Worried that Twitter is shrinking attention spans, search engines lowering intelligence? Steven Pinker reassures us that I.T. is actually keeping us smart.
I.T. is waking up to the benefits of minimalism thanks to feature fatigue among consumers and strong demand from less affluent consumers in the developing world.
Meghan Daum opines on beauty amid a new book on workplace discrimination against the "unattractive" and a lawsuit by a woman claiming she was fired for being too attractive.
When Bill Frisell was young, he says remembers watching the "Mickey Mouse Club" on his family's new television. "The leader of the Mouseketeers was this guy named Jimmy and he’d play a guitar and I just thought that was really cool. At that time I made myself a pretend guitar out of a piece of ...
Eyjafjallajökull! Popocatépetl! Aucanquilcha! Pululahua! Volcano names abound that would leave most news anchors weep to themselves in the corner. Can you find some more bizarre volcano names?
USC's vice provost of innovation, Krisztina "Z" Holly, thinks PhD programs need to change. If you think about it, it takes even the most amazing PhD candidates around the world seven to ten years to become fully productive members of society. "Why is that?," Holly asks. "It is because they lack the ...
NYU professor Tunku Varadarajan asks: How can we account for the success of Indian American political candidates in the South given the region's history of institutionalized racism?
Among children whose parents consistently use mobile devices, "feelings of hurt, jealousy and competition are widespread," says Sherry Turkle, director of MIT's Initiative on Technology and Self.
Garrison Keillor eavesdrops on some twenty-somethings at a local cafe and reasons that instant communication would have sapped modern literature of its best tropes, e.g. longing and reflection.
Stanford Economist Paul Romer wants "dysfunctional nations to kick-start their own development" by leasing territory to foreign governments, an idea criticized as "neo-colonial".
Ideological debates that lack context during a financial crisis are like a bikini, says Marc Lackritz of the Financial Times: "What they reveal is suggestive; but what they conceal is vital."
NASA says our sun is preparing for a stormy period and, according to the National Academy of Sciences, "A major solar storm could cause twenty times more economic damage than Hurricane Katrina."
Forty percent of the world doesn't use toilets, says UNICEF, resulting in disease carried by dust and flies and contaminated food and water supplies — the toll is 2 million dead annually.
One in eight people fled their homes in Northwest Pakistan in 2009 because of the war in Afghanistan; the area is a "human-rights free zone" according to a new report from Amnesty International.
Apple's strict policy against pornographic apps has resulted in an illustrated adaptation of James Joyce's landmark novel Ulysses being censored; the novel itself was once banned for its sexual content.