With the popularity of the Internet and self-publishing, Garrison Keillor laments the end of the glamorous age of publishing from a rooftop in Tribeca.
The strange behavior of two suppermassive black holes may change the way scientists understand the evolution of galaxies, including our own Milky Way.
Robert Fisk thinks that political speak has taken over journalism and that accuracy of fact has become dominated by competing historical narratives that favor power over truth.
The Australian anthropologist Sarah Thornton has completed a study of the art world and traced its hierarchies and status-seekers just as she did the London party scene.
The incomprehensibility of quantum physics is responsible for the rise of postmodern social theories which reject the notion of a stable, immutable truth.
Mark Twain asked that his biography not be published until 100 years after his death. "He was certainly a man who knew how to make people want to buy a book," says its publisher.
The good news is Americans are living longer than ever; the bad news is this increases the chances of getting Alzheimer's, and no preventative treatment has proven successful.
Matthew Lynn at Bloomberg says Germany would do better to leave the Euro currency than impose domestic market reforms like bans on short-selling and speculation.
Naturally occurring bacteria, which are the only real solution to the Gulf oil spill, are much more effective than any lab-grown microbe—further proof that man cannot best mother nature.
Without disputing the immorality of Confederate slavery, the role it played in igniting the Civil War remains debatable among historians a century and half since Appomattox.
Signs that Cleveland in Alaska is headed towards new eruptions, the ash from Eyjafjallajökull is still causing problems in Iceland and 10,000 days of eruption at Kilauea.
How can scientists be religious? How has religion evolved, according to science? In a special series this week, Big Think rounds up a learned cast of thought leaders—from a computer scientist who was injured by the Unabomber to an anthropologist who insists that universities teach "male studies"—to ...
“How could you conceivably cut yourself off from other men and from the life they bring you in such abundance? In the name of what uncaring, ivory-tower kind of attitude?” Pablo Picasso said in a 1944 interview discussing the political nature of much of his painting. “No; painting is not there ...
. . . . With Justice and Piety, reads the Latin emblazoning this 17th-century illustration, a map that shows Bohemia as a stylised rose. If that region is in bloom, the map suggests, it is precisely by the application of those virtuous qualities. They were not randomly chosen. Iustitia et Pietate ...
It looks like it may finally be the end of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. The policy, which dates back to 1993, was a Clintonian compromise meant to prevent gays serving in the military from being the subject of witch-hunts. It was supposed to allow them to continue to serve discreetly in the ...