"Stem cell 'pharmacies' that dispense tissue therapies could be as common as chemist shops in 20 years' time, according to a top scientist." The Independent envisions the future of medicine.
"We're in the grip of a cultural panic and we have no idea whether we're coming or going," says The Guardian's Books Blog. The rapidity of current cultural change can be baffling.
British philosopher A.C. Grayling thinks a new book on current neurological studies of wisdom fails to capture the true nature of knowledge because MRIs are too narrowly focused.
A Massachusetts judge has ruled that the federal gay marriage ban, a.k.a. The Defense of Marriage Act, violates the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment.
Once known for its cool and revolutionary attitude, Apple now appears to have gone soft, using canned emotional appeals to market its iPhone, says The Atlantic's Niraj Chokshi.
Christopher Hitchens heaps rare praise on The New York Times for its story on tax breaks given to pro-Israeli foundations who oppose a two-state solution, contradicting stated U.S. policy.
Eliot Spitzer is branded "disgraced" while David Vitter and Newt Gingrich are not. Glenn Greenwald at Salon asks what moral standards the so-called liberal media are applying.
Though oil companies like BP are the target of popular anger—private companies with selfish profit motives harvesting environmentally suicidal energy—the biggest oil companies are state-owned.
Two recent experiments suggest that taking a common pain reliever can ease emotional as well as physical pain. The Boston Globe reports on a surprising new find.
"Money doesn’t buy happiness all on its own purchasing power, but rather happiness comes indirectly from the higher status money provides." Relative income is what counts, says new research.
The cap-and-trade market that successfully reduced acid-rain emissions is threatened by new federal regulations, says The Wall Street Journal. Could cap-and-trade work as well for carbon?
Al Jazeera reports on the highly disproportionate allocation of public funds in Jerusalem. Palestinian neighborhoods suffer from lack of infrastructure while Israeli ones do not.
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.