"Fake medical treatment can work amazingly well," writes Rebecca Tuhus-Dubrow. Members of the medical community are increasingly asking whether they should put placebo treatments to work.
New drilling techniques have driven down the price tag of harvesting natural gas from shale—and set the stage for shale gas to become what will be the game-changing resource of the decade.
"What constitutes status and sex appeal in the land of the eternally wireless?" Ellen Ruppel Shell thinks it may be the ability to take time away from technology-enabled distractions.
"Lawmakers need to demand that regulators show a real commitment to policing the banking and mortgage industries," writes Michael W. Hudson.
Testing for creativity, and its corresponding physical attributes in the brain, requires defining the term, but creativity is not so easily broken down.
The Journal of Cosmology has gathered responses from the scientific community to Stephen Hawking's warning about colonial aliens—one biologist even wrote a limerick.
"You can fight fire with fire," says Steve Chapman at the Chicago Tribune who is bothered by an overly reactive American culture, "As a rule, though, it's better to use water."
A new study shows that just five minutes in a natural, green environment—rather than an urban one—can improve our mood and self-esteem.
A new U.N. report says that one in three plant and animal species face extinction given the rate of human production and consumption.
Marcia Angell, former editor-in-chief of the New England Journal of Medicine, thinks the influence of pharmaceutical companies has grown too large in our academic institutions.
Melting ice caps in the Arctic are creating new trade routes and exposing untouched natural resources, but just who is filling the legal and political vacuum of the North?
The Guardian reports that unaccountable Middle Eastern governments limit freedom of the press by creating threats real and imaginary to justify their habit of censorship.
Ian Bremmer says the financial crisis is putting the brakes on the expansion of free-markets and accelerating the development of "state capitalism".
Despite the TV industry's efforts to push 3-D televisions, the technology may be best suited to cinemas where people can devote their full attention to the screen, writes the Economist.
Psychology Today comments on a survey finding that one in ten people think it appropriate to interrupt sex to send a text message. Is nothing sacred?