Gordon Chang writes that this will likely not be the "Chinese century." Rather, the country has "just about reached high tide, and will soon begin a long, painful process of falling back."
Elif Batuman unearths seven unproduced screenplays written by famous intellectuals, including Nabokov's story of a sexually frustrated London circus dwarf, and Sartre's failed Freud epic.
Using instruments in space and on the ground, Scientists have developed the most complete picture yet of how large solar eruptions affect the Earth.
Citing numerous clues, experts believe that a painting in the Metropolitan Museum of Art that was long attributed to the circle of Francesco Granacci is really by Michelangelo.
We should arrest the Pope "only if that is where the operation of due process and the rule of law actually take the investigating and prosecuting authorities," writes Allen Green.
Faced with plummeting endowments and overextended commitments, public universities are moving toward privatization, writes Edward J. K. Gitre, who worries about the long-term consequences.
If Christopher Hitchens were to spend "a long and arduous evening in the alehouses and outer purlieus" of 19th Century London, he'd want to be doing it in the company of Charles Dickens.
Saffa Khan is on four college wait lists, and writes that these lists "prolong the holding pattern of teenage life." Instead, colleges should simply reject those without a reasonable chance of getting in.
Does assassinating top terrorists really make us safer? Robert Wright looks at research suggesting that "decapitation doesn’t lower the life expectancy of the decapitated groups."
"If the Rubik’s Cube is like life ... then a good life is like a good puzzle," writes Stefany Anne Golberg. "It can be solved within the order of solitude but is more rewarding in the chaotic company of others."
Author Paul Theroux says that e-books seem "magical" to him, but that something is lost when we give up the "physicality" of a book.
With several relatively youthful Republican members currently serving on the Supreme Court, Mark Greenbaum argues that the age of Obama’s nominee will be a critical factor.
"Hyenas ... have been terribly misunderstood," writes Constance Casey. "The creatures may not be beautiful, but they don't deserve contempt."
Scientists now believe that the trace metal contaminants around ancient sun-like stars are "remnants of rocky, potentially water-bearing bodies that crashed into their mother stars."
A new study suggests that birds, bats, and lizards may play an important part in preserving the Earth's climate by eating insects that forage on plant life.