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[snip] May I place your assault rifle in the overhead bin, sir? In an October press release the National Rifle Association, referring to itself in the third person, "proudly introduced its very own online Internet travel booking site called nra-travel.com."

[snip] "Those who hold that education is unique and that scientific research will not transform it are akin to 19th-century Luddites," said Grover Whitehurst, director of the federal Institute of Education Sciences, in a lecture given in April at Northwestern University. "These activists held uprisings against the advances of technology in textiles and agriculture that threatened their way of life. . . . Who is right? Those committed to a view of education as a unique art and craft, or those committed to education as an evidence-based enterprise? We can't know for sure, but education, a field still largely prescientific, has shown little improvement in productivity and progress in the last half century. The picture is very different in fields that have turned from professional wisdom to systematically gathered and analyzed evidence--for example, agriculture, health care, and clinical psychiatry/psychology."

[snip] Better living through better chemistry. "With governments intimidated by prospects of economic disruption, the marketplace is stepping in to corral chlorinated plastics," says Carnegie Mellon chemistry professor Terrence Collins in a debate published in the October 18 Chemical & Engineering News. "Manufacturer S.C. Johnson & Son is removing chlorine from Saran Wrap. Health care provider Kaiser Permanente is restricting PVC-containing materials in hospitals. . . . In contrast with PVC, Dow Bioproduct's WoodStalk building material is both safe and technically superb. This alternative to wood-based products is composed of renewable wheat straw fiber, an agricultural discard, bound with a formaldehyde-free polyurethane resin. It is light, strong, moisture-resistant, cost-effective, and available in hardware stores."

[snip] We respect you. We just don't want to know who you are. Cris Mayo, a professor of education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and author of Disputing the Subject of Sex, says in a university press release that schools find themselves caught between "trying to protect [gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender] students from harassment while also barring discussion of gay and lesbian issues in the curriculum. The message is on the one hand, 'You're protected,' on the other hand, 'We must never speak of this again.'"

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