Microsoft's Imagine Cup challenges high school and college students to develop apps that address the world's most pressing problems. The result is humanitarian mobile devices.
"The financial crisis in America isn't over," says James Galbraith. The renowned economist explains how restoring the rule of law on Wall Street should be the nation's top priority.
"Though Iranian officials have only just now designated the mullet as a form of 'Western cultural invasion,' the haircut has always been with us." Slate gives a history of the hairdo.
"Today's communes are a far cry from the free-loving, dope-smoking hippy havens of the Sixties. But can they really solve the problems of the modern world?"
After Oscar Grant, some are looking to the U.K. as a model for gun-free police forces. Lola Adesioye at The Guardian thinks non-lethal tasers could be the ideal solution.
"One of the most widely quoted and dissected public intellectuals on the planet is also one of the most inscrutable." A colleague of Christopher Hitchens on the author's personal reticence.
"The Internet-versus-books debate is conducted on the supposition that the medium is the message. But sometimes the medium is just the medium," says David Brooks.
Thinking of launching its own social network site, Google has criticized Facebook's "friend" function because it creates networks that don't respect the boundaries of real life.
"The Gulf oil spill ranks as the nation's worst environmental disaster only if you ignore the great ongoing spill in the sky." The L.A. Times says air pollution gets a pass, but shouldn't.
"By the end of next year, there's a good chance that Android devices will have displaced the iPhone in terms of sales." The Independent predicts closed-source programming will end Apple.
"How does a defunct and discredited diplomatic process continue to masquerade as a success despite its utter failures?" An Al Jazeera analyst writes about the Middle East "peace process".
Government scientists have found natural HIV antibodies necessary for an AIDS vaccine, reports Scientific American, but stimulating their production in the body remains a hurdle.
"We've plenty to protest about in the US, but on the streets there is no dissent. Why is our liberal mood so paralytic?" Clancy Sigel blames a host of culprits, including the Internet.
"An aircraft fueled by the sun has accomplished its first ever manned night flight," reports the New Scientist. The Swiss aircraft broke several records for a piloted solar flight.
Two independent reports have exonerated the "Climategate" scientists, but you wouldn't know it to read the news. Salon.com takes on the wet-noodle, mainstream press.