Between the equally persuasive arguments for and against monogamy exists real life. Michael Thomsen at The Faster Times came and went from monogamy but remains monoamorous.
"The innovation economy depends on inventors. And inventors need more support." An energy CEO proposes bridging the Green Grand Canyon: the divide between inventors' prototypes and production.
A veteran Google algorithm engineer wants to deliver search results to its users, "even before they know that they want the information." The idea is called "searching-without-searching."
"From lower birthrates to decreased civic participation and volunteerism, economic downturns have many non-economic effects." The L.A. Times says people "hunker down" during hard times.
"The New York Times' editorial policy — it cannot be 'torture' if the United States does it — obfuscates the truth and actively bolsters government propaganda," says Glen Greenwald.
"Small shops aren’t just changing the way brands are presented. They are exposing cracks in big agency operations." Leaner ad agencies are changing the business, says The Big Money.
Mark Twain's posthumous autobiography reveals the author's darker side, but will we bother to notice? Or will we prefer the "Disneyfied" history of the man as avuncular satirist?
The Economist's technology blog approves of Apple's solution to its iPhone 4 reception problem, but it continues to wonder whether the company is denial about a larger problem.
"Being fat may diminish mental performance, studies find—a problem that worsens with age. But among elderly women, where fat is deposited may matter," reports Science News.
A game currently under development will allow players to interact emotionally with a virtual human. Is it the end of human connections or the fortification of our innate emotional sense?
"The Deepwater Horizon leak has been capped and the president is taking a vacation. Let’s repeal the oil spill and start all over." Gail Collins delivers some biting satire in her Saturday column.
A bank tax on high-risk financial trading is an idea worth implementing, says Michael Scott Moore at Miller-McCune. The tax would create a fund for if and when a bank needed a bailout.
"Biography may have little to tell us about why a novelist writes well, but it can sometimes be helpful in understanding why a novelist writes badly." TNR discusses E.M. Forster's sexual naiveté.
"Human rights advocates fear that political reconciliation with the Taliban could erase the fragile progress made in improving the situation of Afghan women over the past nine years."
British gerontologist Aubrey de Grey and nine other co-authors are urging the United States and other nations to "set up a Project Apollo-scale initiative to avert the coming 'global aging crisis.'"