"To support growth in the next decade, we need to nourish our walkable urban spaces and neighborhoods" with accessible public transport and quality infrastructure, writes the Atlantic.
"It seems sensible to make every effort to enlist the body’s own ability to heal itself—which is what, at bottom, placebos seem to do," writes the Boston Globe.
The Economist, while recognizing Obama's tech savvy, is critical of his pessimistic view that new communication technologies distract the public rather than empower it.
The National Review writes that the U.S. is better poised to overcome the global recession than Europe because America encourages more risk taking and ingenuity.
In the wake of the financial crisis, many new metrics are being proposed that will measure living standards in a new and different way from the conventional Gross Domestic Product calculation.
While raising a child should be done with love and care, we need not think a few bad "formative years" dooms someone to a dysfunctional or psychologically tormented life.
"Regulations that raise the price of a new car shut some buyers out of the market. So tougher federal rules may have the perverse effect of leading to more traffic fatalities," writes Steve Chapman. "
Using virtual reality, scientists in Europe put men in females' bodies to measure how our own physical appearance affects our thoughts and behavior.
Robert Fisk writes that the Canadian government is complying with unfair American actions to ban journalists from reporting on the Guantanamo Bay military prison.
Several courageous Muslim feminists are challenging conservative male interpretations of Islam. "These women are quietly working within the culture, rather than against it."
Scientists have figured out how independent, programmable nano-scale robots can be made out of individual molecules—with the robots’ actions programmed into their environment.
America and Greece have lately been running large budget deficits, roughly comparable as a percentage of G.D.P., notes Paul Krugman. Yet markets treat the countries very differently.
"There isn’t a wholesale rejection of capitalism" among the American public, says Nouriel Roubini, "but I think there was a greater faith 10 years ago in an unfettered, laissez-faire market economy."
There is a "peculiarly Japanese profession—part-private investigator, part-prostitute—whose function is the direct opposite of a dating agency: they break apart human relationships.