"The poor need not always be with us. That goal can be achieved if we ensure that workers are paid enough to feed their families," says The L.A. Times, whose city has pioneered legislation on the living wage.
Charles Krauthammer disputes the Obama administration's claims that Iran is more isolated in the world. Russia, China, Brazil and Turkey have all sought to assist Iran with its energy ambitions.
"Researchers determined that the lunar water likely originated early in the moon's formation history, suggesting that it is, in fact, native to the moon," reports the Christian Science Monitor.
Although this week is Homeopathy Awareness Week, Edzard Ernst at The Guardian finds the medical practice more threatened than ever as scientific establishments attack its medicinal claims.
By all officials estimates, the Earth's population is scheduled to grow rapidly during the coming decades, but this long-term problem ill-suits short term political careers, says The Independent.
Skeptic Michael Shermer thinks we deceive ourselves because "we did not evolve a baloney-detection device in our brains to discriminate between true and false patterns."
Contrary to popular belief, high crop yields created by industrialized farming have greatly slowed global warming by preventing deforestation for new farmland, says a new study from the Carnegie Institution.
"Fossilized corals and lasers beamed at a receding moon have revealed that over the ages the length of time it takes Earth to spin once on its axis has increased significantly."
More legislative oversight is needed to control the unofficial expansion of the U.S. forensic DNA database to ensure that innocent citizens are not unfairly implicated in crimes, says Slate.com.
Against-the-grain linguist Guy Deutscher thinks that language isn't completely a product of nature, but that it influences how we perceive the world and, in turn, how we express it.
"A Japanese space probe has landed in the Australian outback after a seven-year voyage to an asteroid, safely returning a capsule containing a unique sample of dust," says Reuters.
"The bad news for Dad is that despite common perception, there’s nothing objectively essential about his contribution," says Pamela Paul at the Atlantic. "The good news is, we’ve gotten used to him."
"Today, black nonmarital births have soared to more than 72 percent among non-Hispanic blacks, compared with about 28 percent for whites," laments Clarence Page at the Chicago Tribune.
"There are signs that technologists are waking up to the benefits of minimalism," says The Economist amidst a technology culture that values as many new features as possible.
Astronomer Chris Impey surveys the possible causes of earth's extinction. Whether it come from an asteroid or the sun's implosion, the rock we live on is by no means an eternal home.