December 12, 2013 Countries around the world are moving to officially adopt recognition of a third gender. Commentator Barbara J. King thinks we should go further, embracing a fluid system of gender identities.
December 12, 2013 A new leak from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden reveals that intelligence agencies spied on popular online fantasy games like Second Life and World of Warcraft. Nick Anderson suggests there may be less to the story than we think, while Joe Heller wonders if it will suffer from mission creep.
December 11, 2013 We have a vice: an addiction to screen time and digital linkage. Not a moment is allowed to go by without tapping into some free-flowing source of information. The antidote, says commentator Marcelo Gleiser, is renewal of our links to the natural world.
December 11, 2013 Much of the nation is in the grip of extremely cold weather, fueling the climate change debate. Dave Granlund marks the breadth of the powerful storm systems assailing the U.S., while Daryl Cagle faults both Democrats and Republicans for making arguments based on single weather events.
December 10, 2013 Can a monkey randomly striking keys on a typewriter write Hamlet? It doesn't seem likely. But that hasn't stopped people from trying to bring this idea to life. Watch and find out what they did.
December 10, 2013 It hasn't been a banner year for either President Obama or Congress, and there's still the prospect that 2013 could end with yet another budget impasse. Lisa Benson blames the president for failing to appreciate the complexity of the problems he faces, while Chuck Legge thinks things have gone according to plan for House Speaker John Boehner.