Theodore Dalrymple is not sure that snobbery is actually a vice. "Everyone needs someone to look down on, and the psychological need is the more urgent the more meritocratic a society becomes," he writes.
Imaging technology has now been used to assemble the first comprehensive map of global soil moisture that covers all land areas of the world, except for frozen soils at high latitudes and in some mountain regions.
Researchers have demonstrated that "the neural circuitry that controls the sleep/wake cycle in humans may also control the sleep patterns of 17 different mammalian species.
A new survey finds that while people around the world firmly support equal rights for men and women, many believe men should still get preference in jobs and education.
"In all Nabokov's work, the kindliness of memory recreates Eden, just as perversity razes it to the ground," writes Lesley Chamberlain. "We can lose our capacity to interpret the world as good. We can see only darkness."
"Do we inflate the menace of Islamic Jihad in order to justify the war in Afghanistan?" Robert Wright wonders if our simplification of Muslim motives squeezes relevant facts out of picture.
MIT engineers have completed a four year project to develop a car with foldable wings, in other words, a flying car. The vehicle is powered by unleaded gasoline and goes for $200,000.
"Those who perpetrate wars of aggression invariably invent moral justifications to allow themselves and the citizens of the aggressor state to feel good and noble about themselves," says Glen Greenwald.
"Apple’s legions of devotees should brace their hipster selves for an inevitable fall from grace," says Dennis Kneale at the Daily Beast after sampling Google's yet-unreleased smartphone.
The struggle to overcome Tourette's syndrome or even severe stuttering increases cognitive control in the prefrontal cortex because individuals suppress purely reflexive behavior.
Slate recalls Marshal McLuhan's distinction between hot and cool media to say that ink on paper is perceived differently than type on screen. One, therefore, cannot completely replace the other.
While surveillance that results in a speeding ticket may curb our wayward morals, Internet surveillance has no such benefit. Beware the illusion of your public persona, says The Economist.
Garrison Keillor extrapolates the three stages of life from three generations casually standing on a street corner: Defenselessness, Cluelessness and finally Helplessness.
Despite the Cold War mystique surrounding alleged Russian spies living within the U.S. under "deep cover", Al Jazeera reports that spying is an eternal art, valuable to a nation no matter the epoch.
Cities' ability to store heat means they are typically warmer than their surrounding areas. Given climate change, this could mean the end of cooler nights and more frequent heat waves.