"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."
A new study shows that just five minutes in a natural, green environment—rather than an urban one—can improve our mood and self-esteem.
A new U.N. report says that one in three plant and animal species face extinction given the rate of human production and consumption.
Marcia Angell, former editor-in-chief of the New England Journal of Medicine, thinks the influence of pharmaceutical companies has grown too large in our academic institutions.
Melting ice caps in the Arctic are creating new trade routes and exposing untouched natural resources, but just who is filling the legal and political vacuum of the North?
The Guardian reports that unaccountable Middle Eastern governments limit freedom of the press by creating threats real and imaginary to justify their habit of censorship.
Ian Bremmer says the financial crisis is putting the brakes on the expansion of free-markets and accelerating the development of "state capitalism".
Despite the TV industry's efforts to push 3-D televisions, the technology may be best suited to cinemas where people can devote their full attention to the screen, writes the Economist.
Psychology Today comments on a survey finding that one in ten people think it appropriate to interrupt sex to send a text message. Is nothing sacred?
Professors Gary Becker and Richard Posner at the University of Chicago discuss the benefits and risks of financial speculation in a shaky economy.
Sharon Lerner at The Nation appreciates Mother's Day but laments the illusion that women's generosity is infinite; generosity without support—real support—is unsustainable.
The "special relationship" between the U.S. and the U.K. is likely to change because Britain has less than ever to offer America as David Cameron seeks to be a domestic policy Prime Minister.
"Rigor leads to rigor mortis," says MIT's Sanjoy Mahajan who teaches his students to use common sense and best guessing to arrive at practical solutions problems great and small.
The answer to religious extremism cannot be secularism because familial and cultural roots run too deep in the Middle East, writes Rima Merhi. A more inclusive religious education is needed.
Raymond Carver was deeply bothered by the fame his stories brought him because his editor, Gordon Lish, had written such dramatic improvements to them.