"Voluntary taxes offer a politically palatable way to raise additional revenue and perhaps even to strengthen Americans’ sense of patriotism and citizenship." Pony up, says The Boston Globe.
"Could natural variability be responsible for the warmer water and bigger storms, instead of greenhouse gases?" Miller-McCune looks at the scientific debate as hurricane season approaches.
"Living in another culture and learning the practices of that culture may enhance the psychological processes that make people more creative," says Psychology Today.
Despite a bloated and ineffective American justice system, current state budget cuts affecting front line officers and public defenders deal a blow to due process, says Sasha Abramsky at The Guardian.
"Imagine that right after briefing Adam about which fruit was allowed and which forbidden, God had installed a closed-circuit television camera in the garden of Eden."
A new technique for transferring data across fiber-optic lines could increase the speed of the Internet by 100 times because information need never be converted into electrical signals.
David Brooks at the New York Times says the exposure journalism that ousted McCrystal does a disservice to everyone by creating mistrust between the government and the press.
The G-8 should treat African development like an investment rather than a charity case, says the Christian Science Monitor. It may be an opportunity the industrialized world cannot afford to pass up.
"A civilised dialogue between the arts and sciences would be a marvellous thing, a takeover would not." The Telegraph laments the rise of Darwinian analysis in the humanities.
Jon Wellinghoff, chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, imagines a national clean-energy grid in the near future. Scientific American conducts an in-depth interview.
By examining the brain patterns of people who demonstrate courage in the face of fear, scientists are hoping to find a way to rid people of their most irrational phobias.
Environmental friendliness is an added bonus for consumers looking to save money by purchasing cars with smaller engines. American car companies are looking to Europe, says Wired.
"More women are going kid-free by choice, thanks to more accessible and better contraception and a decrease in social stigma related to non-motherhood." Salon looks at motherhood data.
The dispute between America's proposed deficit spending and Germany's belt-tightening grows larger as the nations meet at the G-20 summit. The world's economy could be at stake.
Though thrilling, the penalty shots that might soon decide single-elimination World Cup soccer games are decidedly unfair. More Intelligent Life Magazine considers an alternative method.