As summer is upon us, what does psychological research tell us about how we spend our leisure time? The answers could provide for a more enjoyable vacation in the coming months.
"The nature and depth of the financial crisis is forcing us to reconsider some of the basic tenets of financial theory," says Paul Volcker who maps his ideas for reform in The NY Review of Books.
The New Statesman ruminates on what democracy might look like in an Islamic republic, what Eastern countries are tending that way, and why the West must make tough compromises.
"When something is free, you tend to use more of it. It's true for buffets and open bars, and it's the same with carbon," says The Atlantic while advocating for a carbon tax to slow global warming.
Ten years after sequencing the entire human genome, some call the achievement a false start; The Economist calls it only the beginning of a marathon that has begun to revolutionize biology.
Art critic Karen Wright charts her run-ins with English painter David Hockney over the last ten years. The prolific painter has taken to photography and even drawing on his iPhone.
For the first time, researchers have cataloged forty distinct signals orangutans use to communicate with each other, including gestures for "I want to play" and "Give it to me".
Naomi Klein takes stock of the Gulf oil spill and finds a deeper meaning beneath mechanical failure on Deepwater Horizon: the West's cultural hubris in thinking it can control Nature.
"As counterintuitive as it may be to say so, oil is a green fuel, while 'green' fuels aren't," says Jonah Goldberg, who makes a sobering and conservative assessment of America's need for black gold.
Miller-McCune reports that, "Using artificial intelligence and the graphics techniques behind 'Avatar,' a USC institute creates 'virtual humans' and interactive immersions that train American soldiers."
"Reality is already outpacing 'Minority Report,' the 2002 film that imagined technology in far-off 2054: Pre-crime systems, 3D video and gesture-based computing are already here," says The New York Times.
Physicists have developed an experiment involving super cold matter and an empty elevator shaft that will test one concept crucial to Einstein's Theory of General Relativity.
The Big Money shines light on for-profit colleges that take federal money but use far more revenue for recruitment and marketing than for educating their students—a higher education crisis?
"The causes of underfunded pensions are similar throughout the developed world," says the L.A. Times while commenting on France's recent move to increase the retirement age.
TV, long considered a ‘wasteland’, is enjoying a widely acknowledged creative renaissance at the same time as movies are striking out. Joseph Childers examines why.