Police are looking into whether the ex-president of France received illegal campaign donations from L’Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt and Libyan tyrant Moammar Gadhafi; Facebook has been manipulating users all along it seems; meanwhile, scientists have discovered a human protein can clean drinking water. These discoveries and more below.
Former French President Sarkozy Taken Into Custody in Corruption Investigation
Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy turned himself into police Tuesday to face questioning in a corruption investigation.
Fake Followers for Hire, and How to Spot Them
It’s possible to buy a good reputation on the Internet for a modest price, but some are trying to put an end to that.
21 Years a Family
Beginning in 1991, Zed Nelson took a photo of the same family (father, mother, and son) in front of the same backdrop every year for 21 years.
Facebook’s Emotional Manipulation Study Is Just the Latest Effort to Prod Users
With emotion-triggering effort, Facebook pushes beyond data-driven studies on voting, sharing, and organ-donation prompts, to make people feel good or bad.
What If a Muslim Company Used the ‘Hobby Lobby’ Decision to Impose Its Values on White Christians?
The slide towards American theocracy was nudged one more step forward by today’s Supreme Court decision in support of the “freedom” of corporations with “religious” beliefs to restrict the rights of their employees.
EU Warnings to Israel Remain Unheard
At a seminar hosted by the Geneva Initiative on June 27, the European Union’s ambassador to Israel, Lars Faaborg-Andersen, said that EU member states “are losing their patience with concerns not being treated” by Israel.
Human Protein Cleans Drinking Water
Researchers in Japan have shown that they can remove Escherichia coli from drinking water using tiny tubes made of human serum albumin.
Clean Storage: These Scientists Are Making an Organic, Water-Based Battery for the Power Grid
Should energy storage be as clean as the renewable energy that it will be paired with?
OutWeek: How Queers Started a Revolution in Journalism 25 Years Ago
Twenty-five years ago this month a revolution in journalism was born in New York. It was called OutWeek magazine, and though it only lasted two years and may not be well-known today, it had a major impact on journalism and certainly how queer issues would be covered.
The Trap in the Supreme Court’s ‘Narrow’ Decisions
The Supreme Court concluded its term today with a pair of decisions widely described as “narrow”—that is, of limited application except to the parties in the lawsuits. Don’t believe it.
Hobby Lobby, Sex, and Responsibility
Say this for Erick Erickson, the Fox News pundit and editor of RedState: He tells you what he’s thinking.
On a regular basis, Truthdig brings you the news items and odds and ends that have found their way to Larry Gross, director of the USC Annenberg School for Communication.
A specialist in media and culture, art and communication, visual communication and media portrayals of minorities, Gross helped found the field of gay and lesbian studies.