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Neomi Rao's efforts to place Trump above the law must fail.
One federal judge holds (1) Congress can't demand to see any information related to the president unless they are performing an impeachment and (2) courts cannot review anything regarding an impeachment.
slate  via:reddit  politics  law 
7 weeks ago by mcherm
We tried to publish a replication of a Science paper in Science. The journal refused.
No one has a "right" for their work to be considered influential enough to be published in a key journal such as "Science". But I think these authors make an excellent case that theirs should have been.
science  ScientificMethod  via:HackerNews  slate 
june 2019 by mcherm
In 1998, I helped convict two men of murder. I’ve regretted it ever since.
A journalist recounts how he convicted a man (no, a boy) of murder, when he didn't and still doesn't believe the punishment was just.
law  journalism  ethics  slate  via:reddit 
march 2019 by mcherm
A Texas prosecutor jailed a rape victim to ensure her testimony against her attacker.
She was locked in prison for a month, and was classified as a rapist, not rape victim, and had staff questioning her sanity because of her claims to be the victim.
law  prison  via:reddit  slate 
july 2016 by mcherm
The fight for the future of NPR: Can public radio survive the podcast revolution?
Article in Slate about how NPR is failing to embrace the sensibilities of the younger generation OR to use the internet effectively. Lots of people are leaving, not content with the way it is being run.
slate  npr  via:HackerNews 
april 2016 by mcherm
Why do so many prisoners end up back in prison? A new study says maybe they don’t.
If you count among people released during a certain date, most get re-arested. But that over-represents repeat offenders. If you count among people imprisoned, most never return.
prison  statistics  via:HackerNews  slate 
november 2015 by mcherm
Are testicles external for cooling, galloping, display, or something else?
This excellent article covers the scientific quest to explain why testicles are outside the body. It illustrates well how competing theories work in science.
animals  evolution  biology  slate  via:reddit  ScientificMethod 
september 2015 by mcherm
Los Angeles $15 minimum wage: Labor unions want to be exempt from it.
Labor unions: pay everyone a minimum of $15/hr. But if they work for a labor union you can pay them less. I am shocked. And the justification given in this article rings completely false to me.
law  economics  slate  via:reddit 
june 2015 by mcherm
Police body cameras: Cops commit less violence and complaints are real.
Some good stats on police immunity and on how body cameras make police behave better.
police  policeimmunity  via:reddit  slate 
april 2015 by mcherm
Latex condoms are the worst: Why, after all these years, don’t we have a better condom?
People have tried to invent better condoms, using different materials, making them in custom sizes, and so forth. But US government regulation has prevented all of these efforts.
sex  invention  slate  via:reddit 
april 2015 by mcherm
College rape: Campus sexual assault is a serious problem. But the efforts to protect women are infringing on the civil rights of men.
Contains actual numbers on campus rapes. The "1 in 4 women" figure is completely bogus; reasonable numbers seem to be between 0.5% and 5%.
slate  gender  statistics 
february 2015 by mcherm
Google self-driving car: It may never actually happen.
The google self-driving car isn't as good as I have been led to believe. In particular, it needs an accurate map of the area (detailed enough to have each traffic light and stationary object near the road) before driving it. Today it can only drive over a few thousand miles of road that have been meticulously mapped.
slate  google  cars  ai  via:boingboing 
october 2014 by mcherm
The study of adjective order and GSSSACPM.
There's a proper order for adjectives. Native speakers know it instinctively, but grammar experts haven't quite figured out the rules.
grammar  language  slate  via:HackerNews 
august 2014 by mcherm
The simple fix that could heal the patent system.
Companies can appeal patent rejections and file continuations on "final rejections". This article claims they just keep going until the patent office gets tired and lets them have the patent. It includes a specific example of the slide-to-unlock patent.
law  ip-law  patent  patentabuse  slate  via:HackerNews 
december 2013 by mcherm
Creative Confidence: A new book from IDEO's Tom and David Kelley
80% of kids had to be sedated to get an MRI. He painted it to look like a carnival ride and things improved dramatically.
invention  slate  via:HackerNews 
october 2013 by mcherm
The blue and the green spirals
An optical illusion of color perception that is extremely striking.
color  opticalillusion  via:slate  slate 
october 2013 by mcherm
Children’s memories: Toddlers remember better than you think.
Kids' memories really DO work, even if they forget later as they grow up. Early memories are enhanced if parents talk to them about past events in an "elaborative" fashion.
slate  brain  memory  kids  parenting  via:reddit 
april 2012 by mcherm
Narrative Science, robot journalists, customized news, and the danger to civil discourse. - Slate Magazine
Computers writing news reports, particularly of time-sensitive financial information. Also, if what you read is customized to what you want to read, won't everyone get stuck in their own little news bubble?
slate  journalism  ai  via:reddit 
march 2012 by mcherm
Pre-existing conditions: The real reason insurers won’t cover people who are already sick. - Slate Magazine
Claim: insurers won't cover people with pre-existing conditions at ANY price because the sick customers know more about themselves than the insurers do (non-sick customers are more ignorant).
pricing  slate  via:HackerNews 
march 2012 by mcherm
Card Case: The new payments app that foretells a world without cash and credit cards - Slate Magazine
Square creates payment system. User authorizes a certain store for auto-payment and their phone is physically on premises. They tell the cashier their name, and the cashier picks out name and photo from a list, then charges it. User's phone buzzes to note the payment. *Nice!*
banking  square  via:HackerNews  slate 
november 2011 by mcherm
The Single-Sex School Myth: An Overwhelming Body of Research Shows that Coeducation Is Better for Girls—and Boys.
Evidence shows single-sex education isn't actually better, and it may reinforce gender steriotypes.
teaching  slate  gender  via:twitter 
november 2011 by mcherm
Is it a sin to leave your cell phone plugged in overnight?
Leaving chargers plugged in wastes so little electricity that it's not worth worrying about. Change one more bulb or skip one hot bath instead.
slate  via:HackerNews  gadgets  environment  electronics 
october 2009 by mcherm
The economics of suicide. - By Charles Duhigg - Slate Magazine
It may be rational to attempt suicide, if the additional aid it brings you (if unsuccessful) outweighs the chance of dying. Not sure I accept this economic argument, but it's certainly interesting.
psychology  suicide  economics  via:HackerNews  slate 
august 2009 by mcherm
The Supreme Court takes failing to get it to a new level in a strip-search case. - By Dahlia Lithwick - Slate Magazine
Slate magazine says the supreme court justices "just don't get it" in the case of a 13-yr-old girls strip-searched on an ill-founded suspicion that she had an ibuprofen.
via:reddit  slate  kidsrights  law 
april 2009 by mcherm

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