Jeroen Van Bouwel (Ghent): Towards Democratic Models of Science: Exploring the Case of Scientific Pluralism. Susan Haack (Miami): A Match Made on Earth: Getting Real About Science and the Law. From Spontaneous Generations, a special issue on the Economic Aspects of Science. From Foreign Affairs, Laurie Garrett (CFR): Biology's Brave New World: The Promise and Perils of the Synbio Revolution; and Ronald K. Noble (Interpol): Keeping Science in the Right Hands: Policing the New Biological Frontier. David Gelernter on the closing of the scientific mind. Leaked documents reveal the secret finances of a pro-industry science group: The American Council on Science and Health defends fracking, BPA, and pesticides — guess who their funders are. The Republican reaction to the polar vortex explains why so many scientists are Democrats. Are scientists naive about politics? Robert Lanza appears to be a legitimate and accomplished physician and stem cell researcher — unfortunately he has decided to follow in the footsteps of Linus Pauling in venturing outside his area of expertise into the world of pseudoscience. Twenty tips for interpreting scientific claims: This list will help non-scientists to interrogate advisers and to grasp the limitations of evidence, say William J. Sutherland, David Spiegelhalter and Mark A. Burgman. Gary Marcus on science and its skeptics. From Edge, what scientific idea is ready for retirement? The return of citizen science: The internet provides the means for the keen amateur to once again contribute to scientific inquiry. David Auerbach reviews Undiluted Hocus-Pocus: The Autobiography of Martin Gardner (and more). Doug Cantor on the worst jobs in science — plus three awesome ones.

The inaugural issue of the Business Ethics Journal Review is out. Tsilly Dagan (Bar-Ilan) and Avital (Tali) Margalit (Sapir): Tax, State and Utopia (“This article examines the appropriate tax treatment of communities through the unique example of the Israeli kibbutz, a community that is traditionally governed by the maxim "from each according to his ability, to each according to his needs"). Courtney Jung, Ran Hirschl, and Evan Rosevear (Toronto): Economic and Social Rights in National Constitutions. Robert C. Denicola (Nebraska): The New Law of Ideas. The empathy exams: Acting out pain until that pain becomes real, for $13.50 an hour. Seeing through a glass darkly: Charlotte Du Cann on an aesthetic of uncivilisation. Why can't Democrats be more like Rick Santorum? Stomp and Stammer, a scrappy Atlanta 'zine, has started a nasty debate about gay icon Ria Pell and free expression. Could climate scientist Michael Mann's defamation suit shut down National Review, the nation's leading conservative magazine? Let's stop pretending that French is an important language. The World of the Rings: Donald T. Williams on why Peter Jackson was unable to film Tolkien's moral tale. Brad Plumer on ten things that aren’t panaceas. Here's John Kerry's proposal to Israelis and Palestinians: John Judis goes inside the framework for a two-state solution. Jeremy Lott reviews The War on Football: Saving America’s Game by Daniel J. Flynn. Too soon? Social psychologists find it takes 36 days after a tragedy before jokes about it become funny.

Michael Stokes Paulsen (St. Thomas): The Uneasy Case for Intellectual Diversity. Jeffrey Beall (Colorado): The Open-Access Movement is Not Really about Open Access. Chase Dimock reviews Camp Sites: Sex, Politics, and Academic Style in Postwar America by Michael Trask. Nora Caplan-Bricker on what Obama's new task force should do to fight college rape. If you could design your ideal college from scratch, what would it look like? Mary Willingham on using unemployed Ph.D.s to teach athletes. Andrea Peterson on how half of taxpayer funded research will soon be available to the public: The funding bill is a victory for open access proponents. Carlos Alberto Gomez Grajales on the perils of modern peer reviews. Crowded out of ivory tower, adjuncts see a life less lofty. Clay Shirky on the end of higher education’s golden age. The ethics of casual teaching contracts: Megan MacKenzie on how we are all implicated in selling out academia and exploiting our students. NYU shall not pass: Village celebrities say — Hey, hey, ho, ho, Sexton’s plan has got to go. Amitai Etzioni on a personal account of the trials that await an activist professor. Is Catholic University going Koch? John Wilson interviews Todd Ream and Perry Glanzer, authors of The Idea of a Christian College: A Reexamination for Today's University. Johanna Drucker on illusions of innovation in scholarly publishing. Why do professors tend to be liberals? Mike LaBossiere wonders. Alex Rosenberg’s attack on literary studies reveals a basic ignorance of the field. Heather MacDonald on the humanities and us: Don’t listen to today’s narcissistic academics — the West’s cultural inheritance is indispensable. Neighbors said to fear “transient academics”.