Brunei’s sultan, who’s responsible for implementing the inhumane Shariah law, will benefit in a number of ways from the Trans-Pacific Partnership; NASA plans to put a greenhouse on Mars in just a few years; meanwhile, Peruvians have created billboards that clean the air and produce potable water. 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.

Brunei’s Sharia Law Will Be Rewarded by Obama’s Fast-Track Trade Deal Boycotts and protests of the famed Beverly Hills Hotel have shined a bright light on the oil-rich nation of Brunei’s recent imposition of Sharia law, a brutal criminal code that now includes amputations and floggings for some offenses and the stoning to death of known gays, lesbians, transgender people and others, as homosexuality and adultery are now considered crimes that should be punished by a torturous execution.

Don’t Let Net Neutrality Become Another Broken Promise Barack Obama told us there would be no compromise on Net neutrality. We heard him say it back in 2007, when he first was running for president.

Five U.S. Internet Providers Are Slowing Down Access Until They Get More Cash If you’re the customer of a major American internet provider, you might have been noticing it’s not very reliable lately.

Students Call For Economics To Break From Free Market Theory Economics students from 19 countries have joined forces to call for an overhaul of the way their subject is taught, saying the dominance of narrow free-market theories at top universities harms the world’s ability to confront challenges such as financial stability and climate change.

Talk of an Internet Fast Lane Is Already Hurting Some Startups Some VCs say the FCC’s latest net neutrality proposal will raise costs for startups that need fast connections or use a lot of bandwidth.

Israel Won’t Stop Spying on the U.S. Whatever happened to honor among thieves?

Delusional Reporter Says ‘That’s So Gay’ Is Not A Slur Because ‘Gay Means Stupid’ On Monday, the Australasian National Rugby League issued a two-game ban on Mitchell Moses of the Wests Tigers for using a homophobic slur on-field during a televised match.

Can Wikipedia Ever Be a Definitive Medical Text? How to create a credible, accessible, crowd-sourced resource for health information.

Gay Men Living in ‘Gayborhoods’ Travel Shorter Distances Than the Average Person A huge number of factors determine how, why, and where city dwellers travel each day.

A Billboard That Purifies the Air Around It Last year, scientists at University of Engineering and Technology (UTEC) in Peru came up with an ingenious billboard that produced drinkable water.

NASA May Put Greenhouse on Mars in 2021 Plant life may touch down on Mars in 2021.

Mom’s Nutrition Puts a Stamp on Baby’s DNA Nothing enrages astronomers more than when people mistake them for astrologists.

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