“The greatness of Australia was on display...when a migrant woman became the nation's 27th prime minister”, The Australian newspaper writes of new leader Julia Gillard.
High school media literacy courses could build on civics lessons to nurture critical thinking and help bridge the digital divide, says The Atlantic; it's increasingly difficult to separate fact from fiction.
A federal judge has dismissed Viacom's suit against Google's You Tube for copyright violations. What does the verdict mean for the future of internet file sharing? Wired analyzes the court's decision.
Neuroscientists believe they have located the part of the brain that allows some blind people to process visual information to sense the presence of objects without seeing them.
Robert Pinsky says that only Marcus Aurelius can compete with Abraham Lincoln for the distinction of world class writer and politician. Pinsky looks at Lincoln's poem, "My Childhood-Home I See Again."
Former Islamabad CIA station chief Rob Grenier calls the row over General McCrystal's remarks a "foolish spectacle" and sees in it evidence of the impossible situation in Afghanistan.
"Who would have thought that the sound of God would be so whiny?" quips The Independent. Physicists at the LHC say "the God particle" sounds like "a bunch of coins spinning in a wine glass."
From solar and hydrogen powered concept planes to better designed, more fuel-efficient standard aircrafts, the airline industry is slowly turning greener, says The Christian Science Monitor.
Garrison Keillor on the myth of merit: "I was brought up imagining that cream rises to the top, merit wins out, the race is to the swift and riches to men of understanding, but it ain't necessarily so."
Buyer beware: cigarette companies, no longer allowed to use words like "light" or "mild" to advertise, are turning to the psychology of colors to "reframe" the hazards of smoking.
Manute Bol's dream of building schools in his war-torn home of Sudan lives on through his charity, Sudan Sunrise. His untimely death brings to life the magnanimity of an NBA curiosity.
Distraction is a much better tactic for calming children than conventional reassurance, which often heightens fear, researchers have found.
To be alive spiritually is to feel the ultimate anxiety of existence within the trivial anxieties of everyday life, believes Christian Wiman.
Facing economic woes, the Kremlin has decided that Russia needs the equivalent of a Silicon Valley. Leon Aron doubts it can succeed unaccompanied by a spirit of free inquiry.
Profits have plummeted since tools like Napster appeared, and peer-to-peer file sharing has weakened copyright, but has it also benefited all of us, as two academics argue?