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[Update 3 pm: Several folks have emailed me comments from scientists and others suggesting that Hansen's paper is more advocacy than science. I've edited this post to reflect that.]

It's been...

[Update 3 pm: Several folks have emailed me comments from scientists and others suggesting that Hansen's paper is more advocacy than science. I've edited this post to reflect that.]

It's been a busy week in climate news, notes Keith Kloor at Discover. The National Academy of Sciences is out with a new report on abrupt climate impacts, some of which might be more abrupt than we'd hope. And the climate scientist James Hansen has published a new--and likewise frightening--paper in PL0S ONE. But the paper, says a finger-wagging Kloor, has not received the critical coverage it should have.

And I've received several emails with...

[Dan Kahan, a professor of law and psychology at Yale Law School, wrote this for the blog of the Cultural Cognition Project at Yale, of which he is a part. He and his colleagues study how cultural values shape risk perceptions. In this post,...

[Dan Kahan, a professor of law and psychology at Yale Law School, wrote this for the blog of the Cultural Cognition Project at Yale, of which he is a part. He and his colleagues study how cultural values shape risk perceptions. In this post, published today, he looks at research on the death penalty and concealed-carry gun laws and how the findings were portrayed in editorials in The New York Times.]

What is the expert consensus on whether the death penalty deters murders—or instead increases them through a cultural “brutalization effect”?

What is the expert consensus on whether permitting citizens to carry concealed handguns in the public increases homicide—or instead decreases it by discouraging violent predation?

According to the National Research Council, the research arm of the National Academy of Sciences, the expert consensus answer to...

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Maybe the hooters will swamp the comment box at the St. Louis Beacon with the usual chorus of contrarian talking points on global warming. But for the town's on line, new media, non profit outpost freelancer...