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."
Jeffrey Wasserstrom gives five reasons why we need not fear the rise of China. Among them: "Some of the really scary things about China have U.S. parallels," such as environmental disregard, he says.
The language police at Salon lament the rise of "No problem" over "Thank you" because, they say, the former shrugs off bonds created by social interaction instead of affirming them.
"New research finds that attractive people in the business world or academia may be at a disadvantage when they’re evaluated by a member of the same sex." More at Miller-McCune.
The author of a new book on race begins with a controversial hypotheses: it was desegregation that destroyed thriving black schools and created a culture of underperformance.
"Scientists are trying to regulate the weather with ambitious experiments that may even tackle global warming. Is this a great step forward?" The Independent looks at the strangest of these ideas.
Personalities are typically thought to be genetically determined; not so, says the New Scientist: "We may learn our personalities, and adjust them to situations we find ourselves in over time."
"Corruption has marred every aspect of Somali society," says Afyare Abdi Elmi, a professor of International Affairs. It is, he says, the most corrupt country in the world.
"With deception so significant a part of the natural world, it's little wonder we resort to it almost reflexively. Indeed, who's not to say that lying isn't an in-built part of human nature?" asks the Independent.
If not humans, is God to blame for recent natural disasters? What are the limits of divine and human agency? The New Yorker explains a philosophical twist whereby divinity is expressed through free will.