Eco-News Roundup: Friday, July 10

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Just in case you missed these health, environment, and science stories from our other blogs:

Torture couture: Class up your t-shirt collection with these fine garments.

Political science: What percentage of scientists identify as Republican? A new Pew survey has the un-shocking answer.

Dr. Evil: Who best to fix healthcare? Why a fraudulent former hospital exec, of course.

Six characters in search of the drug war: How backward policies and forward-thinking traffickers got us to this point.

Let the circle be broken: Carbon-related positive feedback loops caused a horrendous drought in the Amazon in 2005. Just another joy of climate change.

Worry while you work: Mandatory furloughs, wage freezes, and benefit cuts are just some of the recession-related bummers keeping American employees up at night.

Photo of the day: Iraqi soldiers learn to use a terrain board to plan missions.

 

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