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.
We've spent plenty of time discussing how the Internet is changing the way we read, the way we communicate, and the way we fall in love. But how is the Internet changing the way we eat?
Until the Pakistani military truly takes on a more holistic view of the country's national interests, the country will continue to be a hotbed of terrorism, writes Fareed Zakaria.
For Obama to turn Gulf oil spill crisis into an opportunity, John Heilemann thinks he may have to embrace the expansion of nuclear energy.
"Globish" is a highly simplified form of English, without grammar or structure—but perfectly comprehensible. Robert McCrum writes that it is the language that unites us.
"Fake medical treatment can work amazingly well," writes Rebecca Tuhus-Dubrow. Members of the medical community are increasingly asking whether they should put placebo treatments to work.
New drilling techniques have driven down the price tag of harvesting natural gas from shale—and set the stage for shale gas to become what will be the game-changing resource of the decade.
"What constitutes status and sex appeal in the land of the eternally wireless?" Ellen Ruppel Shell thinks it may be the ability to take time away from technology-enabled distractions.
"Lawmakers need to demand that regulators show a real commitment to policing the banking and mortgage industries," writes Michael W. Hudson.
Testing for creativity, and its corresponding physical attributes in the brain, requires defining the term, but creativity is not so easily broken down.
The Journal of Cosmology has gathered responses from the scientific community to Stephen Hawking's warning about colonial aliens—one biologist even wrote a limerick.
"You can fight fire with fire," says Steve Chapman at the Chicago Tribune who is bothered by an overly reactive American culture, "As a rule, though, it's better to use water."