"For decades, TV has depicted teens as angst-ridden and rebellious, and parents as out-of-touch and unhip." But a new generation of shows feature less-defiant teens, and cool parents.
New research indicates that New World ants, who fastidiously cultivate crops in their underground lairs for food, have updated the crops they grow over time.
Benjamin Kunkel thinks that, absent a political movement for full employment, the U.S. will continue to have fewer jobs—and those with jobs will be increasingly exploited.
The Internet hasn't brought the global peace, love, and liberty that many believed it had promised. "A networked world is not inherently a more just world," writes Evgeny Morozov.
Researchers have discovered that mammals may have the biochemical machinery to produce their own morphine.
Genetic scientists are discovering hundreds of genes involved in human disorders by looking at the DNA of distantly-related species.
Two new studies suggest that chimpanzees face death in human-like ways, from holding deathbed vigils to comforting the dying.
Eliot Spitzer wonders whether investment banks do anything that helps America anymore—and, as such, whether these banks deserved the government bailouts they received.
Stanley Fish is not surprised that the Supreme Court struck down a statute criminalizing the production and sale of "crush videos" depicting animal cruelty for sexual fetishists.
People who are motivated by rewards tend to be the ones who win at games—even when the reward has been removed.
Jerry Fodor and Massimo Piattelli-Palmarini argue that new genetic discoveries reveal a flaw in Darwin's fundamental argument of evolution by natural selection.
Neil Simon "does not think against society; he thinks with it, observing and recording the sorrows and deliriums of the middle class, like a sort of swami of tsuris," writes John Lahr.
Wine grapes are extraordinarily temperature-sensitive, and as global warming intensifies the “premium-wine-grape production area [in the United States] … could decline by up to 81 percent."
The Army is seeking proposals for a sophisticated human scent detection system that could “uniquely identify an individual,” at a geographical distance, or after several hours or even days.
Researchers have discovered a deep-ocean current carrying frigid water rapidly northward from Antarctica along the edge of a giant underwater plateau. They call it a climate change "fast lane."