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Call me crazy but there’s something about the notion of global geoengineering that would seem to require a lot of public discussion. And so I was intrigued by news of a recently launched National Academy of Sciences study, partly funded by the CIA, examining various schemes to intentionally alter the global...

Call me crazy but there’s something about the notion of global geoengineering that would seem to require a lot of public discussion. And so I was intrigued by news of a recently launched National Academy of Sciences study, partly funded by the CIA, examining various schemes to intentionally alter the global climate – ostensibly to counter the changes we are making to the climate unintentionally.

I found out about the study from a story in Mother Jones by Chris Mooney and Dana Liebelson, headlined, CIA Backs $630,000 Scientific Study on Controlling Global Climate. I found little coverage of this new study elsewhere – and while I am inundated with press releases from NAS and NASA, I got nothing on this. I might have missed it – or it might not have been promoted.

Here’s what Mother Jones...

In an attention- getting story this week (more than 17,000 Facebook likes as of this morning), Mother Jones political blogger Kevin Drum poses a fascinating question - is long-time contamination from 20th century leaded gasoline one of the major causes of violent crime? Cleverly titled,...

In an attention- getting story this week (more than 17,000 Facebook likes as of this morning), Mother Jones political blogger Kevin Drum poses a fascinating question - is long-time contamination from 20th century leaded gasoline one of the major causes of violent crime? Cleverly titled, "America's Real Criminal Element: Lead", the story delves into research that consistently maps out a connection between lead exposure and crime rates.

He begins by looking at the notable late 20th-early 21st century drop in violent crime in this country (barring, of course, mass murder which has ticked up), pointing out that the coast to coast reduction cannot logically be attributed to a patchwork of local police initiatives. What's needed, Drum says, is a coast to coast explanation, something in the national environment. Perhaps, for instance, a chemical exposure...

The Mother Jones story, Big Sugar’s Sweet Little Lies, doesn’t seem to be aimed at helping you lose weight or deciding what to feed your kids. It’s more about the way science rides on undercurrents of...

The Mother Jones story, Big Sugar’s Sweet Little Lies, doesn’t seem to be aimed at helping you lose weight or deciding what to feed your kids. It’s more about the way science rides on undercurrents of economics, business and special interests.

One of the authors, Gary Taubes, was the subject of two 2012 Tracker posts. The most recent describes a new research institute he’s starting to support investigation into diet, obesity and disease. The other discusses a controversial New York Times Magazine story he wrote about the deleterious effects of sugar. The web version ran with a headline questioning whether sugar is “toxic”.

That is a strong word, which evokes the death-on-...