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.
Eliot Spitzer is branded "disgraced" while David Vitter and Newt Gingrich are not. Glenn Greenwald at Salon asks what moral standards the so-called liberal media are applying.
Though oil companies like BP are the target of popular anger—private companies with selfish profit motives harvesting environmentally suicidal energy—the biggest oil companies are state-owned.
Two recent experiments suggest that taking a common pain reliever can ease emotional as well as physical pain. The Boston Globe reports on a surprising new find.
"Money doesn’t buy happiness all on its own purchasing power, but rather happiness comes indirectly from the higher status money provides." Relative income is what counts, says new research.