"English has been a language of occupiers and imperialists, but also one of insurgents and democrats," writes Isaac Chotiner. The New Yorker discusses the new lingua franca.
"China, Russia and the U.S., as permanent members of the security council, are holding themselves above the law," says Amnesty International in a new report.
With the popularity of the Internet and self-publishing, Garrison Keillor laments the end of the glamorous age of publishing from a rooftop in Tribeca.
The strange behavior of two suppermassive black holes may change the way scientists understand the evolution of galaxies, including our own Milky Way.
Robert Fisk thinks that political speak has taken over journalism and that accuracy of fact has become dominated by competing historical narratives that favor power over truth.
The Australian anthropologist Sarah Thornton has completed a study of the art world and traced its hierarchies and status-seekers just as she did the London party scene.
The incomprehensibility of quantum physics is responsible for the rise of postmodern social theories which reject the notion of a stable, immutable truth.
Mark Twain asked that his biography not be published until 100 years after his death. "He was certainly a man who knew how to make people want to buy a book," says its publisher.
The good news is Americans are living longer than ever; the bad news is this increases the chances of getting Alzheimer's, and no preventative treatment has proven successful.
Matthew Lynn at Bloomberg says Germany would do better to leave the Euro currency than impose domestic market reforms like bans on short-selling and speculation.
Naturally occurring bacteria, which are the only real solution to the Gulf oil spill, are much more effective than any lab-grown microbe—further proof that man cannot best mother nature.
Without disputing the immorality of Confederate slavery, the role it played in igniting the Civil War remains debatable among historians a century and half since Appomattox.
"We may not have free will, but we have 'free wont', which is as good as saying we're not totally deterministic. So far so good," writes Dr. David Rock.
Should the next generation learn Chinese? "Despite China’s rise, Chinese isn’t the world language of the future; the writing system simply makes it far too hard," says Robert Green.
“Overuse injuries, overtraining and burnout among child and adolescent athletes are a growing problem in the United States," says pediatrician Dr. Joel S. Brenner.