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.
"Requiring derivatives and synthetic securities to be registered would be simple and effective; yet the legislation currently under consideration contains no such requirement," writes George Soros.
"Most people who appear phenotypically 'black' enjoy neither the privilege nor the inclination to play around on a government form designed to track and remediate generations of prejudice," writes Patricia Williams.
"We may not know why we sleep, dream or wake up, but these states are never static," writes author Siri Hustvedt. There is a continuum of perception from unconsciousness to full self-consciousness.
New research finds that the movements of our bodies "influence the recollection of emotional memories, as well as the speed with which they are recalled."
"Combining as it does great energy expenditure and risk with apparent pointlessness, [play] is a central paradox of evolutionary biology,” writes anthropologist and neuroscientist Melvin Konner.
Women remain much choosier than men when it comes to dating. Is this difference a vestige of our early ancestry? Or could it be the result of something more modern and mundane?
Plant breeders are offering hybrid heirloom tomatoes this year that they claim "have the distinct flavors and funky looks of heirlooms but are more disease-resistant and abundantly productive."
A taxpayer-funded bar in the German city of Kiel caters to a very particular clientele: unemployed alcoholics. The bar aims to keep its patrons from disturbing other citizens during drinking binges.
There is a lot of evidence suggesting life exists on Mars, says astrobiologist Dirk Schulze-Makuch. "It’s actually more scientifically outrageous to think that Mars is and always has been sterile."
The U.S. Treasury has unveiled a redesigned $100 bill, with new features "aimed at thwarting counterfeiters armed with ever-more sophisticated computers, scanners and color copiers."
"The 'birther' myth is the political equivalent of a horror-movie villain: Not only does it refuse to die, but every time someone tries to kill it, it only comes back stronger," writes Christopher Beam.
"What if the Eyjafjallajokull ash cloud is "not just a minor volcanic hiccup, but the beginning of an event that causes in time a mass extinction of some form of earthbound life?" asks Simon Winchester.
Several studies have concluded that obesity accelerates the process of dementia. People who are overweight in their 40s are more likely to show a rapid, pronounced decline in brain function in their 70s.