In a rare affront to tradition, civil servants in one Japanese region will soon be required to shave their beard after complaints were registered over the powerful facial hair.
Hollywood's depiction of events like the war in Iraq, the global financial crisis and religious extremism are taking center stage at the Cannes Film Festival; here is the NYT review.
Meghan Daum at the L.A. Times says that despite Sarah Palin's political stances, the former governor is entitled to be a feminist as long as she proclaims herself one.
Corey Robin at The Nation likens the late Ayn Rand's continued success in America to the same misguided and lazy analysis that has made Glenn Beck a popular voice.
"Thinking outside the box might be facilitated by having a somewhat less intact box," says a researcher who sees similarities in the brains of creative people and schizophrenics.
The New Yorker asks what disagreement between the Gospels means for Christian faith and why the public is still intensely interested in the topic given our secular times?
Cheese, among other organic material, may power the future since sugars like lactose can be fed to bacteria cultures inside of full cells to generate electricity; the Economist wheys in.
Steve Chapman sees the Supreme Court's recent decision to ban life sentences for minors as a much needed compromise between conservative and liberal views of the Constitution.
"Researchers at UC Berkeley are perfecting microscopic fibers that can produce electricity from simple body motions such as bending, stretching and twisting," reports the L.A. Times.
People who deny generally accepted scientific truths use fragile reasoning to regain control over their lives from an indifferent Nature, such as claiming that business created swine flu.
Mark Levine of UC Irvine laments Obama's pragmatic path where his empty promises to change America's foreign and energy policies mark the way.
The number of marriages where women earn more than men is on the rise according to the Pew Research Center due to the recession and educational opportunities available to women.
Alison Kilkenny at True/Slant documents recent cases of domestic terrorism that have been ignored by media outlets in their search for more sensational stories.
New York psychotherapist Charley Wininger recalls that "hippidom (at its best) was an alternative to this dillusional pathology of separation that has been forced upon us."
Despite colloquial wisdom that social networking sites deprive teenagers of contact with the real world, new research shows that users are quite well adjusted.