Despite endless reiterations of how atheists find justification for morality, we all routinely hear from apologists who claim that without believing in God, we can have no basis for ethical behavior. That's one thing, but today I want to discuss a far stranger and more disturbing variant of this ...
Several courageous Muslim feminists are challenging conservative male interpretations of Islam. "These women are quietly working within the culture, rather than against it."
Scientists have figured out how independent, programmable nano-scale robots can be made out of individual molecules—with the robots’ actions programmed into their environment.
America and Greece have lately been running large budget deficits, roughly comparable as a percentage of G.D.P., notes Paul Krugman. Yet markets treat the countries very differently.
"There isn’t a wholesale rejection of capitalism" among the American public, says Nouriel Roubini, "but I think there was a greater faith 10 years ago in an unfettered, laissez-faire market economy."
There is a "peculiarly Japanese profession—part-private investigator, part-prostitute—whose function is the direct opposite of a dating agency: they break apart human relationships.
Detroit intends to take advantage of warm weather and new federal funding to demolish some 3,000 buildings by the end of September in order to "right size" the city.
"Raw milk is one of those issues that riles people," writes Corby Kummer. He looks at legislation in Massachusetts requiring that unpasteurized milk be bought directly from farms.
Daniel Wilkinson and Nik Steinberg write that the U.S. embargo of Cuba must end, but that it is naive to think that the Caribbean country's government will suddenly reform as a result.
Wrapping up the week of volcano news, including the latest on Eyjafjallajökull, updates on Chilean volcano rumbling and why Syfy will be bringing us our next "supereruption".
A study has found that by 2080, global warming could result in one-fifth of the world's lizard species becoming extinct.
“Every generation is born to this same anatomical legacy; how they then fashion it with clothing is, in miniature, the story of culture,” argues Susan J. Vincent in her sweeping study, The Anatomy of Fashion: Dressing the Body from the Renaissance to Today . Clothing not only makes the man and ...
Ever since Niall Ferguson was a boy, and still to this day, the Harvard historian says he has looked to the BBC's Dr. Who as his superhero role model. Why? Unlike Superman and Spiderman, Dr. Who had the ability to travel through time. History is a very powerful tool for Ferguson, who has spent his ...