A team of researchers are hoping to find 30,000 years of climate records in the rings of preserved kauri trees in the peat bogs of New Zealand.
With tenure-track positions dwindling at universities, Peter Conn writes that humanities faculties need to "articulate our contribution if we hope to find increasing levels of support for the work we do."
An amber deposit found in Ethiopia includes the fossilized remains of Cretaceous era ants, spiders, wasps, and bacteria, and is providing new information about how those species lived.
Glen Whitman writes that economic interventions by policymakers to address anomalies in human behavior "create a serious risk of slippery slopes toward ever more intrusive paternalism."
About 4.4% of American adults are believed to have attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, and more and more of them are being diagnosed and treated with medication.
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.