"If there is one true religion in the US, it leads us to worship at the altar of technology." The Guardian says only a cultural shift will deliver us from future disasters like those of BP and Toyota.
The 75th anniversary of Social Security provides a moment to strengthen young people's awareness of the program so they will be more active in supporting its reform.
Air conditioning, sometimes necessary and sometimes about status, has made it possible for us to live almost anywhere in the world, but its effects on the environment are "chilling".
Our insistence that luxury goods be genuine is unrelated to how the product functions, say psychologists. We demand authenticity because of an emotional attachment to a brand.
"Two years after the US subprime crisis, China is seeing its own real estate bubble as a result of massive state stimulus programs. Many economists are warning it could burst soon."
Diane Johnson at The New York Review of Books draws on five books to write about the current state of marriage in the U.S. which has the most marriages per capita in the West.
The New Scientist attends the science conference at Google HQ and reports on virtual reality advancements, the direction of new media and how technology will revolutionize education.
"Central banks make outsize profits when they print high-denomination notes, like €500 bills, which criminals prefer." The CSM on how black markets and currency markets benefit each other.
Advertising billboards like ones seen in the film Minority Report, which can recognise passers-by and target them with customised adverts, are being developed by engineers at IBM.
Often cited as a retroactive justification for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the issue of women's rights is still what separates the West from the Middle East, writes Max Dunbar.
The Chinese economic model is not sustainable in the long run and the global community must do all it can to help China rise again. Kevin Gallagher at The Guardian says China is too big to fail.
Despite WikiLeak's massive publication of Afghanistan war logs, there remain undisclosed elements to the war. For example, who we are fighting, says The New Yorker.
"You don’t have to be a conservative to think it a bad idea to promote unionism in an economy struggling to climb out of a deep economic hole," says Judge Richard Posner. "You can be a Keynesian."
Michael Shermer refutes Deepak Chopra's modernized conception of God which he bases on ideas originating from quantum mechanics. Chopra demonstrates medieval reasoning, says Shermer.
The more oppressive the government, the more its citizens will defend it; people support corrupted politicians more fiercely; people with strong family ties are less trusting.