July 6, 2013 Violence continued in Egypt after President Mohammed Morsi was deposed by the nation's generals. Tom Janssen questions the solidity of any bond between anti-Morsi protesters and the Egyptian military, while Mike Luckovich wonders how long Americans will pay attention.
July 5, 2013 Does X-ray vision really add up? The latest Superman movie, Man of Steel, finally tries to make sense of Superman's super senses. It's a story that might well ring true to mere mortals who have gone through the experience of having a dormant sense restored.
July 5, 2013 Is Edward Snowden a 21st century Philip Nolan, the central character in "The Man Without a Country"? Jeff Darcy doubts whether the "NSA leaker" will find foreign refuge, while Steve Kelley sees an uneasy passage for President Obama over allegations that the U.S. spied on European allies.
July 4, 2013 On the United States' 237th Independence Day, Tim Campbell and Nate Beeler celebrate freedoms old and new.
July 3, 2013 Reductionism, science's "divide and conquer" approach, has done a lot; but Nature's complexity calls for a complementary approach based on a variety of new laws. Else, says Marcelo Gleiser, we have a slim hope of describing how life or the brain work.
July 3, 2013 America has been blessed by those willing to sacrifice themselves in the line of duty. Randy Bish and Jimmy Margulies commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg and the loss of 19 firefighters near Yarnell, Ariz.
July 2, 2013 Egypt's military has given President Mohammed Morsi and anti-government protesters a 48-hour ultimatum to reach a compromise or else it will "declare a roadmap" for the country. Yaakov Kirschen thinks Morsi should give up power, while Clay Bennett questions if Egyptians are on a path to freedom.
July 1, 2013 A celebration of atheism in Florida draws the critical eye of commentator Barbara J. King. She says that one of the quotes carved on a new monument is both unfortunate and divisive.
July 1, 2013 Would you wear a coat made entirely of human chest hair? Would you eat ice cream made of human breast milk? Commentator Tania Lombrozo considers the psychology of human disgust.
July 1, 2013 The interest rate on federal student loans is set to double today. The increase gives Clay Bennett a sinking feeling, while Jen Sorensen weighs some low cost alternatives for aspiring scholars.
June 30, 2013 It was a make and break week for civil rights issues decided by the Supreme Court this week. Randall Enos can't reconcile the court's decisions on gay marriage and voting rights, while Mike Lester doesn't see same-sex marriage as a civil rights issue.
June 29, 2013 Misperception tells us something about how we perceive. But when it comes to optical illusions, sometimes getting the illusion is a kind of perceptual success. Enjoy this viral video of young German dancers creating unexpected patterns with their movements.