Prior to the famous extinction of the dinosaurs, another mass extinction paved the way for their emergence, an emergence that happened much faster than previously thought, says The Economist.
Jagdish Bhagwati, professor of economics and law at Columbia, dispels five common myths about free trade such as, "Free trade may increase economic prosperity, but it is bad for the working class."
Jeffrey Wasserstrom gives five reasons why we need not fear the rise of China. Among them: "Some of the really scary things about China have U.S. parallels," such as environmental disregard, he says.
The language police at Salon lament the rise of "No problem" over "Thank you" because, they say, the former shrugs off bonds created by social interaction instead of affirming them.
"New research finds that attractive people in the business world or academia may be at a disadvantage when they’re evaluated by a member of the same sex." More at Miller-McCune.
The author of a new book on race begins with a controversial hypotheses: it was desegregation that destroyed thriving black schools and created a culture of underperformance.
"Scientists are trying to regulate the weather with ambitious experiments that may even tackle global warming. Is this a great step forward?" The Independent looks at the strangest of these ideas.
Personalities are typically thought to be genetically determined; not so, says the New Scientist: "We may learn our personalities, and adjust them to situations we find ourselves in over time."
"Corruption has marred every aspect of Somali society," says Afyare Abdi Elmi, a professor of International Affairs. It is, he says, the most corrupt country in the world.
"With deception so significant a part of the natural world, it's little wonder we resort to it almost reflexively. Indeed, who's not to say that lying isn't an in-built part of human nature?" asks the Independent.
If not humans, is God to blame for recent natural disasters? What are the limits of divine and human agency? The New Yorker explains a philosophical twist whereby divinity is expressed through free will.
Gary Becker and Richard Posner at the University of Chicago weigh in on the Gulf oil leak. Did BP make a good-faith estimate of the risk entailed by deep-water drilling or was it negligent?
If Americans have an impending sense that our present moment represents a capitalized End of Something, let us take the moment to exhale and appreciate the tranquility of finality.
"Just as healthy optimism can turn into irrational exuberance, a clear-eyed realism about the challenges facing the United States can gradually inflate a pessimism bubble," says Ross Douthat today.
In just 3,000 years, an evolutionary microsecond, Tibetans have developed a unique version of a gene that helps them adapt to living at high altitudes. This according to a study published in Science.