Facing economic woes, the Kremlin has decided that Russia needs the equivalent of a Silicon Valley. Leon Aron doubts it can succeed unaccompanied by a spirit of free inquiry.
Profits have plummeted since tools like Napster appeared, and peer-to-peer file sharing has weakened copyright, but has it also benefited all of us, as two academics argue?
Will readers have to flounder in an ocean of slush before the new gatekeepers appear to rescue them? It's getting harder to be a discerning reader in the digital self-publishing era.
“Why would a top military commander allow a journalist so much unfettered access to his inner circle?” Jeremy W. Peters on why Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal let down his guard.
Why was America so rattled by its disallowed goal in last week's World Cup match against Slovenia? Andrés T. Tapia blames violation of the American sense of "internal control."
Media consultant Frédéric Filloux dissects the dire situation of the French press (generalizable to most western media?) and the likely fate of the flagship daily, Le Monde.
A U.K. health watchdog's call for “life-saving” food labeling and other dietary changes has met with an unenthusiastic government response.
Peering at the future of liberal education, Eric Jansson predicts that close faculty-student and student-student interaction will remain the core no matter the fancy technology.
A ten year study of Ugandan chimps has documented violent territory struggles between rival camps, but what impresses researchers is the cooperation needed to carry out the attacks.
"The Supreme Court's ruling that advising terrorist groups to pursue their goals peacefully is 'material support' of their violent activities is wrongheaded," says an L.A. Times editorial.
"By prompting President Obama to suspend deep-water drilling in US offshore waters, the Gulf oil spill is pushing up the date at which the world's conventional oil production peaks," says the CSM.
"When does a passion for gadgets turn into an addiction with symptoms that include headaches and back pain?" asks the Independent. Scientists now study this very modern affliction.
That certain dolphin and whale species possess "self-awareness, suffering and a social culture" is a strong moral reason to finally halt the ongoing hunting of large marine life, says Al Jazeera.
"The United States is hopelessly dependent on credit. And like stopping other serious addictions, only one solution will work—go cold turkey. We should abolish credit," says The Atlantic.
Microsoft's new Xbox frill, Kinect, uses detailed sensing technology that could enable a host of practical applications from improved home security systems to hands-free medical files.