For weeks, Israeli forces have shut a village of 6,000 people out from entering Jerusalem from the occupied West Bank; scientists find that when it comes to fighting bacteria that resist antibiotics, viruses may come in handy; meanwhile, one writer explains why Elizabeth Warren is right about the Trans Pacific Partnership. These discoveries and more below.

Israel Locks Community of 6,000 Behind Steel Gate For the past few weeks, the 6,000 people of al-Zaim have been locked behind a steel gate that forms part of Israel’s massive wall in the occupied West Bank.

Viruses Could Help Fight Deadly Superbugs Viruses that are harmless to humans might help fight the deadly scourge of bacteria that can’t be treated with antibiotics, researchers say.

Errol Morris: How Typography Shapes Our Perception Of Truth The acclaimed filmmaker of The Thin Blue Line and The Fog Of War reveals why he now types all his manuscripts in Baskerville.

Every Single Part of Los Angeles is Unaffordable on $15/Hour Higher minimum wages will bring a lot of working people out of poverty, where they never should have been in the first place, and make it easier for them to continue living in Los Angeles. But it won’t make it easy.

The Birth of Race-Based Slavery By the 17th century, America’s slave economy had eliminated the obstacle of morality.

Obama Wrong Again: Trade Law Undermines Food Safety Law Today’s final ruling by the World Trade Organization (WTO) Appellate Body against popular U.S. country-of-origin meat labeling (COOL) policy spotlights how trade agreements can undermine domestic public interest policies, Public Citizen said today.

Drawing the Line: Cartoonists Under Threat On January 7, two gunmen burst into the offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, killing eight journalists and bringing into focus the risks cartoonists face.

I’ve Read Obama’s Secret Trade Deal. Elizabeth Warren Is Right to Be Concerned You need to tell me what’s wrong with this trade agreement, not one that was passed 25 years ago,” a frustrated President Barack Obama recently complained about criticisms of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). He’s right.

Don’t Take a Picture on the Plane Until You Read This Story Next time you’re tempted to take a snapshot of an interesting cloud formation or your seatmate sprawling into your personal space on a plane, remember Arash Shirazi and Steven Leslie.

Is Don Draper Worth It? A Harvard Business School professor writes up the troubled ad man as an HBS case study.

University of Southern California MFAs Boycott Graduation in Solidarity with #USC7 Yesterday was Graduation Day at the University of Southern California, however there was a conspicuous absence at the commencement ceremony for the Roski School of Art and Design.

‘Home-brew’ Morphine From Brewer’s Yeast Now Possible: Study Home-brewing could soon take on a more dangerous twist: Scientists have engineered brewer’s yeast to synthesize opioids such as codeine and morphine from a common sugar, an international team reported on Monday.

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