Newsweek Dec-12-14

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planet reboot: fighting climate change with geoengineering

Ants are strange creatures. They’re as old as dinosaurs (they’ve been around for about 120 million years), and an estimated 10 quadrillion of them are on the planet. They can lift up to 100 times their body weight and they can pull carbon—one of the greenhouse gases that’s warming the planet—out of the atmosphere. This last trick is an unintentional consequence of their home-building skills: As they dig tunnels, they bore through anything that gets in the way, even minerals. And when they hit calcite, they break it down into calcium, which combines with carbon from the air and re-forms as limestone. That’s a scenario that will perk up the ears of any climate scientist. With the Earth warming at a rate 10 times faster than the heat-up after the last ice…

the half-mad mind

It ended with a drive to Staples to buy a fax machine. That was the last time Dr. Stephen P. Kelly saw his son alive. It was the afternoon of March 28, 2011, and John Cleaver Kelly was a week shy of turning 25. He had been diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) while in middle school and had fought the affliction—marked by crippling fears and equally crippling repetitive behaviors—through the prestigious Regis High School in Manhattan and then Colgate University, where he majored in psychology and wrote for the college newspaper. Now he was back home in Dobbs Ferry, New York, marinating in the psychic unease that had lapped at him since childhood. In the journals in which he had been chronicling his disorder since the ninth grade, Kelly wrote that…

vladimir was here: finding ‘winners’ in the war in ukraine

The kid with the Kalashnikov isn’t happy. He scowls at us from under his rain cape, water dripping off the peak of his army cap. He flourishes my passport. “Britain,” he says. “You are from Britain.” We are stopped at a Donetsk highway rebel roadblock that does not appear to be under any kind of adult supervision. The skinny soldier with my documents stands alone under a lashing September rainstorm. His even-younger comrades huddle nearby under a tarpaulin draped over a pile of sandbags. He is a scrawny farm boy, no more than 20, with the kind of open face that should have a smile on it. Instead, his mouth is soured with an ugly pout. “Tell your Daniel Radcliffe,” says the young rebel, leaning into our car with weary, murderous languor. “Tell him…

a former mercenary proposes a pentagon makeover

It’s a tough time for the Pentagon. The Defense Department is playing whack-a-mole across the world, juggling the Afghanistan War, fending off China’s rising aggression over Asian sea lanes, strengthening Ukraine against Russian incursions, fighting Ebola in West Africa and fielding a new air war in Syria and Iraq. And now Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, who was trying to sort the mess out, has resigned. Generals are making the rounds of the Capitol, begging Congress and anyone who will listen not to hollow out the military by cutting billions out of their budget. No one is sure what to do or who can help. One man thinks he can: Erik Prince, the former Navy SEAL who founded Blackwater Worldwide, one of the most successful private security companies in the world…

how isis governs its caliphate

This year has seen the map of the Middle East redrawn. The West has acquired a new public enemy number one: remorseless, faceless and vicious. The Islamic State, or ISIS, has expanded from a relatively obscure terrorist group at the start of the year, to one that wields near absolute control over anywhere between 12,000 square miles (according to the Wall Street Journal) and 35,000 square miles (according to The New Yorker) of formerly Syrian and Iraqi territory. Within the region, around 56 million people must navigate between the armies of the rival militias, warlords and national armies that are barely distinguishable from one another. But while Western forces attempt to counter the ISIS surge with its sustained bombing strategy, little attention is paid to an unpalatable reality within the borders…

a palm pilot program

Did you eat all your fruits and vegetables today? Chances are pretty high that the answer is no: According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the average healthy adult needs between 3.5 and five cups of fruits and vegetables a day, but the truth is about one-third of Americans aren’t meeting those goals. Physicians and nutritionists could be receiving a helping hand when it comes to encouraging patients to adopt healthy eating habits. Researchers from the Yale School of Public Health and the University of Utah teamed up to design a blue laser probe that quickly scans your palms and tells if you’re getting all the nutrients you need. The device uses resonance Raman spectroscopy (RRS) —a technique that analyzes light reflected off an illuminated spot and looks at its vibrations to detect…