Scientists publish an exciting result linking chromosome stability to aging. Time oversells it drastically by claiming scientists are on the verge of curing aging.
Psychology completes a huge project aimed at legitimacy by replicating 100 key experiments from 2008. Only 39 results could be reproduced, with another 24 producing “moderately similar” or better results but not meeting the standards for reproducing the original publication’s results. The paper is still under review but it’s a pretty disappointing result and psychologists could only lamely defend themselves by insisting cancer research and drug papers are even worse. A key issue is how close is close enough for reproducibility?
The NYT has a bombshell report that the American Psychological Association collaborated with the Bush administration to justify interrogation methods. The APA is denying it and the sources are too shrill in their tone. The NYT insists on calling it the “CIA torture program” and implying Abu Ghraib was part of the program.
Contrary to usual claims that the US government does not pay terrorists, the WSJ reports that the FBI helped the family of Warren Weinstein negotiate and pay a $250k ransom. He was not freed by Al Qaeda and was accidentally killed in a drone strike.
Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif did a talk at NYU where he made a lot of bold claims that are in contradiction to things the Obama administration has said about the Iran deal and the politics around the deal.
Pew does a bit on the state of the news media. Mobile, basic networks, and local TV are doing well. Newspapers, cable news, and Hispanic news are not so hot.
Bernie Sanders joins the Democratic presidential race, promising to bring his socialist values to the race and take on the billionaire class. He has no realistic chance of winning the Democratic nomination, much less the presidency, but he might be able to drag the Democratic Party left and force Clinton to pander more to liberals. I would see him as the same as Ron or Rand Paul for the Republicans, for both good and ill.
Ben Bernanke takes on the WSJ editorial page in his latest blog entry. They actually agree that monetary policy is not enough on its own and fiscal policy is necessary to bring to bear, but of course the devil is in the details, which is why Congress hasn’t passed a clean budget in years.
LinkedIn takes a beating after reporting disappointing earnings. Twitter and Yelp also suffered amid slower growth than expected.
A student in France was banned from class twice after wearing a long black skirt to class, which her teacher claimed was “conspicuously” Muslim and thus in violation of France’s secularity laws. French officials were lampooned for the laws over the story but they claim that Muslim students have been trying to stretch the limits of the laws. For her part, the student claims the skirt was not intended to be a symbol of her religious beliefs.