Though thrilling, the penalty shots that might soon decide single-elimination World Cup soccer games are decidedly unfair. More Intelligent Life Magazine considers an alternative method.
“Next time you visit a car dealership, avoid sitting in soft chairs and you'll negotiate a better deal.” Psychology Today on the unconscious impact of texture, hardness and weight.
"For me, the lesson...is that obstacles can also be advantages, that who we become is deeply influenced by what we cannot do" — Jonah Lehrer on stuttering and Tourette's.
“I realized they were this...enormous force of nature...who determined how the West opened." Author S.C. Gwynne's on what inspired his new book.
The L. A. Times says plastic bags are a nuisance to the land, sea and animals and calls for the Californian Senate to stand up now to the bag industry and ban them.
Spiegel considers if the rush to uncover Europe's most pious Muslims can be explained solely by a new-found desire to protect the rights of women.
The New York Review of Books considers claims that Americans do not read enough foreign fiction and examines the cost of this alleged, “culturally catastrophic American isolationism.”
Sarah Jessica Parker's Manolo Blahniks are out and Grandma Walton's sensible apron is in in The Economist's depiction of the world in the aftermath of the age of easy credit.
When you celebrate yourself online, are you part of a brave new social future, or are you just being an ass? Evan Ratliff, in Wired, says it's the former, if you strike a balance.
Science journal Nature defends the World Health Organization's handling of the H1N1 pandemic, amid a European council's claims of unjustified fears and wasted spending.
“The greatness of Australia was on display...when a migrant woman became the nation's 27th prime minister”, The Australian newspaper writes of new leader Julia Gillard.
High school media literacy courses could build on civics lessons to nurture critical thinking and help bridge the digital divide, says The Atlantic; it's increasingly difficult to separate fact from fiction.
A federal judge has dismissed Viacom's suit against Google's You Tube for copyright violations. What does the verdict mean for the future of internet file sharing? Wired analyzes the court's decision.
Neuroscientists believe they have located the part of the brain that allows some blind people to process visual information to sense the presence of objects without seeing them.
Robert Pinsky says that only Marcus Aurelius can compete with Abraham Lincoln for the distinction of world class writer and politician. Pinsky looks at Lincoln's poem, "My Childhood-Home I See Again."