In a new book, Timothy Ryback examines Adolf Hitler's private library. He asserts that books were important in shaping the Führer's life, and looks for insights in the books' margin notes.
Synthetic biologists have discovered new chemical reactions that could "rewire" plants to more efficiently process carbon dioxide—allowing crops to grow to enormous size.
A British bioethics council is asking the public whether it's ethical to use financial incentives to encourage people to donate organs.
A study has found that people who report having had "near-death experiences" also have elevated levels of carbon dioxide in their blood—indicating that oxygen deprivation may be the cause.
European airspace begins to reopen as the eruptions at Eyjafjallajökull settle down for the time being.
"A few snapshots." According to novelist Tim O'Brien, that's all our minds retain of our childhoods, adulthoods, and even the people we've loved most deeply. "And that's memory? Little remnant of a lifetime, that's what's left to us?" O'Brien isn't the only one fascinated and baffled by the ...
The Case for a Creator, Chapter 10 Chapter 10 of Case, which concerns human consciousness and the brain, is an interview with J.P. Moreland, a Christian philosopher and theologian. Like many of Strobel's other interview subjects, Moreland is not a scientist and has no scientific credentials to ...
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.