrollments In a sudden role reversal, the number of Indian students entering American graduate schools this fall exploded, while the share of new graduate students from China increased only modestly.

From Soft on Crime to Socialist, the Attacks on de Blasio Rhat Didn’t Stick Bill de Blasio has been called a Cuba-loving socialist, soft on crime, two-faced and even an irresponsible late sleeper over the past six months of his campaign to lead the nation’s largest city.

Latino Voters Say Health Care, Controversial Remark Spur Them to Turn Out for McAuliffe Some Latinos who turned out to vote in the Northern Virginia suburbs on Tuesday said they were supporting Democrat Terry McAuliffe for governor because they believed his opponent is anti-immigrant.

How Chris Christie Is Becoming The Next George W. Bush — With Democrats’ Help The GOP has moved so far to the right that the word “moderate” has a new definition: Moderate – n. A Republican who dares to appeal to people who weren’t going to vote Republican anyway.

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