A study says that the lives of 900 American babies -- as well as $13 billion -- could be saved each year if their mothers simply continued to breastfeed them through their first six months of life.
A state-government default would have all sorts of unpleasant consequences, writes James Surowiecki, but, luckily, U.S. states can count on help from the federal government.
Great competition doesn't always inspire greatness. When people compete against a superior peer at the top of his game, they often don't rise to the challenge. Instead, they often just give up.
John Plender looks at the concept of "moral hazard" -- the idea that providing a safety net for the banking system during times of financial crisis will only encourage more risk taking later on.
George Prochnik writes that the ever-present background noise in modern society is more than annoying -- it's actually harmful to our cardiovascular health and concentration, as well as our political discourse.
Jakub Grygiel gives eleven reasons why the study of classical history, and writers like Herodotus and Thucydides, are still vital to a modern education.
President Obama's challenge in taking on Wall Street is not unlike a similar challenge that was faced by President Teddy Roosevelt just over a century ago, write Simon Johnson and James Kwak.
Researchers have come up with a reason why sand grains can build up electrical charges as they collide with one another -- sometimes to the point of creating lightning during dust storms and volcanic eruptions.
Scientists have figured out a new technique for revealing images of hidden objects which could one day allow doctors to see more precisely through the human body without surgery.
Maia Szalavitz looks at research into the addictive quality of fattening foods, which suggests that long-term exposure to fattening items make users less likely to derive pleasure from them.
Ted Leonsis says his 25 years as an entrepreneur and investor have shown him a link between pursuing happiness and achieving financial success in business.
Apple's appeal has gone beyond good business inspiring in its customers firm loyalty to the brand and a following that resembles religious devotion.
Homosexual activity has been documented in many animal species but labeling animals as gay carries social baggage that scientists want to keep out of their research.
The Los Angeles Times calls for studies on the effects of secondhand smoke in outdoor environments in order to determine whether smoking outdoors should be banned.
March Madness isn't the only insanity surrounding the American (and global) obsession with sports but just how skewed have our priorities become?