Following the entry of "happiness studies" into psychology through the last two decades, some are now asking if being perpetually elated is truly good for your health.
It seems America cannot escape its racial past: "'Resegregation is a national trend [that has been building] for over a decade,' says John C. Brittain, a law professor at the University of the District of Columbia."
"In spite of all the answers the internet has given us, its full potential to transform our lives remains the great unknown," says The Guardian. The English daily looks at where the Net is taking us.
Is decriminalizing marijuana while leaving anti-drug laws on the books a bad idea? Does it allow police to selectively enforce law and create contempt among the public? The Economist weighs in.
The Financial Times appeals to an Oxford philosophy professor to find the essence of beauty. Darwin said it was sex. For Estée Lauder, it was glamor. But what does beauty mean today?
"What happens to our civic life when we're all too scared to participate?" asks Slate. Expert witnesses have recently refused to testify in court, fearing reprisal for divulging their political views.
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.