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Com). SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN 37 OPINION better aquaculture technologies are already evolving rapidly, and public funds and prizes could promote research to advance them. At the same time, the pillaging of the oceans will continue unless regulations such as tradable fishing permits that limit the total catch to sustainable levels are also used to contain the exploitation of the ocean commons. Subsidies for excessive ocean fishing should also be slashed. Egregious practices such as bottom trawling on seamounts should be outlawed by international agreement.

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P. ” While lacking the heartwarming So we may discuss journalism as a semiscience, in which a reporter gathers facts character of the published account, this and then constructs one or more possible version might have the virtue of being narratives to explain those facts. Alterna- true. And while the journalist has a scitive narratives then fight it out, and the encelike task in interpreting objective reality, the news consumer has a related most parsimonious wins. Sometimes. Consider this story, reported by the As- responsibility to evaluate the narrative.

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