The New Yorker looks at how American intellectuals are reacting to Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Tariq Ramadan, two authors born into Islam who now support the liberal-democratic project.
Labs in England are developing machines that can essentially replicate themselves by building their own spare parts as an insurance against future mishaps, reports the New Scientist.
In the wake of the British Petroleum spill in the Gulf, who dares to defend conservative free-market principles decrying regulation? Nobody can afford to, writes The Wall Street Journal.
"An increasing number of Jewish activists in Europe and the U.S. are expressing their displeasure—and even anger—over the way in which Israel has evolved in recent years," says Al Jazeera.
"I always said I wasn’t going to write about Norman because no one would believe it," Norris Church Mailer once said, but now she has written a memoir about her marriage to the novelist.
"Are we more or less likely to lie to someone if we are communicating via email or text message than if we are speaking face-to-face?" asks Professor Jeff Hancock of Cornell University.
The digital divide is about more than access to the Internet, say experts. The white Anglo-Europeans who program the Web may set culturally exclusive parameters on the experience.
Garrison Keillor is feeling especially powerless these days: "As the Gulf turns dark and the polar ice cap melts, I intend to listen to Bach more and listen to the news less," he says.
"For the first time, physicists have confirmed that certain subatomic particles have mass," writes the L.A. Times. The mass could account for the mysterious existence of dark matter.
"Do people really die of broken hearts?" asks the Times' health blog. Elevated stress hormones following an emotionally trying event may cause cardiomyopathy, a.k.a. broken heart syndrome.
The latest news from the Global Volcanism Program, including more information on the eruption in the Marianas, rumblings in Papua New Guinea and lahars triggered by rain in Guatemala.
Because of the climate crisis created by wealthy countries, developing countries could be pushed to slow their development. Would that be fair? Charles Ebinger, Director of the Energy Security Initiative at Brookings Institution, thinks that not only is it not fair, but it could also be dangerous ...
Urban studies theorist Richard Florida came by the Big Think offices recently to talk about what he's coined "The Great Reset"—the effects of the economic crisis on our country, and how it is reshaping the way we live. For starters, Florida points out that a crisis is a terrible thing to waste, and ...
You have the right remain silent. But now, according to a new Supreme Court decision, if you want to exercise your right to remain silent, you're going to have to tell someone. The right to remain silent—and the iconic "Miranda warning" the police read suspects—was spelled out in the Supreme ...
Exactly one decade ago, on June 2, 2000, President Bill Clinton proclaimed June to be Gay and Lesbian Pride Month in the United States. Last year, President Obama updated the recognized month to include bisexual and transgendered Americans. Serendipitously enough, today also marks the latest ...