Query Over Army's Social Science Experts
Hundreds of Army social scientists are unqualified, a former boss says. He also claims some defense contractors charge exorbitant prices for "the lowest common denominator of people."
Five years after the Army began a controversial program to embed social scientists in combat units, the former director and chief bureaucratic force behind the program (until he was ousted in June), says that a third of those researchers were not qualified. Steve Fondacaro says the Defense contractor struggled to find people physically and intellectually fit to operate in Iraq and Afghanistan, and flexible enough to work with the military." Wired says: "Simply put, if the U.S can’t understand the populations it deals with in complex, irregular wars like Afghanistan — their traditions, their social structures, their power dynamics — then American counterinsurgency efforts are in deep trouble."
New research links urban planning and political polarization.
- Canadian researchers find that excessive reliance on cars changes political views.
- Decades of car-centric urban planning normalized unsustainable lifestyles.
- People who prefer personal comfort elect politicians who represent such views.
It turns out the human scalp has an olfactory receptor that seems to play a crucial role in regulating hair follicle growth and death.
- Scientists treated scalp tissue with a chemical that mimics the odor of sandalwood.
- This chemical bound to an olfactory receptor in the scalp and stimulated hair growth.
- The treatment could soon be available to the public.
Science and the squishiness of the human mind. The joys of wearing whatever the hell you want, and so much more.
- Why can't we have a human-sized cat tree?
- What would happen if you got a spoonful of a neutron star?
- Why do we insist on dividing our wonderfully complex selves into boring little boxes
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