"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic," says Barry Goldman at the L.A. Times, frustrated by tech support's insufficient understanding of modern gizmos.
"More than 60 percent of U.S. cancer deaths are caused by smoking and diet. But what about the rest?" asks Scientific American. New studies are seeking the environmental causes of cancer.
Spain's surprisingly advanced renewable energy sector is facing obstacles like government cutbacks, ever-changing regulations and a retracting European economy.
Attempts to demonstrate Picasso's communist ties through his art are unnecessary since the painter was overt about his politics, writes the Guardian, and doing so limits the scope of his works.
Should the U.S. bail out Europe by contributing to IMF funds meant to salvage damaged and indebted European economies? We asked for globalization and now we've got it.
The New Criterion takes issue with moral relativism and asks after what limits exist to tolerating cultural practices that advocate violence against the defenseless.
"In Europe and parts of Asia, many politicians, political scientists, and citizens have lately developed greater respect for the positive role a constitutional monarch can play in democracy."
Can investment in the arts be justified as a solution to the economic crisis? No, writes Prospect Magazine, and the illusion that it can or should devalues the arts' role in society.
MIT's Yasheng Huang says the U.S. would help repair the global economy more by teaching China about small business administration than politicizing its currency exchange rate.
Anthropologist David Puts explains biological and behavioral differences between men and women in terms of evolutionary competition to win the best mate.
When memory mixes with desire, politicians exaggerate their personalities, says Maureen Dowd who absolves politicians of their lies by giving them the benefit of the doubt.
Having "misspoken" gets American politicians out of their brazen lies, but our English brethren are mystified at our willingness to accept falsehoods and half-truths from our leaders.
Steve Chapman opposes France's proposed ban on burqas because in a free society "none of us is obligated to integrate. The Amish don't. Neither do the Hare Krishnas."
Will the floundering of the E.U.'s single currency persuade member nations to submit to further federation? Andrew Stuttaford says the current crisis may spawn a more unified union.
With declining social mobility and nearly one million under-24s neither in college nor work in the UK, Janice Turner laments the lack of inspiring onscreen and literary role models.