A double problem faces the American arts: declining government funding and a shift of priorities in the private sector away from cultural patronage. A new approach is needed.
Loren Coleman is the father of American cryptozoology, or the exploration for animals whose existence is generally doubted. There's more to it than Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster, Coleman says.
"Far from making us stupid, new media technologies are the only things that will keep us smart," says Steven Pinker in his Op-Ed for the New York Times.
The L.A. Times takes aim at Apple in its editorial, saying the "bare-knuckled competitiveness" that helped it ascend may now be a liability.
Instead of bows and arrows, Brazil's Surui people are using the Internet, GPS and Google Earth to stop the destruction of rainforest, reports Juliane von Mittelstaedt
A major surprise from two genetic surveys — and of great interest to historians — is the genetic closeness of Europe's two Jewish communities, explains Nicholas Wade.
“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".