"NASA’s Kepler spacecraft has discovered a whopping 706 candidate planets beyond the solar system," says Science News. The find nearly doubles the amount of known planets outside our solar system.
Due to the country's one-child policy and a cultural preference for boys, "The Chinese Academy of Social Science estimates that by 2020, 24 million Chinese men will be unable to find a wife."
The question of how single celled organisms evolved into more dynamic multicellular ones is difficult to answer, but scientists in Tennessee believe genetic on/off switches provide a clue.
Two fathers at True/Slant reflect on the sports culture that pushes kids to succeed at sports against better parenting judgement. "Benign neglect" is perhaps a better method, they say.
"Penny-pinching at a time like this isn’t just cruel; it endangers the nation’s future," says Paul Krugman, who laments the government's plans to reign in current spending to pay back the budget deficit.
The New Yorker reviews Peter Beinart's new book on American foreign policy and finds a tale of American leaders coping with the effects of unprecedented mistakes following the rise of the U.S.
"The filibuster has been perverted to derail proposals that some members simply don't like. The Senate should ban it," says the L.A. Times. The legislative tool isn't what it used to be.
Following the entry of "happiness studies" into psychology through the last two decades, some are now asking if being perpetually elated is truly good for your health.
It seems America cannot escape its racial past: "'Resegregation is a national trend [that has been building] for over a decade,' says John C. Brittain, a law professor at the University of the District of Columbia."
"In spite of all the answers the internet has given us, its full potential to transform our lives remains the great unknown," says The Guardian. The English daily looks at where the Net is taking us.
Is decriminalizing marijuana while leaving anti-drug laws on the books a bad idea? Does it allow police to selectively enforce law and create contempt among the public? The Economist weighs in.
The Financial Times appeals to an Oxford philosophy professor to find the essence of beauty. Darwin said it was sex. For Estée Lauder, it was glamor. But what does beauty mean today?
"What happens to our civic life when we're all too scared to participate?" asks Slate. Expert witnesses have recently refused to testify in court, fearing reprisal for divulging their political views.
As summer is upon us, what does psychological research tell us about how we spend our leisure time? The answers could provide for a more enjoyable vacation in the coming months.
"The nature and depth of the financial crisis is forcing us to reconsider some of the basic tenets of financial theory," says Paul Volcker who maps his ideas for reform in The NY Review of Books.