Move over, Higgs boson: Columbia scientists at the Large Hadron Collider are searching for the key to a unified theory of everything. Two scientists think we can safeguard the world's knowledge against an apocalypse if we store it in DNA — how far-fetched is the idea? Ed Yong meets them to find out. Adam Gurri on how science is a bourgeois pastime. Are we alone? The universe seems to be bursting with planets, and this is profoundly important — but not in the way we might expect. Philosophy from the preposterous universe: Sean Carroll interviewed by Richard Marshall. A scientist goes rogue: Can social media and crowdfunding sustain independent researchers? Against the “Golden Fleece” award: Ben Florsheim on pushing back on Bill Proxmire's anti-science legacy. A high-octane debate has broken out among the world’s physicists about what would happen if you jumped into a black hole. John Wenz on 10 uses for mostly useless chemical elements: Gold, titanium, oxygen — some elements get all the glory, but even the least practical residents of the periodic table can find a purpose. Jonathan Cohn on how the sequester is stifling science. Robots can do a lot for us: They can explore space or they can cut our toenails — but do advances in robotics and artificial intelligence hold hidden threats? Nothing to see here: Craig Callender on demoting the Uncertainty Principle. Jeffrey Marlow on the 10 hottest fields of science research. Matt Simon on the most bonkers scientific theories (almost) nobody believes anymore.
A new issue of Cyberpsychology is out. John G. Culhane (Widener): Sandusky's Victims: Compensation, Vindication, and Blame. Everything was possible: Two years ago, as Egyptians, we had incredible dreams for our country’s future — how did it come to this? Rats in the Laboratory of Democracy: Chris Lehmann on how state legislatures are gaining power, but not for the people. Mark Leon Goldberg on the Syria chemical weapons attack: What's next for the UN? Right-wingers think Fox News has gone pro-gay. Who cares what the Framers thought about the filibuster? Even if the founding fathers thought the filibuster was great, we have no reason to defer to their wisdom any more than we're obligated to protect slavery or deny women the vote. What other secrets does Edward Snowden have to spill? The NSA has said it knows every secret the leaker stole — now it's not so sure. Is there really such a thing as a “workaholic”? There's still no medical definition, but psychologists try their best to separate dedicated employees from true addicts. Andy Greenberg on how “deviant” philosopher Alex Karp built Palantir, a CIA-funded data-mining juggernaut. Nothing to see here: Craig Callender on demoting the Uncertainty Principle (and more). Quinn Norton on Bradley Manning and the Two Americas. The virtues of government secrecy: Eric Posner on the false choice between “secrecy” and “transparency” in the Manning and Snowden debate.
From Foreign Affairs, William E. Scheuerman reviews Secret Reports on Nazi Germany: The Frankfurt School Contribution to the War Effort by Franz Neumann, Herbert Marcuse and Otto Kirchheimer, ed. Raffaele Laudani, with a foreword by Raymond Geuss (and the introduction). Georgia Warnke reviews Fortunes of Feminism: From Women's Liberation to Identity Politics to Anti-Capitalism by Nancy Fraser (and more). La contra Adorno: Noah R. Gataveckas on the sex-economic problem of Platypus. James Gordon Finlayson reviews Adorno by Brian O'Connor. Enrique Peruzzotti and Martin Plot on their book Critical Theory and Democracy: Civil Society, Dictatorship, and Constitutionalism in Andrew Arato's Democratic Theory. Joseph Ramsey interviews Jodi Dean on admitting the communist desire. From the 23rd World Congress of Philosophy, Jurgen Habermas on a plea for a constitutionalization of international law. Armin von Bogdandy interviews Jurgen Habermas on discourse theory and international law. Is Habermas really aware of what is missing? Timothy Stacey on how Europe lost and can re-engage with teleological ideas. Burcu Baykurt reviews Revisiting the Frankfurt School: Essays on Culture, Media and Theory. Esther Leslie looks at Horkheimer's understanding of “pseudo-individuality” and his relevance today.