“It is no longer a smart social move to brag about not owning a television,” writes Richard Beck. He says the small screen has gone from popular entertainment to popular art.
Bioethicist Arthur Caplan writes that the creation of the first synthetic bacteria demonstrates a new understanding we have of life, but that doesn't mean life is worth any less.
100 years after Mark Twain's death, the Mississippi River that inspired his mature writing has changed, and yet, Twain's ideas remain discernible through it.
MIT is designing commercial aircrafts that use 70 percent less fuel than current airplanes after winning a contract from NASA in 2008; air traffic is expected to double by 2035.
"The economic case for global action to stop the destruction of the natural world is even more powerful than the argument for tackling climate change," the U.N. will report this summer.
Obama's deadline for closing Guantanamo having passed, "it's unclear, as we sit today, whether it's gonna close at all," says Matt D'Aloisio, the founder of Witness Against Torture.
Climate change skeptics recently gathered in Chicago to exchange ideas and invectives over the largely accepted claims about the dangers of global warming.
An American biologist, Craig Venter, is making waves after creating the first self-replicating cell whose DNA is synthetic; immediate uses could include synthetic vaccines and biofuels.
Husna Haq at The CSM explains why she is and other Muslims are so offended by depictions of Mohammad and why it's no surprise Pakistan has banned Facebook for the rest of May.
While Facebook and Google have come under recent attack for alleged violations of privacy, enforcement of existing laws should be prioritized over new regulation, writes the Economist.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali thinks the American Academy of Pediatrics' proposal to aid in female genital mutilation gives tacit support to a practice which should be condemned outright.
English-only policies run contrary to America's concept of liberty and fears of a multilingual society ignore many of the world's nations which officially recognize multiple languages.
Research completed by The Journal for Advertising suggests Americans have become increasingly self-confident and individualistic in the last three decades.
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.