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.
New research indicates that paternal mice that physically interact with their offspring grow new brain cells and form lasting memories of the babies.
Last Thursday, May 6th, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 1000 points in a matter of minutes and we still don't know why it happened. Heidi Moore investigates.
"Couples in lasting marriages have at least five small positive interactions (touching, smiling, paying a compliment) for every negative one (sneering, eye rolling, withdrawal)."
Over the weekend BP's latest effort at stanching the Deepwater Horizon oil spill failed. The New York Times asked five experts to weigh in on what might now be done.
Are certain elements of music hard-wired into our brains? If there are universals in how we perceive music and respond to it, our musical sense might have some adaptive value.
Nathaniel Rich writes that Ray Bradbury's best stories are "have a strange familiarity about them. They're like long-forgotten acquaintances—you know you've met them somewhere before."
A number of new therapies have been developed for the treatment of chronic pain. Most borrow from the field of anesthesiology and share a goal of preventing pain signals from reaching the brain.
The cost of Wall Street's most recent innovations can be measured in the trillions of dollars. But they have also damaged the whole notion of financial innovation.
Stephan Faris writes that "it seems unrealistic to base policies on the expectation that asymptomatic HIV-positive youth will permanently abstain from sex."
Emily Bazelon thinks that the youth and judicial inexperience of Elena Kagan, President Obama's selection to replace Justice Stevens on the Supreme Court, make her a good choice for the job.
Researchers have determined that the protein long suspected of being the "master switch" allowing brains to operate does indeed have that function.