Researchers hoping to fuse neuroscience with marketing are studying brain patterns of consumers with the goal of tapping into their subconscious material desires.
Having your body freeze-dried instead of cremated may reduce carbon and mercury emissions, Helen Knight finds in her look at how to make funerals more eco-friendly.
The potential for psychiatry to pathologize normal human behavior is under the spotlight during the ongoing revision of an official list of mental disorders.
The latest Global Peace Index shows the world has become less peaceful in the last year. Liz Ford asks if the rankings should prompt donor governments to rethink aid strategies.
"It is a sad finale for someone who helped break down barriers for women journalists at the center of American power," so says the L.A. Times of Helen Thomas.
With alleged breaches of the Nuremburg Medical Code in the news, Brian Palmer looks at whether any useful science came out of Nazi experiments on unwilling subjects.
Some see a shallow sitcom or feather-light comedy. Matt Zoller Seitz sees "radical sincerity" in Glee, "one of the most stylistically bold broadcast network shows since Twin Peaks."
Has how we think about lofty things - like the meaning of life - been hijacked by a deep-pocketed foundation that successfully combines elite research and broad dissemination?
New companies are creating sophisticated digital backups of individuals that can, in some sense, make one immortal, even if copying consciousness remains beyond current technology.
In an effort to spice up the classroom and dodge patient privacy concerns, psychology professors are teaching pathologies of fictional characters, like Twilight's vampire, Edward.
Levels of testosterone in women partly determine how much they trust men, according to a Dutch study published in the U.S. The results support skepticism as an important adaptive trait.
Downloading free music may eventually disenfranchise listeners, says Cris Ruen at The Big Money, because musicians will be desperate for whatever corporate patronage comes their way.
Diet, naps and exercise are three areas important to a good night's rest, says Dr. Nerina Ramlakhan. Eight hours isn't a magic number; relax and let your body determine the right amount.
"Today's conservatives have conjured a mythic Reagan who never compromised with America's enemies and never shrank from a fight. But the real Reagan did both those things, often," says Peter Beinart.
After working in Tanzania, a British doctor reflects on the pitfalls of expressing excessive amounts of sympathy, even in the face of abject poverty.