Brendan Kiley looks at the history, meaning, and practice of suicide. "For most people, the subject is so taboo it's hard to deal with—even among people who deal with suicide for a living."
"A growing body of evidence suggests that humans do have a rudimentary moral sense from the very start of life," writes Paul Bloom. "Some sense of good and evil seems to be bred in the bone."
Greece has plunged the euro into its worst crisis ever, and if economists are unable to bring discipline to the country there will be much more at stake than the fate of the currency.
Researchers are attempting to "define a second genetic code: one that predicts how segments of messenger RNA transcribed from a given gene can be mixed and matched."
Emily Bazelon writes that a citizen charged with a crime needs to be read their Miranda rights—even if they are charged with an act of terrorism.
Walt Mossberg provides a basic explanation of what cloud computing is, and what it might mean for us in the near future.
Paul Farmer and Partners in Health "have shown the world that it is possible to control diseases and to redress some of the underlying causes that have turned them into pandemics."
A Brooklyn lawyer is hoping to break new legal ground by offering a brain scan as evidence that a key witness in a civil trial is telling the truth.
For individual birds affected by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, having a person clean the oil from their feathers may be their best chance of survival.
Charles Murray says we should "finally acknowledge that standardized test scores are a terrible way to decide whether one school is better than another."
A new study suggests that some patients who don't tolerate antidepressant medications could benefit from a non-invasive treatment that stimulates the brain with an electromagnet.
"The outlets for vindictiveness have multiplied almost to infinity—and your reputation is more fragile than ever," writes Jeffrey Zaslow. "All of us now live under the threat of easy and instant humiliation."
Why do so many top Ivy League grads go to work for Wall Street firms like Goldman Sachs and McKinsey? James Kwak says it's because they offer well-paid, generic business training.
The feminist battleground, with its slogans, marches, and campaigns for reproductive rights, has given way to the playground and the fight for lactation rights, stroller rights, and birthing techniques.
"How did we get to the point where just about every new classical dance is meaningless?" asks Laura Jacobs. She thinks premieres today all feel derivative of Forsythe, Tharp, or Martins—or trade in clichés.