"Members of the Cuban arts community say more musicians, artists, actors and writers are traveling between the two countries." The Times reports on a burgeoning arts exchange.
"The obstacles to energy access are not technical. What is missing is a global commitment to move energy access up the political and development agendas."
Runaway executive bonuses on Wall-Street are here to stay, says John Cassidy at The New Yorker. The financial writer laments Washington's failure to curtail abusive payouts.
"Like children with their hands in the cookie jar, dogs steal food quietly to make sure they don't get caught. The finding adds to evidence that dogs can work out what others are thinking."
"As the 21st century unfolds, perhaps religions will undergo a radical shift: to become more hybrid in nature and flexible in narrative." A professor of genetics on the malleability of myths.
"Biofuels have always sounded better during the Iowa caucuses than they have performed in reality." The Chicago Tribune on why federal ethanol subsidies may be on the chopping block.
"It looks like an iPad, only it's 1/14th the cost: India has unveiled the prototype of a $35 basic touchscreen tablet aimed at students, which it hopes to bring into production by 2011."
"Where does our sense of right and wrong come from?" David Brooks at The New York Times prefers a naturalistic explanation of moral code over a purely divine or rational one.
A federal court has ruled that cheerleading cannot properly be called a sport because it does not provide for equal opportunities and participation in sports. Has the court gone too far?
"We could be living inside a black hole. This head-spinning idea is one cosmologist's conclusion based on a modification of Einstein's equations." The New Scientist on some very new astronomy.
"To me, the unsung villain of the mortgage crisis is the 30-year fixed rate self-amortizing mortgage with no prepayment penalty," says Megan McArdle at The Atlantic.
"Can pot be a cause for the psychotic breakdown? Can pot actually help schizophrenics?" Dan Mitchell at The Big Money's new marijuana blog says there is no causal relationship.
Spiegel says that despite Israel's declared freeze on building West Bank settlements, construction continues with the support of Jewish-American aid foundations.
Timothy Noah at Slate on, "What your enjoyment of sleep-away camp, or lack of same, says about your character." How much did these hideaways determine our adult psychology?
U.S. human rights diplomacy is usually code for economic policy, says The Economist's Babbage blog. So why can't the State Department openly talk about development as a worthwhile goal?