The first age-friendly city in the world, New York City is opening a new branch of urban planning: environmental gerontology. The idea is to make cities more accessible to our elders.
The promotion of math and science in Muslim countries would serve American interests better than starting wars, says an Obama science advisor and Nobel Laureate Ahmed Zewail.
"For the first time, research shows that American creativity is declining. What went wrong—and how we can fix it?" Newsweek says a more active approach to teaching creativity is needed.
"Knowing more than one language is an asset in the global economy. Schools should be helping all students, English learners as well as English-only speakers, expand beyond one tongue."
"The class warfare we need is a conservative class warfare," says Ross Douthat at The New York Times. Making everyone pay their debts and fewer middle class taxes is his battle plan.
"The Dodd-Frank financial reform bill is a complex, disorderly, politically motivated, and not well thought out reaction to the financial crisis," says Nobel Laureate Gary Becker.
The democratic ideal of a well informed public fit to govern itself is not in line with recent behavioral research which finds people are more bullheaded when facts contradict their beliefs.
After pillaging the housing and credit markets, financial speculators have turned their gaze to chocolate. The price of cocoa has increased 150 percent in the last 18 months and producers are crying foul.
"For conservative hold-outs, soccer may be the most capitalist game going." The xenophobia that fears soccer as a socialist export is unfounded, says The Christian Science Monitor.
A new Midwest coal plant marketed as a source for cheap, clean energy is expected to raise utility bills and be the largest source of carbon dioxide in a quarter century, says The Chicago Tribune.
Responsible for feeding the nation, farm labor should be an honored work and respected with livable wages and good working conditions. Lest we bite the hand that feeds, says the L.A. Times.
Women who stay at home to raise children abdicate responsibility to themselves and therefore to their children, says Nancy Hirschmann, a professor of political science and women's studies.
"When the world’s productive capacities exceed the buying power of the world’s consumers, every government wants to increase exports and discourage imports. That spells trade war."
"The world we live in is so overrun with environmental pollutants that it is next to impossible to keep oneself truly healthy." Sadhbh Walshe at The Guardian laments the lack of regulation.
"The Internet is a Soviet bread line," says Damon Darlin at The New York Times. Sure we are elated at all the "free" content, but we lose hours and hours searching for what we want.