"The government's current policy to leave a great deal of its liabilities off-balance sheet makes the U.S.'s current debt levels look a lot more favorable than they really are," writes Daniel Indiviglio.
"Millions of workers who have already been unemployed for months, if not years, will most likely remain that way even as the overall job market continues to improve," writes Catherine Rampell.
Could business executives learn from the test that London taxi drivers take? Stephen Adshead writes that the process teaches conflict management and the benefit of humility.
Western-style Holocaust denial—the attempt to produce pseudo-scientific proofs that the Jewish genocide did not happen—is not that common in the Arab world, writes Gilbert Achcar.
While in in the past we thought of the earth's core as fairly homogeneous, it's now clear that the solid center of the earth is an aggregation of crystals.
War-on-terror hawks may believe we must kill and intimidate people who have some nebulous terrorist intent. But Robert Wright is surprised that President Obama would entertain the notion.
Some of the smartest minds at the company are thinking about ways to work with publishers and save quality journalism and information content.
"Instead of creating a joint military, Europe must now be worried about keeping its common currency. Europe could end where it began: in Greece," writes writes Christoph Schwennicke.
William Saletan argues that we shouldn't ask Elena Kagan is she's gay, and she needn't volunteer an answer. Forced disclosure isn't just a threat to the nomination, he writes, it's a threat to freedom.
David B. Hart writes that the "New Atheism" has "proved itself to be so intellectually and morally trivial that it has to be classified as just a form of light entertainment."
Walter Rodgers suggests the vocalized concerns of tea partiers about big government mask a fear among aging, white Americans of their own diminishing political power.
Sam Harris argued recently that "morality should be considered an undeveloped branch of science." He talks about the backlash from people who believe it's wrong to make moral judgments.
In the wake of the housing bust, some squatters are doing so not for financial expediency, but because they reject the idea that homes be treated as commodities.
A Japanese mathematician has come up with a cardboard model that seems to defy physics—creating what vision scientists are calling the best illusion of the year.
Beginning Friday, shoppers at more than 6,000 drugstores will be able to pick up a test to scan their genes for a propensity for Alzheimer's disease, breast cancer, diabetes and other ailments.