For individual birds affected by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, having a person clean the oil from their feathers may be their best chance of survival.
Charles Murray says we should "finally acknowledge that standardized test scores are a terrible way to decide whether one school is better than another."
A new study suggests that some patients who don't tolerate antidepressant medications could benefit from a non-invasive treatment that stimulates the brain with an electromagnet.
"The outlets for vindictiveness have multiplied almost to infinity—and your reputation is more fragile than ever," writes Jeffrey Zaslow. "All of us now live under the threat of easy and instant humiliation."
Why do so many top Ivy League grads go to work for Wall Street firms like Goldman Sachs and McKinsey? James Kwak says it's because they offer well-paid, generic business training.
The feminist battleground, with its slogans, marches, and campaigns for reproductive rights, has given way to the playground and the fight for lactation rights, stroller rights, and birthing techniques.
"How did we get to the point where just about every new classical dance is meaningless?" asks Laura Jacobs. She thinks premieres today all feel derivative of Forsythe, Tharp, or Martins—or trade in clichés.
Analysts at the National Counterterrorism Center say the terrorist threat to America is becoming more decentralized and less deadly. But the terrorists are also harder to find.
Could the fact that so many publishing executives are women mean that there are fewer books being published that appeal to male readers?
Time "flows at different speeds in different places and that is the key to traveling into the future," writes Stephen Hawking, who speculates about how we might construct a time machine.
John Tierney looks at research indicating that male chimpanzees use "tools" (crackling leaves) to show females that they are ready for sex.
"When parents today worry about their child not meeting developmental norms, especially for motor skills, they're too often worrying needlessly," writes Nicholas Day.
The idea that one's disposition can be analyzed by looking at their handwriting is considered spurious, yet medical graphology—the use of handwriting to detect disease—has diagnostic validity.
Scientists have discovered that shooting high-powered lasers into the sky can create the germ of a rain cloud, opening the door to eco-friendly cloud manipulation.
"How could a writer whose prose breathed in life so fully take his own?" asks Michael O'Donnell of David Foster Wallace. A new book tries to illuminate the writer via a five-day road trip.