“Hypocrisy is always a double edged sword; but in the case of anti-colonial struggles both sides of the blade cut the weaker party more deeply,” says history professor Mark LeVine.
Dual use technologies make it especially difficult for countries to negotiate agreements over the weaponization of space. The New Scientists asks what positive steps can be taken.
Robert Wright says that the Internet is scattering our brains, sacrificing individual coherence for a superorganism where people are but single cells of a greater, electronic being.
"Repeal of the estate tax imposes significant costs on the taxpaying public and promotes concentrations of wealth that harm our democracy," says a Boston College law professor.
A recent Supreme Court ruling that denies a Christian college organization access to campus facilities violates the First Amendment, says Dennis Byrne at the Chicago Tribune.
Historically a bedrock of U.S. foreign policy, Israel is losing support from outside and inside the U.S. because of its recent aggressiveness, says Jonathan Freedland for The Guardian.
"Feeling down? Having a stimulating conversation might help." Scientific American looks at a study suggesting that deep conversations are more satisfying that superficial ones.
Cases of human irrationality are manifold, but Wired Science has found a new one: Do the outcomes of local sporting events influence voters during political elections? Yes, two studies say.
After dogs, horses may be man's best friend, new research suggests. Based on their ability to understand subtle eye and body movements, horses can grasp human dispositions relatively well.
Twenty-four years after the nuclear accident at Chernobyl, Scottish sheep are finally free of radioactive material brought on by heavy rain following the meltdown.
"If everyone writes, there'll be more bad novels. And if writing is thought sacred, they will become more boring." The Telegraph doesn't think the novel is dead, just boring.
Would it be cheaper to deal with climate change when it comes, rather than take preventative measures now? The Atlantic Wire considers the ideas of Al Gore, Paul Krugman and Ezra Klein.
Be an individual, just like everyone else. Laurie Essig at True/Slant says American culture prioritizes creativity in romantic relationships in a way that dictates conformity and materialism.
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."