More legislative oversight is needed to control the unofficial expansion of the U.S. forensic DNA database to ensure that innocent citizens are not unfairly implicated in crimes, says Slate.com.
Against-the-grain linguist Guy Deutscher thinks that language isn't completely a product of nature, but that it influences how we perceive the world and, in turn, how we express it.
"A Japanese space probe has landed in the Australian outback after a seven-year voyage to an asteroid, safely returning a capsule containing a unique sample of dust," says Reuters.
"The bad news for Dad is that despite common perception, there’s nothing objectively essential about his contribution," says Pamela Paul at the Atlantic. "The good news is, we’ve gotten used to him."
"Today, black nonmarital births have soared to more than 72 percent among non-Hispanic blacks, compared with about 28 percent for whites," laments Clarence Page at the Chicago Tribune.
"There are signs that technologists are waking up to the benefits of minimalism," says The Economist amidst a technology culture that values as many new features as possible.
Astronomer Chris Impey surveys the possible causes of earth's extinction. Whether it come from an asteroid or the sun's implosion, the rock we live on is by no means an eternal home.
Should a new term be introduced to define a class of foods of higher quality than "organic"? Some growers say "authentic food" would eliminate undue corporate influence over food production.
In between the extremes of being a slave to your whims and trying to master every emotion, there must be a middle road. Psychology Today talks of a "probabilistic approach" to expressing emotion.
Buying a home could prove an economic disadvantage now that mobility is necessary to find new opportunities, but moving is an emotionally trying event, says Caitlin Kelly at True/Slant.
Scientology's religious order, Sea Organization, has been accused by its female members of forcing them to have abortions, the reason being that children make the women unproductive.
"Our tendency to err is also what makes us smart," says the Boston Globe. Ridding ourselves of the shame associated with being wrong is the first step to becoming more intelligent.
German scientists recently ran four experiments showing that superstitious people performed better at their assigned tasks because they believed luck was on their side.
People who are consistently deprived of sleep are more likely to think that others are intentionally trying to deprive them of happiness than their well rested counterparts.
"Having perpetual freedom in our romantic choices can be a mixed blessing," says philosophy professor Aaron Ben-Zeév. "Boundaries are essential for human behavior."