"The proper function of spies is to remind those who rely on spies that the kinds of thing found out by spies can’t be trusted," notes Malcolm Gladwell.
"The age-old atavistic lust for war ... never really goes away," writes Evan Thomas. "It is too fundamental to the male psyche."
Recent research suggests that people all over the world might be modeling themselves after characters on soap operas—and that their lives are improved as a result.
"The secret of excellent proofreading is caring intensely about getting things right and loathing error with an intensity that perhaps only fascism or an alimony-collecting ex-wife deserves," writes Joseph Epstein.
Group theory "bridges the arts and sciences," writes Steven Strogatz. "It addresses something the two cultures share—an abiding fascination with symmetry."
Since I've written a fair amount lately about the child-rape scandal engulfing the Catholic church, it would be unfair of me to overlook any steps they've taken toward reform. Well, you all know I'm nothing if not fair, so I have to report on this tiny, hesitant step: Last week, the Vatican for ...
NOVA's new Mt. Saint Helens special has some great footage of the volcano, but plays a little loose with the science and doomsday tone.
Former U.N. ambassador John Bolton writes that "It is hard to conclude anything except that the Obama administration is resigned to Iran possessing nuclear weapons."
New studies indicate that combining exercise activities (like walking or biking) with nature—even for just five minutes—can boost mental health and well-being.
"Europe used to be, within the living memory of many of us, the cockpit of world power, prosperity and prestige. Today it is raw material for an ouija board," writes Walter Lacquer.
New data suggest a "rebalancing" of the global economy. Domestic spending in the developing world is beginning to replace export-buying American consumers as a growth engine.
While acknowledging the progress over the past 50 years that was enabled by birth control pills, Geraldine Sealey thinks we now need new methods beyond hormonal contraception.
How designers are revolutionizing corrective eyewear with low-cost, durable, beautifully designed glasses for the developing world, where lack of access to vision healthcare presents an obstacle to anything from basic safety to education
What kinds of incentives are necessary to get people to lead more environmentally responsible lives? Ernst Weizsäcker, co-chair of the U.N. International Panel for Sustainable Resource Management, says that we have to start by thinking of our children and grandchildren—and focus less on quarterly ...
The first project Brian Henson worked on with his father, Muppets creator Jim Henson, was a scene in "The Great Muppet Caper" where Kermit and Miss Piggy are riding bicycles in London. In his Big Think interview, the chairman of The Jim Henson Company describes the scene as a "complex marionetting ...