While political debates might suggest that the question of climate change is yet unresolved, the world of industry and commerce is convinced that global warming is real, and imminent.
Big Think blogger Michio Kaku writes that a "perfect storm" of wind and ice conditions turned the Icelandic volcano eruption into a crisis. He gives three scenarios for what we can now expect.
"Although there must be a physical limit to how many memories we can store, it is extremely large. We don’t have to worry about running out of space in our lifetime," writes Paul Reber.
"Right now, America has neither the opportunity nor frankly the balls to do truly big things on Arab-Israeli peacemaking," writes Aaron David Miller.
Scientists have found a distinctive kind of breaking wave in the deep sea representing a subtle force that stirs the seabed and helps distribute rare nutrients.
"No matter where consumers buy books, their belief that electronic media should cost less—that something you can’t hold simply isn’t worth as much money—will exert a powerful force," writes Ken Auletta.
Synthetic biologists have discovered new chemical reactions that could "rewire" plants to more efficiently process carbon dioxide—allowing crops to grow to enormous size.
In a new book, Timothy Ryback examines Adolf Hitler's private library. He asserts that books were important in shaping the Führer's life, and looks for insights in the books' margin notes.
A study has found that people who report having had "near-death experiences" also have elevated levels of carbon dioxide in their blood—indicating that oxygen deprivation may be the cause.
A British bioethics council is asking the public whether it's ethical to use financial incentives to encourage people to donate organs.
Eruptions from the Eyjafjallajökull volcano have, historically, always been followed by eruptions from Iceland's much larger volcano, Katla. Could the "angry sister" be getting ready to blow?
"Hummers are stupid and wasteful and if they go away because no one wants to buy one, that'll be just a little sad," writes Penn Jillette. "It's always a little sad to lose some stupid."
"Increasingly, neuroscientists, psychologists and educators believe that bullying and other kinds of violence can indeed be reduced by encouraging empathy at an early age," Maia Szalavitz.
Felix Salmon writes that executives need "to imagine their companies 30 years down the line, struggling with the deleterious effects of climate change on profitability."
The Oklahoma City bombing fifteen years ago "proved once again that without the law there is no freedom," writes former President Bill Clinton.