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Is Understanding Climate Change An Economic Luxury?
Posted on: Apr 12, 2012, Source: Miller-McCune Magazine
New research says that the state of the economy has a big impact on our opinions about climate change
Are Conservatives More Fearful Than Liberals?
Posted on: Feb 5, 2012, Source: Miller-McCune.com
The GOP seems to understand a psychological phenomenon that researchers are studying: conservatives appear to be motivated by fear in a way that liberals are not.
The Wrong Kind of Fat Tax: Forget Taxing Soda to Curb Obesity, Tax Producers of Sugar and Sweetners
Posted on: Dec 19, 2011, Source: Miller-McCune.com
This isn't the policy cure-all for obesity (or even the best way to curb it). But if politicians are determined to create some kind of fat tax, this would be the way to do it.
11 Vastly Different Americas? Why There's No Such Thing As a Unified Nation
Posted on: Oct 23, 2011, Source: Miller-McCune.com
Might it be that the traits and culture of the first nonnative colonizers in North America have left an indelible mark on the local society where they settled?
Can We Tame the U.S. Government's Secrecy Machine?
Posted on: May 31, 2011, Source: Miller-McCune.com
The information age is yielding reams of official communication not even worth saving, let alone classifying, yet the amount of material deemed secret has increased dramatically.
Will the FCC Ever Do Its Job and Take on the Telecoms?
Posted on: May 26, 2011, Source: Miller-McCune.com
The agency is frequently derided as beholden more to industry than taxpayers.
Piles of Manure, Delayed Veterans' Benefits: 10 Possible Consequences of a GOP-Forced Government Shutdown
Posted on: Apr 6, 2011, Source: Miller-McCune.com
Government's last big shutdown offers a glimpse of what could happen come this weekend.
Vision: Research Shows People Are Often Selfless -- Government Should Cultivate the Giving Instinct
Posted on: Jan 9, 2011, Source: Miller-McCune.com
Much of our policy resides on the faulty assumption that people are more likely to act in selfish ways. That's just not true.
Do School Lunches Plump Up Poor Kids?
Posted on: Sep 3, 2010, Source: Miller-McCune.com
Does the National School Lunch Program make children obese, or are obese children simply more likely to sign up for the program in the first place?
Virginia AG and Tea Party Favorite Sues Scientist for Studying Climate Change
Posted on: May 30, 2010, Source: Miller-McCune.com
Ken Cuccinelli's lawsuit against climate scientist Michael Mann will have a chilling effect and could deter scientists from work in politically controversial fields.
School Lunches Even the Lunch Lady Wouldn't Eat
Posted on: May 27, 2010, Source: Miller-McCune.com
Congress is preparing to take up reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Act, but the recipe for success is far from simple.
Obama Has Gone Contest Crazy
Posted on: May 11, 2010, Source: Miller-McCune.com
The White House is using competition as a soft-power method to drive change from offices to schools to statehouses and beyond.
10 Things You Didn't Know Were in the Health Care Bill
Posted on: Apr 4, 2010, Source: Miller-McCune.com
Calorie counts? A disclosure of swag Big Pharma reps give doctors? Abstinence education? Here are some surprising items in the health care bill.
Many Still Believe That Saddam Hussein Was Behind 9/11, and Now We Have Some Idea Why
Posted on: Nov 4, 2009, Source: Miller-McCune.com
Researchers looking at beliefs about al-Qaeda and Saddam Hussein have made some surprising discoveries about why peopl
Want to Inspire Action on Climate Change? What We Need Is a Little Salesmanship and Psychology
Posted on: Oct 22, 2009, Source: Miller-McCune.com
Overcoming inertia on climate change is unlikely to take place through hectoring and lecturing.
Going Green Means Having Fewer Kids
Posted on: Oct 18, 2009, Source: Miller-McCune.com
There are already just too many people on the planet. What are we supposed to do about it?
Why Diversity on the Dinner Plate Is Becoming an Endangered Species
Posted on: Jul 28, 2009, Source: Miller-McCune.com
Our food has become so homogeneous we are in danger of losing the biodiversity we'll need to survive.
What's So Threatening About Sotomayor's Real Life to Her Right-Wing Critics?
Posted on: Jun 12, 2009, Source: Miller-McCune.com
For over 120 years, the idea that a judge's background would influence how they approached cases was conventional wisdom. Why isn't it now?
Just What Is a Green Job Anyway?
Posted on: Jan 30, 2009, Source: Miller-McCune.com
President Obama's call for "green jobs" has created both general confusion and competing interpretations of the term.
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