FROM Jason Schwartz
America Deals with an Act of Terror Speaking of the two bombs that killed three and wounded dozens at yesterday's Boston Marathon, President Obama today announced , "Given what we now know about what took place, the FBI is investigating it as an act of terrorism." The crime scene is 12 blocks long in the heart of a city still in a state of shock. There have been no arrests and no one has claimed responsibility. Praising "exhausted runners who kept running to the nearest hospital to give blood, and those who stayed to tend to the wounded," and medical staffs and students at several local hospitals, he called on all Americans to be on the alert. We talk to Bostonians and update the investigation. What can be learned from the history of terrorism in the United States?
Why Don't Facts Matter? "Fake News" may have a long history, but social media and 21st Century politics have brought it front and center. One reason for its appeal and its power is the tendency of so many people to cling to their beliefs — even when confronted with contradictory evidence. Today, another look at the Emotional States of America.
Will the march for science politicize objective research? Protesters are gathering all over the country for tomorrow's Earth Day March for Science. Since President Trump has proposed massive cuts in basic scientific research, will the movement be perceived as partisan politics — whether scientists themselves like it or not?