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Too hot to cool it: are we too dependent on air conditioning?

Too hot to cool it: are we too dependent on air conditioning?

Imagine spending the summer in Phoenix, Arizona without air conditioning—sounds miserable, doesn’t it? That’s probably why the population of Phoenix was 100,000 in 1950. It is currently 4.3 million. In his book Losing our Cool: Uncomfortable Truths About Our Air-Conditioned World, writer Stan Cox looks at the impact of air conditioning and steps we can [...]

Mel Gibson, Lindsay Lohan, Roman Polanski, Oliver Stone: Can you separate the art from the artist?

Mel Gibson, Lindsay Lohan, Roman Polanski, Oliver Stone: Can you separate the art from the artist?

Wow! What do you do with these high powered figures in Hollywood? Roman Polanski managed to duck extradition on a rape charge, Oliver Stone’s been accused of anti-Semitism, and Mel Gibson and Lindsay … well, what else can you say about Mel Gibson and Lindsay Lohan? So here’s a conundrum… when you watch a re-run [...]

Live from Phoenix: Day 1 of Arizona’s immigration law, SB 1070

Live from Phoenix: Day 1 of Arizona’s immigration law, SB 1070

When Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed SB 1070 in April, the divisive battle over immigration reform was reignited nationwide. The controversial law, which gives local police tough immigration enforcement powers, was set to go into effect today. But now its future is unclear. Portions of it, including some of the most controversial provisions, are now [...]

Mandatory minimums on crack cocaine to be shortened

Mandatory minimums on crack cocaine to be shortened

One of the most criticized laws in America is about to get reformed. Congress passed a bill Wednesday that would reduce the disparities between mandatory minimum sentences for crack and powdered cocaine violations, a law some have considered blatantly racist and unfairly harsh punishments imposed, mainly on blacks. Even the Obama administration has called the [...]

Federal judge blocks parts of Arizona’s immigration law, SB 1070: what exactly will be implemented tomorrow?

Federal judge blocks parts of Arizona’s immigration law, SB 1070: what exactly will be implemented tomorrow?

The most controversial parts of Arizona's immigration law, SB 1070, will not go into effect tomorrow. Judge Susan Bolton's injunction does not stop the law as a whole from being implemented. On what grounds did she temporarily strip provisions from the law that would have required police to check the immigration status of people stopped, [...]

The Plastiki has landed

The Plastiki has landed

What can 12,500 plastic bottles do for you? How about a boat that travels around the world in (more than) 80 days! The Plastiki catamaran, made from plastic bottles and recyclable products, ended its 8,000 mile, 4-month voyage on Monday as it docked in Sydney, Australia. The six crew members, including environmentalist David de Rothschild [...]

Sam Kean’s “The Disappearing Spoon” exposes the wild world of the periodic table

Sam Kean’s “The Disappearing Spoon” exposes the wild world of the periodic table

While the periodic table may evoke groans from high school chemistry students, there’s a whole other side to the 118 elements that’s not going to burn your skin. “Alice in Wonderland’s” Mad Hatter and many milliners were truly crazy from their overexposure to mercury. That pesky cadmium that’s in McDonald’s toys and Miley Cyrus jewelry [...]

How long will you live?

How long will you live?

Researchers at Boston University are looking for a genetic link for Alzheimer’s. As part of this work, they studied 100-year-olds who show no signs of the disease. But, in the midst of their studies, they came across an even more interesting discovery—apparently; centenarians all share a group of genes that grants them their unusual longevity. [...]

Political bias in media: is there any objective news? Is it naïve to want it?

Political bias in media: is there any objective news? Is it naïve to want it?

The likes of Keith Olbermann and Rush Limbaugh have a huge allure… which prompts the question: is “objective” journalism all it’s cracked up to be? And what does it mean to be objective anyway? Some analysts think objectivity in journalism was always a façade. Do you think journalism can be, or should be, truly unbiased? [...]

Navigating L.A.’s food deserts—your turn to guide the ship

Navigating L.A.’s food deserts—your turn to guide the ship

So, what are community organizations and city leaders doing to help bring more grocery stores to underserved areas? And how does the lack of healthy options impact the health of the community? We take your calls and talk to one organization working with city council to come up with creative ideas. Read the Full Story [...]