"U.S. policymakers should find every available means over the next decade to ensure that American economic and military power remains indispensable to China’s rise."
"Stature and beauty aside, trees have a positive effect on physical and mental health, they bring financial benefits to the cities where they grow and they are good for urban wildlife."
"America, are you happy? The emotional words contained in hundreds of millions of messages posted to the Twitter website may hold the answer." Two scientists on mulling Twitter data.
"What's wrong with praising our troops to the rafters and adding them to our pantheon of heroes? A lot." A retired lieutenant colonel laments the blanket praise heaped on our troops.
A former Treasury secretary, a labor union leader, a hedge-fund billionaire, and an heiress all agree: "The estate tax's impending revival couldn't come at a better time."
In his new book, Wesley J. Smith says the precondition for the human rights movement is exactly what elevates humans above animals: namely, a moral sense of right and wrong.
Is current Middle East violence the after effect of a stabilizing Ottoman Empire or a modern consequence of leaders exploiting cultural differences for political gain?
BP, Tiger Woods, Goldman Sachs: Why haven't public relations machines been able to keep their companies' images better intact? Have social media overwhelmed these propaganda machines?
While appreciating music does stimulate the brain, "It will be a sad day when the only way to persuade educationalists to embrace music is via its side effects on cognition and intelligence."
The disturbing imagery of blocking the sun to slow climate change aside, geoengineering faces serious practical concerns. The Economist looks at the ups and downs of this radical solution.
"The heaviest and brightest star known to exist—with a mass some 300 times as big as our own Sun—has been discovered by British astronomers." The Independent reports.
Money doesn't buy happiness because when we try to treat ourselves, we can end up spoiling ourselves, ruining the enjoyment of everyday pleasures like a chocolate bar, says Wired Science.
"So even though a meat-free world sounds good on paper, it is likely that a utopian future will still have some animal products in it. And we are talking meat, not just milk and eggs."
"MIT political scientists demonstrate how much candidate appearances affect election outcomes, globally." Good looks seem to win out across cultures with very different histories.
"Amazon reports that sales of e-books have finally surpassed sales of hardcovers. That's a pretty momentous development." Megan McArdle at The Atlantic thinks the Kindle's day has come.