The relationship between literary talent and literary fame is not so interesting to discuss (being so much discussed, and yet being uniquely subjective). Why should we care if the writers we love are also famous, or even consistently described by tired but still meaningful terms like “glamorous”—or ...
How connecting cutting-edge technologies with the people who need them the most is revolutionizing the traditional aid model and empowering communities to take charge of their own well-being.
The latest USGS/Smithsonian Volcanic Activity Report, with news from Iceland (of course), Russia and a busy week in Vanuatu.
By Sarah Braasch In loving memory of my baby brother, Jacob Michael Braasch (01/28/86 – 02/02/10) I am an incipient First Amendment lawyer and a staunch church-state separatist. I surpass even my most progressive friends and colleagues in my unflinching and unwavering support of the freedom ...
Long before reality television challenged our faith in the sustainability of the human race, documentary films were an intriguing look into the minds and hearts of some fascinating subjects. By the time Michael Moore used the medium as a microscope into the inequities of corporate and political ...
While in in the past we thought of the earth's core as fairly homogeneous, it's now clear that the solid center of the earth is an aggregation of crystals.
War-on-terror hawks may believe we must kill and intimidate people who have some nebulous terrorist intent. But Robert Wright is surprised that President Obama would entertain the notion.
Some of the smartest minds at the company are thinking about ways to work with publishers and save quality journalism and information content.
"Instead of creating a joint military, Europe must now be worried about keeping its common currency. Europe could end where it began: in Greece," writes writes Christoph Schwennicke.
William Saletan argues that we shouldn't ask Elena Kagan is she's gay, and she needn't volunteer an answer. Forced disclosure isn't just a threat to the nomination, he writes, it's a threat to freedom.
David B. Hart writes that the "New Atheism" has "proved itself to be so intellectually and morally trivial that it has to be classified as just a form of light entertainment."
Walter Rodgers suggests the vocalized concerns of tea partiers about big government mask a fear among aging, white Americans of their own diminishing political power.
Sam Harris argued recently that "morality should be considered an undeveloped branch of science." He talks about the backlash from people who believe it's wrong to make moral judgments.
A Japanese mathematician has come up with a cardboard model that seems to defy physics—creating what vision scientists are calling the best illusion of the year.
In the wake of the housing bust, some squatters are doing so not for financial expediency, but because they reject the idea that homes be treated as commodities.