A survey of contemporary philosophers' beliefs was conducted at the world's top 99 university (analytical) philosophy departments; most are scientists who like Hume, Aristotle and Kant.
Recent books demonstrate how terrorists make rational calculations when deciding whether to join the ranks; understanding their motivations will aid in stopping them.
Bill Gates argues that private enterprise is insufficient to meet our renewable energy goals; public funds are best suited for critical research and development.
The popular notion that Einstein's first wife, Mileva Marić, contributed significantly to his mathematical theorems lacks fundamental evidence, writes Allen Esterson.
Harper's magazine tries to make sense of the many baffling studies conducted on the effects of cell phone radiation on the brain.
Rather than apologize for recent Western economic dominance, we should try to copy its model and implement it in developing nations to reduce poverty, writes David Landes.
Music Professor Jason Freeman has created open source composition software to encourage the public to remix and compose sheet music.
How will the effects of climate change impact politics in America over the next 25 years? Internal migrations could "open up all sorts of new routes to the magic number, 270."
Many are beginning to acknowledge that disease-specific health campaigns in Third World countries can only work if they also strengthen the health systems in those nations.
Researchers doing a statistical analysis of dinosaur fossils have discovered that the entire western interior of the United States was populated by a single community of dinosaurs.
President Obama can reshape the debate over "the idea that the descendants of American slaves should receive compensation for their ancestors’ unpaid labor and bondage," writes Henry Louis Gates Jr.
Subjects who dreamed about a virtual reality maze that they had been in a few hours earlier were quicker to get out of it the second time they were tested.
When undersea eruptions destroy life around hydrothermal vents—the intersections of tectonic plates—new species travel from as far as 200 miles away to repopulate the area.
Behind the scenes at the German-language version of Wikipedia, a small cadre of dedicated volunteers gets into bitter disputes over what is true and what isn't.
Anti-whaling countries could issue a number of allowances to countries defying a moratorium on whaling—potentially limiting the total number of whales being slaughtered each year.