One of the highest-impact lifestyle changes a person can make in the name of environmentalism is to go veggie. It takes – as this blog’s image illustrates – 698 and ½ gallons of water to make a hamburger, and a whoppering 616 of those can be attributed to production of the beef itself. Let’s not ...
"It has been clear to me since the time of the commission that I led in the '80's, that no doubt the historic responsibility for where we are has to be born or taken on by those countries that have industrialized," says Gro Harlem Brundtland, United Nations' Special Envoy on Climate Change ...
Eruptions from the Eyjafjallajökull volcano have, historically, always been followed by eruptions from Iceland's much larger volcano, Katla. Could the "angry sister" be getting ready to blow?
"Hummers are stupid and wasteful and if they go away because no one wants to buy one, that'll be just a little sad," writes Penn Jillette. "It's always a little sad to lose some stupid."
"Increasingly, neuroscientists, psychologists and educators believe that bullying and other kinds of violence can indeed be reduced by encouraging empathy at an early age," Maia Szalavitz.
Felix Salmon writes that executives need "to imagine their companies 30 years down the line, struggling with the deleterious effects of climate change on profitability."
The Oklahoma City bombing fifteen years ago "proved once again that without the law there is no freedom," writes former President Bill Clinton.
As we push for better health care and longer lives, Gregory Rodriguez writes that we should think about the societal consequences of having so many old people hanging around.
"While most of the blame for the crisis should reside with those in the financial markets ... a considerable portion of it lies with the economics profession," writes Joseph Stiglitz.
Henry Luce's magazines were shaped by the Time founder's "commitment, energy, moral inquiry, and high purpose; and ... arrogance, impatience, didacticism, and occasional dogmatism."
Scientists have created an ultrathin, flexible, electronic implant that essentially melts into place on the brain's surface, and may pave the way for a new generation of medical devices.
We have been repeatedly disappointed in our hopes that economic liberalization in China and Russia would pave the way for media liberalization, writes Mark Gimein.
There are signs that the style of volcanism at Eyjafjallajökull has changed. Meanwhile, ash from the eruption continues to cause problems and has reached eastern North America.
There's been no end of talk these past few weeks about the iPad's revolutionary potential: how you don't have to choose between a smart phone and a laptop any more, how you can throw that Kindle in the fireplace, and how people might even start paying for news on the web. But are media ...
Many an aspiring screenwriter has pored over Robert McKee's book "Story: Substance, Structure, Style and The Principles of Screenwriting," trying to suss out the creative secrets that will result in their words ending up on the silver screen. In his Big Think interview, the creator of the "Story ...