Analysts at the National Counterterrorism Center say the terrorist threat to America is becoming more decentralized and less deadly. But the terrorists are also harder to find.
Could the fact that so many publishing executives are women mean that there are fewer books being published that appeal to male readers?
Time "flows at different speeds in different places and that is the key to traveling into the future," writes Stephen Hawking, who speculates about how we might construct a time machine.
John Tierney looks at research indicating that male chimpanzees use "tools" (crackling leaves) to show females that they are ready for sex.
"When parents today worry about their child not meeting developmental norms, especially for motor skills, they're too often worrying needlessly," writes Nicholas Day.
The idea that one's disposition can be analyzed by looking at their handwriting is considered spurious, yet medical graphology—the use of handwriting to detect disease—has diagnostic validity.
Scientists have discovered that shooting high-powered lasers into the sky can create the germ of a rain cloud, opening the door to eco-friendly cloud manipulation.
"How could a writer whose prose breathed in life so fully take his own?" asks Michael O'Donnell of David Foster Wallace. A new book tries to illuminate the writer via a five-day road trip.
"It's time for Democrats, even liberal Democrats, to start looking at unions and unionism with deep skepticism," writes Mickey Kaus.
A growing number of artists are "rummaging through the life sciences in search of materials, ideas, cosmic verities, tragicomic homilies, personal agency, a personal agent, a way to stand out in the crowd."
"If the United States is to have a sustainable toehold in Asia, Washington has to start paying serious attention to some countries in the region that are not China or India," writes Ernest Bower.
When it comes to compliments "we often hear what we want to hear," writes Elizabeth Bernstein. If we are feeling secure it's easy to register the praise, but not in times of self-doubt.
"The proper function of spies is to remind those who rely on spies that the kinds of thing found out by spies can’t be trusted," notes Malcolm Gladwell.
"The age-old atavistic lust for war ... never really goes away," writes Evan Thomas. "It is too fundamental to the male psyche."
Recent research suggests that people all over the world might be modeling themselves after characters on soap operas—and that their lives are improved as a result.