The Eyjafjallajökull continues in its new explosive phase, now disrupting transatlantic air traffic routes.
"There's this core of people who have become very, very powerful who can do enormous damage to the rest of society and honestly, they really don’t care," says Simon Johnson, the former chief economist of the International Monetary Fund, in his recent Big Think interview. "Many of them just ...
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The election of Barack Obama was a watershed moment in American history. Just twenty years before it was hard to imagine that a majority of Americans would vote for a black man to become president. It was amazing to think, as The Onion joked, that a black candidate's main problem could be that he ...
Having already pondered the Ivy League exodus from comedy to the White House, we try to dissect the direction Ivy League graduates may be going in with their degree in tow. A school’s reputation can certainly open some doors for graduates in the real world. But today’s biggest contributions from ...
The eruption in Iceland roars onward, introducing the Volcano Picture of the Week and Kilauea lava flows take a wrong turn.
"By 2050, almost 70 percent of the world's estimated 10 billion inhabitants—or more than the number of people living today—will be part of massive urban networks."
If a desperate, last-ditch attempt to cap the Deepwater Horizon wellhead fails, environmental damage to the Gulf of Mexico may profoundly and permanently alter the area.
Some winemakers and enthusiasts believe that wine tastes better on so-called "fruit" days—those days in the lunar calendar when water and saps rise.
Brendan Kiley looks at the history, meaning, and practice of suicide. "For most people, the subject is so taboo it's hard to deal with—even among people who deal with suicide for a living."
"A growing body of evidence suggests that humans do have a rudimentary moral sense from the very start of life," writes Paul Bloom. "Some sense of good and evil seems to be bred in the bone."
Greece has plunged the euro into its worst crisis ever, and if economists are unable to bring discipline to the country there will be much more at stake than the fate of the currency.
Researchers are attempting to "define a second genetic code: one that predicts how segments of messenger RNA transcribed from a given gene can be mixed and matched."
Emily Bazelon writes that a citizen charged with a crime needs to be read their Miranda rights—even if they are charged with an act of terrorism.