“South Africans live in separate but parallel worlds, and old divides continue to exist, 16 years after the end of apartheid." Ullrich Fichtner on the violence, victories and hope.
With Asia expected to overtake Europe in pharmaceutical sales, researchers are focusing on the predominant diseases, and the medicines most likely to work, in emerging markets.
Worried that Twitter is shrinking attention spans, search engines lowering intelligence? Steven Pinker reassures us that I.T. is actually keeping us smart.
I.T. is waking up to the benefits of minimalism thanks to feature fatigue among consumers and strong demand from less affluent consumers in the developing world.
Meghan Daum opines on beauty amid a new book on workplace discrimination against the "unattractive" and a lawsuit by a woman claiming she was fired for being too attractive.
NYU professor Tunku Varadarajan asks: How can we account for the success of Indian American political candidates in the South given the region's history of institutionalized racism?
Among children whose parents consistently use mobile devices, "feelings of hurt, jealousy and competition are widespread," says Sherry Turkle, director of MIT's Initiative on Technology and Self.
Garrison Keillor eavesdrops on some twenty-somethings at a local cafe and reasons that instant communication would have sapped modern literature of its best tropes, e.g. longing and reflection.
Stanford Economist Paul Romer wants "dysfunctional nations to kick-start their own development" by leasing territory to foreign governments, an idea criticized as "neo-colonial".
Ideological debates that lack context during a financial crisis are like a bikini, says Marc Lackritz of the Financial Times: "What they reveal is suggestive; but what they conceal is vital."
NASA says our sun is preparing for a stormy period and, according to the National Academy of Sciences, "A major solar storm could cause twenty times more economic damage than Hurricane Katrina."
Forty percent of the world doesn't use toilets, says UNICEF, resulting in disease carried by dust and flies and contaminated food and water supplies — the toll is 2 million dead annually.
One in eight people fled their homes in Northwest Pakistan in 2009 because of the war in Afghanistan; the area is a "human-rights free zone" according to a new report from Amnesty International.
Apple's strict policy against pornographic apps has resulted in an illustrated adaptation of James Joyce's landmark novel Ulysses being censored; the novel itself was once banned for its sexual content.
Researchers hoping to fuse neuroscience with marketing are studying brain patterns of consumers with the goal of tapping into their subconscious material desires.