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.
In her new book, the contemporary philosopher writes that a person who follows "argument rather than numbers is a good person for a democracy to have," opposing the primacy of short term economic gain.
The New Scientist reports on one biochemist and one visual artist teamed up to investigate the ever blurring line between nature and technology—a post-humanist future, they call it.
"Voluntary taxes offer a politically palatable way to raise additional revenue and perhaps even to strengthen Americans’ sense of patriotism and citizenship." Pony up, says The Boston Globe.
"Could natural variability be responsible for the warmer water and bigger storms, instead of greenhouse gases?" Miller-McCune looks at the scientific debate as hurricane season approaches.
"Living in another culture and learning the practices of that culture may enhance the psychological processes that make people more creative," says Psychology Today.
Despite a bloated and ineffective American justice system, current state budget cuts affecting front line officers and public defenders deal a blow to due process, says Sasha Abramsky at The Guardian.
"Imagine that right after briefing Adam about which fruit was allowed and which forbidden, God had installed a closed-circuit television camera in the garden of Eden."