Microsoft's new Xbox frill, Kinect, uses detailed sensing technology that could enable a host of practical applications from improved home security systems to hands-free medical files.
"Ten years ago people talked confidently of stopping Alzheimer’s disease in its tracks. Now, they realise they have no idea how to do that," says The Economist.
Dean Baker proposes ways to pay off the budget deficit that don't include cutting social security: among them, a financial speculation tax and allowing the sale of generic prescription drugs.
Internet comment sections are typically seen as a bastion of free speech, but have they outlived their importance? When do abusive and lazy comments override anonymous expression?
"The question is not, 'Are video games art?' The question is, 'Can artists express themselves through the video-game medium?'" says journalist and gamer Tom Bissell.
"Social science may suggest that kids drain their parents' happiness, but there's evidence that good parenting is less work and more fun than people think," says Bryan Caplan at The Wall Street Journal.
Should the government continue to give loans to students who attend for-profit colleges given their high dropout and loan default rates? Gary Becker and Richard Posner weigh in on the debate.
"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.