U.S. politics, often decried for its "partisanship", is all too bipartisan in its deeply dysfunctional consensus on tax and wealth, says Columbia economics professor Jeffrey Sachs.
Every fad has its golden window, the period between Wow and Enough already. So it is with flash mobs, those hit-and-run performances that keep springing up.
Spiritually unmoored, many people nonetheless experience intense elevation during the magical moments that sport often affords, says David Brooks.
Since I've run out of blog ideas—and have New Year's Eve parties to get to—today I'm just going to post some of the things that people who are more interesting than I am have been saying on Twitter this year. Because that's what journalists do. So, without further ado, here—curated with the the ...
The Czech dissident Jan Prochazka was spied upon for years by the Communist government in Prague, but he didn't let this inhibit his conversation. He spoke to his friends as anyone would, expecting that his talk would go no further than his social circle. Then one day the police did a shocking ...
Mind, soul, personality: whatever you call it, most people agree that their memories, thoughts, and perceptions reside in the brain. Yet for all its importance, the brain has been notoriously difficult to understand. The mind’s elusiveness is not for lack of trying: neuroscientists have been ...
When a sick kid is too young to speak, doctors naturally ask a parent or other caretaker how much it hurts. Only half of the answer, according to this study in this month's Journal of Pain, is based on symptoms. The rest arises from the adult's own life experience, including social class: Given a ...
A British study shows conservatives' brains tend to have larger amygdalas, which are responsible for more primitive emotions such as fear.
Genetically modified plants could sequester more carbon and make better biofuels, possibly offsetting five billion tons by 2050. So what's standing in their way?
The America Competes Act, passed by Congress shortly before Christmas, calls for $46 billion in science and technology research funding over the next three years.
Google will use satellites to scour Sudan for evidence of state-organised violence before next month's referendum that could see the country split in two.
Can the leak phenonomen WikiLeaks sustain the continued assault by the corporate sector to prevail in the first ever cyber-war? Mark LeVine says capital will likely win out.
Multiculturalist thinkers frequently dismiss liberal moral principles such as freedom and tolerance as illusions, or as not being good enough, says Frank Furedi.
Once a company has 500 shareholders, it must register its private shares with the S.E.C. and publicly disclose its financial results. Is Facebook approaching the limit?
Close to 90 percent of U.S. households still subscribe to pay TV in one form or another but 2011 may be the year of "cord cutting" and the end of cable television.