"No poet has ever been so influential, so controversial, and so little read" as Ezra Pound, writes Jamie James. After him, "anyone aspiring to be a poetic messiah would be shunned as a charlatan."
Scientists have used DNA to trace the evolutionary split between head and body lice to 190,000 years ago. They say this may indicate how long humans have been wearing clothing.
To promote greater transparency, Google is creating a tool to give people information about government requests for content removal and user data.
University authorities—seeing the distraction that the Internet and social media can cause—are trying a varied of methods to get students to turn off their computers in class.
Researchers have found that bees see the world nearly five times as quickly as humans do, helping them to navigate through bushes and find food.
Mark Twain was a great American novelist, but Nathanial Rich notes that in his own lifetime—which ended exactly a hundred years ago today—he was read more widely as a travel writer.
While political debates might suggest that the question of climate change is yet unresolved, the world of industry and commerce is convinced that global warming is real, and imminent.
Big Think blogger Michio Kaku writes that a "perfect storm" of wind and ice conditions turned the Icelandic volcano eruption into a crisis. He gives three scenarios for what we can now expect.
"Although there must be a physical limit to how many memories we can store, it is extremely large. We don’t have to worry about running out of space in our lifetime," writes Paul Reber.
"Right now, America has neither the opportunity nor frankly the balls to do truly big things on Arab-Israeli peacemaking," writes Aaron David Miller.
Scientists have found a distinctive kind of breaking wave in the deep sea representing a subtle force that stirs the seabed and helps distribute rare nutrients.
"No matter where consumers buy books, their belief that electronic media should cost less—that something you can’t hold simply isn’t worth as much money—will exert a powerful force," writes Ken Auletta.
Synthetic biologists have discovered new chemical reactions that could "rewire" plants to more efficiently process carbon dioxide—allowing crops to grow to enormous size.
In a new book, Timothy Ryback examines Adolf Hitler's private library. He asserts that books were important in shaping the Führer's life, and looks for insights in the books' margin notes.
A study has found that people who report having had "near-death experiences" also have elevated levels of carbon dioxide in their blood—indicating that oxygen deprivation may be the cause.