In light of the French Council of Ministers recent approval of a measure to ban the wearing of full-face veils, Joan Wallach Scott's discussion of France's battle against the burqa couldn't be more timely. In her Big Think interview, the historian and social scientist describes how France's "head ...
By the time you read this, I will be laying out my arsenal for the world’s biggest water gun fight. A few years ago, I happened to be on Tybee Island during what is officially known as the Beach Bum Parade, an annual affair that is essentially a parade masquerading as a water gun fight. It began in ...
An American biologist, Craig Venter, is making waves after creating the first self-replicating cell whose DNA is synthetic; immediate uses could include synthetic vaccines and biofuels.
Husna Haq at The CSM explains why she is and other Muslims are so offended by depictions of Mohammad and why it's no surprise Pakistan has banned Facebook for the rest of May.
While Facebook and Google have come under recent attack for alleged violations of privacy, enforcement of existing laws should be prioritized over new regulation, writes the Economist.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali thinks the American Academy of Pediatrics' proposal to aid in female genital mutilation gives tacit support to a practice which should be condemned outright.
English-only policies run contrary to America's concept of liberty and fears of a multilingual society ignore many of the world's nations which officially recognize multiple languages.
Research completed by The Journal for Advertising suggests Americans have become increasingly self-confident and individualistic in the last three decades.
In a rare affront to tradition, civil servants in one Japanese region will soon be required to shave their beard after complaints were registered over the powerful facial hair.
Hollywood's depiction of events like the war in Iraq, the global financial crisis and religious extremism are taking center stage at the Cannes Film Festival; here is the NYT review.
Meghan Daum at the L.A. Times says that despite Sarah Palin's political stances, the former governor is entitled to be a feminist as long as she proclaims herself one.
Corey Robin at The Nation likens the late Ayn Rand's continued success in America to the same misguided and lazy analysis that has made Glenn Beck a popular voice.
The Impressionists now stand as the ultimate in artistic comfort food for the mainstream public. The billowy softness of their images graces office walls in framed reproductions and countless calendars. Of all the Impressionists, perhaps none recalls warm mashed potatoes as much as Claude Monet. In ...
I recently received some samples of the Eyjafjallajökull ash - and you'd be surprised what you can learn about an eruption from just popping the ash under a microscope.