E.U. Angered by N.S.A. Data Collection Program, Mind Reading Robots, Eating Like a Caveman

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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Did We Give The Government Permission to Spy on Us? | European Union Angered by NSA PRISM Program | Deported Immigrants Struggle to Stay Connected to America Children | North Korea: More Media Saavy Than You Thought | The Benefits and Drawbacks of Eating Like a Caveman | The Flying Robot That Can Read Your Mind | Race and College Admissions: Desegregation and Affirmative Action

Did We Give The Government Permission to Spy on Us?

In the days since Edward Snowden leaked details about the National Security Agency’s data collecting program, we’ve seen editorialists and average Americans expressing outrage over what’s been called a government breach of privacy. But entrepreneur and Silicon Valley insider Steve Blank says we shouldn’t be surprised.

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European Union Angered by N.S.A. PRISM Program

There are now concerns that the N.S.A. PRISM program could complicate talks for a free trade agreement between the E.U. and the U.S. Talks were expected to be launched next month. The news of the PRISM program has, for some European lawmakers, transformed troubling demands from American businesses for less restrictive data requirements into unacceptable data hoarding by the US government. Sophie in’t Veld, a Dutch member of the European Parliament explains why.

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Deported Immigrants Struggle to Stay Connected to American Children

For families that decide to leave Mexico and take their chances in the United States, there is a calculation to be made: What is the price of pursing a dream? As we discovered earlier this month in the little town of Malinalco, about an hour outside of Mexico City, it is a cost that seems to be borne unfairly by the children of migrant families. Jill Replogle from KPBS San Diego's Fronteras Desk says children caught in the system enter a legal limbo where it can be almost impossible for parents to put their families back together again.

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The Benefits and Drawbacks of Eating Like a Caveman

Among the most popular diets in recent years has been the Paleolithic diet, also known as the caveman diet. Based on the premise that we’ll be healthier if we eat as our ancient ancestors did, it seems to have science on its side. But Marlene Zuk, evolutionary biologist at the University of Minnesota, says the science of the popular diet is wrong.

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Obama Administration Will Comply with Plan B Ruling

The Obama administration has conceded its plans to continue blocking the over-the-counter availability of the morning-after pill for girls. Dr. Susan Wood weighs in on the administration's unexpected reversal. She directed the office of Women's Health at the FDA from 2000 until 2005. she resigned in protests of the F.D.A.'s handling of Plan B, the brand name of the so-called morning-after pill.

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The First Mind-Controlled Flying Robot

Last week, a team of scientists at the University of Minnesota demonstrated a new flying robot that can read human thoughts, and be navigated completely based on those thoughts. It’s the first robot of its kind. Bin He is professor of biomedical engineering at the University of Minnesota and led the team behind this new mind-operated robot.

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Race and College Admissions: Desegregation and Affirmative Action

In the next few weeks, the Supreme Court will determine the fate of affirmative action in college admissions. Most Americans think of affirmative action as a post-Civil Rights Era phenomenon, but race has long played a role in college admissions. Fifty years ago today, Alabama Governor George Wallace made his final stand for segregation at the University of Alabama. That evening, in a landmark speech, President Kennedy called on Congress to pass comprehensive civil rights legislation.

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