Jadee Veit

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Banks of Blood and Sperm

How the idea of a "bank" shapes the way people think about storing and distributing body fluids<p>The word "bank" typically refers to financial institutions, large and small, from the storefront where you go to cash your checks to the big investment firms of Wall Street. Yet there is a class of banks …

Why It's Not Enough for Obama to Say America Tortured

If the president really believes that, will he take legally required actions to respond to it?<p>President Obama nearly made it through a press conference Friday afternoon without answering questions about the CIA's admission that it spied on a Senate committee overseeing it, then lied about that to …

Whiteness Is Still a Proxy for Being American

Florida Representative Curt Clawson mistook two Indian-American officials for Indians, a silly gaffe that's revealing of today's society.<p>Anyone can make a fool of himself. So it’s tempting to dismiss last Thursday’s mega-gaffe by Florida Representative Curt Clawson as indicative of nothing more …

The Quarantine Next Door

Sickness-related isolation used to involve banishing patients to islands; now the ill are kept separate in our midst.<p>On a flat green peninsula beneath a towering range of sea cliffs in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, there is a hidden community of people who are isolated many times over.<p>The first …

Who Wins in the Name Game?

From dating to job prospects, a name has remarkable power over the path of its owner's life.<p>I was at a party for Bastille Day in Paris a few years back, and we were leaning over the balcony to watch the fireworks. A cute French girl sat next to me, but after a few flirty glances the moment was …

How Your Face Shapes Your Economic Chances

A new study on the value of a fat face (for guys) joins a long tradition of beauty biases in the office<p>Beauty, closely studied, seems nearly indistinguishable from quick math.<p>Men seem to prefer women with a low waist-to-hip ratio. Women prefer men with optimally long jaws. For reasons we don't …

Yes, It Could Happen Again

Instability in Ukraine, chaos in Syria, conflict in the East China Sea—the trigger points for World War III are in place.<p>Pessimism is a useful prism through which to view the affairs of states. Their ambition to gain, retain, and project power is never sated. Optimism, toward which Americans are …

Senator: The White House Should Launch a Criminal Probe of the CIA

The agency spied on a congressional investigation into the torture of prisoners, then claimed it hadn't.<p>Senator Mark Udall, a member of the committee that conducts oversight of the Central Intelligence Agency, declared Thursday that the agency should be investigated by an independent counsel for …

What Makes Someone a Refugee?

Nearly seven in 10 Americans see children crossing the border as "refugees" rather than "illegal immigrants." What does that say about the moral—and political—obligation to help them?<p>In the last fiscal year, 38,045 unaccompanied children from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico arrived at …

Can Doctors Teach the Body to Cure Cancer?

Increasingly, doctors are using their patients' own immune systems as valuable weapons against the disease.<p>What if the path to curing cancer has been part of the body all along?<p>For generations the three pillars of cancer treatment have been surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. But both …

The Health Benefits of Trees

They prevent $7 billion in health costs every year by filtering air pollution—not to mention their psychological effects. New research says the closer you can live to trees, the better off you are.<p>John "Johnny Appleseed" Chapman stomped through the Midwestern winter snow with bare feet. His cloak …

Where Does Ebola Come From?

How eating bats, washing victims' bodies, and a lack of doctors are all contributing to the worst Ebola outbreak of all time.<p>The worst Ebola virus outbreak ever is ravaging Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea. So far, the disease has killed 670 people and infected more than 1,000, including an …

15 Maps That Don't Explain the Middle East at All

The region as it never was, could have been, and sort of is<p>Violent upheaval in the Middle East has recently spawned all manner of maps purporting to explain how the region got this way. Here, instead, are 15 maps that don’t claim as much. Or rather, they do not seek, like many other maps, to …

What Is Pinterest? A Database of Intentions

Evan Sharp, one of the co-founders of Pinterest, delves into what the wildly popular image-collecting site is really about, and what it's likely to do in the future.<p>In 2012, Pinterest broke out to become a wildly popular site and app for collecting media across the Internet. People pin photos into …

President Obama's Whitewashed History of U.S. Torture

The Bush administration's interrogation policy cannot be written off as a panicked aberration that ended in the immediate aftermath of 9/11.<p>When President Obama declared last week that "we tortured some folks," the headlines focused on the fact that he spoke relatively plainly about Bush-era …

Where the Great Recession Made Inequality Worse

The most dramatic increases were not in the usual places.<p>The most troubling reality of America’s ongoing economic recovery has been just how differently the recession and recovery have played out for the wealthiest households and for everyone else. The rich are getting richer, and income inequality …

The Evangelical Persecution Complex

The theological and cultural roots of a damaging attitude in the Christian community<p>Persecution has an allure for many evangelicals. In the Bible, Christians are promised by Saint Paul that they will suffer for Christ, if they love Him (Second Timothy 3:12). But especially in contemporary America, …

8 Real-Life Locations That Inspired Disney Places

Ever watch a Disney movie and feel slightly disappointed that you’ll never be able to visit those wondrous, fantastical places? Good news: The …

Today's Mass Extinction, and the First See-Through Animal