A new technique for transferring data across fiber-optic lines could increase the speed of the Internet by 100 times because information need never be converted into electrical signals.
David Brooks at the New York Times says the exposure journalism that ousted McCrystal does a disservice to everyone by creating mistrust between the government and the press.
The G-8 should treat African development like an investment rather than a charity case, says the Christian Science Monitor. It may be an opportunity the industrialized world cannot afford to pass up.
"A civilised dialogue between the arts and sciences would be a marvellous thing, a takeover would not." The Telegraph laments the rise of Darwinian analysis in the humanities.
Jon Wellinghoff, chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, imagines a national clean-energy grid in the near future. Scientific American conducts an in-depth interview.
By examining the brain patterns of people who demonstrate courage in the face of fear, scientists are hoping to find a way to rid people of their most irrational phobias.
Environmental friendliness is an added bonus for consumers looking to save money by purchasing cars with smaller engines. American car companies are looking to Europe, says Wired.
"More women are going kid-free by choice, thanks to more accessible and better contraception and a decrease in social stigma related to non-motherhood." Salon looks at motherhood data.
The dispute between America's proposed deficit spending and Germany's belt-tightening grows larger as the nations meet at the G-20 summit. The world's economy could be at stake.
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.