FROM Michelle Meyer
Facebook Manipulates Your Feed and Your Emotional State We all know that Facebook manipulates what pops up in your news feed, from baby photos to party pictures, but it turns out that the company was also using your news feeds to perform a mass science experiment. In January 2012, Facebook changed the number of positive and negative posts in the feeds of almost 700 thousand users to see if it would influence users emotional moods and status updates. Facebook was trying, it turns out, to make you sad. Michelle Meyer is Assistant Professor of bioethics at Union Graduate College and Mt. Sinai Medical School.
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.
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?
White House flip flops: NATO, Syria and China In less than 100 days, President Trump has contradicted himself on a host of foreign policy issues — Syria, NATO, China and Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Is it a strength — or a weakness — for the United States when the world of power politics never knows what to expect?