Emily Bazelon thinks that the youth and judicial inexperience of Elena Kagan, President Obama's selection to replace Justice Stevens on the Supreme Court, make her a good choice for the job.
Researchers have determined that the protein long suspected of being the "master switch" allowing brains to operate does indeed have that function.
We've spent plenty of time discussing how the Internet is changing the way we read, the way we communicate, and the way we fall in love. But how is the Internet changing the way we eat?
Until the Pakistani military truly takes on a more holistic view of the country's national interests, the country will continue to be a hotbed of terrorism, writes Fareed Zakaria.
For Obama to turn Gulf oil spill crisis into an opportunity, John Heilemann thinks he may have to embrace the expansion of nuclear energy.
"Globish" is a highly simplified form of English, without grammar or structure—but perfectly comprehensible. Robert McCrum writes that it is the language that unites us.
"Fake medical treatment can work amazingly well," writes Rebecca Tuhus-Dubrow. Members of the medical community are increasingly asking whether they should put placebo treatments to work.
In a previous post, "An Unserious Response to the Theist's Guide", I poked fun at a religious apologist - apparently a Jewish rabbi - who made a set of obviously insincere demands for what evidence he would require to become an atheist. So much for that. But our friend the rabbi also thinks that he ...
New drilling techniques have driven down the price tag of harvesting natural gas from shale—and set the stage for shale gas to become what will be the game-changing resource of the decade.
"What constitutes status and sex appeal in the land of the eternally wireless?" Ellen Ruppel Shell thinks it may be the ability to take time away from technology-enabled distractions.
As the eruption continues, the periodic ash disruptions to air travel may be the pattern for Europe over the summer.
"Lawmakers need to demand that regulators show a real commitment to policing the banking and mortgage industries," writes Michael W. Hudson.
The idea that our planet's climate is changing is nothing new, says environmentalist and writer Bill McKibbon—in fact, the first person to theorize that our planet was warming was a 19th-Century Swedish chemist. But because the issue didn't hit home until recently, we've already altered the state of ...
Dr. Fatih Birol, the chief economist of the International Energy Agency, says he has never owned a car. While he admits his decision may seem "unusual" to people in the U.S., the 51-year-old says he's gone without a vehicle for "reasons of sustainability"—because he feels a personal responsibility ...
Editor's Note: Back in March, I wrote an essay encouraging atheists to join the Foundation Beyond Belief, a new charitable group doing good for human beings and the world in the name of freethought. I also offered to write a front-page post interviewing anyone who agreed to join the Foundation as a ...