"It's one thing to lose in court. Chicago has to win the daily struggle on its streets." The Chicago Tribune reacts to the Supreme Court's decision against they city's handgun regulation.
"A wandering mind can protect you from immediate perils and keep you on course toward long-term goals," says The New York Times. Researchers find benefits to being a bit airy.
William James was about the only philosopher who didn’t end up a pettifogging nit-picker or overbearing egomaniac with delusions of genius. So says New Humanist's Jonathan Rée.
Spiegel damns the latest G-20 summit as one of "yet more vague promises", and says national interests have once again become more important than the big picture.
Facebook's Open Graph protocol is a shot across Google’s bow, but will the power of the “like” exceed that of the link, asks Mathew Ingram.
A porn-only internet domain, where addresses have the suffix xxx not www, could help end "accidental pornography", according to Guardian columnist Barbara Ellen.
Our main budgetary issue is expected growth in entitlements spending, which is one key reason the retirement age should be raised to near 70. Gary Becker sets out the case.
The design of the human jaw actually makes it 40-50 percent more efficient than for all great apes, Australian researchers have found.
Are some of our elegant symbols of modernity — smartphones and so on — fueling slaughter and rape in Congo? The New York Times on the campaign for “clean” minerals.
Is financial illiteracy “rational ignorance”—inattention that is justified because the costs of paying attention outweigh the benefits? The New Yorker says no.
Retired physician and emeritus professor Arthur Rivin shares insights on the increasingly common disease which 5.3 million Americans also have.
Do claims of slave labor in the Brazilian Amazon merely reflect cultural misinterpretations? The BBC on the state of Para, where more than 1,000 "slaves" were rescued in two years.
Is American sexual apathy a medical condition or the result of an "anxious, overachieving, white upper middle class?" The New York Times ruminates on the prospect of female Viagra.
MIT researchers are advising the government to use natural gas as a low-carbon bridge to a cleaner energy society, but they warn renewables must be developed lest gas become a bridge to nowhere.
"Wearing fake goods makes you feel a fake yourself, and causes you to be more dishonest in other matters than you would otherwise be." The Economist looks at faux fashionistas.