Aaron Maltais (Uppsala): Global Warming and Our Natural Duties of Justice: A Cosmopolitan Political Conception of Justice. From YES!, a special issue on climate action. Will Wall Street destroy progress on climate change, too? Goldman Sachs bets on global warming. The Real Climate Scandal: Shocked by the hacked emails? Wait till you see what the other side’s been up to (and more). From Mother Jones, a look at the dirty dozen of climate change denial. Climate Reporting 101: The press should say the global warming debate is a fight between science and ignorance. It’s always snowing on the Drudge Report. Johann Hari on how the protesters offer the best hope at Copenhagen. Cooperating in Copenhagen: Climate change is one of so many pressing problems that are less about "good politics" and more about good sense. A review of Down to the Wire: Confronting Climate Collapse by David W. Orr. A review of Now or Never: Why We Must Act Now To End Climate Change and Create A Sustainable Future by Tim Flannery. An interview with Nobel Laureate Elinor Ostrom: "Climate rules set from the top are not enough". Geoengineering's big break: If the summit fails, radical climate experiments may not be far away. Technological schemes to combat global warming are viewed as wacky or impractical, but they belong in the mainstream debate on climate change. 12 crazy futuristic water buildings that may help humans survive climate change catastrophe. Geography is "no longer a neutral subject": Climate change has made it "the new history", both more dynamic and more frightening.

From the Independent Institute, Ben O'Neill (UNSW): The Threat of Virtue: Why Independence and Integrity Threaten the State; and Robert Higgs on why we couldn't abolish slavery then and can't abolish government now. America through the reality lens: Reality TV shows surely give one pause about the future of the country. Paul Berman remembers John Patrick Diggins, 1935-2009. An American expert on poker challenges the idea that it encourages reckless, addictive, spendthrift behaviour. James McManus, who teaches a course on the literature of poker, says we can learn a lot about life, and the American mind, from the game (and more and more and more and more and more and a review of Cowboys Full: The Story of Poker). The Tijuana of the Caspian: At the border between Azerbaijan and Iran, everything’s for sale: sex, booze, tattoos — and maybe some revolutionary fervor. Here's a list of fifteen new text acronyms you should memorize to protect your teenager — and yourself. From Wired, an article on modeling human drug trials — without the human. From Britannica, a forum on multitasking: Boon or bane? From Democracy, a review of Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman by John Krakauer and America's Army: Making the All-Volunteer Force by Beth Bailey. A review of Waiting on a Train: The Embattled Future of Passenger Rail Service — A Year Spent Riding across America by James McCommons. An interview with Bethanne Patrick, managing editor and host of The Book Studio. A case for the cultural importance of sex in art: A review of 25,000 Years of Erotic Freedom by Alan Moore.

Are too many students going to college? There's a growing sentiment that college may not be the best option for all; higher-education experts to weigh in. Peter Berkowitz reviews The Marketplace of Ideas: Reform and Resistance in the American University by Louis Menand. The first chapter from No Longer Separate, Not Yet Equal: Race and Class in Elite College Admission and Campus Life by Thomas Espenshade and Alexandria Walton Radford. Are our colleges teaching students well? No — here's how to make them. Open Access Encyclopedias: In the age of Google and Wikipedia, can higher education create online reference works that are free, scholarly, and economically viable? From The Daily Beast, a look at the smartest (and dumbest) college towns. From Wall Street Journal on Campus, should guns be allowed on college campuses? The ban of the ROTC program at the elites is in its 40th year, yet the students are hardly antimilitary, the opposite, in fact — is it time to bring ROTC back? Shhh, my roommate’s here: A new policy limiting sex in Tufts dorms has students blushing in embarrassment. FreeHarvardEducation.com: Does anyone own what universities teach? “Academic Politics” is an important subject, and not just for your gen-ed distributions. A sociologist and an economist look at collegiate grade inflation and find a bogeyman that doesn't frighten them at all. An interview with Michael Oriard, author of Bowled Over: Big-Time College Football from the Sixties to the BCS Era. A defense of the lecture: Adam Kotsko questions the idea that small discussion-based courses are ideal in undergraduate education.

From LRB, a review of The Lightness of Being: Big Questions, Real Answers by Frank Wilczek. An interview with David Bainbridge on accessible science. A review of What's Wrong With Science? Towards a People's Rational Science of Delight and Compassion by Nicholas Maxwell. The Genesis 2.0 Project: Compared with the market-driven, killer-app insta-culture of the Digital Age, the new Large Hadron Collider exists in a near-magical realm, a $9 billion cathedral of science that is apparently, in any practical sense, useless (and more). Mind over matter: Keeping a place for thought experiments in an empirical age. A review of Science, Policy, and the Value-Free Ideal by Heather Douglas. From The Scientist, ill-judged predictions and projections can be embarrassing at best and, at worst, damaging to the authority of science and science policy. Chris Mooney and Michael Specter debate science, anti-science and Denialism (and more and more). From Skeptic, a special issue on Carl Sagan. From Popular Science, a look at the Best of What's New 2009. David Brown on what’s wrong (and right) with science journalism. The science behind superheroes: They use their extraordinary powers to battle crime and save lives — and a sprinkling of science behind their abilities. An interview with James Kakalios, author of The Physics of Superheroes. Norman Levitt reviews Science: A Four Thousand Year History by Patricia Fara. Here are six radical projects that will change science forever. A review of The Fourth Paradigm: Data-Intensive Scientific Discovery (with essays inspired by Microsoft’s Jim Gray).