'Student athletes' are now quasi-mercenaries, performing to boost schools' bottom lines, argues James O’Toole, who calls for moral leadership from the top institutions.
With the Ronnie Lee Gardner execution making news, Margot Sanger-Katz finds the (limited) research suggesting that the firing squad is actually a pretty good way to go.
“Will Iceland get from bits what Switzerland gets from bank accounts?” the Economist's Babbage blog asks as Iceland moves closer to being a digital media haven.
Research and a TV program are debunking the myth that fathers who enjoy a close bond with their children are a modern phenomena, reports Steve Humphries.
“Some good may have come out of the astonishing ice loss (in 2007),...the Arctic science community came together to try a new approach to climate science,” writes Alexis Madrigal.
As experts go public with claims that the entertainment industry is exaggerating piracy losses, Ben Jones argues for the industry to put up (real data) or shut up.
German commentators think Barack Obama is in danger of turning into an idealistic, one-term president like Jimmy Carter, explains Michael Scott Moore.
“When you need to have a meeting, have a meeting...The rest of the time, do the work wherever you like.” Seth Godin lists the reasons that the office is (nearly) dead.
“(Richard) Dawkins and co. are appalled by the belief in God, (Christopher) Hitchens is far more appalled by the idea that anyone would want to obey Him,” observes Ross Douthat.
"A combination gene therapy that endows human stem cells with three ways to resist HIV has passed its first safety test in humans," reports a study published today in Science Translational Medicine.
"A new study from — where else? — France suggests listening to love songs may increase women’s receptivity to amorous advances," reports Tom Jacobs for Miller-McCune.
Advances in technology have created the right conditions for free Wi-Fi. Coffee shops and hotels that still charge their customers are being unnecessarily extortionate, says Farhad Manjoo for Slate.com.
Besides the questionable legality of unpaid internships, their popularity entrenches a class system where only the affluent have access to good career opportunities, says the L.A. Times.
"Copenhagen's failure to deliver a single universal deal opens up space for smaller regionally based deals," says the former U.K. science advisor who is optimistic about climate change solutions.
Glenn Greenwald says today's news media do not understand what holding authority accountable means; power wins out, he says: government over the press and business over the government.