Generation Y is often mocked for its narcissism and supreme self confidence, but Judith Warner writes that pumped-up egos may be just the thing for weathering our economic storm.
Nancy Cohen at the L.A. Times says the traditional terms "pro-choice" and "pro-life" are too simplistic to have a constructive debate over abortion; she calls for more nuanced language.
The British Petroleum rig spilling oil into the Gulf of Mexico pales in comparison to amount of oil spilled annually in Nigeria, a reminder of the double standard when it comes to poor countries.
"The things patients complain about, like excessive noise, may be more than a nuisance. They may actually be bad for their health," writes Drake Bennett on noise pollution in hospitals.
"Can aquatic snails better remember lessons learned when they are hopped up on methamphetamine?" Scientific American says the answer could give insight into the nature of addiction.
"Drone strikes may not be perfect, but they're likely the most humane option available," writes C. Fair who calls for greater transparency in the currently classified drone program over Pakistan.
"Stop focusing on trying to keep illegal immigrants out and start focusing on letting legal immigrants in," says Steve Chapman in response to hullabaloo over Arizona's immigration law.
A new pill which a German pharmaceutical company will soon present to the FDA for approval raises medical and safety concerns since it claims to boost women's libidos.
"He was almost certainly the best-known man in England in the middle of the nineteenth century, and certainly the most loved," but was Charles Dicken's internal life as celebratory?
If you're after a good night's sleep, the belief that exercise helps you rest well is more important than exercise itself, says a new Swiss study published in the U.S.
"Today's college students scored 40 percent lower on a measure of empathy than their elders did," according to a new study that demonstrates the selfish, competitive nature of the times.
"US fashion commentators are now suggesting that economic strength might also be reflected in the length of men's swimming trunks," reports The Guardian. But is it a truncated theory?
"Art is a conversation between and among artists, not a patent office. Reality can't be copyrighted," writes David Shields in his spirited defense of artistic appropriation.
"Progress without pollution may sound utterly unrealistic, but businesses are putting green chemistry into practice," by using more ecologically benign chemicals, writes Scientific American.
Many technological hurdles on the road to building household robots have recently been cleared leaving one nagging question in the air—just what do we need them for?