Articles By: fredarmesto

Inside the Apocalyptic Soviet Doomsday Machine

Inside the Apocalyptic Soviet Doomsday Machine
Valery Yarynich glances nervously over his shoulder. Clad in a brown leather jacket, the 72-year-old former Soviet colonel is hunkered in the back of the dimly lit Iron Gate restaurant in Washington, DC. It’s March 2009—the Berlin Wall came down two decades ago—but the lean and fit Yarynich...
July 20th, 2010 | Big Ideas | Read More

Noam Chomsky and Latin America

Noam Chomsky and Latin America
Noam Chomsky speaks about the future and predicts difficult situations for China and India. On the other hand he analyzes the appearance of progressiveness in Latin America as very important. For the first time in 500 years, LA is moving towards a degree of independence and a kind of integration and...
June 7th, 2010 | Social Insight | Read More

Art of the Steal: On the Trail of World’s Most Ingenious Thief

Art of the Steal: On the Trail of World’s Most Ingenious Thief
Gerald Blanchard could hack any bank, swipe any jewel. There was no security system he couldn’t beat. Illustration: Justin Wood The plane slowed and leveled out about a mile aboveground. Up ahead, the Viennese castle glowed like a fairy tale palace. When the pilot gave the thumbs-up, Gerald Blanchard...
April 23rd, 2010 | Arts | Read More

Marijuana Use Triples Among Gary

Marijuana Use Triples Among Gary
COLUMBUS, OH—In an alarming trend that some are calling a failure of U.S. drug prevention policies, daily marijuana use increased nearly threefold this month among 26-year-old Gary. Researchers at the Department of Health and Human Services are attributing the spike in cannabis consumption to a number...
March 18th, 2010 | Drug Policy | Read More

Chief exorcist says Devil is in Vatican

Chief exorcist says Devil is in Vatican
The Devil is lurking in the very heart of the Roman Catholic Church, the Vatican’s chief exorcist claimed on Wednesday. Father Gabriele Amorth said people who are possessed by Satan vomit shards of glass and pieces of iron. By Nick Squires in Rome from The Telegraph He added that the assault on...
March 12th, 2010 | Big Ideas | Read More

Are Charter Cities the way to Third World Prosperity?

Are Charter Cities the way to Third World Prosperity?
Could new communities sponsored by the West help end poverty or would they just become another manifestation of neocolonial profiteering? All over Africa this evening, students will sit outside their homes and read textbooks under street lights. They do this because they have no electricity at home....
February 1st, 2010 | Social Insight | Read More

Could you be a Bin Laden Model too?

Could you be a Bin Laden Model too?
Spanish politician to sue FBI over using his face for a hypothetical modern Bin Laden photo The FBI acknowledges having used Gaspar Llamazares as the model in a Bin Laden photo-fit. // The FBI acknowledges having used Gaspar Llamazares as the model in a Bin Laden photo-fit. ';images[1]=' FBI's...
January 22nd, 2010 | Science & Technology | Read More

Rats Addicted To Gambling

Rats Addicted To Gambling
Rats Compulsively Gamble for Same Reason Humans Do: Lack of Serotonin Rats in laboratory tests learned to gamble based on a system of punishments and rewards, strategizing like human gamblers. And when researchers tweaked the animals’ brain chemistry to mimic that of humans with a gambling addiction,...
January 22nd, 2010 | Health & Happiness | Read More

US opens its first marijuana cafe

US opens its first marijuana cafe
America’s first marijuana cafe has opened – as a private club – posing an early test of the Obama administration’s move to relax policing of medical use of the drug. The Cannabis Cafe in Portland, Oregon, is the first to give certified medical marijuana users a place to obtain the drug...
January 20th, 2010 | Health & Happiness | Read More

Does Cocaine make you Smarter?

Does Cocaine make you Smarter?
Hey. Did any of you read this paper on the role of G9a in cocaine-induced dendritic spine plasticity? No? OK, well did you at least read this summary of the findings in Time? Still no? Fine. The gist is that repeated coke use suppresses a protein called G9a, which slows the growth of dendritic spines...
January 15th, 2010 | Science of the Mind | Read More