For all the talk about how taxes are too high in the United States, American businesses are paying less now than they used to. In fact, many major corporations don't pay the U.S. government any taxes at all. The marginal tax rate for businesses is 35%. But the effective tax rate for large ...
Why use boring old bread to make your sandwich, when instead you can plop your bacon, cheese and sauce between two slices of deep-fried meat? It sounds like a sitcom joke (it was a sitcom joke, actually) but next week it becomes real, according to KFC. The chain's "Double Down" sandwich consists of ...
Is the financial crisis the best thing that ever happened to former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer? As Jan Hoffman writes in the New York Times today, two years after he resigned in scandal the Sheriff of Wall Street is back on his horse and charging again toward Wall Street reform. Will this focus on reform help the public forget about his fling with high-end call-girl Ashley Dupré?
Recent data collected by the ESA Venus Express suggest that Venus might have had very recent lava flows.
Following a series of earthquakes last week on the island of Sicily, Italy's Mt. Etna is showing signs that new eruptions are on the way.
Extensive research over the past 40 years shows that sleep deprivation is a quick, inexpensive and effective treatment for depression. So why isn't this fact more well known?
“Non-paternity” (when a child turns out to have a different father than they thought they did) is estimated to be somewhere around 10%. New over-the-counter tests make it easy to find out the truth.
Eli Kintisch suggests scientists may have to attempt some radical fixes to address the shift in global temperature. Should we build an umbrella in space? Reflective panels covering the polar ice?
Vice President Joe Biden writes that the country's new nuclear stance "leaves Cold War thinking behind" and recognizes that nuclear terrorism and proliferation are the biggest dangers to global security.
A new technology called "Skinput" uses bio-acoustic sensors to allow people to use the skin on their fingers and forearms -- or any part of their bodies -- as touchpads to control mobile devices.
"Biologically, oysters are not in the plant kingdom, but when it comes to ethical eating, they are almost indistinguishable from plants," writes Christopher Cox.
Economic prognosticators are increasingly looking for indicators in unconventional urban data. The newest offbeat predictors are finding information in obscure places -- but can they be trusted in forecasts?
"Those who think of themselves as great fans of progress, of technology's inexorable march forward, will change their tune as soon as progress destroys something they care deeply about," writes Nicholas Carr.
It can be shocking to hear stories about female terrorists like the Russian "black widows" and America's "Jihad Jane" -- particularly because women so rarely turn to violence.
"Otto Dix is a difficult artist to like," writes Judith Dobrzynski of the Weimar artist known for his harsh, cruel depictions of social and moral decay. "But admiration is a different thing altogether."