The supposed infallibility of DNA test results, due to individuals' unique gene sequences, creates a cult of unaccountability that can lead to false convictions.
The preservation of "fundamental rights" by a nation's judiciary is an old habit of tempering democracy with aristocracy, writes James Grant of the U of Cambridge.
The eruption at Eyjafjallajökull is now producing lava flows that are slowly working their way downslope as well as the strombolian summit explosions.
Fred Donner, a historian at the U of Chicago, has published a history of Islam that demonstrates the faith's original openness to outside members.
While Europe is no longer the colonial power it once was, and though its politics are mired in seemingly small issues, its social values provide the continent its staying power.
If you live in a city, it's probably loud; the effects of noise pollution fall disproportionately on the poor and damage our psychology as well as our physiology.
Another lengthy analysis has been done on the over prescription of psychotropic drugs in America: is the tide turning against our favorite little pills?
As genetic research advances, the risk of attributing too many qualities, such as genius, to our genes dangerously downplays individual potential for achievement.
Richard Dawkins lets go some invective against Pope Benedict XVI when asked by the Washington Post if the pontiff should be held responsible for the Church's sex abuse scandals.
If you can believe it, the Chaiten eruption - and this blog - have just turned two!
Maybe the Tea Party isn't the real threat to the Democrats after all. The greatest threat to the Democratic majorities in Congress just may be old people. Margaret Talev points out that older voters—a group that once largely voted Democrat—are increasingly voting Republican. That's because the ...
The FBI has opened a criminal probe of Massey Energy in connection with the explosion at the Upper Big Branch coal mine that killed 29 miners in West Virginia last month. Federal agents are looking into potential bribery of federal mine safety officials, unnamed sources told NPR. The Upper Big ...
Product development and launch was easier when the consumer was young enough to see everything as new and novel. While admittedly fast moving and hard to keep, the ‘tween through twenty-something’ market is a relative tabla rasa when introducing new technology and design. Easier does not mean ...
Hi folks, I know I've been a little spotty lately when it comes to posting and answering e-mails. Well, I have a good excuse: I'm getting married two weeks from today. If you had asked me when I announced I was engaged, back in 2008, I'd have thought that nearly two years was an incredibly ...
Gary Becker and Richard Posner of the University of Chicago discuss the merits of a Value Added Tax as a replacement for income tax and a solution to American budget deficits.