Letters to the Editor
No thanks to glowing plants Omri Amirav-Drory is a menace to dark skies (“A glowing green thumb,” SN: 8/24/13, p. 32). Although way too few cities or towns use them, full-cutoff street lights — which project light only downward, where it’s needed — do exist. Glowing trees will certainly project in every direction, both wasting lumens and aggravating light pollution. If these trees become a...
The prospect of burning up the country’s grain surplus in automobile motors is enticing to wheat belt congressmen. However, to petroleum experts …the idea is just an exhaust pipe dream.The chemists take a dim view of a bill … that would require all gasoline to contain at least five percent grain alcohol…. Dr. J.O. Clayton, a petroleum chemist for California Research Corporation, San...09/06/2013 - 11:02 Sustainability
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On New Year’s Day in 1958, after a screaming fight with his wife, U.S. Army psychiatrist Douglas Kelley grabbed a poison pill from his study, shoved it into his mouth and swallowed.
So begins journalist El-Hai’s investigation into the mind of the man who sought to understand the minds of Nazis. At World War II’s close, Kelley, head of psychiatric services at a military...
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In 1963, Yale psychologist Stanley Milgram reported an appalling discovery: 65 percent of volunteers would deliver electrical shocks to another person at levels they believed were lethal if an experimenter asked them to. Ordinary people, it seemed, could easily be convinced to do monstrous things by authority figures.
The famous obedience experiment resonated in postwar...
An enigmatic whale roams the North Pacific, and next year Bruce Mate will lead a monthlong expedition to find it. Mate, director of Oregon State University’s Marine Mammal Institute in Newport, is no revenge-obsessed Captain Ahab. And the object of the quest is no ferocious leviathan: It is probably one of the generally meek baleen whales that prey on creatures close to the base of the food...