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The Real Lesson of the Petraeus Scandal

  • By
  • Christine Rosen,
  • New America Foundation
November 19, 2012 |

In his Essays, the great observer of human nature Michel de Montaigne described how Lycurgus, the lawgiver of ancient Sparta, decreed that married couples should engage in sexual pleasure only by stealth. The challenge of arranging their trysts while endeavoring to avoid discovery by others would, Lycurgus reasoned, introduce a level of excitement to marriages that might otherwise grow stale.

Baby Blue Streak | Slate Magazine

November 19, 2012

I asked Annie Murphy Paul, the author of Origins: How the Nine Months Before Birth Shape the Rest of Our Lives, about how much of an impact cursing has on babies in the womb. She backed up my pregnancy newsletter: Newborns can recognize their ...

Le Déclin Masculin n'a Rien d'un Mythe | Slate.fr

November 19, 2012

Au cours de mes recherches, j'ai compris que des chiffres identiques pouvaient raconter des histoires radicalement différentes. Dans mon livre, et dans celui de Liza Mundy, The Richer Sex [Le sexe le plus riche], il y a par exemple des statistiques qui ...

The Natural Gas Myth

  • By
  • Jamie Holmes,
  • New America Foundation
November 16, 2012 |

There’s a pernicious argument being made against energy efficiency, and it goes like this. Last winter was one of the warmest on record, so people had to spend less to heat their homes and businesses. That, combined with a “drilling binge ” in shale gas and new production, made for record low natural gas in prices in April, at less than $2 per million British thermal units (MMBtu).

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Will Neurolaw Change the Judicial System—and Does Free Will Exist?

  • By
  • Torie Bosch,
  • New America Foundation
October 22, 2012 |

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Map: What Countries Have the Worst Gender Gaps?

  • By
  • Jamie M. Zimmerman,
  • Nicole Tosh,
  • Nick McClellan,
  • New America Foundation
October 11, 2012 |

For more information, see Investing in Girls, a paper that looks at how linking technology and savings-focused cash transfers can help close the global gender gap.

Are You Going to Eat That Wrapper?

  • By
  • Jamie Holmes,
  • New America Foundation
October 9, 2012 |

Is there a lesson in the nude bananas incident?

Last month, a German-owned “common sense” supermarket chain, Billa, posted a picture of some bananas on its Facebook page. Harmless, right? Except for some reason, the bananas were peeled then packaged in Styrofoam trays wrapped with cellophane. It wasn’t the best PR move for a supposedly “environmentally conscious” company.

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Drunk on Gadgets

  • By
  • Konstantin Kakaes,
  • New America Foundation
October 8, 2012 |

In his inaugural address, Barack Obama promised to “restore science to its rightful place.” This was a soothing phrase to those who felt that his predecessor had ignored the scientific consensus on climate change and environmental issues, on stem cells, and on the teaching of evolution in schools, among other subjects. But it is the second, forgotten half of Obama’s sentence that best embodies a misapprehension of science shared by Democrats and Republicans alike. Obama promised to “wield technology’s wonders to raise health care’s quality and lower its costs.”

Male Decline Is No Myth | Slate

October 2, 2012

For example, one figure in my book, and in Liza Mundy's The Richer Sex, that's been much fought over is how many wives earn more money than their husbands. We all agree that the number of female breadwinners leapt from only 4 percent in 1970 to nearly ...

The Next Big Battle in Internet Policy

  • By
  • Marvin Ammori,
  • New America Foundation
October 2, 2012 |

For two years, network neutrality, the nation’s most high-profile and contentious Internet policy conflict has taken a backseat to other debates—privacy investigations by the Federal Trade Commission, cybersecurity orders from the White House, proposed copyright legislation like SOPA and PIPA, software patents in courts, and censorship abroad. After nearly a decade of (rarely productive) debate, net neutrality—restrictions on Internet service providers to ensure consumers experience freedom online—has rarely been in the news since early 2011.

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