"The Massachusetts Legislature has approved a new law intended to bypass the Electoral College system," says The Boston Globe. The state's electoral votes would follow the national popular vote.
General Motor's new hybrid car will soon sell for $33,500, after a government credit. The machine will be a test of the public's willingness to go hybrid and its confidence in a revamped GM.
"A reduction in crop yields caused by climate change could mean up to 6.7 million additional Mexicans will emigrate to the United States by 2080, says a study by Princeton University researchers."
A group of leaders spread across the globe have been given secret keys and are "charged with rebooting the web if it is sent into meltdown by a terror attack or mass hacking."
The Smart Set considers the phrase 'State-of-the-Art' and asks why some things receive so much praise just for being new? Progress, it says, is something distinct from improvement.
Conservative columnist Jonah Goldberg says the democratization of the media is an improvement over alleged moral gatekeepers like Walter Cronkite, the 'saint of bourgeois America.'
A $20m refit aims to cut the Empire State Building's energy use by 40% and save emissions equal to 20,000 cars, says the Guardian. The motive is profit rather than conscience.
The knowledge-based economy is dead because its goals have been accomplished so well, says a British CEO. The new economy will be driven by ideas and value-added products.
"Anti-luxury politics are often a hit with the public. But Ben Franklin argued that wealth accumulation is a positive, and that government should not interfere."
An Illinois particle accelerator is helping to determine the range in which the Higgs boson, a.k.a. "God particle" exists. The special particle is thought to give mass to other elementary particles.
"Before children even take their first breath, common air pollutants breathed by their mothers during pregnancy may reduce their intelligence." Scientific America reports on urban pollution.
"In many ways, WikiLeaks’ 92,000 Afghanistan documents are no Pentagon Papers." The Christian Science Monitor says the leaked documents confirm already-available information.
Nouns that have changed to verbs, such as 'login', 'text', and 'unlike' have some grammarians in a fuss, but one lexicographer celebrates the changes as evidence of language's dynamism.
"If we want to protect traditional marriage, we should be prepared to sacrifice our love affair with equal rights and sexual freedoms." An author at 3 Quarks reflects on the nature of tradition.
What happens when you are on 'the same wavelength' as someone? New neurological data suggests physical traits are behind feeling a deep connection with someone.