New research suggests that reciting maxims to one's self, such as "Everyone makes mistakes," can help the ego recover from guilt associated with acting against one's principles.
Martha Nussbaum says that when the President and politicians publicly admire the education systems of China and Singapore, they support learning systems at odds with an open society.
The USDA is addressing the American health epidemic: "For the first time ever, our official dietary guidelines might address access to healthy food for poor people," says Salon.
The idea that espionage always relies on cutting-edge technology is a myth, says The Christian Science Monitor, which divulges the five oldest, and still most effective, spy tricks.
"Blood drawn with a simple needle stick can be coaxed into producing stem cells that may have the ability to form any type of tissue in the body." This according to three new studies.
"Boys’ voices are breaking earlier; girls are developing breasts as young as six. But why?" Danish researchers began investigating when a church choir could not find enough pre-pubescent boys.
While genes and lifestyle play their respective role in the aging process, deeper research further delineates between the two. Living past 100 may be in the genes, says Scientific American.
Soccer's peculiar resemblances to socialism is why America has yet to really succeed at the sport, says The Guardian's American-in-Residence, Michael Tomansky.
Steve Chapman at The Chicago Tribune asks if gun regulation, following the Supreme Court's move to strike down Chicago's handgun ban, is like using a garden hose to defeat a forest fire.
David Brooks and Gail Collins take on New and Old Media in their ongoing conversation at the New York Times. The career journalists think beat reporting is still crucial to worthwhile journalism.
"It seems fair to conclude that the 81-year-old, Canadian-born [Frank] Gehry is the most important architect of our age," writes Matt Tyrnauer.
"Agnosticism is not some kind of weak-tea atheism," writes Ron Rosenbaum. "Agnosticism is ... opposition to the unwarranted certainties that atheism and theism offer."
A new concept aircraft from Lockheed Martin could pave the way for supersonic flights over land by shushing the sonic booms created by the planes.
"What would you get if you crossed a whale with a shark?" asks Sid Perkins. "Maybe something like Leviathan melvillei, a long-extinct, hypercarnivorous whale with teeth longer than any T. rex ever had."
Edward Tenner wonders whether business models, like major engineering projects and government agencies, have their own failure timetables.