Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Secrets for Sale

The Los Angeles Times has had a couple of great stories so far this week. While most newspapers have abandoned first-hand coverage of U.S. troops in Afghanistan, the Times' Paul Watson came up with an important scoop. In Tuesday's "U.S. Military Secrets for Sale at Afghan Bazaar," he details how he found merchants near the U.S. military base in Bagram selling stolen computer drives containing descriptions of U.S. defenses, classified American military assessments of enemy targets, and the names of suspected militants and corrupt Afghan officials.
In today's Times, Robert Lee Hotz takes a fascinating look at scientists who are trying to figure out how evolution can explain the great diversity in human brains. "Brain's Darwin Machine" tells a fun scientific detective story while sharing interesting insights into how our personalities develop. Hotz's story is part of an ongoing "Mapping the Mind" series that the Times has been running.


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