September 20, 2013 Census Bureau figures show a sharp contrast in how Americans have fared since the economic meltdown of 2008. Clay Bennett finds the news less than filling, while John Darkow thinks that hopes for an improving economy shouldn't be pinned on a rising housing market.
September 19, 2013 A joyful love of science permeates Richard Dawkins' new memoir. Reviewer Barbara J. King says the best-selling evolutionary scientist and famed atheist is at his best in An Appetite for Wonder as he tells the story of his early life, in Africa and England, and then details his passionate relationship with the world of reason.
September 19, 2013 Today is the annual Mid-Autumn Festival, a popular Chinese holiday where families typically gather to light lanterns and eat mooncakes. We take a look at some of the myths around the pastry's origins.
September 19, 2013 Aaron Alexis, the man police say killed 12 people in Monday's Navy Yard shooting, exhibited signs of mental instability before the attack. Adam Zyglis thinks it's easier for troubled Americans to make things worse than better, while Mike Peters sees little hope for change.
September 18, 2013 Science may seem advanced, may even be advanced, but that doesn't mean there aren't still plenty of questions left to ask and answer. A new book catalogs 20 of the biggest questions outstanding. Physicist Marcelo Gleiser looks the list over and ponders some of the subjects keeping scientists awake at night.
September 18, 2013 This summer Americans have experienced catastrophic fire and rain. Joe Heller marks the latest disaster — flooded Colorado — while David Fitzsimmons reminds us that some of the West is still burning.
September 17, 2013 Science, at its most fundamental level, is about telling the story of all that is around us. In this installment, astrophysicist Adam Frank tells the story of the stellar wind and the bubble that Voyager has just exited on its journey into interstellar space.
September 17, 2013 A gunman took the lives of 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard and engaged in shootout with police before he was killed. Bob Englehart mourns the victims, while David Fitzsimmons provides a script for what he expects will follow.
September 17, 2013 With a potential government shutdown looming at the end of the month, Congress still doesn't seem close to passing a spending bill. According to Lisa Benson and Gary Varvel, both Republicans and Democrats are ignoring the gravity of the situation.
September 16, 2013 According to recent work in decision theory and philosophy, faith can be rational. Sometimes. Commentator Tania Lombrozo delves into recent academic arguments about faith and sees it as a way forward for open and civil discussions between people who put their trust in reason and people who put their trust in religion.
September 16, 2013 Russia has taken a pivotal role in negotiations over the removal of Syria's chemical weapons. Graeme MacKay sees Russian President Vladimir Putin as the classic good-bad guy, while Gustavo Rodriguez doubts he has the range.
September 15, 2013 In what GOP Sen. Ted Cruz describes as "the last best chance to stop" the the Affordable Care Act, some House Republicans are maneuvering to try to defund the health law. Rick McKee thinks Obamacare is a weapon of mass destruction, while Christopher Weyant doubts defunding will be a surgical strike.
September 14, 2013 The Washington, D.C., health department has proposed a 24-hour tattoo waiting period. A spokeswoman says it's designed to help customers avoid ink they'll later regret. But NPR's Scott Simon notes that for many, the whole appeal of tattoos is that they are painful — and permanent.
September 14, 2013 Russian President Vladimir Putin wrote in an op-ed that "there is every reason to believe" chemical weapons were used "not by the Syrian Army, but by opposition forces." Nate Beeler thinks President Obama invited Putin's remarks, while Joe Heller isn't worried about their long-term impact.