"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.
"The Supreme Court on Monday loosened the limits on the kinds of inventions that are eligible for patent protection," reports The Washington Post. Intangible goods are increasingly eligible.
Though the Islamic world has "fallen behind" recent scientific times, the oil-rich states of the Middle East are seeking to diversify their economies. The New Scientist says science and technology appear promising.
Some false beliefs, such as paranoia, are ill-suited to evolutionary success, but some, like extreme optimism in the face of insurmountable odds, are a boon, says Scientific American.
Starting today, the non-profit digital library Internet Archive will give the public access to over a million public domain books and thousands of contemporary copyrighted e-books. Copyright questions abound.
NPR recounts how a modest scientific conclusion about classical music's effect on spatial reasoning led to a nation obsessed with making their unborn babies listen to Mozart.
"The main concern is that we can’t really predict how ecosystems and human society will respond to climate change," say scientists who worry carbon levels could overwhelm natural systems by 2200.
Of the 4.7 million Iraqis displaced by the war, 100,000 have been relocated, one-third of those to the U.S. The Guardian echoes calls to expedite refugee processing and to provide counselling services.
"The new national space policy calls on NASA to target missions beyond low-Earth orbit — such as to an asteroid — by 2025, with the eventual goal of sending astronauts to Mars." The CSM reports.