David Brooks writes that the recession has helped teach Americans about the dangers of debt, "but there’s probably going to have to be a public crusade -- like the ones against littering and smoking -- to hammer the point home."
By Sarah Braasch In loving memory of my baby brother, Jacob Michael Braasch (01/28/86 – 02/02/10) In an internet café in downtown Rabat in Morocco, a middle-aged, middle-class Muslim woman told me that her fondest wish would be to have all of the Arab nations rise up as one and slaughter ...
Some of the most innovative baseball teams have rebuilt their teams this year around an ascendant strategy that defense is the key to victory. But can nifty glovework please homer-hungry fans?
David Lewis-Williams doesn't think direct arguments against religion will have much effect on men unless they are gradually illuminated by science.
Researchers have developed two new broadband acoustic systems that could represent a major improvement in how fish and other marine life are counted and classified.
Twenty-one years ago, the term "mommy track" was born. Angie Kim thinks the concept "needn't be the dull fate feminists predicted -- and, increasingly, it's not."
Has the culture of "white 20-somethings dressed in skinny jeans and lumberjack shirts, and wearing thick-rimmed glasses" begun its inevitable decline?
Edith Grossman found trying to translate Cervantes' 400-year old masterpiece "Don Quixote" into modern English somewhat... Quixotic.
A Tel Aviv University researcher has found that young men who smoke are likely to have lower IQs than their non-smoking peers.
Dorothy Parker's popularity may have been part of the reason that academia was slow to take up her poetry, writes R. S. Gwynn. But now even feminists have taken her into the literary canon.
Two new books -- one by a Roman Catholic journalist, the other by an atheist novelist -- offer modern responses to the difficult concept that Jesus was both mortal and divine.
The largest volcano on Hawai`i's big island is officially moved to "Normal" status after the inflation of Mauna Loa ends.
Harvard primatologist Richard Wrangham came by Big Think a few weeks ago to discuss cooking and all of its evolutionary implications. Did you know that cooking is a huge influence on the availability of energy? When our ancestors first learned to cook, the initial impact was that they got so much ...
Many people were left gasping when President Obama unveiled his new plan for outer space, including his proposal to cancel NASA's Constellation program. It turns out that the great recession of 2008 and 2009 has claimed yet another victim, and this time it's the manned exploration of the Universe ...
At last, a new Ian McEwan novel: Solar. The author’s website recites a list of reviews; there are so many. Tucked among them is a nod to a blog post written by a physicist friend of McEwan’s who the author asked to check his facts. McEwan also asked Graeme Mitchison, a physicist at the Centre for ...