Edith Grossman found trying to translate Cervantes' 400-year old masterpiece "Don Quixote" into modern English somewhat... Quixotic.
A Tel Aviv University researcher has found that young men who smoke are likely to have lower IQs than their non-smoking peers.
Dorothy Parker's popularity may have been part of the reason that academia was slow to take up her poetry, writes R. S. Gwynn. But now even feminists have taken her into the literary canon.
Two new books -- one by a Roman Catholic journalist, the other by an atheist novelist -- offer modern responses to the difficult concept that Jesus was both mortal and divine.
The taste of many 2008 pinot noirs from California's Anderson Valley was tainted by the severe forest fires during the growing season that year.
The moral and legal debate over the use of military drone aircraft raises questions about how adequately the current laws of war have been adapted to the age of terrorism.
Scientists think toads may be able to predict earthquakes by sensing "pre-seismic perturbations in the ionosphere."
Gary Bass looks at how Israel lost its alliance with France in 1967, and what that precedent might indicate for the country's relations with the Obama Administration.
Scientists have discovered the reason why the earth wasn't covered with a layer of ice four billion years ago, when the Sun's radiation was much less than it is today.
A group of scientists is hoping to transform fast food waste oil into a high-tech polymer and create a "smart roof coating system" which will help to insulate homes.
Researchers have come up empty in their quest to link genetic "copy-number variations" to diseases like breast cancer and diabetes.
Some journalists believe that Apple's forthcoming iPad could save their industry, but it's likely that publishers are being overly optimistic in their pricing schemes.
Researchers Nina Mazar and Chen-Bo Zhong have found that exposure to organic and environmentally friendly products leads people to act more altruistically.
"If ever there was a scientific theory that is fundamentally historical, that purports to explain change over time, it is evolution through natural selection," writes Donald Worster.
Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver may not be starting a "food revolution" with his push to make school lunches healthier, but Marion Nestle gives him credit for trying to get "real food" back into cafeterias.