"What's the difference between a frog, a chicken, a mouse and a human? Not as much as you'd think, according to an analysis of the first sequenced amphibian genome."
"Arctic amplification" refers to the fact that the region is warming twice as quickly as the rest of the planet—and as ice warms, exposing more ocean water, the process naturally speeds up.
There is no single part of the human brain that gives it advanced language capabilities. Rather, humans rely on multiple parts of the brain to extract meaning from sentences.
Paul Krugman writes that the Greek crisis demonstrates the dangers of nations putting themselves in a "policy straitjacket."
"The term 'slow travel' is tied to a burgeoning movement to return to a time when life’s pleasures were savored, to a time when people appreciated the going as much as the getting there," writes Nancy Keates.
Plenty of people on Wall Street knew that a crash was coming—and that they responded by grabbing all the profit they could, writes Christopher Hayes. He thinks they should face criminal sanctions.
La Santa Muerte, Holy Death, "is only one among several otherworldly figures Mexicans have been turning to as their country has been overwhelmed by every possible difficulty."
"The May 1 riots in Berlin's Kreuzberg district have become an annual ritual. ... Now an American anti-capitalist activist has started giving tours of the neighborhood's hot spots to foreign visitors."
"Even if all computerized route maps eventually learn to mimic the most useful aspects of our homemade creations, we'll keep drawing maps for one another and for ourselves," writes Julia Turner.
Experts believe that New York City is home to as many as 800 languages, many of which are heard more commonly in the five boroughs than anywhere else.
New research indicates that superstition may be able to influence the outcome of event. Study subjects who were told they were playing with a "lucky" golf ball, on average, sank more putts.
Naomi Klein's 2000 book "No Logo" inadvertently served as the most influential marketing manual of the decade, writes Andrew Potter.
James Bridle writes that publishers need to look beyond one-size-fits-all definitions of their product, and take a long look at where and how people are reading.
Tim Logan writes that the trouble with talent attraction as an economic development strategy is that talent seeks opportunity—and without jobs, a "creative class" city will wither.
Elizabeth Chang writes that Barack Obama shouldn't have checked "African American" on his census form because he is biracial.