Several courageous Muslim feminists are challenging conservative male interpretations of Islam. "These women are quietly working within the culture, rather than against it."
Scientists have figured out how independent, programmable nano-scale robots can be made out of individual molecules—with the robots’ actions programmed into their environment.
America and Greece have lately been running large budget deficits, roughly comparable as a percentage of G.D.P., notes Paul Krugman. Yet markets treat the countries very differently.
"There isn’t a wholesale rejection of capitalism" among the American public, says Nouriel Roubini, "but I think there was a greater faith 10 years ago in an unfettered, laissez-faire market economy."
There is a "peculiarly Japanese profession—part-private investigator, part-prostitute—whose function is the direct opposite of a dating agency: they break apart human relationships.
Detroit intends to take advantage of warm weather and new federal funding to demolish some 3,000 buildings by the end of September in order to "right size" the city.
"Raw milk is one of those issues that riles people," writes Corby Kummer. He looks at legislation in Massachusetts requiring that unpasteurized milk be bought directly from farms.
Daniel Wilkinson and Nik Steinberg write that the U.S. embargo of Cuba must end, but that it is naive to think that the Caribbean country's government will suddenly reform as a result.
A study has found that by 2080, global warming could result in one-fifth of the world's lizard species becoming extinct.
Vast quantities of dispersant chemicals have been sprayed into the oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico to reduce environmental damage. But there's little knowledge about their possible impact.
The tea party movement has become "an insta-network for ambitious women," writes Hanna Rosin. "Some would surprise you with their straightforward feminist rage."
"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.