Labs in England are developing machines that can essentially replicate themselves by building their own spare parts as an insurance against future mishaps, reports the New Scientist.
In the wake of the British Petroleum spill in the Gulf, who dares to defend conservative free-market principles decrying regulation? Nobody can afford to, writes The Wall Street Journal.
"An increasing number of Jewish activists in Europe and the U.S. are expressing their displeasure—and even anger—over the way in which Israel has evolved in recent years," says Al Jazeera.
"I always said I wasn’t going to write about Norman because no one would believe it," Norris Church Mailer once said, but now she has written a memoir about her marriage to the novelist.
"Are we more or less likely to lie to someone if we are communicating via email or text message than if we are speaking face-to-face?" asks Professor Jeff Hancock of Cornell University.
The digital divide is about more than access to the Internet, say experts. The white Anglo-Europeans who program the Web may set culturally exclusive parameters on the experience.
Garrison Keillor is feeling especially powerless these days: "As the Gulf turns dark and the polar ice cap melts, I intend to listen to Bach more and listen to the news less," he says.
"For the first time, physicists have confirmed that certain subatomic particles have mass," writes the L.A. Times. The mass could account for the mysterious existence of dark matter.
"Do people really die of broken hearts?" asks the Times' health blog. Elevated stress hormones following an emotionally trying event may cause cardiomyopathy, a.k.a. broken heart syndrome.
While artificial intelligence has yet to realize its often dramatic promises, the development of brain science has led thinkers to prioritize the mind over the body as the center of the self.
As diagnosis of mental illness has changed with shifting cultural attitudes, now the term "nervous breakdown" is being reevaluated. Are you on the verge of "burnout syndrome"?
New technologies are turning smart phones into credit cards and cash registers, but as usual, there are trust issues and people are nervous about abandoning their wallets all together.
Leonard Pitts takes the pulse of those affected by the Gulf Oil spill and finds that many who once opposed big government maneuvers are now begging for its assistance.
"'Democracy' in the abstract misleads us. Living in a democracy—and it is lived experience that must be our theme—becomes a different thing in each generation," begins Kenneth Minogue.
P.J. O'Rourke has a clever idea for reviving newspaper sales—the pre-obituary: "official notices that certain people aren’t dead with brief summaries of their lives indicating why we wish they were."