"Nowadays a specimen of unkempt, puffed-up prose or stumbling, lugubrious verse doesn't even need to make it past an editor or publisher to glide slimily" into our awareness, writes Laura Miller.
New statistical analysis finds that all life on Earth shares a single common ancestor, confirming a "central pillar of evolutionary theory."
New research into the brain provides intriguing information about the neural activity associated with moments of sudden insight.
"The world remains inexplicably indifferent and uncurious" about the deadly nature of Communism, writes Claire Berlinski. "For evidence of this indifference, consider the unread Soviet archives."
"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.