Xavier Oberti

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The Tortured Statistical Debate Over the Death Penalty

A productive policy conversation after a botched Oklahoma execution depends on rigorously supported claims. Those can be tough to come by.<p>The botched execution of Clayton Lockett in Oklahoma a few weeks ago has prompted a new round of debate over the value and morality of capital punishment, and …

How Does One Enjoy a Bullfight?

Experiencing firsthand the choices we make when watching violence as entertainment<p>Blood dripped from the wounded bull, staining the sand of the oval arena. My stomach churned. I nearly became sick.<p>I thought I was accustomed to seeing violence, having spent my life immersed in hyper-realistic war …

Statins for Women? Not for My Patients

Sometimes, pharmaceutical companies and their doctorly friends collectively make a bold move that shows their hand. Usually, this is in the form of indiscriminately and categorically broadening the eligible candidates for the suddenly lifesaving benefits of a pre-existing product. Recent changes in …

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The Human Stain: A Deep History of Tattoo Removal

Ink, and the regret of it, used to reflect something more powerful than transient personal taste.<p>In 1681, after several months of raids on Spanish settlements, a group of English pirates traipsed across Panama on their way to the Atlantic. An accident involving gunpowder had left the buccaneers’ …

The Blood Injections That Might Transform Orthopedics

Chris Waddell has been an élite athlete for more than two decades. He has won twelve medals in downhill skiing, including five golds, in four Paralympic Games events; he was a world-record-holding wheelchair track sprinter; and, in 2009, he became the first paraplegic to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, …

The Mystery of Moon Dust

When Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin returned from the moon, their cargo included nearly fifty pounds of rock and soil, which were packed in an aluminum box with seals designed to maintain the lunar surface’s low-pressure environment. But back at Johnson Space Center, in Houston, scientists …

The highly unusual company behind Sriracha, the world's coolest hot sauce

If David Tran were a more conventional CEO, he would be a fixture at conferences, a darling of magazine profiles, and a subject of case studies in the Harvard Business Review. Sriracha hot sauce, made by Huy Fong Foods, which Tran founded 33 years ago in Los Angeles, is one of the coolest brands in …

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Senate Gets A Dose Of Scolding With Its Morning Prayer

It's easy to tune out when the Senate goes through its morning rituals. The president pro tem calls the chamber to order; there's the Pledge of Allegiance. One morning could sound like any other.<p>Except for the past two weeks. Barry C. Black, the Senate chaplain, has been using his morning prayers …

Basketball and Globalization

Mikhail Prokhorov, a Russian businessman who is one of the richest people in the world, is also one of the first non-Americans to own an N.B.A. team. Along with the Brooklyn Nets, he owns almost half of the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, where the Nets play their home games. This season, his roster …

Kids used to additives are weirded out by all-beef patties

<b>(John Gough/Shutterstock)</b><p>Virginia schools stopped serving all-beef burgers after students complained<p>Lindsay Abrams<p>October 7, 2013 2:39pm (UTC)<p>There was something weird about the burgers being sold in cafeterias this year. Students in the Fairfax, Va., school district said they "didn't look or taste …

Cockroaches Have Neighborhoods, Too

Research finds similarities between New York City's bugs and humans.<p><b>Move over, Sharks and Jets. New Yawk's next turf rumble could pit roach against roach.</b><p>According to an ongoing study called the National Cockroach Project, the roaches of three NYC neighborhoods—the Upper West Side, the Upper East …

Facebook Data Shows How Many People Graduate College with True Love

It’s a myth that’s been around for nearly a century: Most of us are destined to meet our spouses during those magical/fraught years that make up …

Melville on Income Inequality

My Labor Day weekend reading, impulse-purchased at the marvellous Whaling Museum in New Bedford, Massachusetts, was “Typee: A Peep at Polynesian Life,” Herman Melville’s first and (during his lifetime) most popular book, which was published in 1846, when he was twenty-seven.<p>I was expecting a …

Ununpentium, the Newest Element

When the Russian chemist Dmitri Mendeleev published his periodic table of elements in 1869, there were just fifty-nine entries on it. The table grouped those elements—hydrogen, oxygen, and carbon, along with less familiar substances like osmium, rhodium, yttrium—according to their shared chemical …

A Record-High Number of Young People Are Still Living With Their Parents: Why?

A story about jobs, bachelors, bachelor's degrees -- and a very weird government definition of "home"<p>Reuters<p>Another month, another record number of young people living at home long after their teenage years are over.<p>This time, it's the <i>Wall Street Journal</i> reporting that, despite the improved economy …

Scientists invent hangover-free beer

<b>(Kzenon/Shutterstock)</b><p>Australian researches claim to have created an electrolyte-charged ale three times more hydrating than normal beer<p>Liz Fields<p>August 20, 2013 9:04pm (UTC)<p>Australia's ex-prime minister once broke a world record for sucking down a yard glass of ale. Now Oz is proud to announce that …

The 75-Year Study That Found The Secrets To A Fulfilling Life

Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy<p>What if there was a study dedicated to unearthing the secrets to a happy and purposeful life? It would have to be conducted over the course of many decades, following the lives of real people from childhood until old age, in …

The Strange Sexual Quirk of Filipino Seafarers

How the pressures of the shipping industry have shaped everything about this maritime culture. Right down to their penile implants.<p>When Norwegian anthropologist Gunnar Lamvik first began living in Iloilo city, a seafaring haven in the southern Philippines, he sensed he wasn't getting the richest …