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."
Hoarders have "a sense of intense responsibility for objects and an unwillingness to waste them," says Randy Frost. They also have an ability to find beauty in things that other people might not appreciate.
Politicians and military brass warn that America's poor diets and lack of exercise have now become a danger to homeland security. Daniel Engber says this argument is "hogwash."
Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin has amassed a $12 million fortune in the past year. She is "a singular national industry," writes Gabriel Sherman.
Scientists have gotten a better understanding of the molecular mechanism by which humans sense temperature. The findings could lead to new therapies for acute or chronic pain.
"Too much debt is always dangerous," write Paul Krugman and Robin Wells. It's dangerous when the government is borrowing from foreign governments, as well as when it does from its own citizens.