The brain of former NFL star Junior Seau, who committed suicide last year, showed signs of the kind of neurodegenerative disease associated with repetitive head trauma.
January 31, 2013 You're watching the Super Bowl, and on the screen flashes a number to text a $10 donation for brain research. This hasn't happened yet, but as the big event nears, commentator Barbara J. King asks how should we react to the Super Bowl in light of the link between repetitive brain injuries and degenerative brain disease.
January 31, 2013 NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre testified before the Senate yesterday. Adam Zyglis thinks the NRA is a part of the gun violence problem, while Bob Englehart agrees with one of the NRA's major points.
Big science in orbit: the Hubble Space Telescope
January 30, 2013 In the wake of the Hubble Space Telescope and the discovery of the Higgs boson, should we continue to pursue big science projects, in spite of their costs? Commentator Marcelo Gleiser says it's a no brainer.
January 30, 2013 Fox News didn't renew Palin's contract but hired former Democratic congressman and presidential candidate Kucinich. Rob Tornoe hopes to consign the former Alaska governor and GOP vice presidential hopeful to obscurity. Jeff Darcy thinks obscurity might have been the better option for Kucinich.
Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis speaks at a news conference in New Orleans on Monday. The Ravens face the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII on Sunday. It will be Lewis' last game.
January 30, 2013 It's rare in sport for someone to declare that this will be the finale and then go out a winner, says commentator Frank Deford. But, on Sunday, Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis hopes to do just that.
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January 29, 2013 Commentator Andrei Codrescu now lives in the Ozarks where he chops a lot of wood. He says that since the blogosphere is full of other people thinking, he no longer needs to think.
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January 29, 2013 President Obama is scheduled to unveil his proposal to overhaul U.S. immigration law a day after a bipartisan group of senators announced their plan. Randy Bish believes the president has been too welcoming to undocumented residents, while Nate Beeler thinks Republicans have not gone far enough.
Where does the mind fit within the cosmos? Are they separate, intertwined or one and the same?
January 29, 2013 Is your Mind real, or just an afterthought in the life of your brain? What if the Mind was something as real as Space and Time and Higgs Bosons?
Echolocation is second nature to animals such as bats and dolphins. Can humans also find their way using sound as a tool?
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January 28, 2013 Echolocation isn't just for bats and dolphins: pioneering human echolocators and new research reveal the remarkable adaptability of the human perceptual system. Commentator Tania Lombrozo explores the implications.
January 28, 2013 Prime Minister David Cameron has promised to hold a referendum on whether his country will remain in the European Union. Joep Bertrams thinks the Conservative Party leader can't stomach the organization, while Patrick Chappatte doubts the remaining member nations would be happy with the leftovers.
January 28, 2013 When author Ally Carter found out that S.E. Hinton had been a teenager when she wrote The Outsiders, something inside her clicked. It was the first moment she realized she could be a writer. Is there a book that has inspired you to write? Tell us in the comments.
Along the East Coast, wild oysters have been disappearing, but the number of farm-raised oysters is exploding.
January 27, 2013 Along the East Coast, wild oysters have been decimated over the years by man and nature. Food commentator Bonny Wolf says oyster farming is exploding, and raw oyster bars are all the rage.
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January 27, 2013 Author Teddy Wayne writes that the 1967 French novel Emmanuelle taught him not only about good sex, but also about good writing.
January 27, 2013 House Speaker John Boehner charged that President Obama wants to "annihilate" the Republican Party. Bob Englehart thinks the GOP is facing a far worse threat from within its own ranks, while Rick McKee suspects the President may have the appetite for the job.
January 26, 2013 There was big news this week about U.S. laboratory chimpanzees heading for sanctuary. Barbara J. King considers a new website that urges us to think of these primates not as nameless research subjects, but instead as distinct individuals.
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