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11 June 2012
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Present indications are that Obama vs Romney will be a very tight contest. If it's Obama, narrowly, what will he do, how will he behave in a second term? Lizza sketches out his likely priorities, and scope for action Comments
The engram, the physical trace of memory in the brain, seemed a mythical concept. No longer. "We now know enough about memory and how memories are formed that we can actually find the engram, and by finding it, we can manipulate it" Comments
On the lucrative business of incarcerating immigrants. "You build a strong image of fear of these Mexican immigrants, which creates a moral justification for imprisoning them, and at the same time brings in lots of money" Comments
Misleading title. What it's about is why meritocracies and democracies fail. They turn into plutocracies and oligarchies. Incumbents in any meritocracy eventually capture the high ground for themselves and their heirs Comments
ALexander Barker and Alex Niven | Oxonian Review | 4 June 2012
On politics, Catholicism, academia. "Most people I know in academia want to get out. The neo-managerial ethos has effectively brought to an end a 200-year-old tradition of the university as a centre of critique" Comments
Bob Woodward & Carl Bernstein | Washington Post | 8 June 2012
Forty years on from Watergate, we know much more about Nixon's presidency, most of it bad. He waged war "against the anti-Vietnam War movement, the news media, the Democrats, the justice system and, finally, against history itself" Comments
From mathematical card tricks to an arrangement of interlocking pentagons previously thought impossible, the maths writer explains why solutions to maths problems can be as beautiful as paintings or sculpture