"Students are taking out loans that they may not be able to repay, and some fear massive defaults." Iowa Senator Tom Harkin says for-profit colleges may be doing a public disservice.
"We were promised a life of leisure thanks to hard-working robots and fiendishly clever cyborgs. But the android fantasy has largely been terminated," says The Independent.
"An online game that tasks players with reining in government spending suggests the public is more willing to make hard choices than they get credit for." Miller-McCune on the deficit question.
"The fiscal 2010 deficit—$1 trillion and counting—is an encouraging sign," says Daniel Gross at Slate. The business columnist says worries about a short-term American debt crisis are unfounded.
Al-Shabaab, a brutal Somalian insurgency, has attacked inside Uganda. How much should this international Islamic terrorism concern the U.S. and how can, or should, the U.S. respond?
Hendrik Hertzberg at The New Yorker looks on the bright side of life: despite unprecedented world problems, the author appreciates the good food and good cooking culture in America.
Computing speed doubles once every year and a half, and so does the electrical efficiency of processors, from laptops to servers. The pattern makes our computing lives more convenient.
"Innovation is like a bush fire that burns brightly for a short time, then dies down before flaring up somewhere else," says Matt Ridley, whose new book chronicles the history of prosperity.
Gerald Dworkin at 3 Quarks Daily asks if three Navy Seals in Afghanistan, who were killed as a direct consequence of their decision to spare civilian life, should have acted otherwise.
"Stem cell 'pharmacies' that dispense tissue therapies could be as common as chemist shops in 20 years' time, according to a top scientist." The Independent envisions the future of medicine.
"We're in the grip of a cultural panic and we have no idea whether we're coming or going," says The Guardian's Books Blog. The rapidity of current cultural change can be baffling.
British philosopher A.C. Grayling thinks a new book on current neurological studies of wisdom fails to capture the true nature of knowledge because MRIs are too narrowly focused.
A Massachusetts judge has ruled that the federal gay marriage ban, a.k.a. The Defense of Marriage Act, violates the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment.
Once known for its cool and revolutionary attitude, Apple now appears to have gone soft, using canned emotional appeals to market its iPhone, says The Atlantic's Niraj Chokshi.
Christopher Hitchens heaps rare praise on The New York Times for its story on tax breaks given to pro-Israeli foundations who oppose a two-state solution, contradicting stated U.S. policy.